Shiloh's Plan to Reopen 2020/2021 & Health Updates

Please submit the daily COVID Screening Form here each day by 8:15am.

Updated 8.7.20

UPDATE to our ROADMAP to REOPENING concerning FACE COVERINGS:  In addition to the required/recommended neck gaiter style mask, students may wear ANY FACE MASK THAT COVERS THE NOSE AND MOUTH AND STAYS SAFELY SECURED AROUND THE STUDENTS NECK AT ALL TIMES WHEN NOT IN USE. Each student will receive one Shiloh neck gaiter prior to school starting. They will receive a second neck gaiter from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital during the first week of school. 

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July 24, 2020

Shiloh Family, 

As we plan for a school year filled with many unknowns, our students and families are always on our hearts and in our prayers. Each of you make a profound difference in our school. Thank you for choosing to partner with us as we strive to develop Godly leaders.  

As you know, Shiloh Christian School is not immune to this pandemic; however, we want to assure you that we are taking extra precautions to help ensure the health and safety of our students, families and teachers. Attached you will find a document further outlining our plan to return to school on Friday, August 14th for Secondary, and Monday, August 17th for Elementary. As always, we will continue to monitor and adjust our plans according to the guidance provided by the Arkansas Depart of Education and Arkansas Department of Health.

Outlined,HERE you will find our plan for a Distanced Learning Experience. Students wishing to choose the Distanced Learning Experience will need to let their appropriate Dean know by Friday, July 31, 2020. 

Although we cannot predict the future, we know we can lean on the One who is in control. We believe God wants Shiloh to be a light in Northwest Arkansas and continue to provide a quality education with a strong Biblical foundation. Please join us as we walk through this time together as the SHILOH FAMILY! Thank you for investing in your children and in Shiloh Christian School. 

Sincerely,      

Ben Mayes
Katerina Foley
Keith McDaniel
Jeff Conaway
Alicia Brown

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July 16, 2020

Shiloh Family,
Thank you for your patience and support as we work to navigate these unprecedented times. Last week, we put out initial guidelines for reopening school in August. Each week, we will continue to provide more direction for our families. Below are more answers to some commonly asked questions. We are currently finalizing our plans for a virtual school option as well as a blended plan that will allow students to continue their education should they need to stay home for a period of time. These plans will be released next week. Thank you again for choosing to partner with us. We are thankful now more than ever for the Shiloh Family and look forward to seeing you in August! 
Sincerely, 
Ben Mayes
Katerina Foley
Keith McDaniel
Jeff Conaway
Alicia Brown

Questions and Answers

July 16, 2020

Will students be required to wear masks when in the classroom, or when will they be allowed to remove the masks? All students will be required to wear a mask when social distancing cannot be accomplished such as traveling in the hallways, in lines at the cafeteria, sitting on the bus or when students are working in smaller groups in the classroom. When students are sitting at their desks or cafeteria table, they may remove their mask.  We have consulted with other schools, camps and student organizations and believe the neck gator is the most practical and efficient mask for our students and will be part of their dress code. Mask designs may be of the student’s choosing; however, some masks with skulls or distracting designs will not be allowed. The school will provide two neck gator-style masks for each student. We recommend that students keep at least one extra mask in their backpack should theirs get dirty or need to be switched out.
How will social distancing/sanitation be accomplished? Every effort will be made to social distance. Classrooms will be configured with desks facing one direction. The cafeteria will be comprised of round tables adequately spaced with four students per table.  Students will be spread out in common areas. School supplies will be unique to each student. Hand sanitizer will be used when students enter classrooms. Students will wipe down their workspace when they enter new classrooms. Our staff has already increased sanitation cleaning commonly used spaces frequently throughout the day.  We have misters which will be used to clean areas that are difficult to clean.  
What will happen if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19? If a student or staff tests positive, the school will follow the flow chart located on the ADE website under RESPONSE to ONSITE Learning which can be accessed at http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/public/userfiles/Communications/Ready/ADE_Response_Levels_for_On-Site_Learning_RV5.pdf. The ADH will determine how to handle each case depending on exposure and the current level of response. The school will communicate to parents whether an elementary or secondary student/staff has tested positive.  Please know that we believe in the value of in-person instruction and our goal will always be to continue on-site instruction while meeting the requirements of the referenced link. 
Will students still attend chapel? Today, our goal is to continue to host chapel with every-other seat and every-other row seating in the Worship Center.  Students will wear masks when traveling to and from the Worship Center.   Programs and chapels will be live streamed for grandparents and family.  
Are there adequate substitute teachers in place? We have established a database of substitutues who will be trained, familiar with our curriculum and school culture and ready to step in should they be needed. How will common areas such as library and elementary specials be handled? Areas where items might be in common use are still being evaluated.  We have a group of medical professionals who will be providing guidance and we will update you on this as soon as possible.  Many elementary specials teachers will be on carts.  Library will be instructional until we learn more about how to safely check out books.

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July 10, 2020

Shiloh Family,

The purpose of this letter is to provide some clarity about the reopening of Shiloh Christian School for the 2020-2021 school year. The health and safety of our students, our staff, and our families are our priority.

Shiloh Christian School will follow the guidelines provided by the Governor and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The use of personal protective equipment, physical distancing where possible, and in-depth cleaning and sanitizing procedures will be implemented and followed.  

Our plan is to begin on-site (face-to-face) instruction for students on August 14, 2020 for Shiloh Secondary, August 17, 2020 for Shiloh Elementary and Shiloh PreK4 – 5Day Program, and August 18, 2020 for Shiloh PreK4 – 3Day Program.

As we get closer to August 14, we will continue to monitor all guidelines from the Governor and the ADH. We will adjust our processes as needed and will continue to communicate all adjustments to our Shiloh Family. 

Shiloh Christian School is committed to developing Godly leaders who will engage their culture and change it. We look forward to partnering with you and your family this coming year. 

Sincerely,

Ben Mayes

Katerina Foley

Keith McDaniel

Jeff Conaway

Alicia Brown  

Questions and Answers

July 10, 2020

 

What is the first day for students? 

The first day of school will be August 14, 2020 for Shiloh Secondary, August 17, 2020 for Shiloh Elementary and Shiloh PreK4 – 5Day Program, and August 18, 2020 for Shiloh PreK4 – 3Day Program.

These dates will only change if ADH sends updated guidance concerning this requirement.

Will face coverings be required? 

Currently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the ADH are strongly recommending all individuals 10 years old and over wear a face covering. We will require that adults and all students provide and wear face coverings when social distancing cannot be achieved such as in hallways, cafeteria lines and on school buses. The ADH has not issued a directive to require face coverings; however, this does not downplay the importance of this additional safety measure. 

Will students have classes like PE, art, music, and library?

Yes, elementary students will continue to participate in specials classes, secondary students will have elective classes, and all students will be allowed to check out library books. In some cases, the teachers may present their lesson in the students’ classroom to reduce the amount of student to student exposure and the cleaning required. In other situations, such as PE, students may have assigned areas in the gym or outside to maintain social distancing.  

Will elementary students have recess?

Yes, elementary students will have recess time with restrictions that limit the number of students they come in contact with. 

Will ADH social distancing guidelines be observed? 

Social distancing will be observed as much as possible, but at times students will be closer than the recommended 6 ft. apart. When social distancing requirements cannot be maintained, such as class change time, etc., students will be required to provide and wear face coverings. 

Due to ADH guidelines will classrooms be arranged differently to protect students?

Yes, classrooms will be arranged to provide more space between students along with additional measures. We will make every effort to provide distance but not limit our students’ ability to interact and communicate with others in their classroom. 

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, what will happen? 

In the event an individual tests positive, we will follow the latest guidance from the ADH. We will be in direct contact with ADH.  

Based on ADH guidelines, will we have our Family Night Back-to-School Kickoff, musicals, programs, etc.? 

At this time, large events will occur in person and will comply with the ADH guidelines for large indoor venues.

Will students be able to participate in extracurricular activities, band, choir and sports in the fall? 

Yes, senior high and junior high athletes have already returned to campus to begin practice based on ADH and Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) guidance. We anticipate sports activities, band and choir will resume in the fall with possible modifications as required by the ADH and AAA.

Will my student eat lunch in the cafeteria?

Yes, students will eat in the cafeteria. Our scheduled lunch times and room set up will be adjusted to help keep students distanced during the lunch times. Proper sanitation of all areas will be completed after each meal. Students will not self-serve or share food. Parents are encouraged to send a water bottle with their student. Each water bottle should be clearly labeled with the student’s name.

What precautions will be implemented in regard to cleaning and sanitizing? 

In addition to deep cleanings at night, frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, etc.) and restrooms will be cleaned continuously throughout the school day. We will continue to purchase disinfectant sprays to quickly sanitize rooms between usage. We will also provide time for hand washing and hand sanitizer throughout the day.  

If a student comes to school sick, what will happen? 

If a student is ill, they should not come to school. Our policy has always been that students must be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school. If a student becomes ill at school, the school nurse will screen students. If a student has a temperature over 100.4, the student will be sent home and will need to be fever free for 48 hours without medication before returning to school. 

What happens if schools are prevented from having onsite instruction again?

Remote learning will take place if schools are prevented from having onsite instruction. This plan includes Seesaw, Google Classroom, and other educational programs.

We will provide more information in the upcoming days.


3.16.20

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.