School Closing-Corona Virus Safety

Mr. Norton's Letter: April 10th, 2020

Happy Easter WCS!

First let me provide you with some updates for our school:

1.) We will offer TWO Drop Off & Pick Up times for school work this week. This Sunday from 4:00-5:00 pm and Monday morning 9:00-11:00 am upstairs under the portico (where we have drop-off and pick-off for school). If you are not comfortable coming to school to do this parents can scan and email completed work to the teacher.

2.) I will be doing a Facebook Live this coming Tuesday, April 14th at 11:00 am. I will do a short devotion and time of prayer for our school. I hope students and parents will join me. To access go to the Wynnbrook Baptist Church page on Facebook (if you can't join us live it will be recorded and you can watch it later on Facebook).

3.) Our teachers have a fun message for our students on our website and our Facebook page. 

4.) Once we get through the Shelter in Place Order we will be scheduling a time when students can come clean out their locker and desks in the school. We will communicate when those days and times are when we get the go ahead from the state.

5.) We realize that Zoom and other online platforms are not practical for all families multiple times during the day. These are OPTIONAL for students, they will not be penalized if they are unable to attend a Zoom session. However, we encourage students to get on and interact with their teachers and peers as much as is possible. Many of our teachers are using this time to provide instruction, answer questions, and help students with assignments. You may also want to check with your child's teacher because many are recording the sessions and they can be watched at your convenience.

Now let me encourage you and challenge you to reflect on what this weekend means for us as believers in Jesus Christ.

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

May we remember today, the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure, so we could be set free. He paid the ultimate price, gave a great sacrifice, to offer us the gift of eternal life.

I pray we never take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. I remind each of us to reflect on the cost of it all. I challenge us to not be too busy, or too distracted by other things, to fully recognize what we were freely given, what Christ has done for us.

Remember by His wounds we are healed. We thank God that sin and death have been conquered, and that His Power is everlasting.

May we say a prayer of thanksgiving today (Good Friday) that we can say with great hope, “It is finished…” For we know what’s still to come. Praise Him for making all things new!

Have a great Easter WCS!

Jonathan Norton

 

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Mr. Norton's Letter: April 2, 2020

WCS Family,

I hope everyone is enjoying your spring break despite the difficult circumstances. Let me encourage you that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Our Lord does not have bad days or a crisis. He will see us through this time, we must look to Him each and every day for wisdom and guidance. Please know that I miss seeing all of you and we pray for you every day. 

I am sure most have heard by now that Governor Kemp has closed all schools for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year, as well as ordering a Shelter in Place from tomorrow (Friday, April 3rd) until Monday, April 13th. 

What does this mean for WCS?

It means we will continue our Alternate Learning Plan for the rest of the school year. We are committed to providing a first-class alternate learning experience, although we cannot provide that experience in our first-class facilities. 

How do we do we achieve this? 

Communicate Learning Objectives to students and parents when giving assignments. We want parents to understand that you are not responsible for making sure the objective is learned, however, by knowing a clear objective, you can communicate with the teacher any struggles your child has accomplishing the objective (or assignment). Then we can provide more instruction and/or resources to help. We are more interested in quality of work over quantity. 

Virtual Office Hours: Each teacher will have a minimum of five virtual office hours per week in which they are sitting at their computer ready to respond to emails. These hours will not be required on weekends. Teachers will clearly communicate when these hours will be and what is the best way for parents to reach them. We want to be available to help.

Video Classes: Each teacher will strive to provide at least two video type classes each week. This can be Zoom, Google, Facebook Live, etc. They can be synchronous (interactive) or asynchronous (recorded). We want to provide more technology, more classroom interaction and more personal instruction time to create an excellent alternate learning experience. 

Weekly Drive Through Drop Off/ Pick-Up: Mr. Todt and I will be available every Sunday from 4:00-6:00 pm beginning this Sunday, April 5th for any drop off or pick-up of schoolwork. You can drive through the portico at the school to execute this so you don’t have to get out of your car. We will be abiding by all social distancing guidelines as we collect and hand-out materials.

Future Goals:

As a Faculty and Staff we are also working on plans for the following:

-Teacher Curbside Home Visits 

-Facebook Live Chapel with Devotion from Mr. Norton

-Year End Parking Lot Ceremony

We will be communicating these activities through Renweb as we get them scheduled.

What about tuition?

As we continue our Alternate Learning Plan, our school board and church are committed to fulfilling the salaries of our faculty and staff. To make this possible, we are counting on families to continue with tuition payments during this time. This is also necessary to ensure that we are ready for a successful start to the 2020-21 school year in the fall.

Automatic drafts will continue on the 15th of each month. Those not on automatic drafts can make payments by check at the Sunday drop offs.

In the case of a drastic change to your family’s income please communicate with me via email about an alternate arrangement for tuition payments.

Weekly Updates

In closing, we will strive to make this the best experience possible through our teacher’s creativity, collaboration and hard work. Thank you for all you are doing as parents to help make this plan work under unique circumstances. We miss all of you, love you and will continue to give a weekly update as we move forward.

Jonathan Norton

Principal, Wynnbrook Christian School

jnorton@wynnbrookchristian.org

 

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Mr. Norton's Letter: March 2020

Dear Parents, 

Considering the most recent COVID-19 developments, Church and School leadership have met and believe it is prudent at this time to temporarily suspend campus gatherings and activities and begin transitioning to our Alternate Learning Plan (ALP). We realize that this evolving situation is challenging for everyone, but rest assured that all decisions are being made with the health and wellness of our students as our top priority, while also ensuring we educate each student to the best of our ability.  The following is a provisional plan for the next 3 weeks:

 

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

Beginning Saturday, March 14, all school activities, including athletics and other extracurricular events, will be suspended until further notice.

 

Academics

Today, Friday, March 13:

When students leave school today, they will take relevant materials home with them and will be guided by teachers in doing so. Students will begin using the ALP beginning Monday. Teachers will be communicating electronically with you how their individual class will be executing their plan over the weekend. Plans will vary between grade levels and subjects.   

Monday - Thursday, March 16 - 19; March 23 - 26 (closed on Fridays):

School office will be open from 9 am to 12 noon, for work to be picked up and dropped off.  

 

Spring Break

Monday, March 30 - April 3:

Spring Break will be held as scheduled. We encourage our families to consider current advisories when making any travel plans during this time. As consistent with previous guidance and CDC guidelines, any faculty, student, staff, or visitor who has traveled to or has been exposed to someone who has traveled to any Level 2 or Level 3 countries (which currently includes all international travel) or has had other known COVID-19 exposure must remain off-campus and symptom-free for 14 days. The CDC continues to adjust its advisories, and other countries/areas might well be added.

 

Returning to School

We provisionally plan to welcome faculty and students back to campus on Monday, April 6. However, the COVID-19 situation changes daily, so we will continue to pay close attention and respond appropriately to future changes and/or advice of local, state, and federal health and governmental agencies, adjusting our plans or extending the period of electronic learning as needed. We will certainly continue to keep you updated between now and then with any modifications or other helpful information. We remain grateful for your flexibility, support, and understanding and believe it will be important for all of us to carry forward a sense of optimism and prayerfulness. Our hope is that the necessary steps we have taken today will allow us to return to the WCS school life we love in the not too distant future.

 

Sincerely,

Jonathan Norton