Concordia Lutheran School


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Back to School Plan (covid considerations) - version date: 8-4-2020

7/29/2020
We know there are many decisions for parents to make and we respect how difficult it is to make many of these choices. At Concordia, we desire to partner with parents in the education of their children. It is our desire to have all our students be back to in-person instruction, but we recognize that it is not safe or desirable for all families to do so at this time.  

In order to continue to serve the families in our care, we are offering the following alternatives to in-person instruction for those who are not ready or able to return in person: 

Concordia At Home Learning Option (available for kindergarten-5th grade)
-Teachers will share lesson plans and objectives and resources with parents
-Parents receive the at home resources a week later than the in-person students
-Parents are responsible for using the plans and resources provided by the teacher to teach their child at home
-Additional Resources provided may include: textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, manipulatives, videos, online links, other online and physical educational resources
-A Remote Learning Teacher will be available during the school day to assist at home learners - following up with deadlines, checking in, assist with log in troubles, and provide support for students and parents who are at home learning
-Tuition is the same for in person and at home learning options; reach out if you need tuition assistance

Concordia Half In Person + Half At Home Learning Option (available for kindergarten-5th grade)
-Students attend only in the morning and leave before lunch time. 
-All Core subjects are taught in the morning (Math, Reading/Language Arts, and Bible)
-Tuition is the same for In Person and Half + Half learning options; reach out if you need tuition assistance

Please reach out to me with your questions or to let me know you would like to choose one of these alternatives. We are ready to walk with families through these uncharted times. We move forward in confidence with Christ by our side!

Peace in Christ, 
Katie



Questions about School Opening in 2020-2021

School Opening Questions & Answers - As of July 13, 2020


Dear Concordia Lutheran Family, 


First and foremost, you already know that I will do everything I can to keep our students, families, and staff safe. Ultimately, we rest in God’s almighty and loving arms. We will press on, moving forward as we love one another and follow guidelines to keep one another safe. We may not be able to have large gatherings right now and school will look different this fall, but we will continue to educate our students to grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually, as we always have. Concordia’s been doing that for nearly 60 years, and this pandemic isn’t going to stop us now. 


This is an ever-changing situation and each household’s experience during these times is unique. We must be respectful of various viewpoints on the subject while keeping our children safe. I have created this preliminary overview after reading federal and state guidelines for school reopening, communicating with other administrators and our staff. I encourage you to reach out to me with ideas, questions, articles and more. I welcome your counsel, prayers, and support! 


Peace in Christ,
Katie


Will we be in-person or remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year? 

We are planning to begin our year with in-person instruction in the fall. We are prepared for in-person instruction and remote learning, as needed. 


What health screening measures will be implemented before people enter the school building? 

Upon arrival, all people entering the building will have their temperature taken and will be asked several health questions. Parents will not be permitted past the health checkpoint station. Staff will be on hand to guide students to their classrooms. Entrance will be restricted to students, staff, and essential delivery services. 


What sanitation policies and practices will be in place for handwashing, recess, lunch, high-traffic areas and surfaces? 

-Handwashing will be done multiple times throughout the day. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed in each classroom and at entry points. 

-Recess will continue with classes separated and time to sanitize any equipment used between classes. 

-Kindergarten-5th grade students will eat lunch in their classrooms. Preschool students will utilize the Commons to be able to socially distance for lunch and snack times. 

-High traffic/high-touch surfaces will be frequently cleaned at various times throughout the day. 


Will my child need to wear a mask at school? 

Per the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education, all persons in the school building will be required to wear a face covering this fall. This is currently a requirement and we, along with all public and nonpublic schools, are required to comply. 


I don’t feel comfortable sending my child back to school right now.

I don’t want my child to wear a face mask. 

What options do I have? 

We are still working out details to see if it is feasible for us to provide, but we are looking into options for students who opt for remote learning. We will release more details when we determine if/how we can provide this. 


When is the first day of school? 

Tuesday, August 18th is our first day of school. It is a half-day. 


Will there be extended care? 

This is one of the most difficult areas pertaining to guidelines. We are analyzing and troubleshooting this aspect of our program to make the best decision possible to keep our students safe while providing this critical service to our families. 


How many students will be in a classroom? 

In order to distance students in the classroom, we will cap our class sizes so that students can be properly distanced. In our Kindergarten-5th grade rooms we can accommodate 12-15 students, depending on the classroom. Depending on the classroom, our preschool class sizes will be 10-15 students. 


What measures are being put in place to maintain distance between grade levels/groups? 

Classes will not combine for lunch, recess, specials, or other activities during the school day. 


Will students be able to use water fountains? 

Students will not be able to drink water from the water fountains, but they can refill water bottles. Students should bring a clean and labeled water bottle to school every day. 


What will classroom restroom procedures be? 

Restroom use will be conducted under supervision of the teacher. Only two students will be allowed into each restroom at a time.


Will there be large scale events like Trunk or Treat or programs? 

Events of this nature are not being planned at this present time. 


Will there be Meet Your Teacher and Parent Night events? 

Yes, but they will be virtual in nature. More details will be released as plans are solidified. 


How often will the classrooms and building be sanitized? 

In addition to sanitizing happening throughout the school day, on a nightly basis, every classroom and common area will be cleaned and sanitized. 


What conditions or requirements will be in place for students who simply become ill and need to stay home? 

We are asking students to be fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school. 


What procedures will be in place for students who become ill during the school day? 

We will notify the parent(s) that they will have to come to pick up their child. We will have a separate room for any incidents of illness where fever could be present and where students will need to be isolated according to the guidelines. 


What will happen if a confirmed case of covid-19 takes place at school? 

We will follow the counsel and recommendations from our local health department. We will make an announcement and close the school building for a minimum of 2-3 days for a deep cleaning to take place. 


How long will these procedures be in place? 

All the information above is subject to change due to the changing nature of the covid-19 situation. CDC guidelines, Illinois Department of Health, and Illinois State Board of Education guidelines are all subject to change and may affect any plans that we are developing.



About Us

Concordia Lutheran School is a Preschool-5th grade school of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. We are located in Machesney Park, Illinois and serve families in Machesney Park, Loves Park, Rockford, and surrounding towns. 



Mission Statement

Concordia Lutheran School believes that children are precious gifts from God, and as such, we, in partnership with their parents, strive to nurture students to acheive academic excellence, spiritual growth, good citizenship, leadership, and service to the community that both honors and glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. 


Academics  

Academics are a high priority at Concordia Lutheran School. Students are challenged to meet high expectations and to develop a work ethic that will help them to be successful in their future education and vocation. Our academic program is comprehensive and seeks to integrate innovation and technology, while also applying traditional approaches for a balanced and well-rounded education. Our graduates leave Concordia ready to take on the challenges of middle school, whether at a sister Lutheran high school (Rockford Lutheran Junior/Senior High School) or at other area public, parochial, or private high schools. 


School and Class Size  

Concordia Lutheran School for the 2018/19 school year has over 100 students enrolled in our preschool through 5th grade. We are able to have small class sizes which allow for excellent student-teacher support. 


Staff

We have dedicated and qualified Christian teachers and staff. The teaching staff engages in professional development to remain current with educational practices and resources.


Spiritual

Wednesday morning chapel services are held in the Concordia sanctuary for our student population. Parents are encouraged to attend these services. Our faith-driven staff provides Bible instruction and integration of Christian principles on a daily basis.


We don’t know where you are in your faith walk, but we understand that questions are worth answering. While it’s impossible to address every question you might have, we hope this will provide a start.

We believe and teach that…

  • The Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant Word. 
  • In the Bible, God is revealed as Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
  • God created the world and all things in it.  
  • Since Adam and Eve, man is born with original sin and cannot save himself. 
  • God’s Law, revealed both in the Scriptures and in nature itself, is good and holy, revealing His will for how the creation ought to exist. However, it has the function of accusing all people and condemning us, since it reveals that all fall short of God’s will and are guilty of sinning against it. 
  • Jesus Christ, true God and true man, born of the Virgin Mary, died on the cross for all sins, and rose bodily on the third day for us and for our salvation. 
  • Salvation through the forgiveness of sins comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. 

Concordia Lutheran Church and School is a member congregation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.