RCA’s overview of our health and safety protocols for the Stage 2 return to school for the 2020-21 school year.
Regardless of many views about school opening, having your child(ren) registered in a school program is a Ministry mandate. RCA has responded with compliance to governmental directives that put the safety of our staff and students first.
Together, we are committed to providing a rich Christian community – especially so during this unusual time. We are committed to the same level of instruction with a Christian worldview, times of prayer, worship and the Word, wholesome fellowship, and discipling. For now, activities will occur within designated groupings, but I can already see how the Lord will use this temporary structure to bring growth to our students and Glory to His name. This is community like we have never done it before, and I am excited to see what the Lord will do in us and through us. The next few weeks will see some adjustments for students and staff as we introduce some safety procedures, but we will not be rule-focused. I expect to see the same degree of grace and authentic Christian community that we are accustomed to. In the words of Dr. Bonnie Henry, “This is just for now.”
School Starting Date (first day)
School will start on September 8th for students in Grades 1-8 and 11-12. This will be a half-day with grades 1-6 ending school at 11:40am and older students ending at 11:50am.
- Grades 1 – 6
Last name starting with A-L arrive between 8:00-8:10.
Last name starting with M-Z arrive between 8:10-8:20.
Drop off in the south parking lot and have your child proceed to an outdoor sign indicating their grade. They will be sorted into classes and will then move to their rooms. No parents or visitors, please, once students are at their grade designation.
- Grades 7 – 8
Grade 7 students meet in the alleyway behind the gym and grade 8 students in the grass area between the portable classrooms. Please drop off your student at the north parking lot if you are able to do so.
- Grade 12
Arrive at 10:00am and leave at 12:00pm.
Enter through main school doors and meet in the chapel.
- Grade 11
Arrive at 1:00pm and leave at 3:00pm.
Enter through main school doors and meet in the chapel.
School will start on September 9th for students in grades 9-10.
- Grades 9 and 10 arrive at 8:20am, enter in at the main school doors, and proceed to the Gymnasium.
September 9th is a regular Wednesday for all students in grades 1-12, ending at 2:05pm for grades 1-6 and 2:15pm for grades 7-12. Please be reminded that Wednesdays throughout the year are shorter days to accommodate staff meetings and professional development.
Kindergarten boys meet on September 9th between 8:30 – 10:30 and 12:30 – 2:30 (check your group) in the classroom. Parents enter through main school doors and check at the office.Drop off your child at the classroom. School will start on September 10th for Kindergarten girls between 8:30 – 10:30am and 12:30 – 2:30pm (check your group) in the classroom. Parents must enter through main school doors and check at the office. Drop off your child in the classroom. September 16th is the first full day.
Staff will be trained on new Safety Procedures from August 31st – September 3rd. Students will be trained beginning September 8th and through the first week.
Once we are through the first couple of days (Sept 8, 9) RCA will continue with our regular daytime hours:
Grades 1-6 from 8:20am – 2:40pm; Wednesdays 2:05pm.
Grades 7-12 from 8:20am – 2:50pm; Wednesdays 2:15pm.
Kindergarten from 8:20 – 2:30am (after the gradual entry is complete)
The school calendar will remain as planned regarding all Statutory Holidays and Professional Days. All group events, including student retreats, concerts, all-school assemblies, and the parent evening, will be reviewed in light of COVID protocols.
Drop off & Pick up
Please refer to the drop off schedule under “School Starting Dates” above. Vice-principals will offer further drop-off and pick-up procedures soon.
Safety Plan Highlights
As mandated by the BC Chief Health Officer and the Ministry of Education, masks will be required for students in middle school and high school anytime they are mixing with students outside of their learning group while indoors, in common areas while indoors, and on busses. Masks will be required for all staff anytime they are operating outside their designated learning group while indoors and when safe distancing cannot be guaranteed, in common areas while indoors, and on busses.
Primary students will not be required to wear masks as the researched information provided by Provincial Health Authorities clearly supports this position, and as a result, the Ministry of Education has not made them mandatory for these younger children. If you wish for your child to wear a mask, we will fully support that. Parents, we ask that you still supply a good quality washable mask so that teachers can use them for training purposes or for rare occasions when teachers might deem them appropriate for very short periods of time.
Any visitors to the school will need to book an appointment in advance and wear a mask during their scheduled visit.
Teachers Teaching on Call (TTOC) will be required to wear a mask at all times.
RCA has provided maintenance to all ventilation systems in the building. In addition, we have purchased UV-C lights for every circulation unit, and most have already been installed. Air passes over these lights inside the air exchangers and kills 80% of viruses and allergens in a single pass. These UV-C lights will help during flu and allergy seasons as well. Our maintenance staff will monitor these systems with extra vigilance throughout the year and respond quickly as needs arise.
Foot Traffic Flow
Movement will be directed with markings on the floors designed to provide the safe distancing for staff and students. Movement on our k-3 floor will allow for only one class moving through the halls at a time per floor in addition to the directive markings on the floors.
Custodial teams are tasked with cleaning all common area surfaces at least twice a day, including once during school hours. Disinfection of high touch surfaces such as doors, switches and lockers will take place daily as directed by provincial guidelines. Teachers will be responsible to maintain disinfection of high touch areas within their rooms throughout the day.
Hand Washing Stations
Custodial teams will ensure adequate supplies of soap and paper towels are maintained in all school washrooms and classrooms equipped with sinks. Where handwashing is not possible, hand sanitizer dispensers will be available and monitored to maintain adequate supplies.
Students with Disabilities, Diverse Abilities
Students with disabilities, diverse abilities, or those who require additional support will have access to the supports needed as before. Although the way students are supported may look different, we will work on a case-by-case basis through our Learning Support department to provide meaningful learning experiences for all of our students. Please be watching for additional information and direction from Lana Garland.
Kindergarten to Grade 6
Students will be placed in a learning group of fewer than 60 students and staff. The smaller classroom size of 20-25 students, however, will be their primary place of learning. Students will have access to common areas such as gym, music and art rooms, and chapel with strict health and safety protocols in place. Any staff that enter a new learning group will be required to wear a mask when safe distancing cannot be guaranteed.
Grade 7 – 10
Students will be placed in learning groups of fewer than 60 students and staff within two classrooms for each grade. This cohort of students will experience learning together in various combinations within their two classrooms and with their shared teachers. Students will have access to common areas such as gym, music and art rooms, and chapel with strict health and safety protocols in place. Any staff that enter a new learning group will be required to wear a mask when safe distancing cannot be guaranteed.
Grades 11 and 12
Students will continue with the Linear System of course offerings (year-long courses). They will, however, be placed in a learning group of less than 120 and will exclusively share the upper floor of the academic building. Students will have access to common areas such as gym, music and art rooms, and chapel with strict health and safety protocols in place.
For the most part, teachers will be the ones moving to the classrooms to teach common subjects allowing for fewer hallway touchpoints for students, and thus increasing their safety when in the building. Any staff that enter a new learning group will be required to wear a mask when safe distancing can’t be guaranteed. Administrators will provide spaces as designated zones indoors for students within learning groups during breaks where masks will not be required. Any students who need to take a class outside of their learning group will be required to wear a mask and employ safe distancing.
Field Trips and Transportation
We will be limiting field trip experiences for students from September to December and will watch for new directions from the Ministry in January. For that reason, we have discontinued the field trip portion of your fees until January (or later). If a field trip can be organized that meets the approval of RCA’s health and safety committee, we will ask for a field trip payment for that particular event. If a bus is used for an outing, the MOE mask mandate will be followed. The bus (for all grades) will be loaded from back-to-front and unloaded from front-to-back to minimize contact.