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We can’t wait to be back together!

A core value of CVCA is that of community. Therefore, our principal desire is to have all students back on campus five days a week as we provide a high-quality Christian education. Our goal is to create a setting to minimize risk during this time of pandemic. We believe this is the best model for student learning and for us to achieve our mission of both Educating and Cultivating Servants for Christ in a community of caring adults.

For the past several months the CVCA administrative team has been collaborating with local healthcare professionals, Summit County Health Public Department, American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and schools around the country to develop our plan to reunite together at school this coming fall. We have also researched and discussed best practices with highly valued schools across the country in the development of this plan.

The plan is not exhaustive. The virus will likely be around for some time, and we will need to be nimble and willing to pivot as necessary (based on the ever-changing landscape) to reach the mission of the school.

The entire Reopening Plan is available through the button below. After reading this document, we know you may have specific questions so feel free to email us at


Areas of Implementation
While we cannot control the threat of COVID-19 until a vaccine is developed, we are working  to minimize the risks as much as possible for the protection of our entire community. Following are summaries of the three major areas of implementation that we have taken (or will take place) to minimize the risk while striving for face-to-face mission focused interaction. Please review the Reopening Plan for complete details.

Sickness and Exposure

Identifying COVID-19 symptoms helps prevent spread. You may have COVID-19 if you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms range from mild to severe and may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Please review the CVCA Reopening Plan for specific details about when to stay home from school.

Preventative Steps at School

While we cannot totally control the threat of COVID-19, we are working to minimize the risks as much as possible for the protection of our entire community. This includes health screening and protocols, social distancing and face covering policies, a change to the daily class schedule, class transition adaptations, boxed lunches, and more.

Please review the CVCA Reopening Plan for all of the measures being taken to protect our school.

Cleaning Procedures

We have greatly increased our efforts in cleaning and sanitizing. Continual cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection will be a daily routine of common spaces.

Please see the CVCA Reopening Plan for all of our cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

Distance Learning
For students who may need to stay home due to illness or quarantine, CVCA has provided a distance learning option through which students can keep pace with learning activities and assignments in their classes. This is not CVCA Online, but a livestream opportunity that utilizes classroom cameras and allows the student to watch a live class being instructed by their teacher. An extended distance learning option is also available for families who do not feel comfortable with the risk of being in a group setting. Please complete this online form if your family is interested in this option.

Daily Schedule
CVCA is adopting a new daily schedule for the 2020-2021 school year with block classes. Four blocks will be offered each day. Class periods 1-4 will meet three times the first week and two times the second week (vice versa for periods 5-8). This schedule allows for flexibility if a transition to CVCA Online is needed at some point during the school year, and for pandemic-related school safety. The school day will still begin at 7:50 a.m., but will now end at 2:35 p.m. There will be no late-start day this year.

School Calendar
Please understand that all events on the 2020-2021 School Calendar are subject to change due to COVID-19 uncertainties. The calendar is always available at the top of CVCA website and will be updated as needed.

CVCA Athletics
All policies pertaining to social distance, screening, and other COVID-19 issues within CVCA Athletics are available on the CVCA Athletics website. Any specific questions should be directed to the Athletics Office.

How You Can Help
PRAY: Your prayers for all in the CVCA community – students, families, faculty, and staff – are greatly appreciated during this unprecedented time.

REACH OUT: If you are looking for a way to help CVCA families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, contributions may be made to the Families to Families fund used to aid CVCA families in need over the next year. Donations can be made HERE. (Please designate “Families to Families” in the comments section.)

ASSIST: Because we have increased the number of class sections in many courses in order to reduce the number of students in each class, we have several openings for additional part-time Student Monitors. If you are interested in learning more about these needs please email

ASK QUESTIONS: We value our families and want to answer any questions you may have. If after reviewing the Reopening Plan, you need more information, please feel free to contact us at

Do you have a question?

We know this is a lot of information, and some of our families may have questions. If you need more details after reviewing the Reopening Plan, please contact us.


Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if a student has tested positive for COVID-19?

A student who has tested positive can return to CVCA after they bring a doctor’s note specifically indicating that they are COVID-free and safe to be on campus.

What if a student has symptoms but has not had a test or is awaiting test results to determine if they have COVID?

Do not come to school if you have any ONE of the following:
• Body temperature of 100 degrees or higher any time in the previous 24 hours
• Persistent cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
• Nausea
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Chills
• Loss of taste or smell

Do not come to school if you have any TWO of the following:
• Body aches
• Headache
• Sore throat
• Runny nose or congestion

What if I a student is exposed to someone with COVID-19 ?

A student who has been exposed (“exposed” defined as maintaining less than 6-feet distance for more than 15 continuous minutes or as communicated by the Summit County Health Public Department) to someone with COVID but remains symptom-free can return after 14 days or they may bring a doctors note indicating they are COVID-free.

CDC Guidelines on Quarantine After Exposure

Will CVCA contact the Summit County Health Department if a student or staff person tests positive for COVID-19?

Yes and we will fully cooperate with their guidance.

What is the protocol for when a student tests positive?

The following protocol applies so symptomatic or positive students:

CVCA will contact the family and verify if they have been in contact with their doctor, the county health department, and have been tested.

CVCA will contact the Summit County Public Health Department and cooperate in contact tracing. The Summit County Public Health Department will contact potentially exposed students’ families per their policies.

Is a student automatically quarantined/isolated if someone in their class or team tests positive?

No. See definition of exposure above in the ”When to Stay Home” section.

When is the first day of school?

The first day of classes for all students, grades 6-12, is Wednesday, August 12.

Orientation for 6th grade students and parents is Monday, August 10. (Details to come.)

Orientation for all NEW students and parents, grades 7-12 is Tuesday, August 11. (Details to come.)

Why change to a block schedule?

The pandemic has changed the way we need to interact with each other. In addition to the academic advantages of a block schedule, this change was made to allow for the possibility of transitioning to CVCA Online if necessary and it lessens the time students pass in the hall.

What is the difference between CVCA Online and distance learning?

CVCA Online was created for both synchronous and asynchronous learning from home where teachers and students are interacting in a virtual classroom during a school disruption. Distance learning, on the other hand, is an option for when students cannot be in the class due to possible illness or quarantine. It will utilize classroom cameras and allow the student to watch a live class being instructed by their teacher.

If a student has study hall during first or last period, does he/she have to attend?

For students who have a study hall scheduled during the first block (Period 1 or Period 5) or last block (Period 4 or Period 8), a release form can be requested from the Guidance Office. Any approved releases must be consistent throughout the semester and approved by Administration. Students required to participate in OASIS are not eligible.

Has the school day changed in terms of start and end times?

Yes. Students should arrive between 7:35-7:45 a.m. when possible and the school day will now end at 2:35 p.m., as opposed to 2:50 p.m. However, students may arrive as early as 7:15 a.m. and can go directly to the Royals Fieldhouse where social distance will be expected to be maintained and students will be seated at tables. Only the Royals Fieldhouse entrance is open until 7:35 a.m. when all entrances will open. At the end of day, students will need to head to practice or home at 2:35 p.m. so cleaning and sanitizing can begin.

Will we still have a late start on Thursdays?

No. The school day will start at 7:50 a.m. every morning.

Will we still have Chapel?

We very much realize that Chapel will need to look different as we begin the new year. However, while the Chapel programming may not feel the same, our commitment to spiritual formation in our community will remain steadfast. With the strength of our faculty and staff, we will continue to build a multilayered approach to pour God’s Word into your students each week (outside, small groups, live-streamed, etc.)

What about lunch?

AVI will provide daily boxed lunches for students who sign-up. Watch for more information on the lunch ordering process in the coming weeks.

High school students will be socially distanced in the CVCA Fieldhouse during lunch periods. Middle school students will be socially distanced in either the Middle School Lunchroom or the Main Cafeteria.

What about visitors?

In an effort to reduce exposure from outside sources, visitors will be extremely limited in the building. Only internal personnel (students, teachers, and employees, as well as a few essential services) will be permitted in the school building.

What about restrooms and water fountains?

Restroom facilities will be available throughout the school day.

Water fountains will not be open during the day. But, refillable bottle stations will be available. We encourage students to bring their own water bottles with them to school.

How will social distance be practiced during classroom transitions?

Students will need to proceed directly from one class to the next during transition periods and will be asked not to congregate in the hallways between classes.

Hallways will be divided into directional lanes to maintain distance during passing periods.

No lockers will be available to students as we begin the school year. Students will be instructed to bring only what is necessary for a given school day (only 4 periods per day).

What about lockers?

No lockers will be available to students as we begin the school year. Students will be instructed to bring only what is necessary for a given school day (only 4 periods per day).

How can I help?

As we prepare for the necessary changes being made to have students back on campus this fall, we have several openings for staff support in the area of student supervision. If you are interested in learning more about these needs please email Our team will be looking to fill several part time positions spread out over the course of the week.