As Calvary Christian Academy (CCA) continues to navigate providing a quality Christian education amidst a pandemic, the school’s leadership team remains committed to prayerfully making decisions that ultimately:
- Keep the CCA community safe and functioning.
- Take scientific data and parental feedback into account.
- Encourage personal responsibility to help maintain a healthy learning environment.
- Empower parents to make decisions they believe are in the best interest of their child(ren).
- Provide excellent opportunities for students to thrive spiritually, academically, and socially.
We invite you to continue reading to learn how CCA has fared up to this point and what health and safety protocols will be observed on campus during the 2021-22 school year. Please note that these protocols are subject to change as the situation at hand may change.
God’s Faithfulness in 2020-21
- There was no known student-to-teacher transmission or teacher-to-student transmission.
- Only six COVID cases were believed to be a result of in-school transmission.
- For students on campus, there was an average daily positivity rate of approximately 0.02% at any given time.
Additionally, in settings where face coverings were not worn by students (such as lunch, athletic activities, Pre-K classrooms, etc.), COVID positivity rates were comparable to settings in which face coverings were required and worn.
These favorable outcomes were on par with various research studies that have concluded children are not significant spreaders of COVID-19.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics
(AAP), “at this time, it still appears that severe illness due to COVID-19 is rare among children” in the U.S. — an outcome other countries
are experiencing as well (July 26, 2021). Cumulative nationwide data shared by the AAP has revealed that:
- 0.1%-1.9% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in hospitalization.
- Children were 0.00%-0.26% of all COVID-19 deaths, and 8 states reported zero child deaths.
- In states reporting, 0.00%-0.03% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in death. The percent of child cases resulting in death reported by the state of Florida was 0.00% (see slide #28).
Additionally, a recent Healthline.com
article reported that despite the rise in cases in some areas, “the percentage of hospitalizations is not increasing in children as a result of the delta variant, according to the most recent data available”
(July 19, 2021). Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, was quoted in this article stating that “hospitalizations are not increasing in children as a result of the delta variant, so they still seem at low risk of COVID-19 even with this variant.”
“[The Lord] has proven to be our solid rock during every season.” –Dr. Jason Rachels
Health and Safety Protocols for 2021-22
CCA students and staff have the option of wearing a face covering while on campus; they will not be required. Parents who desire for their child(ren) to wear a face covering during school hours will need to have that conversation with them, as CCA staff will not be responsible for holding students accountable.
CCA’s janitorial staff as well as teachers and teacher assistants will continue to remain vigilant about disinfecting high-touch surfaces frequently throughout the school day. And although daily temperature checks and social distancing will not be enforced on campus, CCA is still encouraging parents to conduct the CCA Daily Health Screening
each morning before sending their child(ren) to school. Any students feeling unwell should plan to stay home until they are symptom and fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Should any students feel unwell during the school day, they should report to the CCA Clinic where our two full-time nurses will be able to provide a medical assessment and advise their parents on next steps. COVID-19 tests and vaccines will not be available at the clinic; CCA families are encouraged to see a health care provider if this is something they’d like access to.
With vaccines now available to children ages 12 and up, parents are in the position to decide if that is something they want for their children. There are no COVID-19 vaccine requirements in place on CCA’s campuses.
Response to Cases
If a CCA student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they should:
- Inform the CCA Clinic.
- Quarantine for a minimum of 10 days.
- Return back to campus being fever free for the last 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
The Florida Department of Health (FDH) will contact the individual who tested positive to conduct contact tracing. FDH will inform those who may have been in close contact with the individual who tested positive; CCA staff will not be responsible for contact tracing.
In the event students are absent due to a COVID or quarantine-related absence, they will have the opportunity to watch recordings of the instructional portions of the classes that they missed. The recordings, made available through MyCCA
, will allow for asynchronous
learning and will provide students with the necessary tools to stay on pace with their classes while they are out of school. Our hope and prayer is that little to no students will need to exercise this option so they can reap all the benefits of a robust, in-person education.
Full-Time Mobile Learning Decision
After surveying CCA parents who had one or more children designated as full-time mobile learners during the 2020-21 school year and reviewing the data from those who completed the survey, a decision was made to only move forward with on-campus instruction in 2021-22.
The survey results revealed that less than 1% of CCA’s community had a desire to learn virtually, understanding the limited class offerings and medical requirements this potential option would entail.
CCA’s leaders will continue to closely monitor the situation as our school community marches forward in prudence and faith to further our eternal mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.
“Because the Lord’s mercies are new every day, I know He has great things in store for CCA families this school year. He has proven to be our solid rock during every season,” said Dr. Jason Rachels, President of Calvary Christian Academy.
If your family is praying about a change in schools and would like to be a part of what God has in store for the CCA community during the 2021-22 school year, sign up for a tour by visiting CCAEagles.org/Tour.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” –Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)