Health, Wellness, & Covid-19
We’re Back To Campus — 5 days a week, all day! (And we have a remote option, too.)
Questions? Scroll to our FAQ's below. View Timothy's complete 26-page health, Safety, and Wellness plan.
Matt Davidson, Superintendent, discusses Timothy's return to campus plan with WGN News.
- Due to the new contact tracing guidelines, students will not be able to ride home on a friend's bus route.
- The fever threshold to come to school is now 100.4°F. A fever or any new significant respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sudden loss of taste or smell, and significant congestion) will need medical clearance from a provider--either a negative COVID test or another diagnosis to return to school. For all other symptoms, stay home for 24 hours after symptoms clear and call your health care provider. You may be contacted by a member of the Timothy Health Team to follow up and determine if further action needs to be taken.
- If anyone in your household is being tested or awaiting COVID test results, or awaiting medical clearance, students/staff must remain home until results/medical clearance are submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After continued prayer, consultation with experts, and feedback from the Timothy community -- our plan remains to return to campus on August 19 for in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Furthermore, this decision mirrors the guidance from the CDC, IDPH, and the ISBE. Of course, we also have a model-of-excellence remote learning program of education for those who prefer or need that option for now. The Timothy community has never let me down. As other schools fought and disagreed over the summer, our school got to work. We’ve held fast to our mission and sense of teamwork and togetherness.
We’ve all seen significant uncertainty over the last several months, and clearly there are questions about the future as well. Here is what we know for sure: expect plenty of questions and prepare for disruptions. I can promise you Timothy’s renowned commitment to excellence will shine through, but no one can promise a flawless launch to the 2020-2021 school year. Yet Timothy will respond swiftly and responsibly every step of the way, and it is important to remember that this is temporary. For now, please make the commitment to become extremely well-versed with the Timothy Health Plan and the FAQ section, both found below.
Our school did not take a break this summer. Putting together an on-campus plan and a robust remote option was not an easy feat--in fact our team worked around the clock on behalf of your family. But, it remains our conviction that the #1 thing we can all do is pray. Mark 9:23 Our mission has never been more urgent and important. There are forces at work against Christian education and Biblical truth...and these same forces want to invade the hearts and minds of our young people. Timothy Christian Schools stands in the gap and fights alongside the home. For the glory of God, we stand with you. Let’s display the fruit of the spirit with each other every step of the way.
Here we go!
Press on, Timothy.
Please review our Health Plan Summary, Education Plan Summary, and FAQ's below.
- In the event the State mandates remote learning for everyone, will tuition be reduced?
- Is there a tipping point in terms of cases that will cause Timothy to go fully remote, even if it's just temporary?
- What kinds of face coverings are acceptable?
- If face coverings are allowed to be optional, what will be Timothy’s policy?
- Will all students always be 6' apart?
- Is there a chance the State could mandate “rolling outages” of schools or even a complete campus shut-down again?
- Will Timothy offer bus service this year?
- What about athletics, performing arts, and other extracurricular and/or co-curricular activities?
- What about MTSS during this [temporary] COVID phase of schooling?
- Will the drinking fountains be working?
- Does Timothy offer a remote learning opportunity?
- What will look different for on campus/in-person learning?
- If I choose remote learning, do I get a discount?
- If I choose remote learning at the onset, how quickly can I switch to in-person?
- Can I customize my own plan for my child(ren), weaving in-and-out of in-person and remote learning?
- If I choose remote learning, can my child(ren) still participate in extracurricular activities/sports?
- What if my child is a higher risk, but I’d like to discuss in-person plans and health protocols with someone?
- Decision Tree
- Will Timothy conduct contact tracing?
- Will Timothy require COVID testing for staff and / or students prior to the start of school?
- What if a Timothy student or employee tests positive for COVID-19?
- How will we know if there is a positive case in the building?
- What if my child is exposed to someone positive for COVID-19?
- My child was tested for COVID-19. Can he/she come to school while waiting for the results if he/she doesn't have any symptoms?
- Does my child have to self-quarantine after traveling to another state or country?
- Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 has to self-quarantine. What counts as close contact?
- Will I be notified if there is a positive case in my child's class, even if my child is not considered a close contact?
- What if I receive positive test results after 3:00 pm?
- What if my student has seasonal allergies?
- Where can I find information about the number of positive COVID-19 cases in DuPage County?
The Illinois State Board of Education has released its plan for on-campus learning. LINK: ISBE Fall 2020 lEarning Recommendations
Questions about Timothy's health plan? Please contact Erica Plaisier, School Nurse.
Research & Guiding Documents
Starting the School 2020-21 School Year, Illinois State Board of Education in Concert with the Illinois Department of Public Health
A PLAN TO SAFELY REOPEN AMERICA’S SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES Guidance for imagining a new normal for public education, public health and our economy in the age of COVID-19 (From American Federation of Teachers May 2020)
CDC Reopening Decision Tree (May 2020)
According to the Restore Illinois plan for opening education in Phase 3 and Phase 4, it says, “With IDPH approved safety guidance.” The most current guidance can be found here.
Also within the IDPH guidance is a link to the CDC guidance. Scroll down to the last two sections in the document; those are the most helpful at the current time and with Timothy’s vision of reopening in the fall.