CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE

Our campus is closed. Our learning continues.

This page will serve as a general resource on how SACS is responding and help answer FAQs. Current SACS families will continue to receive emails with specific information pertaining to the school calendar, class schedules, events, practices, and student requirements.

SACS INFO AND FAQ

IS SCHOOL CLOSED?

No. SACS is still in session and students are being instructed through our Distance Learning Plan until further notice. All teachers and staff are working remotely during normal school hours, which are 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. Faculty and staff can be reached by email during this time.

CAN WE COME ON CAMPUS?

No. Campus is closed to all visitors, parents, and students until further notice. This includes anyone wanting access for recreation, practice, or play.

WHEN ARE STUDENTS RETURNING TO CLASS ON CAMPUS?

Based on information we have as of 4-1-20, the earliest possible date students could return to campus for classes would be Tuesday, May 5th. We are hopeful those plans will happen, but we will have to be patient to wait and see how things transpire throughout April to know that for sure.

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ATHLETICS?

Lion Athletics is sanctioned by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. See this TAPPS Covid- 19 Update which outlines their official statement on suspending interscholastic athletics through April 12.

We are all aware of the fluid nature of this situation and there are multiple responses being taken by different parties. However, having a governing body that has made this decision for us, we will be abiding by this ruling, and will prepare to resume competitions on April 13 should it be deemed safe to do so at that time.

This temporary suspension of interscholastic athletics will apply to all levels of Lion Athletics, including High School, Middle School and Little Lions.

The astounding athletic success of this 2019-2020 school year will not go unnoticed and our coaches are continuing to encourage and partner with the athletes to prepare for the return to play protocol and to build on the success that has already been accomplished.

We encourage our athletes to take this time to mentally, physically and emotionally stay prepared, pursue excellence, and challenge themselves in what may be an unique situation, but may it not be wasted time.

War Lion!

ARE WE STILL HAVING GRADUATION?

We are hoping SACS graduation will still be possible as planned. At the present time, all future events are suspended until we have clear direction on the feasibility of returning to large group gatherings. We will notify parents via email if we must cancel or postpone any major school events.

HOW DO I REACH PEOPLE AT THE SCHOOL?

During our normal working hours of 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, you may email any faculty or staff and expect a response from them via email. You should expect a 24-48 hour response time to your emails. If you are unsure of an email address, please call 210-340-1864 and press “0” at the prompt to leave a message and your email address with the operator. We will respond to your call as soon as possible.

HOW DO I REACH THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE?

The Admissions Office is open every day and eager to connect with you. Call us at 210-248-1646 or email Admissions@SAChristian.org to inquire about upcoming Admission Webinars and Virtual Tours. We are still enrolling for 2020-2021 and are saving a seat for your child!

Letters from Administration

4/2 Dr. Walters' update from the field office
 

4-2-20

Dear Parents,

Please watch my short video below to answer the questions you likely have about Distance Learning in April and what we are hopeful for in May.

Click HERE to watch the video
Dr. William R. “Jake” Walters
Superintendent
19202 Redland Rd | San Antonio, TX 78259
210-340-1864
3/24 Dr. Walters' update from the field office
 

3/24/20

Dear Parents,

We are all embracing new technology these days, and that includes me.

Please click below to watch this short video I prepared for you.

>>click to watch my video<<

Dr. William R. “Jake” Walter
Superintendent
19202 Redland Rd | San Antonio, TX 78259JWalters@sachristian.org
3/16 SACS Distance Learning Plan
3/16/2020

SACS Families,

We hope these days are ones we look back upon, thankful that we heeded the wisdom we received from our local leaders and medical authorities relating to COVID-19. We are in uncharted waters, and no one has all the answers. In times like this, I take comfort that God knows what I do not know and sees what I cannot see. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Our great hope as Christians certainly rests in God’s greatness and goodness . . . which produces the very best plans for our lives.

Trusting in God’s good plans for us, SACS has forged a new plan to provide the same Christ-centered education to your children, yet through a different model. Our plans offer the most protection and greatest health benefits possible for our students and families while still embracing the same commitment to an excellent education. Our plans include social distancing and distance learning. We are going to do our part to help “flatten the curve” of COVID-19.

>>Take a look at this article and video << on how outbreaks spread exponentially and how to “flatten the curve.”

SACS can play a critical role by slowing transmission of COVID-19 and freeing our local hospitals to treat the critically ill. We can and must do our part to safeguard the health of our entire community. I thank all of you in advance for your compassion for others and patience in navigating a complex situation.

Should conditions improve greatly before the end of the school year, we will all rejoice and enjoy reconvening classes on campus. Based on the recommendations shared by our president, governor, and mayor this afternoon, we are prepared to finish the school year via our Distance Learning Plan.  Below are key points of our Distance Learning Plan. You will be receiving additional emails from your principals and teachers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

SACS Distance Learning Plan

  • Our goal is to provide the best-possible instruction and engagement with your children during the time our country has been advised to exercise social distancing.
  • Monday and Tuesday of this week, our teachers are preparing to make the adjustments necessary in order to continue instructing and engaging with your children from a distance. Academic instruction will continue as normal throughout the rest of the year, but the delivery method will be different.
  • We will initiate our Distance Learning Plan on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Another communication from your teachers will be forthcoming with details of this plan. The intent of distance learning is not to replicate a daily school experience. Distance learning will be the School’s best good-faith effort to provide learning and student engagement during an extended time of campus closure.
  • We will be finishing out the complete 2019-2020 instructional year. Whether that remains through distance learning or returns to traditional classroom instruction, our faculty and staff will be thoroughly engaged with your children. We will reevaluate and issue further guidelines as the COVID-19 scenario changes.
  • During this time of distance learning, the SACS campus will be closed to all visitors, students and parents.
  • Each divisional Administration team will be available to assist parents and students who may have accessibility issues to online resources, and all faculty will be available online to assist with distance learning questions. Contact them via email.
  • All athletic and other co-curricular activities and activities are suspended until further notice. TAPPS is regulating our ability to practice and play based on COVID-19. As regulations are lifted, we will be ready to jump back into play. Regular communication and engagement with instructors and coaches will remain intact throughout the year.

Supplies Needed

During Wednesday and Thursday, we are providing a safe opportunity for you to drive on campus to retrieve any books or tablets your child has at school. You will receive an email on Tuesday that will give you the schedule for driving on campus. We will be providing “HEB curbside-style” service so you will not need to leave your vehicle or come into contact with others. See Tuesday’s email for details.

MS and HS Students 

Teachers will be communicating with your students via their SACS email address. (ex. astudent@sachristian.org). Please make sure your children are familiar with their SACS email and are able to access their email messages. The administrators will be sending helpful information on retrieving emails in Tuesday’s email to you.

ES Students

Teachers will be communicating with elementary parents via email in order to arrange distance learning with elementary students. Please make sure all parents who will be involved with distance learning are checking emails every day.

In Conclusion

These actions will obviously have a profound effect on our school. I fully understand the burden this puts on many in our community who will have to rearrange plans and revise how they interact with school responsibilities. I deeply appreciate the hard work so many of you have done and will continue to do throughout this public health crisis. Now more than ever, we are relying on your partnership with us to prepare your children for lives of faith and service, fully prepared to enroll in the college of their choice upon graduation.

We will continue to provide updates and guidance as soon and as often as possible. Please expect your volume of emails will most definitely increase over the remainder of the year. This is simply a necessity. For FAQs and updates regarding our Distance Learning Plan, continue to visit www.sachristian.org/coronavirus/.

Dr. William R. “Jake” Walters
Superintendent
3/13 Letter regarding Extended Spring Break
3/13/2020

Dear SACS Families,

At SACS, our mission is to partner with families to provide a Christ centered education while fostering lives of faith and service. Our greatest priority is the safety and well-being of our SACS families. After much prayer by the board and administration, we have made the following decisions in order to limit potential exposure to the COVID-19. It is important to understand that no student, faculty, or staff member has reported direct exposure to COVID-19. However, we want to operate from an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of our SACS Community.

Spring Break extended through March 20th

Students will continue their break from school through next Friday, March 20th. During this extended break, school administration will make plans for a distance learning plan to likely take place the following week. As the plans and details of this are finalized, we will communicate all the information families will need via email.

2  Teacher in-service Monday, March 16

Teachers will meet Monday, March 16 to prepare and finalize plans for distance learning. As the plans and details of this are finalized, we will communicate all the  information families will need via email.

Out of country travelers quarantined

All SACS families that have traveled out of the country during Spring Break should self-report and begin a two-week quarantine. If your family traveled, you must send a notice to your school office indicating your student will be under a two week quarantine. Send your email to ES OfficeMS Office, or HS Office.

Simple measures to prevent the spread of germs: 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially before eating.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Per our student and parent handbook, individuals must be fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care and share recent travel history with your healthcare provider.
  • For more information about COVID-19 and the current status, please see this page from the Center for Disease Control.

SACS families, this is a rapidly changing and fluid situation. We are making informed, prayerful decisions by the hour and will continue to place the health and safety of our families at the forefront of all decisions. This is a time to be proactive and prepare rather than a time to wait and respond. We appreciate and covet your prayers as our board, administration, and faculty prepares for the very best options for your children.

Our health and safety precautions will go a long way to ensure our school community has very limited, if any, exposure to COVID-19. Please join our SACS community in being cautious, safe, and prayerful.

Dr. William R. “Jake” Walters
Superintendent
3/12 Do Not Worry
3/12/2020

SACS families:

The safety of our students and our community is our top priority, and we are grateful for our partnership with you as we work to keep our community healthy. We are closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and will communicate with you if we make decisions that impact our normal school schedule and routines.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to rapidly change and evolve, we remain diligent in our efforts to keep our community safe and healthy as we continue to monitor and follow the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control. We will continue to wipe down surfaces every day at school and follow thorough hand washing procedures for all staff, faculty, and students.

We ask for our SACS community’s continued partnership:

  1. We will follow the NEISD school schedule and will close school for a period of time if the CDC requires us to do so.
  2. We have plans in place for faculty to assist students in catching up if we are unable to come to campus. There is no need to stress or worry about missed days. We will make sure everyone has ample time for core class instruction and learning.
  3. If you have traveled over spring break, please make absolutely certain your children and family are well and have no signs of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. If you have any doubt at all, do not come to school. Instead, see your healthcare provider right away.

Simple measures from the CDC to prevent the spread of germs: 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially before eating.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Per our student and parent handbook, individuals must be fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care and share recent travel history with your healthcare provider.

For more information about COVID-19 and the current status, please see this page from the Center for Disease Control.

DO NOT WORRY

If God calls us to worry about anything, it’s how to love people well. The psalmist encourages us, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness” (Ps. 37:3). Peter reminds us to press on in the midst of every evil. Whether persecutions or pandemics, we can trust in the Lord, knowing, “It is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil” (1 Pet. 3:17).

Worry is common to man. But God has called us to face troubles and threats with courage, leaning our weight on him.

Dr. William R. “Jake” Walters
Superintendent

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