What Does 2021-22 Look Like at CCA Fort Lauderdale?

Discover what health and safety protocols will be in place during the 2021-22 school year on CCA’s Fort Lauderdale Campus.

As Calvary Christian Academy (CCA) continues to navigate providing a quality Christian education amidst a pandemic that is especially being felt in the South Florida region, the school’s leadership team remains committed to prayerfully making decisions that ultimately:

  • Keep the CCA community safe and functioning.
  • Take 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 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 is ever-changing.

Health and Safety Measures for 2021-22
Updated August 19, 2021

Cleaning and Spacing Protocols
CCA’s janitorial staff, as well as teachers and teacher assistants, are continuing to remain vigilant about disinfecting high-touch surfaces frequently throughout the school day. This includes ongoing cleaning procedures during the school day like classroom furniture being cleaned with disinfecting wipes and electrostatic sprayers equipped with hospital-grade disinfectants.

Hand sanitizing dispensers are still located throughout our property, and handwashing, especially in Lower School, is emphasized throughout the school day. Efforts are also being made to space students out as much as possible in classrooms and in other meeting spaces.

Visitors On Campus
As we provide the option for students to learn at home for the next three weeks (August 23-September 10), we also are going to pause on visitors coming to campus for any nonessential reason. This includes parents attending chapel, having lunch with their student, and volunteering. We plan to resume our regular visitor policy after this time period.
Face Coverings
CCA students and staff have the option of wearing a face covering while on campus. If you’re a Lower School parent who would like your child to wear a face covering while on campus, connect with your child’s teacher so they are aware and can partner with you in ensuring that happens during the school day.

Daily Home Symptom Screening

CCA is asking all parents to complete this mobile-friendly, easy-to-use screening each morning before sending their child(ren) to school. This screening will tell what steps should be taken If your child is symptomatic, tests positive, or if someone in your child’s household tests positive.

Tip: Set an alarm for each weekday morning to remind you to complete the check!

Q: What should I do if my child tests positive?
A: If a CCA student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, he/she should:
  1. Inform the CCA Clinic and CCA Attendance by calling 954-905-5105 or emailing JessieP@CCAEagles.org.
  2. Quarantine for a minimum of 10 days and isolate from family, if possible.
  3. Be fever-free for the last 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  4. Be cleared by the CCA Clinic to return.

Q: Should my child go to school if someone in our household is sick or has tested positive for COVID within the last 10 days?
A: No. Your child should plan to stay home and:
  1. Inform the CCA Clinic.
  2. If the student CAN isolate, he/she should:
    1. Isolate from the affected individual for the next 7 days and test for COVID on day 6 or 7.
    2. If negative, the result indicating so must be emailed to the CCA Clinic, before he/she returns to school on day 8. The student must also be symptom and fever-free without the aid of fever-reducing medication for the last 24 hours before returning.
    3. If the test comes back positive, please refer to the “What should I do if my child tests positive?” question above.
  3. If the student CANNOT isolate, once the affected individual is no longer COVID positive (at the end of their 10 days of quarantine):
    1. The student can start his/her 8-day quarantine and test for COVID on day 6 or 7.
    2. If negative, the result indicating so must be emailed to the CCA Clinic, before he/she returns to school on day 8. The student must also be symptom and fever-free for the last 24 hours before returning.
    3. If the test comes back positive, please refer to the “What should I do if my child tests positive?” question above.

Q. Should I send my child to school if they got COVID tested and are waiting for their results?
A. No. Students awaiting test results should proactively quarantine until their results come back and should have a parent inform CCA Attendance by calling 954-905-5105 or emailing JessieP@CCAEagles.org. If they are feeling well during this waiting period, they may watch the class recordings that teachers are sharing on their MyCCA class pages at the end of each day.

Note: Testing too early may result in a false negative. We recommend waiting approximately 6 to 7 days after being exposed to COVID-19 before testing.

Q: What if my child is sick but I’m pretty sure it’s not COVID-related and they have not been in close contact with a COVID-positive person to my knowledge?
A: 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. The student’s parent should notify CCA Attendance by calling 954-905-5105 or emailing JessieP@CCAEagles.org. 

Contact Tracing
CCA is continuing to contact trace. This means parents will be notified if it is determined that their child has been in close contact with someone on campus who has tested positive for COVID-19. If this is determined, his/her health condition is to be monitored for symptoms and the parent has the option of having their child quarantine. CCA will also notify the Florida Department of Health of close contact situations.

Recordings of Instructional Sessions
In the event a student is quarantining or tests positive and feels well enough to continue with his/her studies, they may watch the class recordings that teachers are sharing on their MyCCA class pages at the end of each day in order to stay on pace with their classes while they are out of school. Because there will be a delay, assignments are able to be completed up to two days after the class period in which they were originally due. Parents should inform CCA Attendance if their child is staying home to quarantine by calling 954-905-5105 or emailing JessieP@CCAEagles.org. 
Temporary Online Learning Option
From August 23-September 10

CCA’s Fort Lauderdale campus will be introducing a three-week Asynchronous Online Learning option for parents who have medical concerns for their children and are committed to having them observe a whole-life quarantine during this period. If you decide to opt into this program, your K-12 child will be permitted to learn from home through the recorded classroom instructional sessions that teachers are posting to MyCCA at the end of each day. Pre-K teachers will prepare packets to be sent home, rather than recording sessions.

Please note that this form of online learning will not take place in real-time during the school day like we offered last school year and will not be available to CCA families who have a state scholarship, due to state regulations. If you’re a CCA parent interested in having your child participate in this option, visit CCAEagles.org/Online to complete a simple form. Parents can complete this form at any point during the three-week period, and students may return back to school on or before Monday, September 13.

CCA Clinic
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.

School Nurse Contact Info:
Annette Derr
T: 954-905-5487
E: Annette@CCAEagles.org

Suzi Stechert
T: 954-905-5486
E: SuziS@CCAEagles.org

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.

Walking Forward in Faith

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.

“Although our hope is that the COVID trends will look more favorable over the next few weeks, I pray you find peace knowing that regardless of what the future holds, God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving," said Dr. Jason Rachels, President of Calvary Christian Academy.
"His Word says that He has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Let’s speak these truths over our children this school year and help them BUILD their trust in the Lord Almighty as we too do the same.”

  • CCA Communications
    Sara, thank you for commenting on our article regarding the procedures that are in place for this coming school year. As you can imagine, making decisions regarding the start of school during a pandemic is challenging. They are also taken very seriously and with a lot of counsel. The leadership team has met again (after the article was originally published), and some adjustments were made, addressing what students should do in the event someone in their household tests positive for COVID-19 (see Response to Cases section). All of us will need to do our part to keep our community safe. This includes Daily Health Screenings (CCAEagles.org/Check), and communicating well with the school and people we come in contact with. The start of the school year will be different than last year, but the school leadership team is committed to monitoring and reviewing our policy as time goes on.
  • Sara Procaccini
    Due to the Delta variant being more contagious and now affecting younger children at a higher rate, will there be any changes to the CCA rules, such as requiring masks to be worn and online learning for the 2021-2022 school year?
  • Ted Key
    Blessed to have our kids attend CCA. Thankfull for the leadership. Appreciate everything that was done to keep our little ones safe last yr but am thankful we are moving away from masks. Thank you to everyone at CCA for loving our kids through this crazy time and for all of the extra work you did to keep in person learning an option. Great leadership great teachers
  • Ledys Ramos
    Thank you for your leadership and wise decisions as we know the Delta variant is a less aggressive strength compared to last year and children’s are not at risk for complications. Ledys Ramos APRN, FNP
  • Louis Ferolito
    To the Entire Calvary Faculty , Thank You for your dedication. Your decision process and school guidelines should be set as an example for all academic facilities throughout our country . As parents knowing our children are being educated in a faith based secure school system is a Blessing in today’s world .
  • Frances Zarick
    Yes! Thank You all for not masking our children again, For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of love and of a sound mind 2 Timothy 1:7
  • Mychelle Lee Pavlik
    We are so grateful for everything you continue to do. Your ability to meet and exceed each need, is miraculous. We are excited to have our kiddos being able to share their smiles again with you all! Love you CCA, but Jesus loves you more! Well done!

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