LATEST MOUNT PISGAH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL COVID-19 UPDATES
July 30th, 2020
Today we are releasing our Wellness Policy for 2020 - 2021 school year. Please read through before the first day of school, click below to download the PDF.
July 16th, 2020
We are happy to release our in-depth, per division, plans for re-opening this August. Click below for the plan for your child's division.
Also releasing toady is our latest video with Head of School, Ruston Pierce and Head of Business Affairs, Dana Ridenour, watch that below:
July 10, 2020
Watch our recent video on Returning to Campus Questions with Head of School, Ruston Pierce and Head of Business Affairs, Dana Ridenour.
July 2, 2020
Mount Pisgah Christian School has released our official Back to School Roadmap, our plans for re-opening the 2020 - 2021 year and our current Mask Protocol for next year.
If you have any questions please use the form below to get in touch.
Q: What is the plan for the start of the new school year?
Our plan is to be 100% on campus. We’ve worked very hard to make our Return to School the safest environment possible for the entire Mount Pisgah Family. The Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Public Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have all agreed that returning to school this year is the best thing for our children, and they have all provided clear and consistent guidelines for a safe Return to School.
Q: Will my child(ren) have their temperature taken daily and be required to wear face masks?
Temperature checks will be mandatory as students enter campus. For Preschool and Lower School students, face masks are optional. For Middle School and Upper School students, face masks are required when transitioning in common areas and optional when in the classroom.
Q: Are the Faculty & Staff required to wear face masks?
Yes. Faculty & Staff will be required to wear face masks when transitioning in common areas or when they are working in close personal proximity with the students.
Q: If I don’t feel comfortable with my child attending in-person classes, can they continue to learn at home?
Students will be allowed to choose synchronous distance learning in 9 week segments.
Q: What kind of new health and safety precautions have been implemented and will be maintained on campus?
We addressed potential airborne concerns by having our HVAC evaporators cleaned this summer with an EPA-approved disinfectant. We committed time and resources to ensure we will follow the Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting published by the CDC, which includes using an EPA-approved disinfectant against COVID-19 in addition to an aggressive cleaning protocol.
We’ve also purchased state-of-the-art equipment that allow us to quickly and thoroughly decontaminate our common areas, like the gym, weight room, chorus room, cafeterias, and hallways. Our classrooms, restrooms, and locker rooms will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times throughout the day.
The most exciting update is our school nurse is now a certified expert in Covid-19 contact tracing through Johns Hopkins University.
Q: What about lunch? What’s changed in the area of Food Service?
Lunch will look much like it did before on all three campuses except the delicious food will be served in disposable containers with individual, prepackaged cutlery. All self-service items will be eliminated (except the fountain drinks, just no refills).
MS and US students will wear masks when in line to get their food. Each campus will have a new socially distanced seating plan. We will also have directional arrows and other signage to remind the students of our new safety protocol.
Q: Will there be a tuition adjustment if all students are required to learn from home?
Distance Learning (Plan C) will only take place at MPCS if it is mandated by the governing authority for the limited time that order is in place. We do want to be prepared in the unlikely event that governing authorities order schools to operate from a distance.
We understand that learning looks very different when students are not in a normal class situation. However, when distance learning is in place, faculty and staff work very hard to deliver quality distance education, with many putting in more hours a week to serve students through distance learning than they would have to put in during normal in-class instruction.
For this reason, MPCS will continue to charge the normal tuition. In the event of a long term shelter in place, the Board of Trustees will evaluate an appropriate reduction in tuition.
Q: Will MPCS work with families in need?
We appreciate the sacrifices your family is making to have your child(ren) here at MPCS, and we recognize that many families are struggling and may need additional time to recover financially. We are doing everything we can to help families through this difficult season.
If this is the situation for your family, we welcome you to apply for tuition assistance at Tailored Tuition.
Q: Will MPCS Fine Arts productions take place in 2020-21?
We are currently planning for Fine Arts productions/performances to take place and will make necessary adjustments as the time draws closer to determine what is permissible and how to best approach each individual production/performance.
Q: Will athletics resume in the fall?
Mount Pisgah Athletics will comply with GHSA and public health guidelines. For more information on what is planned at this point, please visit Mount Pisgah Athletics.
Q: What about chapel and other large group assemblies?
We will begin viewing chapel virtually in the classroom in all divisions except Lower School. Lower School will stagger classes on a weekly basis between being in chapel live or watching a live stream. There are no large group assemblies scheduled at this time.
April 3, 2020
I hope you have all had a great week. After the Governor’s announcement this week I wanted to update you on our stance. We have consulted with public health officials, local hospitals, and the other independent schools in the area, and we have come to the determination that we will finish school this semester through distance learning. We are doing this because we want to help end this entire situation, and be able to get together for fellowship and events over the summer. I have said from the beginning that we will control what we can control. For example, yesterday the GHSA announced that all spring sports are canceled. We cannot control that. However, we can absolutely control the events that we have scheduled.
Our administrators and staff have already begun planning events for the summer so we can celebrate our students, families, and celebrate just being able to spend time together and getting back to normal. We are looking at ways to make Lower School Field Day an event for the entire family. Every Senior should get to have prom and graduation. Any event like these are within our control, and we will continue to plan to have them until the time comes when they are no longer ours to control. We feel that by finishing this semester through distance learning, we can help flatten the curve and make sure all of these events can happen this summer.
Our teachers will continue to provide outstanding online content. We have heard from an incredible number of you how well it’s going and how much you appreciate it. Our commitment is to keep the same energy and innovation to continue moving the ball forward online from preschool through 12th grade. If you are a preschool family please be watching for an additional email from me this afternoon.
I am thankful for all of you. I pray that each of you are staying healthy, and I hope that you are finding the opportunity in all of this to reinvigorate your time together as a family. If you have any questions or needs at all please let us know. We will continue to navigate this together, and when it is over we will all be better for it. We are Pisgah!
Head of School
We will continue to follow the Governor's mandate out of concern for the health of those around us, and because we want to respect the authority of our elected officials. Because of this we will remain closed until April 24th, and we will plan to return to school on April 27th.
You are all doing a fantastic job. Continue to love kids and families well, and we will all continue to get through this together. Thank you for all you are doing.
Head of School
Hello Mount Pisgah Families,
We have continued to monitor the situation with the CDC and local health officials. At this point we are going to follow the Governor's recommendation and stay closed through March 31. We will continue to evaluate the situation and make a decision next Thursday about April.
Several people have asked about different events on campus and if they will be canceled or postponed. There are things happening that we can't control, and we have to defer to larger authorities for decisions, such as spring athletics. However, anything we can control, such as prom or graduation, we will continue to postpone until we don't have a choice to control it anymore. If it is possible to make it happen, we will.
We will be in touch next Thursday with hopefully more details for moving forward. Obviously this is a very fluid situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate very uncharted waters. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Head of School
We have put your April payments on hold so you will not be charged for April until we know what will happen moving forward. You will not have a payment come out of your accounts on April 1. If for some reason that transaction takes place please notify us immediately.
At this time we are not doing refunds for March. Once we have a better understanding of what the next couple of months will hold for all of us then we will decide if we are going to refund half or March or allow you to credit it toward a future payment.
We are committed to paying our preschool teachers. You may not realize this, but they are hourly employees. Beginning in April, if we have not returned to school we will create a designated salary fund to pay our hourly preschool teachers. If you would be willing to make a tax-deductible gift toward that fund of any amount, or designate a payment to that fund in lieu of tuition to help us offset the cost of continuing these payments I would greatly appreciate that.
Georgia Department of Health: https://dph.georgia.gov/