July 1, 2020
Dear MCA Parents,
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a truly unusual situation that affects us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you that have been impacted by the virus, directly or indirectly. During this time, we want to update our families on how we are approaching this unfamiliar and uncomfortable situation.
Like most schools, we are doing everything we can to keep our children and faculty safe and healthy. Our plan is to return to school on August 17, 2020, for a normal year with enhanced safety and cleaning procedures. Should conditions change as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak, we are prepared to seamlessly educate our students. These plans will be presented at our back-to-school parent meetings in August.
Currently, our MCA daycare is operating on a normal schedule. Our children are greeted at the door as they arrive and their temperature is taken. If the temperature is 100 or above, we ask the parent to take the child home for 48 hours. If there is no fever, a staff member takes the child to the classroom. Parents are not allowed in the building at any time. All of our teachers are required to wear a mask while in the hallways of the school, during pick-up and drop off of children. They are not required in classrooms. Children are not required to wear a mask.
Children are remaining with students and teachers in their age group at all times. For example, toddlers are only in their classrooms and on the playground together. We are not allowing classrooms to mix for any activities.
MCA has a contract with a cleaning company that cleans all hallways, classrooms, and restrooms daily. Our teachers are cleaning tables, chairs, toys, and supplies as often as possible. Our school will be closed to all students on August 13 and 14 for a deep cleaning of every classroom.
We will continue to keep our school open unless there is an outbreak of the Coronavirus. At that time we will evaluate the case and decide, with advice and direction from DHEC, DSS, and CDC, on the course of action. All of our staff will be prepared for a 2-week quarantine if needed. We hope by keeping the children in direct contact with only their age group, we will be able to close only a few classes, if necessary. Of course, our prayer is that we can keep our school open throughout this new year.
Please continue to pray for our school, our children, and our parents as we start this new school year.
Julie A. Brown
- August 11, 2020 – Day Care Parent Orientation – 6:00
- August 13, 2020 – Elementary Parent Orientation – 6:00
- August 14, 2020 – Open House Elementary and Day Care – 12:00 – 6:00
- August 17, 2020 – Day Care and Elementary School Begins
- September 3, 2020 – Preschool Parent Orientation – 6:00
- September 4, 2020 – Meet the Teacher – Open House – 9:00 – 12:00
April 22, 2020
In following with Governor McMaster’s guidelines, we will remain in remote, virtual learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Our last day of virtual classes will be Friday, May 22, 2020. New curriculum packets can be picked up on Friday, May 1 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
We are developing a modified plan for our 5th-grade graduation as well as a K5 graduation program. Our teachers will communicate with parents as we formalize these plans.
Our MCA daycare center will continue to operate daily from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. until further notice. Thank you
for your prayers and support at this time.
Thank you parents and students for all of your hard work and dedication at this time. We would all rather be in the classroom setting but feel it is necessary to follow the state guidelines and procedures to ensure the safety of our children and staff. Our teachers will continue to offer the best educational experience for your children.
March 25, 2020
Governor Henry McMaster announced today that all South Carolina Schools will continue to be closed until April 30, 2020. He also stated that “if there is a way to safely open our schools earlier, we will do that.”
Mauldin Christian Academy Elementary school teachers will continue to serve our students through video lessons, video reviews and constant access to their teachers, this will continue until we are allowed to return to the MCA campus.
Mauldin Christian Academy has made the decision to close our half day preschool program for the remainder of the year. This was not an easy decision to make but feel that it is necessary at this time. Your children will be missed and hope that they will return to us in the fall for a new year of growth and learning.
Mauldin Christian Academy has made the decision to keep our Daycare open during this time. We will be changing our hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. All children will be dropped off at the main entrance to the school and picked up in the same way. Parents will not be allowed to come to the classrooms or walk down the halls. This decision will be updated on a weekly basis.
I am reminded daily, that our God is all powerful and will see us through this storm. We are praying for your children and for each of you.
Philippians 4:13 – “We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength”
March 15, 2020
MCA will close Elementary and Preschool beginning Monday, March 16 and will reopen on March 30 for regular schedule. Daycare will open as usual but we ask parents to only bring children if necessary. If a child is showing any signs of sickness, please do not bring to school. There will also be no after school during these two weeks.
IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
If you, or a member in your household, comes in contact with someone with the coronavirus, you cannot come to school or work at MCA for 14 days from exposure. This decision is based on CDC’s recommendation in cooperation with Greenville County Schools.
March 10, 2020
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – As everyone knows our country is experiencing outbreaks of the Coronavirus in most states, including South Carolina. We are doing everything that we can to prevent this disease from entering our school. We are advising everyone to wash hands frequently and cover our mouths when we sneeze or cough. We are wiping down all surfaces including handrails, door knobs etc. as often as possible. We are also stressing the importance of keeping children home for at least 24 hours if any signs of illness occur.
We have seen a number of cases of the flu, strep throat, and viral infections, even pneumonia, over the past few weeks. We would like to remind everyone of our illness policy. If your children are sick, PLEASE DO NOT send them to school. Illness can spread so quickly from child to child and even from classroom to classroom; we can limit this by making sure you keep your children home if they are sick. The following information is a reminder of the illness policy as stated in the Parent Handbook.
A child must be free of fever, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, symptoms, etc. for at least 24 hours WITHOUT the assistance of over the counter medicines before returning to school or daycare. If possible, please keep child home for 48 hours.
We will not admit children with signs of communicable diseases until a physician sends WRITTEN notification that the symptoms have been treated and the child is no longer contagious. The child will not be allowed to return to the Academy for 24 hours without written notification by a physician that he/she is not contagious.
If you have more than one child attending the Academy, please take older siblings to their classrooms first thing in the morning and infants last. We are doing everything that we can to keep illness from spreading at MCA.
Director – Mauldin Christian Academy