2020 Reopening Update
2020 Update Regarding Fall Opening
August 6, 2020
Dear Heritage Families,
“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:65
Psalm 119 is often known as the chapter in the Bible about God’s Word. This verse caught my attention as it talks about people having great peace when they love God’s law or His Word. We live in a culture right now that often seems to thrive on not seeking or having peace. Those that do have great peace stand out mightily, but they are often seen by the few, not the many. I am challenged to ask myself when I am lacking peace, on whether I pursue God through His Word, or do I just keep going my own way. Only Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and our relationship with Him will give us this deep abiding peace with God and others. May we all seek out people to be in our lives who have great peace.
Welcome to the new Heritage Christian School year. I am looking forward to seeing all the students and families as we come back this fall. Our first day of school this year is Tuesday, September 8, 2020 for Grades 1-12. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten start the week of September 14, 2020.
Reopening Health and Safety Plan
As discussed in past letters, health and safety protocols are being implemented for the start of classes this fall. I would like to thank everyone for providing their input on how to safely start up school in the classes this fall. In the survey responses, almost everyone was in favor of having classes in the classrooms five days per week, and desired having personal choice on wearing face masks in the classrooms. With our larger classroom areas, we are able to provide social distancing requirements for many of our classrooms.
Students will be involved in 5-day, face-to-face instruction, including specials classes, and recess for elementary. The following are a few key points.
Students’ desks will be physically distanced either 6 feet apart, or as much as space allows.
Face coverings will be worn in the lobby at the beginning of the day. Elementary students may remove the coverings for the day when they reach their classrooms. Secondary students may remove the coverings when seated in their desks, but will use them when walking in the hallways and when physical distancing is not possible.
Staff will disinfect common-touch surfaces throughout the day.
Students will wash their hands before lunch and throughout the day.
If a student has COVID-19 symptoms (cough, sore throat, fever, or shortness of breath), he/she will remain home or be sent home from school. Those with symptoms will continue learning through remote instruction. Teachers will be trained to use the Learning Management System to provide homework and instruction online.
Administration will work with the Gallatin County Health Department if a student or staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 and will follow its guidelines.
Please read through the Health and Safety Plan, A Day in the Life, and the waiver. Signing the waiver allows your child/children to participate in face-to-face instruction and other activities this year. The signed waiver must be returned to the school office before the first day of school.
Looking Ahead to School Starting in September
We have decided to cap some classes this fall to provide for the most social distancing that we can do in our classrooms. This has created a waiting list for some of our grades. While we have some full classes, we are also planning to combine some 9th and 11th grade classes as these two grades have small class sizes. For a secondary schedule of classes click here.
Although we currently are keeping distance from other people, we look forward to how we can come together as the Heritage family for service opportunities this year. There will be requests for fundraising events, helping during sporting events, and many other service opportunities.
Back to School Night
This year our back to school night will be at 6:00-8:00* p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2020, and it will be different from past years. Elementary families will come to the classroom as follows:
Last names A-L attend Session 1 from 6:00-6:30pm in one class and Session 2 from 6:30-7:00 in the other class. (Multi-student families)
Last names M-Z attend Session 1 from 7:00-7:30pm in one class and Session 2 from 7:30-8:00 in the other class. (Multi-student families)
To minimize people in each classroom, we are asking that at most two people from each family come to each classroom. (including student)
For secondary families, we are asking that only newly enrolling families come this year beginning at 7:00 and going until 8:00pm to allow for class rotations. Secondary classes will start in their homeroom (Bible Class) room.
*Please note time change from back to school communication previously sent.
Current plans are to have fall sports by having games with the other schools in the Montana Christian Athletic Association (MCAA). As with school, our focus will be on the safety and health of our athletes and coaches. Coaches will be considering this safety as they have practices and games. Guidance will be provided later on how to have fans safely attend and cheer at the games.
May our God provide you His peace as we look forward to school starting soon.
Heritage Christian School
School Picture Day Coming
School Picture Day - Wednesday, October 7th
School Picture Day is coming Wednesday, October 7th. We will be taking photographs for our yearbook and for parents to purchase. Pre-Kindergarten is asked to come at 8:00am on this day and we will do them first. Smile Falcons!!
High School GO Day
GO Day is for our 9th - 12th grade students to "GO OUT" into the community. Times will be 1:00-3:00pm.
Enrollment now open for the 2020-21 school year
The mission of Heritage Christian School is to educate students
by integrating academic excellence with a Biblical worldview, helping Christian families impact the world for Christ.
Consider these great reasons to enroll at HCS!
- Amazing teachers who love the Lord and love your kids
- Bible-based teaching of all subjects
- Daily Bible study and weekly chapels
- Annual Washington D.C. trip for 8th graders
- Annual missions trip for 11th graders
- Your kids can share their faith at school.
- Awesome extra-curricular opportunities including sports, music, drama, flight class, and robotics
- Affordable Christian education in the Gallatin Valley (Plus, need-based scholarships may be available to you.)
Full Day Kindergarten on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Full Day Pre-Kindergarten on Tuesday and Thursday
Please call the school office to arrange a time you can view our school.
Partner with us as we partner with you to help educate your
student to impact the world for Christ!
HCS invites all families committed to Christ with Pre K-12 grade students to enroll!
Call 587-9311 for more information or to schedule a tour.