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POPCS 2020-2021 On-Campus School Plan

POPCS is committed to the educational, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual health,
and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. The decisions and direction of our
school plan for 2020-2021 will continue to be directed by health experts, the Center for
Disease Control (CDC), and state and local officials.
This document is designed to inform parents and families, in more detail, about our
RISE UP EAGLES! Plan, based on current information provided about COVID-19 and best
practices for all members of our community. While seeking to understand and meet
your needs, and recognizing that no plan will be perfect, we have created a reopening
document, that mitigates but does not eliminate the on-campus risk of exposure.
Parallel to the on-campus experience, we will be offering 100% Distance Learning. Like
our on-campus mission and through a variety of synchronous and asynchronous
opportunities, we are committed to Distance Learning students receiving a Christ-
centered exemplary education.
As part of the faculty summer professional development schedule, we will continue to
provide training in updated safety policies and procedures. Communication of
expectations to students will be provided as we return to campus. We are confident our
community, with grace, will adjust to our new procedures and protocols quickly as we
care for one another.
Our highest priority remains the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We recognize
that there are many different beliefs on what is best, what is right, and what is true
concerning COVID-19. We ask that you respect and value our differences, opinions, and
ideas, as we navigate these challenging times together. For the children, families,
faculty, and staff of POPCS to be successful in learning and ministry, we must remain
prayerful, patient, flexible, and adaptable. We know our community is loving and faith-
ful, and we look forward to all our EAGLE families RISING UP TOGETHER!
“BUT THOSE WHO HOPE IN THE LORD WILL RENEW
THEIR STRENGTH. THEY WILL SOAR ON WINGS OF
EAGLES; THEY WILL RUN AND NOT GROW WEARY,
THEY WILL WALK AND NOT BE FAINT.” ISAIAH 40:31
POPCS 2020-2021 On-Campus School Plan
Celebrating 40 Years, Prince of Peace Christian School provides
a Christ-centered exemplary education equipping students
as disciples and leaders for service and success.
Campus Leadership Team
Who is the Campus Leadership Team? What guidance is POPCS following
to establish health, safety, ministry, and learning protocols?
Does the Campus Leadership Team believe we can open responsibly
on-campus in August for learning and ministry?
Yes, and we wanted to provide each family with an option that would best serve them.
We continue to review available information regarding national and local health guide-
lines. We have developed and will continue to modify as warranted, a campus plan that
mitigates risks, knowing that all risk cannot be eliminated. As ministry and learning
begins, we believe we are best as a faculty and community to fulfill our mission and serve
your children’s educational, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs when we
are united.
The Campus Leadership Team includes:
Chris Hahn (Headmaster)
Dr. Jeremy Lowe (Upper School)
Betsy Graham (Middle and Lower School)
Rachel Sosinski (Preschool)
Keesha Koehler (Early Learning Center)
Shantell Jarvis (Summer and After-School ZONE)
Tori Rush (Admissions)
Valerie Gabriel-Swenson (Communications)
Meredith Brady (School Manager)
Nurse Katie Morton
Tyler Burke (Athletics)
Rachel DuPree (Arts)
Brenda Jordan (CFO)
Patrick Carlove (Advancement)
ABLE Services-Property Management
We have also consulted:
JMS Inc. (HVAC)
Dr. Bill Hinz (Texas District Director of
School Ministry)
Dianna Bowen (Legal)
Texas Private Schools Association (TPSA)
Area and national Christian and
private school leaders
Hong Kong International School
Concordia International School Shanghai
Centers for Disease Control
Dallas and Collin County Health Departments
Texas Education Agency
Independent School Management
National Association of Independent Schools
The Campus Leadership Team continues to attend multiple educational webinars
regarding best practices and recommendations.
Our first line of defense to help keep our com-
munity healthy is YOU! It remains imperative
that each of us is intentional in screening our
health and the health of our children.
POPCS families must be alert for signs of illness
in their children and must keep them home
when they are sick.
Additional temperature checks may also be
taken during the school day.
Additionally, all teachers and staff will take
their temperature and complete the electronic
health screening prior to arrival at school.
Teachers and staff will report to the school
administration if they have come into close
contact with an individual who is lab-con-
firmed with COVID-19, or they have COVID-19
symptoms.
Daily Health Screening
Notify POPCS Nurse
Katie Morton, RN at
972-598-1045 or
katie.morton@popcs.org
if they have been
diagnosed with
COVID-19, are awaiting
test results for COVID-19,
or have a family
member or other close
contact who has tested
positive.
This crucial information
allows POPCS to take
appropriate measures to
protect our community.
Parents will be required to take
their student’s temperature and
complete the electronic health
screening (on the POPCS App)
before arrival on campus daily.
Any student experiencing
COVID-19 symptoms (see next
page) should stay home, and the
family should notify the school.
COVID-19 Symptoms
In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, POPCS
may consider the following question:
Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way
that is not normal for them?
COVID-19 symptoms currently recognized include the following:
cdc.gov/coronavirus
316475-B 07/21/2020
Symptoms can range from mild to severe illness, and appear
2-14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
This list is not all possible symptoms.
Please call your healthcare provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Seek medical care immediately if someone
has emergency warning signs of COVID-19.
Muscle or body aches New loss of
taste or smell
Vomiting or diarrhea
Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fever or chills
Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion
Inability to wake or stay awake
• Bluish lips or face
Will POPCS be equipped to test students, faculty, and staff for COVID-19?
POPCS is not equipped to perform testing. For information on testing, please reach out to
your primary care provider or POPCS Nurse, Katie Morton, RN.
COVID-19 Symptoms Outside of School and On-Campus
If a student or staff member experiences COVID-19 symptoms, this person should
NOT report to school or participate in other school activities.
PLEASE NOTE: The school will also use judgment on symptom presentation in coordination
with the clinical history of the staff/student.
POPCS will act quickly to isolate any student who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms while at
school. Families of students exhibiting symptoms will be notified by school clinic personnel
and are expected to pick up their children immediately.
POPCS will clean and disinfect the areas used by the individual who displayed COVID-19
symptoms. If needed, the affected child's classroom will be relocated to a different and
available empty classroom.
School Response for a Lab-Confirmed Case of COVID-19
If an individual who has been in our school is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school
will notify the local health department in accordance with applicable federal, state, and
local laws and regulations.
POPCS will close off areas heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed case (stu-
dent, teacher, or staff) until the non-porous surfaces in those areas can be disinfected, unless
more than seven days have already passed since that person was on campus.
Consistent with school notification requirements for other contagious diseases, and legal
confidentiality requirements, POPCS will notify all teachers, staff, and families of all students
in the affected division if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified. This protocol also
includes lab-confirmed cases among students, teachers, or staff who participate in any
on-campus activities.
COVID-19 Protocols
Two or more of the following symptoms: One or more of the following symptoms:
OR
• Chills
• Fatigue
• Headache
• Muscle or
body aches
• Sore throat
• Fever
• Loss of taste or smell
• Uncontrolled cough
• Shortness of breath
or difficulty breathing
If a student or staff member is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 or experiences symptoms
of COVID-19, this person should not report to school or participate in other school
activities until ALL three of the following conditions are met:
10 days have passed since the positive test result or symptom onset
(whichever is earlier)
There has been improvement in symptoms
At least 24 hours have passed with no fever and without the use of
fever-reducing medication
If a student or staff member has COVID-19 symptoms and wants to return to campus
before completing the above criteria, the individual must obtain an alternative diagnosis
written- statement, signed by a physician, clearing the individual to return to school.
Once this note is provided to the school, the individual may return in accordance with the illness
guidelines as listed in the Family/Student Handbook.
If a student or staff member has close contact with someone who has a lab-confirmed
case of COVID-19, this person should not report to school or participate in any school
activities. They should remain at home for 14 days from their last close contact with the
infected person. If the individual experiences symptoms of COVID-19 during the 14-day
quarantine period, he/she should self-isolate until the three criteria above have been met.
Close Contacts
An individual is considered to have been in close contact if:
• You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
• You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
• You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed)
• You shared eating or drinking utensils
• They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
Campus Visitors
For the foreseeable future, campus visitors, including POPCS families, will not be allowed in the
school buildings during the school day. We are aware this expectation will be a frustrating and
disappointing change. We believe it is required at this time for the safety of the students, faculty,
and staff.
Return to School Guidelines
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Grades 5-12
As we begin the year, students in grades 5-12 will be required to wear a parent-supplied face
mask (buff-style or gaiter-style) while on campus when social distancing is impossible. Cloth
and medical masks of any color or print will be worn, so long as the content is appropriate, as
determined by the division level principal. Valve masks are not allowed. Per current CDC
recommendations, face shields will not be allowed as a substitute for cloth face coverings.
Teachers will guide students in these grades as to when they will be allowed to remove
their face masks, if the location and activity allow for social distancing. Some examples for
removing masks are: while outside, when in the classroom, working independently, and
social distancing is possible. Face masks will be required when working in small groups,
carpool, passing periods, and while waiting for food in the Dining Hall.
Kindergarten-Grade 4
Kindergarten-Grade 4 students will wear face masks (buff-style or gaiter-style) for carpool
drop off and pick up, possible during transition times, while waiting for food in the Dining
Hall, and may be required at other times when not able to physical distance. Children are
asked to wear masks into the room as the day begins and teachers will provide direction
when to remove.
All Faculty and Staff
All Faculty and Staff will be required to wear face masks (buff-style or gaiter-style) entering
the building, when moving about the campus (hallways), and within the classroom while
working with children and colleagues. When working alone in classroom or office, face
masks may be removed. Teachers may wear transparent face shields when teaching at the
front of the classroom (6 feet or more from students).
POPCS will provide a mask for those who may have forgotten, lost, or damaged their mask.
Face Masks and Coverings
POPCS Staff and Faculty will:
Continue to teach and reinforce washing hands and coughing/sneezing etiquette
among students and staff.
Practice frequent handwashing and sanitizing while advising and encouraging
students and staff to avoid touching their faces.
Make available alcohol-based hand sanitizing stations at school entrances, common
areas in the school, and classrooms.
Model and encourage the use of soap and water for at least 20 seconds . Alcohol-
based hand sanitizers can be used if soap and water are not readily available.
All children and staff will engage in hand hygiene
at the following times:
• Arrival
• When moving throughout the campus
• Before and after preparing food or drinks
• Before and after eating or handling food
• After restroom use
• After playing outdoors for recess or
Physical Education activities
Handwashing and Hand Sanitizers
Routine Cleaning and
Disinfecting
Non-porous surfaces are sprayed with
disinfectant and wiped down.
Such as, but not limited to:
• Classroom desks and chairs
• Countertops
• Handrails
• Light switches
• Handles on equipment
• Stair rails
• Door knobs and handles
Trash emptied and floors vacuumed daily.
Campus restrooms are cleaned throughout
the school day on a schedule. Restrooms are
disinfected and mopped each evening.
POPCS Dining Hall
Able Services will disinfect tables and chairs
in the Dining Hall during the lunch periods
and between lunch rotations of students.
Weekly Electrostatic
Cleaning And Disinfecting
Able Services will use an electrostatic
disinfecting sprayer weekly throughout
the campus. Electrostatic spray surface
cleaning is the process of spraying an
electrostatically charged mist onto surfaces
Campus Cleaning
and objects. Electrostatic spray uses a
specialized solution that is combined with
air and atomized by an electrode inside the
sprayer. Subsequently, the spray contains
positively charged particles that are able to
aggressively adhere to surfaces and objects.
Faculty, Staff, and Students
Cleaning Responsibilities
Teachers will use school-issued disinfectant
spray and wipes throughout the day in the
classroom.
Grades 6-12 Students, will sanitize their
hands and receive a disinfecting wipe to
clean their desk top and chair as they enter
the classroom. Disposable gloves will be
available to students if requested.
Students and teachers will also be asked to
use a disinfecting wipe to sanitize any shared
computer keyboards and mice.
Students will use proper hand hygiene
before and after cleaning to minimize
disease transmission.
ALL FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS
will practice frequent handwashing or
sanitizing.
POPCS contracts with ABLE Services for property management,
campus care, and janitorial services. ABLE Services will be on
campus, before, during, and after school cleaning and disinfecting
frequently touched surfaces.
The POPCS faculty, staff, and students will also have some cleaning responsibilities to keep
our campus safe.
Morning ZONE Childcare & After-School ZONE Childcare
Upper and Middle School, 7:40-7:55 a.m.
Upper School will be entering the building through the Upper School Commons, to the immediate
north as you come through the gates.
Middle School will enter through the double glass doors near the Clinic, which is to the immediate
south as you come through the gates. Students are to report directly to their first class.
Preschool, and Kindergarten-Grade 5, 7:55-8:15 a.m.
Preschool – Grade 1 will be greeted and enter through the double glass south doors, to the west of
the Early Learning Center. Members of our staff will be available to assist each child to the classroom.
Grades 2-5 will enter at the main school entrance, the three glass doors facing Midway. Members of
our staff will be there to greet and assist each child to their classroom.
Early Learning Center, 7:30 a.m.
Early Learning Center children will be dropped off under the porte cochere at the Early Learning
Center entrance on the International Parkway side of the campus. The children will be greeted by
POPCS staff and walked into the Early Learning Center.
Upper School - 3:05 p.m. Students will be picked up along the south side of the Upper School.
Middle School - 3:05 p.m. Students will be picked up along the west side of the Prince of Peace
Lutheran Church Sanctuary.
Grade 5 - 3:15 p.m. Students will be picked up at the POPLC Adult Education building along the
south side facing International Parkway.
Grades 2-4 - 3:15 p.m. Students will be picked up along the north side of the POPCS Dining Hall.
Preschool- 3:00 p.m. & Grade 1 - 3:15 p.m. Students will be picked up in the south parking lot,
double glass doors, west of the Early Learning Center.
Early Learning Center - (ELC closes at 6:00 p.m.) Children will be picked up in front of the Early
Learning Center.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
DROP-OFF
PM CARPOOL PICK-UP
As we begin the year, no morning
ZONE childcare will be provided, but
we hope to add it later in the year.
ZONE after-school care
will be available.
Classroom Layouts
As space allows, student desks and
work stations have been spread out, to
enhance social distancing. In some
classrooms, items have been removed
to create additional space. Consider-
ation of the student movement is part
of the on-campus option. We are bless-
ed in many cases with large classrooms
and smaller class numbers. Some
classes may be moved to a larger room
(POPCS Library, Upper School
Commons, and Middle School: Room
1049). As physical space and available
faculty allow we have opened other
sections of a specific
class.
On-Campus Learning
Hallway Movement
Signs indicating the determined hallway
flow will be posted throughout the
campus. As we are able, POPCS faculty
and staff will monitor and encourage
social distancing guidelines.
Lockers and Cubbies
Lockers and cubbies for Preschool-Grade
12 will continue to be utilized. Locker
protocols will require increased spacing
and designated times of use to limit
crowding. As children arrive on campus,
they are to report to their first period
classroom without going to their cubbies
or lockers. Teachers will dismiss students
to drop off and pick up learning materials
and supplies, as needed, from the class-
room.
School Supplies
Students in Preschool-Grade 5 will have
an individual school supply pack
delivered to their classrooms. Individual
classroom supplies will not be “pooled” or
shared this year.
Drinking Fountains
Drinking fountains will NOT be used at
this time. Students are encouraged to
bring their own water bottles labeled
with their names and grade level.
FLIK Dining Services
FLIK Dining Services at POPCS will continue.
Dining Hall procedures, seating, and
schedules will follow social distancing
guidelines. Faculty and staff, and students
(grades K -12) will be required to wear their
face coverings to and from the Dining Hall
and waiting for food to be plated. They may
only remove their mask in the Dining Hall
when they are seated and eating. FLIK
service workers will prepare plated trays for
each student. All self-serve options (salad
bar, sandwich station) are closed. Pre-pack-
aged sandwiches and salads will be avail-
able. All items used including plates, uten-
sils, and cups, will be disposable. FLIK will
comply with all applicable local, state, and
national health laws, including sanitizing
the serving line between classes. FLIK
employees and service workers will wear a
face mask or cloth face covering. Able
Services will clean and sanitize student
dining hall seating between lunch groups.
Chapel Services
Chapel Services are an integral part of the
POPCS experience. We are committed to all
students participating in weekly chapel
services. As a school, we have four different
Chapel experiences based on the school
divisions. As the year begins, we will allow
designated grade level/classes, that are
socially distanced, to participate and lead
Chapel services in the Fine Arts Center
auditorium. Chapel services will be
live-streamed for participation and worship
in individual classrooms.
On-Campus Learning
Field Trips
As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, field
trips, and the Upper School retreat, are on
hold. Options to reimagine these and other
gatherings to be safely held on campus will
be evaluated.
TAPPS Extracurricular
Activities
Theatre, Band, Choir, Cheer, Drill and
Athletic Teams
Co-curricular competitions governed by the
Texas Association of Private and Parochial
Schools (TAPPS) are currently scheduled to
begin on August 18. For more information
and updates: www.tapps.biz
Large Group Gatherings
Limited group activities may be reimagined
to take place outdoors, within large meeting
spaces (gym or Fine Arts Center auditorium),
or occur in a virtual format. We will follow
local health initiatives and guidelines while
encouraging social distancing.
Recess and
Physical Education
Physical activity is vital for our children.
Students will continue to participate in
recess and physical education classes.
Whenever possible, physical education
classes and recess will be held outdoors to
allow students more space to spread out.
Hand sanitizer and access to handwashing
will be provided before and after physical
activities. Shared equipment will be avoid-
ed when possible and will be regularly
cleaned and disinfected when not possible.