Find Head of School Todd Clingman’s latest COVID-19 updates for the NCCS community on this page.
MOST RECENT HEAD OF SCHOOL EMAIL
Dear NCCS Family,
We made it to summer! While we adapt to summer schedules, I wanted to let you know what to expect for our camps and campus during this season.
NCCS Summer Camps begin on Tuesday, May 26, and run through July 31. We are offering a 100-percent, risk-free refund policy (if camps need to be canceled due to governor closure), in addition to the utmost adherence to Governor Kemp’s criteria for summer camps. We are committed to balancing the developmental, physical and social needs of our children with a top commitment to safety.
Safety protocols include small groups of less than 10 people, state-of-the-art disinfection systems, socially distanced locations throughout our 50-acre campus, daily deep cleanings of all camp areas, temperature checks for all campers and staff, and more.
You can find camp schedules and registration HERE. (We still have a few spots remaining in our Sports Mania and Craftin’ Craze Camps next week for rising K5 – 4th grade!)
CAMPUS DURING THE SUMMER
All visitors to campus during the summer months will need to sign in at the front desk and have their temperatures screened (including faculty and staff). Please note signs posted at all entrances regarding enhanced sanitation practices, as well as individuals considered high risk. Masks are not required but are permitted; please practice social distancing while on campus.
Use of any campus facilities or amenities must be cleared with the respective department prior to visiting campus:
I know we all have many questions about how school will look in the fall. While our first day of school is still over 11 weeks away, we will release details as soon as decisions are made throughout the summer. At this time, we are planning to start school on time and ON CAMPUS. We will follow Governor Kemp’s guidelines for schools, which have not yet been released.
I will share a video update on our initial thoughts and plans next Thursday, May 28, via Facebook Live and YouTube. In the meantime, please know that, as a school, we are committed to three top priorities:
- SAFETY | Keeping our students, faculty and staff healthy and safe. We have already initiated enhanced sanitation measures throughout campus, in compliance with Governor Kemp’s guidelines for summer camps. I’m happy to report that the transition to these safety measures has been seamless and successful to date.
- LEARNING | Safeguarding the integrity of student learning. Our faculty excels at making learning engaging for all of our students, utilizing research-informed best practices and creative teaching methods. As we look to the fall, we will continue to filter all decisions through the lens of developmentally appropriate environments that optimize learning.
- FAMILY | Upholding the culture of family that we know and love at NCCS. We highly value the support and camaraderie we experience as a school community and will work diligently to maintain this pillar of our NCCS mission.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support, prayers and trust.
Have a wonderful summer!
Head of School
TODD WEEKLY VIDEO ARCHIVE
Find all of Head of School Todd Clingman’s weekly updates on our NCCS YouTube playlist.
VIRTUAL LEARNING WEEK THREE | MARCH 30 – APRIL 3
This week, Todd shared a heartfelt update in this video. The governor has issued a statewide shelter-in-place order starting Friday, April 3, and continuing through April 13. Governor Kemp has also closed school campuses through the duration of the academic year. While we are grieving the loss of being able to reunite in our classrooms this year, please know that our faculty and staff are fully committed to continuing a top-notch virtual learning experience for every student. We will enjoy Spring Break next week and then continue our virtual adventure together again on Monday, April 13.
In his video, Todd underscored the importance of family during this time — both your immediate family and your family here at NCCS. Here are a few ways we can continue to support each other and share the love, NCCS:
“WE ARE FAMILY” YARD SIGNS.
To show our solidarity in this season, we invite you all to come to the school today (before shelter-in-place goes into effect) and take a “We Are Family” yard sign for your home. Signs can be found along Eagle Drive and in the Prayer Garden. If you’re coming to collect your Lower School supplies between 3 – 6 p.m. today (Thursday, April 2), a school representative will put a sign in your car along with your supplies, if you’d like one; they have many signs at the front of the school waiting for our Lower School families today!
In addition to top-notch virtual lessons, our teachers and administrators have committed to sharing original programs every day of the week at 4 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube for your family. Find all the programs (and back episodes you may have missed!), at ncchristian.org/virtuallearning. During this season of distance, it’s very touching that our teachers and principals have invited the world into their homes, their hearts, and their hobbies. These programs are also linked in Flight Plan every Friday, as well.
VIRTUAL FAMILY GROUP.
If you haven’t joined our Virtual Family Facebook group, we encourage you to do so! This group has really underscored the supportive, prayerful, and quite humorous community that we enjoy at NCCS!
We also want to encourage our NCCS family to support each other by helping us update and utilize our NCCS Business Directory: ncchristian.org/businessdirectory.
WE ARE HERE FOR EACH OTHER.
The bottom line is that we are here for you, we’re here for each other, and we’ll do whatever we can to support one another during this time.
We say it all the time, but North Cobb Christian School really IS family. When our physical campus is taken away, look what still remains: a community of pure gold, grounded in Jesus, that keeps on thriving.
Take care, enjoy Spring Break, and stay well, NCCS!
VIRTUAL LEARNING WEEK TWO | MARCH 23 – 27
Good afternoon, NCCS,
Many of you may have already seen that Governor Kemp issued an executive order today, mandating that public schools stay closed through April 24. In the best interest of our students, faculty, and community, we are choosing to follow suit, meaning that April 27 would be the earliest we could now resume on-campus instruction. We will still have Spring Break the week of April 6-10, as planned. I hope that our faculty and students can enjoy some fresh air and downtime during that week.
PRAYER + PERSPECTIVE
I would also like to ask for your prayers for the family of Coach Ron Hill of Mount Vernon School, who lost his battle with coronavirus this week. As a fellow believer, we honor Coach Hill’s service to his students and lift up the entire Mount Vernon school community.
My hope is for us all to remain steadfast in prayer and to have eyes to see the blessings amidst the trials of this season. If your family and friends are healthy, thank the Lord for that. As you’re home with your family, thank God for increased time to be together. Let’s not stop thanking God for his provision in all things, even in this … especially in this.
SUPPORT + RESOURCES
And as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your NCCS community for support. If your students become lonely or weary of virtual learning, please email your child’s teacher or counselor to receive encouragement, ideas, or a virtual appointment. Our counselors are keeping (remote) office hours during this time and are available for one-on-one video sessions with any student who needs counsel or support. Feel free to email your division counselor at any time to set up an appointment:
Lower School | Carol Ribeiro
Middle School | Kara Mawdesley
Upper School | Emily Siller
Thank you, once again, for your support and solidarity, NCCS Family.
Head of School
North Cobb Christian School
VIRTUAL LEARNING WEEK ONE | MARCH 16 – 20
Dear NCCS Family,
My son and I were talking the other day and decided the most-used phrase right now is “unprecedented times.” And for good reason, I would say. I think we can all agree that never in our lifetime have we experienced anything even remotely like this, and we can’t imagine we ever will again. Though these “unprecedented times” have us all fairly anxious, and there are plenty of negative places for our minds to wander, I have been trying to keep my mind on the positives — the provision of our Lord, modern medicine, modern technology, more time with loved ones … all top that list.
Community Amidst Separation
I’m also reminded in times like these, how truly thankful I am for our NCCS community. I can’t imagine walking through this journey with any other group of people. Our teachers and principals have jumped into the world of virtual schooling like they’ve been preparing for months, when in reality it was a handful of days, and they are receiving rave reviews from our parents and students. As we navigate this unforeseen situation, our parents have been gracious and understanding, which is a tremendous blessing.
Progress During the Pause
I am also very thankful that, despite the current events, construction on the first phase of the new upper school building has continued! The precast panels will all be placed by the end of this week, giving us a shell of a building. You can see videos of the building here and here. Once that is complete, the next six to eight weeks will entail structural steel, the building slab, start of mechanical, electrical and plumbing installation, parking lot construction, and grading of the softball/middle school baseball field. If you and your family need a break from your quarantine, I would invite you to take a ride down McPhail Drive and see the progress as it unfolds.
Encouragement in the Unknown
The ongoing construction reminds me of the promise in Lamentations 3:22-23, which helps me more clearly focus on the positives in the middle of these uncertain times: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” We can rest knowing God is still in control and He still holds each new morning in His hands.
We are praying for our NCCS community during this time. If your family needs anything that we can help with, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask. We look forward to celebrating the progress of the upper school building once we are all able to be together again!
Stay well and enjoy the time with your family!
Head of School
North Cobb Christian School