COVID-19 Preparations at TSCA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement about COVID-19 (also referred to as coronavirus and novel coronavirus). As media outlets increase their coverage of it, we wanted to update you on the precautions we are taking at TSCA to ensure we are prepared.

The health and well-being of our entire community is always our first priority. We continue to monitor international and national advisories from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO), remain in close contact with the local health department about the spread of COVID-19, and stand prepared to act with our students’ best interests in mind.

We are continuously monitoring COVID-19 and will continue to update you with any important details that may impact our community. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Here are some important links and resources:

* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
* World Health Organization
* Dallas County Health & Human Services
* How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
* NYT Parenting – Coronavirus
* WHO Five Well-Being Index

 

Please see all of our updates below, regarding measures we are taking to keep our community safe.

2020-2021 COVID-19 Reopening & Compliance Plan

Dear Parents & Partners in Christian Education at TSCA,

We pray you have been enjoying a safe summer and that this email communication finds you and your family healthy and well!

As we begin to wind down the month of July and look ahead to the beginning of a fabulous new school year, I wanted to personally reach out on behalf of the TSCA Board of Directors, faculty, and staff to express how excited we are to reopen the school for on-campus learning beginning August 12, 2020.

We cannot wait to see the smiling faces of our scholars and families! Our connection to you is a significant one, and we are just not the same without you here. We praise the Lord for you and for allowing us the beautiful blessing of learning and growing with you and your children!

As we continue making preparations to reopen the school for learning, we recognize and respect that some of our families feel it is in their children’s best interest to learn from home due to health concerns. Therefore, we are also pleased to be able to offer three options for your child’s learning opportunities this year:  on-campus learning, online learning, and blended learning. Please note that the 2020-2021 TSCA School Choice Survey is invluded in this communication so you can make your Fall 2020 semester choice for schooling. This will give us an opportunity to assess all of our families’ needs so we can plan appropriately for this school year’s learning programs. Please note that your school choice is a commitment for the Fall semester of learning at TSCA. If you would like to revisit that choice before the second semester begins, a change will be considered in December 2020. We ask that you complete the survey no later than July 17 for each child in your household that is enrolled at TSCA. We appreciate your vital support with this important planning process.

Please click the link to access and submit the School Choice Survey: https://forms.gle/iPxAK6baHFxYRETy6

 

In addition, we are pleased to provide you with the TSCA COVID-19 REOPENING & COMPLIANCE PLAN, 2020-2021, for your review and consideration. We do ask that you spend time with this guiding document as it includes all current protocols and practices that TSCA will be implementing, requiring, and engaging in to provide the safest learning environment possible for your child(ren) and for our faculty and staff. Please accept our gratitude now for every step you will take alongside us to keep our scholars, faculty, and staff healthy during this COVID pandemic. Please note that this plan is still subject to change as more information becomes available regarding the safe reopening of schools. We do believe this plan provides a strong start for TSCA.

My heart is deeply grateful to be able to serve you and your children in this ministry again this year! Thank you for the opportunity! I have committed to the Lord to honor and glorify Him by doing my best and working diligently to ensure we help each scholar grow spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially/emotionally in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. I can’t wait to see them SHINE!

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

Ladona

Tyler Street Coronavirus Action Plan 2020

TYLER STREET CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ACTION PLAN

At Tyler Street Christian Academy, we are taking the following steps to ensure we do our best to prevent infectious diseases from spreading. Action steps have been categorized by PREVENTION and RESPONSE.

 

PREVENTION

Maintain open communication with parents to provide updates and share helpful resources. 

  • Notify parents immediately if any confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been identified at TSCA. 
  • Notify parents immediately of any intent to temporarily close the school for cleaning or training purposes. 
  • Notify parents as soon as possible if the local health department determines that TSCA should be closed to stop the spread of Coronavirus. 

Revisit attendance policies and support families and staff  

  • Review the usual absenteeism patterns at TSCA among students and staff.
  • Alert local health officials about large increases in student and staff absenteeism, particularly if absences appear due to respiratory illnesses (like the common cold or the flu, which have symptoms like those of COVID-19).
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home when sick. Use flexibility when possible to allow staff to stay home to care for sick family members.
  • Eliminate perfect attendance awards and incentives.
  • Plan for alternative coverage by cross-training staff to replace teachers, assist with clerical and bookkeeping tasks, and support clinical staff to meet health needs.  
  • Determine what level of absenteeism will disrupt continuity of teaching and learning. 

Encourage avoiding traveling to cities, states, or countries where a Coronavirus outbreak is widespread. 

  • Avoid traveling via cruise ship or commercial airlines whenever possible, especially if your child has an underlying health condition, such as diabetes, asthma, chronic lung problems, or a low immune system. 
  • Report to TSCA any trips taken overseas or to cities/states where a Coronavirus outbreak occurred.
  • Keep children quarantined at home for 14 days if they were exposed to or contracted the Coronavirus while traveling or through day-to-contact with family or friends. 
  • Ensure staff remain quarantined at home for 14 days if they were exposed to the Coronavirus while traveling or simply coming into unexpected contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Coronavirus.

Practice good handwashing strategies.

  • Provide ample supplies of hand sanitizer throughout the school facility and ensure soap dispensers remain filled for handwashing. 
  • Teach best handwashing technique to all students and staff through videos, classroom presentations, and poster displays in restrooms.  
  • Ensure handwashing strategies include washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. [See attachment to email for best handwashing technique.]
  • Reinforce the importance of washing hands frequently throughout the day (e.g., when going to the bathroom; before/after eating; after playing outdoors; after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose; when handling garbage)
  • Teach children to avoid rubbing their eyes, touching their nose, or putting their fingers in their mouths. 

Perform routine environmental cleaning.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g. doorknobs, light switches, countertops) at least once a day.
  • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (e.g. keyboards, desks, remote controls) can be wiped down by students and staff before each use.
  • Ensure lunch tables are thoroughly cleaned before and after each lunch period.  

Establish procedures for students and staff who are sick at school.

  • Ensure students and staff who become sick at school or arrive at school sick are sent home as soon as possible. 
  • Keep sick students and staff separate from well students and staff until they can leave the school facility.
  • Place a disposable face mask on any student or staff member who is sick to help reduce the spread of germs. 
  • Thoroughly clean/sanitize the classroom and other areas any identified sick children or adults occupied.
  • Share resources with the school community to help families understand when to keep children home. 

RESPONSE

Consider temporary school shutdown when deemed essential to student and staff health. 

  • Cancel classes temporarily to deep clean/sanitize the building if the virus has appeared in the Dallas/Oak Cliff area.
  • Close the school for as short of a duration as possible if TSCA reaches the point that overall school health and well-being is compromised.

Create a remote learning plan via Google Classroom and YouTube.

  • Close the school for two days to train teachers how to conduct online classes via Google Classroom or creating/sharing YouTube videos.
  • Ensure email accounts exist for all students in grades K-12.  
  • Provide students who are quarantined at home with online classroom assignments. Allow them to return all completed assignments via email for teachers to grade and provide feedback. 
    • Verify that each student has Internet accessibility in grades K-12.
    • Determine available technology at home for students in grades K-4208.
    • Determine the best email address to use for exchange of information.
    • Establish timelines for getting daily assignments out and completed assignments returned.
  • Count e-learning days (virtual instruction) toward attendance and academic requirements. 
    • Use a daily check-in/check-out process for attendance using timestamping via email, Google Classroom, or Ignitia.
    • Provide technical support whenever possible to troubleshoot computer problems with school assigned Chromebooks and other digital devices. 
    • When Chromebooks (digital devices) fail, email assignments and exchange information via email where a home computer is available.
    • Use postal mail or hand deliver learning packets, if feasible, when the Internet or technology are not available. 

RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19) CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Stop Germs! Wash Your Hands. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/wash-your-hands-fact-sheet-508.pdf

Hand Washing:  A Powerful Antidote to Illness. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/prevention/Pages/Hand-Washing-A-Powerful-Antidote-to-Illness.aspx

 

REFERENCES:

Association of Christian Schools International

Brotherhood Mutual Insurance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Texas Mutual

Washington State Department of Health

 

 

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The Governor's Report To Open Texas, April 27, 2020

COVID-19 Health & Safety Precautions for End-of-Year Campus Close Out

This Week at the Street #33 SY 2019-2020

This Week at the Street #30 2019-2020

TSCA COVID-19 STATUS: Today, April 17, 2020, Governor Abbott announced that public and private schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. He made this announcement during a press conference announcing the gradual opening of businesses in Texas. This latest decision now supersedes the executive order made on March 31, 2020, to keep schools closed through May 4, 2020.  As a result, TSCA is saddened to announce that we will not be able to reconvene classes on site as we had hoped and will continue delivering our e-learning program remotely for the remainder of the school year. How we miss our scholars and all of you! We will be sending out updates containing important information about final exams, semester and nine-week grades, and other end-of-year activities/events. Please stay tuned!

 

TSCA NEW POLICY FOR CLASSROOM/HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS SUBMITTED LATE

Given the challenges we are all encountering during the COVID-19 crisis, TSCA changed its policy for student homework that is submitted late. We are no longer deducting points for assignments turned in 1-2 days beyond the due date or entering zeros in the gradebook when a student has not submitted his/her assigned work beyond that time. We are currently using the code “I” with the assigned status of “Missing” in the RenWeb gradebook to alert students, parents, and teachers to the fact that a scholar still needs to submit the missing assignment to get credit for the work. When the assignment is submitted, preferably no more than five days late, the teacher will grade the student’s work and change the “I” to the grade earned by the scholar. Again, no points will be deducted for submitting the assignment late. Our goal remains that our scholars get all assigned work completed and submitted; however, during these trying times, we recognize that flexibility and grace are vital. Please be assured that we will work with each scholar and his/her parents throughout the last quarter to be sure that all work is submitted by the end of the 4th nine weeks.

 

TSCA E-LEARNING PROGRAM

As we continue delivering instruction via our e-learning program, we are making enhancements to our Google and Seesaw Classrooms to ensure we are providing a high-quality digital learning experience that is user friendly, engaging, and streamlined. We truly want to be the BEST we can be in all things for our scholars and families! This week, we launched a hands-on accountability system employing three digital learning leaders who are responsible for monitoring our e-learning classrooms.  In this way, every teacher’s digital classroom is analyzed weekly to get a first-hand look at all of our learning elements including activities, videos, delivery methods, grading, and ongoing feedback, both from students and teachers. Then, we continue monitoring the classrooms throughout the week and provide feedback and instruction where needed. Note the following steps that are now in place as they have notably strengthened our program: 

  • Conducted mandatory “Effective Feedback and Authentic Assessments” training for elementary and secondary faculty. This training was exceptional and focused on more engaging learning and meaningful assessments. We are better teachers!
  • Mrs. Cardoso and Mrs. Hudgins held individualized training with faculty who were identified as needing some interventions to refine their digital classrooms to make them more effective. What a difference maker this was! It will pay big dividends to our scholars as we move forward. 
  • Created Digital Learning Checklists at the secondary and elementary levels, and shared with faculty, so they knew what our digital learning leaders would be looking for when they analyzed each Google or Seesaw classroom each Monday. We set high expectations! Through this process, we were able to determine and immediately address any missing elements we discovered in any given e-learning classroom. We are stronger than ever!
  • Launched 4th and 5th grade Seesaw classrooms through a successful transition from Google Classroom. Thank you, parents, for your patience and understanding in working with us as we made this move to serve your young scholars better!    
  • Added new choice learning boards to the elementary and secondary digital classrooms. These really support individualized learning! Look for our new, engaging Music Choice Board, grades 6-12, launching on Monday, April 20th! This new addition brings choice to all our elementary and secondary scholars now.
  • Expanded Zoom teaching videos to include more modeling and manipulatives for early childhood instruction. 
  • Relationship building! Identified and began intervening more assertively with our Red Flag Scholars. These are scholars who are showing signs of struggling academically. We want to be sure we connect with our scholars and families more frequently via email, text message, phone call, and even Hangout chats when we see a scholar is struggling academically, emotionally, or spiritually. We are thankful that several of our scholars are reaching out for help, so we can meet their needs! Thank you, also, to our parents who trust us to take action to make needed changes. You don’t hesitate to contact us and pose great questions or concerns that truly need to be addressed. What a difference your feedback has made for our scholars at TSCA!

TSCA E-LEARNING WEBSITE 

Have you checked out our TSCA E-Learning Website, https://www.tsca.org/e-learning-at-tsca/?  This website will serve as the repository for all-things distance learning until we are able to gather in person again at school.  You will find important information there like general resources for families, how to contact us, and an FAQ. Please note that if you would like your child to have more work or activities available through our e-learning program, let Mrs. Cardoso (6-12th grade) or Mrs. Hudgins (PK-5th grade) know.

 

SENIOR GRADUATION

Given the Governor’s decision today to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, we are moving forward with our alternate high school graduation date of June 26, 2020. The Senior Mission Trip has now been rescheduled for June 14-20. The next meeting of the Class of 2020 has been rescheduled and will now be held on Monday, April 27, 2020, at 5:30 pm via Google Hangouts. A meeting invite will be sent, and parents are welcome to attend.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

All events in April have been canceled. We will keep you posted about other developments at TSCA as we move forward! 

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This Week at the Street #29 2019-2020

TSCA COVID-19 STATUS: The Governor issued an executive order, dated March 31, 2020, extending the closure of all public and private schools through May 4, 2020, due to COVID-19. In keeping with the order, TSCA will remain closed through May 4, 2020. All events in April have been canceled. No events will be rescheduled.

 

TSCA NEW POLICY FOR CLASSROOM/HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS SUBMITTED LATE

Given the challenges we are all encountering during the COVID-19 crisis, TSCA has changed its policy for student homework that is submitted late. We will no longer be deducting points for assignments turned in 1-2 days beyond the due date or entering zeros in the gradebook when a student has not submitted his/her assigned work beyond that time. We had been using the “0” in recent days as a placeholder so we knew to follow up on students who were missing grades due to not having submitted their completed work. We will now begin using the code “I” with the assigned status of “Missing” in the RenWeb gradebook to alert students, parents, and teachers to the fact that a scholar still needs to submit the missing assignment to get credit for the work. When the assignment is submitted, preferably no more than five days late, the teacher will grade the student’s work and change the “I” to the grade earned by the scholar. Again, no points will be deducted for submitting the assignment late. We will also replace all existing “0’s” currently entered in a scholar’s gradebook beginning the week of March 23rd, where an assignment was missing, with the “I.” Our goal remains that our scholars get all assigned work completed and submitted; however, during these trying times, we recognize that flexibility and grace are vital. Please be assured that we will work with each scholar and his/her parents throughout the last quarter to be sure that all work is submitted by the end of the 4th nine weeks.

 

TSCA E-LEARNING SURVEYS

As we move forward delivering instruction via our e-learning program, we are continually seeking to enhance our Google and Seesaw Classrooms to ensure we are providing a high-quality digital learning experience that is user friendly, engaging, and streamlined. We truly want to be the BEST we can be in all things for our scholars and families! Recently, we requested feedback on our e-learning program from parents, via a survey embedded in an email, and then from our secondary scholars via the TSCA E-Learning Feedback Survey. We were quite pleased with the feedback we received, both as to what is working well and what we need to rethink. We heard from 13 parents directly and 25 secondary students. Both the parent survey and the student survey garnered individual comments, along with specific responses, that were invaluable to improving our digital learning program! So, thank you for your feedback. Some changes that have been made based on parent and student feedback are as follows: 

  • Some Google Classroom assignments have been reduced as scholars were reporting unmanageable workloads.
  • A mandatory “Effective Feedback for Learning” training is scheduled for all faculty to ensure we strengthen ongoing communication with our scholars.
  • Mrs. Cardoso is now offering DAILY training to any faculty member with a learning need to strengthen his/her use of digital tools and teaching methods for remote learning. Mandatory training will continue to be assigned as we determine a uniform need for our faculty. 
  • 4th and 5th grades are now moving from Google Classroom to Seesaw Classroom to create a more user-friendly learning experience where everything can be found in ONE classroom instead of multiple classrooms that are challenging to navigate for these younger scholars. 
  • More thorough instructions, with more examples, will occur in secondary courses where scholars reported a need. Two examples are math and technology.
  • Improvements have been made where parents or scholars reported missing information in Google Classrooms or locked/unassigned tasks that needed to be completed. 
  • Accountability measures are stronger than ever as three leaders are taking on the important task of visiting individual teacher classrooms each week to ensure all required information is present, accessible, and well-designed.  Mr. Betts will manage the Google Classrooms for grades 6-12, along with the assistance of Mrs. Cardoso. Mrs. Hudgins will manage the Seesaw classrooms for grades PK-5.

TSCA E-LEARNING WEBSITE 

Have you checked out our TSCA E-Learning Website, https://www.tsca.org/e-learning-at-tsca/?  This website will serve as the repository for all-things distance learning until we are able to gather in person again at school.  You will find important information there like general resources for families, how to contact us, and an FAQ. Please note that if you would like your child to have more work or activities available through our e-learning program, let Mrs. Cardoso (6-12th grade) or Mrs. Hudgins (PK-5th grade) know.

 

SENIOR MEETING

Dr. Clayton, Mr. Betts, and Ms. Martinez met with seniors via Google Hangouts on Monday, April 6th to discuss senior graduation and the senior mission trip. Our seniors decided to hold to TSCA’s original graduation date of May 15, 2020, and to set the alternate date of June 26, 2020, if needed. The Senior Mission Trip has now been rescheduled for June 14-20. The next meeting of the Class of 2020 will be held on April 20, 2020, at 5:30 pm via Google Hangouts. A meeting invite has been sent, and parents are welcome to attend.

 

EASTER BREAK

In observance of Easter Break, there will be NO E-LEARNING SCHOOL on Friday, April 10th through Monday, April 13th. E-Learning School will resume on Tuesday, April 14th. Happy Easter!

LOOKING AHEAD

All events in April have been canceled. We will keep you posted about other developments at TSCA as we move forward!

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REVISED This Week at the Street #28 2019-2020

TSCA’S CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) STATUS UPDATE – REVISED APRIL 4, 2020

Please note that the Dallas Morning News, along with other area media, incorrectly reported the new date for the stay-at-home order for Dallas County. (Please see the CORRECTED story HERE.) The Editor’s note from last night’s correction stated the following: “A subject line in an earlier version of this newsletter misstated the date of Dallas County’s stay-at-home order. The order will remain in place until April 30, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. The Dallas Morning News regrets the error.” With that in mind, we have revised our original announcement made on April 3rd to reflect the correct stay-at-home order as determined by Judge Jenkins and the school’s position on remaining closed. 

REVISED ANNOUNCEMENT: The Governor issued an executive order, dated March 31, 2020, extending the closure of all public and private schools through May 4, 2020, due to COVID-19. On April 3, 2020, Judge Clay Jenkins extended his stay-at-home order for Dallas County to April 30, 2020. Given that the Governor’s executive order directs schools to remain closed until May 4, 2020, we will remain closed through May 4, 2020. All events in April have been canceled. No events will be rescheduled.

 

TSCA E-LEARNING WEBSITE 

Have you checked out our TSCA E-Learning Website, https://www.tsca.org/e-learning-at-tsca/?  This website will serve as the repository for all-things distance learning until we are able to gather in person again at school.  You will find important information there like general resources for families, how to contact us, and an FAQ.

 

REPORT CARDS

Report cards for the 3rd Quarter have been sent out this week.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s grades, you may contact their teachers.  If you did not receive a report card you may contact Mrs. Peña, allisonpena@tsca.org, or Mrs. Brooks, kathrynbrooks@tsca.org.

 

Elementary parents, please be on the lookout for your Quarterly Newsletter from your child’s teachers.

 

E-LEARNING SURVEY

All secondary students, 6th – 12th grade, will be receiving an E-Learning Survey on Friday to gather feedback about how the new program is going for them. The surveys will be kept confidential regarding their individual responses and comments. Dr. Clayton is sending out the survey and then personally analyzing the responses to make any needed improvements to the program, while also celebrating successes! She can’t wait to hear from our secondary scholars!

 

SENIOR MEETING

Dr. Clayton will be hosting a Google Hangouts or Zoom meeting with all seniors, Mr. Betts, the senior sponsor, Ms. Martinez, and any parents who would like to join the meeting on Monday, April 6th, at 5:30 p.m. Agenda items include senior graduation and the senior mission trip.

 

EASTER BREAK

In observance of Easter Break, there will be NO E-LEARNING SCHOOL on Friday, April 10th through Monday, April 13th. E-Learning School will resume on Tuesday, April 14th. Happy Easter!

 

BOOSTERTHON

The Boosterthon Fun Run has been canceled.  We will reschedule the Fun Run for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

 

CLASS PICTURES AND KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION PICTURES

The Elementary Class Pictures and Kindergarten Graduation Pictures that were rescheduled for March 26th have been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

 

CRUSADER SPORT STOP

 

LOOKING AHEAD

All events in April have been canceled. We will keep you posted about other developments at TSCA as we move forward!

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STATUS UPDATE ON E-LEARNING, April 9, 2020

STATUS UPDATE ON E-LEARNING, APRIL 9, 2020:  Good news for 4th & 5th Graders!

 

Dear Parents of 4th & 5th Grade Crusaders,

I hope your Thursday has been a good one, and you and your family are safe and well! We continue to pray for each one of our children and families as we navigate the new measures that have been implemented considering COVID-19. How we miss interacting with you daily! We love our children and families and the community that we have so much. 

I am reaching out to our 4th and 5th grade families to let you know that I have been reviewing responses and comments I have received from the parent survey that I sent to all parents in an email, along with our TSCA E-Learning Feedback Survey for secondary students, which went out last Friday. These results have been informative regarding aspects of the program that are working well and challenges that need to be resolved. The individual comments have been of greatest benefit to me, as they led to further conversations, and those conversations have resulted in a change that I believe will serve our 4th – 5th graders and their families much better in their e-learning program. 

This morning, my administrative team met for two hours to discuss our e-learning platforms and the issues parents raised regarding how Google Classroom has been working for them. During this meeting, it became evident that the Google Classroom platform was more difficult to navigate for 4th and 5th grade students, along with the layout for the daily activities. The magnitude of the individual classrooms that must be accessed definitely got our attention. So, we determined that an immediate change was in order.  

I immediately worked to convene a meeting with Mrs. Garcia and Ms. Gaston for 3:45pm today. We had a wonderful discussion about how we could make this a much more user-friendly e-learning classroom, especially since our 4th and 5th graders are working out of numerous classrooms instead of one. 

Thus, I made the decision to move our 4th and 5th graders into a Seesaw platform like the other elementary children in grades PK-3. Now, everything our 4th and 5th grade students will need for their daily e-learning activities will be located within a single Seesaw classroom, including all of their work for each teacher and all of their special classes like art, music, PE, and library. It is truly a one-stop shop. This should resolve the issues that some students were experiencing by having to go to so many individual classrooms and sites without a single, unified checklist to guide the actual activities that need to be accomplished each day. This should also be much less burdensome for families who have three or more children enrolled in e-learning classrooms. 

I have also spoken with Ms. Gaston about abandoning Ignitia from this point forward since it is the only piece we cannot link to the Seesaw classroom. She was in total agreement that we could forgo Ignitia, so we are removing it from the equation beginning on Tuesday. 

We are going to launch our Seesaw 4th and 5th grade virtual classrooms next Tuesday, so I wanted to provide you with this Seesaw link so you can simply click the link provided to locate the right version of the app for your device, download it, and be ready by Monday to enter your child’s code to access his/her Seesaw classroom. Some of you may already be familiar with this app if you have younger children in the household currently using it. Mrs. Garcia and Ms. Gaston will be sending each parent the needed Seesaw code via email. Each one is unique to the child it is assigned to. 

Next Tuesday, April 14, 2020, your 4th or 5th grader will ONLY be completing tasks that are created to teach them how to use the Seesaw platform with ease. So, be looking for those activities only and no standard work in their standard academic subjects. We want them to be successful navigating this new tool, so we are providing a training day. If you are new to this, we encourage you to join them if you are able. It is a wonderful digital learning platform!

We pray that this will be a welcomed change once you see how much easier this platform is to navigate, while also seeing how it benefits your child by providing differentiated instruction and greater engagement. 

For everyone who has provided constructive feedback regarding our e-learning program at TSCA, thank you! We appreciate hearing about your positive experiences with digital learning; however, we also need to know when something is not working well for our parents and scholars, so we can identify and make needed changes that result in a better learning experience. We heard you, and we listened! 

If you have any other needs or concerns, please let me know. I do promise to address it right away and to seek improvement every time. 

I pray you and your family have a blessed resurrection celebration this weekend as we remember and revel in the knowledge that He is risen!

 

Dr. Ladona K. Clayton

Head of School

Tyler Street Christian Academy

 

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STATUS UPDATE ON E-LEARNING, March 31, 2020

STATUS UPDATE ON E-LEARNING, MARCH 31, 2020

EXTENDED SCHOOL CLOSURE AND TSCA E-LEARNING WEBSITE INFORMATION

 

Good afternoon, TSCA Parents & Partners in Christian Education! 

I wanted to reach out right away with our most recent update, as promised. 

Today, Governor Abbott extended social distancing measures until April 30, 2020, in keeping with President Trump’s announcement on Sunday. In addition, he has now extended school closures until May 4th

TSCA will continue to provide e-learning to our scholars through that date. We continue to listen to feedback from our students and our parents in regard to our e-learning program, and we are making adjustments as needed. Thank you for your support! Please note that I will personally be sending out an e-learning survey to all our secondary scholars on Friday to gather feedback directly from them regarding the quality and value of our e-learning program. I will be analyzing that data and then recommending any needed changes to our faculty based on the results. No individual student feedback will be shared to keep their responses confidential. Thank you to those parents who have been providing us with constructive feedback! Your comments are invaluable!

Please do visit our website e-learning pages to gather more information about TSCA’s E-Learning Program. You can find the initial information HERE.  Other pages are linked to the E-Learning page and will be of benefit to you, including our COVID-19 updates, which can be found HERE. We will continue to post updates as they become available. 

We continue to pray for you and all of our scholars as you navigate these uncertain and changing times. Please also join us in prayer for our national, state, and local leaders as they make important decisions for the people they are entrusted to serve well. May we seek the Lord Our God with our whole hearts and rely upon His unfailing wisdom, grace, and goodness each day!

 

Grace, peace, and joy!

Dr. Ladona K. Clayton

Head of School

 

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STATUS UPDATE ON E-LEARNING, March 23, 2020

STATUS UPDATE ON E-LEARNING LAUNCH, Monday, March 23, 2000

Good evening, TSCA Parents and Partners in Christian Education!

I pray that you are all well and preparing for the shelter-in-place order where required. I realize some of you are in vocations that are essential to the well being of Dallas County and its citizens. So, thank you so much for your service! We are grateful! All TSCA staff are doing their part by staying at home to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Today, our faculty completed phase two of their training to launch our new E-Learning School. We had a good day, and we are excited as we make progress toward our Wednesday launch date. Training continues tomorrow, and we would really appreciate your prayers for all of our teachers as they work diligently to deliver quality e-learning instruction. 

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all of our PK-3 parents for picking up your student’s work packets/bundles, as our early childhood teachers will be referencing these materials during their instruction.  Please discourage your child from working ahead, as teachers will provide the needed pace for the materials you received today. 

Please note the following in regards to our new E-Learning plan: 

  1. Attached, please find a PDF of the TSCA E-Learning Plan (ELP) as it stands today. The links that are referenced within the plan should be live by Wednesday, except for the emails I provided for Mr. Treadwell, Mrs. Cardoso, and Mrs. Hudgins. Those are ready to use immediately. Each teacher is currently preparing his/her letter and schedules for your perusal. Our E-Learning Plan is an eight-page document, so it covers all the bases and responsibilities for all stakeholders. Thank you for reading this guiding document. Please let me know if you have any questions. 
  2. Currently, Mr. Joseph Guzman, our Webmaster and IT Specialist, is building our E-Learning pages, which will be featured on the TSCA website. When those pages have been fully constructed and are live, we will get the link out to you so you can reference it for all things e-learning. Our goal is to have it up by Wednesday, but these pages may take a bit longer given that all teacher office hours, learning schedules, and parent letters will be available via active links embedded in the page. We appreciate your patience. 
  3.  Here are some specifics as to what you should expect when our E-Learning School launches on Wednesday morning by 8:00 a.m.
  • We will start SLOWLY!!! Schools, states, and countries that have already been about virtual learning the last several weeks have provided us with some invaluable feedback. BEGIN SLOWLY at first. So, we are planning on exercising wisdom. We want our scholars to test drive the learning tools we will be teaching through, such as Seesaw (Grades PK-3), Google Classroom (Grades 4-12), Google Hangouts/Meet (Grades 4-12), and Zoom (Grades 4-8).
  • Any materials, including workbooks, that were sent home today for grades PK – 3 will be accompanied by instruction via video. Just as your children receive demonstrations of a lesson at school, they will benefit from demonstrations in their home learning environment. The only difference is that scholars will be able to access videos via the Seesaw platform (grades PK-3) or the Google Classroom platform (grades 4-12) to watch them as teachers review daily assignments and provide direction for how to complete them.  Some of our teachers even sent home manipulatives today for elementary students to use. These teachers will be using the same manipulatives, on video, to show their students what they need to do to complete the assignment.
  • Please note that no live instruction will take place because we are trying to be as flexible as possible to accommodate parent schedules and access to a digital device.  Through prerecorded videos, students will be able to play each one at their individual learning times and actually replay the videos if additional viewings are needed.
  • There will also be opportunities for scholars to chat 1:1 with their teachers, and there will be opportunities for group chats, but that is optional. Elementary teachers will be uploading at least one video per day, although they may upload multiple learning videos daily. Secondary teachers will upload at least one weekly video. The goal is to keep all daily/weekly videos to 20 minutes total time per teacher. There will be outside readings assigned as well. Our goal is not to have our scholars in front of their computers all day long, but to have opportunities to complete their schoolwork, play, create, read, and research, along with virtual interaction with classroom teachers and specialists when available. 
  • Scholars can expect to receive instruction as well from their specials teachers at the elementary level, which include art, Spanish, library, P.E., and music activities. They can expect one per day during the week. Secondary scholars will continue to benefit from their elective classes, including technology, music, Spanish, and physical education. 
  • Please know that if you find that your child needs more work than is being provided, then we will be responsive to those requests and provide additional work or enrichment opportunities, again through the Seesaw or Google Classroom platform. 

I hope today’s update is beneficial to you and provides more direction as we near the launch date for our E-Learning School. We are excited about this new adventure, even though we know some adjustments will be needed along the way. We so appreciate your patience and understanding as we work out any challenges that we may encounter in this new learning paradigm. 

Please know that we are praying for each one of you and your families each day. We pray God’s protection, His blessings, and His peace over you all. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher(s), Mr. Betts, or me if you need any assistance at all. 

 

We count it all joy to serve you!

Dr. Ladona K. Clayton

Head of School

Tyler Street Christian Academy

 

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STATUS OF TUITION & DAYCARE FEES, March 17, 2020

STATUS OF TUITION & DAYCARE FEES, March 17, 2020

Dear TSCA Parents & Partners in Christian Education, 

It’s a new day, and we praise God for His goodness even in the midst of the chaos. He is faithful in all things! We are praying for you daily knowing that you are meeting with new challenges that you have never encountered before. May the Lord Our God guide your steps each day on this unprecedented journey! Please know that we appreciate your prayers for the TSCA faculty, staff, and their families, as we navigate this new landscape and continue to make multiple preparations to launch our home learning program to ensure we deliver quality learning opportunities for the time the school remains closed. We have one quarter (9 weeks) of instruction left, and we are praying that we can reopen the school before that period ends. 

I will be in touch at a later date with specific information that you will need to successfully partner with TSCA faculty in the home learning environment. This email will focus solely on remaining tuition payments and before/after school day care for any children enrolled in the monthly program. 

First, for those families who are enrolled in our daily before/after school day care program, we will be determining the amount that students who are enrolled in daycare need to be credited and apply it to their last payments in April and/or May. We can do no less. Although we are fully positioned to provide a home learning environment remotely, we cannot provide any daycare services, so we will credit your accounts. Kathryn Brooks will be reaching out as things settle down to report to each family the amount that will be credited on 10-month (April) and 11-month (May) payment plans. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we compile this data and complete the necessary steps to apply the credit against your accounts. 

At this time, tuition payments will continue to be due as scheduled. For 10-month payment plans, only one payment remains. For 11-month payment plans, two payments remain. Of course, the exceptions to remaining payments due would be families that postponed or missed payments. More payments would remain in this scenario. These exceptions are individualized. If you fall into this last category, please feel free to reach out to Kathryn Brooks to determine how many payments you have remaining. Payments continue to be due on the 1st of the month or as outlined on your FACTS agreement.

Please know that we will be holding meetings in the upcoming weeks to create a feasible plan for those families whose jobs and income may be affected by the Coronavirus 15-day national shutdown, especially if it is determined that the shutdown must be extended for a longer period of time. Although all remaining tuition will still be due, we have always worked with our families in a time of crisis, and we will continue to do so on a case-by-case basis. TSCA continues to have operating expenses that must be honored for the remainder of the fiscal year, so we will certainly consider the needs of families alongside TSCA’s financial obligations to determine the best possible plan of action for the well-being of the school and the family. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I check my email throughout the day, and lately, I am on the TSCA Gmail site at least 8-9 hours a day, so I am very accessible. My goal is to ensure we serve you with unwavering excellence, so your concern, questions, and feedback are important to us. 

 

Grace, peace, and prayers are sent your way! 

Dr. Ladona K. Clayton

Head of School

 

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IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE!! March 16, 2020

IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE!! March 16, 2020

Good evening to our TSCA Parents & Partners in Education! 

We pray that you are having a wonderful week!

I am reaching out this evening to be sure and share with you recent developments as it regards the Coronavirus and schools.  A lot has happened today in the wake of the President’s most recent announcement to limit contact to groups of under 10 for at least the next 15 days. This recommendation applied to all gatherings of people, including schools. 

After President Trump’s nationwide conference announcing the most recent federal directives, the Dallas ISD came out with its decision to close all its public schools indefinitely in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. They will activate home learning beginning on Monday, March 23rd. Here is the link for the announcement. 

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/dallas-isd-closes-schools-indefinitely-in-effort-to-slow-covid-19/2331774/  

As you recall, I reached out to families again on Friday before we released school for spring break to provide updates and additional precautionary measures to safeguard our children, families, and staff. At that time, I shared that we had sent home all TSCA assigned digital devices with you in case the decision needed to be made to close TSCA due to the spread of the Coronavirus. Now, the government and states are taking an aggressive approach to slow down the Coronavirus by “flattening the curve” and implementing social distancing guidelines. To better understand how the Coronavirus is spread and why an aggressive initiative like social distancing is needed, please see this link:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/?utm_campaign=wp_to_your_health&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_tyh&wpmk=1

TSCA is committed to doing the right thing, recognizing that all human life is precious and sacred. 

With this in mind, given the federal directives today, and what is in the best interest of our community and nation’s health and well-being, I believe all of us must unite to do our part to flatten the curve as well. So, we will be closing TSCA beginning on Monday, March 23rd. We will close indefinitely. PLEASE note the following next steps as they are important for the roll out of the school closure and launching a successful remote/distance learning environment. 

Earlier today, I provided our TSCA faculty with additional, multiple remote learning resources and tutorials for their use to add to what was already shared/discussed on Friday. We had a great inservice training on Friday afternoon, and many preparations were made for a possible school closure. We have already determined to complete any needed training on Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24, 2020, to finalize our remote/distance learning plan. 

We are confident that we will be ready to deliver remote learning to our children beginning on Wednesday, March 25th! 

We believe this later start will also give our parents more time to get all needed arrangements made for their children while enjoying their spring break this week. Our intent is not to take away from your spring break vacations, so we have built in two extra days off, Monday and Tuesday, so you can hopefully setup all learning needs structures in your homes. 

With all learning taking place at home now, please note the following: 

  1. NO ATHLETICS:  Given the proximity of athletes and avoiding gathering in groups of 10 or greater, we are immediately suspending any practices, and we will be canceling all scheduled track meets. This puts us in compliance with the federal directives.
  2. SKELETON CREW:  Kathryn Brooks, Kelly Betts, Don Treadwell, Kimberly Brooks, Allison Pena, and I will still report on Monday by 8:00 am. We will comply with the 6-foot social distancing guideline while working. As teachers need to join us, we will allow groups of no greater than three people to honor the under 10 people in one place rule. Please know that we will still be available at TSCA by phone to meet your needs March 23-25.
  3. LEARNING PACKETS:  Several families shared when they completed the survey we sent out on Friday that they did not have Internet access or access to a home computer. Therefore, we will be preparing learning packets to pick up on Tuesday for those families. We will reach out to each one individually to notify them of their need to pick up their packet(s). If you are not able to come to the school to retrieve your child’s learning packet, please let us know, and we will do our best to deliver your learning packet(s) to your doorstep.
  4. REMOTE/DISTANCE LEARNINGPlease be assured that we understand and respect the struggle our families will be faced with in the face of this dilemma. We know that older siblings may be charged with the care of their younger siblings during the day when their parents are at work. So, we have determined to avoid any live teaching where scholars must be positioned in front of their computers at a specific time. We purposed to make learning assignments available at the students’ convenience so they could access it on their timeline during the day. We want to be patient and flexible in our demands of students regarding remote learning. And, we recognize that where there are multiple children in one home, it is possible that each child will be vying for access to a single home computer. So, we are taking all of this into consideration as we design our lesson plans for the remote learning requirements. We are slowing the pace down a bit to be sure our students and families are not overwhelmed. We will provide you with explicit instructions next week as to how parents, faculty, and students will be receiving and sending information in this new remote learning process.  

Please know that we welcome your feedback every step of the way as this is new territory for TSCA. We will endeavor to do our best every day to meet our students’ learning needs while also communicating effectively with our families. 

Thank you for your vital support as we work together to do our part to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus for the Oak Cliff/Dallas community and beyond. We cannot do this work without you!

Please know that we are not walking in fear, but in confidence, because we serve and trust in the most high God. He is the Lord of our lives and is our constant Companion through all the challenges we may face. We employ wisdom while trusting in His Sovereignty. 

Psalm 46:1-7 God is our refuge and strength, a great help in times of distress. Therefore, we will not be frightened when the earth roars, when the mountains shake in the depths of the seas, when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains tremble despite their pride. Look! There is a river whose streams make the city of God rejoice, even the Holy Place of the Most High. Since God is in her midst, she will not be shaken. God will help her at the break of dawn. The nations roared; the kingdoms were shaken. His voice boomed; the earth melts. The Lord of the heavenly armies is with us; our refuge is the God of Jacob.   

 

By the grace and goodness of the Lord Our God, 

Dr. Ladona K. Clayton

Head of School

 Tyler Street Christian Academy

 

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