• Guiding Principles 

    As a private school, currently Grace Christian School operates independently. While certainly government operated schools provide various guidelines, policies and procedures; we have developed the following, in consideration of the interests and safety of our students and families. We recognize that live, in-person, education is best for children. However, we understand that some circumstances, such as inclement weather, pandemics, and natural disasters may be beyond our control. It is our commitment to you to continuously and safely provide high level education, regardless of the circumstances.

  • Social Distancing & Minimizing Exposure

    Social Distancing will be encouraged throughout campus when feasible. Each classroom has been adjusted for increased spacing opportunities. Scheduling and training will encourage reasonable spacing and traffic flow. Parent/guardian access to campus during school hours will be restricted to carline for drop-off and pick-up, as well as the school office. Other than students and staff, there will be no classroom, cafè, playground, or common area access.

Technology Integration

All GCS students will be issued individual technology devices. Kindergarten and first grade students will receive tablets and second through twelfth grade students will receive Chromebook laptops. The investment in this arena will enhance the daily learning experience. In approved circumstances, this integration of technology will allow for live, in classroom learning as our core classrooms have been equipped with live video and audio capabilities.  Should circumstances arise, students who demonstrate a need to stay home will be provided the opportunity to use this technology in order to receive and participate in live, interactive learning, taught by their teacher.

Health I Cleaning I Hygiene 

GCS has hired a full time Registered Nurse who serves as our Director of Health and Wellness. Her role is to develop, implement, and oversee our health and safety standards. Our staff is taking enhanced sanitization and disinfecting measures to keep our facilities clean. The Facilities and Maintenance department has implemented the EvaClean Protexus disinfectant system. Along with enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures, this system is helping our school to reduce the spread of viruses and infections. The EvaClean tool is a trusted device used in hospitals and by the Department of Defense. It provides a more effective, non-toxic, EPA-certified, human, and environmentally-friendly solution that is less toxic and more effective than traditional sanitization.

Ways you can Partner with us:
1. Teach proper hand washing – The most essential health and hygiene habit to teach your child is to wash his or her hands regularly.  Your help in training your child to properly and regularly wash their hands will help our efforts to remain healthy.
2. Teach to cover sneezes and coughs – Germs can travel far and wide on a sneeze or a cough. When sneezing or coughing, train your child to practice the habit of covering their mouth and nose with a tissue or into their arm if a tissue can’t be reached.
3. COVID-19 isn’t a joking matter – Please talk with your child regarding joking or making comments regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus.  Claims, threats or insults
(even in a “joking” manner) regarding this illness will be handled swiftly and taken seriously.
4. Consider donating supplies or funds to help our efforts-Keeping a steady supply of disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues will help with disinfection and sanitization efforts.  If you prefer to donate funds instead of supplies, please designate your donations for “Sanitization Supplies.”
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    Screening & Monitoring for symptoms

     Staff and students must stay home until they meet the criteria for return if:

    • They have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
    • They have recently had close contact with a person who is diagnosed with COVID-19
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    Symptoms may include:

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Fever

All students will continue to be screened for fever and symptoms before entering buildings at the start of the day and prior to lunch. 

Face Coverings

Staff, teachers and students will not be required to wear face coverings. However, families who approve the wearing of face coverings for their child will be allowed. Joking, insulting, or “mask shaming,” is not appropriate and will not be tolerated.

 Transportation

Grace Christian vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected regularly and between uses. Students who utilize morning or afternoon transportation routes will receive temperature screenings prior to boarding.

Athletics

Summer workouts have begun with symptom screenings for participating students before each session. Our state athletic association, the NCISAA, is planning additional guidelines for the fall season. Tryouts for Fall sports will begin on July 27th.

In closing, we look forward to welcoming each of our students safely back to school on August 19th. Our commitment to our mission of providing Excellence in Private Christian Education is stronger than ever before. We are investing, preparing and praying that the 2020-21 academic year will be our best yet. If we can help you or answer any questions, please reach out to the school office. We are available to help your family in every way we can.