03/26/21 – COVID-19 Update
CLA COVID UPDATE: March 26, 2021
Dear Parents and Students
We hope and pray that you had an amazing Spring Break. So thankful for the two weeks as we finally got some sunshine in the second week. It’s hard to believe that a year ago at this time we were sending out information to inform you that the whole school was shifting to an online format because of the COVID Pandemic. We are so very thankful that the Lord has blessed us with three quarters of on-campus learning. We understand that God’s grace is the key in all of this, but we also acknowledge the diligence of the parents as you have been effectively prescreening at home. You as parents have done a phenomenal job. Thank you and keep up the great work of informing the school of situations and keeping your children home when they have had symptoms. As we have mentioned before we must remember that “Safety belongs to the Lord”. We must remain vigilant in our responsibilities. Please continue to pray for the Lord’s protection and wisdom so that we can make it through another quarter of on-campus learning.
Please find below updates and reminders concerning our COVID Protocol for Fourth Quarter. Anything that is new is in red. Fourth Quarter traditionally is filled with an abundance of activities. We are hoping and praying to provide some of those activities with some creativity. Check your Friday letters weekly as new information will be posted.
God Bless You.
T. I. Rimel – Director of CLA
FOURTH QUARTER COVID UPDATE: March 2021
Screening Policy – Screening Procedures for all pods will continue as is throughout Fourth Quarter.
Mask – Masks will still be required for all faculty and students from Kindergarten to High School. Masks are to be worn at all times except when engaging in outside physical activity or participating in PE classes in the Fieldhouse. We are following this protocol until the County Mandate has been lifted for all places of business on the Island of Hawaii. This includes those that have been vaccinated again until the County of Hawaii updates their policy.
Social Distancing Requirements – Being that faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to wear masks we will be following the standard 3-4 feet requirement for social distancing.
Gate policies will return to normal
Upper Campus Gates will remain open throughout the day. They will only be closed during Code Reds.
Upper Campus Gates will be opened by 6:40 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day.
Upper Campus Students(9th-12th) who arrive after 8:00 or parents who wish to visit the office must park in the front of the building and enter the office from the front. Parents are not allowed to go to the office through the Courtyard. Students who are dropped off at the Courtyard may go through the Courtyard to get checked in at the office.
Lower Campus Gates will be opened by 6:40 a.m. Entrance Gate will be closed at 8:00 a.m. and will remain closed until 2:25 p.m.
Lower Campus Exit Gate will remain open throughout the day. It will only be closed during Code Reds.
Lower Campus Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. – parents will park in the stalls next to the office. They are to call the office 966-8866 and staff will come to the vehicle to check-in their child.
Extra Programs and Activities – Any time there is a field trip, full pod activity, assembly. or sporting event the parents will be given all the details of the activities so that you are aware of any changes in procedures. We are planning on doing a modified “Walk-In-The-Park” Fundraiser on Friday, May 14. On that day we will be providing special activities as well as field events for the students to compete within their pods. A detailed description of the day will be provided within the next couple of weeks.
Teachers who schedule any type of Field Trip will provide all the details in the permission form including COVID Protocol for the Field Trip.
Plans for end of the year awards assemblies and graduations will be sent out at the beginning of May.
In and Out of State Travel:
Our policy for out of state travel is simple. If a family member that lives within your household has traveled to the mainland and returns home and elects to quarantine at home exposing a student to the possible risk, that student will be required to stay out of school until the 10-day period of quarantine has been completed. The student will be placed on DLP during that time. We have held our faculty and administration to this same policy.
If the person within the home follows the state policy of receiving a negative test result within 72 hours of returning to the islands the student or the faculty member does not have to quarantine and may return to school.
Please keep in mind that any out state travel must follow the state guidelines even if vaccinated. Until the state changes their policy this will remain in effect.
We are discouraging our families from traveling interisland while school is in session. If an immediate family member that lives in the same house has to travel to the other islands during the school year for any reason we are asking for the family to inform the school so the child can be monitored. If the person traveling was required or suggested to quarantine on their return from another island then the student will be required to quarantine as well and will be placed on DLP for two weeks.
DOH Guidance – When Quarantine is required the Administration of CLA will be receiving advice from the DOH on when a student or faculty member may return to school after quarantine. When a student or faculty member is cleared by the DOH they will be able to return to school.
SDLP POLICY FOR STUDENTS CONTINUING IN SDLP:
A SDLP student who has 65% or below in two or more core classes (History, English, Science, Math) at the end of the quarter will be placed on academic probation. The academic probation period will last until mid-quarter of the next quarter. If the SDLP student’s grades have risen above a 70% or higher that student will be released from probation. If the student still has one class that is at a 65% or below the student will remain on academic probation until the end of the quarter. If at mid-quarter the student still has two grades at or below a 65% that student will no longer be allowed to remain in CLA’s Simultaneous Distance Learning Program.
A SDLP student that does not have an attendance rate of 85% or more for their scheduled Google Meet appointments (Pre-5th grade students: teacher meetings, chapel / 6th-12th grade students: scheduled meetings with teachers, live-lessons, chapel) will be placed on academic probation. The academic probation period will last until mid-quarter of the next quarter. If the SDLP student’s attendance improves to the 85% attendance rate the student will be released from academic probation. If the student fails to attend at least at an 85% rate by mid-quarter, the student will no longer be allowed to remain in CLA’s Simultaneous Distance Learning Program.
08/28/20 – COVID-19 Update
Dear Wonderful CLA Families,
Praise the Lord! We just finished our second full week of school. I want to express my gratitude to the families for your cooperation by prescreening your child before coming to school. Many of you have made wise decisions and prevented complicated situations by keeping your children home. Thank you for supporting the mask policy at school and encouraging your children to wear them even when you are out and about during non-school hours. Thank you for helping us keep outside traffic on campus to a minimum during the school day. Lastly, thank you for all the wonderful donations for cleaning supplies. Even though you weren’t asked, you still gave. Before we break for the weekend here are a few reminders and changes for next week.
The top gate of the elementary is closed from 7:55 a.m. to – 2:20 p.m. daily. If you need to pick up or drop off anything at the office during the day, please park by our visitors’ signs to the right and left of the gate and call 966-8866. Someone from the office will come to your car to help you.
Thankfully at this point schools are still considered essential and allowed to operate at status-quo. We will continue to operate our on-campus program until further notice. Unfortunately, the preschool is still closed until September 8.
Change in Policy
Starting Monday, parents of Kindergarten – second-grade students will park your car in the paved parking area between the Canefire Kitchen and the office. Parents, please stay in your car and a teacher or staff member will come to your car to screen your child. This will help alleviate any additional contact. Thank you for your cooperation.
During this current rise in cases in our community, we must maintain our vigilance. Let’s continue to pray for those who are sick or under quarantine, that God will grant them an abundance of grace. Let’s continue to pray that the Lord will protect us and that we will have the endurance to stay the course.
Stay Safe and Have an Amazing Weekend.
Grace and Flexibility!
T. I. Rimel
08/21/20 – COVID-19 Addendum Update
Out of State or Out of Country Travel:
• Our policy for out of state travel is simple. If a family member that lives within your household has traveled to the mainland and returns home and elects to quarantine at home exposing a student to the possible risk that student will be required to stay out of school until the 14-day period of quarantine has been completed. The student will be placed on DLP during that time. We have held our faculty and administration to this same policy. No exceptions to this rule.
• As far as interisland travel we are discouraging our families from traveling interisland while school is in session. If an immediate family member that lives in the same house has to travel to the other islands during the school year for any reason we are asking for the family to inform the school so the child can be monitored. The student does not have to quarantine. We do ask the parents to monitor the child daily and inform the school of any changes. If the person traveling was required or suggested to quarantine on their return from another island the student still does not have to Quarantine. We do ask the parents to monitor the child daily and inform the school of any changes. The reason for this rule is that the state has made too many exceptions for island people to get exemptions from quarantining. We have families that do not have to quarantine and families that do. The problem is they have been traveling in the same areas and just because you are considered essential doesn’t mean you are immune to COVID.
COVID TESTING AND COVID POSITIVE:
Immediate Family Member Test Positive: If a family member who lives in the same house with the student tests positive for COVID, the student will not be able to return to school until everyone in their household has been declared cleared of COVID and adhered to a 14-day quarantine after all symptoms have subsided. (Students will be placed on Distance Learning Program).
COVID Testing for Student or Immediate Household Member: If the DOH or any other agency request the student or an immediate family member to be tested we ask that the student stay out of school until the test results are available. If the student or family member’s results are negative, then the student may return to school the next day. If the student or the family member’s results are positive, the student will be placed on DLP until 14 days after the symptoms have ceased.
If a student within a Pod tests positive for COVID: all parents in the CLA family will be notified and the administration will decide to transition the Pod or Pods to the Distance Learning Program. This allows only certain Pods to be affected by potential sickness and not the entire school. Parents of students in other Pods who wish to hold their child out of school will be allowed to go on Distance Learning until all Pods are allowed to return.
08/12/20 – COVID-19 Addendum Update
Aloha CLA Families,
Due to the recent developments in our community, we are requiring all faculty and students (K-12) to have their mask on throughout the entire day, even in class. Masks may be removed during physical activity (PE, outdoor play during recess). This new policy starts tomorrow, Thursday, August 13th. We will continue to keep all students and staff health at our highest priority. Thank you so much for your continued diligence.
– CLA Administration
07/20/20 – COVID-19 Addendum for the 2020-2021 School Year
Aloha CLA families,
In light of the current situation that we are in due to COVID-19, the administration has an updated COVID-19 addendum addressing new school policies and procedures for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Parents, please read through the “COVID-19 Update – All Students” PDF as well as your student’s specific POD COVID-19 addendum.