School Reopening FAQs

Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

IS THE PCS CAMPUS OPEN THIS FALL?

In agreement with several organizations including the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Pullman Christian School recognizes that in-person learning is the most effective form of education for students to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. For this reason, PCS is doing everything possible to keep our campus open for in-person learning in a safe manner for as many students as possible. PCS is implementing a hybrid schedule for the time being (5 days a week of in-person learning with Fridays being a half-day) to allow time for deep cleaning of the facility, etc.

ARE FACE MASKS REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS?

Yes, this is current state law.  As a Washington State approved private school, Pullman Christian School is following the state guidelines for masks. Students, teachers, staff members, and all visitors are required to wear cloth face coverings while in the school building. Face shields are an available accommodation for students as an alternative when needed in the classroom. Teachers are allowed to wear a face shield rather than a face mask if deemed necessary for effective instruction.

WHAT IS PCS DOING TO PROVIDE FOR STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY?

Pullman Christian School is following the state and county Department of Health and L & I guidelines for schools. Classrooms and common areas, especially high touch surfaces, are sanitized often, thoroughly, and regularly. Classroom configurations have been reset to allow for 6 feet of distancing between desks. Students, faculty, and staff members are wearing face masks. Homeroom classes primarily remain together throughout the day to limit exposure. The school-day schedule has been adjusted to decrease crowding in the hallways, restrooms, lunchroom, and common areas. 

DOES THE SCHOOL TAKE STUDENTS’ TEMPERATURES EACH DAY?

Students are screened by a parent before arriving at school each day. Parents submit an online or paper attestation form each day to verify that their child is healthy and without any symptoms of illness, including taking their child’s temperature at home. Students exhibiting any symptoms of illness or who have come into close contact with a confirmed case of COVD-19 need to remain at home. The school takes a student’s temperature if the parent forgets to complete the health screening and/or if the student becomes ill or appears ill during school.

IF MY CHILD IS UNABLE TO ATTEND SCHOOL DUE TO COVID SYMPTOMS OR COVID EXPOSURE, HOW WILL THIS AFFECT LEARNING?

If a student is excluded from school for health reasons, the school office and his/her teacher will be in close communication to help the student maintain progress. If the student is well enough to engage in learning, the teacher will work to deliver instruction and assignments to the student. Due to the nature of the upcoming school year, students will not face a loss of credit for excessive absences due to illness or COVID-19 exposure, provided they can make-up the required instruction and assignments.

HOW HAVE ATHLETICS BEEN AFFECTED?

Following WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association) guidance, Soccer and Volleyball are not being offered as sports this fall. Pullman Christian School is exploring the option of a partnership with Airway Hills Golf Center to provide an intramural golf program for students. Students are able to participate in other sports at their local public school district, but families should weigh their participation against any potential risks since this would expose the student to more people on a regular basis. In the state of Washington, public schools are not offering fall sports.

UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD PCS TRANSITION TO DISTANCE LEARNING DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR?

Pullman Christian School will operate in compliance with regulations from our state and local governments regarding any school closures. In the case of a COVID-19 case within the school body, Pullman Christian School will be in communication with the Department of Health to determine whether or not the campus, or a portion of campus, will need to close for a time and any other cleaning or contact tracing measures that will need to be implemented to allow for a safe re-opening.  During any closure, PCS intends to provide distance learning instruction and support to its students.  Students will receive ongoing training in order to transition to distance learning as seamlessly as possible.

WILL THE SCHOOL YEAR BE EXTENDED IF THE SCHOOL CLOSES?

If the school campus closes, students will continue learning from home under the guidance of their teacher(s). For the purpose of keeping to our required number of instruction days, distance learning will be counted as a regular day of school. So a school closure should have no effect on the length of the school year. 

IF THE CAMPUS CLOSES, HOW WILL THAT AFFECT MY CHILD’S TUITION?

In the case of a school closure and transitioning to distance learning, teachers will be working full time to provide communication and instruction from a distance. PCS has a contractual obligation to continue to pay the majority of its faculty. For this reason, tuition costs and curriculum fees will be billed out each month as usual. 

ARE APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE  2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR?

Pullman Christian School is still accepting applications for the upcoming school year. Due to social distancing requirements, space is limited. If you are interested in admission, please contact the school office right away to begin the admissions process. We are not accepting Early Kindergarten applications (student is not 5 by August 31) and we are not accepting new Homeschool a la carte applications at this time. The school’s financial aid fund has been depleted for the current school year; new applicants will not be able to apply for financial aid. New applicants may be placed on a waiting list.