A Word from Mr. Nees

Dear Heritage Families:

As Heritage re-opens the Academy, Study Center, and Preschool in the fall, the COVID-19 plans, policies, and procedures were created with input from HCA administrators, board members, teachers, parents, Summit County Health Department, Geauga County Health Department, multiple medical doctors, and guidance from the Governor’s office, CDC, ODH, and ODE.  

We recognize that individuals share vastly different views on how one ought to conduct himself in light of COVID-19. In this, we have been praying for an overwhelming spirit of Christian charity, humility, and grace among our staff and families. This is a difficult situation, and we need the Spirit of the Lord Jesus to reign in us richly as we navigate these waters.

As we’ve made these plans, we’ve been praying for our own hearts– that we would love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength, and that we would love our neighbor as ourselves. – Luke 10:27 

David Nees
Head of School

Our priority is keeping students, families, faculty, and staff safe and healthy and safe during this time. The following practices will be implemented daily:

  • Parent temperature and symptom checks
    Keep children home if their temperature is above 100°

  • Physical distancing

  • 20-second hand washing

  • Limited sharing of supplies

  • Increased cleaning during the day and at night

COVID-19 Dashboard

A Look Inside Fall 2020

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Technology

Helpful Links

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Zoom Training Video
RenWeb LMS Training Video*

*This video requires the following password: factslms

Questions?

Have Questions?

No. We will reassess our procedures as more information is made available. It is a plan with the information that we have currently. 

Yes. HCA has every intention of following these requirements. Recommendations by these entities will be seriously considered, but weighed according to our convictions, needs, and context. – 1 Pet. 2:13ff

Love of God and Love of Neighbor – Luke 10:27  

No.  We are seeking to be as wise as serpents, yet as innocent as doves. – Matthew 10:16 

You may return to school either:

1. At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared,
2. AND all symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath have improved),
3. AND you have had no fever for at least 24 hours.

OR: You bring a doctor’s note indicating that the cause of the symptoms is due to issues other than COVID-19 and specifically
indicating that you are safe to be on campus.

You may return to school either:

1. At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared,
2. AND all symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath have improved),
3. AND you have had no fever for at least 24 hours.

OR: You bring a doctor’s note specifically indicating that you are COVID-free and safe to be on campus.

You may return after 14 days

OR: You bring a doctor’s note specifically indicating that you are COVID-free and safe to be on campus.

Heritage asks you to strongly consider a face-covering that easily stays “attached” to the student, whether being worn or not.   Example:  a “gaiter” sits around the neck all day that can simply be pulled up over mouth and nose when exiting the classroom. The benefit of this type of product is that students will not drop or lose their mask throughout the day, or accidentally put another student’s mask on. Additionally, they are made of breathable, lightweight material. 

Visit Amazon, type “gaiter,” and you’ll find many options. 

Heritage requires a solid color or very simple pattern face covering/gaiter. No sparkles, reflective materials, tie-dye, words, or logos (except the HCA logo).

In the event of a total shut down where no students are permitted on campus, like we experienced in Spring 2020, Heritage at Home will go completely live and remote. Although we hope it won’t be needed, a plan is developed for this scenario.

No. At this time, we do not plan to alter the calendar or to shorten the number of days students are in the building.

Cross Country, Running Club, and Tennis Club will be offered this fall. All other clubs, including Lego club and Chess club, are under review and will be determined at a later date. Athletics will follow OHSAA guidelines regarding COVID-19.  

Given the ever changing nature of COVID-19, large group gatherings will be determined at a later date and on a case by case basis. When available, information will be located on this page under “Helpful Resources.”

Yes. Drop off and pick up procedures are adjusted this year. More details will be provided at orientation.

The present unpredictability of the pandemic may create questions for you about cost and value, so we want to remain as transparent as possible in order to move forward with clear expectations. 

HCA has been a fiscally responsible non-profit organization, maximizing funds for programmatic improvements and student opportunities. To continue this trend despite impacts of the pandemic, our financial team is proactively finding solutions to fund these areas:

  • Increased costs for sanitation, supplies, and safely protocols
  • Added staff for nurse’s clinic & custodial services
  • Added staff to provide breaks for teachers as we cohort children
  • Increased budget for classroom-based cameras, microphones, broadband, and distance- learning technology for instructional support 
  • Modifying educational spaces with plexiglass barriers
  • Increased financial aid for impacted families, given employment furloughs

As we have communicated, current events will unfold over the next few weeks & months that do not allow for quick financial adjustments week to week or even month to month. The majority of our costs are budgeted expenses related to supporting the incredible people that deliver on the mission regardless of the venue. At this point, our internal expenses have significantly increased (see list above) to help insure we can deliver our product at the highest level in these times of uncertainty. However, if state officials mandate school closure for a lengthy period of time that results in a significant reduction of expenses of our mission-driven budget, we will pass those expense savings on to our families.

We will implement the cohort model, keeping the same group of students with the same staff members each day to minimize the interaction of large groups. This model promotes a high level of engagement within the classroom, allowing us to uphold the culture of HCA. However, this model still considers and maintains critical hygiene practices. Each classroom will be its own cohort.