The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has provided guidance in regards to recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). US health officials are taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of (COVID-19) into US communities. The CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes it.
Guidelines for schools which do not have COVID-19 identified in their community include handwashing strategies and routine environmental cleaning which have been implemented at Redemption Christian Academy.
In general, if an ill student or staff member attended school prior to being confirmed as a COVID-19 case, local health officials may recommend temporary school dismissal. If a case of COVID-19 is confirmed, local health officials may determine when students and staff should return to school and what additional steps are needed.
In order to limit exposure through social distancing, over 100 colleges have canceled in-person classes and switched to online and distance learning. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/03/11/coronavirus-college-closings-list-online-classes/5022256002/
Nearly 5 million United States students in kindergarten through grade 12 are home due to school closures.
Various countries have implemented travel bans, quarantines, and many other restrictions, and the situation is changing daily. Please be advised that a school closing may be required at any time, and parents must be prepared for their child to come home immediately in an emergency situation.
So far, a few local programs that RCA is involved with have been canceled. Also, the local college gym our students use has been closed. A student from another country recently had to travel earlier in order to be able to enter into his home country. More than half of the states in America, including New York, have declared a state of emergency. We are expecting a national emergency to be declared today.
In order to mitigate the possible difficulties in this period of uncertainty, Redemption Christian Academy will be offering distance learning and there will not be in-school classes. Like a number of other schools across the United States, students will be able to continue their educational program while being at home. Plans are being put in place for this to happen right away. We will be doing our best to strictly adhere to our standard of academic excellence.
Please make arrangements for your child to travel home as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of travel bans to your country or area. Please contact the office as soon as possible to speak with Sis. Walker or Sis. Holmes.