Woodcrest Christian Update on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
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Woodcrest Christian School coronavirus updates

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. Psalm 18:2a

UPDATE: May 18, 2020

Reopening School in Fall 2020

Many of you have begun to wonder what the 2020-21 school year will look like. Please know that it is our desire to return to school in the Fall and be able to offer all of our traditional courses, activities and events. That is what we will be working toward through the summer. However, we must also take into consideration Riverside County Health Department directives, the safety of our staff and students, and our mission as a Christian school. It is our prayer, that as the numbers of people diagnosed with the coronavirus shrinks, the options available to us will increase and permit us to return to normal operations. There is much that is unknown at this point and some things are out of our control, but we want you to know where our heart is in regards to bringing our students back to campus for next year. We know that having students back on campus is best for them and best for our families. Please continue to pray for the Woodcrest Christian administration and state and county officials as decisions are being made that will affect hundreds of thousands of children in Riverside County.

A Message from Superintendent Jim Sullivan

UPDATE: May 8, 2020

11:20am

Hello Woodcrest Christian Community,

Since it’s been several weeks since my last update, I thought it would be helpful to provide you with some information as we come to the close of the 2019/2020 school year and as we look ahead to the next school year as well. Eight weeks ago our world was completely turned upside down with the onset of this Coronavirus. There was so much that we didn’t know. There was so much that nobody knew. And quite frankly there was a lot of concern and some fear over what this might mean for families, for individuals, obviously for schools and businesses all across the country. But what we do know was over these last eight weeks is that students and parents and teachers have come together and triumphed over it all. They have triumphed over the fear of the unknown. You have triumphed over the challenge of a new learning model that I know it has come with its challenges, but you all have done extraordinarily well in overcoming the obstacles and working together and helping each of our students continue their academic journey successfully through this year.

And I just want to say as of today, there are just 12 school days left. So hang in there, stay strong, persevere. It is almost over.  We have all have triumphed over many disappointments along the way as well. Disappointments that we have faced individually as families and corporately as well as we have not been able to continue our traditional year end celebrations that allow us to honor and celebrate a successful completion of the academic school year as well as all of the accomplishments of our students. But as we approach the end of the school year, I know there are still a few more questions, so let me give you an update on a few things to help you know how to navigate these last 12 academic days left. Our principals have already begun to get information out to you regarding how we will close this school year.

I know some emails have already gone out by middle school and high school outlining some initial steps for final exams, for turning in textbooks, for cleaning out lockers, for picking up your books. And I know at the Day School, that information has started to come out and will come out in the days ahead as well. And so that will be important information to wrap up the learning process for this school year. But I also know that as we have navigated these last eight weeks, there have been a lot of questions about graduations and that has been on our hearts and our minds as it has been on your hearts and your minds as well. And it has been challenging to try to determine what we will do as the directors from our County health director and our governor have been in constant flux and changing it seems daily of people that can gather together to wearing masks to businesses open and closed.

Even today as I film this, our Riverside County Board of Supervisors is making a decision as to the latest adjustments that they might make to the policies that they have in place. And so with it all, we have been trying to determine what is best for our students, both in terms of celebrating their accomplishments as well as keeping everybody safe during this difficult time. And we have heard from you, many of you have reached out to us in a variety of ways and your strong desire to have as much as possible an in person traditional graduation ceremony. And that is something that we have wanted to because quite frankly a Woodcrest Christian graduation ceremony is a very special event. It really is a one of a kind event for those of you who have been to a one before, you know what I’m talking about. And it’s not something that can be duplicated with a drive-in or a virtual graduation ceremony. And while we don’t know exactly what will take place in the next several months, as restrictions continue to ease as the virus eventually works its way through its life cycle, we have growing confidence that we will be able to celebrate our students in the months ahead. And so as we anticipate a loosening of those restrictions over the next several weeks and months, especially in the area of permitted gatherings of people and the numbers that are allowed, we are excited to announce today that we have established and set dates for this year’s graduations. And while we have not noted a specific location yet or time of day as those will still yet to be determined, I do want to make sure that we give you that information as you will want to be able to make plans and arrangements.

Now these dates are predicated on the idea that the longer we wait, the greater likelihood that we are going to be able to celebrate in person as we have traditionally done. And again, while the gathering size may be a bit smaller, it at least will give us that opportunity to celebrate our students well. And so right now, July 21st will be our 12th grade graduation, July 22nd, our eighth grade graduation and July 23rd, our sixth grade graduation. For those of you who have been with the Woodcrest Christian school system for any length of time, know that that order is a little different. Normally we do six, eight 12, but this year we are going to start with our seniors in the rare event that after our first ceremony something changes and we may not be able to continue with the other two. We wanted to make sure that our high school seniors had close to a graduation ceremony as we could possibly give them.

And so those are our dates. July, 21, 22 and 23, 12th grade, eighth grade and sixth grade. We will be sending you more information via our principals in the weeks and months ahead as to location and time and any other specifics with the restrictions that we may still have to follow. But I wanted to make sure that you had those dates so that you could begin planning your summertime.

Even now, which brings us to next year. You may have heard earlier this week governor Newsom’s statement about possibly wanting to start school in July this summer to make up for the lost instruction time as a result of schools closing in March. In fact, on that same day, I read some recent research that suggested that students in California could lose 30% of their reading and 50% of their math gains that they would typically achieve in a school year due to the lack of instruction as a result of this school closures March 13th.

This is not the case for Woodcrest Christian students. And the reason why we continued our regular instruction during this fateful time with the commitment of our dedicated teaching staff and your faithful partnership, our students will not be behind academically, will not need to make up lost time in the summer and will be ready for school in the fall. But that brings us to what will school look like in the fall. And quite frankly, right now, nobody knows. There have been a lot of suggestions and ideas regarding social distancing and different schedules, but quite frankly all of those are impossibly difficult to actually carry out and so at this point while we do not know what school a will look like in the fall and we will continue to monitor the situation here in the County of Riverside and looking to see what the governor says for the state of California, we are planning to start school as scheduled on August 19th and provide our students the Christ centered education to which we have always committed.

I know that these last eight weeks have been especially challenging for all of us in many ways and I want to thank you for all of your support and for your confidence in our staff as we have labored together to bring this school year to a successful completion. The outreach, even this week, a teacher appreciation week, just so many of our teachers has been especially gratifying and welcome and again, thank you for that.

I want to remind our families even as we continue to finalize this school year, that if you are being impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, that we are still providing and offering emergency academic tuition assistance and that you can access the form on our COVID-19 webpage and we can be able to join you and help you out in being able to successfully complete this year financially.

You know, there are times in our nation’s history when certain events define a generation and this is going to be one of those times and while the months ahead we’ll continue to bring their own changes and challenges, I know that God will continue to see you and us through all of them and continue to provide strength and courage and encouragement for each of us. You know, recently I was looking at Psalm 46 which begins this way: “God is our refuge and strength and ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gave way, the mountains fall into the heart of the sea though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” And then in verse 10 it says, “Be still and know that I am God and I will be exalted among the nations and I will be exalted in the earth.” What great words of comfort as we continue and finalize these this last school year. Again, thank you for your confidence. Thank you for your partnership and may God bless you in the weeks and months ahead. Thank you.

James F. Sullivan, Superintendent
Woodcrest Christian School System
Glorify God by Pursuing Excellence in Christ-centered Academics

A Message from Superintendent Jim Sullivan

UPDATE: April 3, 2020

4:45pm

Hello Woodcrest Christian Community,

First, let me express my deep appreciation for all that you have done as we have come together to continue providing our students not only their education, but a sense of normalcy in the middle of unpredictable times. Thank you for your unmatched support and encouragement. We are blessed because of you.

Wednesday night, the Governor, along with the Riverside County Health Director made the announcement that schools will now be closed to on-campus instruction until June 19th. While this was not a surprise, we were hopeful this would not be the case, as we wanted to see all of our students again before the school year was over.

In the most fundamental way, this doesn’t change what we have been doing. We will still continue to provide online education and students will continue to learn; it will just be for a bit longer than we hoped. We will continue to follow our already published school calendar through the end of May as usual including the planned holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday as we celebrate our Risen Savior.

We have embarked on a new journey together and we will finish it well–together.  Every challenge in life is a test of character and as one of our key outcomes for all students, character is being tested through this pandemic. It is here, where our faith will be tested and all of us have the opportunity to grow in our relationship with Christ. 

As our state and county continue to navigate this situation, I want to address a couple of key items:

  • Our teachers will continue to provide instruction through this time and student work will continue to be evaluated. It was a tremendous blessing to see all of the WCDS parents and students drive through the campus Wednesday to drop off and pick up their work. The smiles on everyone’s faces were very uplifting. It was great to see everyone working together to make all of this happen. I know our middle and high school students are also working diligently and having many productive and helpful conversations with their teachers as well.
  • Student homework and assignments will continue to be graded and assessments will be given throughout the remainder of the school year. We want to continue as normal, preparing our students for the road ahead so that they will not have to recoup lost instruction next year. We will, however, monitor carefully all student grades at every grade level during this new educational format carefully balancing with grace how students are succeeding in this new approach.
  • For our high school seniors, first, I am deeply sorry that this recent directive along with entire pandemic has had such a significant impact on your senior year. I realize that many of the traditional events that mark the transition from student to adult will be different this year. I know this applies to some degree to our 6th graders and 8th graders as well, but our seniors probably feel it the hardest. Please know that we are working diligently to determine how we can celebrate and honor ALL OF OUR graduating classes within the framework and conditions permitted by the regulations of maximum group gatherings, social distancing., and shelter at home regulations. We want to celebrate you and your achievements, and we plan on doing so.
  • Also, in regard to our seniors, Mrs. Funderburk is putting together a special video outlining the changes for UC and Cal State university admissions and you will hear more about that soon from Mr. Lambert. Many colleges and universities will be following the same protocols so this information will be very helpful as you navigate college admissions during this time.
  • We are also looking at how we can recreate and celebrate other important events and our principals are already working on awards ceremonies, and Open House to name a few.
  • As we look ahead to summer, we are still on track to offer Summer Day Camp, Summer School, and Band Camp and we will provide more information on those in the next few weeks.

As we adjust to learning this new technology, we are looking ahead to how we can provide special gatherings for our students.

  • Yesterday we offered our first live online Chapel that is available for all families to view. We plan on making this a weekly occurrence through the rest of the year. You can find it at our website: wcss.org/chapel
  • Our High School Chamber Choir will be holding a special Online Spring Concert in the weeks ahead where everyone will be invited, and we can celebrate life together.
  • Principals are also looking at how we can create other meeting times for students to be able to share devotions, pray, or simply spend time together.

We recognize that there is more to being a student at Woodcrest Christian than just school work and we are earnestly seeking ways, under the limitations we face, to provide these experiences during this situation.

  • In times of need, it is always a blessing to witness God’s people come together to support and encourage one another. I am deeply grateful for the families who have given from God’s abundance in their lives to help others through our Emergency Financial Aid Fund. We have been able to help many families that have been impacted by this pandemic and we want to continue to extend the invitation for those that may be able to help. If you would like to donate, you can find the link on our school app or here on this page. Emergency Financial Aid is also still available for families who have been impacted by this pandemic.
  • I also want to say thank you to the parents and students who have not only risen to the occasion of this new learning method, but who, in doing so, have demonstrated the truth of what it means to finish well. Your perseverance and “can do” attitude is an example to all of us. Thank you for your continued support and prayers. Your emails, social media posts, and cards to our amazing teachers are so encouraging and much appreciated.
  • On that note, communication continues to be a critical part of us working together through these times.
    • Our social media outlets continue to celebrate and recognize student accomplishments
    • Our principals continue to send out weekly emails outlining what’s up and coming for student and families
      • These emails and other information can also be found on our updated school app (available for iPhone and Android) which has been recently modified to provide even easier access to the latest information.
    • We also want to hear from you. Many of you have shared questions and concerns with individual teachers and principals. We appreciate each one as we work together to better serve you and help our students succeed.
  • Finally, I was reminded today of the number of times the people of Israel have found themselves in the middle of incredibly difficult circumstances. Many times, God’s people have literally been crying in the wilderness as the circumstances around them have seemed dire and overwhelming. But it is in the harshest of these moments that God’s Word provides the clearest comfort and strength. In 2nd Samuel, King David Cries out,

“How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.”

And it is so true. There is no one like God. That is why the writer of Proverbs can so confidently say, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”

As we continue this journey, prayer is a powerful ally in the challenges we face. Please pray for each other. Pray for our students and teachers. Pray for the leaders of our school system, our state, and our nation and remain confident in the strength of our Lord and Savior.

It is good to remember, that for over 70 years, we have weathered many storms and God has been faithful to His Royals family through each one. Now, we have the opportunity to be His light to our families and our neighbors in this current storm. God is still at work in each of our lives and He still has plans for the future of Woodcrest Christian.

Be Safe and Blessings to you and your family,

James F. Sullivan, Superintendent
Woodcrest Christian School System
Glorify God by Pursuing Excellence in Christ-centered Academics

A Message from Superintendent Jim Sullivan

UPDATE: March 18, 2020

5:00pm

Dear Parents,

In the last week, we have seen our world be turned totally upside down as the COVID-19 virus and local and state directives have changed our lives in ways we could not have anticipated. While this has proved challenging in many areas, we rest assured that God is still on His throne, still in control, and still loves us very much. All of us find ourselves in a new situation in regards to education and childcare, finances, and just the everyday activity of communicating with friends, family and neighbors. As difficult as this has been, it will eventually pass. And we are going to get through this together. God has faithfully provided for the Woodcrest Christian School System for over 70 years and as a result we are in a strong position to weather this current storm.

As a result of the County Public Health Director’s decision to close schools through April 30th, we have had to unexpectedly change direction in how we provide the rigorous Christ-centered education that you desire for your student. I am proud of our teachers as they have had to make a dramatic change in their teaching style. I have personally seen them rise to meet this new challenge in spite of frustration, anxiety, tears, and a concern that they will still be able to reach the hearts of their students in their teaching.

A special note for WCDS families: Our initial goal has been to get the materials your student typically receives in class into your hands so that they will be able to use them in the days ahead. While we were scheduled for instruction based on our upcoming missions week and parade and standardized testing after Spring Break, the teachers have had to totally adjust their lessons in the 48 hours since we received notice of having to close the school. We appreciate your patience and grace as they prepare their one-on-one teaching videos over the next few days and into the foreseeable future.

I know as a result of this new format and the fact that students are not at school there are a lot of questions that are on everybody’s mind so let me address those.

Will there be refunds for payments already made for the Shuttle, Spring Athletics, Elementary music, and or such services? 

Refunds will be made for any unused portions of fees already paid and will be credited to each family’s account by the end of March.

Will the school be able to continue offering a traditional high quality education during this extended time away from school? Yes, our plan has been to provide education via online for as long as necessary until we can be back into the classroom to help our students receive the full breadth of curriculum. 

While it will take a different format, our teachers are passionately preparing lessons that will allow our students to be fully ready for the next school year while tens of thousands of students in the surrounding communities have effectively had their education cease to exist. 

Will tuition be reduced or refunded since school is not in session? We are operating as if school is still in session as structured and well thought out learning is still taking place. The look is different between elementary, middle, and high school due to the age of the students, the level of their ability to work independently and especially at the primary grades, the unique one-on-one teaching that traditionally takes place.

We are providing opportunities for students and teachers to stay in contact throughout this time via email, and/or office hours through Google Classroom Monday – Friday.

Our teachers are working well beyond their traditional work days as they adjust from what was planned to how to more effectively use technology to ensure each student is learning. Because of these efforts, we have no current plan to reduce or refund tuition, however we understand that the situation involving COVID-19 is having a significant impact on jobs and the economy. Please know we are deeply aware of this and keenly aware of the impact it is having on parents and families. At this time we want to be able to offer financial assistance for families who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning today we have authorized additional financial aid for those families who may need it over the next 6 weeks. By 8pm tonight, we will have posted on our website a special financial assistance form for you to request financial assistance during this time. Unique circumstance like we find ourselves in right now provide an opportunity for the body of Christ to encourage each, share each other’s burdens, and provide out of the blessings God has given us. Should you have the ability and the Lord’s prompting to help us provide additional funds to families who may be struggling, you may do so through the giving link located on this page.

This continues to be a very anxious time for all of us and I deeply appreciate the many emails and prayers we have received in support of our efforts.  I do not know what the future will hold, but this new temporary learning approach will still prepare your student for the next level of education as our teachers ensure that academic standards are met at every level.

Trusting in Him,

James F. Sullivan, Superintendent
Woodcrest Christian School System
Glorify God by Pursuing Excellence in Christ-centered Academics

UPDATE: March 17, 2020

4:15pm

Dear Parents,

Per the Riverside Public Health Director’s order to keep schools closed, Woodcrest Christian will extend its closure of on-campus instruction and continue to provide our online delivery model through April 30th. While we were hopeful this would not be the case, we will move forward in confidence supported by a God who loves us and by amazing teachers who are well on their way to providing outstanding education through this different method. In fact, I have seen several examples of what our teachers are delivering, and it is evidence that we are blessed with faculty who truly have a heart of ministry and desire to give our students their best. Especially as most of them are doing this for the first time!

Stewardship is an important aspect of our ministry and we are taking a number of actions during this time to be excellent stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us. We are scaling back major campus projects, and reducing electrical and water usage, and other areas. As we continue to provide excellent education for our students, we are also financially supporting our employees during this situation and we thank you for your faithful payment of tuition as we all trust God for His provision.

As we navigate this new deadline and all that it encompasses, I will continue to keep you updated. Thank you for your continued support and confidence!

Clinging to the Rock who is Our God,

 

James F. Sullivan, Superintendent
Woodcrest Christian School System
Glorify God by Pursuing Excellence in Christ-centered Academics

UPDATE: March 16, 2020

7:45pm

Dear Parents,

As I write this, I take comfort in knowing that despite the turmoil, God is on the throne. It is good to know that the God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, is not surprised by all of this nor does it change His plans for us. He is our God and we are His people!

This week, we start a new journey here at Woodcrest Christian. Teachers have been working diligently to prepare lessons and continue to teach your student. It will be a new way of teaching and it will probably come with a few bumps along the way as our teachers are trying out these new processes in an effort to serve you in the best way possible. While many school districts in Southern California are providing no instruction during their “closure,” our desire is to continue teaching to the best of our ability as we prepare your child for the road ahead.

See more specific information for your student in the links below about how all of this will work, but I ask you for patience and understanding as we journey together down this untraveled road.

James F. Sullivan, Superintendent
Woodcrest Christian School System
Glorify God by Pursuing Excellence in Christ-centered Academics

Remote Learning Instructions for:

Grades TK-6 – Woodcrest Christian Day School

Grades 7-8: Woodcrest Christian Middle School

Grades 9-12: Woodcrest Christian High School

UPDATE: March 15, 2020

9:00am

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the uncharted waters we all find ourselves in during this national upheaval. I especially appreciate those of you who have been praying for our school leadership as we have been making these difficult decisions. While it was never my desire to close our school to on campus instruction, the events that unfolded very quickly Friday revealed the need to do so in a way that would help students and families have the materials they will need in the weeks ahead. (We would have had to close in any case as a result of the Public Health Department’s most recent directive ordering all schools in Riverside County closed.)

Due to the speed at which Friday’s events took place, I will be meeting with the principals, teachers, and staff tomorrow to fully develop and prepare for our continued instruction to students while they are at home. More detailed information will be available to all students Tuesday morning on Royal Notes and via email to parents as to how this process will work for all of us. In addition, I would encourage you to check our updated web page at www.wcss.org/cv throughout this event.

Explaining all of this to students, especially the youngest ones, can be challenging as what initially feels like a holiday can quickly turn into anxiety when they see empty store shelves and listen to the news. I have included some great information below that was sent to me by one of our Board members. I pray that it will be useful to you.

As we work together in the weeks ahead, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Woodcrest Christian community for your understanding and patience as we make significant adjustments to address this difficult and dynamic situation. Thank you for your support!
Trusting in Him Above All Else,
James F. Sullivan, Superintendent
Woodcrest Christian School System
Glorify God by Pursuing Excellence in Christ-centered Academics

How to Talk with Your Kids About the Coronavirus

UPDATE: March 13, 2020

4:15pm

March 16 -20: School closed to on campus instruction.
March 17: Instruction made available online through Royal Notes for students to work on from home.
March 17-20: Students expected to work on/submit assignments posted to Royal Notes.
March 23-27: Spring Break
March 30-April 3: School closed to on campus instruction.
March 30-April 3: Instruction made available online through Royal Notes and distance learning for students to work on from home.
April 6: Classes resume on campus

Details will be made available for all online instruction plans Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

UPDATE: March 13, 2020

2:54pm

March 16 -20: School closed to on campus instruction.
March 23-27: Spring Break
March 30-April 3: School closed to on campus instruction.
April 6: Classes resume on campus

UPDATE: March 13, 2020

2:36pm

 

Dear Parents,

As a result of the increasing level of caution being taken by school districts across California as well as business and government offices in an effort to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Woodcrest Christian School System TK-12 will be closed to on campus instruction beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. At this time, we are anticipating reopening school on April 6, 2020. While there have been no cases of Covid-19 among the staff or students of WCSS, I believe it is in the best interest of all of our families and to assist the nation in controlling the spread of the virus that we take this precautionary measure.

Classroom Instruction

Next week, teachers at all grade levels will be posting assignments on Royal Notes starting on Tuesday March 17th for students to be able to continue their studies during this short term closure. There will be no instruction during the week of March 23-27 due to Spring Break. During the week of March 30-April 3, teachers will provide lessons via online resources to continue offering high levels of education to our students. We will provide additional information to you to help your student navigate this approach as we get closer to that date.

* Campuses will be open Monday, March 16, 2020 if parents/students need to pick up supplies, textbooks, or other items.

School Events

Effective immediately, all school events, including the Spring Musical, athletic contests, and athletic practices, are cancelled at both campuses until students return.

It is our prayer that these efforts will be helpful in providing a safe environment for our students and families and that we will be able to return to school as quickly as possible.

We continue to trust in the God who is sovereign, eternal, and loving!

Trusting in the Rock Eternal,

James F. Sullivan, Superintendent
Woodcrest Christian School System
Glorify God by Pursuing Excellence in Christ-centered Academics

UPDATE: March 12, 2020

5:45pm

 

While we have been praying that the novel coronavirus would not negatively impact our school, we recognize that the current situation is changing at a very rapid pace. Just today, we have seen additional university closures, major amusement park closures, national sports season cancellations, and in the Midwest and East entire states have closed schools for the next several weeks. Late this afternoon, the Riverside County Director of Public Health prohibited by law any gathering exceeding 250 people except for classroom instruction at primary and secondary schools. Such events have caused us to continue to evaluate our school activities. Pursuant to the Health Director’s order, we are limiting seating and looking to livestream our Spring Musical, The Little Mermaid to an additional alternate location. We also have experienced the cancellation of extra-curricular activities and expect more cancellations in the days ahead. We are continuing to monitor future school events both on and off campus. 

WCHS Mission Trips Cancelled

For many of our Woodcrest Christian students and families, the high school mission trip is a significant event in the spiritual and character-development of those students that attend. While we have closely monitored the international situation in the hopes that our missions trips would continue as scheduled, it has become apparent that this is no longer possible. The missions trips scheduled for Belize and Alaska during Spring Break 2020 have been officially cancelled. The school is working towards identifying other arrangements for a later date this year.

What’s Next

In the event that Woodcrest Christian has to close for a short period of time due to the coronavirus, a plan is in place for grades TK-12th whereby we will provide online instruction to our students. More information on how this will take place will be sent out as needed.

In situations like this, it is easy to let anxiety rule our hearts. However, it is important to remember that our God is a big God, and He is sovereign. And it is in Him that we place our trust.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. Psalm 18:2a

Trusting in the Rock Eternal,

James F. Sullivan, Superintendent
Woodcrest Christian School System
Glorify God by Pursuing Excellence in Christ-centered Academics

UPDATE: March 6, 2020

Dear Parents,

I wanted to take a moment to update you on our monitoring of the coronavirus and our plans for future possibilities that may impact our school and your families.

First, The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our priority. While the total number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. remains relatively small, experts expect this number to grow as testing increases and more individuals seek care. Currently, the key recommendations from public health agencies to prevent the spread of coronavirus are regular, thorough, handwashing and that symptomatic individuals remain home rather than going to work or school. We echo this recommendation and ask that students with any signs of respiratory illness or flu-like symptoms be kept home.

As a long time, regular practice, the school disinfects and cleans each desk every night as well as thoroughly sanitizes all restrooms on our campuses daily. We are reminding and encouraging students to practice regular handwashing and to take appropriate precautions if they are not feeling well and we have sent home the CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of the disease with our last school newsletter. Because the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus is fluid, we are carefully monitoring where cases are occurring to ensure our students are not at risk. We have several field trips on the calendar in the upcoming months and we will be watching each of the locations and surrounding areas carefully.

Should the spread of the virus result in us having to close our campuses, the administration has already developed a plan to provide instruction to our students so that they will not fall behind nor will they have to sacrifice the Christ-centered education that we have committed to you.

The CDC is indicating that the number of people who are infected with the virus in the United States will increase before decreasing as is natural for any disease (Flu, colds, etc.) as it moves through its normal life cycle. It is important to note that there have actually been very few people infected and even fewer who have died as a result. CDC information notes that over half of the deaths have, unfortunately, come from one senior citizen facility in Washington state and all of the deceased were either elderly and/or had underlying medical conditions. Our hearts go out to the families of these individuals, but it is a reminder that the overwhelming percentage of the population is not significantly at risk.

Finally, let me encourage you with the fact that no matter what the challenge that we face individually or corporately, God is in control. The media’s entire business model depends on attracting viewers to their media sites and doom and gloom sell. If we take the proper hygiene precautions, eat well, get sleep (especially our kids), and remain calm, we will be okay. Remind your students that these common sense precautions are helpful, be positive and encouraging as you explain the situation to them (remembering that different age groups need different levels of explanation), and encourage them that the situation is not a cause for alarm.

I will keep you updated as the situation changes and we navigate this together.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

In His Service,

James F. Sullivan, Superintendent
Woodcrest Christian School System
Glorify God by Pursuing Excellence in Christ-centered Academics

Weekly Principal Updates

Find the most recent weekly email updates from each campus principal at the links below:

Packet Pick-up/Drop-Off at WCDS

Woodcrest Christian Day School is offering a pick-up and drop-off drive-thru service for our elementary school families to turn in completed work and pick up the next week’s packet of assignments continuing until campus reopens. We will be adhering to the guidelines provided by the Governor’s office and the California Department of Education in this process.

Next Packet Pick-Up/Drop-Off Dates:

  • Monday, May 18 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

APPLY FOR COVID-19 EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID

Woodcrest Christian is offering emergency financial aid assistance to families that have been economically impacted by the Covid-19 virus. If you have been affected, please use this link to complete the application. All requests will be evaluated and families contacted once a decision has been made.

WCSS EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION

GIVE TO COVID-19 FINANCIAL AID

Give to Covid-19 Financial Aid to support families of Woodcrest Christian in need of tuition assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 GIVING LINK

Cancelled Events

As of April 3 at 4:45pm

 

All Athletic Events and Practices
CANCELLED

WCDS Tour (Thurs. 3/19):
CANCELLED

WCMS Band Progress Performance (Thurs. 3/19):
CANCELLED

Missions Trips to Belize and Alaska (March 20-27):
CANCELLED

WCDS Missions Parade (Fri. 3/20):
CANCELLED

6th Grade Science Camp (April 14-17):
CANCELLED

OC Disney Band Tour (April 16):
CANCELLED

MS/HS Spring Pep Rally (April 17):
CANCELLED

Admissions Testing (April 20):
AS SCHEDULED

WCDS Tour (April 21):
PENDING

11th Grade College Planning Parent Dinner (April 24):
CANCELLED

WCDS Band & Choir Concert (April 24):
CANCELLED

MS Band Knott’s Berry Farm Trip (April 25):
CANCELLED

Teacher Appreciation Week (April 27-May 1):
NOT CANCELLED (We can still send them notes of thanks & encouragement!

Woodcrest Christian has been actively working within guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency, World Health Organization and the Riverside County Health Department. In fact, their current recommendations have been our standards for years as we continue working diligently to clean and disinfect all of our school surfaces including desks, countertops, etc.

Per the CDC, we encourage everyone to practice healthy habits to prevent illness and to slow the spread of disease including:

-Frequent hand washing for 20 seconds

-Covering nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing

-Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth

-Staying home if you are sick

Centers for Disease Control

Riverside County Public Health

Elementary School

Woodcrest Christian Day School
3612 Arlington Ave
Riverside, CA 92506

(951) 686-1818

Office Hours:
M-F: 7:45am - 3:45pm

Middle & High School

Woodcrest Christian School
18401 Van Buren Blvd
Riverside, CA 92508

(951) 780-2010

Office Hours:
M-F: 8:00am - 3:30pm

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