Dear Parents and Jr./Sr. High School Students,
We continue to have good news about our planned reopening date of Wednesday, October 28! Sutter County has only seven more days to go until the required 14-day period of staying in the red tier, at which time we may return to in-person instruction. We are excited to have our students returning to the classrooms.
In order to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment for students and staff, we need to make some adjustments to the daily routine on campus. Therefore, please read the attached High School Reopening Plan carefully. Encourage your student to read it as well. The High School Reopening Plan is intended to be an addendum to the overall FCS Reopening Plan as posted on our website.
Here is the link to the overall reopening plan: https://www.fcs-k12.org/editoruploads/files/FCS_K-12_Reopening_Plan_-_October.pdf
Other attachments pertain to required paperwork to be submitted to the office, electronically or in person. Finally, I have attached the special schedule for class meeting times for the first week of school, October 28-30; and, the schedule of class meeting times on our new block schedule for every week after.
This Thursday, Oct. 22 is the last day that distance learning classes will meet via Zoom.
- The deadline for achieving fundraising levels for Jog-a-Thon prizes is this Thursday, Oct. 22.
- Virtual Chapel will still be done on Friday, Oct. 23.
- There will be no Zoom class meetings on Oct. 26 and 27; however, students will still have assignments to complete on these days.
Thank you again for your patience, support, and especially, your prayers.
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Rom. 115:13) NKJV
Lance J. Haliday
Jr./Sr. High School Principal
I wanted to bring our whole school family up to date with our most current information.
We have received some feedback regarding our Waiver application for resuming K-6 in-person learning. The first response was that our application had been sent to Dr. Luu with the comments that it was complete, ready for Dr. Luu’s review and that it “looked extremely professional.” We have also been told that we should hear back today, September 25, if there is anything that we need to change.
Dr. Luu is to forward our waiver to the CDPH for final approval of our reopening plan. The CDPH has been responding within two to three days, so we are anticipating knowing soon when we can officially open our K-6 classes for in person learning. The earliest that could be would be Monday, October 5. We will confirm the elementary opening date as soon as approval of our waiver is received.
We are also encouraged that the number of COVID-19 cases and the positivity rates of testing have been decreasing which should allow Sutter County to move from the purple to red tier. After we have been in the red tier for 2 weeks, we will be able to begin in-person learning for our 7-12 grades as well. As soon as that level is reached, we will communicate a reopening date for classes on our secondary campus.
While the waiting process has been difficult for everyone, you may not be aware that a few Christian Schools that have opened, in opposition to the state and health officials’ directives, have been ordered by the courts to “cease and desist” in-person learning.
Our school board has continued to follow legal counsel from our Association of Christian Schools International regarding our response to state and health officials’ directives. The court cases we have been monitoring regarding the constitutionality of mandates from the state, that have ordered school closures, are still hung up in the appeals court process, so there is no immediate relief in sight on the legal front.
We are grateful for the Day Camp option that has allowed several dozen students on both campuses to have supervised distance learning and we cannot wait for the rest of our students to join in-person.
Thanks for your prayers and continued support during these unusual times. We know these circumstances have not been easy for anyone, but we are trusting in God’s timing to be able to resume in-person learning very soon.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Dear FCS Jr. / Sr. High School Students and Parents,
We are very thankful and excited to have our first in-person Chapel service since last March! There is just something special about worshipping the Lord with other people right there with you.
Here are some important details about this special event:
- Chapel is at 11:30 a.m., on Thursday (Sept. 24) this week, not Friday as on our regular Distance Learning schedule.
- Chapel will be held outside, near the front entrance to the Gym. Folding chairs will be provided for students and staff. Some students may be in the sun so please keep this in mind and wear a hat if you want to.
- According to guidance from our Yuba-Sutter Bi-County Health Officer given to public and private schools, "Services may be conducted outdoors only and are limited to 100 or fewer people. Physical distancing of 6 feet or greater between all attendees must be maintained and face coverings must be worn." Please help our school stay in good standing with our county by following these guidelines. Noncompliance may mean a delay in getting our school approved for in-person instruction. Click here for a copy of the guidance to this email for your reference.
- Parents must conduct a health screening of their student(s) before they can come to campus for Chapel on Thursday. Parents are to use the myTempTracker tool available on our school's mobile app; or, via a web browser with the link: https://app.mytemptracker.com/ Please complete the health screening by 11:00 a.m. and have your student report to one of our office staff in the east parking lot to verify the screening before they sit down for chapel. Students already on campus with one of the distance learning pods/cohorts are to complete their health screening prior to coming to campus in the morning as usual.
- Students must be picked up from campus after Chapel no later than 12:30 p.m. There is no supervision for those remaining on campus after Chapel.
- The dress code for this Chapel is casual / comfortable yet modest. Students are not to wear anything that draws undue attention to themselves.
Please join me in praying that God's purposes for this Chapel will be accomplished. There are many things other than the Lord upon which we can focus our attention and energy. May we all fix our eyes on Jesus as we approach this special event. I look forward to seeing you this Thursday!
Lance J. Haliday
Jr./Sr. High School Principal
September 18, 2020
FCS Elementary Families,
Greetings as we close out another week, I trust you and your family are doing well.
Do you see the light at the end of the tunnel? We are looking forward to having our students on campus in the very near future. If all goes well with the waiver, we could have students back in class by October 1.
When we do return, we will need those coming back to campus for the first time this year to catch up on the new routines with those who have been able to be in one of the pods. Please note the following guidelines as we work to keep our campus safe for our students and staff:
- Everyone will need to sign the Parent Commitment (click here) and Notice of Release (click here) form before students will be able to attend class on campus. (If you have already completed these for Daycamp, you do not need to complete it again.)
- We must have everyone’s partnership in doing the daily morning temperature & health check and submitting the results on the school app for each student.
- When dropping off students in the morning, please be prepared to show the myTempCheck screenshot verifying the health check was submitted. Students are not to be allowed in class until the health screening check is verified.
- All 3rd-6th grade students will need to wear face coverings while on campus.
- We have been asked to limit the number of parents and/or visitors on campus to minimize exposure for our students and staff. Please avoid unnecessary visits to campus. Parents or visitors who need to come onto the campus are to wear a face-covering.
- If parents need to pick up their children early, please call the office and we will send your child out to meet you.
I also wanted to remind you that you can check your child’s grades through Family Portal. Though we won’t be issuing first quarter progress reports, if you are signed up for Auto Email Gradebook Progress Reports, you will begin receiving them this week. Please contact your student’s teacher if you have any questions about your child’s progress. First quarter report cards will be issued after the quarter ends on October 20.
Please visit our website to read and become familiar with our Reopening Plan. Please continue in prayer for approval of the waiver application and the safe return of our students to campus.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
Have a great weekend!
Faith Christian School