Just like schools from all sectors across our country, Mountain View Christian School was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring. Schools were closed by state mandate during the month of March-with little to no advance notice. We were forced to pivot our instructional practices and business operations in the face of this new reality.
We want to apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, either by instructional practices or business operations.
Now, as the new school term approaches, uncertainty persists around what the year will look like for families, students, and school staff alike. At Mountain View, we are currently devising well-written, actionable plans for how we will consider the well being of our students and staff next year. While this will take some time to complete, we wanted to inform you of some of the measures we will be taking.
*First of all, banning any further State mandates, we plan to open school on September 8, 2020, as recommended by our Governor. Also, we will have five full days of school (except for holidays and other observances) as our calendar indicates.
*Due to the COVID-19 virus, school facilities will receive increased levels of cleaning and sanitizing.
*We will limit group sizes to maintain social distancing in the classroom, as well as other areas.
*We must also ensure that only healthy individuals are entering the campus. Each teacher, staff member, and student entering the building each day will have a temperature check and be required to cleanse their hands or use hand sanitizer. (If your child is allergic to hand sanitizer or cannot use it for any reason, please send appropriate wipes for their use.)
*To support and enforce this screening approach, parents will be required to sign a legally-binding waiver of liability and health screening agreement.
*All students will be required to enter through the main front entrance, except preschool or those going to Extended School. Teachers will begin receiving students at front entrance at 8:00 a.m.
*Each morning when arriving, please remain in your vehicle when dropping your child off to school until temperature check is completed for your child. A teacher will let you know when the student has been accepted for admittance. Parents are asked not to enter the school building.
*Upon initial entry into the building, students will be required to wear a mask until seated in their classrooms. They will no longer gather in the Fellowship Hall upon arrival. Wearing masks in the classroom will not be mandatory but will be left to the discretion of the parents; however, students age 9 and older may be asked to wear their mask when in hallways or other social areas.
*Teachers will wear a mask when closely working with individual students.
*All classrooms will be equipped with hand sanitizer, disinfectant sprays, wipes, gloves, and paper towels. Desks and other surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day.
*During warm weather we will utilize our outside areas for play, lunch, breaks, special classes, etc.
*Classes will split time between eating in the lunchroom and their classrooms to accommodate physical distancing.
*Mountain View Christian School will follow all directives by the State and County Health Departments. Also, Mountain View Christian School operates as an Exemption K School with the WV Department of Education. We receive from the Education Department each year, upon submission of Standardized Test Scores, approval to operate in the State of West Virginia. As always, it is our desire to cooperate fully with these government agencies.
We realize that many more questions will arise, and we will try to handle them as best we can in order to provide instruction for your children and to offer a protective environment. After such a taxing few months, we hope to bring some joy into the students’ lives and are planning some special activities for them to enjoy.
Thank you for placing your trust in Mountain View Christian School. We know that we will have God’s help as we plan for our new school year. We pray over our school, our staff, our students, and our parents that God will keep us safe. We appreciate you and your understanding. We ask that you pray for us as we make these difficult decisions.
We leave you with these words from Isaiah 41:10: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Pastor and Audrey Bloomfield