Returning to Campus
- A Note from Head of School Barry Giller
- FAQs - Health and Safety
- FAQ - Learning
- FAQ - Operations
Dear Charlotte Christian Community,
Throughout the summer, our team has diligently sought the Lord’s guidance and wisdom on how to open school in the safest manner possible that also provides all of our students with the best situation for them to grow spiritually, academically, socially and physically. Over the past few months I have consulted with our Health Professionals Advisory Council as well as our peer school leaders in our city and around the country. Like many of you, I have read the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC along with our state and local health officials. As we heard from Governor Cooper, we encourage all those eligible to receive one of the vaccines; however, we are not requiring the vaccine for our employees or students. I am so grateful for God’s continued protection and provision and knowing that His hand is upon us and am excited that we will begin school in just three weeks.
Please read over all of the information carefully to understand our approach to keeping our campus safe. We will continue to update this webpage as changes are needed. Though we have created a thorough plan to open school, we also know that our situation may change and that we could not predict for all scenarios. With that in mind, we will continue to monitor our wellness on campus as well as in our city and immediate area. If we feel that we need to make adjustments to maintain a healthy campus for all, we will communicate those changes in a timely manner.
Head of School
We will maintain the current 2021-22 academic calendar and welcome students back to campus for a staggered start the week of Aug. 16-20.
We will share more details about the school year as they develop and encourage you to check this page regularly.
AP Classes begin Monday, Aug. 16.
Upper school students enrolled in an AP class begin (A-day, then B-day on Aug. 17.)
Lower School begins Wednesday, Aug. 18.
First day of school for lower school students.
Middle and Upper School begins Thursday, Aug. 19.
First day of school for middle and upper school students.
All wellness and safety practices will be shared in the classrooms and through signage around campus. We will continue to monitor and adapt our policies as necessary.
All employees and students are required to wear a mask while indoors. Exceptions will be made when eating in the dining hall for lunch, participating in an indoor P.E. class and practicing or playing in the gym for our student-athletes. If a teacher is six feet away from the students, they may remove their mask while instructing the class; however, if they move to work in a small group or with an individual student, they will return to wearing a mask. Employees will not be required to wear a mask if they are alone in their office or classroom. We will review our current plan on Sept. 17 to adjust any or all protocols as warranted.
Parents may drop off students starting at 7:15 a.m., no student is allowed to arrive earlier than this time. Upon arrival, lower and middle school students will go to their classroom (lower school) or first-period classroom (middle school). Upper school students who arrive between 7:15-7:45 a.m. will go to the dining hall, and after 7:45 a.m. will go to their first-period classroom. Breakfast will not be served.
In partnership with Flik, food safety practices will be in place. The dining hall will return to full service this school year with a few exceptions. The salad bar, sandwich bar and panini machines will be available for the appropriate grade levels. At lunch, students will sit six per table and outdoor seating will continue to be available. Flik will not serve breakfast. Outside lunch delivery is not permitted.
Hand sanitizer stations will be available at all building entry points.
All visitors will check in at the Hendrick Center or upper school office. Visitors will not be allowed in the classrooms or in the dining hall at lunch.
Social distancing guidelines will be enforced whenever possible including offices, classrooms, etc.
To ensure the health and well-being of our community, we have upgraded our cleaning procedures.
Our HVAC units have been upgraded to include hospital grade filters.
An increased cleaning staff is assigned to campus to disinfect our common areas.
Our playgrounds will be available to use and will be cleaned by electrostatic fogging as needed.
Each evening our dining halls, health rooms, campus restrooms, weight rooms and athletic locker rooms will be disinfected.
Our classrooms, office spaces, hallways and Alkire Auditorium will be cleaned by electrostatic fogging as needed.
Teachers will conduct a daily cleaning of classroom supplies, manipulatives and technology.
We have installed plexiglass screens in reception areas.
Students are encouraged to bring water bottles from home as there will not be access to water fountains. There are numerous water filling stations available around campus.
Protocols when students or staff are COVID-19 symptomatic.
If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, the following steps will take place:
The student, and their household, will be required to quarantine at home.
NC Department of Health & Human Services
The school will contact the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and will follow their recommendations.
The school will send a notifying email to the necessary class, grade or division.
Our facilities team will conduct a deep clean around the student's space and classroom.
The following COVID-19 protocols are subject to change based on our current campus wellness and/or additional recommendations from local, state and national advisory groups. (Updated August 9, 2021)
HEALTH AND SAFETY
What is the mask policy?
All employees and students are required to wear a mask while indoors. Exceptions will be made when eating in the dining hall for lunch, participating in an indoor P.E. class and practicing or playing in the gym for our student-athletes.
If a teacher is six feet away from the students, they may remove their mask while instructing the class; however, if they move to work in a small group or with an individual student, they will return to wearing a mask.
Employees will not be required to wear a mask if they are alone in their office or classroom.
We will review our current plan on Sept. 17 to adjust any or all protocols as warranted.
- Masks are not required for any outdoor activities regardless of vaccination status.
Are you requiring students and/or employees to be fully vaccinated?
We strongly encourage all students and employees to be vaccinated; however, it is not required for any individual. Those who are vaccinated will have different protocols if exposed to a positive case of COVID-19. If your student has received the COVID-19 vaccine, please send a picture of the vaccine card to email@example.com. This information will help in the event we need to contact trace and your student is involved.
What happens if my student tests positive?
Students who test positive or with the following types of exposures will need to quarantine if they have not completed the COVID-19 vaccination before the exposure occurred:
- Close contact criteria includes students who were within six feet of someone contagious with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more over the course of a day (24 hours) two days prior to symptoms starting.
- Students who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19.
- It has been at least 14 days after their series was fully completed (14 days since their final vaccination dose - second dose in a two-dose series or one dose in a one-dose series).
- As a reminder, if a positive COVID-19 case occurs in a lower school classroom, the entire classroom will quarantine.
Will we continue to contact trace and could my child be quarantined?
- Yes, we will continue to contact trace this school year and your child could be quarantined depending on the situation.
- If your student is vaccinated and not showing any symptoms, they do not need to quarantine.
- All close contacts and household members who are not vaccinated are required to quarantine for 14 days since last exposure.
- A student’s quarantine period after exposure as a close contact may be reduced to:
- 7-day quarantine if the student has had no symptoms and submits a negative PCR test to the health room on day five or later after exposure.
- 10-day quarantine if it is verified that the student does not have any symptoms present or any household members, and/or the positive household member has been in isolation for at least 10 days.
- Please note rapid tests will not be accepted.
Quarantine information for those who are vaccinated:
If someone has completed the COVID-19 vaccination (two doses in a two-dose series or one dose in a one-dose series), is two weeks past the last dose and submitted a copy of their vaccination card to the health room and is exposed, they do not need to quarantine if all of the following are true:
- The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed.
- They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.
If my student has had COVID-19 in the past, will they still have to quarantine?
If someone has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days and is exposed again, they do not need to quarantine if all of the following are true:
- Their illness was laboratory confirmed in the past 90 days and submitted to the health room.
- If any symptoms develop within 14 days following exposure, a negative PCR test will be required before returning to campus.
Do we need to complete the School Pass app prior to arrival on campus?
No. This tool was helpful last year but we do not believe it is necessary this year, and we strongly encourage all parents to consult our COVID-19 decision tree if they have any questions or their student is displaying any symptoms.
Will there be temperature checks upon arrival on campus?
No. We discontinued this in the lower and middle school last spring and will extend that to all employees and students this year. If a student or employee does have a temperature it is imperative for them to stay home and follow the guidance of the COVID-19 decision tree.
What about social distancing?
In situations where students are together for periods of longer than 15 minutes, we will continue to social distance as best as possible. In the middle and upper school we will continue to have at least three feet space between student desks. In the lower school we will continue to keep classes together (a cohort model) throughout the day with minimal to no exposure to students in the other classes. This would include lunch and recess.
What will be the cleaning, handwashing and sanitation protocols?
- We are thankful for our strong partnership with the Johnson Group who provides janitorial services on campus. Throughout the day they will clean high-touch surfaces, and each evening classrooms will be cleaned thoroughly.
- Hand sanitizer will be available for students in all classrooms, restrooms, building entrances and the dining hall.
- Desks will be cleaned at the end of the day, and teachers may ask for student assistance in this cleaning.
- When needed, classrooms, locker rooms, playgrounds and other areas may be fogged if a positive case of COVID-19 has been identified on campus.
- We continue to operate with hospital-grade filters in our HVAC systems.
What about some of the other protocols that were in place last year?
- The office and reception areas will continue to have plexiglass protective screens in place.
- The water fountains will only be available as water bottle filling stations.
- Maskless singing will be allowed on campus.
- Middle and upper school lockers are available upon request at the respective school office.
- Middle and upper school P.E. classes will use the locker rooms to change for their P.E. classes. Please note we are returning to our standard appearance code this school year.
- We will discontinue one-way hallways for COVID-19 purposes; however, the divisions may adopt something similar due to construction on campus or to better control traffic flow between classes.
Is there an At-Home option for my student if we are not comfortable with these protocols?
As announced last spring, we are not offering an At-Home learning option for students for the 2021-22 school year. Online learning will only be available to students who are deemed to quarantine due to COVID-19 by the CCS health room. An At-Home option will not be available for any other reason.
If my student is quarantined, can they participate in their classes from home?
Yes, if your student is quarantined due to exposure to a positive COVID-19 test or tests positive for COVID-19, the division principal will work with your family on how to connect your student to their classes and the work required during the days they are quarantined. Students will not transition to online learning while awaiting COVID-19 test results.
What about attending the annual spiritual retreat to Windy Gap?
As of right now, we fully plan to take both the middle and upper school students to Windy Gap the week of Sept. 19-24. We will continue to monitor and evaluate COVID-19 safety protocols prior to the trip. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test or COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all students, employees or parent volunteers attending Windy Gap.
Will all-division chapels be held in the Alkire Auditorium?
Yes, we plan to host chapels in Alkire Auditorium on Thursdays and we are excited to have our students together to worship the Lord and open God’s word. We will start the school year with our first all-school chapel in August in the athletic stadium. We will then host chapels in Alkire Auditorium with one grade watching in person and the remaining grades watching via livestream while we monitor campus wellness at the beginning of school.
What will arrival look like for my student?
Parents may drop off students starting at 7:15 a.m., no student is allowed to arrive earlier than this time. Upon arrival, lower and middle school students will go to their classroom (lower school) or first-period classroom (middle school). Upper school students who arrive between 7:15-7:45 a.m. will go to the dining hall, and after 7:45 a.m. will go to their first-period classroom.
How will the dining hall operate this year?
- The dining hall will return to full service this school year with a few exceptions. The salad bar, sandwich bar and panini machines will be available for the appropriate grade levels.
- Middle and upper school students will have the option to purchase items for their daily break time.
- Middle and upper school students will have the option to purchase snack items after school.
- At lunch, we will sit six students per table and the sixth graders will eat in the dining hall. Seating will be monitored and/or assigned for contact tracing purposes. We will continue to utilize outdoor seating during lunch times.
- Flik will begin the school year using disposable dishes and utensils.
- Breakfast will not be offered until further notice.
- Upper school students will continue to have a split lunch which is determined by their third-period class.
- Outside food will not be allowed unless prior approval from the classroom teacher, division office or health room.
- Birthday celebrations may take place with store bought items delivered to the division office or advisor. The Knight Birthday package will not be offered this school year.
Will parents be allowed on campus?
We are excited to welcome parents back on campus; however, to begin the school year there will be some limitations. Parents are able to meet with teachers or administrators on campus, participate in parent education and PTF programming on campus.
Until further notice, parents will not be able to attend chapels, eat lunch in the dining hall or volunteer in a classroom. We want to kick off the new year with our adjusted protocols and we will reevaluate these a few weeks after school has started. We may choose to offer some of our parent meetings and programming via Zoom or livestream based on the feedback we received in last year’s parent survey.