As I sit in Washington, DC and write this blog, I am a little over 2 months from retiring from a 25 year military career. Time flies when you’re having fun.. This is true in all areas of life, including the school year. We are a month into school and I wanted to provide you with an update. The processes and procedures we’ve established for before school, entrance into school and during school seem to be working well. After school was a little rough at the beginning, but most students are out of the building and in their cars on the way home in 18 minutes. One of our bottle filling stations is still on back-order until October, but other than that, the building is in good order, “pandemically” speaking.
I wanted to give you an update regarding COVID-19 and the faculty, staff and student body. We have not had any cases appear among our students and faculty. We’ve had a few students self-quarantine do to possible close contact with someone either exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19. These students have either completed their quarantine asymptomatic or had negative test results. We did have an assistant coach test positive. They immediately went in to quarantine. The families of the athletes in that sport were notified. Due to the coach following KHSAA regulations regarding masks and distancing, there was no need for the team to quarantine. Should the virus appear at school, I am required by law to report it to the state health department. Please continue to pray that God will keep this virus out of our school.
Morning Temperature Checks – As the days get colder, we will run the heaters in our cars higher. This has the tendency to make the initial readings on our thermometers higher, which slows the morning process. It would be helpful, if just a few minutes before you arrived at CCS, you turned your heater down and allowed the interior of your car to cool. This will us to get more accurate readings on our thermometers.
I have been working on an update to the safety plan you received this summer, based on updated CDC and KHSAA regulations. Expect to receive a copy of this document in the next few days.
Athletics is a privilege, not a right at CCS. This has especially been seen as we try to meet the requirements of the KHSAA. The KHSAA is very serious about their regulations for both the athletes and the fans in attendance. This is where we need your help. We have not had any problems with the athletes or the visiting fans. We have had some struggles with our own fans. Masks are requires and distancing is required, no exceptions. Masks are to worn over your nose and mouth. Mr. Leach has worked very hard all summer and into this fall to insure our athletes can play and parents can be there to watch. However, some of our parents are jeopardizing this for everyone by their actions. Our goal is for your child to play and you to see them. However, some or all of that can be taken away if our parents continue to ignore the regulations. I know masks are uncomfortable and inconvenient. However, it is a small price to pay to see your child play. So please help us out by following these two simple rules. As believers we ought to be setting the example to those around us. Thank you in advance for your help with this matter.
Bus #1 Update
Many of you have asked questions and expressed concern over the number of times the new bus has been in for repairs. It has been frustrating to us, as well. Our Transportation Director has provided the following information.
“Hello! My name is Pat Moran, and for those of you who don’t know me, I have had 7 children go through CCS over the past 30 years, and for all of that time I have been a bus driver. I am also a sub bus driver for Walton-Verona Independent Schools, so I am familiar with what the public schools are doing in their transportation programs. Seven years ago I became a KY state certified driver trainer so I could train new drivers in-house and give them the annual 8 hr. update training just like they do in the public schools. I also maintain our fleet of three school buses, getting their annual DOT inspection and tri-monthly inspections from a state certified inspector, as well as getting them fixed when they break. Over the years we have bought surplus school buses from the public school sector. While we tried to be very selective in what we bought, they were still old and maintaining them cost us in some years up to $10,000.00 and were subject to breakdowns. To make better use of our precious resources and to provide more reliable transportation, we asked the school family to purchase a brand new bus that comes with excellent warranties: 1 yr. bumper to bumper, (parts and labor included), and 5 years on the Allison transmission, Cummins engine and exhaust system, and most body components. (parts and labor included).
After consulting with several mechanics and observing the experience Walton-Verona has had with their International buses (which I have driven), we selected Navistar International for our new bus, which we felt had a superior product over Thomas and Bluebird manufacturers. Apparently the quality control at the factory was not as good as we had hoped and we have had several problems throughout the first year of service. All repairs were fully covered at no cost to us. We had a speed sensor failure in the first month, but the rest of the problems were relatively minor, such as dead batteries (they determined it was due to a bad batch of batteries), the fuel filler hose sagged and we couldn’t refuel the bus (they tied it up with steel clamps), the entrance steps rusted (needed repainting) and the landing above the steps had a bubble in it and needed to be taken up and re-glued. Three times I had to take the bus back for the same work, as their first attempt at fixing several of the problems were inadequate. This explains why the bus was out of service at various times. While I know this has been frustrating for many of you, as well as for me, the bottom line is we have a solid bus that we think has the kinks worked out of it. It drives very smoothly, is comfortable for the students and teachers, and it is a favorite of our drivers. We anticipate many years of trouble free service for the school family, thanks to all of you who contributed so generously to safe and reliable transportation for our precious cargo: your children!!
Feel free to call or text me whenever you have questions about our buses, I can be reached at 859-250-0710. Thank you.”
Annual Campaign and Imagine Tomorrow
I encourage you to help us reach our Annual Campaign goals. With added expenses as a result of COVID-19, the Annual Campaign has never been more important. Our goal for this year is $135,000. We are off to a good start receiving $38,224 so far. We are at $289,525 pledged and given toward our Imagine Tomorrow campaign. As you plan your family’s giving for this year, please to not forget to include Calvary Christian School and these two important efforts.
I know that the processes, procedures and requirements to have in-person classes this year has been inconvenient and sometimes frustrating. However, I want to the thank you for how you have responded and supported us. Remember, our goal is two-fold: keep your students in school all year and glorify and honor God in the process.