A Letter to the PCA Community
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Dear PCA Community,
This morning PCA received notification of positive test for COVID in our community. Based on initial review, I assess at this point that the case is likely limited. Importantly, the individual was never on campus while symptomatic (remained off campus), followed all screening protocols, and reported the positive test result as soon as possible.
WHAT WE DID – Upon notification, PCA immediately executed our planned response protocols, which included:
- Care/reach out to the family most directly affected
- Initial assessment of impact to community (timelines, areas, people)
- Contact with official medical authorities
- General notification of staff, faculty, and school families
- Direct notification of those families identified as having close contact
- Communication to all families and staff that notifications to close contact is complete
- Town halls with the staff/faculty and families
GOING FORWARD – PCA will make adjustments according to our plan and will continue to:
- Communicate with our staff, faculty, and families over the weekend
- Return to campus with majority of PCA on Monday (with likely increased safety protocols)
- conduct off-site learning for the small part of the school directly affected, and return them to campus based on our return plan
- Continue coordination with state and local health officials
- Support our families, faculty, and staff in every way: educationally, physically, spiritually
Your continued support and prayers are appreciated for those directly impacted as well as for those in our entire school as we continue to accomplish our critical mission of education, especially in a COVID environment. Thanks to those who have prepared us for this day, which we anticipated would come. We are ready; we will continue to care for our people; we will remain safe; we will continue our mission of maximizing each child’s God-given potential.
Mike Runey, Head of School
What is PCA’s plan for in-person classes this school year?
PCA is back in person this school year. By planning now how best to meet the needs of our families, we maintain the quality of our current model while improving differentiation by incorporating the use of technology.
We have developed an enhanced hybrid learning approach that allows PCA teachers to teach from PCA, to students at PCA, and reach beyond PCA to offsite students. This means our teachers deliver instruction from our campus to onsite students in the classroom, and have the capability to deliver the same instruction to offsite students. Offsite students participate in the full traditional school day including lectures, class discussions, Socratic seminars, group projects, and more, just as they would if onsite, through video conferencing technology and learning tools that engage them where they are.
Hybrid learning is designed to integrate the best of face-to-face and online activities so that they reinforce, complement, and elaborate one another, offering opportunities of choice, extension, and skill reinforcement.
You might be asking, “Why so much emphasis on a different model of learning?” There are two major reasons: rapidly changing health and safety guidelines and the unique health situations within families that may force families to deem onsite learning unsafe. This hybrid learning approach allows for agility, permitting high quality, familiar learning to continue without interruption.
The Admissions Office is open over the summer! To learn more about PCA, schedule a virtual or in-person tour, or ask questions about the application process, email email@example.com 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 families may contact Sue McKenney at the Lower School Office with questions.
Upper School families may contact Kim Cummings at the Upper School Office with questions.
Head of School:
To contact the Head of School Office, please contact Shirley Tuten.
Compassionate Community was a theme for PCA during the 2019-2020 school year, and that was no accident! While social distancing meant we were not physically coming together as a community, there were many ways that we continued to build community from afar. Now that we’re in the summer months, we encourage you to continue interacting as part of our community. 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!
Interested in Becoming a Part of the PCA Community?
Approach the fall with confidence that your child will participate in engaging and effective on-campus learning this fall at Portsmouth Christian Academy. We are accepting applications now for students who wish to enroll in time for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Start the conversation by filling out the form below to contacting the Admissions Office.