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ALCS Covid-19 Policies

It is the goal of the Abundant Life Christian School (ALCS) to provide our students and families with the safest and most positive educational experience possible at all times. ALCS is taking every possible precaution to mitigate risk to our school community.

The guidelines provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are applicable to all public and charter schools; private, independent and parochial schools may use the documents as guidelines. While the school will be following the guidelines provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education closely, there are areas in which, as a private school, the guidelines allow deviation. Areas where deviation will occur at ALCS, are eating in the classrooms, face shields for teachers while delivering instruction in front of the classroom and singing in the elementary grades.

In-Person Learning

It is our goal to provide full time in-person instruction. We intend to conduct in-person learning as long as it is in the best interest of the health and well-being of all students, staff, faculty and administration, or unless legally mandated to close and move to fully remote instruction. Students will be kept with their own classes as much as possible; however, there are some times that mixing of groups is unavoidable. Parents will be asked to sign a waiver acknowledging this. Desks will be spaced apart in the classrooms per Massachusetts guidance to maintain social distancing guidelines. Where feasible, desks may be spaced out at greater intervals.

Elementary students will remain with their classes throughout the day; each class will be considered a cohort. In middle school, students will stay in their homerooms with teachers moving from room to room whenever feasible. There will be times middle school grades may be mixed (PE, Bible classes and small groups).

Cleaning

Abundant Life has contracted a cleaning company that is able to meet all cleaning and disinfecting requirements per Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines. All telephones, switches, countertops, door handles, sinks and other flat surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily by the company. In addition, every classroom will be disinfected with a fogger daily. If there was to be a positive COVID-19 case in the school, the cleaning company will add the use of an electrostatic machine for disinfection of the classrooms. Teachers will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting desks and chairs in their classrooms. These procedures are in place not only for classrooms but for the offices, church areas, lobby and kitchens.

All technology devices used in the classroom will be sanitized by a staff member before being distributed to another student. Students are not to share devices at any time.

Hygiene Practices

The following hygiene protocols shall be reviewed and implemented with ALL students. Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently, but especially after mask breaks, before and after eating, and after using the restroom. Hand sanitizer will be in each classroom for regular use when hand washing is not feasible. There will be hand sanitizing stations located in specific common areas throughout the building.

Mask Policy

Masks will be required for all students, except students in Kindergarten and 1st grades. While not required in the classrooms Kindergarten and 1st grade students are strongly encouraged to wear masks. All students must wear masks when entering and leaving the school building and during hallway transitions. Students may use clear face shields over their masks. Paper or cloth masks are encouraged over use of bandanas and gaiters. Face shields may only be worn in lieu of masks if IEP or medical documentation necessitates. Masks/face shields are to be provided by the family, with cloth masks being washed daily. Please label all masks and shields with your child’s name. Students should bring an extra mask to leave in the classroom, also labeled appropriately and stored in a zip-top bag. The school will keep a supply of disposable masks on hand should students need one during the day. All school staff will be required to wear masks or face shields. Mask breaks will be given throughout the course of the day based on guidance from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Masks must be kept on except when eating or taking a mask break.

Teachers may elect to wear a face shield with or without a mask when presenting at front of the classroom.

If teachers elect to use singing as a mode of instruction in their classrooms, the teachers and students MUST be masked, regardless of grade level. Singing will only be done in music classes as an instructional tool should a concept need demonstration; choirs will NOT meet. Singing may be done as an instructional tool ONLY.

Visitor Screening

All visitors will be required to complete a screening before being allowed access.

Remote Instruction

Should a student be mandated out of school due to quarantine, arrangements will be made for that student to live stream his/her classes via Zoom or Google Meets so as to receive live instruction. Parents will be responsible for picking up any necessary materials from the school. Exact details of the instruction will be discussed should the need arise.

Should we be mandated to close and move to fully remote instruction Abundant Life will implement the following remote instruction learning plan:

Elementary School (K-5)

Parents will be required to pick up all necessary materials at scheduled time. Packets will be sent home with designated return days pre-determined. We will follow the two-week instruction, one-week makeup model. Work in all subject areas will be expected to be completed; volume will be set at a reasonable level for the alternative learning process. Daily attendance will be tracked via Sycamore based on the viewing of the daily instruction.

All math classes will be done live via Zoom or Google Meets daily. Times will be coordinated and communicated. The introduction of ANY new content in any subject area will be done live via Zoom and Google Meets with times coordinated and communicated by the teachers. Attendance at the live classes is mandatory and will be tracked.

Teachers will post videos and assignments on the Sycamore class home room pages. Sycamore drop box, discussion board and online assignments will be utilized by teachers.

Middle School (6-8)

Parents will be required to pick up all necessary materials at scheduled time. Packets will be sent home with designated return days pre-determined. Classes will meet live on an alternate day basis. Attendance is mandatory and will be tracked. Students will be assigned email addresses if they do not already have one.
Email addresses will be used strictly for communication between teachers and students, accessing Google Meets for live classes, Google docs, sheets, etc., for submission of work when designated by the teacher. Sycamore drop box, discussion board and online assignments may be used at the direction of the teachers. Daily instructions will be posted on the Sycamore class home page; attendance will be tracked based on viewing of the daily instructions.

Work in all content areas will be mandatory and expected to be completed by the due dates determined by the teachers. Regular grading and late penalty policies will be in effect. Workload will be adjusted based on the alternate learning platform.

Resource Room

All students who meet regularly for resource room services will continue to do so on a schedule determined in collaboration between staff and the family. These meetings will be done via Zoom or Google Meets.

Attendance is mandatory.

Technology Requirements

Every student must have reliable internet access. A laptop or desktop computer are preferred devices for remote instruction. Google Chrome should be installed on the appropriate device and used as the browser.

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