UPDATE: Special Schedule for Friday, October 30th
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 High School Reopening Plan (click to view) 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. Click here to view the overall plan.
Parents are to diligently complete the myTempTracker health form on the school app daily. Students or staff will not be allowed in class until the health form check is submitted.
- This Thursday, Oct. 22 is the last day that distance learning classes will meet via Zoom.
- The deadline for achieving fundraising levels for Lion Run 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.
- Click to view the schedule of class meeting times on our new block schedule beginning Nov. 2.
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
We just received Final Approval of our waiver from California Department of Public Health! Praise God!
Grades K-6 will begin in-person learning on Tuesday, October 13.
Please follow these steps as we transition from Day Camp pods and distance learning to in-person learning:
Friday, October 9
This will be the last day of Day Camp pods and formal distance learning. Students in the pods will take the last portion of the day and move their school supplies from their pod desks to their assigned classroom desks.
Monday, October 12
There will be no elementary pods or distance learning. This will be a transition day. We will ask students who have been distance learning to bring their school supplies from home and set up their desks in their classroom at the parent’s convenience between 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Don’t forget to wear a face covering!) The teachers will be working in their rooms to make the transition from distance learning to in-person classroom learning.
Tuesday, October 13
Welcome back! This will be the first day of in-person learning for grades K-6.
- Parents are to commit to reading the FCS Reopening Plan on the FCS website and completing the daily student health check on the school app.
- Parents must sign and have on file in the office the Parent Commitment and COVID-19 Notice and Release before students may come to class. (Click each to download and print. Daycamp parents do not have to re-sign.)
- Parents are to diligently complete the myTempTracker health form on the school app daily. Students or staff will not be allowed in class until the health form check is submitted.
- Students in grades 3-6 are required to wear a face covering when arriving or leaving campus and when in class. Students in grades K-2 are encouraged but not required to wear face coverings.
- School hours will be the normal 8:30-2:45 Elementary Schedule and normal school dress code will resume.
- Students will go directly to their classroom when dropped off at the flagpole between 8:15 and 8:30. Parents are asked to show a screen shot of their TempTracker clearance form.
- Students will need to bring their lunches, snacks and water bottles as no food will initially be able to be provided under the current health guidelines.
- Day Care will be different based on current guidelines and families must sign up in advance. (Click here to sign up for daycare.) It will be only for those who specifically need day care because of work related issues.
- To limit the number of persons on campus, unnecessary visits are not allowed at this time. Please avoid unnecessary “drop-ins” or visits during the school day.
- If you need to pick up your child at a time other than normal pick up, please call the office and we will send your child out to meet you.
We look forward to having our students back on campus! Thank you for your prayers and patience.
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
We are a little over two weeks into our new school year and we have some great news to share with you!
We heard today from our Bi-County Health Officer Dr. Luu that she is now accepting, for her review, K-6 Waiver Applications and Reopening Plans. We just finalized the new waiver application provided by the state and formally submitted the waiver to Dr. Luu. We are to allow two weeks to hear whether our waiver is approved.
Special thanks go out to Debbie Jewell and Sallee McCleskey who have worked diligently along with many of our staff to make the waiver application a reality. Please pray our application will find favor in the review process.
Our Reopening Plan is now available for your review on our website at fcs-k12.org We have been using the reopening plan as a guide for our Day Camp distance learning supervision program. We appreciate the support and cooperation from all families in following through on the protocols for maintaining a safe environment for our students and staff.
We will keep you updated as we hear any news on our waiver application.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20