Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Friday, April 3 - K-12
We will continue distance learning through April 30th. Next week we will take a break from distance learning on Thursday, April 9th and Friday, April 10th for Grandparents' Day and Good Friday. No distance learning next Thursday or Friday! Enjoy your long weekend!
Friday, March 27 - K-12
At this time we will continue distance learning until further notice. We will communicate any changes to that plan as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience and flexibility in this fluid situation.
Monday, March 23 - K-12
In response to Mayor Cooper issuing the "Safer at Home" order, we will extend distance learning through April 3, 2020. We will continue to keep you informed.
Sunday, March 22 - Preschool
As you are probably aware, today Mayor Cooper asked all non-essential businesses to close for the next 14 days with a Safer At Home Order. You can find the full description of that order here. We understand that childcare is considered an essential service, and he has directed daycares to prioritize children of parents in other essential industries. Out of concern for our teachers who are heroically putting their own health at risk, and because we will not be able to adhere to the six-foot distance rule in caring for your children, we respectfully ask that those of you working in non-essential industries keep your children home with you if at all possible.
As recommended by health and government agencies, we plan to continue serving these families Wednesday, March 25th through April 4th. Our new operating hours during this time will be 7:00am – 5:00pm. We will comply with the recommendation to not have children and staff members in groups larger than 10. In order to plan and staff appropriately for the next two weeks, we would like to know how many of you are planning to use our services. You can reserve your child’s spot by emailing me directly at email@example.com.
Once you have reserved your spot, you will receive an email with instructions about our new arrival and dismissal procedures and other special precautions we are taking.
Your payment for the month of March will carry you through April 3rd. We will address our plans for tuition and payment after April 3rd in as timely a manner as possible.
You are an important part of the NCS family, and we will do our best to serve you well during these difficult and uncertain times. Please RSVP to reserve your spot for the next two weeks by 3:00pm tomorrow.
Director of Preschool
Nashville Christian School
Wednesdy, March 18 - Preschool
Thank you for your continued support of our teachers and administration during this season of uncertainty. The Nashville Christian Board of Trustee's Executive Committee met yesterday to discuss Governor Lee's recommendations for childcare facilities. They agree with the Governor's recommendations that we continue to provide support to our working families and practice all CDC recommendations, including guidelines for creating groups of ten or less.
To facilitate the request, the preschool will only be closed from 3/20 - 3/24 for planning/preparation and will reopen for childcare service on Wednesday, March 25th. Christine Dunn will send detailed information about new procedures that will be put into place so that our available staff continues to provide excellent, safe care for our children.
Again, I want to thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these difficult decisions with our children's best interests and how we can best support you as a family in mind.
Monday, March 16
As directed by Governor Lee, we will begin distance learning for K-12 on Tuesday, March 24 and continue through at least March 31. We will have more details to share coming soon. I am thankful for all of you and pray for health and rest as we continue to prepare for and navigate the challenges ahead.
Thursday, March 12
There will be NO SCHOOL, after school activities, practices, events or aftercare for K-12 students, Friday, March 13th or Monday, March 23rd. Teachers and staff will meet for inservice training and planning for distance learning tomorrow, March 13th 8:00am - 12:00pm. We have asked our students to take home their books so as to be prepared in the event that we enact our distance learning curriculum. Our principals will send you and our families an email with more grade specific details later today. We understand there will be questions about aftercare and other extra-curricular activities through spring break and in the weeks to follow. We are in contact with other private schools in the Nashville area and sharing information about how we decide to handle academics and after-school activities moving forward.
Preschool will close at 2:00pm on Friday for deep cleaning. All families should have a backup plan for childcare in the event that we have to close.
As this situation rapidly continues to develop, we will communicate any changes to school activities or additional closings in as timely a manner as possible.
To date, no confirmed cases related to COVID-19 have been reported to Nashville Christian School, nor have significant risks been identified within our school community.
Considerations from the Tennessee Department of Health if you are traveling over spring break:
- If you travel, the chance of your getting sick is still fairly low as of today; however, this is a rapidly changing situation.
- If you travel nationally or internationally, the chance you could end up in quarantine is NOT low. If you can’t afford to extend your vacation by another 14+ days you may want to consider a staycation.
- The only way to get this situation under control is with social distancing and self-imposed isolation or quarantine. If your planned vacation involves crowds, lines, close quarters with recirculated air, etc., you may want to opt for hiking and beaches instead.
- You can’t go wrong with cancelling your trip. Though disappointing, this may be the safest option.
As stated earlier, we will communicate any changes in activities or closings in as timely a manner as possible. Above all, we can trust that God is still sovereign, and we ask you to join us in prayer, asking Him for wisdom, protection and unity in the days ahead.
In the event a school closure decision is made at the last minute, we will use our emergency alert system (NCS Alert: text, email, voicemail) to share the latest information. Please check your family’s emergency contact information in FACTS to make sure it is up to date in case we need to contact you with an urgent school message. K - 12 can email updates to Carrie White at firstname.lastname@example.org. Preschool families email updates to contact info to Erin Holt at email@example.com.
If there is a positive test for coronavirus in your immediate family, please notify the school immediately.
The safety and well-being of your student is of utmost importance. Planning and preparing for instances like this is something that we do continually, and you can rest assured that we are working hard to respond appropriately.