School Closure and COVID-19 Update

Reformation Lutheran School 

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update
Monday, March 30      3:00pm

Good afternoon Reformation Families,

 In this email are 2 updates. 

1.  March 30, 2020

Dear Reformation Lutheran School Families,

We wish to provide an update regarding our Grade School (grades Kindergarten-8th grade) emergency closure in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. On March 14, a decision was made to suspend on-campus classes and activities as of March 16 and until April 6, 2020 at the soonest.

On March 19, the Governor of the State of California directed all residents to remain at home whenever possible. This directive is still in place as of today’s date and there is no sign of change any time soon.

On March 24, 2020, the San Diego Unified School District made an announcement that indicates their schools will not be returning to on-campus education before the end of April. To the contrary, they are planning to launch complete remote learning on April 27, 2020. SDUSD had hoped to return students to campuses on April 6, 2020.

Reformation Lutheran School receives direction and guidance from the WELS Commission on Lutheran Schools, somewhat like our ‘district office’, if you will. We are encouraged by the CLS to follow our local public-school district in making decisions regarding on-campus school activity.

At this time, teachers are preparing to continue grades K-8 distance learning beyond April 6, 2020. We have no indication at this time that the California shelter in place order will be lifted by April 6, so we are making adjustments accordingly. We plan to keep in touch with your and our leadership groups are working behind the scenes to keep everyone’s best interest at the forefront.

We are grateful for our dedicated teachers who are working very hard to advance the curriculum through our distance learning efforts. Thank you to all of you parents and families who are supporting the education of our students during this time. And we appreciate the patience, flexibility and resilience of our outstanding students during this time of adjustment and change.

2. A video message from Mr. Bohl, for week 2 of distance learning, is up on the Reformation Distance Learning website. Hopefully, you all are finding the website easy to navigate to get the information from your child's teacher. If you have any feedback on the website, please let us know so that we may improve the use of it.

 

Mike Ross

6th Grade and Principal

Reformation Lutheran School

San Diego, CA

http://reformationschoolsd.org/

 

Fix Your Eyes

"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." Hebrews 12:1-2

 

Dear Families of Reformation,

We are currently living in unprecedented times during our era. With so much uncertainty, we know that there is one unshakeable truth: The love, grace, and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ is ours. May we be continually reminded of that beautiful truth through our interactions with each other.

Reformation Lutheran School, compelled by the love of Christ, exists to educate, equip, and encourage students for lives of Christian service. While this has regularly been carried out through face-to-face, daily interaction between students and staff, that option is not currently available to us. Even though we will not be in the same building during the coming days, we will continue to work toward our mission of educating students.

We are committed to you. We will continue to provide you, our families, the support you need so the critical education of your children does not stop.

For the time being, the delivery method of our education is changing. We are still committed to high quality, Christ-centered education. In order to accomplish this, we are transitioning our delivery of instructional services to distance learning. Our plan to complete that is laid out in the following pages. The roll-out of this new distance learning will not be perfect. You will have many questions and we will work to answer those questions as quickly and completely as possible. As we learn and grow together, this document WILL change. We will do our best to keep you updated with the changes through communication from the classroom teachers. We ask for your patience in this.

We thank you for your commitment to the mission of Reformation, safety, and continued education of our students.

In Christ,

 

Mr. Michael Ross

Principal

Distance Learning Plan

Timeline:

Reformation Lutheran School building is closed to student education until at least April 6. We will make a decision on reopening at a date closer to April 6. All field trips, extracurricular activities, and before / after school care are cancelled until further notice. We will be doing distance learning school days on March 23-27 and March 30-April 3. Those two weeks of school (10 days) will be marked for attendance for grades K-8. Distance learning days are determined for the whole school by the administration.

The week of March16-20 will be off (no attendance) for our re-scheduled Spring Break.

Office Hours:

Since campus is closed and California is under a “Shelter-in-Place”  order, the office will be closed. If you need to get a hold of a teacher, please check the Reformation Distance Learning Site for teacher availability. If you need information from the Office you may contact Ms. Susan ( ) or Sarah Rodrigues ( ).

Staffing:

On all distance learning days, staff will be able to work from home.  Please see the Reformation Distance Learning Site for staff availability.

Communication Plan:

During distance learning days, email will be the preferred method of communication. Staff members will check and respond to emails between 8:00-4:00 p.m.

Each distance learning day, our teachers may have a Zoom meeting to help students and answer parent questions that are better handled in conversation rather than email. Teachers will communicate the information on how to access these daily meeting times.                            

Attendance:

Distance learning days are school days. Unlike a traditional school day, attendance is not determined based on being physically present in the school building. Instead, attendance is tracked through work completion. Attendance is counted each distance learning day for all students in K-8.

For each distance learning day, the classroom teacher will assign work for students to complete in various subject areas. In order to be counted as “present” on distance learning days, all of the work assigned must be completed by its due date. Students not completing the work for the day it is due will be marked “absent” for the school day. Partial day attendance will not be considered on distance learning days. These absences will count toward their yearly total of absences for the 2019-2020 school year. In the event your child falls ill, you are not required to inform the school office. If they are still able to complete all the required daily work, they can be marked “present” for the distance learning day. If you child would become too ill to complete the assigned work, please communicate that to your child’s teacher. You are required to communicate a plan with the teacher to make up that work.

While teachers will set daily work requirements, attendance will be marked as we are able to verify that the work is completed. For those able to complete the work on a computer, attendance can be marked as soon as teachers verify the digital work is completed. For those completing paper versions of the work, we will mark attendance as soon as we are able to get the work back and verify completion.   

At this time (March 23, 2020), we are expecting all subject areas to be taught in some capacity.

Grade Level Specific Academic Expectations:

K-2:

            K-2 student participation in distance learning days is required for school attendance. All Religion, Math, and English/ Literature daily work is required to be completed in order for the student to be counted as “present” for that day. K-2 instructional materials will be available digitally (either email or Distance Learning Site) or via paper packets for pickup at the beginning of the week (paper packets will only be available once CA lifts the “Shelter-in-Place” order) . Teachers may provide videos to assist parents with at-home instruction.

3-5:

3-5 student participation in distance learning days is required for school attendance. All Religion, Math, and English/ Literature/ Spelling daily work is required to be completed in order for the student to be counted as “present” for that day. 3-5 instructional materials will be available digitally on Google Classroom and/or the Distance Learning Site or via paper packets for pickup at the beginning of the week (paper packets will only be available once CA lifts the “Shelter-in-Place” order). Teachers will regularly provide video lessons to assist students with at-home instruction.

6-8:

6-8 student participation in distance learning days is required for school attendance. All Religion, Math, English/ Literature/ Spelling, and Social Studies OR Science daily work is required to be completed in order for the student to be counted as “present” for that day. 6-8 instructional materials will be available digitally on Google Classroom. Teachers will regularly provide video lessons to assist students with at-home instruction.

Technology Support:

If you experience technology issues during distance learning days, contact your child’s classroom teacher. They will serve as the point person for either assisting you or connecting you with the individual for additional support. 

Download: Distance Learning Plan 03.20.2020

Download: Suggested Daily School Schedule during Covid-19

 

As you may have heard, San Diego Unified School District has closed all schools starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3rd.

As we are following the guidance of the CDC and the school district, Reformation Preschool and Elementary School WILL CLOSE from March 16th through April 6th, unless conditions require an extension.

In communication with the Reformation Board of Education, we will designate next week, March 16-20, as Easter Break. Firstly, this will utilize the planned days off from the schedule to minimize the impact on the required numbers of school days because of this unscheduled time off. Secondly, this will allow the staff time to evaluate and prepare remote learning opportunities. This means we will NOT have Easter Break as regularly scheduled April 13-17; school will be held during that time. 

Shepherd’s Care will not be available during this time, March 16-April 3.

We will continue education via remote learning opportunities during the weeks of March 23-27 and March 30-April 3. This will be required instead of adding weeks onto the end of our school year and is consistent with recommendations of the San Diego Unified School District.

The Reformation staff, Board of Education, and Church Council will meet to evaluate our situation and any plans for the future. We will provide students, parents, and staff with more information regarding plans to continue learning opportunities for students during the closure. 

To be clear, the Daddy/Daughter Dance, Reformation Breakfast (March 18), WELS Fine Arts Fair (March 21) and CLHS Choir visit (March 22) have been postponed or canceled. Children will not be asked to sing in church on March 22 (K-8) and March 29 (Preschool).  If and when these events are rescheduled, we will update families at that time.

Please watch for communications via email and Facebook for future updates regarding this situation. Please also anticipate communication from your child’s classroom teacher.

God’s blessings to you all at this time. 

John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

 

 

Reformation Lutheran School & Preschool

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update
Thursday, March 12      1:00pm

 
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this fast-moving and ever-changing community-wide issue. We are monitoring guidance from federal, state, and county agencies as well as the actions and decisions of San Diego Unified School District. We are also in constant communication with our fellow WELS elementary schools in San Diego County and Southern California to support, encourage and advise each other. As soon as we receive any new guidance or make decisions, we will share information through email and Facebook posts. Teachers will also communicate through classroom apps and the like. The situation remains very fluid and will continue to be monitored by Reformation Lutheran School and its Board of Education.
 
Event and Activity Status Updates
The Daddy Daughter Dance on Sunday, March 15 will go on as planned, at this point in time. If you are signed up for the event and it is cancelled, you will be notified by email (to the address used for registration). At the event, many precautions will be in place, including gloves for food servers and hand sanitizer stations.


The Reformation Breakfast on Wednesday, March 18 is scheduled to take place as planned. If there are any changes to the breakfast, an announcement will be made via email and Facebook.
 
The Fine Arts Fair for grades 1-8 that is scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at California Lutheran High School it is being evaluated and is currently scheduled to take place. If something changes with this event, it will be communicated to you as soon as a decision is made.
 
Teachers have been advised to cancel all upcoming classroom field trips to further limit exposure and reduce financial loss. Please look for information from classroom teachers as to the status of upcoming classroom field trips and other activities.
 
What Parents and Families Should Do
We ask that you communicate with us if you are keeping your child home from school. Please notify the School Office (by phone at (858) 279-3311 or email to  ) if your child will be absent and the reason why. Please indicate if your child is currently sick, or if you are keeping them home from school for preventative reasons. Please also share with us if your child or anyone in your family has been tested for the coronavirus.
 
For Preschool Students, if you decide to keep your child home for an extended period of time while preschool remains open, it is very important to notify us so we can make necessary adjustments. Payment policies are currently under discussion.
 
What  Reformation Lutheran School (RLS) is doing now
1. Maintaining good hygiene and hand-washing as recommended by the CDC
        a. RLS will ensure that soap dispensers, and cleaning/disinfectant supplies are stocked and filled by custodial staff and always available.
       b. Students and staff will be reminded to wash hands properly and often.
 
2. Cleaning and Sanitizing Regular, daily cleaning continues each day.
 
3. Monitoring RLS is on the alert for flu-like symptoms. We ask parents to do the same on the home front. Here are the recommendations on when to keep children at home or send them to school:
 
►Keep at Home...if your child exhibits any of the following signs or symptoms:
                        ● Fever of 99 degrees F (when measured orally)
                        ● Vomiting
                        ● Diarrhea
                        ● Severe cough or green mucus from nose
 
►BEFORE sending your child back to school, be sure s/he is without fever, vomiting, diarrhea for at least 24 hours without a fever-reducing medication (i.e., acetaminophen or ibuprofen).
 
►See a Doctor...if your child exhibits these signs or symptoms, which may indicate a more serious condition: fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, seek medical care at once!
 
4. Planning for remote teaching, should the school be closed. We are in discussions and developing plans that would involve remote teaching and learning along with adjustments to the school calendar. You will be notified as soon as any decisions are made.
 
5. Reminding students and staff about respiratory hygiene
            a. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a bent elbow when you cough or sneeze
               b. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
 
The best source of information on the novel coronavirus is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  website:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.  We urge you to check the CDC website for the most up-to-date developments.
 
The safety of our students, staff, and families is one of our top priorities. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond in an appropriate manner. We will continue to place our trust and confidence in our all-powerful God who has control over all things, including the coronavirus. We ask for his continued protection over our campus family and all affected by this outbreak. We offer the following prayer:
 

Gracious Lord, as we see the numbers rise with this virus as well as the numbers fall in the stock market, train us to fix our eyes on you, our Rock and our Refuge. You do not waver in your love for us. Forgive us for the times we stumble with fear and doubt. Fill us with your Spirit, giving us strength to be the light, sharing the message of your unending love. Be with all those who may be affected with this global virus or any other disease, and we ask you to provide healing and comfort in your own time and in your own way. It is in our Savior’s name we pray. Amen!

Download: Coronavirus Mail Chimp Letter 2/27/2020