While God has not given us a spirit of fear, he has called us to love our neighbors and to contribute to the welfare of our community. Exercising caution during the coronavirus pandemic is not merely wise but is a tangible way of expressing love toward others.
CANCELLATION OF CLASSES:
As of March 13, 2020, the Governor made a state proclamation for schools not to meet face-to-face until April 13th. Coinciding with this proclamation, we would like to announce:
Effective Monday March 16, 2020, Acadiana Christian School will be closed school until April 13th. As of now, we will return to school on April 13th. April 13th-17th was originally Easter Break, but due to school closure, we will now resume classes on April 13th.
Our administration and teachers will be in contact next week with specific plans for continuation of education during this indefinite period of time. Thank you for your patience as we shift our plans for live, classroom teaching to at-home learning. Depending upon the age of your child, ACS plans to use a combination of live remote classrooms, recorded teachings, and printed lessons available through Google Classroom and other online resources.
As of this time we will not have instruction or lessons available on Monday and Tuesday of next week (March 16th and 17th) as we work diligently to finish preparations for this transition. Our plan is to communicate clearly from each division with details specific to your child(ren). Even though there will not be classes on Monday or Tuesday, please come to campus between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to retrieve ALL books, workbooks, and supplies to be able to support at-home learning.
An email will be sent out next week with details of how education will continue during this school closure. Please complete this Google Form Survey (https://forms.gle/E8y5FiwXHbWnwDFN9 ) so we can know how to better serve our families during this school closure.
OTHER GATHERINGS AND EVENTS:As it is a large gathering, Encounter 2020 (7th-12th grade retreat) which was planned for March 20th will be postponed.As we continue to receive information about various events and cancellations, we will continue to pass this information along.
ONLINE ENROLLMENT:We understand that this event may impact families ability to enroll for next school year. We have decided to extend the early registration deadline to April 30th.
COMMUNICATION AND PRAYER:We recognize that this is a dynamic situation with new information pouring in moment by moment. If we have to communicate any last-minute decisions or changes, we will provide updates via email and post on our website. This will be a consolidated area for future communications, informative links, and information to parents on how Acadiana Christian School is responding. We continue to monitor and respond to changes that may impact our students and will communicate as promptly as possible.
While we do not know what will happen as this situation changes, we do know that we can, and must, pray. As we look to the days and weeks ahead, would you join us in prayer?Ask God, in his mercy, to stem the tide of this growing pandemic, not only in our communities, but in cities around the world (Isaiah 59:1-2).Pray that those who are called to address this crisis (particularly medical professionals and those in positions of authority) would be equipped to handle new cases with wisdom and compassion (Romans 13:1-4).Pray that our school can lead in exhibiting a spirit of trust in God and love for others (Matthew 22:37-39).
As the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, we want to assure you that we are monitoring the situation closely. However, we do so from a position of faith and belief and not of fear. Our main concern is for the health and safety of our students, our employees, and their families.
Reaching Students, Building Lives!
Monique Sanchez, M.Ed.
COVID-19 Update (Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 7:30 am)
In an effort to better serve our families, we are asking that all PreK-6th grade families wait until tomorrow, March 17th (12pm-6pm), to retrieve learning materials.
We will be open today, March 16th, from 12-6pm for families of students in 7th-12th grades to come and retrieve ALL books and materials. If you are a family with children in elementary and upper division, feel free to come tomorrow to get materials for the entire family (so you only have to make one trip).
Teachers and staff will be on campus today preparing learning materials for our students as well as disinfecting/deep cleaning the school. By spacing out the picking up of materials, we will be lowering our exposure and better serving all ACS families.
Our faculty and staff may not be extending a handshake or a hug like you’re used to, in fact you probably will receive a bunch of pretend high-fives instead, but we promise you’ll experience every bit of the same love you’ve come to expect from the ACS faculty and staff!
If you or your children are ill, please let us know and we can make a plan to get you the things your child needs. By following these CDC guidelines, we can remain prepared to provide a safe experience for you and your family.
We also know there will be many more questions about how this closure will affect our students. As we get more information,we will pass it along to all of our ACS families. We ask that everyone remain patient with us as we navigate this unexpected closure.
See you all today and tomorrow!
ACS has finished making all at home educational packets sooner than expected. Therefore, we have decided to close our operations tomorrow. We will be open tonight for all families to come and retrieve educational materials. If you are not able to come and retrieve packets, your child will be at a disadvantage while we are closed. We will remain open until 8:00pm tonight. We are asking that ALL families come and retrieve ALL books and materials tonight. We apologize for the inconvenience that this may have caused.
Also, in light of this unexpected closure we have prepared for all students in elementary and early childhood to have a Google Classroom Username and Password. We have prepared easy to use instructions for parents to follow so that all ACS students may maintain contact with their teachers via Google Classroom during this school closure. We are requiring all families of early childhood and elementary students to get these instructions and login no later than noon on Wednesday. We will also send an email to all early childhood and elementary parents with a PDF of FAQ regarding Google Classroom as well as instructions on how to log on. We will also have the printed instructions attached to the at home packets we have prepared.
We love all of our ACS families and we look forward to maintaining contact with everyone via Google Classroom.
Dear ACS Families,
Thank you all for supporting us during this unforeseen closure. Because we were able to get all of our work completed today, we are officially closed until April 13, 2020. As you all know this is a fluid situation that has been ever changing. As we know more information on how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect ACS, we will update you all.
We want to remind everyone that the main source of updating parents will be through the REMIND app, our Website, and Social Media (Facebook). We have made a special page on our website specifically for COVID-19 updates. http://acsni.net/coronavirus-update/
We have also been working on getting Parent Alert Text Messaging through our FACTS/RENWEB company up and working. As soon as this Parent Alert feature is working, we will notify you via email.
We encourage everyone to join our Google Classroom Online Community. Papers with instruction on how to set this up was passed out today to students in Early Childhood and Elementary. We also sent an email out to all Early Childhood (Prek-K) and Elementary (1st-5th) families. I am planning on making small videos for our younger students so they can stay connected with ACS & their classes. All students in 7th-12th grade are already using Google Classroom.
Finally, may I offer hope to you all. 2 Timothy 1:7 states “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” We may not know what tomorrow will bring, but we know the One who does! With that being said, call on Jesus (the Prince of Peace) and the Holy Spirit (our helper) to be with us, guide us, and help us as we all take this one day at a time.
I love you all! We are a family! We will get through this together!
Blessings and Peace to You and Yours,
Here is a video update from Mrs. Sanchez
Grab & Go School Meals Available Starting Next Week!
We are excited to announce that our cafeteria will be providing “grab and go” school meals beginning next week. Any student in Iberia Parish (public or private school), 18 years or younger, may come and pick-up breakfast & lunch (at the same time). It will be pick-up only & the student(s) must be present to receive the meal. This service will be at no charge. ACS students that pay reduced or full price can receive these meals for free! Pick-up is available from 10:30-1pm at the cafeteria door while supplies last. The menus can be viewed here: breakfast menu and lunch menu.
Dear ACS Families,
I hope this update finds you and your families happy & healthy. We know this has been tough for everyone, and we miss each of our students (and parents) so much! During this time of separation, we have really enjoyed staying connected on Google Classroom and social media.
We are in a situation that was a surprise and shock to us, but not to God! Though details & plans for us all to return back to “normal life” are currently on a week to week basis, it is still ACS’s plan to serve all of our families and students well. We believe it is best for us as a school to be prepared for whatever may come our way. As of now, we are prepared to open back up on April 13th and resume “traditional schooling” if the government will allow us to. However, in the event that we can not re-open the school on April 13th, we are also prepared to transition the entire school to “virtual learning”. We realize that this may be for one/two more weeks or for the rest of the school year. We are taking it one day at a time while allowing the peace of God to rule our hearts and minds. Either way, we will still have “Easter Break” next week (April 6th-10th). This update will give you all of the details that we have planned in the event that we will transition entirely to Virtual Learning during a time of quarantine.
All students have been given Google Classroom accounts and we will be using ZOOM along with Google Classroom to have virtual class meetings. With this transition, we will be requiring all students to attend each ZOOM virtual class and complete the work assigned by their teachers. Teachers have been working hard and preparing for virtual classes that will come with virtual assignments. In an effort to better serve certain age groups, some classes will still have paper packets to go along with their teachers virtual class. In order for this to be successful, we will need full support from families as well as full commitment from students.
Considering that COVID-19 is a national crisis, we understand that a “normal school day schedule” is not ideal for at-home/virtual learning in this season of quarantine. Therefore, we have created a Virtual Learning Schedule (which is below) that we built with families and students in mind. We know that we have families within our school whose parents are essential workers and not able to help their children during the day. We also have families with multiple children that will need to share an electronic device to participate in virtual class. Additionally, we understand that families and students need extra time to complete at home/virtual assignments while moving forward academically at a reasonable and consistent pace. You will find that our schedule mimics college scheduling. Elementary (K-6) will have ZOOM meetings with their teachers on Tuesday & Thursday while Upper Division (7th-12th) will meet on Monday & Wednesday. Fridays will be a self-study/work day for students where they can work on other classwork/practice. Students who need a “helps class” can schedule a ZOOM meeting with their teacher on the opposite day that they are scheduled to have a ZOOM class.
All work assigned will be graded and if students will be absent from a ZOOM call they will have to contact their teacher via email to see what was missed. Teacher taught ZOOM calls will be recorded and posted ONLY in Google Classroom in order to protect student privacy (therefore they will not be allowed to be shared with anyone outside of that particular class).
Families of students in Prek-6th grade must come to the school on Thursday, April 2nd between the hours of 12pm & 7pm to retrieve all student possessions as well as weekly learning packets. Weekly learning packets will be designed to go along with their Google Classroom virtual learning. Some of the work within these packets will be graded and must be uploaded into Google classroom as a photo/scanned document under the Google Classroom Assignment. All weekly assignments (M-Th) must be completed by Sunday @ 11:59pm. This will allow each Monday to be a fresh start of the school week. For families needing to retrieve packets/student possessions, we ask that you do not get out of your car to pick them up. We will bring them to you as a drive-thru service. Prek-1st grade can pick up in the rear of the school at the PreK door and 2nd-6th grade can pick up in the front of the school. Upper division students should not need to pick anything up but if you do, please come on Thursday between 12pm & 7pm.
In preparation for Teacher led Class Zoom Calls beginning on April 13, we will have scheduled “trial” zoom calls with teachers and students this Friday, April 3rd. Please see the attached schedule below. These trial zoom calls are VERY important because we will all be learning how to use Zoom together. If we wait to learn to use Zoom until April 13th, we will lose momentum on having a normal zoom class period. We want to be prepared to teach so that students can have as much time with their teacher as possible during all “official” class zoom calls. We recommend you download the Zoom app on your phone/ipad/tablet/Mac Computer. If you will be using a Standard PC computer, you do not need to download anything. You also do not need to create an account. The teacher will post a “invitation link” in Google Classroom and all that the student will need to do is click on the link to join the meeting.
I cannot thank our families enough for the support and encouragement that the entire faculty has received so far in this process. We truly feel the love and joy of our community around us. For as long as this lasts, we plan on providing a quality education to all of our students. The process of teaching virtually takes many more hours of preparation and execution than a normal week of teaching in person at the school, but we desire for our students to remain connected while continuing to learn! Thank you for being patient with us during this time.
As a school, we are still working each week to keep everyone learning virtually. We have been paying our teachers to ensure that they are properly compensated for all of their time with this online process and can take care of themselves and their own families. This brings us to discussing tuition. We will still be collecting tuition like normal. We understand that, for many reasons, some of our families may be struggling financially during this time. We still want our students to find joy, consistency, and peace in learning with us virtually. We want to extend help to any of our families that are finding themselves in a tougher financial situation right now by allowing you to reschedule payment for a new date within the original payment month or allowing you to reschedule a payment within the following month (which will put 2 payments being due within the following month) all while still allowing your child to receiving full instruction. We are also available to discuss with you any details of your particular need. If you find yourself needing a payment to be rescheduled, please contact Mrs. Samantha Bridges by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will contact you to work out the details. Please do not contact FACTS directly as you will be directed by FACTS to contact the school to receive approval to reschedule a payment. I assure you that if you contact Mrs. Samantha, we will work diligently to reschedule your payment if needed.
We have also had several inquiries about Early Enrollment for next school year. Each year, we are able to hire teachers and staff for the upcoming school year based off of our enrollment numbers. We have extended the last day of Early Enrollment to April 30th. This will allow you all to enroll at a discounted price while still allowing us to begin to hire teachers and staff for next school year. Thankfully, this year we transitioned to Online Enrollment which will allow us to move forward in the registration process for the 2020-2021 school year. Our office staff is trained to help you with online registration. If you need assistance with online registration, please contact Mrs. Cathy Alley (email@example.com) or Mrs. Samantha Bridges (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will be honored to serve you and give you any help that you may need.
Again, thank you all for your support of ACS. We will continue to reach out to our students, create new content for them through virtual education, and minister to them in this time with love and joy. We will get through this and we will get through this TOGETHER!
Reaching Students, Building Lives!
Monique Sanchez, M.Ed.
Dear ACS Lions,
Happy Good Friday to you all! Today is day #20 (school days only- not counting weekends) that ACS has been closed due to COVID-19. I would like to share with you all a short 8 minute devotional that I made in celebration of Good Friday and this Easter season. You may view it here. I am praying that this Easter weekend you will have peace and health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
As you may know, the BESE Board has sent a letter to Governor Edwards in support of keeping schools closed. Please see the article published by KATC here. It is very likely that our Governor will announce that school closures will be extended through the remainder of this school year, in order to continue statewide efforts to reduce the spread of corona-virus and the incidence of COVID-19. If this should take place, our Digital Distance Learning Plan will remain in effect through our scheduled year end.
While we may be sensing that this order will come (based on the recent news and professional projections) it is still difficult to think of it going into effect. We know there will be many questions if this happens. In an effort to best serve you all, attached is a FAQ page that may answer some of your questions should the Governor keep schools closed throughout the remainder of the school year. Our Leadership Team will be meeting virtually, and we will be reviewing all the impacts this will have to our school community, including activities and events. We will continue to communicate with you as soon as we know more.
These next few weeks will continue to be challenging for all of us, but I am certain that together, we will forge through this crisis with strength and grace. Please fill out this short survey (click here) and let us know how we can support you. Communication between home and school has never been more important. Don’t forget, starting this upcoming Monday (April 13th) ACS will begin our Distance Learning Plan with graded assignments via Google Classroom. If you have not logged on yet or need assistance with logging into Google Classroom, please contact Mrs. Cathy Alley (email@example.com) and she will be able to assist you.
Please know that what won’t change in this time of uncertainty is our faculty and staff’s dedication to our families and students. We continue to hold on to the essence of our school spirit, and our genuine care for all those who make up our community. Finally, we hope you know how much it means to our teachers, principals, staff, and me to receive your support and encouragement. Your emails, sidewalk chalk messages, and comments on social media truly keep us going. Thank you! We tremendously appreciate all you are doing at home to assist and motivate your students while managing your own workloads and household responsibilities.
Monique Sanchez, Principal