Important information for CLA Families from Thad Bennett – Headmaster.
UPDATE (Aug 3, 2020): Please see SCHOOL REOPEN PLANS 2020.PDF for detailed information on CLA’s plan to stay safe during the 2020-2021 school year.
Dear CLA Parent or Guardian,
We greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. What a year this has been! A good passage to consider especially at this time is from James 4:15.Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’”
As the Lord wills, Christian Liberty Academy plans to open for in-person instruction on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
Recently the school board and our CLA nurse met to discuss how we can plan to reopen safely in September. We carefully reviewed the CDC and state guidelines and discussed what we can expect of our staff and students.
We believe that in-person instruction is best for students. We are excited to get back to this mode of instruction.
Here are the key guidelines as we reopen:
Face coverings will be determined based on parental choice. If you determine this is what you want for your child, then we will work with you to encourage your child to wear a mask that you will provide.
As a school and as parents, we will stress the importance of healthy hygiene. CLA will make sure we have adequate supplies of soap and hand sanitizer, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes.
We are blessed to have a large facility. We will ensure that no classrooms are overcrowded and that desks can be spread out to encourage social distancing.
Another benefit of our larger and older building is that the heating system does not circulate air, but depends on radiators in each classroom. This does help keep germs from circulating from one room to another.
We don’t believe it is in the best interest of a child to be in one classroom all day. Students will go to the cafeteria for lunch where they will be spread out with the recommended distancing of six feet. Students will sit in an assigned spot in the lunchroom. Parents, we will be asking you to make sure you provide your child with a lunch. We will have only milk and limited snacks available for purchase rather than the fuller lunch program we have provided.
Another very important aspect is to make sure you are not sending your child to school when he or she is not feeling well.
In general, you should keep your child home from school when they have any of the following symptoms or illnesses. They need to stay home for at least 24 hours after the symptoms are gone to make sure they are no longer ill and contagious to others.
• Fever 100.0 degrees F. or greater – stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
• Seems very tired and needs bed rest (this is common with flu symptoms).
• Becomes short of breath or is wheezing.
• Has a cough that disrupts normal activity.
• Has distracting pain from earache, headache, sore throat or recent injury.
• Has yellow or green drainage from eye(s).
• Breaks out in a rash; not all rashes require that a child stay home from school so check with your child’s doctor.
• Your child should stay home from school if the child has a contagious disease. A contagious disease is one that can be spread by close contact with a person or object. Examples are: chickenpox, flu, vomiting, diarrhea, colds, strep throat and “pinkeye.”
• Any student who contracts COVID-19, or has an immediate family member in the household with COVID-19, will be asked to stay home for at least two weeks.
Thank you again for your support of CLA through this challenging time. By God’s grace we look forward to the start of our next school year on Sept. 10, 2020. Pray for us. We will pray for you.
Please share this information with other friends who are making a decision about where their children will be going to school next year. We have space for more students next year.