Northside Christian Academy 2021-22 Covid-19 Strategy

Dear NCA Parents/ Guardians,

My final communication in May expressed appreciation for your ongoing support and partnership as we made our way through the 2020-21 school year.  I’m beginning this communication by expressing the same level of appreciation for your partnership and patience as we prepare for the 2021-22 school year.  To parents who are new to our school, we welcome you and want you to know that it is our practice to communicate regularly about our procedures for maintaining a safe and healthy school community.

As you all know, we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, with the Delta variant of the Coronavirus driving up the number of infections and hospitalizations in the local, national and global communities. The physical and emotional health of our students and staff is of utmost importance as we make decisions regarding how we will start the 2021-2022 school year.

Our decisions are prayerfully guided by our local health officials, the CDC, and consultations with other Christian school leaders in our area and several throughout the state of North Carolina.  Additionally, we are guided by advisement and resources from the following:

  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

  • NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

  • Consultation with local and state private school leadership

At this point, we are able to share the following with regard to the most pressing questions around how we will begin the school year.    

  • Face coverings are now mandatory for all NCA students and staff. All visitors to NCA will be required to wear a face covering as well.

  • No full-time remote learning will be available.

  • Physical distancing will continue to be observed where possible.

  • Daily symptom checks for students and staff will not be required.  However, we may require this of visitors.

  • CDC protocols for known COVID exposures will be used as a guide with regard to quarantining unvaccinated individuals.  However, our requirements for quarantine will be adjusted in consideration of local transmission rates and our data related to transmissions within our school community.  (Masking and testing will be utilized to get healthy students back to in-person learning as soon as possible.)

  • Vaccinated students and staff will not be required to quarantine unless they are symptomatic or test positive for COVID.  

  • Limited online instruction (synchronous or asynchronous) will be available for students who are required to quarantine.

  • Field trips will resume, with appropriate precautions.

  • Daily cleaning and sanitizing of the building and classroom furniture will continue.

 COVID Vaccination, face coverings and physical distancing have proven to be the most effective ways of stopping the transmission of COVID-19.  Therefore, NCA encourages all of our staff and families to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and the school environment. Parents are encouraged to seek advisement from their healthcare provider regarding the merits of vaccination, which we support as a personal decision for each of our families. You should expect that changes could occur at any point before and during the school year in response to guidance from health officials.  We will not hesitate to pivot to more restrictive protocols if changes occur in our environment that threaten the health of our students, staff, and families. 

The value of our relationships with parents and students and our commitment to the highest quality that Christian education can provide are what motivate us to serve you well.  In doing so, trusting the Lord and providing clear, transparent communications remain important goals. We trust that this is a mutual aspiration and thank you for your patience as we fine-tune our plans in the midst of an ever-changing environment.

Our expectation is that the Lord will honor our partnership and provide us with a rewarding school year. 

Many Blessings!

Andre Thomas