Lake Norman Christian School COVID-19 Policies 2021-22

Last year, we learned many lessons about how to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff and their families. The Lord blessed our community with very little community spread and relatively few interruptions. LKNC’s mission to disciple students is best delivered on-campus and in-person, and our health protocols will be designed to promote in-person instruction as much as possible. 

Regarding health and safety plans, LKNC will manage our own health protocols and procedures based on our school’s health environment and local community metrics, adjusting campus protocols as we discern what is best based on our local environment. We will continue to monitor local health trends and make adjustments to our health and safety protocols as necessary throughout the year in order to manage the health of our community.

Key decision drivers for Fall 2o21 include:

  • COVID-19 case counts in the local community and in the school community
  • COVID-19 vaccination availability and rates in the local community
  • Ability of the LKNC team to quickly adapt when the environment requires adjustments 
  • Feedback from faculty and families which affirmed that our mission is best delivered in person, on campus.

We aim to provide A Flexible Campus, Curriculum, and Community with a Firm Commitment to Mission & Safety

Guiding Principles:

Lake Norman Christian School exists to provide a college-preparatory education with a Biblical worldview in a safe and nurturing environment.

 

The LKNC mission holds firm during these extraordinary times. Since the start of the pandemic, the LKNC Family has continued to adapt to the circumstances in order to enable on campus instruction while preserving the health & safety of LKNC students, families, faculty and staff.  

 

Our Planning Priorities

  • Health & Safety
  • Flexibility
  • Discipleship
  • Excellence

 

 Our Planning Goals

  • Evaluate data and apply lessons learned from school operations since the start of the pandemic 
  • Revise remote learning methods and procedures to ensure quality education and delivery of the mission to the whole student body
  • Evaluate the physical environment and make adjustments to promote public health
  • Review programs, policies, and procedures for safe operations
  • Identify tools and resources to make work easier and more effective in this environment
 
COMMITMENT
Now more than ever, we value our partnership with you in disciple-making education. We are relying on a firm commitment from our families to protect the school community by ensuring students are healthy prior to coming to school and reporting illnesses promptly. Families can depend on LKNC to do our best to provide a safe campus environment and to deliver excellent, disciple-making education.
FLEXIBLE CAMPUS
Modifications will be put in place to promote health & safety while on campus. Throughout the year, as we monitor local health trends as well as guidance provided by the CDC and state and local health departments, we will make adjustments to our health and safety protocols as necessary in order to manage the health of our community
 
FLEXIBLE CLASSROOMS
We will institute remote learning for specific classes, divisions (ES, MS or HS) or the entire school if deemed necessary, based on Covid-19 spread. Temporary shifts to remote learning will not change our mission of providing an excellent disciple-making education. Our gifted teachers are prepared for creative instructional delivery in all modes. Computer access for K-12 students will be necessary for remote instruction and allows for live (synchronous), remote participation in school.
FLEXIBLE COMMUNITY
Flexibility remains important!
 Though we are striving for a more “normal” school year, modifications to our health protocols may be necessary. At such times, a true surrender of what feels “normal” will be necessary for the sake of being together on campus. We all should be prepared to manage interruptions to on campus learning, if needed.

Community communication is paramount to ensure everyone is committed to the goals set forth, along with our new safety protocols.

 

Email

All School Updates will be distributed through Renweb to communicate important information and updates. Our team is working diligently to streamline all LKNC communication for your convenience and ready reference. Please ensure that you are receiving the weekly emails as it is imperative that all families receive and review this information. If you are not receiving email, please email the main office at cgerringer@lknc.org

 

Head of School Updates will be provided regularly.

 

Questions?

Please direct all questions related to COVID-19 support to nurse@lknc.org.

This will ensure we can quickly and effectively answer your questions.

 

Please direct all health-related questions to our School Nurse at nurse@lknc.org.

Student Learning Modes

LKNC will operate on campus as much as possible. Mindful of the on-going contingencies related to COVID-19 as well as potential for government mandates regarding school operation, we are also prepared to deliver disciple-making education to our students remotely, if necessary.

Our gauge for closing down an elementary class will be based on a percentage of active COVID – 19 cases.  If an elementary class has 25% (or more) COVID positive rate based on testing, we will have that class work remotely from home for a duration of 10 – 14 days.  The school hours will be adjusted for online learning.  The teacher will teach remotely and all students will have access to the virtual link.

For Middle School and High School, we will communicate close contact information based on contract tracing through seating charts, and families can monitor symptoms and make individual decisions regarding testing and school attendance.  We expect parents will take good precautions at home with quarantining any sick students and monitoring siblings for symptoms.  Siblings may continue to come to school, with parent permission, with the understanding that good measures of quarantining at home are being followed.

Those with a positive COVID test will follow these guidelines for returning to school:

Return after 7th day if negative COVID test in 5th, 6th or 7th day

Return after 10th day if symptom free

Campus Health & Safety Protocols

 

Campus Health & Safety precautions will be in place as we return to campus, mindful that these may change throughout the year based on campus health and community metrics.


Daily Symptom & Exposure Pre-Screening remains important to campus heath. We expect parents and students to stay home if they are not feeling well, have had COVID-19 like symptoms (including a fever) in the past 24 hours, or have had a positive COVID-19 test. Parents should consult with the nurse if they have questions or concerns.


As a a reminder, the symptoms for COVID include: 

  • Fever/Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle/Body Aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea

 

Face Coverings are now required (effective, August 31, 2021). Please see the full explanation under “Face Coverings” below.


Healthy Habits reinforced on campus including, but not limited to, maintaining adequate supply of hygiene products, training on essential hygiene practices including proper face covering usage (if required), washing hands, and using hand sanitizer (placed in strategic locations around campus).

 

Our Lunch Program will serve prepared individual lunches. Shared food brought by students for birthdays or celebrations must be store bought and served by a staff member wearing gloves.

Classroom parties are at the discretion of the teacher and families.

  

ADDITIONAL MEASURES THAT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IF NEEDED 

 

Group Gatherings in large on-campus venues may be adjusted to reduce occupancy and allow for greater physical distancing.

 

Classroom Space Modifications to promote distancing, including forward-facing desks and removal of ancillary furniture. Furniture may be rearranged to maximize space between desks.

 

Programs, Events and Activities may be modified to limit group sizes and promote distancing. Online platforms can be utilized for alternate delivery solutions.

 

Limited Campus Access for Non-Essential Guests. Campus visitors may be limited during the school day (no chapel or lunchroom guests). If necessary, some events may be modified or cancelled.

 

Cafeteria The cafeteria capacity can be reduced with fewer students per table to allow for physical distancing. Shared food, brought from outside sources, may be prohibited at times.  We have also installed 3 outdoor tables.

 

Elementary Recess can be adjusted so that students will not interact with other classes on the playground or during recess.


Each LKNC Faculty, Staff, Student and Family

MUST self-report if you or someone in your household:

 

  • Has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Develops symptoms of COVID-19

Face Coverings are required for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

It has been determined that the most recent revision of the proclamation made by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners apply to LKNC and its ministries. This means that effective  August 31, 2021 LKNC will require its faculty, staff, students and guests to wear face coverings while indoors on our campus while this order is in place.


Grade K-12 Face Covering Protocols:

  • Face coverings are REQUIRED while INDOORS on campus except when eating or drinking.
  • According to the proclamation, “face coverings do not need to be worn by someone who should not wear a face covering due to any medical or behavioral condition or disability.” Students who qualify under one of these exemptions should inform the school nurse at nurse@lknc.org so the exemption can be processed.
 

When to Keep Your Students Home:

We expect parents and students to stay home if they are not feeling well, have had COVID-19 like symptoms (including a fever) in the past 24 hours, or have had a positive COVID-19 test. Parents should consult with the nurse if they have questions or concerns. 

 

If a student, faculty/staff member, or campus visitor becomes COVID-19 symptomatic during the school day or at any CCS event, the school and Nurses will follow the health and communication protocols below based upon CDC and local public health guidelines.