Hello CrossRoads Families,
We want to give you the procedures we have decided upon for re-opening school this year. Please read through these and if you have comments, suggestions, or questions, email Mrs. Lisa de la Fuente.
We worked hard and prayed for wisdom as we put these together. There is no perfect solution when there are many unknowns. However, these were developed to prioritize the safety and comfort of everyone involved. We also tried to base these in scientific fact without diminishing the threat nor over-reacting to the threat.
We realize it is impossible to do exactly what each individual family would prefer as there are so many opinions about the subject and the emotions run high because it affects the safety of so many. But we have done our best to follow the Biblical mandate of seeking the truth, testing everything, and holding on to what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
We are looking forward to a great year. Both our church staff and educational staff will be praying over our whole campus and our families daily for God's protection according to Psalm 91.
We are also working on a major upgrade to our facilities which could force us to change how we operate. However the safety and comfort of your children, your families, our teachers and their families will be our highest priority.
Live Blessed and Be a Blessing!
CrossRoads Christian Academy and Learning Center parents,
I hope you have already seen my video about Carmen, our custodian, testing positive for covid. She was already out of work because she was sore from vacuuming our entire sanctuary plus mopping a large area so she left work early on June 2nd and the doctor prescribed something for her pain. While she was out, members of her family tested positive, then she tested positive. Here is a link to the video: https://youtu.be/IbzvzNG2b7E
I also wanted to give you the timeline so that you are fully aware of everything and if you have questions, please contact us and we would be glad to visit with you about this situation.
June 1: Carmen worked a full day but told our director she was sore from vacuuming and mopping such large areas.
June 2: Came into work for 1 hour then left to go to the doctor. The doctor prescribed something for the pain. This was her last day at work.
June 4: Her grandson began to not feel well. The grandson does not attend our daycare. The parents thought he was teething. He is 8 months old.
June 6: Carmen saw her son, the Dad of her grandson. This was the last time she saw her son.
June 8: The parent's of Carmen's grandson had the baby tested. He received a rapid test and found out immediately that he was positive for covid.
June 10: Carmen, her husband, her son, and her daughter-in-law were all tested. But they received a different type of test that took longer to get the results.
June 15: They received the results that Carmen was positive, her husband and her son were also positive. Her daughter-in-law was negative.
By this time, Carmen had already recovered from feeling badly. The baby had already recovered as well. Carmen's husband and son started showing symptoms.
We have asked Carmen to NOT come back to work. The earliest she would be back to work would be June 29 depending on how things go with her family.
We feel comfortable that no one has contacted covid here. Because her test took so long and because covid symptoms begin to show up within 5-7 days and she has been gone for 15 days already, anyone who would have contracted it would have already been showing symptoms and we have no report of any child or any other staff member showing symptoms or even feeling badly.
Here are some statistics from the San Antonio Covid webpage as of yesterday, June 15:
4,393 confirmed cases
Average death rate of confirmed cases: 2% We know that many more people are getting covid but never bad enough to go to the doctor which means this number is probably quite a bit lower. For example, if there have actually been 10,000 people that have contracted covid in San Antonio instead of the 4,393, the death rate would only be 1%. The greater number of people who have had it but not badly enough to get tested, the lower the death rate. So 2% is the highest it could be in San Antonio as of yesterday.
According to San Antonio Covid website as of yesterday, here are the death rates by age:
30:39: .002% (1/5 of 1%)
40-49: .005% (1/2 of 1%)
Here is a link to the San Antonio Covid website.
Again, these are the highest rates possible based on confirmed cases. Yesterday, the CDC put out a report that people with underlying conditions are 12 times more likely to die than otherwise healthy people. Here is a link to their report.
We will continue to keep you informed. We have notified our state licensing rep and we are waiting for any instructions they may have for us.
We continue to pray for all of our children, our staff, our parents, and their families for God's protection, favor, and prosperity.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Dear CrossRoads Family,
First, we want to continue to let you know that we are praying for you. Our church staff meets each week and we are lifting you in prayer. May the Lord place a hedge of protection around your families keeping you physically safe, mentally wise, emotionally hopeful, and spiritually encouraged. If we can be of any help to you or pray about anything for you, do not hesitate to let us know. Even if you have had to withdraw your child for this time, we want you to know that we are asking God's favor upon your family.
The state of Texas has asked childcare centers to remain open to care for the children of those who must continue to work. However, this past weekend, we received notice from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA 14 that directly effects childcare in the state of Texas. This order limits childcare facilities to care ONLY for the children of those who are part of the 'essential workforce.'
It is important to note that many may be considered essential but do not realize it to be so. The state of Texas has released a webpage where people can read to determine if they are essential or not. Here is a link:
GUIDELINES DETERMINING ESSENTIAL WORKERS. (After clicking this link, scroll to the bottom to find definitions of essential workers.)
I want to encourage you to read the sections of this webpage that may apply to you. Also, keep in mind that you may be an essential worker who is working from home and if so, you would still qualify for childcare if needed.
To continue providing childcare for your family, we must have a completed Form 7625. It takes about 1 minute to complete. You can download it from here, print it, fill it out, and bring it with you today. We will also have some available in the office when you come to get your children today. Again, we must have these by tomorrow to comply with state regulations.
Also, to keep you informed, we are working hard to not release any of our employees during this time. However, we have a fraction of the children coming into the center right now giving us extra staff. These staff members are engaged in continually cleaning and sanitizing our center thoroughly. We are also continuing with all mitigation and guidelines for childcare centers from the State of Texas and Licensing.
We consider it a privilege to partner with you in Christian childcare. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!
April 1, 2020
Hello CrossRoads Parents,
We pray that you are all doing well during this time. We miss you all tremendously and cannot wait to welcome your children back to school.
Normally, by the first of each month most families have paid their monthly tuition. We have noticed that several families have not made their payment for April tuition. We realize that it is an economically difficult time for some. If you are having difficulty making your payment please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to work with you during this time in any way we can.
CrossRoads has very dedicated and loving teachers. During this time we want to continue to be fully staffed and for your children to have access to their teachers when needed. If for any reason, you are finding it difficult to connect with your child's teacher during this time, please email our Director, Mrs. De La Fuente (email@example.com)
Once again, if you’re needing to make payment arrangements or discuss your student account, please reach out to me. We are happy to help!
Crossroads Business Manager
As you are aware, the governor recently closed down all Texas schools. We have put a plan in action to make sure your children will continue to receive a quality Christian education from our teachers until we know more about government guidelines. We know that everyone's schedule is a bit crazy. We want to try to maintain quality while at the same time making this as easy for your family as possible. If you have suggestions, please let us know.
Our teachers are working hard on getting all lessons ready for pickup on March 30, 2020 from the Learning Center office from 6:30am-6:30pm. Please make plans to pick up work next Monday. You will be able to take these home for your children to work on.
Early next week, we will be putting out videos with our teachers teaching concepts that will be available on demand for you and your children. We will be sending out more detailed instructions through Remind 101.
In addition to this, our teachers are going to be contacting their students each day to make sure that we continue strong.
Our Kinder-2nd grade will be using Google classroom to communicate with our students. The teachers will be sending you a text or email with a link and a code to use to help you get started. If you have any problem, please contact us asap. Through Google classroom, the teachers will be able to have daily lesson plans for our students to follow.
Our 3rd-6th grade students will be using the Google Duo app. You can get this from your Google Play store or the Apple app store. This app will allow students to video chat with their teacher when they need help or have questions regarding their school work. Our teachers are going to be available to help their students between 8:30am-8:00pm. We have great teachers who love their students and we, the administration, appreciate their willingness to be available these long hours.
This moment in time is very fluid. We will be using Remind 101 to communicate quickly. If you have any trouble with Remind 101, please contact us asap. You can also check back on this page for more information in addition to our Facebook page.
Thank you for all your support and understanding as we navigate this difficult time.
Lisa De La Fuente, Director