At Annapolis Area Christian School, it is our mission to engage students in an education of excellence, enabling them to impact the world through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. How we do that day-to-day abruptly and unexpectedly stopped on March 12, 2020. The Reopening Task Force was charged with creating a plan that allows our school community to return safely to the school and workday in our buildings and on our campuses for the 2020-2021 school year.
We gathered information, researched and reviewed best practices in public health guidelines, and established protocols based on expert advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Additionally, we followed state and county orders related to public health throughout the spring and summer and updated our plan accordingly.
AACS faculty and staff remain committed to the educational, social, and spiritual partnership with parents and the church, using methods and materials that promote engagement and collaboration in learning, thinking, and problem-solving. We will continue to embrace the very best available to us, helping each student develop his/her distinct God-given giftedness and purpose as Christ’s image-bearer.
Thank you for your patience and your prayers. We look forward to what God will do in and through our AACS community this coming school year.
AACS Middle School Principal
Reopening Task Force Chairman
Late Wednesday afternoon, August 12, local nonpublic schools were notified in writing by the Anne Arundel County Health Department (AACHD) that in order to provide face-to-face instruction/learning for the 2020-2021 school year, reopening plans would have to be reviewed and approved by county health officials. AACS's school leaders and the board discussed options Wednesday evening and chose to comply with the request. The plan was shared with the AAC Health Department via email on Wednesday night. The next day, just before 1 p.m., school leadership received confirmation from the AACHD that the AACS Reopening Plan was approved.
As a result of the county’s approval and feedback that the plan was "excellent" and "complete," the school remains on track to open in-person and online on August 26 for grades K-8 and on August 31 for grades 9-12.
"We monitor the CDC, state and county orders, and the MD Health Department guidelines daily," says Superintendent Rick Kempton. AACS will make adjustments based upon any new protocols or orders that may surface for schools. We are deeply committed to providing the safest on-campus experience that is also in strict compliance with the best practices published by the CDC."