In-person Learning Helps Students Thrive

Teachers understand that the learning loss that occurs over the normal summer break is real, but by September some public school students will not have returned to the classroom for eighteen months! Local health experts aren’t optimistic about public school students in grades 6-12 returning to in-person learning by the end of the school year.

“The trend currently is not looking terribly good to get that rate down such that the schools will be open in the 6-12 grades, said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Mendoza.

Lima Christian is thankful that we have been able to be full-day, five days a week all year. When many public school students have not had this opportunity, our students are thriving. If you’re interested in considering a Lima Christian education for your student, send a message to our Admissions Department at admissions@limachristian.org. We’ll get in touch!

State Guidelines Updated

On Friday, new state guidance was released that permits schools to reduce distancing in the classroom from six feet to three feet, so long as face masks are worn.

Lima Christian’s School Board, in consultation with School Administration, has determined that for the remaining eight weeks of school we will continue to abide by the six foot distance. We believe this will provide greater continuity for our students’ classroom experience and still permit students to remove their masks while seated at their desks.

Remote Learning Initiated

Our community’s health and safety remain a top priority.

Currently, there are nine active cases of COVID-19 positive students and faculty/staff within LCS’s circle of influence. While these cases do not appear to be spread as a result of school-sponsored activities, we are a tight-knit community. A single case can impact multiple siblings and/or a parent who may also serve on our faculty or staff. State family quarantining guidelines create an even larger impact on the number of students, faculty and staff who are unable to return to campus next week. In addition, our region’s COVID-19 positive rate is increasing as well.

In an effort to proactively protect our community from any further spread and best position ourselves for a safe on-campus return, we will transition to a short-term remote learning period for K-12th grade for the week of January 4-8, 2021. We will also continue to monitor our numbers to determine if we will need to be remote for an additional week. We are preparing for a one-week, with the possibility of a two-week, remote learning period to allow our COVID-19 positive rate to drop within the LCS community.

LCS’s dedicated administration team is currently working out many details for next week. Principal John Reese will be in touch with families with additional information by the end-of-the-day tomorrow (Wednesday, December 30, 2020).

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. This is a difficult time for everyone. Please join us in praying for the health of our community.

Daily Health Screenings

Our first line of health defense starts at home with parents. Please pay close attention to your child’s temperature. There is a four question daily online health screening questionnaire, which we will need parents to complete by 7:10 am each day. We have partnered with Sycamore to provide a streamlined way for you to complete this daily task in under a minute on your preferred digital device.

If you answer yes to any of the four health screening questions or if your child has a temperature of 100.0 F or above, please keep your child home for the day and call the main office to notify the school.

If your child passes the screening questions and has a low temp, they may arrive on campus at beginning at 7:30 am by the LCS Gymnasium doors. Once a student enters the gym through the side door, they will receive a temperature check by a trained staff member. If they have a temperature of 100.0 F or greater, they will have 5 minutes to cool down in a supervised care room before their temp is re-checked. You will be contacted to pick up your child as soon as possible if they are still too hot upon the second temperature check.

To access, complete, and submit the Lima Christian School health screening form via Sycamore, use the following instructions:

Accessing Sycamore 3.0
Using a browser on your device (Laptop, Desktop, Phone, or Tablets), visit http://sycamore.school.

Next you will be prompted to log in. The School ID = 2034 (click “Submit”) and the username = Your Sycamore Family ID (Example THO1723, Do not enter the dash number, that is a student ID, not a family ID)) Password = Your Sycamore Password

How to Submit your COVID Screening Questions
On the main screen click the “Complete the Form” link.
Select the first student’s name.
Check the appropriate responses and submit.
You will see a GREEN check mark next to your student’s name when complete.
Repeat for each child in your family.
Form(s) must be submitted each school day by 7:10 a.m.

Welcoming Students to Campus

Dear LCS Community,

Praise be to God that we at LCS are able to welcome our students to campus next Tuesday, September 8th. We have received many great questions from our community and this email will address morning health screenings, arrival and dismissal, as well as, dress code changes.

Morning Health Screenings

Our first line of health defense starts at home with parents. Please pay close attention to your child’s temperature. There is a four question daily online health screening questionnaire, which we will need parents to complete by 7:10 am each day. We have partnered with Sycamore to provide a streamlined way for you to complete this daily task in under a minute on your preferred digital device. Attached you will find instructions to complete the form through Sycamore.

If you answer yes to any of the four health screening questions or if your child has a temperature of 100.0 F or above, please keep your child home for the day and call the main office to notify the school.

If your child passes the screening questions and has a low temp, they may arrive on campus at beginning at 7:30 am by the LCS Gymnasium doors. Once a student enters the gym through the side door, they will receive a temperature check by a trained staff member. If they have a temperature of 100.0 F or greater, they will have 5 minutes to cool down in a supervised care room before their temp is re-checked. You will be contacted to pick up your child as soon as possible if they are still too hot upon the second temperature check. Attached, you will find New York State procedures to follow for children who need to go home due to the expression of COVID-19-like symptoms.

Arrival and Dismissal
The school’s procedures are designed to ensure that all students can safely arrive and depart from school in accordance with current New York State COVID-19 related standards.

Note: Parents and bus drivers are not allowed to enter LCS during either pick-up or drop-off times.

Morning Drop-Off

  • Busses and personal vehicles will enter the south LCS entrance and proceed toward the south parking lot
  • Students will exit vehicles close to the LCS gym door
  • Once a student exits the vehicle, the vehicle will proceed through the south parking lot in a loop fashion and exit campus via the south LCS exit
  • Once a student exits the vehicle, the student will walk between the gym building and playground. They will enter the gym through the clearly marked door

Afternoon Pick-Up/Dismissal

  • All walking students will be dismissed first and are expected to leave campus immediately
  • Busses will enter the north LCS entrance driveway and proceed toward the LCS main doors
  • Busses will line up along the curb by the LCS main entrance next to clearly marked signs
  • Personal vehicles will enter via the South entrance, proceed towards the gym door, and will park in clearly marked parking spaces in the south parking lot
  • Personal vehicles will have a number displayed on their dash that corresponds to the student/s they are picking up
  • Busses will be identified by their district and bus number
  • LCS staff will utilize smart technology to notify the appropriate student/s inside the building that their bus or personal vehicle is present, and that the student/s may exit the building
  • Busses and personal vehicles will exit campus via the south exit driveway

Dress Code

In order for LCS to be in compliance with NYS requirements, LCS has relaxed our dress code to include athletic clothing during our current COVID-19 adjustments. Modesty for both boys and girls will be paramount. Parents play a very important role in ensuring that school day outfits are appropriate.

I recognize that there is a great deal of information shared in this post. The LCS staff is happy to answer any questions that you may have as we start the new year. Grace and flexibility are key to our successful year ahead. State requirements continue to change frequently and I will keep you posted with the latest information.

It is important to remember that even though we reside in an uncertain time we have our firm foundation in our Lord Jesus Christ. While many things are temporarily different at LCS, the faculty and staff are still a community of people who love Jesus, your children, and being educators. We can’t wait for Tuesday! Have a blessed long weekend with your family and see you next week.

Have a question?

With a month to go until we’re back on campus, our team is putting together a resource to help students and their families know what to expect. What would you like to know about re-opening? Feel free to send us a private message via Facebook, a comment below, or an email to Board@LimaChristian.org.