July 22, 2020
Dear Valley Christian Parents,
On Friday, July 17, Governor Newsom announced that public and private schools located in counties on the state “Watch List” are ordered to begin the year with remote learning, Los Angeles County is currently on the list. VCS remains committed to excellent Christian education as we begin our year with remote learning under the confines of our state order. While we understand the frustration and anxiety this may bring, please know we are going to provide options for student access to campus during remote learning. On all campuses we will offer optional individual or small group time for instruction, counseling, Robotics, and some Athletic Activities. A Valley Christian education will continue to provide strong personal relationships with our faculty and community building experiences as outlined below.
There are schools that have chosen to delay their start date. VCS has decided that moving forward and starting on time with remote learning and voluntary access to teachers and campuses has a much greater impact than delaying the start of the school year. Once L.A. County is off the watch list or other factors allow us to open, we will open our doors and have students return to campus while continuing to offer remote learning to concerned families. It is also important to know that the California Department of Public Health published that if a school reopens to in-person instruction, but the county is later placed on the monitoring list (again), the school will not be required to return to distance learning.
Academic Support: Students in our Academic Support program will continue to receive services and support as outlined in their 504 plans. Also, the academic support teams will schedule in-person check-ins with their students, as needed.
Preschool/Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten: Fully open for in-person learning beginning on Tuesday, August 11. These programs fall under our Early Childhood Licensing which currently allows them to meet with health and safety measures in place. The preschool will continue to operate at Encounter Church and TK and K will remain on the elementary campus. Remote learning remains an option for all three of these programs.
Elementary: 1st-6th grades will begin the year in remote learning. Remote learning will include daily teaching sessions, social opportunities, individualized technology lessons, packet work, and on campus “check-in” hours for individualized help. Students will have the option of “checking in” with their teacher one ½ day each week in a group of 5-8 students. This will allow students and teachers the opportunity to build relationships and review new concepts in person.
Furthermore, we are pursuing a waiver being offered to elementary schools by the California Department of Public Health that would permit on-campus, in-person education. If Valley Christian is awarded this waiver we would begin on-campus learning for our elementary age students who chose in-person instruction. Details coming from the Elementary campus on Monday, July 27.
Daycare: Open all day for families who need childcare. Daycare staff will assist students with their remote learning plans. Space will be limited. A link to sign up will be sent out on Monday, July 27.
Middle School: Classes will include live-streamed instruction, as well as options for “check in” time with a teacher. Students will also have voluntary access to exploratory classes on campus, via Zoom and video lessons. Details coming from the MS campus on Monday, July 27.
High School: Classes will include live-streamed instruction, as well as options for campus time in small groups with a teacher. Details regarding the weekly schedule will be coming from the HS campus on Monday, July 27. Students will also be able to access some in-person music and/or art instruction. Counselling will continue to be available for students via Zoom or on campus as needed.
HS Student-Athletes: Student-athletes have been given “summer protocol” clearance from CIF to continue with small group workouts while following strict safety and health protocols. This will allow our student-athletes a chance to be on campus to exercise and train with their team in small pods. For all updates regarding HS athletics, please visit https://vcathletics.net/.
We are excited to begin the 2020-21 school year and are eager to see your children again. Beginning our year on time in August will allow us to stay on track with curriculum and help our families to plan their semester with the calendar that is currently outlined on the vcschools.org website here: 2020-21 School Calendar. As a community, we ask that you join us in praying for discernment, the health and well-being of our community, and for an environment that continues to bless us with the ability to prioritize our mission through relationships no matter the platform. As new information becomes available, we remain committed to keeping our families updated. Our goal remains to open our campuses as soon as we can safely do so and the order on schools has been lifted or changed.
Thank you for your patience and partnership during these unusual times. We remain confident that God is in control and will continue to reveal Himself through all of this.
Grace and Peace,
Valley Christian Schools