Fall 2020 Smart Start
FWC IS EXCITED TO RE-OPEN AUG 12TH IN-PERSON!
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If you are ready to start a conversation about attending FWC in August , 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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YES, this is our intention. We will return on Wednesday, August 12th, and we cannot wait to celebrate a return to campus.* We are eagerly planning, preparing, and equipping our staff to navigate a "new normal" even as we return to campus. Our Leadership Team is diligently working, reading, studying, collaborating, and educating ourselves on the best practices going forward to ensure the safest learning environment possible for our staff and students.
*If an announcement from Governor Abbott changes this, we will pivot to a different learning environment that continues allowing FWC to partner with parents so that our students graduate FWC equipped for a life of faith, service, and leadership for Christ!
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.
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.
We humbly submit ourselves to God for all wisdom and guidance. That is first and foremost.
The Leadership Team at FWC has been meeting at least once a week since March and continues to learn from our performance during the spring's emergency learning crisis to equip to be prepared for how we will ensure your child has the opportunity to excel at FWC, no matter what, no matter where. The Leadership Team consists of Head of School Dr. Misty Overman & former Head of School Ken Cheeseman, Associate Head for Business and Operations Kent Means, Assistant Head for Advancement Kinch Cato, Upper School Head Nick Hinrichsen, Middle School Head Jill Shelby, Lower School Head Elizabeth Green, Executive Assistant to the Head of School Debbie Loy, Director of Enrollment Management Randy Vaughn, Boys Athletic Director Jared Hudgins, Girls Athletic Director Lauren Smeds, and Fine Arts Director Mary Lou Crist.
The Leadership Team relies heavily on our very knowledgeable Health & Safety Team: Corry Karlen, Assistant AD and Head Athletic Trainer and Nurses: DeeAnn Brownlow and Cyndi Worsham. This team consults with local, state, and national health officials as well as with other peer schools to offer guidance on best practices of health and safety.
The Board of Trusts is made up of individuals from the Tarrant County community as well as current and former parents. Vast expertise is shared from various individuals on the Board.
We also are working with various community members with training in virtual delivery and consultants from other independent schools like FWC. Staff members are also members of various national cohort groups such as ISM (Independent School Management) and CESA (Council on Educational Standards and Accountability) and participate in weekly webinars related to reopening school in the fall. CESA schools have also been led through a weekly virtual training by Baylor University's School of Education. In addition, we are also in weekly conference calls with the Texas Private School Association who advocates in Austin for Texas private schools.
Scripture tells us that "without counsel, plans go wrong, but with many advisers, they succeed" (Prov. 15:22). We trust in God's sovereignty as well as the many voices of counsel guiding FWC during these unprecedented times.
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 we do not yet have certainty, we are hoping for a return to participating, playing, and performing in various extracurricular activities. However, this is a complex issue and is affected by factors beyond our control. Interscholastic competitions are governed by associations such as TAPPS (the private school version of UIL). Decisions made by our governing officials regarding social gatherings both locally and statewide will certainly come into play. We will strive to have the best possible athletic and fine arts experiences for our students given whatever pandemic-related constraints are in place.
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!
It is difficult to predict how our enrollment will be affected because we don’t yet know the future trajectory of infections, nor the economic impact on North Texas. We are currently working several financial scenarios based on various enrollment levels. Thankfully, we have had very few families who have withdrawn their children for next year. While new student applications are down from historical numbers, our admissions office is still receiving inquiries. Even as we compose this response, we have had 18 tours in 10 days. We have also touched base with those new families who had already enrolled for next year and their enthusiasm continues to be high.
Regardless of our enrollment, we will continue to provide the high-quality education that our families expect from FWC!
If you wish to schedule a tour of our campus (by appointment), please text "FALL20" to 817-520-6200 and a member of our Admissions Team will be happy to start that conversation!
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 email@example.com or text "FALL20" to 817.520.6200
FWC Healthy Community Agreement
Fort Worth Christian School is committed to wise and prudent measures with regards 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 required to complete a Covid-19 Pre-Screening form everyday via the Magnus app for their student at least 30 minutes prior to their arrival on campus.
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 maximum safety, parents should remain in their vehicles during student drop off and pick up times.
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 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 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 everyday 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.
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.