School Updates | Re: Coronavirus
April 2, 2020 [8:00am]
“You, God, will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.” -Isaiah 26:3, 4
Dear UCA Families,
I am writing to give a note of encouragement and a brief school update. We are starting to hear reports of public schools closing for the remainder of the year. For safety and health reasons, UCA may have to do the same, but we feel that waiting until mid-April would provide time for the quarantine to work and better data to make the best decision possible. Therefore, we will continue to pray and plan on school re-opening in May. We will monitor the situation closely and make a final decision on April 21, if not sooner. UCA will only re-open if the governmental executive orders are lifted, and the health and safety of our students and staff are not at-risk unnecessarily.
It is important for UCA families to understand an essential difference between UCA online learning versus what public schools are offering. Public schools may assign work and lessons to keep students busy during the closure, but by law the assignments cannot count toward students’ required education. In contrast, the UCA online lessons and work assigned are part of—and essential to—completing the year-long curriculum. The work that is being assigned by UCA teachers is graded and will count toward the students’ earned education credits. For this reason, it is essential that students stay up with their workload. We are blessed that, as a private school, we can continue the education of our children so that when school resumes, there will not be a large gap in student learning. Please make sure that your children understand and continue to give their best efforts because the work they are doing contributes to their learning AND counts toward their grades and educational credits.
I want to invite all students and families to join our All-School Easter Chapel on Thursday, April 9, at 8:15 am. Join us online as we celebrate Easter and encourage one another! A link to the service will be sent out next week.
Finally, I will be hosting a UCA “Town Hall” Meeting this Friday, April 3, at 8:30 am. Please join me at this Zoom meeting for a time of fellowship, to hear the latest school news, and to share your questions, suggestions, or concerns over school matters. To participate, simply click on this link when it’s time for the meeting to start:
Topic: UCA Town Hall Meeting
Time: Apr 3, 2020 08:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/232684105
March 20, 2020 [12:00pm]
Dear UCA Parents,
As you have probably heard, residents of California are under an executive order to stay at home and practice social distancing in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. This order applies to public and private schools. Many California school districts, including Chaffey, have announced that they will be closed until at least May 1. In compliance with the executive order, and in order to assist families and teachers with planning, the UCA campus will remain closed until May 1, and all instruction will be offered online. We will continue to monitor the situation, and It is our prayer and sincere hope that we will be able to re-open regular classes on Monday, May 4.
Our teachers and principals have done a remarkable job of transitioning our school to online instruction. We understand that some glitches will occur, primarily due to the unprecedented demand for bandwidth worldwide. Please be patient and work diligently with your children to ensure that they stay on task. Our goal is to keep pace with the scope and sequence of the year-long curriculum while providing some allowances inherent in an online learning platform. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher (or classroom aide) if he/she requires a more in-depth, one-on-one instruction.
Although the campus and school offices are physically closed, all of our teachers and staff are available to serve you and your children. UCA is committed to keeping all of our employees employed and paid through this crisis. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us via email. Within the confines of the executive order, we will find ways to provide tutoring, counseling, or any other services that UCA families may need. We also want to offer again our emergency childcare service. If you have urgent needs that cannot be met with alternative childcare plans, please complete the attached form and return to Debbie Acheson (dacheson@UCAcademy.org). We will be reviewing all requests and doing our best to meet your needs.
This crisis has presented many challenges and set-backs to every one of us. But with every crisis there are blessings too if we will open our hearts to accept them. How many times have we privately longed for rest, or a slower pace to life, or more time with family?!? Those silent longings are now available to us. The loss and set-backs are very real, but God’s grace is sufficient and we will make it through together! In the process, let’s make it our goal to enjoy two of the greatest gifts in the world: time and family.
Let’s be faithful in praying for healing and recovery for our county and our school. Please pray, too, that UCA can re-open in May. We desperately miss you and long to enjoy the fellowship of our school community again soon!
March 13, 2020 [3:00pm]
Dear UCA Families,
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, UCA will be closed through Friday, April 3, with classes resuming on Monday, April 6, while we evaluate the appropriate path forward with regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. If we need to extend the closure through Easter vacation, that will be evaluated and communicated with you. Although no confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported in San Bernardino County, or on our campus, we are dealing with a public health crisis the magnitude of which none of us could have reasonably anticipated. We are all in uncharted waters as we work together to prevent the spread of the illness, and it has become clear that the appropriate path is to close schools to protect staff and students.
The following plans are in place beginning on Monday:
- Monday is teacher in-service and further preparations are being finalized. Families who have signed up for their child to be in student care on Monday may still utilize that service.
- Tuesday, March 17, final preparations by teachers being made.
- Wednesday, March 18, through Friday, April 3, remote instruction is in place.
- Wednesday, March 18, parents of elementary students can pick up work packets for that week between 8:00-10:00 am and again 1:30-3:30 pm.
- Junior High and High School students will begin online/remote instruction beginning Wednesday, March 18. Students must be checking their school email and Canvas notifications for principal and teacher communication.
- Support staff will be on campus to assist with any implementation needed for our remote learning program. Further information will be forthcoming on Tuesday.
Thank you for your patience and trust as we work together to proactively maintain a healthy and protective environment during these difficult times. We will continue to send out communication with any updates or changes as new information becomes available. In addition, we have a School Updates page on our website – https://ucacademy.org/about-us/school-updates/ – where we will post the most recent updates as well.
Once again, let’s continue to live joyfully in faith, and let’s exercise all the precautions we can to protect our health!
March 13, 2020 [8:00am]
Dear UCA Families,
Although the risk of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) remains low in San Bernardino County, the threat grows closer and closer to our community. UCA finds it critical to take increasing measures of precaution, and administration has elected to implement the safety practices below effective next week (starting Tuesday, March 17) and until further notice. The following guidelines will increase social distancing and limit our students’ contact with the outside community:
1. Field trips with large exposure to the outside community will be cancelled
2. School events (chapels, lunches, rallies, assemblies, etc.) will be limited to UCA students only
3. School gatherings over 250 people will be cancelled
4. Visitors and volunteers to the classrooms will be discontinued for the time being. Only critical volunteers will be allowed, and they will be required to follow the safety protocol of regular staff members.
5. School athletic contests will be postponed. Athletic practices will take place as usual so long as school is in session.
Reminder: UCA will be following the Chaffey Joint Union High School District (CJUHSD) schedule for school closure. If CJUHSD is closed, then UCA will likewise be closed because our school covers the same geographic area and faces the same threat as CJUHSD. We encourage families to have childcare arrangements in place in the event of a school closure. There will not be online instruction on the first day of the school closure. Our teachers will be using the first day of closure to make the final preparations to the online content. Links to videos and lessons will be provided starting with the second day of school closure and each school day thereafter.
UCA teachers have been in training and working with our Tech Team on providing remote student learning should we need to close school. In addition, we will be using a good portion of our teacher in-service day on Monday, March 16, to continue this training and planning.
We do understand there may be students or students with family members with existing medical conditions or compromised immune systems, and that may give you concern about your child’s school attendance at this time. If that is your situation, please contact your child’s principal. We want to work alongside you in implementing a plan that will provide for the educational needs of your child while allowing them to be at home even while UCA remains open.
We will continue to send out communication with any updates or changes as new information becomes available. In addition, we have a School Updates page on our website – https://ucacademy.org/about-us/school-updates/ – where we will post the most recent updates as well.
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as we make the best of these difficult situations. Each person and each family responds differently to emergencies. UCA will do our best to give all families as much latitude as possible to do what they feel is most appropriate for them.
Let’s continue to live joyfully in faith, and let’s exercise all the precautions we can to protect our health!
March 12, 2020
Dear UCA Parents,
I want to update you on UCA’s plan in the event of a school closure. UCA will be following the Chaffey Joint Union High School District (CJUHSD) schedule for school closure. If CJUHSD is closed, then UCA will likewise be closed because our school covers the same geographic area and faces the same threat as CJUHSD. There will not be online instruction on the first day of the school closure. Our teachers will be using the first day of closure to prepare and create online content. Links to videos and lessons will be provided starting with the second day of school closure and each school day thereafter. Should school closure become necessary, you will be informed through email and Parent Alert text. Therefore, it is important that your contact information is accurate in FACTS/RenWeb.
Administration is continuing to monitor the situation, and we will be putting into place more aggressive measures and communicating that information to you.
Thank you for continuing to walk confidently in faith while we all exercise appropriate precautions.
March 5, 2020
Dear UCA Families,
We know that the coronavirus is of great concern to you and your family. It is to us too. This is an update on how our school will continue to address the threat.
We are advising our Chinese students not to travel home during Easter Break. We do not believe that any of them will because of the governments’ travel restrictions. Those students (or family members) who travel to/from China will not be allowed to come to school until the 14-day incubation period has passed and they are free of symptoms. This policy has been in place since the outbreak, and we will continue to implement it for as long as it is necessary.
Our school is also preparing for a possible outbreak in the Inland Empire. In such situations, our school will likely follow the Chaffey Joint Union HS School District (CJUHSD) decision regarding quarantine/school closure. If we have to close school temporarily, all of our teachers will be recording their lessons and sending links home so that students can still continue with their studies. We recognize that nothing can replace the face-to-face interaction and life-on-life mentoring of a regular classroom. However, we must progress with our learning because we do not know how long the quarantine/closure will last, if it is imposed. In the last seven years, UCA has done a terrific job of advancing with available technology. Because of those investments and familiarity, we will be in position to continue with our instructions during such disruptions.
We continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations for fighting the coronavirus, including using hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes in classrooms. We are also training students and encouraging families to follow these health recommendations. Some of these recommendations include:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Use “respiratory etiquette” – Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when sick. Students should be free from fever and vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school (no matter the cause of fever or vomiting).
For further information regarding the coronavirus, including frequently asked questions, please visit the Center for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Let me know if you have questions or suggestions on these important school matters. Thank you for continually praying for our students and our school!