COVID Response: On-Campus and Remote Instruction

Updated 8/2/2021

North Hills Christian School COVID-19 Safety Plan (8/2/2021): View the North Hills Health & Safety Plan for On-Campus Instruction.

View the CDPH COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year. NHCS is following the CDPH order for the 2021-2022 school year.

A message from our K-12 Superintendent, Florence Wright (6/28/21)

I am pleased to let you know that in-person instruction is happening at NHCS when school opens on August 16, 2021. School was a challenge this past school year for teachers, students, and parents/guardians as we learned to navigate Zoom, homework and test distribution, and collection, not to mention trying to develop academic concepts with children based on online access.

North Hills Christian School (NHCS) has maintained childcare and/or school instruction since March 2020. We are committed to providing a safe, loving, and academically rigorous environment with continued attention to healthy practices in our daily procedures.

We believe that in-person instruction is an important element of each child’s growth. The struggle with student’s mental health is frequently noted in articles that describe children’s issues due to the restrictions of COVID-19 (American Psychological Association article 10/13/2020: Zoom school's mental health toll on kids). I would encourage you to prayerfully consider allowing your child to return to campus.

We are hopeful that all children will return to campus. God gave us the stamina and vision to pivot when needed to comply with county guidelines and we continued to remain open for full-day instruction throughout the last fifteen months. However, we are also aware that guidelines may change with very little notice. Looking ahead to the 2021-2022 school year, we are prepared to meet any and all adjustments as needed.

Our staff at NHCS will make every effort to ensure the integrity of our instructional program and the health and safety of all adults and children on our campus. You might ask what COVID-19 precautions we will take, such as:

  • Will children and staff be required to wear masks? Solano County Public Health has not yet published any updates for the fall. This question will be addressed as guidelines for private schools roll out.
  • What will be the NHCS policy regarding vaccines? NHCS is not requiring students to be vaccinated.

Both in-person and Remote Instruction will be offered for the 2021-2022 school year at NHCS. For further information, contact us at school@nhcsvallejo.org to receive information.

It is clear that there are still decisions to be made and further communication regarding the opening of school in August. I am confident that parents/guardians will make their decisions based on their best judgment regarding instructional options at NHCS.

I want to leave you with these words of Jesus from Luke 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”


ON-CAMPUS INSTRUCTION > Objectives and Expectations

Why does NHCS provide On-Campus instruction?

NHCS is committed to provide a quality Christian education; empowering students to make life choices with a biblical worldview, by integrating God and His Word in their lives as a baseline for understanding truth. Our motto is Love God. Serve Others. Change the World.

A Christian educational environment provides a safe, loving, academic place for students to grow into mature future leaders. On-Campus instruction provides value through the impact of community, loving teachers, and lasting friendships with peers.

Who can participate in On-Campus instruction?

Any student who is enrolled at North Hills Christian School may attend On-Campus instruction.

What curriculum will be taught?

Elementary (K-5th):

  • Students are provided with access to the NHCS full curriculum plan.
  • K-5th grade teachers schedule sessions throughout the day with instruction and activities as well as provide times for breaks, lunch, and outdoor play time.
  • Small group time with 5-8 students is another component that teachers use to differentiate learning.
  • Wednesday is a modified day. Dismissal is at 1:40 PM.

Middle/High School (6th-12th):

  • Students meet on a 8-period schedule (8:15 AM – 3:15 PM) M/Tu/Th/F.
  • Wednesday is a modified day. Dismissal is at 1:15 PM.
  • Teachers provide instruction using assigned curriculum during each designated class period.
How is NHCS implementing Solano County Public Health Guidelines?

Arrival / Departure:

  • Parents are responsible for making sure student is healthy before entering buildings.

Classroom implementation:

  • Masks required for all students as well as all staff.
  • NHCS full curriculum Instruction of all core subjects as listed on the NH website.

Facilities:

  • Classrooms and restrooms are cleaned daily.
  • Teachers monitor and wipe down highly touched surfaces daily.


REMOTE INSTRUCTION > Objectives and Expectations

Why provide Remote Instruction?

NHCS recognizes the need for a remote instruction option to serve parents who are not ready to send their child to school.

Who can participate in Remote Instruction?

Any student enrolled at NHCS can choose Remote Instruction.

What is Remote Instruction?
  • NHCS Remote Instruction provides the same high academic standards that parents have come to expect, just in a different location – on computers at home!
  • NHCS curriculum which is taught in On-Campus instruction is used for all Remote Instruction.
  • Google Classroom is one of the tools used by students in 4th-12th grades to communicate with teachers and submit work.
  • Students must have their device (desktop computer, Chromebook, etc.) to participate in Remote Instruction.
NHCS Goals for Remote Instruction
  • Ensure integrity in all instructional practices so that students can successfully achieve content mastery.
  • Maintain community and partnership between teachers, students and parents.
  • Provide students with direct access to teachers for guidance, feedback, and answers to questions.
  • Offer spiritual support for families while sheltering-at-home.