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May 7th

We are happy to share that our community numbers remain low and we have had no positive cases on campus these last two weeks. Enjoy your weekend and remember to encourage our senior students as they only have five school days remaining in this UNCOMMON school year. We are so proud of our seniors and look forward to all God has planned for each one of them in the years to come! 

As a reminder, Calvary Day School will adhere to the following protocols:

  • Continue wearing masks in enclosed areas, they can be put in a pocket outside
  • Discontinue temperature checks but continue drop off and pick up the same
  • Continue with only students and staff in buildings through the same access points
  • Honors Day and Graduation will include parents in the worship center, but masks must be worn
  • End of the year party protocols will be announced in the coming weeks


April 30th

Twenty days of in-person school remain in this 2020-2021 School Year. It is awesome that we are here! In response to the changing guidelines from the CDC, Mayor Johnson extending the mask mandate until May 6th with the potential to enforce masks if our community numbers climb again, and the number of events that we have scheduled in May that can include visitors if we stay safe, Calvary Day School will adhere to the following protocols:

  • Continue wearing masks in enclosed areas, they can be put in a pocket outside
  • Discontinue temperature checks but continue drop off and pick up the same
  • Continue with only students and staff in buildings through the same access points
  • Honors Day and Graduation will include parents in the worship center, but masks must be worn
  • End of the year party protocols will be announced in the coming weeks


February 26th


The spring-like weather is refreshing. Please be grateful, enjoy the outdoors this weekend and soak up the sunshine. There are health benefits to all three. The mitigations that we are all taking as a community are keeping flu levels very low, and hospitalizations for viral related illnesses are staying low as well. Keep praying. 

As always, email nurse@calvarydayschool.com or call 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a test result. *Please notify us of all positive and negative test results. 


February 19th


We are encouraged to see the community numbers decreasing. Please continue to practice the appropriate precautions to keep you and those around you safe. We hope you have a wonderful weekend! 
As always, email nurse@calvarydayschool.com or call 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a test result. *Please notify us of all positive and negative test results. 


February 11th


Have a restful and joyful Winter break! We are praying for you all; especially those that are sick, at home for various reasons, and traveling.  We are very encouraged by the decreasing levels of COVID in the community and on our campus.  We do not want to put a damper on your plans but if you are traveling, please be mindful of where you have been and how you feel before returning to school.  The CDC provided this update last week. Thank you!
Feb 2, 2021 — Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time.


February 5th


Stay healthy. Stay masked and Pray!  
Thank you for all you are doing to keep us in school and keeping your kids safe. Remember, this is flu season and the cases are unseasonably low. We can keep it that way with good nutrition, physical activity, and rest. 
As always, please email nurse@calvarydayschool.com or call 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a test result. *Please notify us of all positive and negative test results. 

January 29th


Glory to God in the highest and on earth, Peace to His people of goodwill, We praise You, we bless You, We adore You, we glorify You, We give You thanks for Your great glory - Glory to God, song by John Michael Talbot

One hundred and one days of in-person school! And yes, we are counting! Thank you students and families, teachers and staff for making this possible. It has been a monumental task that very few thought would work. We are grateful for the beacon Calvary can be in the community. Please keep shining from a distance. The campus numbers remain low so what you are doing on and off campus is working. However, the community numbers continue to climb. Be encouraged and do not grow weary as you stay vigilant in masking, washing, and distancing. 

Please let us know if you have any questions and remember, if you get tested we need to know the test result. nurse@calvarydayschool.com

January 22nd


It has been a week like never before, and that is a praise. We have made it 96 days with very few positive cases and no clustered positive cases. This week is the exception to that. Below you will see a significant number of positive cases along with a great number of negatives, which again is a praise. We identified a situation that required the Junior Varsity, and Varsity Boys basketball teams be quarantined starting Monday, January 18th (a school holiday). While we have 7 positives from that, they were all in quarantine so the contact tracing was minimal. There was a change to how the information is being disseminated to reserve emails for close contact notices and important updates. Prayer is helping those at home with this virus; we are hearing that the students' symptoms are relatively mild. Please continue to pray. 

Please let us know if you have any questions and remember, if you get tested we need to know the test result. nurse@calvarydayschool.com


January 15th


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7


This is such great reassurance for the week we have had and simply for today. 

Did you know a single cough produces approximately 3,000 respiratory droplets, while a sneeze releases approximately 40,000? (reference: September 2020 review published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine) Therefore, we ask that you do something very important: Please pack an extra mask in a Ziploc bag to have in your bookbag. Here is why, we have witnessed some anxiety and confusion about how to sneeze and manage a runny nose with a mask on, rightfully so. The best way is to keep your mask on and use a tissue as double coverage or sneeze in your elbow (being sure to isolate or wipe the sleeve after). With this, our students need to be prepared to change a soiled mask. If it is disposable, they can easily remove it by the straps around their ears and drop it in the trash. If it is a cloth mask, they can remove it by the ear straps, put the extra one on, and put the soiled one in the Ziploc bag for washing at home. 

The numbers on the chart are a great representation of how well you are all doing! We are so grateful that you are staying home when you have symptoms, calling and emailing with questions for clarification and the best next steps. A family that loves one another can weather storms, pray that the calm is coming!
 
Please let us know if you have any questions and remember, if you get tested we need to know the test result. nurse@calvarydayschool.com

January 8th


Happy New Year!  We are so thankful for the opportunity to have our students back on campus!  We have to ask, “How are you feeling today?”  It is no longer just a pleasantry that “fine” is a  suitable answer. As we open school again, we MUST be acutely aware of how we feel, and if anything changes to take immediate precautions.  We also MUST continue to practice the appropriate precautions to keep ourselves and those around us safe at all times. It is more critical than ever right now that we continue what has become the basics: wear masks, practice social distancing, and wash our hands frequently. Please ask your students and yourself often, “How are you feeling?”  The symptoms of COVID are broad, now with Flu and other winter viruses, it is essential you know if anything has changed. 

Community Transmission rates are increasing again. Chatham County is not to the level it was in August; however, we have more cases close to our Cavalier community than ever before.  Please be mindful of where you have been and stay home if you are not sure if you were exposed or if you are not feeling well. 

Please join us in praying that God will continue His hedge of protection and healing hand over us and all of our families.  

There are a few links below to help guide you in making a good decision for yourself and your families; especially, if you have traveled or are uncertain about the symptoms you are experiencing.   

CDC FAQ about travel
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html

CDC Self check for symptoms
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/coronavirus-self-checker.html

*This chart is based on cases since Tuesday, January 5. Notice we are tracking all tests, so please notify nurse@calvarydayschool.com  if you have tested negative as well.

December 18th


Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

Dear Parents, Teachers, and Staff, 

As we celebrate the arrival of Christmas and the end of our first semester, we are rejoicing in all we accomplished and the many ways God protected us through this season. The purpose of this communication is to prepare us for 2021, and the great year it will be. We asked you to partner with us in August to open school so we could continue the mission of Calvary to develop our students academically, spiritually, physically, and emotionally in person. We want to accomplish that same mission starting January 5th, 2021. We invite you to partner with us again to continue that mission during this Christmas and New Year season. 

The plan as of today’s community transmission is to open 2021 with the same mitigation strategies that we are currently in, which is Phase 2. If the community transmission index continues to increase, we will intensify the mitigation measures in Phase 2. These could include one or more of the following: modifying lunch service to eat in smaller cohorts and fewer transitions to limit the number of students in hallways and stairwells. If the community reaches a level that exceeds where we were in August, or the city leaders ask us to modify more, we will roll out the plan for Phase 3, a hybrid learning model. Phase 4 is the digital learning plan, and while it is our least desirable, we have a plan that will allow your child to continue his/her march toward excellence. 

How can you contribute to the safe opening of school on January 5th, 2021? I am glad you asked. 

The Leadership Team, with the guidance of the CDS Task Force, ask that you apply the following strategies:

  • If possible, for those planning to travel, complete your travel at the beginning of the break to allow yourself time to come home for a few days, assess symptom onset, and rest. The CDS Task Force also recommends knowing the area you are traveling for COVID numbers. It is usually found on the local Department of Health website. Check which age categories are high risk and take extra precautions while you are there and when you return to stay healthy and safe. There is a link below with some travel tips from the CDC.
  • Please be very aware of all symptoms and the onset of symptoms. As we move into flu season, the more details you can give your physician and Suzy, our school nurse, the better we can all help get you to school safely. There are specific protocols as it pertains to the flu. Please notify by email nurse@calvarydayschool.com at the time of onset or diagnosis for yourself, or if anyone you have had contact with is diagnosed with Flu A/B or COVID. 
  • The best way to mitigate your risk is to take precautions when you are out and then take care of yourself with nutrition, physical activity, and rest. Please follow all city and local guidelines. The Bible has plenty to say about obeying our leaders and the authority put over us as an opportunity to do good work. 

As mentioned before, email nurse@calvarydayschool.com to relay information regarding diagnosis or test results. Please include your name and best contact phone number. Suzy will contact you if more information is needed. 

We have welcomed and continue to welcome so many new members to our CDS family; therefore, please refer to the Return to School brochure for reference. 

I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a renewed spirit for 2021! 

Dr. Hunter Chadwick 

CDC Winter Holiday Planning


December 11th


The CDC has adjusted the quarantine time for anyone exposed to a positive COVID patient.  Please understand nothing has changed for a positive COVID patient. 

A 14-day quarantine period is still recommended; however, individuals may opt for a shorter quarantine period following the below criteria. 

Asymptomatic persons who have a known exposure to a person with COVID-19 can return to school or childcare: 

After seven full days have passed, if: 
  • Tested for COVID-19 (PCR/molecular or antigen test) AND
  • Receive a negative result   AND
  • Do not experience any COVID-19 symptoms during the quarantine period. 

After ten full days have passed, if: 
  • Not tested for COVID-19 AND
  • Do not experience any COVID symptoms during the quarantine period. 

After stopping quarantine after day 7 or 10, individuals who do not have symptoms should: 

  • Closely monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for an entire 14 days 

  • For at least the entire 14 days, they should strictly adhere to mitigation measures including appropriate mask usage, staying at least 6 feet from others except for brief transitional movements (e.g., changing classes), washing their hands, avoiding crowds, and taking other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 

Suppose an individual, who is a close contact AND ends quarantine after day 7 or 10, develops symptoms. In that case, they should be sent home immediately and follow the guidelines for symptomatic individuals and seek COVID-19 testing. 

Student-athletes who end quarantine after day 7 or 10 can return to practice if they can adhere to mitigation measures, including appropriate mask usage and staying at least 6 feet from others while at practice. However, there is a bold exception in the information we received regarding student athletes, and we are seeking to understand why they would not be allowed to return to competitions for 14 days. We have clarification from GHSA and are hoping to hear from DPH today.

Please email nurse@calvarydayschool.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a positive result.

December 4th

We are happy to report that our school has a very low number of students and staff quarantined at this time, particularly with what is in the news. We are grateful that you continue to keep us in school safely. The CDC recently updated guidelines regarding the length of quarantine for close contact with a positive person. The quarantine period is now 10 days instead of 14 days from the date of exposure. Close contact is defined by meeting each of the following criteria: 

  • Be less than 6 feet from the infected person
  • for greater than 15 minutes total in a 24-hour period
  • within 48 hours of symptom onset or 48 hours of a positive test for an asymptomatic person.

Please email nurse@calvarydayschool.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a positive result.

November 20th

Dear Parents,


Wow! We have made it to Thanksgiving break during this most "uncommon" school year. The Lord has been gracious and we have so much to be thankful for! We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our students and you, our parents, for your willingness and efforts in protecting our entire Calvary Day School family and campus from COVID-19. Since August 13, Calvary Day School has been able to stay in school with guidance from our Health and Wellness Task Force.

As you prepare for the upcoming holidays, we urge you to modify your plans and consider ideas to help keep yourselves, your families, and your friends healthy and safe. The CDC states that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. However, we also understand that it is important to spend time with family and friends during this special time of the year. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to continue wearing masks and physically distance when gathering in groups outside of your immediate family. Try not to share items with those outside of your household and keep all frequently-touched surfaces clean as guests come and go. 

If you plan to travel during the holiday break, be mindful of ways to protect yourself and others. Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19 and it is strongly recommended to avoid nonessential travel to high-risk destinations. If traveling by car, be aware that making stops along the way for food, gas, or bathroom breaks increases the possibility of being in close contact with other people and with frequently-touched surfaces. Pack hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to keep in the car to use during these stops. 

Prior to returning to campus on November 30, please monitor each member of your household for any symptoms of illness. It is very important that you keep your student(s) home if they have any symptoms listed below or if they have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms during the holiday break.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache

Please email nurse@calvarydayschool.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a positive result. 

The following links are very informative and have tips for celebrating the holidays safely. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

https://www.gachd.org/a-safer-thanksgiving-in-2020/

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=fe2e2be804&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1683636928393796466&th=175d7addb7a45b72&view=att&disp=inline

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break and look forward to seeing all of our students back to school healthy! Stay safe and join us in praying for God's protection over our entire Calvary family! 

November 15th

We are looking forward to the upcoming “Love Savannah” Service Week at CDS! With this amazing week that is planned for our students, and the Thanksgiving holidays soon approaching, it is very important that we do not become complacent with the Covid-19 precautionary measures. As you gather together with loved ones, enjoy making special memories while protecting yourself and those around you! We strongly encourage you to get a flu shot if you have not done so already. All of these efforts will help prevent illness among our staff, students, and families. 

As always, please emailnurse@calvarydayschool.com or call the nurse at 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a positive test result. 

November 6th


We would like to remind you of the Covid Protocol that is in place at Calvary Day School. According to the guidelines recommended by the Georgia Department of Public Health, a person who tests positive for Covid-19 is required to be in isolation for ten days. Those persons who are listed as a close contact are required to be in quarantine for 14 days. The return to school dates are determined based on specific criteria regarding the positive person being symptomatic or asymptomatic. Please know that these guidelines have been put in place by the Calvey Safety, Health, and Wellness Task Force to help stop the spread of this virus. 

It is very important that we keep wearing masks, social distancing, and practicing careful handwashing to protect ourselves and those around us. Also, we strongly encourage you to get a flu shot if you have not done so already. All of these efforts will help prevent illness among our staff, students, and families. 

As always, please email nurse@calvarydayschool.com or call the nurse at 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a positive test result. 


October 30th


Welcome November and cooler weather! This update has two important topics.  The first being our first COVID-19 positive case this week. We simply want to remind you to be very aware of where you are. It is impossible to know who has this virus, so to answer unequivocally YES to being masked and distanced in social settings makes following the guidelines easy. All of us get into the gray area, if our mask was on but under our chin or not covering our nose while we sat closer than 6 feet to someone for longer than 15 minutes. The time honored phrase “Better safe than sorry” rings so true, and sorry in this case means 14 days of quarantine. 

The second topic is around trick or treating. The CDC has provided some tips and different activities for this year. We have provided that link below and are excited to hear all the ways you are creative and smart this weekend. Most importantly know that we are praying for your safety, your health and that you all will shine brightly (along with the full moon) masked and distanced of course!

CDC Halloween Suggestions

As always, please email nurse@calvarydayschool.com or call the nurse at 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a positive test result. If circumstances fall under COVID protocol, please know that these are guidelines the CDC and DPH have put in place to help stop the spread of this virus. To keep the school open, we must comply with these guidelines. Thank you for understanding as we navigate through this time together. Continue to pray for the health and safety of our Calvary family! 


October 25th


We strongly encourage you to get a flu shot before the end of October!  The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. It is considered the first and most crucial step to protect yourself and the people around you. More information can be found in the link below:  

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccinations.htm

As you can see in the chart below, our school population appears larger. This number now includes those enrolled in the Calvary Early Learning Center and the staff. 

As always, please emailnurse@calvarydayschool.comor call the nurse at 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a positive test result. If circumstances fall under COVID protocol, please know that these are guidelines the CDC and DPH have put in place to help stop the spread of this virus. To keep the school open, we must comply with these guidelines. Thank you for understanding as we navigate through this time together. Continue to pray for thehealthand safety of our Calvary family! God is healing!

October 16th

So many wonderful people and businesses support Calvary Day School. We are excited to appreciate one of those people today. Kris and Keri Wilson have donated Theraworx stands and product for our students, faculty, and visiting teams to use during athletic events and workout sessions in the gyms. Theraworx® Protect is an incredible product with a long history of providing a protective barrier against pathogens, similar to what we face right now. This is a superior method vs the traditional high alcohol based sanitizer, which leaves the skin harmed, and actually leaves the skin more susceptible to disease.Theraworx® Protect covers the skin and protects for up to 6 hours per application. You may apply Theraworx on your hands, around your nose and lips to protect the areas that most bacteria and pathogens enter the body, and while the coverage lasts, you may re-apply as often as you like with zero risk to the skin or PH levels. A balanced PH is incredibly important to our student’s and staff’s health and safety in the gym environment and adds yet another layer of mitigation. For more information, visit this link https://theraworxprotect.com.  Notice the color-appropriate purple stands, and be sure to thank the Wilson’s.  
This October we strongly encourage you to get a flu shot!  The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. It is considered the first and most crucial step to protect yourself and the people around you. More information can be found in the link below: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccinations.html

As always, please email nurse@calvarydayschool.com or call the nurse at 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a positive test result. If circumstances fall under COVID protocol, please know that these are guidelines the CDC and DPH have put in place to help stop the spread of this virus. To keep the school open, we must comply with these guidelines. Thank you for understanding as we navigate through this time together. Continue to pray for the health and safety of our Calvary family! God is healing!

October 2nd


Our Calvary Day School campus remains free of any positive COVID cases at this time. We give God the glory for continuing to heal us and continued thanks to all of our Faculty, Students, and Families for the excellent execution of our mitigation efforts on and off campus. We are changing our weekly update from COVID to HEALTH update to focus on just that; HOWEVER, this is no time to let our mask down! We recommend all of our students and staff get adequate rest and proper nutrition during this time and continue with careful handwashing, social distancing, and wearing masks.

It is October, and we strongly encourage you to get a flu shot this month!  The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. It is considered the first and most crucial step to protect yourself and the people around you. More information can be found in the link below:  

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccinations.htm

As always, please email nurse@calvarydayschool.com or call the nurse at 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case, or to report a positive test result. If circumstances fall under COVID protocol, please know that these are guidelines the CDC and DPH have put in place to help stop the spread of this virus. To keep the school open, we must comply with these guidelines. Thank you for understanding as we navigate through this time together. Continue to pray for the health and safety of our Calvary family! God is healing!

September 25th

Love one another….wear your mask! Our Calvary Day School campus remains free of any positive COVID cases at this time. As we continue our mitigation efforts on and off campus, it is evident that the measures we have in place are working! We encourage all of our students and staff to get adequate rest and proper nutrition during this time and continue with careful handwashing, social distancing, and wearing masks. 

As always, please email nurse@calvarydayschool.com or call the nurse at 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case or to report a positive test result. If circumstances fall under COVID protocol, please know that these are guidelines the CDC and DPH have put in place to help stop the spread of this virus. To keep the school open, we must comply with these guidelines. Thank you for understanding as we navigate through this time together. Continue to pray for the health and safety of our Calvary family! God is healing!

September 18th

We have seen an increase in the number of students who have been directly exposed to a positive COVID case outside of our campus.  As you can see on the chart below, this is a sad reflection of the rise in the community numbers. The CDS students and staff affected are home for the required quarantine period. We have not had anyone on the Calvary Day School campus test positive at this time; however, we must continue our mitigation efforts on and off campus, which include careful handwashing, social distancing, and wearing masks. In addition, please ensure that you and your student are getting plenty of rest and good nutrition.  Our efforts are working!

Recently published research found that on average, the time from exposure to symptom onset (known as the incubation period) is about five to six days. However, studies have shown that symptoms could appear as soon as three days after exposure to as long as 13 days later. These findings continue to support the CDC recommendation of self-quarantine and monitoring of symptoms for 14 days post exposure. (Adapted from HarvardHealthPublishing Harvard Medical School, September 17, 2020) Therefore, it is crucial to be mindful of where you are traveling and the people you are around. If there is a chance you were exposed, please remain home if possible until you know for sure you are not sick.  

As always, please emailnurse@calvarydayschool.comor call the nurse at 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms, exposure to a positive case or to report a positive test result. If circumstances fall under COVID protocol, please know that these are guidelines the CDC and DPH have put in place to help stop the spread of this virus. To keep the school open, we must comply with these guidelines. Thank you for understanding as we navigate through this time together. Continue to pray for thehealth and safety of our Calvary family! 

September 11th
We are so thankful to report that the Calvary Day School campus continues to have no positive COVID cases. However, we must continue to be diligent in wearing masks, social distancing, and washing our hands. As sporting events begin to take place, remind your students of the importance of these precautions so that we may continue to enjoy watching our Cavaliers participate in various sports and activities! 

Please email nurse@calvarydayschool.com or call the nurse at 644-5080 ext 1310 if you have any questions or concerns regarding exposure to a positive case or to report a positive test result. If circumstances fall under COVID protocol, please know that these are guidelines the CDC and DPH have put in place to help stop this virus’s spread. To keep the school open, we must comply with these guidelines. Thank you for understanding as we navigate through this time together. Continue to pray for our students, faculty, staff, and you, our families! God is the Great Healer!

September 4th

We continue to express our gratitude to our students and staff in persevering through the mitigation efforts without too much complaint. It is helping our school and community!  You will see on the chart below the mitigation efforts are still working for Calvary Day School. We are encouraged to see the numbers of positive cases decreasing, especially when the Department of Public Health has reported outbreaks in schools and athletic teams. We are grateful God spared us from that outbreak. Continue to pray for our students, faculty, staff, and you….our families! God is the Great Healer!

Please continue to keep your child home if he or she is not feeling well. When they are symptom-free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours, they are welcome to come back to school. If circumstances fall under COVID protocol, please know that these are guidelines the CDC and DPH have put in place to help stop the spread of this virus. To keep the school open, we must comply with these guidelines. Thank you for understanding as we navigate through this time together! 

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July 10th Update

I pray your summer has been restful and your family is healthy. Last spring during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Calvary led the Savannah community in its response to distance learning. The leadership team has partnered with many experts inside of the education community and more importantly outside the education community to build a task force in order to make an informed decision for next school year. As of today, we plan to begin the year with in-person learning on Thursday, August 13.

With an ever-changing environment, we are preparing to offer multiple educational models with the health and safety of our students and families as our utmost priority. Through extensive research and the generosity of donors, we will be able to provide unique educational opportunities on campus and off-campus for our students. As previously communicated, we will share a more specific plan on July 22 which will review our increased cleaning measures, our new food service provider partnership, and the robust educational options which will begin with on-campus classes on August 13. 

As you return to campus you will notice the many facility improvements we have made and continue to upgrade. While being careful stewards of all God has given us we are striving to provide the best Christian college preparatory experience while remaining proactive in the health and wellness of our students, faculty, and families. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds me that we must continue to trust while we are walking through a different and difficult time together. God remains in control and continues to guide our steps and light our path. I pray you will join the leadership of Calvary in being faithfully focused on leaning on the Lord knowing he will help make our paths straight and guide us as we all navigate through this.

In Him,

Dr. Hunter Chadwick
Head Of School


CALVARY TASK FORCE


We have implemented a Calvary Task Force to increase wellness across all areas of the school and campus to keep the Cavalier Community safe for the future. Our Task Force has been working closely with educators and medical professionals both locally and statewide to develop a plan that meets guidelines in preparation and implementation for our first day and beyond. This planning will provide flexibility and allow us to start school August 13th with opportunities to meet your teachers and orient students before that date.  

Here are a few of the changes being made in preparing for our return to school:  
  • Our cleaning process has been enhanced to hospital grade standards. Our custodial staff uses Hydrogen Peroxide based, certified green products effective in killing most all viruses, and are safe for our children and staff. They have implemented a thorough and consistent cleaning schedule; which includes regular cleaning of high contact areas throughout the day and thorough disinfecting of all major surfaces of every used space in nightly cleanings. 
  • Reorganization of functional areas across campus to maximize the over 350,000 square feet of available space ensuring the ability to safely social distance while focusing on the learning process. One great result will be the increased presence of our nurses to serve and treat your children and our staff.  
  • Enhancing the distance learning program by adding additional tools to provide more opportunities for learning through multiple mediums. The leadership and administration team will be adjusting the attendance policy to encourage continued learning even when a student or staff member falls within the guidelines of the CDC requirements to stay home or quarantine. Details of these policies will be outlined in our next communications.  

Those are the knowns; and, as we have discovered, there are numerous unknowns revealed every day. Our goal is to provide a meaningful learning experience for all students while taking into consideration the health and wellness of each of our Calvary families. We will continue to pursue expert advice from state and local officials, the CDC, other private schools locally and regionally, the CDS Task Force, the Georgia Department of Education, and the Department of Health to keep our students, staff, and their families safe.  
 
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