Lima Christian School has developed a day-to-day school plan for this academic year. The School Board approved the plan after consulting with the New York Department of Health. However, just after the plan was approved, additional school guidance was released from the state. Our Board is in communication with state officials and a legal team regarding how the most recent guidance may impact our previously approved plan. As a result, changes may be forthcoming. Thank you for your patience as we work through some of these issues.

Although daily health screenings and temperature checks are no longer required, it is imperative that we work together to minimize our COVID exposure. To this end, we are asking that parents abide by the school’s request to keep children home who show symptoms of COVID-19. For a reminder of possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19 please review the CDC’s symptom list here.

Possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include (but are not limited to):

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Please keep your children home from school if they exhibit any of these symptoms.

As part of our current school plan for this year, students, faculty and staff will be required to wear a face covering when appropriate physical distancing cannot be maintained. This means that a mask must be worn in common areas such as restrooms and hallways where a distance of 6 feet cannot be ensured. Desks have been properly placed in each classroom to ensure adequate physical distancing during instructional time. Therefore, at this time students and teachers will not need to wear masks while students are seated. When closer than 6 feet, they will be required to wear a mask. Hand-washing will be encouraged, and hand sanitizer stations are located conveniently throughout the school building.

Drop off and dismissal procedures have returned to pre-COVID processes. Students should be dropped off at the front entrance rather than at the gym entrance. At the end of the day, your child(ren) will be dismissed to buses or parent pick up. A structured process for K-6 was mailed to parents, so please make sure you have that communication. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the school office.

The senior class of 2022 will be selling lunch this year, so an email with lunch options will be coming soon. Until then, please plan for your child(ren) to bring their lunch.

Thank you for your diligence in partnering with the school to continue in-person instruction, five days a week. Our school remains committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students and faculty. We pray with you for God’s continued provision and discernment as we begin this school year. Further communication will be sent out with any updates as we move forward.