FAQs – School Closure

Updated: Tuesday, March 24th

HOW DO I CONTACT THE SCHOOL?

In order to facilitate ongoing instruction, the school is considered an essential workplace by the state of Washington. The school office is remaining open with regular operating hours (M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm). Please feel free to call the school or email the teachers and staff. 

HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD COPE DURING THIS TIME?

Please know that we are praying for your families and for each student during this time. It is important that you have open and honest communication with your children as they will possibly be struggling with disappointment, worry, boredom, and frustration. These circumstances came on quickly for all of us and it is important for our children that they know we are here for them and we are in this together. Encourage them to acknowledge these emotions, empathize with them, give them time as needed (for some, especially our seniors, this is a time of grieving) and then help them to move on as they are able. Try to plan some fun family times.  Here is an additional resource that has some good ideas: How to Talk to Your Child About School Closures

HOW CAN STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY OLDER STUDENTS, RECEIVE COMMUNICATION?

Please make sure that your student’s cell phone number is correct in our system by checking the Parent Portal in FACTS. This will ensure that students are receiving text alerts and that the teacher can call them directly. Students should also regularly check their PCS email account.  Google Classroom is another way that teachers and students will be communicating.

HOW LONG WILL SCHOOL BE CLOSED?

The school campus is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 27th. In the meantime, instruction will continue from home. 

In compliance with state regulations, the school gymnasium, playground, and other facilities will not be open for student activities such as open gyms, study groups, etc. 

WILL THE SCHOOL YEAR BE EXTENDED?

The Governor and State Board of Education are expected to pass legislation that waives the 1000 hour school year requirement for all private schools in Washington. We will be continuing instruction during the closure and do not plan to extend the school year unless required to do so by law.

The Governor’s office has signed a waiver that will allow us to graduate our seniors regardless of the reduction of school hours/days.

HOW DO I PICK UP TEXTBOOKS & BELONGINGS?

If you have textbooks or any other belongings (medications, items in desks, lockers, locker rooms, etc.) at the school that you would like to pick-up, please call the school office to arrange a time. We need to avoid groups of students being here at the same time.

HOW WILL INSTRUCTION BE OFFERED?

Along with all K-12 schools in the state of Washington, Pullman Christian School will be implementing distance learning and instruction until the school campus reopens on Monday, April 27th. 

The school faculty and administration are implementing a strategy for distance learning at each grade level. School administration and your child’s teacher will be in communication by Wednesday, March 25th with the specific plan for your student’s continued instruction. Any assignments or projects requiring group work will be adjusted to accommodate distance learning. 

Please check back for updates.

I HAVE A POOR (OR NO) INTERNET CONNECTION AT HOME. WHAT CAN I DO?

Please contact the school to discuss options. We will work with you to figure out a solution. One solution may be to allow a student to come in during scheduled times and work in the back of a classroom while a teacher is present but with no other students, and practicing social distancing and disinfecting of surfaces, etc.  

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY DEVICE DOESN’T WORK FOR WHAT IS REQUIRED?

Please contact the school to discuss options. We have some Chromebooks that we can loan out to families. We have IT people who can help problem-solve issues as needed.  If student Chromebooks do not have video/microphone capabilities, they may consider using a cell phone during Zoom or other video conferencing applications.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BIBLE MEMORY?

All 1st-12th grade students should still plan to say the monthly Bible memory to a parent at home during this time. K students will be receiving their Bible memory information from Miss Wilson. Bible memory sheets can be found at https://pullmanchristianschool.org/files/2019/07/Bible-Memory-2019-20.pdf

The parent should email the Bible teacher to notify them when his/her child has completed Bible Memory. If your child is struggling with Bible memory, please contact the teacher to discuss possible accommodations. We do not want this to become a hardship for anyone.

WILL CHILDCARE BE PROVIDED BY THE SCHOOL?

The school sent out an online survey regarding childcare needs during the school closure. The results of the survey indicated that few families would use this service. Therefore, PCS will not be offering childcare.

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT TUITION?

Just as normal, teachers will be working full time to educate their students and provide communication and instruction in order for all students to proceed to the next grade level this fall. 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. The cost of any canceled event that has been billed already will be refunded. If you are having financial difficulty paying your tuition, please contact the school principal to work out a payment plan.

WHAT ABOUT APPLICATIONS & ENROLLMENT FOR 2020-2021?

Online applications for new families for the coming school year are open on the school website. 

Re-enrollment for continuing families will be opening soon. Early enrollment will be extended beyond the typical timeframe to release pressure in planning for the future with the current economic situation.

Updated: Wednesday, March 18th 

HOW DO I CONTACT THE SCHOOL?

The school office is open with regular operating hours (M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm). Teachers will be returning to school after spring break on Monday, March 23rd. Please feel free to call the school or email the teachers and staff.

HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD COPE DURING THIS TIME?

Please know that we are praying for your families and for each student during this time.  It is important that you have open and honest communication with your children as they will possibly be struggling with disappointment, worry, boredom, and frustration.  These circumstances came on quickly for all of us and it is important for our children that they know we are here for them and we are in this together. Encourage them to acknowledge these emotions, empathize with them, give them time as needed (for some, especially our seniors, this is a time of grieving) and then help them to move on as they are able. Try to plan some fun family times.  Here is an additional resource that has some good ideas: How to Talk to Your Child About School Closures

HOW CAN STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY OLDER STUDENTS, RECEIVE COMMUNICATION?

Please make sure that your student’s cell phone number is correct in our system by checking the Parent Portal in FACTS.  This will ensure that students are receiving text alerts and that the teacher can call them directly. Students should also regularly check their PCS email account.  Google Classroom is another way that teachers and students will be communicating.

HOW LONG WILL SCHOOL BE CLOSED?

The school campus is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 27th. In the meantime, instruction will continue from home. 

In compliance with state regulations, the school gymnasium, playground, and other facilities will not be open for student activities such as open gyms, study groups, etc. 

WILL THE SCHOOL YEAR BE EXTENDED?

The Governor and State Board of Education are expected to pass legislation that waives the 1000 hour school year requirement for all private schools in Washington.  We will be continuing instruction during the closure and do not plan to extend the school year unless required to do so by law.

The Governor’s office has signed a waiver that will allow us to graduate our seniors regardless of the reduction of school hours/days.

HOW DO I PICK UP TEXTBOOKS & BELONGINGS?

If you have textbooks or any other belongings (medications, items in desks, lockers, locker rooms, etc.) at the school that you would like to pick-up, please call the school office to arrange a time.  We need to avoid groups of students being here at the same time.

HOW WILL INSTRUCTION BE OFFERED?

Along with all K-12 schools in the state of Washington, Pullman Christian School will be implementing distance learning and instruction until the school campus reopens on Monday, April 27th. 

The school faculty and administration will be meeting on Monday, March 23rd to develop a strategy for distance learning at each grade level. School administration and your child’s teacher will be in communication by Wednesday, March 25th with the specific plan for your student’s continued instruction. Any assignments or projects requiring group work will be adjusted to accommodate distance learning. 

Please check back for updates.

I HAVE A POOR (OR NO) INTERNET CONNECTION AT HOME. WHAT CAN I DO?

Please contact the school to discuss options.  We will work with you to figure out a solution.  One solution may be to allow a student to come in during scheduled times and work in the back of a classroom while a teacher is present but with no other students, and practicing social distancing and disinfecting of surfaces, etc.  

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY DEVICE DOESN’T WORK FOR WHAT IS REQUIRED?

Please contact the school to discuss options.  We have some Chromebooks that we can loan out to families.  We have IT people who can help problem-solve issues as needed.  If student Chromebooks do not have video/microphone capabilities, they may consider using a cell phone during Zoom or other video conferencing applications.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BIBLE MEMORY?

All 1st-12th grade students should still plan to say the monthly Bible memory to a parent at home during this time.  K students will be receiving their Bible memory information from Miss Wilson. Bible memory sheets can be found at https://pullmanchristianschool.org/files/2019/07/Bible-Memory-2019-20.pdf

The parent should email the Bible teacher to notify them when his/her child has completed Bible Memory.  If your child is struggling with Bible memory, please contact the teacher to discuss possible accommodations. We do not want this to become a hardship for anyone.

WILL CHILDCARE BE PROVIDED BY THE SCHOOL?

The school sent out an online survey regarding childcare needs during the school closure. Based on the survey responses, PCS will not be offering childcare.

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT TUITION?

Just as normal, teachers will be working full time to educate their students and provide communication and instruction in order for all students to proceed to the next grade level this fall. 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. The cost of any canceled event that has been billed already will be refunded. If you are having financial difficulty paying your tuition, please contact the school principal to work out a payment plan.

WHAT ABOUT APPLICATIONS & ENROLLMENT FOR 2020-2021?

Online applications for new families for the coming school year are open on the school website. 

Re-enrollment for continuing families will be opening soon. Early enrollment will be extended beyond the typical timeframe to release pressure in planning for the future with the current economic situation.

HOW WILL SCHEDULED SCHOOL EVENTS BE IMPACTED?

PCS Preview Night (Thursday, March 26th)

This event is canceled. Families who are interested in learning more about PCS are encouraged to contact the school office. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are open on the school’s website.

Reader’s Theatre (Thursday, April 2nd – Saturday, April 4th)

Planning for Reader’s Theatre is currently suspended. Since this event is a key component of the English curriculum for our high school students, in addition to a major fundraiser for the school, we are hoping to reschedule the event in May. Please continue checking back for updates.  

Terra Nova Testing (Wednesday, April 15th – Friday, April 17th)

All state testing requirements have been waived by OSPI.  Our standardized testing is canceled for this spring. Any home school families who have paid a deposit to participate in testing will be refunded.

High School Formal (Saturday, April 18th)

This event is postponed; we are hoping to reschedule. If the rescheduled event date does not work for your family or if we are unable to reschedule, a full refund will be issued.

WSU Business Plan Competition (Thursday, April 30th)

This event has been canceled by the organizers.  HS students will receive credit for the work already done but should suspend the completion of this assignment.  Mr. Gleason will contact students with any additional information or instructions. Francis Benjamin has offered to provide feedback to any student who would like it.

Elementary Father/Son Mini Golf (Monday, May 4th)  

This event will remain on the school calendar for now. Please check back for any changes.

Kindergarten Visit Day (Wednesday, May 6th)

This event is postponed.  We hope to reschedule the Kindergarten Visit Day for later on in the month of May.

Celebrate the Arts! (Thursday, May 7th – Friday, May 8th)

This event is canceled. Mrs. McClure will be adjusting her curriculum for the remainder of the school year and the planned musical will be performed in spring 2021.

Washington, D.C. Trip (Monday, May 11th – Saturday, May 16th)

ACTS, the company that coordinates this trip for us, has communicated that they are in a “wait and see” holding pattern for now.  For updated information please see their website: https://www.acts-tours.com/coronavirus.  We will email families when we know more.  

K-6th Grade Family 50s Night

This event will remain on the school calendar for now. Please check back for any changes.

National Parks Trip (Monday, May 18th – Thursday, May 21st)

We are looking into alternate locations and a possible reduction in the number of days. Please check back for more updates as decisions are made.

Kindergarten Graduation & End-of-the-Year Awards Ceremony (Friday, May 22nd)

This event will remain on the school calendar for now. Please check back for any changes.

Silverwood Trip (Thursday, May 28th)

Planning for the Silverwood Trip is currently suspended. Please do not turn in reservation forms or trip deposits at this time.  Our plan is to provide group rates/deals to families on a date (TBD) this summer but not provide school-sponsored transportation or chaperones.

High School Graduation (Saturday, May 30th)

This event will remain on the school calendar for now. Please check back for any changes. We have the ability to live stream this event to our PCS Facebook page, so even if large groups cannot gather, we can still have a modified ceremony.  If the crowd regulations will be lifted later, we will consider moving the event to June if all the graduate families desire it and this would allow for guests to come. Graduates may want to include the PCS Facebook page link and live streaming information on graduation announcements that they send out. Even if we are able to have the event as planned, letting out of town guests know about the live streaming option is nice to do.