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COVID-19 Resources

We are Greater Together

A Purposeful Start to the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcome! We look forward to another successful and wonderful school year. Thank you for your partnership as we work together to keep our community healthy and campus open and thriving. 

As you review the following plan to welcome you safely to campus, you will see that GAC has worked to adapt to student and learning needs in transformative ways. Our team has carefully planned to ensure the health and safety of every member of our community while incorporating the best practices and protocols. At the same time, we want to assure you:

GAC has not changed in its foundation or focus. Scripture calls us to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7

We will use these premises to determine our health protocols and mitigation strategies now and the months ahead.  

  1. Parental empowerment—We think it is important that we empower you, as parents, to make the best health decisions for your children based on changing information and family health.  
  2. Guidance from health organizations—We will continually study and review the recommendations of multiple health organizations. We recognize that some health organizations will make national or regional recommendations, rather than tailored to the specifics of a state, city, or even specific school. 
  3. Insight from the GAC community—We will continually listen to input from multiple groups, including our GAC Health Team, our Senior Level Leadership Team, parents, and our faculty and staff.
  4. Health data—We will continually review and study our own health data and draw outcomes that help guide our adjustments.
  5. Balance of health protection and vibrant school life—We will continually strive for reasonable health protection and reasonable life and vitality of the school. Both are critical to the growth of our students. 

We will lean on these five premises as we continue to strive to make the very best decisions for our entire GAC community. And as we do, we will submit our plans to the Lord, asking for His guidance and help, and leaning on Him at every point along the way.  

I’m thankful for our GAC families. You’ve partnered with us in new ways. You gave feedback to surveys, shared with friends why you selected GAC, and inspired and encouraged us. Yes, this is an uncertain time. Outlined on this page are our best plans based on what we know today. In looking back at the previous 18 months, we all know things can, and likely will, change. We will continue to communicate with our community often, share updates and provide ongoing transparency with positive cases, isolations, and quarantines. 

Scott Harsh, Ed.D
President

A Flexible Academic Plan - GAC Sync

GAC’s Synchronous Learning (GAC Sync) provides students real-time teaching and collaboration regardless of location, allowing our families the flexibility to choose (even on a daily basis) to attend school on campus, from home, or while traveling. 

While we believe strongly in an on-campus learning experience with the vibrancy of full involvement during and beyond the school day, we also see the value of providing students an alternative to connect from home. GAC Sync was not designed to replace the on-campus experience, but rather to improve the student experience in learning, social-emotional health, and family life. 

View the video below to see a demonstration.

This investment in technology and teacher training allows us to go well beyond what we offered during the spring 2020 shelter-in-place mandate, truly transforming the GAC educational experience. Furthermore, all instructional content will be recorded daily and readily available for students to access later. So, when a student wants to review a given concept discussed in class, they can view the lesson as many times as needed. Incorporating this technology as part of the GAC learning environment also helps us maintain a healthier campus. Students who do not feel well for any reason, on any given day, can stay at home but not miss valuable class time.

Students utilizing GAC Sync from home will be expected to adhere to the current Student-Parent Handbook, including academic, attendance, uniform, and behavior policies.

“We are committed to leading through this pivotal time with transformative learning.”

Health and Safety Measures

Our goal is to bring our community back to campus while prioritizing everyone’s health and safety. We will need to work together to stay as healthy as possible, with measures in place to provide the best educational experience while protecting the health of every student and our faculty/staff.

We encourage every eligible member of the GAC Community to be vaccinated. This is not a mandate, but rather, a strong encouragement. Last spring we were pleased to provide seven vaccine clinics on the GAC campus with over 3,500 vaccinations and we recognize many more sought vaccinations from their healthcare providers. The decision to be vaccinated is up to each family and we encourage you to have a conversation with your child’s pediatrician if you have not done so already.

We will continue to encourage and expect every member of the GAC family to stay home at the onset of any symptoms of any illness. This has proven to be one of the strongest protections from the transmission of any illness. And GAC Sync makes it possible to stay home and also stay connected.

Campus Life

We recognize that an important element of the GAC mission, which is “to help each student grow as Jesus did in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and Man,” includes many experiences beyond the classroom. Our goal is to provide as many of these experiences as possible. 

Please note: All students, including those choosing GAC Synchronous Learning (GAC Sync) from home, will be allowed to fully participate in all co-curricular and campus life activities at GAC.

Contact

Jimmy Chupp, Director of School Life

GAC Health Team