*The State Department of Education, upon consultation with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and/or local public health officials, will determine whether and how campuses can reopen safely for the 2020-2021 school year based on the status of the virus in their local community. Future decisions to increase or ease restrictions may be made by the Governor if the state’s public health situation changes. The current status is to open schools.
*The CDC recommends reopening public spaces after a period of 14 days of declining cases occurs. When fewer cases are reported at the end of the 14 days compared with the number at the beginning of the period, it is considered a decline. In addition, a “grace period” of 5 days may be applied during a downward trajectory, during which cases may increase for no more than 5 consecutive days.
When will schools reopen?
Cornerstone Schools will operate remotely until further notice beginning on Thursday, August 20th. Currently, we do not have a date scheduled for the return to on-campus learning. We will keep families informed about our school reopening plans, so please check back frequently for the latest information.
How will students continue to learn during this time?
Right now, students are participating in remote instruction from Cornerstone teacher(s) using Cornerstone’s world-class curriculum. Upon school reopening, each Cornerstone family will decide between Option A or Option B for a 9 week grading period commitment. Changes may only be implemented on a case by case basis with the approval of the Cornerstone COVID planning committee. Details will be provided for each school. Different age groups require different requirements. We hold fast to our commitment to excellence in all areas: Excellence for God, Excellence in Education, Excellence for Students, and Excellence in Character.
What if my student(s) relied on school breakfast and lunch?
Parents have been contacted in regards to school meal plans. Here at Cornerstone we know that nutrition is important part of helping your child learn in a mighty way. Cornerstone will provide meal service to your student(s) beginning August 20th. Once we open for on-campus learning, we will continue this option until every student is back in the school classroom.
** All information, content, and materials are for general information purposes only. Information may not constitute the most up-to-date information. New information may cause our plans to change. Cornerstone will follow State recommendations for school closings.
COVID-19 UPDATES FROM CORNERSTONE SCHOOLS
CDC COVID-19 SITUATION SUMMARY
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
CHRIST HEALTH CENTER
JUST FOR KIDS: EXPLORING THE CORONAVIRUS
A KIDS BOOK ABOUT COVID-19
HELPING CHILDREN WITH SCARY NEWS
HANDWASHING BEST PRACTICES
CORNERSTONE CHAPEL PLAYLIST
TALKING ABOUT COVID-19 WITH YOUR CHILD
TIPS FOR AT-HOME LEARNING
ACTIVITIES FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
FREE VIRTUAL LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER FROM SCHOLASTIC
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Scratch Jr. – ScratchJr is an introductory coding app that enables young children to create their own interactive stories and games. This is a free application.
Tynker and Tynerk Jr. – Tynker is an educational coding platform aimed at teaching children how to make games and programs. These are both free applications.
Math Tango – Kids will progress through dozens of math lessons as they earn monsters, complete missions, build out their own unique worlds, and discover even more fun and surprises along the way.
Word Wizard – A free application that offers several unique reading and spelling activities for children ages four to 10.
Speakaboos – Speakaboos is a library of over 200 interactive stories and songs designed to make reading your child’s favorite activity.