Q1: Will you be teaching on-campus in the fall?
A1: On July 28, 2020, the ODE/OHA and Governor Brown released a set of metricsf or the State and our County which must be met for us to be allowed to open on campus. As of now, neither the state nor Yamhill County meet these metrics.
There is an exception for grades K-3 that we are confident can be reached sooner thereby allowing us to open at least those classes on campus. The other grade levels are possible, but not as probable, by early September. Even still, we are working tirelessly toward safely reopening on campus as soon as possible as this is high priority for K-12. We do believe because of our small size, we will be among the first schools to open with on campus teaching/learning.
Q2: Will students be required to wear masks?
A2: We will be following current state mandates which currently state that face covering are required inside but not outside when we can social distance. We will be asking families to supply the mask that is most comfortable for their child, however we will also be supplying masks and for at least the younger children, face shields.
Q3: What if I don't want my child to wear a mask/they have a condition that prevents him/her from wearing one?
A3: We are currently working through state guidance. There is a medical exception for mask wearing that will need medical documentation. We will have those details soon.
Q4: What happens if we get started on campus and have to move to Teacher-led, Learning-at-Home?
A4: What we do know is that we need to be flexible and nimble during these times. Should we need to move to our TLLH program, we are ready for that challenge. Last spring we showed we were one of the best schools in the area in dealing with the at-home model. This year we've had more time to develop more skills and prevent more of the issues related to this type of instruction. Again, however, we will do all possible to stay on-campus.
Q5: Will there be extra cleaning/sanitization of the school?
A5: YES! We are working on several levels of sanitation additions. Our rooms and teaching supplies will be more throughly cleaned every evening. We are building a volunteer network to help sanitize at least 1-2 times during the day. We are investing in furnace filtration, and other sanitizing equipment to possibly include UVC lights. Our playground equipment will be sanitized between cohort uses and all equipment and supplies used by a cohort will be sanitized prior to the next use.
Q6: Will there be fall sports?
A6: The OSAA has postponed all high school sports until the end of December. Generally, basketball will be played in January and February, the fall sports of volleyball, cross country and soccer in March and April, and Track & Field in May and June. We are currently working on models that would allow our athletes some workouts and conditioning after school when we are able to be back on campus. More information on that will be posted when available. Our elementary and middle school programs will likely follow the same calendar at some level.
Q7: What do I do if my child comes down with COVID?
A7: If they have a positive COVID-19 viral (PCR) test result, the person should remain home for at least 10 days after illness onset and 24 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, and other symptoms are improving. CSLA will notify Yamhill County Health and Human Services and follow their instructions.
Q8: What will happen if a teacher gets COVID?
A8: If they have a positive COVID-19 viral (PCR) test result, the faculty member should remain home for at least 10 days after illness onset and 24 hours after fever is gone, without use of fever reducing medicine, and other symptoms are improving. CSLA will notify Yamhill County Health and Human Services and follow their instructions. CSLA will supply a substitute teacher for that class, however, should the infected teacher be asymptomatic, they may choose to continue to take part in the class instruction via technology.
Q9: If CSLA does not start with on campus instruction, I want to withdraw my child. What are the financial implications?
A9: All financial and procedural information has been sent to all CSLA current families. If you need another copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you another copy. In short, early notice of your intent will assist us greatly.
Q10: What about transferring back to CSLA in January, assuming you are open for on campus teaching? Is that a possibility?
A10: We always welcome transfers. However, given the complexity of this year, we will be making staffing decisions soon which will affect the total size of our classes. We are expecting space limitations for all classes mid-year.
Q11: If school if offered with the Teacher-Led, Learning-at-Home model, will there be a tuition reduction?
A11: No. We are non-profit entity. We have no profit margin to draw from, in fact, quite the opposite. Like peer schools, our cost of education per-student far outweighs our tuition cost let alone our tuition cost adjusted for multi-child families and financial aid. Fundraising and Annual Giving are counted on to fill that gap. Both are more difficult during this pandemic.
Our cost of doing business does not change in our Teacher-Led, Learning-at-Home model. Most of our teachers have reported working longer overall with the increased preparation to accomplish what they are trying to do virtually. We have no ability to cut faculty or reduce pay and still furnish the great service and education we believe we provide. They are dedicated to our mission.
We continue to evaluate our expenses, cutting a few dollars on some utilities, but very minor savings. Other savings are actually balanced with lost income. For example, Athletics are funded almost entirely through player fees. So while we don’t have athletics costs, we also don’t have the supportive income, it’s a wash. We just don’t have a place to go to balance the budget if we were to cut tuition cost.
Last Spring, we offered emergency help to several of our hardest hit families. That was funded with a little extra financial aid money and donations. We are doing the same thing this year all funded through our financial aid program. We’ve seen an uptick of families in need requesting that assistance and we’re doing all we can.
Overall, we are doing everything we can to be good servant leaders for C.S. Lewis Academy now in the short term, but also trying to ensure we are here to serve for years to come.