TCS COVID-19 Virus Update V. 5/21/2020

 

Dear members of the Temple Christian School community,

Our hope is that you and your family are safe and well during this unprecedented time.

 

We all know what very stressful times these are. The ongoing threat that COVID-19 poses to public health and the lives of those closest to us seems overwhelming, and solutions remain uncertain. The efforts necessary to stop the spread of the virus are having an abrupt and devastating impact on the economy. We are proud of how the Temple community has responded to this crisis—from the students and faculty who have adapted to remote learning and teaching, to the principals and vice principals who are overseeing the delivery of online instruction, to the support staff who resolutely continue to serve on our campuses. We appreciate the manner in which parents have supported the remote learning process. Without your dedicated assistance, much of what we have achieved would not have been possible.

 

As the end of the school year draws to a close, please give attention to the following as it relates to your child:


Tuition credit


In recognition of the fact that students are not physically at school, a tuition credit of 15% will be applied to the accounts of students from K3 through grade 11. This discount is available to those who have not yet paid until June 4, 2020. Fees already paid for the third semester will receive a credit on Term I tuition. This credit is only available to returning students and persons not currently employed with the school or church. Tuition credit is non-transferable, and will not be refunded as cash. Where a student has graduated, a refund will be made Friday, October 2, 2020. Financial related questions should be addressed to the Business Office (325-1119).


School closure


Online instruction will cease school wide as follows:

 

Report cards will be available on June 17th and 18th for the elementary and high schools respectively. Information regarding summer school opportunities where needed and available will be disseminated by the principals. If you have questions regarding your child’s academic performance, please address them via email to their teacher and/or the respective vice principal.


Examinations


No internal end of term examinations will be held for term 3. We remain subject to the directives of the Ministry of Education with regard to the conduct of the G.L.A.T., B.J.C., and B.G.C.S.E. Such directives, when received, will be communicated by the respective principals. ACT examinations at the high school are currently on hold.


Graduation


Due to restrictions in place at this time, graduations will be largely conducted by virtual means. The principals have already or will be providing information concerning plans for their respective commencement exercises. Parents should note that the receipt of report cards, transcripts, and participation in graduation exercises are subject, per school policy, to accounts being settled in full.


Transition information for the 2020-2021 academic year


Information regarding your child’s seat registration for the upcoming school year, school fees, textbooks, uniforms, and insurance plans will be forthcoming from the business office.


School Reopening


Our fundamental objective is to safely resume face-to-face instructions for all students on August 31, 2020. This may require the creation or adoption of new social distancing guidelines, classroom redesigns, or staggered classes. We will utilize the full breadth of our human resources to research and identify the best means by which this can be safely done. Our consideration includes both physical spaces, in addition to pedagogical changes, such as the possibility of adopting homeroom-centered chapel experiences as opposed to whole school chapel services.


Of course, our opening is predicated upon receiving permission from the relevant national authorities. Therefore, in the event that, due to the national state of the pandemic, the government decides that an August 31 start is not possible, we are reviewing our options to resume remote instruction until a return to the physical classroom later in the academic year becomes possible. This could very well be October or later. We simply do not know at this time.

 

Online instruction


The faculty of Temple Christian School has obtained invaluable experience and demonstrated growth in developing classes online so that the education is relevant and meaningful. We continue to solicit feedback from parents through the school leaders on what is working and what is not with Edmodo and Zoom. After consideration of this feedback, we will determine what the best platform is for the school to use moving forward. We are committed to improving the quality of the online instruction provided.


Guidelines for health and safety


We will continue to be guided by the Ministry of Health regarding protocols for safe school operations moving forward. We will advise you further as information regarding such protocols are established and disseminated. General inquiries may be made at the respective school offices daily from 9 am – 1 pm, or by email to the respective principal.

Temple Christian School is committed to being back on campus when permitted to do so. It is our expectation that we will have a clearer picture of the way forward by early summer and will communicate as we receive information from the Ministries of Health and Education. Meanwhile, we will continue to work diligently to help ensure that all of our students have the best possible opportunities to safely continue their education at Temple Christian School.
The health and safety of our campus community are vital to our ability to fulfill our mission of providing an innovative Christian-based curriculum. Therefore, we will be sure to embrace cutting edge technology to equip and empower our students to become life-long learners and problem solvers in their community, while safeguarding the health and safety of students, faculty, and employees alike.

 

With continued best wishes for your safety,

 

Samuel L. Rutherford, Administrator