Update - 03/16/2020 12:00PM

As we seek to comply with Gov. Henry McMasters’  continued call for closure of schools, we have made preparation for the next phase of Home Learning. We appreciate your continued support and trust. There is no doubt that this is a difficult time as our families seek to balance working from home, directing their children’s studies and managing the many other challenges that come with our current environment. Trust us, we understand the stress, the difficulty and anxiety our families are under,  and we desire to help you find balance and peace during this uncertainty.

 Our children’s schedules and routines have been disrupted, their social interaction limited and freedom to do the things they normally do taken away. It’s no fun! Our children need to be reassured that all is well and that we serve a God who is loving and in control. One of the greatest reflections of Christ in the lives of children is us, the parents. Let us not focus on getting the schedules right each day. Let us not argue that the math assignment wasn’t done perfectly. All will be well. Take time to enjoy one another, watch a movie and show much grace.  Do not worry about your child regressing in their studies. Remember, every single student in the nation is in the same place. We will correct course as our environment gets back to normal. 

The psalmist writes in chapter 46, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Rest assured that at this point in the school year, your child has received most of what they need to advance. What they have not received, we will work together to close the gap over the next few weeks. Please understand that your family’s mental health is far more important than any academic pursuit. Together we will get through this.

We would like to praise the work of our faculty and staff for their quick and successful transition to this temporary model of home learning. They are currently working hard to prepare our next home learning packets for the next two weeks. 

Elementary students from K3-6th will be required to pick up new packets and drop off completed packets on Wednesday, April 1 from 8am – 1pm. Please make sure to have all coursework in an envelope or folder with your student’s name and teacher’s name clearly marked. Since textbooks and/or personal items will not be required for pick up, we will prepare a drive-thru system allowing parents to drive up, drop off completed packets and pick up new packets. Our objective is to minimize interaction and follow all recommended safety procedures. 

Middle and High School students will continue to receive new assignments via our eLearning platform

Remember, we will be observing Easter Break from Friday, April 10th through Friday, April 17th. Together, may we remember and rejoice in the new life that is ours because of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins and triumph over the grave.

In closing, we are committed to seeing our families, our students and our community through this pandemic. The entire team at Conway Christian School has committed to praying for you and is here to help in any way. Please let us know if we can be of assistance. We are mindful and thankful for Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” May the Lord continue to bless you and your family. Below, we have prepared a FAQs section answering many of the questions we have received over the past week. Please take time to review.

Main Points:

  • School closure to continue following Gov. Henry McMasters’ announcement.
  • Elementary students from K3-6th will be required to pick up new packets and drop off completed packets on Wednesday, April 1 from 8am – 1pm.
  • Middle and High School students will continue to receive new assignments via our eLearning platform.
  • We will be observing Easter Break from Friday, April 10th through Friday, April 17th.
  • Review FAQ section below for additional information

FAQs

The current packets are designed to cover two weeks of distance learning.  Teachers are preparing new packets now. New packets will be available for pickup on Wednesday, April 1st from 8am-1pm.

High school and middle school students will continue to use the CCS eLearning Platform for assignments, instruction, and correspondence.  Faculty will continue to make assignments electronically during the state-mandated school closure.

Teachers are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Please contact them by email if necessary. Telephone conferences may be arranged by an email exchange.

Yes. Course credit requires all students (K5-12) to complete coursework through the remaining school year.  As with in-class instruction, the student will be promoted to the next grade if coursework is completed.

At this time we don’t know how long the closure will last, and we are following the the Governor’s request that private schools observe the same closure schedule that is imposed on public schools.  We can’t project dates right now. However, we do plan to hold high school and kindergarten graduation ceremonies.

Yes – but as with graduation ceremonies, we aren’t sure yet when that will occur.

Right now we plan to transfer lunch balances to the next month.  But if the closure continues, then we will mail you a refund check.

CCS students are continuing to receive their education through coursework and instruction, so a credit would be unwarranted. Our faculty and staff are continuing to meet the daily needs of our students and make themselves available. For a student to receive academic credit and be promoted, he or she must successfully complete all Distance Learning Program academic requirements provided by CCS

The administration and board recognize that some families will experience financial changes, such as reduction of hours or job loss, and we are sensitive to those situations.  To help address those financial pressures, the School will be handling each situation individually. Please contact Connie Smith at csmith@conwaychristian.org.

Yes.  Those fees will be pro-rated, and you will receive a refund check in the mail by the end of the school year.

Absolutely.  Praying for your children is extremely important to our teachers – and to all of us at Conway Christian School.  Please email specific prayer requests to your child’s teachers. The CCS faculty and staff are grateful for your prayers too.

Update - 03/17/2020 10:00AM

During this time of unprecedented separation, our teachers have been working diligently in preparing coursework to keep your children on track for progression to the next grade level.  I am sure that you have already received a number of email messages from your children’s teachers about revised instructional plans.  While it seems like a lot of information, our faculty and staff will be constantly available by email to walk you and your children through this process.

Tomorrow between 8:00 and 2:00, all families are required to pick up instructional materials:  

  • K3-6th grade parents (no children, please) will pick up packets of two weeks worth of classwork and needed textbooks.  
  • 7th-12th grade students should pick up all textbooks and clean out lockers and should see their school email (@eaglestrong.org) and RenWeb for assignments and communications with teachers.

During these times on Wednesday, you will only pick up materials.  Our teachers are practicing Social Distancing and will not be having in-person meetings.  All Elementary assignments will be due on April 1st.  In the event that we are not yet back in school, April 1st will be a drop-off day for the packets of assignments, and a new packet will be available that day for all K3-6th grade students.  Middle and high school students will be turning in assignments electronically to teachers as designated through RenWeb/FACTS, email, and in some cases Google Classroom and the Zoom App (instructions for these options are provided for students through their school email).

Other FAQ’s:

  • Regardless of our return date, Easter Break will not be canceled.
  • Rescheduling of Prom and Field Trips will be announced as new dates are made available.
  • We will be crediting this month’s unused lunch payments to a later month. Should you require a refund, please call the school office.
  • School office voice mails will be checked daily and calls returned within 24 hours.

It is essential that all students participate in the instructional coursework to successfully complete the school year.  Parents, please be sure that you continue to use RenWeb/FACTS to keep up with your child’s assignments and grades to ensure that work is completed.  A designated time and space for academic work at home is a great idea for keeping your students on track.  Daily outdoor play is also important for balance and stress relief.  Please continue to keep our teachers in prayer and continue to extend grace to our teachers as they navigate this process.  We are all praying for you and your families during this transitional time.

Update - 03/15/2020 5:30PM

In response to the spread of COVID-19 and in cooperation with the Governor’s order closing all K-12 schools, Conway Christian School will be closed for the next two weeks, beginning immediately. This includes Extended School Day (ESD) and all extra-curricular activities.

Tomorrow morning administration and faculty will begin preparations for plans moving forward. Our overarching goal is to continue the educational process and avoid prolonged summer school using distance learning and online options. Teachers will begin immediately adjusting and planning for our students to take advantage of distance learning and/or online course work. The Board of Directors and the Administration Team are in consistent communication about our next steps as a school. We will communicate heavily with you as new information is presented and decided upon.

As of now, plans are for ALL students to pick up books, coursework and personal items anytime on Wednesday, March 18th from 8am-2pm. Pick up day is a requirement of all students. Teachers will be on-hand for further instructions and to answer any questions. 

We are committed to do whatever it takes to ensure the safety, well-being, and academic instruction of our students. We encourage the CCS community to be in serious prayer for our community, state and nation, asking God to end this spreading illness soon and to His glory.”

Main Points:

  • No school beginning Monday, March 16th. School will be closed for the next two-weeks.
  • Administration and Faculty will begin making preparations for distance learning and online learning.
  • REQUIRED pick up day of books, coursework and personal items anytime on Wednesday, March 18 from 8am-2pm.
  • School administration will communicate expectations and plans to students once confirmed.
  • Be in much prayer for our community, state and nation.