This page includes updated information regarding Norfolk Christian’s classes and activities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
UPDATE: MONDAY, MARCH 23RD
In keeping with the Governor’s order this afternoon, Norfolk Christian’s facilities will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year and all learning will be conducted online.
On Thursday, March 12th, Head of School Daniel Tubbs announced that Norfolk Christian’s Winter Break would be extended through March 20th and Online Learning would begin for at least one week on March 23rd. That full letter can be found at the bottom of this page.
While there has not been suspicion of exposure to the COVID-19 virus within our community, these steps of social distancing have been recommended to “flatten the curve” and reduce the number of infections in the community.
For the latest on activity postponements and cancellations, see the headings below. These will be updated as soon as new information is decided or learned.
MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Social and Emotional Learning and Counseling Support will continue as we move into this new medium of online education. It will look a bit different and require creativity, but I will be here to support along the way.
I am available for appointments for students, faculty, and family members from 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Appointments can be scheduled with me via email – firstname.lastname@example.org. I will respond with a unique Zoom link to ensure confidentiality. As Christians the hope we have in our Savior extends beyond our circumstances, but the reality is sometimes our current circumstances can feel overwhelming. Please reach out to me if you have any concerns or would like to talk through coping strategies to help you through these unusual times.
Also check out the counselor’s corner on NCS connect under the resources tab for social/emotional resources and optional weekly guidance lessons on topics related to social/emotional learning. New lessons will be posted every Monday.
We would love to show you life at Norfolk Christian! While our campuses are closed, please reach out to Enrollment Director Shanee’ McElveen, who will be happy to give you an introduction to Ambassador life and schedule your visit as soon as our buildings re-open.
All remaining Spring Season athletic events and practices have been canceled.
All scheduled Fine Arts performances and events have been canceled for 2019-2020.
Students at all grade levels will engage in Virtual Learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
MESSAGE FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL
Coronavirus Update – March 16, 2020; 1:30PM
NCS Family –
As we continue to move forward together through the COVID-19 issue, new information comes to us by the hour.
There are increasing indications that there will be more strict quarantines put in place that will prevent your children from receiving the materials that they need in order to do learning well.
As a result, we are extending our hours for material pick-up until 7PM this evening. Please come in as you are able to gather your student’s materials tonight. Please continue to follow all social distancing protocols as you arrive to get your things.
If it is impossible for you to come in today, please contact your Director to let them know, and we will work with you individually to help you get the materials you need. We cannot guarantee the ability to get materials to you after 7pm this evening.
For Lower School parents, the teachers are working hard to gather materials for your children. You will receive further specific directions on the use of the materials in the daily online plans from your student’s teacher. Those will begin March 23rd.
Also, a parent must be present to get medications from the clinic.
Thank you all for your patience and pulling together during this time. We are all in this together, pulling in the same direction for your children and for His glory!
March 12, 2020
Dear NCS Families,
With the health and safety of your families as our number one priority, our Executive Team is diligently monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19. As we have seen in recent days, the landscape in the United States changes by the hour. The governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency, many colleges have now closed their campuses to protect students and staff, along with major sports leagues and other organizations.
As we have prayerfully considered input from health agencies, other schools, and professionals in the community concerning the best way to protect both our own and the greater community, while still providing excellent academic instruction, we are reluctantly making a decision that could be difficult for you in a number of ways.
- Winter Break will be extended for one week through next Friday, March 20th.* This will allow us to continue monitoring the progression of the virus while our teachers continue to prepare material to do digital learning exceptionally well. Please remain local during the next two weeks and practice social distancing to help limit the community spread of the virus. *except for AP classes. Look for communication from your teacher.
- Monday, March 23rd through Friday, March 27th will begin online learning, with all grade levels engaging in virtual learning for at least one week. You and your child will receive instructions specific to their classes and grade levels.
- You will receive a staggered schedule for your child to come to the school to retrieve needed books and materials. It is important to follow the schedule to keep the group numbers low so that the containment effort is not compromised.
- Extra-curricular activities, including athletic practices and games and fine arts rehearsals and performances, are canceled through March 21st. We will re-evaluate participation in these activities weekly beginning on March 20th.
We understand the myriad challenges this schedule change will present and do not make it without great consideration for our families.The rationale for this decision is that social distancing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the continued spread of this virus, and there are likely many more cases in our community than we are aware of.
In addition, we have a well-established infrastructure for online learning for your children to continue to move forward in their content areas.
Thank you for your continued prayer for NCS, our community, our nation and others around the world. We are thankful to know that God is both good and sovereign, and we can walk forward in faith.
Below are helpful resources regarding local response and recommendations for containment of the COVID-19 virus.