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Coronavirus Closure Updates

SCHOOLWIDE COMMUNICATIONS

At this time, Trinity Christian Academy plans to begin the 2020/21 school year as scheduled on August 12 and to continue conducting school activities on campus as “normally” as possible within the limits of generally accepted standards of public safety and what is legally allowed. 

We believe children need to be in school and that emergency online/remote learning is not the “new normal.” While online learning has its place when needed, it cannot fill the God-given need for relational learning that can best happen when children are in classrooms, learning alongside their friends under the direction of a qualified, godly teacher. Furthermore, we understand the need for working parents to have the freedom to go to work, both in order to provide for their families and to exercise their own God-given gifts and passions.

All of us would like to have a clear picture of what the 2020/21 school year will hold, but with the COVID-19 pandemic rendering so many things uncertain at this time, that is not possible. Our school leaders will work hard to prepare for a number of contingencies in the coming weeks, and in doing so, we will take into account both the educational needs of our children as well as the needs of families.

  • If social distancing requirements are put in place, TCA will comply in ways that reflect earnest efforts to consider the needs and situations of working families, particularly those with younger children. 

  • If schools are required to implement a period of closure, TCA will do so to the extent required while continuing to serve our students and families to the best of our ability. 

  • In the event of either situation above, TCA will continue to provide an experience for all students that reflects excellence in education, character, and servant leadership in a Christ-centered, biblical perspective. The seven weeks spent in Teacher Directed Online Learning have given us confidence in our ability to do this as well as any school.

No one can guarantee in good conscience that at least some portion of the 2020/21 school year will not be similar in some ways to what schools across the world experienced last April and May. What we can promise is a loving, attentive, professional school staff that is dedicated to meeting the needs of every single TCA student while living out our core values of Relationships, Excellence, and Service. We believe that Every Student Matters, and if a disruption occurs, we will take that change in stride and do what is needed to serve the best interests of the children God has entrusted to us. 

In Isaiah 33:10, God reminds us that He alone will be “the stability of your times.” We have seen His provision time and again, and we believe that in this season of seeming uncertainty, the TCA family is uniquely equipped to lean on that promise and rest in the peace it provides. 

Although the 2020/21 school year will come to an unusual close, we still have much to be grateful for and celebrate. Below is a list of dates and upcoming events you won’t want to miss! 

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Parade (May 8) - All school families are asked to join us for this event on the TCA campus honoring our Teachers and Staff. Please arrive by 11:45am and be ready to celebrate when the parade begins at noon! One new bit of info is that we will be hosting a food drive that day to benefit Meals on Wheels in Parker County. Items being collected include bags of dried rice and beans as well as canned food (they’re asking for carrots, apples, peaches, baked beans, yams, corn, and mixed vegetables).

Online Auction (May 9) - Although we have postponed our Legacy Dinner until next year, we will still have an online auction featuring items that had already been donated. Join the fun this Saturday at 7:00pm as we raise funds to furnish a classroom building to be in place next year at our school. Silent auction bidding and raffle ticket sales have begun and will last through Saturday evening’s event where we will also have a number of items to bid on in a live auction to be held that night. Use this link to register and start bidding today! https://qtego.net/qlink/tca20

Senior Walk (May 15) - Plan to join the TCA family that evening to celebrate the Class of 2020. The walk will begin at 6pm. More information will be distributed early next week.

Last Day of Teacher-Directed Online Learning (May 15) - This is our official last day of TDOL. The week of May 18-21 is reserved for teachers to wrap things up on their end and for students who might need an extra day or two.

Pick-up / Drop-off Day (May 19) - This day will work a little differently on the elementary and secondary campuses, so look for more info from campus principals regarding this event when students and families will return school-owned materials (textbooks, library materials, etc.) and pick up students personal effects and yearbooks.

*Kindergarten Graduation (June 18) - Scheduled for 7pm in the TBC Sanctuary. 

*High School Graduation (June 20) - Scheduled for 2pm at North Side Baptist Church in Weatherford.

*Currently, in-person, indoor graduation ceremonies are not allowed, but we have made these plans with the hope that such events can happen by that time in some form. Our desire is to celebrate our graduates well while remaining within that which is allowed, practical, and in the best interest of the health and well-being of those involved.

In response to today’s executive order by Governor Greg Abbott, and to ensure the safety and well-being of our school family and community, Trinity Christian Academy will remain closed through the remainder of the spring semester. 

Teacher-Directed Online Learning (TDOL) will officially continue through Friday, May 15. The week of May 18-21 will be reserved for students who may need that time to receive extra help or who may have fallen behind to complete any remaining TDOL activities.

We understand that this news is especially disappointing to our families and staff who were looking forward to spring activities impacted by this closure, especially our graduating seniors. Our hearts truly do go out to you. While some events simply cannot occur, plans are underway to find new, creative ways to reformat some of these events in order to celebrate and honor our students. More information to come regarding this.

While the disruptions presented by the coronavirus pandemic have created their share of difficulties, the TCA Family has responded to these challenges with resilience, grace, creativity, and strength. Teachers, students, and parent facilitators--you have truly risen to the occasion! Thank you for your prayerful support as we continue partnering together to help our students grow to fulfill God’s purposes for their lives.

Seniors and Parents,

I know you all have a lot of questions about our upcoming senior events, not to mention graduation.  Thank you for your patience as we've tried to plan for and maintain TCA's traditions as well as possible during these uncertain times. I realize this is a difficult and frustrating time for our seniors, and please know it is for administration as well.  We will celebrate with you when possible and grieve with you when it isn't, but overall, we love you and want what's best for you and TCA.   

Below, I have listed a few bullet points regarding spring activities.  

  • Graduation:  There is still some hope, albeit slim, that we will be able to return for the last part of the school year.  If that is the case, we will keep graduation ceremonies as scheduled, Birchman Baptist Church on Friday, May, 15.  However, if we are not able to return to school, we have scheduled an alternative graduation date for Saturday, June 20th at Birchman Baptist Church.  We are committed to holding a graduation for our seniors and families.  With that in mind, if we still aren't allowed to gather for graduation ceremonies by the end of June, we will find a means of celebrating in a virtual context. More details will be made available as we discover the specifics about this ongoing situation. 

  • Senior Recognition:  While we can't come together for our senior recognition ceremony the way we typically would, we still plan on celebrating our senior class.  Keep an eye out for information and requests from Mrs. Sims. 

  • Junior/Senior Banquet:  If we are able to return to school before the end of the year, we will hold a Junior/Senior event.  If a return to TCA isn't possible this school year, there will be no 2020 TCA sponsored Junior/Senior Banquet. 

  • Exams:  All students will be exempt from exams this semester.  The only exception will be those students in AP Classes, who will still take the National AP Tests. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience.  I look forward to seeing all of you as soon as possible.  Until then, know that we are praying for you and your families.  Stay safe!

Ken Nobles
Secondary Principal 

Dear TCA Family,

In one of my favorite books on leadership, Good to Great, author Jim Collins urges his readers to “confront the brutal facts.” In light of recommendations from public health authorities and with reports of the rapidly continuing spread of COVID-19, the “brutal facts” clearly suggest that our initial plan to resume school on April 6 is extremely unlikely. As such, Trinity Christian Academy’s extended period of closure is now considered “indefinite” in length. When circumstances allow us to safely resume school activities, we will do so as soon as possible, but for now, this is the right and sensible course of action.

A more encouraging (even inspiring) fact I’ve encountered is that our school’s teachers and academic leadership have fully embraced remote learning and are working hard to prepare a quality online learning experience for all TCA students. A strong confidence in their ability to do it well for the foreseeable future makes the decision to extend our closure indefinitely much easier.

In this weird, new world of Zoom meetings, elbow bumps, and social distancing, we all look forward to a return to “business as usual,” vowing to not take “normal days” for granted when normal days return (and they will). Until then, however, the staff of Trinity Christian Academy remains committed to our mission of developing excellence in education, character, and servant-leadership in a Christ-centered, biblical perspective, even though the way we live it out might look a little different! We will continue to work hard to serve our school family, including online learning activities set to begin Monday. Additional information will come soon from your child’s campus principal with details regarding online learning. For those of you with children of varying ages, there will naturally be some differences between what this looks like at different grade levels, but we’re working hard to keep things as simple as possible without sacrificing excellence.

A speaker in a webinar I attended today shared the moving words of theologian A.W. Tozier who said,  “A scared world needs a fearless church.” TCA is not a church, but we do reflect Christ to the world in many of the same ways. My prayer continues to be that the TCA family will exude calm confidence in the face of that which strikes fear and confusion in the world around us. We’ll be smart (washing hands, practice social distancing, staying home, etc.), but we need not, and must not live in fear. 

Thank you for your prayerful support,

Mike

PS...Please take a moment to view this message from TCA Director of Technology Gretchen Nobles for important information regarding how your family can prepare for online learning.

 

Dear TCA Family,

Trinity Christian Academy will be closed for two weeks following Spring Break. Students will return to class on Monday, April 6. This decision is obviously in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and was made to help safeguard the health and well-being of our students, staff, and their families, especially those most at risk for this disease.

The week of March 23 will be an extension of Spring Break. Online assignments for all grade levels (PK-12) will be provided beginning the week of March 30. All school-related activities, including field trips and all athletic games and practices, have been canceled through Friday, April 3. At this time, we do not anticipate Good Friday or Easter holidays to be affected.

Please look for more detailed information and updates to follow, including the delivery of online assignments.

Yours truly,

Mike Skaggs
TCA Head of School

Dear TCA Family,

In an attempt to provide information in a clear, concise manner, below you will find a list of pertinent information regarding our school’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. There will be more to follow, but these seem to be the most pressing points at this time. 

  • At this time, no TCA students or staff have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • If you or your immediate family members in your household travel to a highly affected area during the time of our extended closure, please let us know using this form. This information is required of families traveling to a location for which a CDC Level 2 or 3 travel advisory exists.

  • In the earliest stages of the outbreak, TCA purchased equipment that allows the school to do wide-scale commercial-grade disinfecting. This equipment produces a fine mist of disinfectant which is safe to touch after 10 minutes. This method is much more effective than traditional spray cleaning methods. The entire campus has been treated and additional treatments will continue on a weekly basis for the remainder of the school year.

  • Students in grades PK-8 were instructed today to bring home books and other materials as needed in preparation for online learning during the closure period. Teachers will distribute online assignments by March 30. Look for additional emails regarding these assignments.

  • Secondary students may come to the TCA campus to pick up materials needed for online assignments from 8:30 am to 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 24 or Wednesday, March 25.

  • Other than the times listed above, the TCA campus will be completely closed during spring break and throughout the extended closure period. The only exceptions to this are Trinity Bible Church activities and school staff who may come to campus on a limited basis as needed. There will be no open gym, facility rentals, etc.

  • All school activities are canceled through Friday, April 3 with some cancellations extending further as TAPPS and ACSI have canceled most or all upcoming competitions and fairs. All practices for TCA sports, theater, etc. are canceled for the next three weeks. The high school core group Serve and Grow emphasis has been canceled and the TCA elementary Easter musical has been postponed until a later date (TBD).

  • At this time, no firm decision has been made regarding the 4th Grade Texas History trip.

We understand that this is a challenge for many of our families. Thank you for your grace, patience, and prayers as we navigate these uncharted waters. Our hope is that your spring break plans are able to continue to some degree and that the staff, students, and families of TCA will enjoy a safe and happy Spring Break. 

Yours truly,

Mike Skaggs
TCA Head of School

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

In accordance with recommendations and requirements of local, state, and national authorities, and to do our part to ensure the health and well-being of our school family and the broader community, in-person classes are suspended at Trinity Christian Academy indefinitely.  The week of March 23 will be an extension of Spring Break and online learning activities will begin the week of March 30. 

Beginning March 30, school offices will be staffed from 9 am — 3 pm Monday through Thursday. This staffing is to allow the continuance of business functions of the school only. The campus will be open to TCA staff at this time, but will otherwise remain closed to guests other than by pre-arranged appointments with school staff (no drop-in visits please). Admissions for the 2020/21 school year will continue to be processed during this time. For more information regarding admissions, please click HERE

During this period of extended closure, TCA remains committed to living out our mission of excellence in education, character, and servant leadership through a Christ-centered, biblical perspective. If you have any questions regarding operations during this time of closure, please contact the appropriate member of our administrative team. For any questions regarding online assignments, please reach out directly to your child’s teacher. Thank you in advance for your prayers as well as for an extra measure of grace and patience as we learn together in this new (and hopefully brief) season in the life of our school.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES

The CDC is providing regular updates and has information readily available about the virus.

TAPPS is suspending all interscholastic competition through April 12, 2020.  Click here to find out more.

There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.

  • Avoid close contact with those that are sick.

Online Learning Resources and Enrichment Opportunities for Families

Frequently Asked Questions

Look to Google Classroom first for that week’s lesson plan. If you still have questions, it is best to go directly to the teacher for help.

The TCA tech team will be glad to help! Email them at techhelp@tcaeagles.org. Someone will be in touch with you soon.

Yes. TCA teachers are preparing online learning activities that will cover all essential curricular items remaining in the Spring 2020 semester. This was one reason we have chosen to primarily focus on core subjects in these early days of online learning. Enrichment class activities will be introduced, but we want to “major on the majors” in the beginning to make sure our students don’t miss critical skills, information, and experiences needed to prepare them for the next grade level. This also helps prevent overwhelming our students and parent facilitators. TCA staff will continue to work together in the months to come, so if there is a need to more thoroughly review a topic next fall, teachers will be able to easily communicate with their colleagues in grades above or below theirs in order to do so well.

There will be live (synchronous) times for student-teacher and student-student connections to occur during the period of extended closure time. Some of these will offer a time for students to ask questions of their teacher in a virtual classroom setting, but primarily these times will be used to keep students connected with each other and their teacher(s). This is a reflection of our Core Value of building strong relationships. 

Most actual instruction will be asynchronous (often via video, typed text exchanges, etc.), allowing students to engage with lessons at a time that works for them and their families. 

This decision was purposeful in light of struggles we expect and have seen other schools experience in trying to maintain schedules of “live” instruction. These issues have included families with multiple kids who needed to go live simultaneously without enough devices for everyone to do so. Other common problems have been issues with internet connectivity and conflicts with family schedules (home is not school, and distractions are not uncommon). As all of us learn and grow more comfortable with online delivery methods, we may see some changes in this plan, but for now we feel this is best for our students, teachers, and parent facilitators.

  • Most Recent Update

    • At this time, all July TCA Summer Camps are scheduled with an understanding that we will get further direction in mid-June.  We are currently evaluating a restructuring of camps to ensure we are within state guidelines regarding COVD-19 prevention. We will continue to update you as we receive new information. Below are the tentatively planned camps: 

     

    • TCA will move to online classes/distance learning the week of March 30th. In response to the executive order by Governor Greg Abbott, and to ensure the safety and well-being of our school family and community, Trinity Christian Academy will remain closed through the remainder of the spring semester. Teacher-Directed Online Learning (TDOL) will officially continue through Friday, May 15. 

    • TAPPS has suspended all interscholastic competition (athletics, academics, and arts) for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

    • All ACSI Activities have been canceled through the end of the school year.