FAQs – School Closure

Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2020

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?

By mandate of the state governor, school will remain closed for the duration of this school year.

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. 

HOW WILL GRADES BE ISSUED FOR 4TH QUARTER?

Grading at the K-4th grade levels will continue to be done as proficiency marks on the set of objectives listed on the report card. In cases where the elementary teacher is unable to effectively assess a student’s progress and improvement, the student will receive the same proficiency mark he/she received at the end of the 3rd quarter and will not receive a lesser mark. Grading at the middle school and high school level will remain constant but, in certain situations, an incomplete may be granted and more time given through the summer to complete the course for a grade. For courses which did not continue with distance learning: Musical Theater, PE, etc., students will receive the grade they were receiving at the end of the 3rd quarter and will receive credit for completion of the course.  Report cards will include a comment regarding our situation with COVID-19.  

WILL THE SCHOOL YEAR BE EXTENDED?

We are continuing instruction and the government has declared that this distance learning meets our requirement, so no extension of the school year will be necessary. The last day of school (distance learning) will be May 22. 

HOW DO I PICK UP TEXTBOOKS & BELONGINGS?

Tuesday, May 26 will be an opportunity for families to pick-up personal belongings and return textbooks. Teachers and staff will be stationed outside of the school from 12pm-3pm so families may pick-up their belongings, return textbooks, and view lost and found from the safety of their personal vehicles. If this pick-up date does not work for you, please contact the school office to arrange an alternate time (preferably a time after May 26th). Thank you for helping us abide by the state’s safety procedures in limiting access to the school’s facilities.

HOW WILL INSTRUCTION BE OFFERED?

Along with all K-12 schools in the state of Washington, Pullman Christian School is implementing distance learning and instruction. Faculty and Staff are hard at work to ensure that students continue progressing academically during the fourth quarter. 

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

Please contact the school to discuss options. 

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 Google Meet, 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 AND FEES?

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 open in early April. Early enrollment will be extended to Friday, May 15th 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)

We will not be able to hold this event in its current format.  We are considering ways to be creative in delivery in some way.

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. PCS is considering conducting standardized testing in some content areas this Fall at the beginning of school in order to assess any learning gaps that need to be addressed at the beginning of the school year.

High School Formal (Saturday, April 18th)

This event has been tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, June 27th. Students will be traveling to Coeur d’Alene for an elegant dinner and to attend Tarzan The Musical.  

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 is canceled. Airway Hills Golf Center is offering a 50% discounted round of mini golf to all PCS families, regardless of grade level through the end of May 2020. Elementary fathers and sons were emailed a coupon for a free round of mini golf, valid during the month of May. Tee times must be scheduled so contact Airway Hills beforehand. 

Kindergarten Visit Day (Wednesday, May 6th)

This event is canceled. 

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)

This trip is postponed. For updated information please see their website:  https://www.acts-tours.com/coronavirus. We will email families when we know more. We are trying to reschedule this trip for October and are waiting to hear if ACTs finds another school to match us with during this same time.  

K-6th Grade Family 50s Night

This event is canceled.

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

This event is canceled.  

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

Award certificates will be mailed or delivered to families at the end of May. Kindergarten families will receive a loaner cap and gown and a Kindergarten Graduation Celebration Packet in order to hold their own special celebration at home.

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. If Silverwood re-opens, 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)Because of the extended Stay Home Order through the end of May, we are currently looking into a modified event later in the summer.  We have a Celebrating Seniors page on our PCS website where all updates regarding graduation, including a link to any live-stream event, will be posted. Seniors are encouraged to send out Graduation Announcements and, instead of putting a date/time for an event, give loved ones the link to check back for updated info. The link is:  https://pullmanchristianschool.org/2020/04/23/congratulations-seniors/ . We are continuing to look for fun and creative ways to honor and celebrate our seniors during this difficult time.