SHILOH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED MARCH 16 - APRIL 17.
Thank you for supporting us during this unprecedented time. Thank you for your flexibility as we adjust each day to national and state changes. Thank you for partnering with us in continuing the education of your student this week. We are all adjusting to a temporary, new normal. Our goal moving forward is to relieve as much of the burden of off-site education from our parents as Shiloh can.
This coming week, March 23 through March 27, is Spring Break. Please take this opportunity to put school aside and enjoy time with your family. We will extend Spring Break to include Monday, March 30 for our students. This will allow our teachers to have a preparation day as we all begin an improved model of online, off-site learning for your student on Tuesday, March 31, through Friday, April 17.
Based on the latest guidelines set by Governor Hutchinson, Shiloh Christian School will remain off-site through April 17. Beginning on Tuesday, March 31, Shiloh teachers and staff will be available to our parents and students from 8am - 3pm each day of the school week. We will conduct online class instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will be utilized for students to get caught up on work, extra communication with teachers, and grading. Mrs. Foley and Mr. McDaniel will follow up this email with further instruction for the weekly operations of our Elementary and Secondary schools.
Shiloh Leadership will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely over the coming days and weeks, and will adjust our plans accordingly. Thank you again for the encouragement you have been to our staff and to us this last week. Please continue to pray for the health of those affected by COVID -19, wisdom for our leaders, and boldness of believers to use this time to reach people for Jesus. We are praying for all of our Shiloh families. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help your family during this time.
WE HAVE CANCELLED ALL PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES THAT WERE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 16-19.
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.