School The Safe Way

Houston Christian High School will continue to provide our dynamic, vibrant culture to our students in the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.
 
We know the value of community and togetherness and how that bolsters students to discover God’s unique calling on their lives. We thank you for partnering with us as we strive to provide high-quality education in this new season. 

This webpage is not an exhaustive list of what you will need to start school successfully with your student(s) this year, but an attempt for us to answer some of the most important questions in light of today’s health concerns. Additional information on all of these subjects will be released in the coming weeks as new information and updates become available.

Campus Sanitation Measures

The priority of Houston Christian is to provide the highest quality education in the safest and healthiest way possible. Over the summer our staff has worked tirelessly to enhance or modify our procedures to match or exceed the health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Education Agency, and local health officials. 

Below is a list of additional measures we have taken on campus to ensure our facilities provide the safest learning environment possible for your student(s). 

  • Daily continuous cleaning and sanitizing of the entire campus, nightly disinfection and sanitization
  • Increased hand sanitizers and wipes throughout campus
  • Installed touchless hand dryers and sinks in most campus bathrooms
  • Installed several new touchless water fountains
  • Installed touchless payment options at lunch lines and the coffee bar
  • Installed an air ionization system in our air conditioning system that kills pathogens and bacteria
  • Installing plexiglass dividers where social distancing cannot be achieved
  • Planned additional seating to allow for social distancing during lunch
  • Teacher health training
All students, faculty and staff will be required to self-administer a health screening through the Quickscreen app prior to arriving on campus

Health and Safety Protocols

We appreciate your willingness to adjust habits and make allowances for this new normal as we strive to keep everyone safe so our students and staff can receive the highest benefit from our learning environment. 

The guidelines below will be implemented on campus for as long as public health officials deem it necessary to maintain the safety of our community. 

  • All students, faculty and staff will be required to self-administer a health screening through the Quickscreen app prior to arriving on campus
  • Students will be required to show their screening results at the beginning of their first period to be admitted to class
  • Visitors on campus will be limited
  • All students, faculty, and staff will be required to maintain social distance while on campus
  • All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear a mask unless alone in a room or eating
  • Students will have assigned seating in each class
  • Students will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering each classroom
  • Large assemblies and gatherings will be modified to accommodate for social distancing
 
We designed our curriculum and academic schedule to accommodate different severity levels of the current health crisis. Each model will be implemented with the health and safety procedures previously listed. 
Houston Christian High School is taking added precautions to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for your student. It is our desire that if any mode of in-person instruction is being offered, that every student participates on campus. 

If students are unable to attend classes due to their exposure or current health status, they can complete work assigned by teachers independently. 

However, if a family should deem it best for their student(s) to remain home while Houston Christian is offering in-person instruction, students will continue to be served in a limited capacity to achieve credit and keep up with course content. 

Students who remain in distance learning for more than half a quarter (5 weeks) while on-campus education is being offered may be transitioned to an alternative pass/fail grading system. If you have questions about the implications of this on your student’s GPA or transcript, please contact the Counseling Department to discuss your student’s situation. 

Teachers will not be running simultaneous virtual and live classes with the same level of engagement that one might expect from a full distance learning environment. Not all classes will provide a livestream or video recording. Please contact the front office for further information.

If a family chooses to complete coursework via distance learning while in-person curriculum is being offered:
  • Submit this form to the Principal’s office
  • Commit to this option for a period of time designated by the school
  • Students will not be eligible to participate in co-curricular activities during this absence from campus


On-Campus Learning

All students on campus for classes wearing masks, including during class transitions, when in common areas, and while socializing.

• Classrooms adjusted to accommodate for social distancing,
including smaller class sizes and plexiglass barriers.
• Lunch will release in three 10-minute staggered intervals
• Extended passing periods
• Modified or streamed large gatherings

Hybrid Learning

Fifty percent of students in each grade will be on campus each day, with no classes Wednesday 
    • Wednesday has limited numbers of students on campus for specific purposes/gatherings
  • All 8 periods meet on class days so each student attends class in-person 2 times each week with at home work assigned to work asynchronously on days not in class
    • Example: Monday & Tuesday - teachers teach the same lesson to half students each day and assign asynchronous work
  • 45 minutes instructional periods with 3:35 dismissal Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri

Distance Learning

  • Limited number of students on campus; teachers report to classrooms for workday
  • Synchronous classes via GMeet on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Wednesday - no classes and workday for students and teachers; community-building activities