Our Response to COVID-19| Plymouth Christian Academy
Dear PCA families,
- Sunday, March 15, between 8:20am-11am. Preschool, Begindergarten, and Kindergarten items are on a table in the hallway near the reception desk in the church building. All other classrooms will be open at this time to retrieve items from your child's desk or locker.
- Monday, March 16, between the hours of 9am-3pm
- After Monday, March 16, to make an appointment, please contact Mrs. Huntsman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Elementary Office: 9am - 3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3125
- Secondary Office: 9am - 3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3121
- Caryn Huntsman: 9am-3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3131
- Ryan Batson: 9am-3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3140
- Matt Windle: 9am-3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3198
- Athletic Office: 9am-3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3117
- Dana Zambeck: 9am-3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3118
- Advancement Office: 9am-3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3143
- Business Office: 9am - 3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3195
- Admissions Office: 9am - 3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3190
- IT Hotline: Help Desk - email@example.com. Our IT department will work to respond within their office hours of 9am-3pm or within 24 hours.
Statement on March 13, 2020, 3pm
Health & Wellness | Plymouth Christian Academy
We understand the fear that the COVID-19 outbreak is generating and while we are preparing, we also look to the Lord for our guidance and protection. We want you to know that as a school and church team, we are meeting regularly to stay up-to-date on this global pandemic. At this time, we will continue to meet as a school, taking the precautions and instituting measures we have been recommending for the past month.
As a school, our cleaning company, Corporate Cleaning, disinfects desks, doorknobs, and hard surfaces daily. We are also ensuring that there are soap and hand sanitizers in all dispensers and encouraging everyone to remind students about the importance of hand washing. In addition to the regular cleaning, over the winter break, Corporate Cleaning, swept through our building using their latest technology, the Clorox 360, to disinfect all the rooms. You can learn more about this technology HERE. We will evaluate the use of this technology again.
As a family, you can assist us to keep our community healthy. To prevent widespread illness in school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following: A student who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" for a minimum of 24 hours. A temperature of 100 or higher is considered a fever. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.
To review the previous communications from Plymouth Christian to our community, please click the following links:
To help prevent the flu and other colds, practice good hygiene habits and remember, “Life is better with clean hands.” Students are given plenty of time to wash their hands. Here are the 5 steps to washing your hands correctly. Follow these five steps every time:
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap.
- Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air-dry them.
Q & A: Daily Operations, Upcoming Trips, General Information
We continue to have hand sanitizers at all entrances, classrooms, lunchrooms and gathering areas and continue engaging in common sense strategies to combat the spread of flu and viruses. Most viruses spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do: through infected people coughing and sneezing, by touching an infected person's hands or face, or by touching things such as door knobs that infected people have touched. PCA’s faculty and staff, school custodial staff and cleaning crews have also been advised to focus on frequently touched locations, like doorknobs and bathroom facilities. Plymouth Christian works hard to maintain these practices, and we spend time teaching the children to do these things as well. Please help us by reinforcing these things at home!
Our senior trip is coordinated by the travel company, Joshua Expeditions. We have contacted Joshua Expeditions with regard to our upcoming trip to Costa Rica. Joshua Expeditions' position on travel reflects the information provided by the CDC, WHO, and the US State Department.
"Please know that safety is continually our top priority for our travel groups. We are currently taking all necessary measures to ensure that our Travel Guides and Directors are up to date on all preventive measures regarding general hygiene and germ prevention as well as updating trip itineraries to reflect similar preventative measures. We also recommend for any international travel, coronavirus or not, for you to register through the US State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This will also aid in the unlikely occurrence that Joshua Expeditions needs to work with the US Government to safely transport your group home in case of a quarantine. Click this link to register: https://step.state.gov/step/."
Director of Coordinators, Joshua Expeditions
There are a growing number of COVID-19 cases in Washington, D.C. The following places have been closed to the public through the end of the month:
- The U.S. Capitol
- White House
- Smithsonian Museums
- Supreme Court
- Library of Congress
The situation remains extremely fluid. Please see the most recent update by the DC Health Department HERE.
Our goal is to continue to provide quality education that can be accomplished even during emergencies. Plymouth Christian has plans in place for learning utilizing on-line technologies such as PASS, Google Classroom and One Note.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.
Information from CDC
Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself.
Information from the CDC
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:
- Shortness of breath
Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever1 and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact2 with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with the ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Information taken from the CDC website
Helpful Resources | Plymouth Christian Academy
- Resource for how to talk to children and adolescents about COVID-19
- Updated Information on COVID-19: What you can do to protect against Coronavirus, Michigan Medical, Feb. 28, 2020
- Clorox 360 Cleaning System
- PCA's Cleaning Company, Corporate Cleaning
- Interested in learning more and printing posters to train your children about proper handwashing? Click HERE.
Please stay tuned to this webpage that will be updated on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with the latest information regarding COVID-19 and our response as a school to the most recent news.