Letter from the Head of School
July 22, 2020
Dear Trinity Christian School Community:
In a little more than a month, we will once again gather as a school community! I am excited and eager to begin a new school year on campus. Our Reopening Task Force has done an exceptional job in contributing to our 2020 Re-Entry Plan based on research, discussions with the medical community, input from other private schools, and continual prayer. Please carefully review the plan that is attached noting the details, guidelines and protocols. Also, please understand that adjustments may still need to be made over the upcoming weeks as we develop more detailed plans in certain areas and respond to changes that develop in our region. A copy of this plan will be available on our website and when changes are made you will be notified.
As the summer has progressed, many of you have shared your commitment to pray for Trinity as a plan was developed and decisions were made. We are grateful for your continued support through encouragement and prayer. We covet your prayers now more than ever as changes and challenges lay before us. As we adjust to new plans, please be mindful that we may not be able to address every particular desire. It is my hope that our unity in Christ will remain at the forefront of our minds as we work together to educate our children in Christ.
With the recent mask mandate issued by our governor, it is important that we clarify our present policy about wearing masks. Along with reviewing CDC and local health authority guidelines, we have also consulted with several medical professionals in order to help us with our decision regarding masks. If current mask mandates remain in place in Pennsylvania, wearing masks will be required while on campus. This includes morning arrival, while moving around campus, in common spaces, and in classrooms. Students will not be required to wear masks when eating and mask breaks will be given throughout the day while always adhering to physical distancing requirements.
This pandemic has created a great deal of challenges for our community. Yet, we are committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. Alongside this commitment, we will hold to our mission to equip our students to fulfill their calling in family, church, and society in a way that is pleasing to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As the people of God, I want to encourage you to join us in praying and trusting in our sovereign Lord as we walk through these challenges together.
Kennedy S. Henriquez
TCS Head of School
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Allegheny County Health Department: 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- CDC: COVID-19 Information for Travelers
- U.S. State Department: Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019
The best methods to reduce the risk of getting this or any viral respiratory infection include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
- Stay at home away from others if you are sick
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
- If your child exhibits respiratory or flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing contact your healthcare provider.
Incubation period may be as long as two weeks, and children and young adults may be asymptomatic or with very mild symptoms.