Our Response to COVID-19| Plymouth Christian Academy

Dear PCA families,

We wholeheartedly lean on the assurance that God remains in control of this world. As a faith community amid uncertainty, may we be a people of hope, peace, and light in a world that can be so dim. In John 14:27, Jesus leaves his disciples with these words: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." These difficult days could be a time of significant growth in our lives and school family as we give our uncertainties to God and remain committed to educating and equipping our young people. 
 
As Christian educators, we have been and will continue working faithfully to invest spiritually and academically in every student and family throughout the coming weeks. While we won't be gathering together in classrooms, we will be gathering together online. We have been preparing for remote learning in the event we cannot continue with face-to-face learning. Our teachers have been working to create online lessons that are academically robust and spiritually uplifting.
 
Education Continues
School Learning Management Systems, such as Rediker, Google Classroom, One Note, PASS, RightNow Media biblical video instruction with prompts, and Parent Portal exist to deliver remote education to our students during such events. 
 
Kindergarten through 6th-grade curriculum will occur through PASS and Rediker/Parent Portal.
 
Middle school and high school teachers will provide parents and students with curricular delivery unique to each discipline. Teachers will provide instructional videos, write and respond assessments, project-based lessons, technology learning links, written lesson delivery, art projects, and more. 
 
Your classroom teachers will be working virtually. The following are the details you need to know. 
 
Work Hours:
Teacher Virtual Office Hours, 9am-3pm. Your teacher can be contacted via their school email (firstname.lastname@plymouthchristian.org) during these work hours.
 
Lessons Plans:
Beginning this Monday, March 16, your teachers will be sending out a weekly educational plan to you. Stay tuned for a more detailed letter coming shortly regarding all e-Learning plans.
The following are the Virtual Office Hours and Contact Information: 
 
  • 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, 734-746-5002 ext. 2
  • Advancement Office: 9am-3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3143
  • Business Office: 9am - 3pm, 734-459-3505, x. 3195
  • Admissions Office: 9am - 3pm, 734-746-5002 ext. 1
  • IT Hotline: Help Desk - helpdesk@plymouthchristian.org. Our IT department will work to respond within their office hours of 9am-3pm or within 24 hours. 
 
Admissions
The spring is a very busy time for our Admissions Office. We have already canceled our upcoming Open House on March 23, but please know that the admissions work will continue. Leanne Windle, Admissions Coordinator, will continue to call and email prospective families, and even provide them links to virtual tours. 
 
I will be praying for you all during these trying times. I look forward to seeing how God will use this very unusual time in the history of our school, our community, and the world for His glory!
 
In Him,
Caryn Huntsman
PCA Superintendent

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To review the previous communications from Plymouth Christian to our community, please click the following links: 

February 28, 2020

March 10, 2020

March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020

March 13, 2020

March 18, 2020

March 20, 2020

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School Closure & Distance Learning FAQ's

stay home, save lives
Does the distance learning and online work count for the remainder of this year?
In March, the Michigan Department of Education stated that online instructional time will not apply toward educational hours. Thankfully, this does not apply to private schools. Plymouth Christian and other private schools in Michigan have the power to determine the time and quality of instruction needed to meet academic requirements during this time. Our teachers and staff have been working tirelessly preparing and delivering a robust distance learning program that will most certainly count toward our student's educational hours. 
Will we be having a graduation ceremony?
Depending on the direction we receive from the state, local, and federal governments, the feasibility of hosting a large group gathering may not be possible before the end of the school year. We are praying and planning for a commencement ceremony ON OUR CAMPUS as soon as it is possible, and we are sure that it will be the most joyous in the school's history. Our hearts go out to the Class of 2020. We love you and recognize the loss that this directive brings. Please stay tuned as we make plans to celebrate and honor you from now until your graduation! 
Are we able to come on campus?
 
Not at this time. We will keep you updated in the weeks ahead, but for now, our campus is closed to all visitors, parents, and students until further notice.
How does this affect the PCA Athletic Program
As of April 3, 2020, the MHSAA canceled all sporting events for the winter and spring season of 2020. We received this news with very heavy hearts and grief for our student-athletes, especially our seniors. 
All of our athletic teams are to be commended and we want you to know that the athletic success of this school year will not go unnoticed. We encourage our entire school family to take this time to challenge themselves physically and mentally through this period. Go Eagles! 
What about the senior trip to Costa Rica?

Our senior trip is coordinated by the travel company, Joshua Expeditions. We have contacted Joshua Expeditions, and are working to possibly reschedule this trip for a week between the dates of June 7-16. 

What will happen with the Senior Walk & Legacy Chapel?

We are in the planning stages of an event that will replace the senior walk, yet keep our students safe. Stay tuned for details! We will be hosting a virtual Legacy Chapel near the end of May. 

What is happening with the 8th grade trip to the Creation Museum & the 10th grade trip to Washington, D.C.?

These amazing trips have been rescheduled and will take place during Explore Week, 2021. We are pleased to announce that we will be taking both the 8th and 9th-grade classes to the Ark and the Sophomores and Juniors to DC. 

 

How does COVID-19 spread?

Person-to-person spread

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

How can we protect ourselves?

Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself. 

Information from the CDC

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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*:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
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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.

Learn how to protect yourself

Information taken directly from the CDC's website. 
What should you do if you are sick?

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. Report all symptoms to your healthcare provider. 

Information taken from the CDC website

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