COVID-19 Communication

Information on the action Christian Life School is taking during these unprecedented times.

 

UPDATE- We plan to begin school this fall in-person, five days a week.

A timeline of email communication sent to our Eagle Family

February 27, 2020

Dear CLS Families,

In light of recent news stories, we wanted to update you all on the actions we are taking in the event of a Coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin. As the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health have mentioned, currently, the risk in America and Wisconsin for the Coronavirus remains low. However, CLS is working hard to make sure our staff, students, and CLS families are prepared in the case of an outbreak. To prevent any transmission of illness, we always implement the following:

  • Encourage your student to use frequent hand hygiene. This includes washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. We currently have hand sanitizers in all classrooms and lunchrooms.
  • Thorough routine environmental cleanings.
  • Separating students and staff who are feeling ill in order to prevent any transmission of illness.
  • Encouraging all to cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, and then throwing your tissues in the trash.
  • Stay home when you or your student are sick

In addition to our routine actions, we are evaluating our crisis plan to help guide the school in the event of an endemic or pandemic outbreak. This plan will ensure CLS is able to:

  • Minimize the spread of the organism.
  • Maintain essential school services.
  • Maintain continuity of learning for all students.
  • Minimize social disruption.

In the event a progression of the Coronavirus outbreak occurs, it is possible that schools in Wisconsin and throughout the nation, including Christian Life School and Preschool, will close as recommended by either the state government, federal government, or the health department. Though this scenario seems unlikely at this point, we would encourage you to have a plan in place for the care of your children in the event we are closed. Again, please be aware that currently the risk for the Coronavirus is low and while we have no indication that this will occur, we ask you to be prepared.

CLS continues to actively monitor updates from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the Wisconsin Department of Instruction, and the local health department. We will continue to work hard to ensure we are cultivating the safest, healthiest environment possible for all CLS staff, students, and family. We will continue to communicate updates as soon as they become available to us.

In addition, we have attached links to the World Health Organization, the Wisconsin Department of Instruction 2019 Novel Coronavirus website, and the Center for Disease Control Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website, so you can continue to receive the most up to date and accurate information.

The World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/ Wisconsin

Department of Instruction 2019 Novel Coronavirus Website: https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/2019-novel-coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

Additionally, attached is an F.A.Q. our Health Office received from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services which provides some answers to the most asked questions regarding this virus. You can also find the most up to date information at the websites mentioned above. Please continue to be in prayer with us for this situation.

Thank You!

Christian Life School

March 11, 2020

CLS Community,

We want to give you an update on the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and share what CLS is doing in response.  As you are probably aware, the situation is extremely fluid with new reports and changes every day and we are closely monitoring the situation here in Wisconsin and Illinois especially in relation to how it might impact our school community.

  1. External Student Activities.  At this point, in an effort to safeguard our students, we have decided to cancel all external student activities starting Wednesday, March 18th.  This cancellation mainly covers class field trips and does not include spring sports practices. Spring sports and Sound of Music practices will go on as planned.  We will continue to evaluate the Mexico missions trip, our spring sports programs, and our Fine Arts programs as the situation progresses and will keep participants up to date on any decisions.  Our Open House event on Monday, March 16th will go on as scheduled, but all external student trips will be suspended. 
  2. Visitors To Our Facility.  We will also be limiting visitor entrance into our facility during the day when students are present starting on Monday, March 16.  If parents, family members, or visitors do not absolutely need to be in the building during the day, we ask that you please don’t come to the school.  Deliveries and emergencies will be facilitated through the main office, so you can still drop off things for your student(s) there.
  3. Potential School Closures.  We are preparing for what could be an extended school closure implemented by the state or federal government.  This closure would include classes and events for preschool, elementary, middle, and high school. Our teachers are making plans now and it is our goal to continue our education utilizing an online format through what could be an extended school closure.  We ask that you begin to make preparations for your family in the event that such a situation becomes a reality. This includes checking your internet access, having an accessible computer for your student, having a printer, paper, and ink, and any other necessities your student might need to be able to work in an online format.  As our teachers prepare for this potential situation, we will be in contact with more information.

Again, we ask you to employ the best practices for preventing the spread of illness with your student(s).  First, if your student is sick, please have them stay home and get checked by your family physician. Continue to wash hands for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Make sure to cough and sneeze into tissues or your elbow. If you cough or sneeze into a tissue, make sure to throw the tissue immediately into the trash. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and/or eyes. This will help keep germs out of your body.

At CLS, we have purchased the latest technology for sanitizing our facility utilizing the Victory Innovations Electrostatic Back Sprayer.  Our maintenance team sanitizes our facility regularly, including wiping down door handles, desks, switches, etc. to maintain a healthy and germ-free environment for our students.

We understand the potential inconveniences that might arise due to this virus and we ask for flexibility as we all work to keep our students healthy.  As the situation changes, we will keep you up to date on our plan moving forward. If you have any questions, please feel free to call.

Thank You,

Christian Life School

March 13, 2020

CLS Community,

As you are aware, we have been actively monitoring the situation regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the related safety concerns that it creates for our community here at Christian Life School.  Yesterday, Governor Evers declared a public health emergency in Wisconsin, and just today, President Trump declared a national state of emergency in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

As a result and with the safety of our students and community in mind, CLS has made the decision to transition our learning to an online format for K-12 students for, at least, the next two weeks starting on Monday, March 16.  What this means:

  1. We will not have students in our facility for at least two weeks starting on Monday, March16.  Our education will continue for students K-12. We will be utilizing virtual platforms as well as textbooks and workbooks to continue delivering our education to our students.  You will receive an email from either our elementary or middle/high school teams (or both) communicating what the distance education looks like for the specific grades of your students.  Our teachers have been preparing for this and we are confident in continuing our education in this format.
  2. This transition also means that we will not hold preschool for our K2, K3, and K4 students.  In our effort to maintain the recommended social distancing and keep students and families safe, we will not be able to facilitate preschool during the length of our transition.
  3. We are making this transition for, at least, the next two weeks with the understanding that as the situation progresses, we will re-evaluate the length of this initial transition.
  4. All of our extra-curricular programs will be suspended for, at least, the next two weeks with the understanding that we will reevaluate the situation moving forward based on recommendations from government and health officials.

Please remember to keep this situation in prayer and to be flexible with the limitations and restrictions that we all must comply with to mitigate the spread of this virus.  As always, please continue the best practices to prevent the spread of the virus and if you have any questions, please feel free to call or email.

Thank you

Christian Life School

March 16, 2020

CLS Community,

We want to give you an update on our response to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  In our effort to come into compliance with the recommendations and mandates from our state and federal authorities, we have made the decision to continue our transition to virtual education through the time frame mandated by Governor Evers.

This means that we will not be returning to on-campus instruction until April 6, at the earliest.  We are not canceling school and our faculty have been preparing for virtual and distance instruction for several weeks.  Your family and students will be receiving more information on how our education will continue and what their responsibilities will be during this transition period. 

Please know that this situation is extremely fluid and, as things change in our state and country, we will notify you as soon as possible on the impact those circumstances have for our school community.

Again, please continue to pray for this entire situation and implement the best practices as stated by our health authorities to prevent the spread of this virus.  As always, if you have any questions, please email or call.

Thank you.

Christian Life School

 

March 17, 2020

Dear CLS Family,

Beginning Monday, March 23 Christian Life School staff will be working remotely.  The Main Office, Elementary Office, and Middle/High School Office will be closed, and the building will not be open.  We will communicate when the offices will reopen and the building will be accessible.  

If there are items that you need to pick up from CLS before the building is closed and staff are out of the office, please do so by 4:00pm tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18.  Thursday and Friday were previously scheduled days off of school so there will not be any staff in the building on those days. 

While staff are working remotely, they are still accessible by phone and email during office hours, 8:00am-4:00pm.  Please call 262-694-3900 if you need to speak with a staff member.

Sincerely,

Christian Life School

March 18, 2020

Dear CLS Family,

As the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, new services are becoming available to the public. In an effort to keep CLS families up to date with the newest information and services offered, we would like to make sure you are all aware of the new testing site in Pleasant Prairie. 

On March 17th, 2020, Froedtert South announced it has established a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19. The address for this site is 10256 Old Green Bay Road in Pleasant Prairie. The hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The testing site is closed on Sundays. 

If you believe you have been exposed or have symptoms related to COVID-19, you may call 262-671-7777 to be triaged by a medical professional. They will determine if testing is advised for each individual case. If recommended, the caller may then schedule an appointment at the drive-thru site. You will be registered and given a date and time for an appointment.

At the time of your appointment, you may present to the drive-thru site where two swabs will be obtained from you. This will be done without you having to leave your car. This process is to take about 10 minutes and results are expected to be available within 2-3 days.

More local testing sites are planned to pop up at nearby hospitals and parking lots within the coming days. If you or someone you know is concerned they may have been exposed or have symptoms of the coronavirus, we strongly encourage you to utilize this new service.

Sincerely,

 

Lauren Rader, RN
The Health Office

 

March 24, 2020

CLS Community,

Here is an update on what is happening at CLS in response to the Coronavirus outbreak:

  • Based on Governor Evers most recent “Safer at Home” order, we have made the decision to continue our e-learning model through, at least, April 27th.  This means we will continue school online through the next three weeks, have our regularly scheduled spring break April 10th -17th, and then continue with at least one more week of e-learning April 20th-24th.  Our hope would be that we could resume school as normal starting on Monday, April 27th but that is subject to the circumstances that we are all dealing with surrounding the Coronavirus. This includes the cancellation or postponement of all school activities that were scheduled during this time frame.
  • Additionally, in light of the financial strain that many are dealing with, we have also decided to extend the re-enrollment period for the 2020-2021 school year through the end of April.  We will also be accepting teacher request forms through April 30th.
  • During the time that CLS is doing school remotely, we want to make sure that you are aware of the options for making your tuition payments.  There are several ways to make these payments. If you have any questions or need help making payments please contact Stephanie via email or phone, 262-694-3900 ext. 4000.
    • Mail a check to CLS
      • Christian Life School
        10700 75th Street
        Kenosha, WI 53142
    • Pay online through Sycamore
      • Use Sycamore user ID and CLS School Code 1620
      • E-check - $1.00 processing fee
      • Card - 3% processing fee

We know that these next few weeks and months have the possibility of causing financial strain for many businesses and families.  We are also dealing with the financial pressures and are doing our best to handle all of this with wisdom and compassion. We would ask for you to continue making your tuition payments regularly and if there is a possibility that you will miss a payment, please contact Stephanie so that we can be aware and plan accordingly. 

  • As many of you are aware, CLS has developed an e-learning resource for students K4-6th Grade that we are calling “Education in a Box.”  The Coronavirus outbreak has resulted in many school districts discontinuing education programs and leaving parents with nothing for their students.  As a school, our values of service and ministry have compelled us to put together educational resources for students and families let down by their school districts.  These resources consist of grade-specific tools and lessons that parents can use to home-school their children during this crisis. Our teachers are not grading, assessing, facilitating, or communicating with families who are using these free resources but instead are committing their time and effort to doing their best for our students here at CLS.  Included in these resources are Bible lessons that parents in the community can use with their own children and, we pray, might be an avenue of reaching families who are hurting with the message of the gospel of Christ. Additionally, this program exemplifies what we hope to teach our own students here at CLS, namely that we have a responsibility to serve the community and families around us as God has given us the ability to do so.  In light of this program we ask:
    • Please pray for our community and for the families who are hurting and looking for something for their children.  We all know the fear, anxiety, and uncertainty that exists in our community, country, and the world and we also recognize the power of God to bring peace in the midst of this storm.
    • If you know of someone in need of educational resources to help facilitate the education of their student in grades K4-6, consider sharing the resources we are providing and pray that God may use our program to reach people for His kingdom.  You can share our social media posts on the program or simply email or text the link: https://kclsed.org/elearning/

Finally, we want to thank you for your continued support of Christian Life School.  We are committed to doing the absolute best that we can for our community even in the midst of incredibly challenging circumstances.  Thank you for your prayers!

Christian Life School

March 31, 2020

Dear CLS Family,

As the Coronavirus pandemic progresses, we thought it would be helpful to continue to send important reminders and updates as we receive them. 

This past week, President Trump mentioned that he planned to extend the social distancing guidelines through the end of April.  At this time, Governor Evers has not amended his “Safer at Home” initiative which currently extends through April 24th. We are closely monitoring the situation and what it means for our school and will be communicating any changes in our future calendar as soon as possible.

We also recognize the potential financial strain facing our families so if you are having difficulty with tuition payments, please contact Stephanie so we can be aware.  CLS is also dealing with the financial pressures and we want to do the best we can for our employees and, at the same time, provide a great education for our students.  

There are several ways families can make tuition payments.  If you have any questions or need help making payments please contact Stephanie via email or phone, 262-694-3900 ext. 4000.

    • Mail a check to CLS
      • Christian Life School
        10700 75th Street
        Kenosha, WI 53142
    • Pay online through Sycamore
      • Use Sycamore user ID and CLS School Code 1620
      • E-check - $1.00 processing fee
      • Card - 3% processing fee

As more information and research develops, it has become increasingly evident that social distancing is extremely vital in helping protect yourselves, your family, and your community from the spread of COVID-19. We would like to take a moment to remind you what social distancing and “Safer at Home” means and why these practices are so important.

Social distancing is defined as the practice of keeping at least six feet apart from others and avoiding direct physical contact. Social distancing is the only known, effective means of slowing the rate of infection at this time. 

Under the authority and direction of Governor Evers, a “Safer at Home order” was put into effect on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020. This means all individuals present within the State of Wisconsin are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residences, with limited exceptions. All public and private gatherings of any number of people that are not part of a single household or living unit are prohibited except for the limited exceptions contained in the order. 

You may leave your home or residence for the following reasons:

  • To perform essential governmental functions
  • To work at a deemed essential business or operation
  • To perform tasks that are essential to health and safety (for example: picking up medication or visiting a healthcare professional)
  • To obtain necessary services or supplies such as food, gasoline, or other household consumer products
  • To engage in outdoor activity, as long as you maintain social distancing
  • To care for a family member, friend, or pet in another household

These protective measures are our best tools to decrease the daily number of cases of COVID-19. A large number of cases at once can quickly overwhelm local hospitals and clinics, and limit the number of resources available. We ask that each and every one of you do your part in protecting your families and your communities from the spread of COVID-19.

In these challenging times, it is wonderful to see our community come together to support and pray for one another.  We have a Facebook parents intercession group that you can join and pray for CLS and the members of our community.  Again, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us via email or phone.  Thanks so much for your continued support of CLS.  

Sincerely,

Christian Life School

APRIL 17, 2020

CLS Community,

As you are probably already aware, yesterday, Governor Evers extended the “Safer At Home” order through May 26, 2020, which included closing Wisconsin public and private schools through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  I want to outline what that means for us at Christian Life School.

First, from the beginning of this pandemic, we have been committed to continuing our educational program for our students through virtual/distance learning and we will continue to do so through the remainder of this school year.  Our team has done an excellent job, in light of the situation, and we continue to evaluate and adapt our virtual/distance program to meet the needs of our students and families and still provide a great education. While other schools have given up on educating students or have provided a minimal amount of resources, we care too much about our students’ futures, and our team is committed to doing everything we can to facilitate student success.

Second, we are planning, at this point, to postpone our graduations (Kindergarten, 6th Grade, and High School) and possibly the high school prom until later in the summer with hope that the Covid-19 mitigation efforts will begin to loosen up.  As things progress, we will let you know dates and what those events will look like.

Third, we are also evaluating what our summer programs will entail for preschool, summer school, and summer athletics, and we will communicate those plans with you as more information becomes available.  It is our hope to continue all of these programs this summer but it is too early to give details.

Fourth, we are prorating the required parent hours down from 15 to 10 for this school year.  Some families have asked and we know that there may be families who are unable to complete those hours due to the lack of volunteer opportunities.  If your family is experiencing financial hardship due to the loss of a job or a job furlough and will have challenges with the parent hour requirement, we want to work with you.  Please contact Stephanie Maerzke.

Next week, you will be receiving a detailed communication from your respective school (elementary, middle, high) that will outline what the rest of the year looks like for your student including information on picking up personal items, dropping off textbooks/chromebooks, etc., final exam schedules, and more.  

Finally, I want to encourage you to complete the re-enrollment process for next year.  While we have gone through some incredible challenges this year, I believe we will be back in school next fall and we are excited about the future and what God has for our students and our school.  If you have financial concerns that are preventing you from re-enrolling, please contact Patty Pearson.  We understand the financial pressures and we want to do the best we can to provide aid and assistance for our families who are struggling.  We are trusting in God that all things will work together for good and that things will be back to normal for next year.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email or call.

God’s Richest Blessings!!

Dr. Jeff Bogaczyk
Head of School
Christian Life School

July 2, 2020

Christian Life School Community,

The purpose of this communication is to give some more specifics regarding what school will look like at CLS in the fall in light of the COVID-19 virus.  As previously mentioned in Dr. Bogaczyk’s video, our plan is to be back in school for face-to-face instruction in the fall based on the recommendations of the American Association of Pediatrics who gives this primary statement:

“The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with the goal of having students physically present in school.” - American Association of Pediatrics

Here is what we expect that to look like at CLS at this time noting that things can drastically change and government mandates could force new restrictions and new practices.

 

  1. Schedule.  We are planning a regular 5 day/week in-person schedule for all students from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM as was our practice before the COVID-19 virus shut down.   
  2. Masks.  At this point we are not requiring our students or teachers to wear masks however, we are exploring the potential of using masks in certain contexts.  As an example, when students might be in greater proximity to others (chapel, assemblies, hallways, passing periods, etc.)  Anyone is welcome to wear a mask if they feel comfortable doing that, but there are real challenges especially for our younger students in mandating the wearing of masks.  Health and governmental officials may mandate the wearing of masks for everyone or for teachers at some point in the next several weeks, but at this time we are not requiring that for all of our students all day long.  We will provide more details on this as more data and recommendations come to us from our health and government officials.
  3. Social Distancing.  We will not be implementing strict social distancing procedures per the recommendation of the AAP in favor of other risk mitigation strategies.  This may include such things as keeping seating 3 feet apart when feasible in classroom situations, creating greater physical distance between students in large group settings (chapels, assemblies, etc.), one-way hallways,  a staggered passing period/locker schedule, and delayed dismissals.  While we can implement policies to create greater physical distance between our students, when it comes to the conflict between strict adherence to social distancing recommendations and optimal academic and social/emotional learning, we are going to prioritize our educational experience and do our best to implement social distancing measures that mitigate risk but provide a great school experience for our students.  Additionally, we are considering providing wristbands for students to wear that would designate their preference when regarding social distancing.  As an example, a red bracelet would mean “stay away, I prefer distance,” a yellow bracelet would mean “I’m ok talking,” and a green bracelet would mean “I’m ok with a high five.”  This would allow a certain measure of social distancing awareness for students who prefer that in our community.
  4. Parents in our Facility.  In the past, we have allowed parents to drop off and pick up their students by coming into the building and waiting in the hallways (in the elementary school) for their students to be dismissed.  Per the recommendations of AAP, we will be limiting the access of parents into our facility for these purposes and developing a drop-off and pick up procedure which allows students to be dropped off at the school and dismissed to their cars without having parents come inside the facility. 
  5. Sanitization and Facilities.  We will be encouraging the healthy hygiene practices (washing hands, hand sanitizer, etc.) for all of our students and we are installing hand sanitization stations throughout our facility for greater accessibility.  Additionally, we have invested significant resources to install UV light purification systems in all of our HVAC units and are developing strategies to allow for more natural ventilation through our facility as we are able to do so.  Our facilities team utilizes the latest technologies and procedures (sanitization/disinfectant chemicals, hydrostatic foggers, sanitization frequency, etc.) to make sure our facility is as safe and healthy as possible for all of our students.  
  6. Health Office.  Our health team is up to date on the latest information regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the recommendations from our national and local health officials.  We are relocating our health office and implementing PPE equipment to isolate sick students from the rest of our community without creating a negative experience for them.  The new health office will provide more space to distance students and allow easier access for parents to come in and pick up their child.  We will also be requiring students with a fever or other symptoms to stay at home until the symptoms are gone or to be picked up from school within an hour if symptoms arise while the student is in school.  The data on taking the temperature of students before coming to school is incomplete but we may implement some type of temperature reporting measures (thermal temperature scans on entering the building, parent temperature reports each day prior to school) for the safety of our community.
  7. Positive COVID Tests.  While we can do everything possible to mitigate the risk of our students being exposed to and/or contracting the COVID-19 virus, we cannot guarantee that no one will get it and there is an inherent risk in any social situation of contracting the COVID-19 virus.  We do have a positive test plan that has been developed based on the recommendations given by the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of instruction.  You can read through that plan which gives guidance on our response to a positive test in our community as well as how we may handle greater community spread in our city and region.

As Dr. Bogaczyk mentioned in the video, a lot can change in the next several months and while we cannot predict the future, we are making plans to be back in school this fall in a way that is as normal as possible.  Of course, all of these plans are subject to change as new information comes out and in those instances, we will adapt and do the best that we can for the safety of our students.  

As our task force and teams work to clarify more of our procedures, we will make sure to let you know as things develop.  You can also access the latest information on the COVID-19 communication page on our website.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Christian Life School

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We are navigating unprecedented times. Now more than ever, it's important to help one another out. With not every school fully equipped to facilitate distance learning during the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to be a resource for any K4-6th grader.

Each subject is clearly identified and easy for parents to guide their child in an effort to prevent them from falling behind during this final quarter of the school year. This past spring, the content was updated each week and is still accessible. It's literally "education in a box!" 

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