I couldn’t help using a Charles DICKENS quote for the title of this post. We are living through strange, unprecedented days. These are uncharted waters for CCS, our administration and faculty, our students and our families. We do not have a choice; we will face this challenge head-on. However, every challenge provides us with an opportunity to excel. We can’t afford to miss this opportunity; it not only affects the education of our students, but also the future of CCS.
At this point, the return date for our students is not set in stone. However, our maintenance staff has worked hard and will continue to disinfect doorknobs, railings, the cafeteria, the bathrooms, and all high touch areas. When they return, the building will be clean.
I know that this has been a challenge for everyone. It has been extra work for faculty and families. We have had a few wrinkles to work through regarding the online programs used, the available technology, and access to the school, etc. But, for the most part, it has been successful and in many cases, students seem to be thriving. We have received numerous positive comments regarding the wonderful work of the faculty preparing for this new type of instruction. We will continue to perfect our processes as we continue with this form of education.
We have received some comments about videos on Chromebooks buffering. We found the following potential work around. “The usual cause is one or more extensions causing problems, too many tabs open, you haven’t completely turned off your Chromebook recently, or you have too many extensions installed. Reboot your Chromebook, don’t just close the lid, every night.”
Governor Beshear has asked that all schools remain closed until April 20th. This also supports the CDC’s request to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. Boone County set this as their return date early on. Kenton County went to the same return date shortly after the Governor’s announcement. CCS will honor this request. Therefore, the CCS schedule will be as follows:
- Online/remote/non-traditional education – March 23-27 (already scheduled)
- Online/remote/non-traditional education – March 30-April 3(newly scheduled)
- Spring Break – April 6-13 (already scheduled)
- Extended Spring Break – April 14-17 (newly scheduled) extended rest for families
With a week “under our belt,” we are making some adjustments moving forward. Fridays for the next two weeks will become conference days with no new lessons introduced. For MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL this means that they will function by the following class schedule:
March 23-27, 2020
- Monday, March 23rd – B-Day classes
- Tuesday, March 24th – A-Day classes
- Wednesday, March 25th – B-Day classes
- Thursday, March 26th – A-Day classes
- Friday, March 27th – Conference Day (between 10 am & 2 pm only)
March 30-April 3, 2020
- Monday, March 30th – B-Day classes
- Tuesday, March 31st – A-Day classes
- Wednesday, April 1st – B-Day classes
- Thursday, April 2nd – A-Day classes
- Friday, April 3rd – Conference Day (between 10 am & 2 pm only)
Also, ELEMENTARY SPECIALS CLASSES can be accomplished on the Friday Conference Days for the next two weeks of remote learning. Fridays will continue to be pick-up/drop-off days for elementary assignments.
If we return on April 20th, we will move into Cougar Fun Run, that first week back.
At this point, it looks as if our spring class trips are in danger of being cancelled. We have already cancelled the 3rdGrade Zoo Trip and 8th Grade DC Trip. We are still watching the 5th & 6th Grade Space Camp trip and Senior Trip for refund reasons. We will send out details as soon as the final decision is made.
At this point, CCS athletics are in a KHSAA mandated “Dead Period,” which means no play, no practice, no team meetings. On a related note, the CCS campus is closed to students who are not picking up or delivering schoolwork. Students should not be using the fields, courts or playgrounds.
The CCS Fun Run is an important part of the fundraising and the income budget for CCS. If we return on April 20th, we plan on having the Fun Run on the 24th. I understand that there may be discomfort in asking people to support the Fun Run. This is an important fundraiser for the CCS budget, but I am sensitive to your reluctance to ask people to give. I will encourage you to help as you can, but at the same time to be as sensitive as you need to be. I believe the Lord will provide for us, ultimately. We will trust Him for that. We do believe the Fun Run could be a great opportunity to celebrate the end of the “quarantine.”
New Dual Credit Classes for 2020-2021
Aside from the current dual credit classes we offer, we have some great new dual credit options for next year. Beginning in the fall of 2020, Northern Kentucky University has approved Mrs. Ferguson to teach two NKU dual credit science courses! These two courses will serve as replacements for our Honors Biology class and will meet the Kentucky high school requirements for graduation. The two courses will run simultaneously, one in the fall and one in the spring. Students who choose to take these courses will need to take both courses to fulfill the Kentucky high school graduation requirement for Biology. Also, if they take these two courses, they will have fulfilled the general education science requirements for NKU, and all state schools in Kentucky, and they will receive 6 college credits!
We also have a potential opportunity to have a JD professor from Cincinnati State Community and Technical College come to Calvary to teach a Business Law class. This would also be for dual credit! This class typically is required for any business degree, may also fulfill a general education requirement and would definitely count as a college elective. The cost would be minimal compared to the college tuition class cost once students have graduated from high school.
Patience from all constituents is required at this point. Patience from our faculty members who are working with students who may have limited technological resources at home and parents who are trying to work as well as homeschool. Patience from our parents as we try to do something we’ve never done before. Extra measures of patience for teachers who are not only creating and uploading content, but also helping their own children learn, many while doing their own jobs from home. Patience from all for all will make this time successful.
Melody and I watched a movie the other night, Beautifully Broken, about the devastating civil war in Rwanda in the mid 90’s. When asked what they would do, the main character said, “Trust God and stick to the river.” We will trust God and stick to OUR river – doing what we know we should do. We miss seeing you all in the hallway; we hope to see you soon. Please stay safe and healthy.