School Reopening FAQs

Updated: Thursday, August 6, 2020

WILL THE PCS CAMPUS BE OPEN THIS FALL?

In agreement with several organizations including the Office of 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 will be doing everything possible to keep our campus open for in-person learning in a safe manner for as many students as possible. PCS plans to implement a hybrid schedule for a time (4 days a week in-person and 1 day distance learning) to allow for greater flexibility of teachers to provide distance learning options for families desiring it and to allow time for deeper cleaning, etc.

WILL FACE MASKS BE REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS?

Yes, this is currently state law.  As a Washington State approved private school, Pullman Christian School will be following the state guidelines for masks. Students, teachers, staff members and all visitors will be required to wear cloth face coverings while in the school building. Face shields will be an available accommodation for students as an alternative when needed in the classroom. Teachers will be 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 will be following the state and county Department of Health and L & I guidelines for schools. Classrooms and common areas, especially high touch surfaces, will be sanitized often, thoroughly, and regularly. Classroom configurations are being reset to allow for 6 feet of distancing between desks. Students, faculty, and staff members will be wearing face masks. Homeroom classes will primarily remain together throughout the day to limit exposure. The school-day schedule is being adjusted to decrease crowding in the hallways, restrooms, lunchroom, and common areas. 

WILL THE SCHOOL BE TAKING STUDENTS’ TEMPERATURES EACH DAY?

Students will be screened by a parent before arriving at school each day. Parents will need to submit an online 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 will need to remain at home. The school will take a student’s temperature if the parent forgets to complete the online 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, 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 WILL ATHLETICS BE AFFECTED?

Following WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association) guidance, Soccer and Volleyball will not be offered as sports this fall. Pullman Christian School is partnering with Airway Hills Golf Center to provide an intramural golf program for students this fall. More information will be forthcoming at the Athletics Meeting (virtual) in August. 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.