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Reopening Plan

Dayspring Christian Academy is open for in-person learning.

The basic premises of our reopening plan are as follows:

We need to take Covid-19 seriously but not overreact.  We do not know everything about this virus, but we now know enough so that we can proceed with both caution and boldness; in other words, with wisdom and faith, not with unfounded fear.

It has been Dayspring’s long-standing belief (and practice) to recognize the God-given authority and responsibility that parents have over their children. 

We believe that civil government has been instituted by God to operate within its own sphere of authority, aimed at promoting good and punishing evil in society (II Peter 3:14). As Christians and good citizens, we are respectful of the God-ordained authority of those who operate within the constraints of our duly established constitutional federal republican form of government.  While we value and appreciate the civil government’s role in creating laws that protect us from evildoers, we do not believe it is the biblical (or constitutional) right for the civil government to intrude into the other sanctioned spheres of authority, namely the family and the church.  As for the Governor’s mask-wearing mandate, it is up to parents to decide if their child qualifies for the exemptions listed by the PDE.

In the event that positive Covid-19 cases appear at the school, affected students/staff will be required to follow best practice guidelines for return to school.  The school headmaster, in conjunction with the school level principals, will determine if and when additional procedures will be required depending on the best available information at the time.

We are asking all Dayspring staff and families to check for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to school each day.

Please take your child’s temperature and review the below chart of symptoms. The chart was created by LGH/Penn Medicine with guidance from the PA Department of Health.

If your child is experiencing 1 or more symptoms from Group A or 2 or more symptoms from Group B, please stay home for 48 hours and monitor symptoms. If symptoms continue please call the school nurse. Please note that under our current school procedures, students should stay home if experiencing fever, diarrhea, and/or vomiting for 24 hours after symptoms subside.

Please do not give fever-reducing medicine to send your child to school.

Human Interactions for Health and Safety

  • Golden Rule

    Demonstration of respect and regard for each individual’s perspective and needs is expected at all times, in keeping with the biblical standard of loving others (Matt. 7:12; 22:39; John 13:34).

  • Screening

    Parents required to check for Covid-19 symptoms in their child(ren) daily before school:

    If Covid symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, vomiting and diarrhea) are present, the child may not attend school.

  • Staff Members

    Required to check for Covid-19 symptoms daily before school:

    If Covid symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, vomiting and diarrhea) are present, the staff member may not attend school.

  • Visitors

    Limited; by appointment only.

  • Testing and Quarantine

    If Covid-19 symptoms are present, parents are required to contact the school nurse for further instructions.

  • Notification

    If a confirmed Covid-19 case occurs in the school setting, all parents will be notified. Parents of individuals who may have been in close contact will be given appropriate instructions.

    If there is a pending or positive case in your home, notify the school nurse before sending your child to school.

  • Returning to School

    Based on current medical protocols at the time.

  • Physical Distancing

    Primary strategy for preventing virus spread. 6 ft. when attainable, not less that 3 ft., otherwise (inside classrooms, hallways, auditorium, gym, lobby).

  • Masks or Face Shields

    Masks are required for staff and students. It is up to parents to decide if their child qualifies for one of the listed exemptions provided by the PDE.

    All students should have access to a mask or face shield at school in case an emergent situation for use arises during the day.


  • Procedures for Arrival and Dismissal

    Adjusted to promote physical distancing.

  • Lunch

    Brought from home or prepackaged from vendor; in classrooms or outside to start school year.

  • Illness at School

    Students who become sick will be held in the health rooms until parents arrive to take home within 1 hour.

  • Transportation

    Mask-wearing not required for DCA buses and vans where adequate physical distancing exists. Siblings seated together. Dayspring students riding school district buses must adhere to the district’s requirements.

Facility Readiness for Health and Safety

  • Cleaning Tools and Supplies

    Verified safe and effective cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting solutions and devices; use of an electrostatic sanitizing device.

  • School-wide Cleaning

    All areas of the school facility will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected prior to the opening of school.

  • Daily Classroom Cleaning

    Daily cleaning, disinfecting of desks, chairs, tables, counters, and high touch areas.

  • Daily Restroom Cleaning

    Daily cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting toilets, sinks, and adjacent areas in addition to regular cleaning schedule; hands-free doors into restrooms.

  • General Cleaning Protocol

    General building cleaning protocol expanded.

  • Personal Hygiene

    Additional hand sanitizing stations at key locations.

  • Clean Drinking Water

    Water bottle filling stations instead of water fountains.

  • Air Quality

    Outside air exchange increased; higher grade of air handler filters.

Academics and Activities

  • Academics and Programs

    Dayspring’s regular academic and other program offerings will resume.

  • Faculty Development

    Faculty will continue to engage in professional development in Principle Approach education.

  • Field Studies

    Field study and student retreat schedule will remain intact as much as possible for sites that are available to the public, where transportation is also available, and where the school’s Covid procedure can be maintained.

  • Student Wellness and Readiness

    Early assessment, with strategic intervention where needed. Prayer, care, and share support in Bible classes and chapel; Social-emotional support available.

  • Personal Hygiene

    Best practices in personal hygiene to decrease spread of viruses and bacteria.

  • Online Classrooms

    Google Classroom as Learning Management System (LMS) for PreK-12.

  • Online Education Preparation

    Teachers are engaged in professional development for best practices for effective distance education. Technology-based blended education will continue to be incorporated into the classroom as preparation and practice for students and teachers in effective online teaching and learning.

  • Online Instruction Days

    Online instruction days may be scheduled during regular school calendar to prepare for online instruction at home, should that become necessary. Strategic implementation of distance education for students who must temporarily remain at home.

When waiting for COVID-19 test results for yourself or someone in your home, please refer to the following guidelines provided by LGH/Penn Medicine with guidance from the PA Department of Health.

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