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Good afternoon TCA family,

I trust this finds you doing well and enjoying these final weeks of has certainly been one to remember! Our family has enjoyed many of our usual activities and traditions, albeit with some unique twists (the phrase, “Anybody have a mask I can borrow?” was a new one!). Still, while things were a bit different, we did manage to get away together and spend time with extended family as well. I hope you did too.

Now, after a short and well-deserved time of rest, school leaders are busy preparing for the coming year. While we all hoped for greater clarity regarding the fall by now, rising COVID-19 cases and subsequent government mandates have left all schools with some uncertainty as we plan our return. Some schools released plans weeks ago and are now having to change those plans. At TCA, we have held off as long as we could, and I am grateful for your patience. We will release a “Return to School Plan” for TCA soon, and while it will contain much information, I wanted to go ahead and pass along a couple of things I know many of you are wondering about.

First and foremost, while some things will (and should) look different at this time, one thing has not changed--our belief that students of all ages need to be in school as long as doing so is safe and allowable, a sentiment shared by many mental health experts and educational leaders. We have heard this desire from you as well! As such, TCA plans to start school as scheduled on August 12 -- in person and on campus five days a week. Of course, we will be prepared to pivot quickly to remote learning if required to do so, but our commitment is to be in person, on campus every day as long as doing so is safe and allowed.

Secondly, as you may know by now, the recent executive order requiring face coverings does extend to schools. At TCA, this applies to grades 4 and up, with exceptions for medical reasons, disabilities, while eating/drinking, and during some school activities. In addition to items like this that are required of all schools, TCA will consider recommendations from a variety of sources, implementing those we see as practical and useful in creating an effective school environment that is safe for our students, staff, and guests on campus and at school events.

Look for the release of TCA’s Return to School Plan by the end of next week (early the following week at the latest). If you have questions that just can’t wait, email me or your campus principal. We may not have all the answers yet, but we will do our best to help.

In closing...what a blessing to be part of the TCA family at this time. I can imagine no other community I’d rather enter all this alongside! As we move forward, may we do so with faith and courage, remembering to show grace and to model maturity and wisdom not only for our kids, but for the world around us as we bear the name of Christ and continue the work of preparing a generation to fulfill God’s purposes in this world.

Yours truly,
Mike Skaggs

TCA Staff and Families,

Our campus is coming to life again! What a blessing it is to hear voices and laughter at TCA! While we’re all excited about this return to some sense of normalcy, we must remember our shared responsibility to make wise decisions in this reopening process. Each of us has a part to play in protecting the health and peace of mind for all involved while allowing school operations to continue without disruption.

In addition to steps we are taking at TCA (more intensive and frequent cleaning, etc.), we want to share a few things we must do individually to foster a healthy school environment. While some of the guidelines below are unique to TCA, most are for all Texas schools in Summer 2020. More info will be distributed before school begins, but for now, the following apply to everyone coming to the TCA campus or attending off campus school activities this summer. This includes all individuals--students, staff, parents, volunteers, and visitors. Additional guidelines may be communicated to student athletes participating in summer workouts.

  • Anyone lab confirmed to have COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (see below) should self-isolate and not enter the TCA campus or participate in school activities until the following conditions have been met:

    • An individual diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to school buildings and programs when all of the following criteria are met: at least three days (72 hours) since recovery (resolution of fever without use of fever-reducing medications); and an improvement in symptoms; and at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared; or 

    • An individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 but has not been evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, will be assumed to have COVID-19. The individual may not return to school buildings or programs until he or she has completed the three-step criteria listed above; or 

    • If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school buildings or programs before completing the above self-isolation period, that individual must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis. 

  • Before coming onto campus or attending any school event, individuals must self-screen for signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19 including: 

    • Cough 

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

    • Chills 

    • Repeated shaking with chills 

    • Muscle pain 

    • Headache 

    • Sore throat 

    • Loss of taste or smell 

    • Diarrhea 

    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

    • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

  • Anyone with these symptoms or who has been in close contact with a person lab confirmed to have COVID-19 should self-isolate and not enter the TCA campus or participate in any off-campus, in person school activities until the previous conditions are met (see above). 

  • Anyone lab confirmed to have COVID-19 after having been on the TCA campus or having attended a school activity within the past ten days must alert the school. This will allow TCA to attempt to identify and notify those who had regular or close contact with that person. For students, this includes notification to parents or guardians. The school is also required to notify the local health department in this situation.

  • If a student on campus or at a school activity shows COVID-19 symptoms (see above), he or she will be separated from others until picked up by a parent or guardian. If the student is of driving age, he or she will be released to leave campus only with direct parent permission.

  • Guidelines for anyone visiting a TCA building:

    • Sign in upon entering and sign out upon leaving.

    • Maintain 6 feet or more spacing from others. This does not apply to members of the same household.

    • Use hand sanitizer and/or wash hands with soap and water upon entering a building as well as after using the restroom and before eating.

    • Cover coughs and sneezes. 

    • While face coverings are recommended by health authorities (especially for older individuals or those with underlying health conditions), they are not required at schools at this time (including TCA).

  • Parents may visit school with their child. However, out of a desire to minimize the number of visitors inside TCA buildings, parents are asked to drop off and pick up students outside the school rather than inside when possible.

Thank you for your cooperation with these Summer 2020 guidelines. Our desire is to work together to make wise individual decisions in order to show our world what it means to serve others and be a good neighbor to those around us.

TCA Administration 
June 17, 2020

At Trinity Christian Academy, we believe children need to be in school. Online learning has its place, but it cannot meet the God-given need for relational learning that happens best when children are in a classroom with their peers participating in a purposefully designed curriculum informed by biblical principles under the direction of a qualified, Christian teacher. In an emergency, remote learning is okay (when done well), but it is no “new normal.”

We also believe students’ parents need the freedom to do the things that grown ups need to do during the day--go to work, manage a household, volunteer, and care for the young, the elderly, and the disabled. Our society needs responsible, caring adults to do these things well. These activities also allow parents to provide for their families and neighbors, while fulfilling their own sense of purpose while exercising unique God-given gifts and passions.

We recognize that some portion(s) of the coming year may be unusual as our society responds to the COVID pandemic, and parents face a big challenge as they choose an academic setting for their kids that allow them the best opportunity for success, come what may. To give our school families a bit more peace looking ahead, and to help parents considering TCA for their children, we want to share what we can as we look ahead to the 2020/21 school year.

  1. TCA intends to begin the school year as scheduled on August 12. 

  2. TCA plans to conduct school activities on campus, in person, and as “normally” as possible. We will do so within the limits of what is allowed and with increased measures of cleaning, personal hygiene, and other adjustments as needed to protect our students and staff.

  3. If social distancing requirements are enacted that limit schools regarding the number of students in a room, space between desks, etc., TCA is ready. We believe that with some structural and programmatic adjustments, we can continue having school on campus five days a week while complying with the types of social distancing requirements for schools as they currently apply to summer school sessions. This is very different from “hybrid models” already being presented as likely options at most schools next fall with a combination of at-home and on-campus learning (MWF/TTh, morning/afternoon shifts, etc.).

  4. If schools are required to close for a time, we will do so as required while providing online learning experiences that reflect excellence in education, character, and servant leadership in a Christ-centered, biblical perspective.The seven weeks spent in Teacher Directed Online Learning and the improvements we will make to that model based upon input from TCA families and staff give us confidence in our ability to do this as well as any school and better than most.

We do not want to miss any opportunities to partner well with our students and families. If a disruption occurs, we will be prepared to take that change in stride to do all we can to continue fulfilling our core values of Relationships, Excellence, and Service.

TCA school leaders will work hard in the coming weeks to prepare the months to come. If you have specific questions or needs, let us know. We will do our best to answer those questions and to work with families. As more information about 2020/21 becomes available, we will share it.

There is always an element of unknown in the days to come, and while the future today may seem even more uncertain than ever before for many of us, God reminds us in Isaiah 33:10 that He alone will be “the stability of your times.” The TCA family has seen His provision time and again, and we believe that in this time of seeming uncertainty, we of all people are uniquely equipped to rest in that promise and find peace in this truth.