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Grandparents’ Day

 

Grandparents’ Day for students in Kindergarten – Grade 4 will happen this year on Friday, November 20, 2020. This will be a virtual event. All Kindergarten – Grade 4 students will be off school on this day. We are encouraging the HCA students to get together with their grandparents during the morning. Below is a sample schedule for the day.

 

Postponed and Cancelled Events due to COVID-19 Response

3/15/2020

After much consideration, HCA Athletics has made the difficult decision to cancel all practices and competitions from March 16 through March 30. More updates regarding practices and competitions will come as we near April.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your individual coaches or Sydney Knudsen at [email protected]

 

3/13/2020

The following upcoming events for HCA are postponed for at least the next 30 days: Preschool Spring Sing (3/19), Upper School Ecuador Missions Trip (Spring Break), Parent U (4/2), and all field trips.

Upper School Grandparents Day (4/9) has been cancelled this spring.

We will update you as we reschedule events.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Updates

Click here to see a list of postponed and cancelled HCA events.

Click here if you or an immediate family member has had known exposure to COVID-19.

 

March 24, 2020 | 4:00 PM

HCA E-Learning Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response – March 24, 2020

Good afternoon HCA families,

I hope you are all well as most of you are enjoying a stay-at-home spring break.  In my house, we have a playful term for this from past years:  “Spring Broke.” ☺

However, you spend it, we hope you enjoy some fun and different activities with your kids.

I want to share a couple updates with you.  First, thank you all for joining us in prayer for kindergartner Michael Esquivel yesterday.  We had an army of prayer warriors lifting up Michael, his family, his surgeons and those caring for him during his surgery.  Thank you all for joining in.  We are so grateful that that surgeons reported it was successful.  Please continue to pray for Michael and his family during what will be a difficult recovery.  We love that our community mobilized in prayer so enthusiastically to care for this sweet family!

Second, I’d like to update you regarding the execution of our post-spring break plans.  We greatly appreciate your feedback that you gave, and have made some adjustments to make e-learning a more effective process.  As Gov. Pritzker’s shelter in place will remain in effect until April 7, we will remain in e-learning mode until then, at a bare minimum.  We hope to get back together at school soon, but are planning for the possibility of a substantial period away—maybe even until the end of the school year.  Our team has spent significant effort pouring over what we believe is best for our students moving forward.  We have come to the conclusion that things cannot be “business as usual.”  We have narrowed our focus to this end.

We want you to have a blessed and wonderful spring break, but do want you to be aware of our plan moving forward.  We appreciate your continued prayers for the ministry of HCA.

Blessings!

Talbott Behnken
Superintendent

 

March 21, 2020 | 6:00 PM

HCA Health Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – March 21, 2020

Hi HCA family,
Hope you are enjoying the first day of our spring break. We promised an update when we had test results for the spouse of an HCA staff member. We are pleased to share that the spouse of our staff member’s test for coronavirus was negative. This is good news.  Please do continue to follow instructions from Illinois authorities. According to the Governor’s shelter in place order, we will continue with our e-learning platform after spring break until at least April 7.
Praying you have an enjoyable and healthy spring break with your families.
Blessings!
Talbott Behnken

March 19, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Parent Feedback Form for E-Learning
March 19, 2020

Dear HCA Parents,

Thank you to the over 100 participants who were able to join us for tonight’s Zoom call. We are glad for the technology to be able to connect with our HCA community, especially right now.

Parents, as mentioned in the meeting, we would like to hear your feedback from this week’s e-learning at home. Our teachers and administrators will review this information. This will help us to improve the e-classroom format. Click below to go to form.

We would love to hear what would help you as a family. Thank you! Have a great rest of your evening.

Blessings!
Talbott Behnken
Superintendent

Link to parent feedback form.

 

March 19, 2020 | 3:00 PM

HCA Community Care, Updates, and Prayer Meeting
March 19, 2020

Dear HCA Parents,

Tonight at 6:30 PM, we will be hosting an online HCA community care, updates, and prayer meeting. This meeting should go from 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM. I hope you will be able to dial in and join us. You can call in or video in to the meeting, on your phone or your computer. Once you are dialed in, please mute your device.

Click here to join the Zoom meeting. If you have not used Zoom on your device before, allow yourself extra time before the meeting to set up Zoom.

We are glad to be a community together, especially during this time. We hope you can join us tonight.

Talbott Behnken
Superintendent

 

March 18, 2020 | 1:00 PM

HCA Health Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update – March 18, 2020

Good afternoon, HCA parents!

I wanted to send you all and our teachers a hearty “Well done!!” on getting through our first day of e-learning. The optimistic, can-do, and push-through attitude of our staff is permeating this process. Thank you for embracing it as the adventure it is.

I do want to bring an update and clarification about two things:

First, no test results have been received for the spouse of our staff member who was tested for COVID-19. Once those results are received, we will communicate them to you.

Secondly, I’d like to provide some clarity about our decision to move to e-learning. Governor Pritzker’s closing down of the Illinois schools, and subsequent declaration that these are “act of God” days, does not prevent us from educating and moving forward with our students. Our team believes it was appropriate to close the physical buildings themselves, but we also believe we are responsible to continue to serve the Lord and this community during this time. We believe the platform of e-learning and technology allows this, while not putting any of our people in danger. While the Governor made his declaration, the Illinois State Board of Education stated that they “strongly encourage districts to maintain a continuity of educational opportunities.” These conflicting messages allow for the type of education we are currently providing. I am grateful for our leaders and authorities in the church who, upon hearing of our e-learning plan, supported its implementation whole-heartedly, understanding our desire is for our students to be cared for well, and for all of us to work to minimize any disruption to their development.

More than ever, this is a time that magnifies our partnering with each other to bless your students. We are praying for you as many of you are home with them engaged in the process. The Lord is sovereign and the Lord is good!  May He use this time to draw us nearer to Him and nearer together!

Blessings!
Talbott Behnken

Isaiah 25:1
“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” 

 

March 14, 2020 | 4:00 PM

HCA Health Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – March 14, 2020

“My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2

Dear HCA Parents,

We want to let you know that today we learned that a staff member’s spouse was exposed to COVID-19 by a co-worker. The staff member’s spouse has been tested for COVID-19 today and is awaiting test results. Test results should be back in the next 48 hours. We have reported this to the Kane County Health Department. We will update our families with the results of this initial test for our staff member’s spouse once we receive notice.

We are alerting families of this link in order to keep you updated and aware. Our staff member is not currently ill or displaying COVID-19 symptoms. For yourself and your family, allow your symptoms to dictate your actions. If you or a family member have symptoms such as a fever over 100.4 degrees, shortness of breath, or cough, please contact your doctor. Call your doctor’s office or the emergency room before going in and alert them of your symptoms.

You can help our HCA community by letting us know if you or an immediate family member has had a known exposure to COVID-19. There is a link below with a simple form to communicate this information to us. There are also two links below from the CDC; a fact sheet about COVID-19 and directives on what to do if you are sick with COVID-19.

Join us as we continue to pray for the health of our HCA community.

Talbott Behnken
Superintendent

Link to HCA Family COVID-19 Exposure Tracking Form.

Link to CDC Key Facts about COVID-19.

Link to CDC What to do if you are sick with COVID-19.

 

March 13, 2020 | 5:00 PM

HCA Health Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – March 13, 2020

“My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2

Dear HCA Parents,

Per Governor Pritzker’s pronouncement this afternoon, we want to let you know that HCA will be closed beginning Monday, March 16. Monday will be a Teacher Institute Day. We will be training teachers for e-learning and how to best utilize our current online platforms for our students. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all students Preschool – Grade 12 will begin e-learning for their classes. We will send a detailed communication on Monday to let you know how your students will be utilizing these platforms, such as Class Dojo and Google Classroom.

Though the school will be closed and we will not be meeting together at the same physical location, know that our teachers and staff are dedicated to have learning continue during this time. Our teachers will remain connected to your students. Our faculty has been meeting this week to discuss e-learning options, and during the lunch periods today, we met with all teachers to discuss what we would do for just this situation. We are grateful for our teacher’s flexibility and efforts they are investing into preparation for this type of teaching.

We will seek to keep some normalcy for your students as we move forward with e-learning. Our most important objectives are the health and care of our students, families, and staff, and that we can continue educating our students during this time.

Spring Break will begin as planned at 3 PM on Friday, March 20. Spring Break will continue as scheduled for March 23-27. We will let you know plans to either return to school or continue e-learning after that time. We are praying for health for our families and our community.

 

Blessings!

Talbott Behnken, Superintendent

 

March 13, 2020 | 10:00 AM

HCA Health Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – March 13, 2020

“My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2

Dear HCA Parents,

As events have changed seemingly by the minute during the past 48 hours, it is good to remember that the LORD is sovereign. As RC Sproul surmised, the LORD is sovereign over every single molecule in the universe. We agree with this and believe that nothing that comes to us has not come through the filter of His loving hand.

Late yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced a new policy regarding group meetings and assemblies with the goal of protecting citizens from further spread of the coronavirus. In his order, he specifically exempted schools from the recommendations. Our team is closely monitoring the situation, measuring our own attendance and communicating with the Kane County Health Department.

Currently, athletic practices will continue as normal. For today, Friday, March 13, Middle School Pi Mania and the Student VS Staff basketball game will be postponed to a later date. The following upcoming events for HCA are postponed for at least the next 30 days: Preschool Spring Sing (3/19), Upper School Ecuador Missions Trip (Spring Break), Parent U (4/2), and all field trips. Upper School Grandparents Day (4/9) has been cancelled this spring.

We have developed a plan for e-learning (electronic learning) if it becomes necessary not to assemble together at HCA. Even if we are unable to be together in the same physical location, your student’s education will continue. Our teachers will be using technology to connect with you and your students. We will provide more details if these measures become necessary. However, I want to you be assured that we will continue to educate your students during any time we may be forced to be away from HCA.

While we currently plan to continue as normal, this is a very fluid situation. We appreciate your flexibility as it may be needed. We are praying for wisdom and to be sober-minded—having good understanding on how to best steward HCA and our people. We are continuously in prayer for our students and community and the safety and well-being of all Lions. Please join us in this!

Blessings!

Talbott Behnken, Superintendent

 

March 11, 2020 | 1:00 PM

HCA Health Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – March 11, 2020

“My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2

Dear HCA Parents:

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is pushing schools in many parts of the country, including HCA and schools in our area, to new levels of consciousness regarding the health of our community. In my 20 years in education, we have dealt with many rounds of flu outbreak and even a distant concern about SARS in the early 2000s. However, the speed and concern with which coronavirus has spread, and the uncertainty that still surrounds it, has made for an unpredictable situation.

While there are no confirmed cases among our students or adults as of now, the rapid spread of the disease makes it possible that we will be impacted before the end of the school year. In light of this reality, we wanted to share with you some of the issues our leadership team has been discussing.

Who informs our decision making? We will continue to use all our human resources to be best informed about any concerns facing HCA students and our community. Ms. Deanna Devol, our school nurse, will continue to communicate and collaborate with our local Kane County Department of Health and we will look to health departments (local, state, and national) for guidance in addressing the coronavirus outbreak. They are experts in this area and we are grateful for their support.

What if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19? If we become aware that a student or staff member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we will notify the Kane County Department of Health and then notify our HCA community. We also will share if and/or how the academic and co-curricular schedule may be impacted. Notifications for students, parents, and staff will occur in the same way that we would announce other emergency closures, using our HCA app, email, website, and social media announcements.

Canceling classes or events: Our team’s primary responsibility is to protect the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community. To that end, we will follow the Kane County Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control’s guidance and direct recommendations when considering any cancellations.  At this time, our public health officials have not recommended nor directed us to cancel or reschedule classes or other school events.

Will we use alternative learning during any days off of school? Potentially, yes.  Our team is developing a plan to minimize the interruption to learning and how to effectively communicate with you and your students if it gets to a point where the health department and/or government recommend we close school. We will not limit our options at this point.

The coronavirus outbreak has led to much uncertainty. Our team is putting much effort into planning—including collaborating with some local school districts for the most effective and appropriate response if virus touches our community. We are seeking to be proactive —  including an even greater intensity of the daily and nightly cleaning of our school. In these ways, we are addressing all facets we are able to impact.  But, again, in these cases our primary concern is the safety and well-being of HCA students and we will seek wisdom from the health authorities and from the Lord to best act accordingly.

According to Nurse Devol, the daily HCA absence percentage remain low. Our overall school daily absence percentage is between 2-3.1%. This includes all absences reported whether cold, fever or stomach symptoms. Historically at this time of the year, the daily average is around 5%. We are grateful for this relatively good health. Will you join us in praying for the health of our students and community?

In the meantime, we would like to remind you of these basic steps that everyone should be taking to minimize the spread of this and any respiratory illness:

Let me encourage you to take appropriate precautions, but also to trust in the Lord.  He commands us to:

“Be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 4:6-7

The Lord is sovereign and He is good!

For our part, we will continue to monitor this situation and keep our HCA community informed of any new information as it develops. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of our team.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Blessings!

Talbott Behnken, Superintendent

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS

Harvest Christian Academy admits students of any race, color,national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.