As coronavirus outbreaks continue to rise across the country, please be assured that Prattville Christian Academy’s administration is working with local and state agencies to protect your children. What has been discovered is that prepping for the coronavirus is not much different from preparing for severe weather, the flu, or any other disaster – it all starts with a plan. Please refer to this page often for updates and new guidelines and recommendations as they become available from medical health professionals.

PCA’s school nurse is actively tracking outbreaks and reviewing best practices through proven and trustworthy sources such as the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

PCA’s COVID-19 Closure Extension
as of March 26

PCA families –

In coordination with the directive from Governor Ivey, Prattville Christian Academy will continue to follow the direction of K-12 schools state-wide in keeping the campus closed to protect students and assist in halting the spread of COVID-19. All sporting events and extracurricular activities are also canceled.

Online instruction will continue on March 30 and go through May 22; the last day of the 2019-2020 school year. Due to the superb crisis planning by PCA’s administration, students haven’t missed a single day of school during this outbreak and will complete this school year on time. Thank you to everyone in the PCA family for partnering with us to make this happen!

Due to the swift action of teachers and staff, each grade has continued to achieve key metrics according to pacing guides set in coordination with state standards, including the activation of digital tutoring sessions through PCA’s Resource Center.

As we extend online instruction due to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases, we encourage you to observe these guidelines:

  • Maintain required social distance

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Use a 60% or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • Cough and sneeze into the bend of elbows

All channels of communication will continue so that the PCA family remains connected during this time. We encourage you to review this school’s biweekly newsletters, teacher newsletters, social media pages, etc. If you don’t already receive these emails, please contact Deborah Kicker, PCA’s Admissions Director, to have your contact information updated within the FACTS system. Additional information specific to your respective areas of the school will be communicated via Katie Furr, Upper School Principal, and Rachael Heartsill, Lower School Principal within the next few days.

It’s during times like these where we are so appreciative of the support and love of all PCA families. If we can be of any assistance during the closure, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any of PCA’s faculty and staff members.

Blessings,

Ron Mitchell, Ed.D.
President

Panther Paws Update
as of March 19

In response to the rapidly growing COVID-19, PCA transitioned to online classes beginning this week. While there have been some bumps in the road, PCA families have risen to the challenge so confidently that students haven’t missed a single day of school.

As spring break approaches, you are encouraged to unplug from devices to get a much deserved break from the stresses of this week. To ensure that teachers are prepared for the second week of digital lessons and also get the break they need to recharge, faculty members will begin observing spring break from Saturday, March 21 through Sunday, March 29. You are asked to refrain from contacting them about school questions, outside of emergency situations, during these dates.

PCA’s campus, including all athletic facilities, remains closed through April 5. Classes are expected to resume on campus on April 6; however, additional communication will be sent once this decision is evaluated further next week.

As the virus continues, please monitor PCA’s COVID-19 webpage and other communication channels for ongoing updates.

Revised COVID-19 Closure Notice
as of March 15

As precautionary measures continue to increase in the local area, Prattville Christian Academy, out of an abundance of caution, has decided to close its campus effective immediately.

Beginning March 16, all classes will begin instruction online via student devices for grades 6-12 and previously prepared work packets for students in grades K3-5. Your child’s teacher(s) will continue to provide ongoing updates as it relates to classwork via FACTS, email, or Google Classroom. Due to the sudden closure, the campus will open from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. tomorrow to ensure that all students have all the materials needed to work remotely, including work packets for younger students, books, devices, etc. All sporting events and extracurricular activities will continue as scheduled through March 17.

As the virus continues, please monitor PCA’s COVID-19 webpage and other communication channels for ongoing updates.

COVID-19 Closure Notice
as of March 13

In coordination with the directive from Governor Ivey, Prattville Christian Academy will join other K-12 schools state-wide in closing its campus to protect students and assist in halting the spread of COVID-19. 

PCA will close its campus from March 19 – April 5, and everyone is encouraged to remain off campus during the closure. All sporting events and extracurricular activities are also canceled until school operations resume. The campus is expected to re-open on April 6; however, a final determination will be made and communicated to you in advance of that date. 

All classes will continue online via student devices for grades 6-12 and previously prepared work packets for students in grades K3-5. Your child’s teacher(s) will provide ongoing updates as it relates to classwork via FACTS, email, or Google Classroom.

Please be reminded that you may keep your child at home if you are concerned; all absences due to COVID-19 are excused. PCA’s handbook states that “a student shall be excused from school for inclement weather or emergency conditions which could be dangerous to the life and health of the students as determined by the principal or parent.”

As the outbreak continues, please continue to monitor PCA’s COVID-19 webpage and other communication channels for ongoing updates. 

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General Precautions 

Based on current information, health officials are recommending everyone use the same steps to protect against coronavirus that are taken to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses.

– Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
– Use a 60% or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available
– Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
– Avoid close contact with sick people
– Cough and sneeze into the bend of elbows
– Keep children home as necessary according to PCA’s policy on illness

The coronavirus is a fragile virus and is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory illnesses are spread. To prevent the spread of germs, faculty and staff members are frequently wiping surfaces and cleaning high-traffic areas, and we encourage you to adopt the same practices at home. PCA’s facilities team is continuing their routine disinfecting procedures as they clean the buildings every night.

School Travel / Field Trips

All scheduled travel and field trips are under review based on the virus and no new trips are being planned for the reminder of the school year. Teachers will communicate field trip cancellations as decisions are made.

Spring Break Travel

As you travel during the break, you are encouraged you to be extra vigilant of those exhibiting signs of an illness, especially the flu. If you become symptomatic, you are encouraged to visit your primary physician immediately and report any coronavirus diagnosis.

Reporting

If someone in your home must be quarantined due to illness or potential illness, contact the school nurse immediately. For asymptomatic students (those with no symptoms) living in a household with a confirmed case, self-quarantine according to CDC recommendations is encouraged. For any symptomatic student, a written doctor’s notice to return to campus or be fever-free without the use of medication for at least 72-hours is required.

School Closure

In the event that PCA must close due to a suspected or confirmed illness, parents will be notified immediately via email, telephone call, and social media. Administrators are working with PCA’s faculty members to prepare for continuing lessons at home as needed. The primary method for instruction delivery will be distance learning via student devices. Teachers will communicate with students through various tools, including email and Google Classroom. All sporting events and extracurricular activities will also be canceled if the school must suspend its operations.

Student Absences

Please be reminded that all absences due to this outbreak are excused. PCA’s handbook states that “a student shall be excused from school for inclement weather or emergency conditions which could be dangerous to the life and health of the students as determined by the principal or parent.”

General Updates

For more information on symptoms, prevention, and general virus updates, visit these resources.

Alabama Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Live COVID-19 Dashboard

Contact

If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19, contact Janet Brackins, School Nurse.

Last Update: 3/13/20 @ 7:21 p.m.