Fall 2020 Smart Start
FWC IS IN-PERSON!
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If you are ready to start a conversation about attending FWC in this fall (as long as seats are available in your child's grade or course) , please text "Ready" to 817.520.6200. Our Admissions Team is ready to assist you in scheduling a campus tour, answering questions about tuition assistance, and sharing with you about what FWC means when we say your child will be KNOWN, LOVED, and VALUED! [read more about our mission, vision, and values at FWC]
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Frequently Asked Questions (click + to see response)
At FWC, we are a Christ-centered, college preparatory school where every student is known, loved, and valued, taught excellence in and out of the classroom, and empowered by a biblical worldview. As we navigate the complexities of education during a global pandemic, we are committed to seeing your child excel at FWC, no matter what, no matter where.
Under the banner of FWC-XL, we will ensure no matter what, no matter where, your child will have the opportunity to excel. We are finalizing the details of a robust plan that allows us to fulfill our mission while also ensuring your child can excel. The plan we are finalizing ensures optimal learning no matter the environment:
- FACE: ON-CAMPUS LEARNING: Excelling in a traditional classroom environment, yet with faculty always learning and growing in order to prepare every student for a changing world around us.
- FUSION: BLENDED LEARNING: Excelling in a blended learning environment, where teachers teach and students thrive by learning with a robust combination of online resources and in-person instruction.
- FLEX: ONLINE LEARNING: Excelling in a flexible learning environment, students grow in independence, while receiving virtual instruction. Families enjoy the FWC community no matter their location.
Currently, FWC is committed to a healthy campus for students, staff, and campus guests. We ask each student, staff member, and campus guest to complete a Health Assessment Google Form. We also take daily body temperature checks of students on campus. Staff members are asked to self-check before arriving on campus.
Alpine Building Maintenance has been a long-time partner with FWC on keeping our facilities safe and as germ-free as possible. Our Health & Safety Team is committed to examining procedures when considering when staff, students, or guests are on campus. Below are a few of the measures that are in place this summer and will continue this fall:
- Alpine continues to performing nighttime cleaning as well as providing spray bottles of disinfectant that we can use during the day to wipe down any areas of concern. Coaches use these spray bottles to perform daily cleaning during workouts.
- Alpine uses hospital-grade disinfectants that kill 99.9% of all germs including the COVID-19. Alpine custodians are trained through a six-step process on the correct procedures to make sure they are cleaning surfaces correctly. The product is applied, allowed to set for several minutes, and then wiped clean with microfiber cloths. All custodians wear gloves and use trigger spray bottles that are labeled.
- Alpine custodians follow CDC guidelines while learning to ensure the killing of germs on high contact areas.
- Alpine can provide a "terminal clean" should we have a case on campus of COVID-19. This "terminal clean" is the same procedure Alpine uses to get a surgery room ready for surgery.
- The school has also ordered and begin to install 63 new red hand sanitizing dispensers all over campus
- Two years ago, the FWC Booster Club purchased for Athletics a state-of-the-art Electrostatic Disinfecting Sprayer. Alpine uses this same sprayer throughout the rest of the campus. These sprayers produce a static electric charge in the disinfecting droplets. By doing so it allows the droplets to cling to surfaces and envelop them. High-germ surfaces such as handles, water fountains, restrooms, phones and counters are given special attention while spraying areas around campus.
- In addition to the above measures, all FWC staff wear masks anytime they are working with students indoors.
While our campus may close, our school never does. In order to sustain the quality of the education you’ve come to expect, we must continue to support our teachers, cover all of our non-teaching expenses, and invest in innovative ways to deliver our curriculum for our students. In fact, the school has invested additional dollars in the tools required to provide quality online learning should that be necessary.
Our Board of Trusts is committed to maintaining Fort Worth Christian's high quality of Christ-centered, college preparatory education, our unique FWC culture, and the financial sustainability of the school. In addition, our Board is dedicated to helping current FWC families with appropriate short-term tuition assistance so that their children will continue to thrive in our school community. As a result, our Board will not make any quick, blanket decisions that might threaten FWC’s financial sustainability. We believe that great education requires that the school has sufficient resources to sustain the personnel and programs that bring value to an FWC education. Making a decision to discount, freeze, or roll back tuition at this point would not be prudent. We do not yet know the environment in which we will find ourselves in the fall of 2020. A decision to reduce tuition now would most certainly affect teacher compensation in a negative way (personnel costs are 70% of the budget) and we do not want to demoralize our amazing teachers. Furthermore, it is not yet clear how a pandemic-induced recession will affect FWC families, who will be affected, and if that effect will be temporary or long-lasting. It is the position of the Board that the best way to help families navigate financial hardships is on a case-by-case basis rather than make a blanket policy. As previously communicated, we strongly encourage any family whose financial situation may compromise their ability to pay tuition to seek help from our tuition assistance program. Please allow us all to help each other – that will honor God with genuine biblical community.
Our commitment remains the same: no matter what, no matter where, Fort Worth Christian is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school empowering students for a life of faith, service, and leadership for Christ! This is our deep hope for every family. Our daily mission is to be a unique place where your child is known, loved, and valued . . . no matter what, no matter where. We have a rich history and a library of stories from families who can speak to this reality of their child being "known, loved, and valued." Even if we are not in-person, our teachers go out of their way to ensure your child's social, emotional, and spiritual well-being is a top priority!
Prayer, patience and encouragement. You have already made a huge contribution to the morale of our teachers and staff through your prayers, patience, flexibility, positive comments on social media, encouraging emails, willingness to share hidden blessings, and your small acts of kindness.
- PRAYER: We would ask that you continue to pray for our entire school community and let us know when students, teachers, or parents are struggling and may need our attention.
- GENEROSITY: If you are able, please consider helping current or future FWC families who may be struggling financially by contributing to our Special Financial Aid Fund which is dedicated to enhancing tuition assistance: click here to donate
- AMBASSADOR: please tell your friends that FWC is going to help their child excel, no matter what, no matter where! Many area schools struggled in the spring to deliver a high-quality education, but our parents overwhelmingly applauded the efforts of our teachers this spring - and we are improving this summer through many hours of professional development. Please encourage families to contact Admissions for a tour of our campus! They can email firstname.lastname@example.org or text "FALL20" to 817.520.6200
FWC Healthy Community Agreement
Fort Worth Christian School is committed to wise and prudent measures in regard to the health & safety of everyone who steps foot on campus. The following guidelines and expectations are necessary to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and provide a safe, dynamic on-campus experience for every student, parent, and staff member. All guidelines and protocols listed in this document are subject to change at any time as a result of any orders mandated by our local, state, or national authorities in conjunction with our educational agencies.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to all students, parents and faculty at the FWC, I agree if my child exhibits any of the symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the Center For Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html), he/she will immediately leave the FWC campus, will not return to campus, and will seek medical attention, staying at home until it is medically confirmed (by test or quarantine) that he/she does not have COVID-19 or otherwise received written approval from FWC to return.
FACE-TO-FACE SCHOOL RISKS:
Student participation with face-to-face school and FWC sponsored extracurricular activities does pose a greater risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
Spreading of the COVID-19 virus is possible to other classmates and staff members as well as members of their own households.
Family members 65 or older living in the same household, as well as those with underlying health issues, are at greater risk of severe illness as a result of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
FWC PARENT/STUDENT EXPECTATIONS:
All parents will be asked to assess your child before sending them to school.
If your child is currently exhibiting any of the following COVID-like symptoms Or in the past 14 days has been in close contact (within 6 ft for at least 15 minutes) with an individual who is test-confirmed for COVID-19 or is presumed to have COVID-19, please have your child stay home and CLICK HERE to complete the FWC Illness Assessment Form immediately.
COVID-19 symptoms (fever greater than 100.0 or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea).
Face masks or face coverings will be required to wear for all students, parents, staff, and visitors ages 10 and older while on-campus.
Physical distancing practices and standards in common areas will be expected and enforced.
For optimal safety, parents should remain in their vehicles during student drop-off and pick-up times. In rare exceptions, please practice healthy social distancing and mask-wearing if you enter one of our buildings. Such exceptions may include unique events to which parents are invited or if a parent needs to communicate quickly to the office staff. Students who drive their own vehicles will be expected to report immediately to their first class period, practice, or activity upon arrival to campus. No loitering permitted in the parking lot.
Students will utilize hand sanitizer stations upon entering & exiting all buildings on campus and need to wash their hands frequently throughout the school day.
Students are expected to employ good respiratory etiquette such as covering coughs & sneezes with tissue or crease of the elbow when not wearing a face mask. Avoid heavy breathing or spitting in the direction of other students or staff.
LS teachers will regularly clean all student work areas. MS & US students will assist staff members with the cleaning and/or disinfecting of all desk areas and equipment upon arrival to each classroom. This way the student knows his/her area is cleaned before use. Cleaning supplies will be provided by FWC.
Students should avoid unnecessary body contact with other students or staff members such as hand-holding, hugs, kissing, high-fives, etc.
Students must remain home whenever they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms such as headache, fever, cough, chills, dizziness, diarrhea, sore throat, chest pain, shortness of breath, or new loss of taste/smell.
Students with a lab-confirmed positive test for COVID-19 will need to provide the school a written release note from their treating physician in order to return back to campus once the following criteria have been met: 1) At least 24hrs fever-free w/out the use of fever-reducing medication. 2) Improved respiratory function. 3) 10 days have passed since the onset of any COVID-19 symptoms.
No students or parents are permitted on campus if they believe they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed positive OR presumed positive for COVID-19.
All parents and students must report any positive COVID-19 cases or possible exposure using FWC’s COVID-19 Reporting Form.
FWC STAFF EXPECTATIONS:
All staff members will be required to complete a Covid-19 Pre-Screening form every day utilizing the Magnus App prior to arriving on campus.
Staff will wear face masks or coverings during class instruction.
Staff will be expected to employ good hand hygiene practices and respiratory etiquette.
FWC will notify parents when a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 if it is determined your child has had possible exposure.
FWC will notify all parents of any lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases that occur on campus. However, FWC will maintain the confidentiality of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or is required to quarantine.
FWC will notify the Tarrant County Health Department of all positive COVID-19 cases that occur during the school year as required by law.
COMMUNICATION NOTE: Communication to the larger FWC family regarding confirmed, positive cases will be sent once all contact tracing is finalized. The identity of the student or staff member by name or school division will not be revealed. Because news spreads fast at FWC, we recognize this final step in communication may occur after some families/students/staff have already heard. It is not our intention to withhold or hide information, but rather in order to be thorough in our contact tracing, we reserve this school-wide or school level communication once all contact tracing has been completed.
FWC COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:
STUDENT/STAFF WITHOUT SYMPTOMS & A COVID POSITIVE TEST: If an FWC student tests positive without symptoms, they must stay home in isolation for 10 days. They may not return to school until the mandatory 10 day isolation period elapses. If a student is positive with no symptoms, they may return 10 days after the day of testing with a required doctor’s release.
COVID-LIKE SYMPTOMS WITH OR WITHOUT A POSITIVE TEST: A student may not return to school until they are fever-free for 24hrs and respiratory symptoms have improved, and ten days since the first onset of the symptoms. FWC requires a doctor’s release verifying a return to school after the aforementioned criteria are met.
IF A PARENT OR SOMEONE ELSE IN THE HOUSEHOLD OF A FWC STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING TESTED: Student(s) should quarantine for 14 days. The student may return after 14 days unless they become symptomatic with COVID-19 symptoms. Please see the above requirements in the COVID POSITIVE TEST criteria. If the household member tests negative, the student is eligible to return to school.
IF A FACULTY MEMBER TESTS POSITIVE: Students in their class would only need to be quarantined if they have been in close contact (inside six feet for more than fifteen minutes) with the teacher. Teachers will be instructed to wear their face covering/shield while communicating in close proximity (less than six feet for more than fifteen minutes) with students.
GUIDELINES FOR MANDATORY QUARANTINE: If your student has a classmate who tests positive for COVID-19, they may need to be quarantined if it is determined they were in close contact as defined by the CDC (less than six feet for more than fifteen minutes). In this scenario, not every student may require quarantine; however, any student who had close contact would be expected to stay home for fourteen days. Parents have the option to keep students home for the 14-day quarantine. In this situation, your student will be able to continue their schooling through our digital platform.
FWC CLEANING PROCEDURES:
FWC staff and students who are age-appropriate will assist each other with daily cleaning and disinfecting of all used areas and equipment used by the student.
FWC staff will clean & disinfect highly touched surfaces such as door handles, faucets, shared school supplies, and electronic devices between classes.
Overnight janitorial crew will clean and disinfect all highly touched surface areas in student bathrooms, hallways, classrooms, and common areas such as the cafeteria and gymnasiums.
All building areas, classrooms, and equipment will be professionally cleaned that are determined to be used by a student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19.
FWC will no longer require students and staff who were within six feet of a COVID-positive person for a cumulative 15 minutes or more, while on campus or at an FWC school activity to quarantine, IF face coverings were consistently and properly worn by both people.
- The reason for the change comes after conversations with health experts, research, trends in public and private schools in Texas and other states, as well as FWC’s own data. FWC’s data shows no evidence of transmission in classrooms or at on-campus events when complying with COVID-19 safety protocols.
- Multiple students and staff have contracted COVID-19 outside of campus linked to visiting family and friends, linked to positive family members in the home, or linked to a specific social gathering. The majority of those cases showed communal spread within the family or household.
- Since August 1, FWC has had 25 positive students and/or staff on campus. FWC has had to quarantine numerous students identified as close contacts from those positive cases. There has been no evidence that transmission is occurring in classrooms or at on-campus events complying with COVID-19 safety protocols.
- If at any time FWC’s data show an increase in transmission on campus, this decision may be revised or reversed at any time.
What will “NOT” change:
- FWC will continue to contact trace 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms of a COVID-19 positive person.
- FWC will notify parents or staff if they were identified as a close contact at school. They will be given the option to quarantine or stay on campus if verification of a face covering was worn at the time of possible exposure.
- FWC will continue to require COVID-19 positive students or staff members to quarantine for 10 days per the CDC guidelines.
- FWC will continue to require students and staff members with a COVID-19 positive family member living in the home to quarantine for 14 days (FWC’s data provides evidence of communal spread within the family unit.)
- FWC will continue to require a doctor’s note or a negative COVID-19 test if a student or staff member calls in sick with symptoms on the COVID-19 list.