TCS COVID-19 Update VII - The 2020 Opening of School 8/11/2020

Dear members of the Temple Christian School community,

Further to our letter dated July 13, 2020 concerning plans for the upcoming school year, we continue to hope that you and your family remain safe and well at this time particularly with the passage of hurricane Isaias. With just under four weeks before the school year was scheduled to commence, I wish to further update you about our planning processes for the fall term.


Our intention was to open with face to face instruction with grades K3-K4, and grades 10-12, while adopting a hybrid model based on alternate full days of instruction for grades K5-grade 9. However, as a result of the two week nationwide lockdown currently in place, and also the potential delays associated with a phased reopening, Temple Christian School will reopen with full online instruction for all classes on Monday, September 7, 2020. Moreover, please note that it may be necessary to further delay the start of school by one or two weeks should the national lockdown continue in order to not only allow parents the time to adequately prepare their students to receive instruction, but also enable the teachers to deliver the curriculum. Once the competent authority makes a determination concerning national operations after this initial lockdown period, a further update in this regard will be provided.


In order to deliver online instruction, the school has adopted Microsoft 365 for Education. Teachers will soon receive training in the use of the newly adopted learning management system. Costs associated with this adoption will require a restructuring of fees in order to mitigate additional costs to parents.

We remind parents and guardians of the need to provide reliable internet-capable devices in order for students to access remote instruction. Devices may be tablets, personal or laptop computers which should be multimedia ready (with built-in camera, speaker and microphone), keyboard accessible, and able to access an internet browser. Please be advised that, for best performance, devices should be no later than 2018 models.

More details concerning scheduling, book collection, uniforms and procedures related to our online learning system will be released by our principals in the days to come. Additionally, in a few weeks, the principals of the respective schools will host virtual open house and orientation sessions by Zoom. Information concerning the dates for these online sessions will be forthcoming from our elementary and high school offices.
When it is safe to do so, and the government permits, we will transition to a hybrid model of learning and eventually return to face to face instruction.


Transition from online learning to face-to-face instruction


When face-to-face instruction is permitted, the campus grounds will be open to the public. Signage will remind visitors to follow the campus mask-wearing policy and other health and safety protocols. All persons on our campuses will be required to maintain social distancing of 6 feet, follow directional signage in buildings, and use hand sanitizer before and after entry through doors with knobs or handles. However, access to classrooms will be limited to students and employees only.


Classroom Changes


As much as possible, meetings beyond formal classroom sessions would be held outdoors or via video conference technology (Zoom, Office 365, etc.). Three weeks after the resumption of face-to-face instruction and pending an assessment of health conditions on campus, clubs may register with the principal to meet using specific meeting rooms for low density activities. Approved gatherings are subject to standard protocols regarding social distancing and wearing masks. Strict attention will be given to the adherence to occupancy limits based upon room size and national guidelines of one student per 20 square feet.


Reduction of Gatherings



Monitoring of Symptoms

Physical Education and Athletics


We are committed to providing a high quality, Christian-based education to our students in a safe environment, and we welcome your ideas about how we can make this school year safe and effective. Should you have questions related to any of the above, you may address them via email to the respective school principal as follows:


With continued best wishes for your safety,




Samuel L. Rutherford, Ed. D.