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Coronavirus Update

Dear WCA Family,

 

The well-being of our faculty, staff, and especially our students is always our number one priority. Although we currently have no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our efforts to plan and prepare our community in response to this global crisis continue to evolve as new information and updated public health guidance are made available.

 

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan and Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, announced the closure of all Maryland public schools from Monday, March 16 through March 27, 2020. In accordance, Woodstream Christian Academy will be closed March 16, 2020 through March 27, 2020. 

 

Grades K-12 will engage in CYBER LEARNING from Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 27.  Assignments will be provided by teachers via FACTS SIS (RenWeb), Google Classroom, Class Dojo, etc. as specified by our academic instructors. Please be mindful of communications regarding these assignments as it is important that our students maintain as much continuity as possible.

 

March 16 - 27 - Cyber Learning

 

On Monday, March 16, we will enact a distance learning plan to maintain the continuity of learning for students in grades K-12. All classes will not necessarily meet the same way each day, and teachers may choose to guide their classes differently based on their age and grade level. Students should refer to their tutors for more specific information. Tutors will communicate their plans directly to students and parents.

 

Cyber learning may present a few challenges for some students, and therefore, we ask for your cooperation to ensure that instruction and learning continue at the highest level while our campus is closed. Please emphasize with your students that this period prior to Easter Break is not a vacation; it is an online continuation of their regular schoolwork. Please notify your tutors promptly with any challenges or concerns.

 

Please alert the school by close of business Friday, March 13, 2020 if your family does not have access to the internet or proper equipment for online instruction at home.

 

Please note, the third quarter will end March 27th since cyber learning will continue through at least Friday, March 27. We will reassess and communicate with families a new timeline regarding grades and report cards for third quarter, and the start of fourth quarter. 

 

Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience as we work through this challenge together.

 

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As a precaution, our school will continue to prioritize cleaning and sanitizing.  There appear to be no concerns over exposure risk to our community at this time. Fortunately, there are currently no confirmed cases at WCA.

 

All in-person events and all on-campus activities at the school are also postponed or canceled through March 27. Our BPA sponsored March Madness event is also canceled.

 

If a WCA student, employee or family member suspects that they have contracted or have been exposed to the coronavirus, in addition to notifying your physician and appropriate local authorities, please notify us immediately.  In the wake of school closing, please email vchristian@woodstreamacademy.com in lieu of calling.

 

Monday, March 30

 

Target date to reopen school campus for regular instruction.  Again, the decision to reopen on this date will be based on guidance from local, state, and national health officials.

 

Determinations about Spring Break and other events post March 27 (aside from March Madness which is canceled) are to be determined and will be announced.

 

If a WCA student, employee or family member suspects that they have contracted or have been exposed to the coronavirus, in addition to notifying your physician and appropriate local authorities, please notify us immediately. In the wake of school closing, please email vchristian@woodstreamacademy.com in lieu of calling.

 

Should I report sickness of my student while school is closed?

 

Yes, please contact the school during this period if your student or a family member becomes ill during this period.  This information is valuable to us regarding future decisions about reopening the campus for regular school operation.  During this period, if your child develops a fever (average normal temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit), please contact the school. If your child exhibits sneezing or coughing, please contact the school.  Seek medical attention for your child if their symptoms do not improve.


Hand washing and good hygiene practices are imperative year round in the control of communicable diseases. Encourage your child to wash their hands frequently, especially before eating. Remind your child not to share drinks or food with any of their classmates.


Remind your child to cough and/or sneeze into a tissue, dispose of the tissue properly, and wash their hands.

 

Where can school communities and staff get more information about COVID-19?

 

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving and WCA is closely monitoring developments.


Please visit the Center for Disease Control website (www.cdc.gov), which will be frequently updated to reflect changes in CDC guidelines related to COVID-19.

 

WCA cares about you and the well-being of our community.

 

Best,

 

Vernetta Christian, J.D.

Superintendent of Schools