Dear CSD Families,
Following updated recommendations from health care providers and public health departments, two changes will be made to existing CSD policy, effective Friday, January 22, 2021:
- The length of quarantine will be reduced. Students may return to school after 10 days from last exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual. The quarantine period can be further reduced to 7 days with a negative test result. The test must occur on or after five days from the date of last exposure, and a copy of the official test result is given to the school.
- Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months do not have to quarantine if a copy of the official test result is provided to the school. This must be in writing and clearly shows the date of testing and/or infection.
Jake Ibbetson, for CSD Leadership Team
UPDATE TO MASK REQUIREMENT AND QUARANTINE GUIDELINES AT CSD
Recognizing that the current quarantine model was unsustainable, changes were made at the state level on November 12 that will allow more students to stay in school (additional information available here). Per this announcement, appropriate mask wearing in the school setting can now prevent individuals from being identified as close contacts and eliminate the recommendation to quarantine. We are thankful for this beneficial change to public policy.
Face masks are to be worn at all times inside the building by all K-12 students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
In the event of direct exposure in the school setting, if masks were being worn correctly by both individuals, the individual who came in contact with the person with COVID-19 does not have to quarantine. The person who tests positive for COVID-19 is still required to isolate.
As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor and make adjustments to policy; always intending to do what is best to provide a healthy school environment that is conducive to learning.
This year will certainly be remembered for what we have had to give up. But let us not forget what we have gained; recognition of our need for genuine community, and a tangible opportunity to love and serve each other, particularly those most vulnerable. May we all, as Paul writes in Philippians 2:2, “be of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose,” for the glory of God and the good of our CHRISTIAN community.
Jake Ibbetson, for CSD Leadership Team
August 3, 2020
The return to school task force, administrators, executive director, and the school board have worked diligently and prayed fervently for answers and guidance in the development and execution of the return to school plan. It is our best attempt to ensure the safety of, as well as, provide a normal learning environment for our children. Throughout the planning, we have sensed God directing CSD to move forward with His work by offering in-person classes in our school as near to a traditional school year as possible. We are committed to this path.
The start of the school year is always an extremely busy time, but this year there are additional tasks that must be completed prior to the first day of school. As such, the board is changing the school start date to August 24. This will provide the faculty and staff extra time to complete training in health and safety procedures and instruction techniques which incorporate social distancing, facility accommodations at each school, and in the classrooms to incorporate social distancing, and installation of and training with new technology.
This is the only change to the calendar. The end of the semester and last day of school dates remain the same.
We do not know what the weeks and months ahead hold, but we can promise that we will face them together as a community, following God’s will and direction. The board and the administration team will work tirelessly to address each challenge as it occurs. We should anticipate and expect that the return to school plan will be revised or changed as the need for precautions intensifies or lessens.
Our desire is to serve God by creating a successful and safe year for our children. Please pray with us for wisdom and divine protection for CSD, its employees, students, and families. Thank you. Your sacrifice and commitment to CSD is appreciated more than we can express.
Dr. Lisa Potts, CSD Board Chair, and the CSD Board
Dear CSD Families,
Thank you for your prayers and your patience as we finalized our plan to return to on-campus instruction on August 13. Click here to find a copy of our back to school plan, Taking Flight. In the coming days we will be responding to your questions as well as releasing additional information regarding the beginning of the school year at each campus.
I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Happy Summer CHRISTIAN Family,
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).
I love Hebrews chapter eleven, as it is a constant encouragement to live by faith. The saints were applauded for the bold faith they acted upon. Faith is always easier to speak about than to act upon, but God does not call us to a life of ease. Instead, we are called to a life of faith.
CSD is choosing to act in faith for the 2020-21 school year. Allow me to again say that we plan to be fully open for on-campus classes on August 13, 2020. The task force is researching best practices for CSD to return safely and in a manner that is as close to “normal” as possible. We will be wise in our approach, ensuring that our faculty, staff, and students are in a healthy and safe environment for learning.
We will continue to give updates over the summer, but we are moving into the fall with the plan to return to on campus learning. We look forward to seeing all of you after a summer of refreshment.
Christian School District
A message to our families:
We are saddened to announce that we will be extending the closure of Christian School District for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. All co-curricular events and activities are also canceled through the end of May.
This course of action has been agreed to by the Academic Leadership Team and the CSD Board. Although it is not easy to make this decision, we all agree that this is the wisest action in light of present circumstances.
We know this news, albeit inevitable, will come as a disappointment for many. Please view this video for some words of encouragement from members of our leadership team. More information was sent to you via email concerning end-of-the-year activities and outlining arrangements to finish the school year.
Just as we have throughout this pandemic, let us continue to partner together, sharing one another’s burdens, and encouraging one another that in all things, God is working for the good of those who love him.