COVID-19 Updates

******* CLA COVID-19 Update – Friday, July 16th, 2021 *******

Dear CLA Families,

My prayer and hope is that this Friday Letter finds you well and that you are having a peaceful and restorative summer break from school. Many times throughout the month of June I was overcome with thanksgiving for the incredible grace of God we experienced throughout all of last school year. He provided protection that allowed us to be in school everyday. He provided resources which allowed us to keep our doors open throughout the year but most importantly it was the teamwork of the people that He provided, from the faculty to every family that was represented. Please join me in praying for the protection we need from previous and new threats, the provision that we need to fulfill our obligations, and the unity of Spirit required to build the kingdom of God.

We are just over a month out from the first day of school and we have been reading the plethora of material from scientists, politicians, CDC, state agencies, and a slew of people that are supposedly “ in the know” on running a small private school in our community’s current state. After much prayer, research, and deliberations we have developed the following changes to our protocols for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

PRESCHOOL PROTOCOLS
Preschool (three and four year olds) Protocols will not be announced until August 1. We are waiting to see what regulations the DHS places on licensed preschools.

PROTOCOLS FOR KINDERGARTEN – 12th GRADE
CLOSED CAMPUSES
Parents are to report to the office anytime they are on either campus during the school day. Parents are never to go directly to a classroom to drop off anything for their child. Parents may stop by anytime during the day as long as they keep their access to the office area. Parents should stay in their car when dropping their children off in the morning. On the Lower Campus parents exit their cars at the Rosie “O” to sign their children out after school.

HEALTH SCREENING 
We are continuing a basic health screening and check-in each morning. Parents will still drop their children off at the designated areas and wait for the screening to take place. Once the screening takes place the parents may leave. Kindergarten – 5th at the Rosie “O” Jr High – Lower Campus Back Stairs 9th – 12th Grade – Upper Campus Courtyard
Students and faculty members will be asked to sanitize their hands when they first arrive at school each day.

There will be no temperatures taken during morning screening. Only three questions will be asked.

“Are you displaying any symptoms of being sick?”
“Are you running a temperature?”
“Is anyone in your family displaying signs of sickness?”

If the students answer no then they will be admitted into school for the day.

If a student answers yes to the first two questions they should be sent home for the day. The third question is for monitoring purposes.

Health Screening will register daily attendance. Any student arriving to either campus after 7:55 a.m. should report to the office for morning screening before going to class.

PRESCREENING BEFORE COMING TO SCHOOL
We are again asking parents to do health screening before coming to school. If your child is feeling sick, showing signs of being sick, or is running a temperature please keep them home until all symptoms have subsided for at least 24 hours.

If your child has had suspected contact with someone with COVID keep them home until you receive a negative COVID test, they have been cleared by the DOH, or for a seven day no symptom period. 

If a student or faculty member contracts COVID they are to remain home until ten days after their symptoms have subsided or they are cleared by the DOH.

If a student or faculty member is being tested for COVID, for any reason, they are to remain out of school until they receive their negative results and so should any family members that live in the same household and attend school.

PODS
The Preschool (3 & 4 year olds), Lower Campus ( Kindergarten- 8th grade), and Upper Campus (9th-12th Grade) will be the only POD Distinctions.

MASK
Masks will not be required by the school at any time. Students may wear masks at the parents’ request. School personnel will not be responsible for monitoring individual students wearing masks.

SOCIAL DISTANCING
The school has returned to the standard three-foot radius both in and out of the classroom. 

SANITIZING
Students and faculty are requested to follow basic personal hygiene. Washing hands after using the restroom and before eating. We will not require students to sanitize their hands when leaving or entering classrooms. All classrooms and public areas will be sanitized at the end of each school day.

SDLP
We are not expanding our SDLP.  We are not adding in any new students.
Students who stay home for non-COVID sickness or who are traveling will not be allowed to go on SDLP for that period of time. They will be officially out of school.

If a student must be out for a week or more for health reasons they will be allowed to go on SDLP until they return to school.

TRAVEL POLICIES
If a faculty member, parent, or student travels outside of the state during the academic year and they have not been vaccinated they will have to be tested to return to the state and then tested again three days later to return to school. 

There are no travel restrictions for inter-island travel.

If you have any questions regarding these policies feel free to contact the administrator for your campus or division. We believe the changes we have made are in the best interests for your child’s safety and success in school.

Thank you for the privilege of working with your family in the education of your child. We look forward to an exciting year ahead. Remember to uphold your child or children daily in prayer. Please pray for the administration and faculty that we may possess the grace and wisdom that will be needed to successfully navigate this year. Pray for God’s encompassing protection for all.
May the Lord richly bless you and keep you as you enjoy the rest of your summer.

In His amazing grace,
T. I. Rimel
Director of CLA    
***** CLA COVID-19 Update – Friday, March 26th, 2021 *****

Dear CLA Families,
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    pre-screening 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.

In His amazing grace,
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 RequirementsBeing 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 ActivitiesAny 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.

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. 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 pre-screening 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.

Reminder
     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!
God Bless.
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

07/20/20
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.

ALL Students