December 8, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:1-7
As we approach Christmas, I pray you are able to focus on the birth of our Savior and are finding peace in the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. It is because of Him that we have reason to celebrate at Christmas and the whole year through!
I want to update you on where ACCA stands with regard to Covid-19. ACCA has continued to clean surfaces, have students wear masks and socially distance. We ask that you continue to check your child for symptoms, and keep your child home if they show any signs of illness. So far this has been working well and we will continue to offer in-person classes as usual.
With that being said, we have had three staff members and two families test positive for Covid-19 over the Thanksgiving break. These parties did not return to school after Thanksgiving and will not return until their 14-day quarantine is complete and they are healthy again. We ask that you lift these folks up in prayer as they recover from the virus.
ACCA is committed to providing your child with a safe and productive educational environment. We are doing everything we can to keep the continuity of education flowing and beneficial to your child. We will continue meeting in person through Christmas and the spring unless there is a new mandate from the Governor.
There are some new guidelines for quarantining on our website under the Campus Reopen plan. Please check this plan for more information. You may also check the Department of Health website. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or Mr. Ross any time. We thank you for your continued support of ACCA and pray you have a blessed Christmas.
Rhonda Fertich, Head of School
T. Christopher Ross, Principal
November 20, 2020
Dear ACCA Families,
With the rise in Covid cases, many schools across our state have had to close temporarily. ACCA has been very blessed to have had no cases in the school. We are grateful that we have been able to stay safe and meet in person.
We want to reassure you that ACCA intends to remain meeting in person, unless Governor Wolf mandates that all schools close. We will continue to do what we have been doing: encourage hand washing, clean surfaces well and often, wear masks, and social distance.
Should the governor close schools, ACCA is ready to go to virtual learning. We will be sending out specific instructions as to how this will work for each grade level next week so that everyone can be prepared in the event of a new mandate.
We thank each family for their continued prayers and assistance in teaching students how to stay safe. We also thank you for keeping your child home when any symptoms have arisen. Please continue to monitor and check your child's health each day, before coming to school. Together we can keep our school year in person and on track.
Dear ACCA Families,
We pray that you are all enjoying this beautiful summer and have been blessed by many happy activities together. We are halfway through summer break and we are excited about the great things God has in store for the whole ACCA family this fall.
We can’t wait to have students back in the classrooms, learning, praying and interacting in person once again! Of course, things will be done a little differently than in the past, but together we can make this happen with the most safety and the least impact to “normalcy”.
We plan to provide in-person classes this school year (depending on decisions made by Governor Wolf), We know it’s going to take extra effort, patience, and grace from all of us to make this a great experience for our children as well as for you and our faculty and staff.
As we look forward to the fall, we are creating a COVID-19 Safety Plan under the guidance presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for the reopening of Pre-K to 12 schools. This guidance provides information regarding health and safety plans and conditions for resuming in-person instruction.
We are also looking at recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Health and the Association of Christian Schools International. This safety plan will be posted on our website in the upcoming weeks.
Information regarding the virus is constantly changing. We will constantly be reviewing our plan which will be a fluid document that will allow us to make changes as needed to provide the best safety measures for our students and staff on our campus. You will be notified quickly when any changes are made.
ACCA is blessed with a large campus that will allow us to practice social distancing within classrooms, on the playground, and the campus in general. We also know that minimizing the disruption to the educational experience that students and parents have been accustomed to is very important to the experience we all desire for our children.
As parents, we know that you expect certain safety precautions such as:
Students will have the option to use their own face mask or use the face shield provided to them. Students and staff who feel safer wearing a face covering at all times are welcome and encouraged to do so.
To keep families informed of the on-going changes and guidance as it relates to the reopening of schools we will post updates on the “News” tab on our website. Over the next several weeks we will continue to develop our reopening plans while also developing alternative plans should the need arise.
The link below will give you some additional information as we move through this over the next several weeks.
We are preparing now for the possibility of distance learning should that become a reality. Teachers will be recording classes and using Google Classroom, even while we are on campus. This way, any student who might want a review of a class or is absent can watch the class and stay on top of assignments and we will be prepared to move to an online learning platform, if needed.
Clearly, there is no perfect solution to the challenges we face with a global pandemic. What we outline today may change between now and August 26. What is clear, is that with all of the unrest in our world today, Christian education at ACCA is more important than ever. You can rest assured that your child will learn from a biblical worldview that provides them with answers and peace from the Word of God.
We appreciate your prayers, patience, adaptability, and flexibility as we continue to navigate these challenges. If you have any other questions at this time please feel free to call or email us directly.
In His Service,
Rhonda J. Fertich, Principal
T. Christopher Ross, Assist. Principal
Dear ACCA Families,
Adams County Christian Academy (ACCA) has made the decision that they will begin the 2020 – 2021 school year on August 26, 2020. We will begin at our planned time with teachers and students IN THE CLASSROOMS unless it is illegal to do so. We will modify and adjust our daily routines, procedures, and protocols to promote student and staff health and wellness.
Guidelines from our healthcare community and the CDC will serve as the foundation for all decisions. In order to closely align with the most up-to-date precautions, ACCA will be providing details about specific steps as we get closer to August 26th. We want to be clear that we will take the wise and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of all of our students and employees.
Dear ACCA Families,
Adams County Christian Academy has been closely monitoring the developing concerns with the Coronavirus. The health and welfare of our students and faculty is top priority of our School Board and Administration. Mrs. Fertich has been receiving daily updates and communication from the local, state and federal agencies as they are keeping schools informed. As this situation is evolving rapidly, we are including links below to the CDC and PA Dept. of Health webpage for advice and local guidance during this time.
As of March 16, 2020 ACCA has moved online in response to Governor Wolf's mandate to close schools indefinitely. This means ACCA will continue online teaching until further notice, possibly until the end of the school year. We want to assure you that our teachers will continue to present meaningful lessons and work for your children to keep them on course to finish their grade levels for the year.
They will continue to pray with your children and interact with them faithfully. As a commitment to you and our students, we will also move forward with the Terra Nova Achievement testing for grades K-12. You enrolled in ACCA to receive a high quality Christian education, and we are committed to preparing your students for next year and to prevent learning gaps. The results of the Terra Nova tests will give us information about the progress made this year and help us prepare our instruction for next year. Once we are able to conduct the tests at school, dates for testing will be determined.
Thank you again for your trust and confidence in Adams County Christian Academy. With God's help and your support, we will complete another successful year at ACCA!
CDC Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
PA Dept. of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Rhonda J. Fertich, Principal
T. Christopher Ross, Asst. Principal