SHILOH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR ON-SITE INSTRUCTION MARCH 16 - END OF SCHOOL YEAR.
As we announced yesterday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that Arkansas schools will not meet in person for the remainder of this school year. In response to this news and the continued issues surrounding the COVID -19 pandemic, the following decisions related to the completion of the Shiloh school year have been made:
- The last day of school for Shiloh seniors will be Friday, May 8th. We will have a graduation to celebrate the accomplishments of this fantastic group in some form. The 2020 graduation date and activities will be scheduled and communicated as soon as we have more clarity concerning national COVID-19 guidelines for May.
- Based on the most current information from the Department of Education and our accrediting agencies, the last day of school for all other grade levels will be Wednesday, May 20th. On this date our students will complete all of the required academic days for the school year. We will continue to communicate as information continues to unfold. We praise the Lord for parents, teachers, and students that are working diligently to allow our students to complete the full academic year in light of recent circumstances. Thank You!
- We are seeking creative solutions for many of our special events such as 5th Grade musical, 8th grade retreat, academic awards, Junior/Senior Banquet, etc. These events have been delayed at this time. We will provide further communication when we are able to schedule/revamp these events.
- Shiloh's Parent Night will still be Thursday, August 13th. Secondary's first day of school will remain Friday, August 14th with the Blue/Gold game that night, and Elementary's first day of school will be Monday, August 17th.
We are grateful for the ongoing faithfulness and dedication of our faculty, staff and families for our students’ best and God’s glory. Please continue to pray for us as we enter into the next phase of this very challenging time. We thank you for choosing to partner with us. It is still great day to be a part of the Shiloh Family!
AMIDST CONCERNS SURROUNDING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW HOW SHILOH IS RESPONDING.
Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our school family and surrounding community.
WHAT ARE SOME PRACTICAL STEPS WE CAN TAKE TO SPIRITUALLY RESPOND TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Together as a Shiloh Family, we must trust in the Lord and pray for how this virus is affecting people with their health, finances, and other matters.
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS SHILOH TAKING TO MAKE SCHOOL AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
Shiloh and Cross Church are taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:
- Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
- Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
- Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis. These deep cleans happen in the evenings by trained, professional, paid staff.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO SHILOH’S BUILDINGS?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Staying home if you are sick
- Covering your cough or sneeze
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
In accordance with AR Health Department guidelines, if you or anyone of your family members have traveled from affected countries - including China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan – they should stay home and monitor their symptoms for 14 days before they return to school or public activities. Shiloh will work with any students where a family has been affected by this and make sure they stay caught up on their school work.
Parents please contact your Shiloh Dean if anyone has been in contact with the virus or has traveled in the named countries above. Shiloh Christian would then share the information with the state under the public emergency policy.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.