COVID-19 and Distance Learning

 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Portsmouth Christian Academy has shifted instruction to an online format. While our physical campus is quiet these days, our offices remain open and able to assist PCA families and members of the community. We’ve compiled a list of helpful contacts and links below that may be helpful during this time.

Office Hours and Contact Information

Admissions:
The Admissions Office is open! To learn more about PCA, schedule a virtual tour, or ask questions about the application process, email admissions@pcaschool.org or call 603-742-3617 ext. 121. The Admissions Office is open from 8 AM – 3 PM Monday through Friday. You may also learn more about PCA by browsing our website.

Lower School:
Lower School families may contact Sue McKenney at the Lower School Office with questions. The Lower School Office is available via email during regular school hours on Monday through Friday, and by phone at extension 112 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-12. In addition, Lower School parents are encouraged to reach out to their child’s teacher. Contact information for each teacher can be found in Veracross.

Upper School:
Upper School families may contact Kim Cummings at the Upper School Office with questions. The Upper School Office is open during regular school hours on Monday through Friday. In addition, Upper School parents are encouraged to reach out to their child’s teacher. Contact information for each teacher can be found in Veracross.

Head of School:
To contact the Head of School Office, please contact Shirley Tuten.

Advancement:
If you are interested in learning how you can support the mission of PCA, the Advancement Office is open during regular school hours on Monday through Friday. Please contact Dan Schmunk, the Director of Advancement, with questions.

Updates from Head of School Mike Runey

Community update 3/23/20

PCA Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update (As of 3/23/2020)

Today (Monday, March 23) we begin week two of distance learning at PCA. Last week we successfully implemented a distance learning plan for our students, and we are looking forward to continuing to improve our instruction in this new week.

One way that we seek to build on our instruction is by providing the necessary technological resources to our families. At this time, we are seeking donations for new or gently used laptops to be loaned to families for the purpose of remote instruction. If you are able to help, visit this link. 

While our learning is now happening from a distance, our offices remain open. Please continue to reach out with any questions by calling 603-742-3617.

During this time of social distancing, we encourage PCA families to continue building community via our online social networks. PCA parents are welcome to join the PCA Community Facebook Group, and students and Friends of PCA are encouraged to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Update to families 3/15/2020

PCA Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update (As of 3/15/2020)

Dear PCA Families:

At 1PM today, SUN 15 MAR 2020, Governor Sununu held a press-conference in which he directed all public schools to transition to remote learning starting tomorrow (MON, 16 MAR) through 3 April. His team also updated the community on COVID-19 in NH, and other educational impacts/ways ahead. The link is HERE—the total time is 1 hour; I believe it is well worth your time. My notes follow at the end of this message.

What does this mean for PCA? In short, we have already begun down this path and will continue to execute what I laid out Friday: MON is in-service for staff and faculty (students have learning already assigned); TUE we start  remote learning.

At the Governor’s request,  we will prepare to conduct remote teaching and support until 3 April—his reassessment date. Although his press conference indicates private schools are included in the order, a follow-up email from the Governor’s office clarified that we are not bound as a private school by the Governor’s decision. But as members of the greater community we take his requests as a key factor in our decision-making process as we do what is best for our students, families, staff, and faculty. Our local and state governments have been very supportive of us, and their requests deserve great consideration. They are also reasonable based on the circumstances as we know them today.

Thank you for your continued support. We will be communicating with you in the coming days as we begin the transition to remote learning. Know we are praying for you and trust God to work with you and alongside you. We remain committed to excellent Christian education, in all mediums.

In Christ’s service for everyone’s good,

Mike

Community update 3/13/2020

PCA Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update (As of 3/13/2020)

Dear PCA Community:

As of this writing, there are no known cases of COVID-19 among our student body, faculty, or parents.

Recognizing that the risk to PCA students, families, faculty, and staff from Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains low but is evolving in our county, state, nation, and around the world on a daily basis, we are preparing for the possibility of temporary distance learning for our students.

As part of our commitment to providing an excellent education to our students, and to ensure that our teachers, students, and families are equipped for the online learning that may be necessary as the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, we will not hold in-person classes this Monday or Tuesday, March 16 and 17.

On Friday, March 13, students will be sent home with assignments to complete during the day on Monday while PCA personnel will be on campus training in preparation for remote learning. On Tuesday, March 17, remote learning will take place for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

On Tuesday, March 17, we will make decisions about whether classes will resume in-person on Wednesday, March 18. We plan to continue monitoring the situation day-by-day, and updates will be made to this webpage as the situation changes. In addition, an FAQ is included below.

During the next few days, we are following the recommendation to limit large-group gatherings. As of this writing, we’re postponing tonight’s Jazz Night, weekend activities, and all after-school activities for Monday and Tuesday, including Kaleidoscope, theatre practice, sports practices and the Athletic Banquet. As new plans are made for these events, updates will be shared on our website.

We are confident that this plan ensures that we will continue to serve the PCA families who have entrusted our school with the education of their children. We know that our God is bigger than coronavirus, bigger than school closings and travel cancellations, bigger than our finances, and bigger than our fears. I encourage you to be smart about personal hygiene and group gatherings, and to follow recommended protocol. Beyond that, I encourage you to trust the Lord during this period and to remember that His plans for us are good, even when we can’t see it in the moment.

Blessings,

Mike Runey

PCA Community

Compassionate Community is a theme for PCA this year, and that is no accident! While social distancing means we are not physically coming together as a community, there are many ways that we can continue to build community from afar. First, if you haven’t already, be sure to join the PCA Community Facebook Group to interact with other members of the PCA family. Second, check the Better Together Blog for posts from members of our community, which may include resources, advice, or reflections meant to encourage and support the PCA family. Third, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with information from PCA!