COVID-19 Updates

Virtual Learning Plan

Monitoring Coronavirus COVID-19

The safety of Cornerstone Christian Academy students and staff is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and will share updates with our families as necessary. During this time, CCA will be focusing on three priorities: minimizing the spread of the illness, developing learning opportunities for our students, and continued prayer for our CCA community and those that have been directly impacted by the virus. This page is set up for timely updates for this evolving situation. Please scroll down for notices and emails. 

Notices and Emails

  • March 31- Campus Closure Update

    Dear CCA Families,

    Based upon recent guidelines and recommendations from local, state, and national health officials as well as the Governor of Texas and the President of the United States, CCA will continue our Virtual Learning Environment until at least May 4, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I will be releasing a Virtual Learning video update tomorrow as well as this week’s chapel messages.  

    CCA will continue to consult with all local public health officials and monitor the situation as we move toward reuniting with you at our physical location at Cornerstone Christian Academy. Thank you again for your kind emails, texts, and prayers. I love seeing how much your children are engaged in our Virtual Learning Environment at CCA.  Remember to live by faith not fear, be a place of calm in the storm, practice appropriate social distancing, and together we can keep our community safe and healthy.  

    God Bless,

    Eric Nicholie

    Head of School

  • March 24 - Middle School Plan Explanation

    Dear CCA Students and Parents,

    I thought I would send out the CCA middle school virtual learning plan again to those of you who didn't see it or didn't get it.  Let me explain about the middle school plan so that you as a parent can understand what your child will be doing.  First of all, they are following their regular school schedule, that is the classes that they normally go to each day.  When the schedule says first academic class, that means the first class that is after their AM elective.  For example, if they go to Math first, that would be the first academic class.  The academic classes are defined as: Math, Bible, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and ELA.  The outclasses or AM/PM elective classes are defined as: Choir, Band, Theater Arts, Art, Spanish, Study Hall, Robotics and Yearbook.  They are meeting with their academic classes on Monday and Wednesday of each week, with the exception of Math.  Ms. Fenstemaker does not want the students to fall behind, so she is meeting with them daily.   Mr. Waters wants to meet with the entire grade level at one time, so Bible classes are meeting in the afternoon.  So, in the schedule of classes, if your child has Bible 2nd period, they will have 2nd period free in the morning (they could work on Math or another subject).  I know it is a bit confusing.  This is the best way for your child to continue their education here at CCA.

    The schedule has students meeting for 30 minutes on Mondays and Wednesdays with each academic teacher, with a 10-minute break in between each scheduled class. Please note, just because it is scheduled that way doesn't mean they will be meeting face to face (via Google Hangouts) with all their teachers every Monday and every Wednesday.  It could happen that way, or it could be a time where teachers are available for questions for the students should they have questions on their assignments.  Teachers are making connections with your child this week so that we can find out who needs help getting online.  This time provided may have students working on assignments given or reading their assignments, etc.  It doesn't mean they will be meeting all the time.  

    Please know that we are working to do our best to continue the learning process for your child.  I hope and pray that each of you stays healthy and safe during this time.  We miss seeing the children.  They are a great group of students and we enjoy working with them. Take care of yourselves and your families.  

    In His Name,

    Ann Tucker

    https://www.cornerstonecca.org/assets/pdfs/Virtual_Learning_Plan_Middle_School.pdf

  • March 22 Update Tech Info

    Dear CCA Families,

    Many of you know Sharon Ng as our Controller or the person who oversees food service, but she also is responsible for the oversight of technology for CCA. We are so blessed with how Sharon has helped us make this transition to virtual learning so quickly. 

    The administration team, teachers, and faculty have spent this past week planning and implementing a Virtual Learning Environment for all of our CCA families. The technology upgrades that we’ve been able to put in place over the past few years such as one-to-one devices, cloud servers for all CCA data, and Google integration, has allowed us to quickly and efficiently develop a plan to keep your children learning and engaged while away from the CCA campus.  

    Here is some helpful information as you assist your child(ren) with our Virtual Learning Environment:  

    Google App and Google Classroom usage per grade level:

    • Pre-K: We are using Google Drive and Google Hangouts through parent devices. Having a gmail address will help make this process easier for parents.
    • Bridge-Kindergarten – 3rd Grade: We are using the Google Classroom app and the Google Hangouts app which are preinstalled on the school-issued iPads. The iPads also have the apps that they normally use in class, including Lexia Core 5.
    • 4th – 8th Grade: We are using the internet version of Google Classroom and Google Meet on the school-issued MacBook Airs.  

    Google Access:

    • Pre-K: Each parent will need a gmail (or Google associated) account in order to participate in the Google Hangout live chats with the teachers. Please provide one to your Pre-K teacher to participate.
    • Bridge-Kindergarten – 3rd Grade: Google access is firstinitiallastname@cornerstonecca.org; for example jsmith@cornerstonecca.org; password is CCA1234firstinitiallastinitial for example CCA1234js.
    • ** Each family will be required to put a passcode on the iPad in order to access Google. Go to Settings – Passcode – Add Passcode. Please use 123456.  
    • 4th – 8th Grade: Google access is firstname.lastname@cornerstonecca.org for example John.Smith@cornerstonecca.org and their password is the same one they use to log into their computer. It is “CCA” followed by the last 4 digits of their school ID followed by “xx” representing the first and last initial. 

    Google Hangouts:

    • For all families accessing Google Hangouts, please be sure to “Accept” the invitation from your child’s teacher. This includes Pre-K and elementary school.  
    • Your student will NOT be able to participate in the hangout if they do not accept the call. We highly encourage you to do that tomorrow.  

    Our IT team is here to support CCA families for the duration of our time away from the CCA campus. Nancy Mayo (nmayo@cornerstonecca.org) will be available Monday-Friday from 8 am – 11 am. Sharon Ng (sng@cornerstonecca.org) will be available Monday – Friday from 1 pm – 4 pm. 

    It is important to remember that while your child is using the school devices at CCA, our firewall is active and protects your child from many internet threats and material. Those protections are on the CCA Wi-Fi, NOT on your child’s device, so please be mindful while allowing your child to access the internet on your home Wi-Fi. Additionally, please remember that the technology Code of Conduct for all CCA issued devices applies while the devices are not on the CCA premises.  

    Pre-K-5th grade teachers will be emailing you by tomorrow afternoon to welcome you to our Virtual Learning Environment. Middle School students need check-in on their Google Class page tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, please click HERE to access the CCA Virtual Learning Plan. It is located on our school website under the Academics tab. There is also an option to download a pdf version to print. 

    Again, please reach out to Sharon Ng if you have any questions or concerns about the Virtual Learning technology as we embark on this new learning opportunity as a community.

    God Bless,

    Eric Nicholie

    Head of School

  • VLE Pick Up Date Change

    Dear CCA Families,

    As you know, this is an unprecedented and fast-moving situation. In order to assure delivery of technology devices and hard-instructional materials that your child will need for our Virtual Learning Environment, I have decided to move up the delivery date to tomorrow, March 21, 2020. I am so thankful for the teachers and administrative staff that have worked so hard to make this possible. Please see new schedule below:

    The delivery window, March 21, 2020 is by alpha (last name).

    • ·    9:00 am-10:00 am (A-E)
    • ·    10:00 am-11:00 am (F-K) 
    • ·    11:00 am-12:00 pm (L-O)
    • ·    12:00 pm-1:00 pm (P-Z)

    We love our families and will be very happy to see you, but we ask that you remain in your vehicle, as this is a drive-thru only operation for everyone’s protection. We also ask that you have your last name posted in your car windshield to make our delivery process simple and quick for everyone.   

    Sincerely with the grace of God,

    Eric Nicholie

    Head of School

  • Virtual Learning Environment Information

    Dear Cornerstone Families,

     

    One of the great things about private school education is that we can make major instructional changes quickly by providing our stakeholders with the instructional support needed in unprecedented situations. Administration and teachers have been hard at work creating a CCA Virtual Learning Environment for all of our PK- 8th grade students. Starting on Monday, March 23, we will begin the Virtual Learning Environment. Please take the time to read all information carefully. Here is what you need to know:

    Extensive information regarding the guidelines of the Virtual Learning Environment program will be located on the Virtual Learning page under the Academics tab on the CCA website beginning Sunday, March 22.

    • The primary instructional portals for this virtual environment will be Google Classroom and ParentsWeb.   
    • On Monday, BK – 8th grade teachers will be emailing you with your student’s Gmail and Google Classroom log in information. 
    • Google Classroom will be where assignments are located, classroom lessons observed, homework submitted, and many additional instructional services provided. Lesson Plans will be located in ParentsWeb.
    • PK teachers will be emailing PK parents on Monday with online instructional support for your children as well. Teachers will send you a list of different online instructional resources to utilize.
    • We are excited to also provide virtual chapel messages for PK – 8th grades. Mr. Waters will deliver the BK-8th grade messages and Mrs. Jessup will deliver the PK messages. Students will have the opportunity to sing the praise and worship songs that they hear every day at CCA.  

    We know that for the Virtual Learning Environment to be successful, students need their classroom materials and their assigned CCA technology devices. We will be loaning our BK – 8th grade families your child’s assigned one-to-one Apple device at no charge along with some limited hard instructional content for all of our PK - 8th grade students. We will personally distribute these instructional materials to you in the CCA circle drive-thru on Monday, March 23, during the designated times below. Please arrive during your window to ensure an efficient and timely process. This has been a momentous task for our staff with all of the current restrictions, and we have been following the social distancing protocols. We love our families, and we will be excited to see you on Monday, but we ask that you remain in your vehicle, as this is a drive-thru only operation for everyone’s protection. We also ask that you have your last name posted in your car windshield to make our delivery process simple and quick for everyone.   

    The delivery window is by alpha (last name).

    • 8:00-9:00 am (A-E)
    • 9:00-10:00 am (F-K) 
    • 10:00-11:00 am (L-O)
    • 11:00 am-12:00 pm (P-Z)

    On Monday afternoon, please take the time to log in and familiarize yourself with Google Classroom as well as some of the other additional instructional programs the teachers are providing. If you have any trouble logging in, please email Nancy Mayo or Sharon Ng with our Technology Help Desk. Please be patient in return communication as we only have two technology administrators helping all our CCA families. We would like all students to be set and ready to go on Tuesday morning, when our teachers will begin the process of connecting with you and your children through Google Meet/Google Hangouts. We do recommend that parents download the Google Hangouts and Google Classroom apps on your phone and/or student phone. While we encourage the use of your borrowed CCA technology, it is always good to have a backup program available for quick access.  

    During this unique time in history, we need to be mindful that we are all in this together. We understand that most of our families are currently working from home and have children with them. Our staff is in the same situation, so please be patient during this process. We will learn, daily, what is working best for students and our families. If we find something isn’t working, we will adapt and adjust. 

    Moving forward, you will be hearing and seeing me in a video conference format as well as forums where people can join in virtually and connect through Zoom. We will continue to fulfill our mission giving our students Skills for Life and Faith for Eternity, and we appreciate your commitment to this mission for your children as well. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.” Ecclesiastes 4:9

    God Bless,

    Eric Nicholie 

    Head of School

  • March 18 Closure Extension

    Dear Cornerstone Families,

    With the rising number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area as well as the recent recommendations of Local Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cornerstone Christian Academy is extending our closure through April 10, 2020. President Trump also announced that the community should not gather in groups of more than ten people. This is an unprecedented situation that continues to evolve daily. I am currently involved in daily briefings with local health and state officials regarding best practices for this situation.  

    We have added two additional informational pages to the CCA website. The COVID-19 Update page link is located directly at the top of the website as well as under the About tab. This page will have all current updates regarding CCA and COVID-19. The Virtual Learning Guideline page link will be available on Friday under the Academics tab. This page will be a beginning point of reference for you to get up-to-date information on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) plan.

    CCA will officially begin our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) on Monday, March 23rd. We are diligently working to provide an online solution to educate your children during this temporary physical school closure. I will be sending more detailed information tomorrow on our VLE to the CCA community. Our staff is currently planning and training all week to help to provide your children with an exceptional online learning experience. CCA will continue to focus on our main three priorities: minimizing the spread of the illness, developing learning opportunities for our students, and continued prayer for our CCA community and world. 

    We will continue to consult with all local public health officials and monitor the situation daily as we move toward reuniting with you and your children in our building. Cornerstone Christian Academy has always been known for providing a “feels like family” environment. Now more than ever, we must remember that we are all in this together. Thank you for your kind emails, texts, and prayers. Remember to remain safe and calm, practice appropriate social distancing, and together we can actively work on keeping our community safe and healthy.   

    God Bless,

    Eric Nicholie

    Head of School

  • March 13 School Closure Notice

    Dear Cornerstone Families,

    With the rising number of concerns over COVID-19 in both Texas and the Houston metropolitan area, Cornerstone Christian Academy has canceled school and all related activities through March 20, 2020. Our staff will continue to develop plans for distance learning in the event of an extended closure. As I stated in an earlier email, I feel that CCA is able to successfully provide our children with virtual instruction. If needed, we will provide our students with access to our instructional devices. 

    The 8th grade Washington DC trip has been canceled for next week as well. We have been able to secure travel vouchers with EF Explore America Tours for all students that were to attend the trip. More information will be sent out next week by Mrs. Kubena to those families.  

    I understand that this situation has an impact on our families and the decision to close the school temporarily was made with consultation with local public health agencies in an effort to help protect our community, our families and our staff at large. This situation is changing minute by minute, and I also know how important it is to give our families time to adjust their schedules and childcare plans.

    During this time, CCA will be focusing on three priorities: minimizing the spread of the illness, developing learning opportunities for our students, and continued prayer for our CCA community and those that have been directly impacted by the virus. 

    Cornerstone will continue to consult with all local public health officials and monitor the situation daily. You can expect timely communication from CCA regarding updates related to our campus schedule and ongoing plans to remain safe.  

    My wife and I were discussing the situation facing our country today and we are reminded that our God is sovereign. This is not a surprise to Him. We are thankful that we live in a country where our leadership will make hard decisions for the safety of its citizens. Let each of us commit to do our part and seek peace from the Lord.  

    I will be in touch with everyone soon.

    God Bless,

    Eric Nicholie

    Head of School

    Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  

  • March 12 Update

    Dear CCA Families,

     

    Cornerstone Christian Academy is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. While CCA is currently closed for spring break, I know many of you have growing concerns about developments related to COVID-19. We continue to be in regular communication with our local health officials, and we remain diligent in following their guidance as we move forward. I am writing to update you on our continuing efforts to monitor these developments, and the precautions we are taking to ensure the well-being of our students and staff.

    We know many families may be traveling for spring break, so we wanted to remind you that if you are returning from countries identified in the CDC’s travel warnings that you should follow the CDC’s recommendations and self-quarantine at home for a period of 14 days, returning only when symptom-free after the 14 days. Absences for these students will be marked excused. I also ask that you notify me at enicholie@cornerstonecca.org, if you have traveled or plan to travel to a Level 2 or 3 country or on cruise travel. I encourage our CCA community to go to the CDC’s website for factual, up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 because additional Travel Health Notices may be posted for other countries at any time. 

    • The following is guidance from the U.S Department of State and the CDC to consider when traveling: 
    • If traveling internationally, you are encouraged to register your travel with the State Department https://step.state.gov/.
    • You can see the CDC traveler’s health notices at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel, and monitor for up-to-date guidance and recommendations relating to travel to specific countries.
    • See information for travelers visiting countries where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
    • See advisory information related to cruise ship travel here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/covid-19-cruise-ship

    As a reminder, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help in the spread of respiratory viruses. Cornerstone will continue to do the following:

    • Monitor all student and staff symptoms including a fever (100-degree Fahrenheit or higher), cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and generalized fatigue. Students and staff who have fever will be sent home and asked to remain at home until they are fever free for at least 24 without fever reducing medication.
    • Teach students and staff to effectively hand wash with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. All classrooms have been given hand sanitizers.
    • Ask students to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or their upper sleeve if a tissue is unavailable.
    • Remind students to properly dispose of tissues and paper towels in a trash receptacle.

    Also, as a precautionary measure, CCA is undergoing a deep cleaning and sanitization before the children and staff return from spring break as well as special emphasis being placed on disinfection of door handles, desks, and other frequently touched areas.

    The CCA leadership team and principals are preparing in case we must call for an extended time away from school. If this were to happen, our goal at CCA is for learning to continue even if we are not physically in our classrooms. With the blessing of one to one technology in BK – 8th grades, FACTS SIS (formerly known as RenWeb), digital textbooks, apps, and Google Classroom, we believe we can continue to educate our students temporarily while they are away from campus if needed. I will take recommendations on school closures from the CDC and local health officials.  

    I know that rumors are currently running rampant and want our families to rely on facts and trusted information sources as you make decisions moving forward. Here is some vital information to help your family related to local health questions:

    • If you have specific questions about your own health situation, you are encouraged to contact your family’s primary care physician.
    • You can also visit the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services webpage at https://www.fbchealth.org/ncov/, which includes local hotline information for Fort Bend and Harris counties.

    Again, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We will continue to partner with the CDC and the Fort Bend County Health Department for additional information and guidance and will share updates with our families as necessary. I hope that everyone is having a wonderful spring break with family and friends.  I will be sending another update on Sunday afternoon regarding our upcoming campus schedule.

    God Bless,

    Eric Nicholie

    Head of School

  • March 5 Update

    Dear CCA Families,

    Cornerstone Christian Academy is aware of the presumptive positive case of COVID-19 of an elderly individual in Fort Bend County. Also, please be aware that currently, those that have been impacted the most are adults, not children.

    After spring break, CCA has decided to temporarily move the self-service food lines into the cafeteria as a best practice. Please be patient with our FLIK staff as they take on this additional service. I am grateful for their dedication to our children. The safety of our staff and students is always my top priority, and we will continue to monitor and take the guidance of the CDC and local health officials. We will share additional updates as information becomes available.

    Sincerely,

    Eric Nicholie 

    Head of School