COVID-19 UPdate 8/13/2020
On Tuesday, August 11, at 4:53pm, ELHS and other private schools received an email from Dr. Anthony Chen, Pierce County Health Department Director, that all schools must begin the school year with online learning. He writes in part, “I am not simply recommending but am requiring all schools to begin the school year using distance learning…”. In a later email, he clarified “all schools” to mean public and private.
Therefore, ELHS will postpone the start of school until September 8. We are hoping that pressure from Pierce County private schools and private school parents will cause him to relax his opinion. What we know, as of today, Pierce County is the only county in Washington State to require private schools to start online. Even in his address last week, the governor “recommended” starting online but stopped short of saying “required”.
We are ready to have in-person classes. We are ready to have students watch “live” from home. We are ready to have students watch a recorded classroom presentation video if necessary. We have developed a thorough cleaning plan. We are ready to welcome students to a safe place. We were excited to finally have students come to school. But currently, that’s changed.
A man’s heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.-Proverbs 16:9
Even though some things seem illogical to us, we are confident that God is always in control. We pray that Covid-19 ends soon that we can return to normalcy.
In His Service,
July 30, 2020
Our re-opening plan has been developed to meet the needs of our families both in-person and from home. Our staff has been working hard to develop this plan and to make sure families have choices that work for them and their children. The full and detailed copy of our re-opening plan is available. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the school for clarification. We are excited to have you back on campus (when you’re comfortable) and remind you all of your Savior’s continued love for you.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
ELHS will be holding in-person classes Monday through Friday beginning on August 25, 2020 with modifications. A few of those modifications are:
- Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings or face shields.
- Classrooms have been modified to allow for social distancing standards.
- Students, staff, and all visitors will be required to complete a symptom checklist before entering the school building or boarding the buses.
- We have added two extended passing periods to allow students to walk outside for fresh air.
- Chapel will take place daily either in classrooms or in the gymnasium.
- Lunch will be split into two sections and students may eat outside when the weather permits.
- To prevent congestion our Seniors and Juniors will be released for the day five minutes prior to our Sophomores and Freshmen.
ELHS wants to make sure our parents and students have options. In the event a family decides their student should stay home or the student needs to stay home due to symptoms or exposure, our students will still receive the high quality education that is synonymous with Evergreen Lutheran High School.
- Families have the ability to keep their kids at home if they feel uncomfortable sending them to school without missing classes.
- All classes will be viewable live and in real time through Microsoft TEAMS.
- All assignments and handouts will be distributed online.
- Questions can be asked and answered just as if the student was physically in class.
In the event that the Governor or the Department of Health decide that we cannot be open for in-person instruction, ELHS is fully prepared to move to an online format. The faculty has had several meetings since the last day of school regarding how to improve our online module. They are still meeting to solidify all the details. The online module will include:
- A uniform platform used by all teachers for classes.
- The distribution of assignments and where to locate information will be consistent from teacher to teacher.
- More live sessions and live interactions with teachers.
- Increased access to ask a teacher for help.
July 22, 2020
I pray that you are having a healthy and happy summer. Yesterday, WIAA met to discuss what sports will look like for the 20-21 school year. They have created a modified sports season calendar with four distinct seasons. ELHS will be able to participate in WIAA Season 1 with a cross country team. Participation in WIAA Season 1 will be dependent on which stage of the governor’s reopening plan we are in and certain WIAA benchmarks being met.
- WIAA Season 1 (Sept 7- Nov. 8): Cross Country
- WIAA Season 2 (Jan. 4- Mar. 7): Basketball
- WIAA Season 3 (Mar. 1- May 2): Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Volleyball, and Football (Feb. 22- May 9)
- WIAA Season 4 (April 26- Jun. 27): Track & Field, Baseball, Fastpitch
We are very thankful that the WIAA is working so hard to try to make sure that Washington State student athletes have the opportunity to participate in high school sports. Follow the link below to read the full article from the WIAA.
Please let me know if you have any questions!