2020-2021 School Year Update

2020-2021 School Year Update

Dear NRCA Families,

I pray that you and your families are doing well and enjoying a much needed summer break.  Please know that you are loved and prayed for often by NRCA.  It is hard to believe that less than a month ago, on May 16, NRCA sent out an email detailing plans for closing out the 2019-2020 school year.  Although there are still many unknowns and many decisions to be made, NRCA is diligently preparing for the 2020-2021 school year with the hope and prayer of being on campus and in classrooms.  Before I share an update regarding the 2020-2021 school year, I would like to begin this email with some of the same words from my previous email, as NRCA is grateful for God’s blessing in how He allowed NRCA to finish the 2019-2020 school year.

NRCA’s 2019-2020 Schoolwide Theme “Having an Attitude of Gratitude”
When is it easiest to have an Attitude of Gratitude? While it might be easier to be grateful to God when you are most happy and comfortable, it is just as important, if not more important, to be grateful to Him during difficult times. God has a purpose for everything. We might not be able to always see what God sees, but we can gain hope in knowing that part of God’s greater purpose is that we should be grateful.

Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks (being grateful) to God the Father through him.”

No matter how we feel at any given moment, we are still in control of what we say and do, and we should use this opportunity to point our lives back to God. Christians set themselves apart from the rest of the world by fixing their eyes on God instead of on the world.

So, whether you see the blessing abounding in your life or you are struggling to find anything to be grateful for, turn to God, the one who blesses you with grace and salvation daily and who longs for you to praise Him, and trust in Him and His perfect purpose for your life, now and forevermore.

NRCA’s 2020-2021 Schoolwide Theme “Celebrating 25 Years of God’s Faithfulness”
NRCA is excited to celebrate 25 years of Kingdom Education ministry during the 2020-2021 school year.  As NRCA continues to prepare for the fall, our hope and prayer is for students to be on campus and in classrooms for the first day of school on Monday, August 17, 2020, and ending the school year on Friday, June 4, 2021. NRCA’s faculty and staff met last week in small group collaborative meetings to discuss and plan for what the fall may bring.  Please know that the health and safety of our staff, students, and visitors on campus is a priority.  In order to reopen campus safely and effectively, NRCA continues to review the recommendations being provided by the CDC and NCDHHS as we develop guidelines and procedures to effectively partner with our families in the Kingdom Education of their students.  NRCA is anxiously awaiting Phase 3 information from Governor Cooper.

NRCA is developing four alert levels of operation and will intentionally shift between them as conditions change throughout the school year.

  • Green – Normal Operations
  • Yellow – Modified Operations
  • Orange – Restricted Operations
  • Red – Remote Operations  

NRCA is prayerfully considering what necessary adjustments and modifications are needed and appropriate within each of these operational levels.

Learning Models

  • Normal Classroom Instruction
  • Hybrid Instruction – NRCA will offer both classroom instruction and remote education.
    • NRCA understands that not every student may be comfortable, or able to, return to a physical classroom learning environment.
    • NRCA will use technology to extend the reach of the classroom by providing students access to their classrooms remotely to maintain their daily learning schedule.
    • Based on the alert level of operation, NRCA will encourage students to attend classes either on campus or remotely.
  • Remote Education – Although there is no replacement for a physical classroom, NRCA’s faculty and staff are committed to providing the best remote educational experience, if needed.

Health and Wellness

  • NRCA will ask families to commit to supporting NRCA’s health, wellness and safety protocols by agreeing to keep their student at home when they are not feeling well, experiencing COVID-like symptoms, or have been potentially exposed.
  • NRCA is developing policies and procedures regarding student care if COVID-like symptoms develop while on campus during the school day.
  • Based on the alert level of operation, NRCA will encourage/require social distancing, when possible.
  • Based on the alert level of operation, NRCA may be asking families to perform temperature checks of their students before coming to school.  If a student has an elevated temperature, they should stay home.  NRCA is also researching best practices for symptom screening, which may include validating staff/student temperatures on campus as well as all visitors on campus.
  • Based on the alert level of operation, NRCA will require faculty and staff to wear face coverings or shields while interacting with others on campus.
  • Based on the alert level of operation, NRCA may recommend or ask students to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible.  However, students may choose to wear face coverings at any time.

Campus Operations

  • Based on the alert level of operation, NRCA will increase daily disinfection and sanitization throughout campus and in school-owned vehicles before/after trips.
  • NRCA will provide hand sanitizer stations to be used by staff, older students, and campus guests.
  • Based on the alert level of operation, NRCA will limit large gatherings on campus in areas like the cafeteria, Fine Arts Center, and Media Center.  Procedures and rotations will be developed for occupying those spaces in a limited capacity.
  • Based on the alert level of operation, NRCA will limit nonessential visitors/guests on campus.
  • Based on the alert level of operation, desks in classrooms will be separated as much as physically possible and will face the same direction.  Classroom furniture will be limited to necessary NRCA-issued furniture to increase the footprint of the classroom.

When completed, NRCA will communicate the formalized document outlining the four alert levels of operation.  Please keep in mind that this will be a living document and will be updated as needed.

NRCA is grateful to be partnering with your family in Kingdom Education. Our role is not taken lightly or for granted. Decisions regarding the 2020-2021 school year are ongoing and fluid. NRCA is anxiously awaiting Phase 3 from Governor Cooper.  As NRCA anticipates a return to campus in the fall, we are excited to see how God continues to bless NRCA as we celebrate 25 years of ministry throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

Yours for Kingdom Education,
Dr. Kevin Mathes