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Christian school goes back Aug. 17 / August 10, 2020
Students at Halifax Christian School will be heading back to school on a four-day schedule starting Monday, Aug. 17 with normal hours in effect, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The private school has always taken Fridays off.

Opening the school, “is in the best interest of the students and families,” said Dana Jones, academic dean and interim principal. “We are a small school and able to be flexible."

Halifax Christian School, which operates out of the former Halifax Academy facility in Centerville, caps its enrollment at 111 students. Heading into this week, the school had a wait list for the lower grades and a handful of openings available for grades four-12.

“We are expecting to reach capacity,” said Jones, who said only a few of the school’s returning families have opted to distance learn at home.

The curriculum is paper-based with no online virtual learning at home. This makes it easy for students to do classwork and complete any make-up assignments if they are at home. Inside the building, the school is following CDC guidelines for limiting classroom sizes.

Halifax Christian School has taken other measures to enhance health and safety. The kindergarten horseshoe desk has been replaced with small individual desks to adequately space children in the classroom. The cafeteria has been divided to allow for two classes to enjoy lunch without crossing paths. Halifax Christian School students will also participate in physical education, with each classroom taking part in activities individually.

For electives such as art and music, teachers “will rotate to each classroom,” said Jones, to protect the safety of students by keeping them inside their classrooms.

Other safety modifications include automatic sanitation devices, and automatic soap and paper towel dispensers in the restrooms. A fog disinfectant spray will be used at the end of the school on a daily basis, giving chemicals 12 hours to sit before people return the next morning. Staff members will be wiping down desks, doorknobs, and other hard-surface areas to limit potential spread of the coronavirus.

Students will be required to wear face masks when moving around the building, and where six feet of distance is not feasible.

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