Back-To-School Plan

Holy Cross Lutheran School

We are so excited to start our school year and we are looking forward to seeing your children! Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we work to create a plan that will allow us to open on time and on-campus, to stay open, and to keep all of our students, their families and our staff members safe. Our goal is to return to as much normalcy as possible while following the necessary safety guidelines.

The leadership team for the development of our Back-to-School Plan is comprised of the school administration, physicians, teachers and parents. This team has been working diligently to be up to date on the latest guidance from health and governmental agencies, to listen to the needs of our students, their families and our staff members, and to balance all of this information with our mission of providing a Christ-centered, nurturing ministry for children and their families, with an emphasis on academic excellence.

School Opening

CALENDAR

School will open as planned on August 13 for Kindergarten through 8th grade, and August 24 for preschool students.

Students will have the option of on-campus learning or remote learning.  More details regarding selecting remote learning is forthcoming.

Current school calendar.

START-OF-SCHOOL-YEAR ACTIVITIES

Meet the Teacher events, Preschool Practice Days and Parent Information Night are being redesigned and will be communicated by grade level.

Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher prior to the first day of classes.

BEFORE AND AFTER-SCHOOL CARE

Services will be provided for pre-registered students in cohorts to reduce interactions. Parents are asked to only use the services if they are necessary to support work schedules or emergency situations.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

Social distancing will be practiced when entering the building and additional entrances will be utilized for preschool.

DAILY SCREENING

Staff members and students will self-evaluate each morning prior to coming to school using the HealthCheck by Stratum app.

Staff and students will be selected at random for temperature checks prior to entering the building in the morning, and all will have it taken once mid-day.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

It is our goal to offer our regular sport options if appropriate controls are in place.  Spectators will not be allowed for indoor activities, and spectators for outdoor activities will be required to follow specific guidelines.

CHAPEL

Faith development and worship are an integral part of our school day. We will continue have Chapel services in a modified format. Chapel may be held outside, or live-streamed to the classrooms (with one class in attendance on a rotating basis.) Preschool chapel will be held in classrooms.

VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS

Visitors not essential to educational activities will not be allowed into the school building at this time.

PTO EVENTS

All events that cannot be held via ZOOM will be postponed at this time.

AFTERNOON WITH THE ARTS

Programs for grades 1-5 will be done as a class cohort. Classrooms will vote on the program they participate in. Programs will not incur a fee at this time.

Healthy Classrooms

COHORTS

Cohorts will be utilized as much as possible to limit contact with other students and adults.

CLASSROOM LAYOUT

Furniture will be arranged for physical distancing. Students will face the same direction, as feasible in each classroom.

Classes that are too large to social distance in the classroom will be utilizing alternative locations in the facility.

ASSIGNED SEATING

Students will have assigned seats in each classroom.

OUTDOOR LEARNING

We are blessed to have a beautiful campus with many outdoor spaces. The use of tents will provide options for outdoor learning spaces in addition to the regular classrooms.

LUNCH

Students will bring their lunch from home and eat in their classrooms or another assigned location where appropriate social distancing can be maintained.

Fun Lunch Friday will be offered weekly and delivered to the classroom.

MASKS & FACIAL COVERINGS

All staff and students will be required to have a mask/facial covering with them when on campus. 

Usage of mask/facial coverings will follow current Marion County Health Department Guidelines. 

[Information updated Aug. 4, 2020.]

HEALTHY HYGIENE

Healthy Hygiene practices including frequent handwashing, use of hand sanitizer, cough and sneezing etiquette, mask wearing and physical distancing will be taught and practiced.

Indiana Department of Education Back to School Face Covering Guidance.

SHARING OF COMMON ITEMS & INTENSIFIED CLEANING PROTOCOLS

Efforts will be made to minimize the use of shared items.

High-touch surfaces and shared spaces (playground) will be cleaned frequently with EPA-certified cleaners effective against COVID-19.

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

Attention will be paid to the social and emotional well-being of students.

Our Student Shepherd (staff counselor), Naomi Comfort Dog, resource materials for families, the church staff and professional counseling services will be available.

Healthy Policies

ISOLATION OF SICK STUDENTS

Staff or students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will receive further evaluation based off of the Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19 Screening Decision Tree and be safely isolated in an ill-student area under appropriate supervision until they can leave.

MONITORING ILL STUDENTS AND STAFF MEMBERS

Holy Cross has hired a part-time School Nurse to assist in the monitoring of ill students and staff members.

The Indiana State Department of Health guidelines will be utilized for determining when a staff member or student may return to school.

REMOTE LEARNING

Remote learning options will be given to all individuals requiring home-based learning either due to illness, COVID-19 exposure or evaluation requiring isolation/quarantine, or special health related conditions.

HIGH-RISK STUDENTS AND STAFF

Students, staff, or their family members who have pre-existing conditions making them at higher risk for a more severe case of COVID-19 and those who are unable to comply with the guidelines in the Back to School/Open to Inspire Plan should communicate with the school administration as soon as possible.

The leadership team will continue to meet on a regular basis and remain diligent in responding to new research and information being published by health officials. We cannot predict potential future developments regarding COVID-19 and will therefore remain flexible to adjust to potential changes, while maintaining our goal of on-campus learning. We ask for your support and cooperation as we adhere to our new guidelines.

Our school theme for the 2020-2021 school year is “Inspire,” and we are excited to be inspired and to inspire our students in all aspects of their lives. We will be working to have a wise mind, brave spirit, kind heart and a bold faith during this unique time. We look forward to serving you and thank you for being a part of our Holy Cross family.

A complete plan with more details and links to the latest medical information can be found here.