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

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

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 starting Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 10am-12pm and continuing every Wednesday until campus reopens.

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 March 18 at 5:00pm

 

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):
PENDING

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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