June 24, 2020
Eagle Christian Academy is closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and any implications it may have for our school. We are currently planning to return to campus in the fall, with students attending school all day, every day. Our administration has formulated policies and procedures for a safe return to the classroom, which include implementation of proper health screening and social distancing requirements.
We will also be returning to school in the fall with a regular school calendar. Any closures due to COVID-19 will result in no more than 10 consecutive school days of distance learning per closure. Closures that extend beyond the 10 day limit will result in additional make up days at the end of the school year.
This is a rapidly changing situation and we are committed to keeping our families informed of any and all changes and decisions that will impact our students. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these times. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Communications at email@example.com.
March 19, 2020
Dear Eagle Christian Family,
This afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a public health disaster, the first declared in Texas since 1901. Abbott explained during a press conference that the executive orders will bring the entire state of Texas in line with CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here to view his announcement.
Abbott's executive order includes closure of all Texas schools, including private schools, through April 3. The orders take effect at midnight Friday, March 20 and will go through midnight on Friday, April 3.
We are committed to continuing our preparations for online / remote instruction and are confident we will be able to deliver effective instruction for the foreseeable future. If you have any questions, please contact Adrienne Hare at firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of School, Eagle Christian Academy
March 18, 2020
Good Evening, Lower School Families!
Our incredible faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to prepare for our remote/ online learning beginning next week. If you have not already, you will be hearing from your teachers with more specific instructions on what to expect next week. In the meantime, we are giving you some important Lower School information.
How will my kid(s) be learning?
We will be utilizing Class Dojo to send assignments, ideas, and activities. They have added several features to make remote learning easy and fun and we already utilize Dojo, so everyone already has access and is familiar with it.
Here is a quick video so you can see how your student can use the portfolio/sharing feature (you can fast forward it to the :54 mark and watch until 1:50 mark -unless you want to watch the whole 3 minutes and see the teacher side of things!) : https://tinyurl.com/
Some of the upper elementary classes (4-6th) may utilize Zoom, which will be a fun way for them to receive lessons live (and see classmates!). Mr. A made a short tutorial on Zoom if you'd like to check that out as well: https://youtu.be/Vw0pikfY9r8
What if my teacher has items to send home?
Many teachers are preparing packets for their classes for next week. Packet pick up will be this Friday, March 20th anytime between 11:30am -1:30 pm. Please pull up to the car line drop off door and we will hand you your child(ren)’s packet! If you are unsure whether your child’s class will have a packet to pick up, please contact your teacher.
What if my student has a technical issue (logging in/submitting work etc)?
Mr. Andrassy has asked that if you have any technical issues you submit a ticket using this form: https://ecawaco.on.spiceworks.
Please allow him the gift of time to get back with you as it’s no easy task converting an entire school to online learning in 1 week. 🙂
What if my student does not have access to a device or what if we do not have internet?
If you do not have internet access or a device to use (While a computer is ideal, many of you will be able to do most everything on a phone, tablet/iPad) or if you have more kiddos than devices (ex: family has 4 kiddos but only 3 devices), please email Mr. Andrassy at email@example.com to see what we can do. Remember that students won’t need a device at all times, just here and there throughout the week and for younger students, parents will be receiving their work, so a parent’s device is fine.
I still have questions! What do I do?
We have got you covered! We are holding a Zoom call for lower school families this Sunday, March 22nd @ 2:00 pm, so if you have any questions, we will be on live to answer them for you! This Zoom is completely optional and will only be for questions about student learning for next week. (We are sending a separate correspondence out on Friday with answers to many other event/calendar/sports etc related questions, so hold tight.)
As always, you can reply to this email with any questions you may have and we will do our very best to get you an answer quickly! We sure do miss seeing all of our Eagles! Talons Up!
Director of Communications
March 18, 2020
Good Evening, Upper School Families!
This is a long one, so bear with us!
Our incredible faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to prepare for our remote/online learning beginning next week. If you have not already, you will be hearing from your teachers with more specific instructions on what to expect for each class next week. In the meantime, we are giving you some important Upper School information.
How will Upper School be learning?
We will be utilizing Google Classroom to send assignments, take quizzes, etc.. All of Upper School uses Google Classroom in some capacity already - now you just get to use more cool features!
We will also be utilizing Zoom video conferencing, which will be a fun way to receive lessons live (and see classmates!) and you’ll have pre-recorded lectures and lessons you can watch, too, as well as faculty using Zoom to hold office hours so that you can get help or ask any questions you may have. Here is a quick video Mr. A made to show you how it works:
Zoom tutorial https://youtu.be/Vw0pikfY9r8
On Monday and Tuesday you’ll be required to hop on to a Zoom with each of your teachers at the time of your regularly scheduled classes. Attendance will be taken, so be logged in on time. March 23-27 is an "A" week. Please trouble-shoot early by logging into Zoom (create a new account with your ECA email) and becoming familiar with the platform.
Students already have login information for their foreign language classes through Edgenuity and should log in to work on it this week. Progress in this class is business as usual.
Mrs. Karr will be relaying any important information about Dual Credit classes to all enrolled students. At this point, we know they will be administered online. More details to follow.
There will be no Zoom meetings for Academic Hour or for Leadership, but we are working on an online chapel service to take place on Wednesday, March 25th.
We realize that Upper School students need to retrieve books, journals etc. from their lockers and classes so we are holding pickup hours for students this Friday, March 20th from 11:30-1:30.
In keeping with the mandate from the city and as an extra precaution for our students, we are only allowing 5-6 students in the building at a time and they will have 10 minutes to retrieve their items. All students will have their temperatures checked before entering the building. Students only are allowed into the building. Please see the list below to check for your allotted 10 minute slot. You will enter through the main Upper School doors. If you have classes at the lower school (Science, Computer etc), all of those items will be at the upper school for you to pick up.
(***the pick up time slots have been removed for student privacy- if you need your time email Adrienne.Hare@ecawaco.com***)
What if I have a technical issue or question?
Mr. Andrassy has asked that if you have any technical issues that you submit a ticket using this form: https://ecawaco.on.spiceworks.
Please allow him the gift of time to get back with you as it’s no easy task converting a school to online learning in 1 week 🙂
What if I don’t have access to a device or the internet?
If you do not have internet access or a device to use (While a computer is ideal, many of you will be able to do a lot on a phone, tablet/iPad) or if you have more kiddos than devices (ie family has 4 kiddos but only 3 devices), please email Mr. Andrassy at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what we can do.
I still have questions! What do I do?
We have got you covered! We are holding a Zoom call for Upper School Students & Families this Sunday, March 22nd @ 3:30 pm so that if you have any questions we will be on live to answer them for you! This Zoom is totally optional and will only be for questions about student learning for next week. (We are sending a separate correspondence out on Friday with answers to many other event/calendar/sports etc related questions, so hold tight.)
I know this feels overwhelming as we get everything set up- it should get less intense once we get everyone going with Zoom. We are all learning this together and we are here for you guys- you've got this! As always you can reply to this email with any questions you may have and we will do our very best to get you an answer quickly! We sure do miss seeing all of our Eagles on campus! Talons Up!
Director of Communications
March 17, 2020
Good Morning, ECA Families.
In light of the continuing developments of the COVID-19 virus and the recommendations from yesterday's White House and Governor's press conferences, the ECA Board and administration have decided that in addition to this week’s spring break extension, ECA will hold classes remotely for the week of March 23-27.
Our administration has been preparing for this possibility and this week our faculty and staff are receiving training and resources to be able to teach and guide our students online.
We know that many of you have a lot of questions so we are going to be providing several platforms for you to get all of the information you need in the coming days. For the moment, here are 3 things:
1. It’s going to be ok! Take a deep breath. This is new territory for a lot of us, but because ECA integrates technology into our classroom learning, we already have many of the tools we need to translate learning to a home setting!
2. Please read all ECA communications thoroughly. On Wednesday (and in the days following) you will be receiving important details about next week from both the school and your teachers.
3. Many of you have asked so we wanted to let you know that Variety Show is being postponed to a later date. We will keep you up to date as we get more information.
This is a fluid situation for all of us and our priority remains excellence in Christian education- whether in class or online. We want you all to know that we are here for you. We are going to work with all of our families and students to be sure that you each have what you need to make this time rich and productive. Thank you for coming alongside us to do what we can to help slow the spread of this virus.
Head of School, Eagle Christian Academy
March 13, 2020
Dear Eagle Christian Families and Staff,
Over the past week we have been monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is an ever evolving situation, and while there are currently no confirmed cases in McLennan County, the cases in Texas are multiplying. After reviewing information from the CDC and Health District as well as consulting with other area private schools and considering the unique role that schools can play in slowing the spread of COVID-19, the ECA Board of Directors has made the decision to extend spring break through March 22.
Additionally, TAPPS sports are cancelled through April 12th and our elementary sports will be cancelled through, at minimum, March 20th. While we are currently hoping to resume a somewhat normal schedule on March 23rd, we will continue to assess the situation, including whether or not extending the closure might be warranted.
Talk More Meals will be crediting any hot lunches purchased this week to next month's orders. However, Talk More Meals is working overtime this week to provide hot, fresh, wholesome meals for families. If you are interested in ordering meals for your family, please visit her at www.talkmoremeals.com.
ECA's board and administration will be meeting early this week to work on both logistics that address the week ahead as well as some long term planning. Please be on the lookout in the coming days for additional communications that address duties for staff, as well as information about possible online instruction, should we need it.
We know that you may have questions, and we will provide regular updates via email and text message via parent alert. You will also be able to find those updates on a dedicated portion of our website at www.ecawaco.com/coronavirus a
Our priority remains our students and in this uncertain time we must put first protecting the health of our students, staff and families. This is a challenging time for our community as well as our nation and the world. Please join us as we continue to pray for those affected as well as praying for wisdom for our leaders.
Head of School, Eagle Christian Academy
March 11, 2020
Dear ECA Families,
I hope you have been enjoying your spring break with your family. This has been a week full of information in the news regarding the COVID-19 Virus, and with the announcements from the WHO and the recent announcement of extension of spring break and online classes mandated at Baylor University, I wanted to extend some information regarding Eagle Christian Academy's plan moving forward.
The health and safety of our students and staff members is our number one priority. We are monitoring the situation closely and do not foresee extending spring break as our exposure is significantly limited compared to Baylor. We are following the CDC Guidance for Child Care and K-12 schools. At this time, we plan to be open regular hours on Monday, March 16.
As an extra level of precaution, if you, or a family member living in your home, or a family member you were with over spring break traveled to a country within the past 14 days that the CDC has designated as Level 3 Warning, please contact myself or Dr. K immediately. You or your children may not come to ECA until you have been symptom free for 14 days since you or your family members' return to the US. (Level 3 includes China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.) As of this date, we are not aware of any students or families that have traveled to these areas, but we want to protect our students and ask that you honor our community by letting us know immediately if exposure is a possibility. If you traveled to an area with widespread, ongoing community contagion such as Washington State or California, we are asking that you also consider staying away from ECA until you are sure you do not have any symptoms. At this point, the CDC advises that schools discontinue attendance incentives for the remainder of the school year to discourage students coming to school when feeling ill. Please watch for follow up information from campus principals with details of how this will apply to your student's specific campus (such as final exam exemptions at the upper school or awards/parties/handouts at the lower school).
Please note that ECA follows state guidelines in regard to absences and truancy. The school will not waive truancy or course credit requirements, so those will remain in place unless the State of Texas releases those requirements. Eagle Christian Academy will follow TEA guidance on absences and truancy in regard to COVID-19. Only attendance incentives-not attendance requirements are temporarily suspended.