Cornerstone's Reopening Plan 

2020-2021 School Year

The safety of our students and staff remain our top priority. Given the current pandemic, we understand each parents’ concerns and want to serve each of our families in the best way possible. We will continue to keep our families informed on our progress towards reopening and any changes needed. Below we have outlined reopening information pertaining to the upcoming school year.


Instruction Method Options

As most education officials will agree, children typically preform better and develop stronger social skills when they receive instruction in a school-based environment over an online learning-based environment. However, given the global pandemic, we understand that some parents are concerned about their child(ren) returning to school in August. Based on feedback from our stakeholders, we have developed two flexible options to best meet the needs of our students, parents, and community. The first day of school is scheduled for Monday, August 24, 2020, for all students.


Option 1 - School-Based Brick & Mortar (On-Campus)

Children will go to school, five days a week, and take all their classes, on-campus in a classroom setting. Several safety measures have been established for on-campus learning and will be enforced for the 2020-2021 school year. An overview of these safety measures are outlined on pages 2 thru 4, of this Reopening Plan.  


Option 2 - School-Based Distance Learning

Children will remain a student at Cornerstone Christian School, while receiving instruction online. Instruction will be given by a Cornerstone Teacher and will mirror the pace and rigor of the classes taking place on-campus (School Based). Distance Learning (online) is only available to students, 2nd grade and up. Students will be required to report on campus to complete their MAPS Testing (scheduled for 08/29/2020 and 09/05/2020).


Method Selection / Enrollment

Each parent must notify our office as to which instruction method their child will be using for the upcoming school year. This selection should be submitted to us online, by visiting our survey website and entering the requested information. Website Address:


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if my child returns to School-Based Brick & Mortar (On-Campus) Learning and a quarantine is issued by the government, during the school year.


If the virus spread increases, students could be moved to full-time distance learning. In the event of quarantine, students will be provided an opportunity to continue learning during the quarantine period through School-Based Distance Learning.


Is my child able to switch instruction methods during the school year (from Distance Learning, to On-Campus or from On-Campus, to Distance Learning)?


Students may change their instruction method up to one time, throughout the school year. In addition, a change in a student’s instruction method may only take place at the end of a quarter (9-week period). To request a change, parents must contact the school office one-week prior to the end of the upcoming school quarter.


Is my child able to participate in Distance Learning (online) if he/she receives the Step-Up for Students, John McKay, or Family Empowerment Scholarship?


Yes, the Florida Department of Education has issued an Emergency Order allowing students to participate in Distance Learning for the Fall 2020, if they desire. At this time, it is expected that students participating in online learning, will transition to on campus learning beginning in the Winter of 2020. Students scholarship funding will not be interrupted, and scholarship funds will be distributed to the school as normal.


Return to School Protocols (On-Campus)


  • Buses will run at a reduced capacity

  • Frequent sanitization, antimicrobial surface treatment

  • Masks provided on bus routes

  • Each school bus will be equipped with a touchless forehead thermometer. Each student will have their temperature taken each day, upon walking onto the school bus. Students with a fever of 100.0 or higher will not be permitted to ride the school bus.


  • Masks required until temperature check is complete (before instruction begins)

  • Masks will be provided to students, at the beginning of the school year

  • Students will report directly to classroom

  • Multi-entry points and controlled bus off loading

  • Increased supervision to maintain directional flow and reduce mass gatherings

  • Breakfast provided using distance protocols

  • Extended Day program will follow safety/temperature protocols


  • Masks recommended, but not required

  • Hand sanitizer available

  • Frequent visual and verbal hygiene reminders

  • Student interaction will be limited

  • Routine Cleaning (outlined below)

  • Desk Dividers (outline below)

  • (PreK - 8th Grade) :: No Class Changes (outlined below)

  • (9th Grade - 12th Grade) :: Block Scheduling. Reduced Class Changes (outlined below)


  • Students sit with classroom and are distanced from other classes.

  • Alternative seating areas utilized when needed

  • Hand sanitizer available

  • Table Dividers


  • Staggered dismissal when possible to reduce mass gatherings

  • Increased supervision to maintain directional flow and reduce mass gatherings

  • Masks recommended, but not required

  • Extended Day program will follow safety protocols


Sanitization & Safety Protocols

Face Masks

All students and staff members will be provided with one Reusable Face Mask, free of charge, at the beginning of the school year. Additional face masks may be purchased from the school office for $4.00, if needed, throughout the school year. Students and staff are strongly encouraged but are not required to wear their face mask while on campus.


Routine Cleaning

Deep cleaning of all classrooms and common areas will take place each night to help prevent the spread of any potential germs in the classroom. In addition, frequently trafficked areas such as hallways and restrooms will be routinely cleaned throughout the day. All areas will be cleaned with sanitizing spray, sanitizing wipes, and UV light.


Social Distancing, and Barriers

In addition to social distancing, physical barriers will be installed in each classroom, to create a barrier in between students. These dividers will help prevent the spread of any potential germs in the classroom.


Class Changing

Students in grades Preschool thru 8th grade, will remain in one classroom during the day, and will not change classes throughout the day. For elementary resource classes and for middle school classes, each teacher will rotate to the classroom, the students will not change classes. 


Students in 9th grade thru 12th grade, will rotate classes using a block schedule (A Day and B Day). This will significantly reduce the number of class changes taking place each day. In addition, classrooms will be sanitized in between classes.


Thermometer – On Campus Kiosk 

A Thermometer Kiosk will be installed at the entrance/exit of the school building. All students, staff members, parents, and visitors will have their temperature taken each day, upon entering the school building. Anyone with a fever of 100.0 or higher will not be permitted to enter the school building. 


Hand Sanitizer Stations

Additional Hand Sanitizer Stations have been installed around the school building. Students and staff members are encouraged to use these Hand Sanitizer Stations frequently throughout the day.


Hand Washing

Time periods will be scheduled throughout the day for students and staff to wash their hands. In addition, hand washing posters are on display throughout the school building, reminding everyone to wash their hands frequently.


Student Becomes Sick On-Campus

Parent(s) will be notified immediately if their student becomes ill while at school. In addition, parent(s) are required to pick up their student within 45 minutes of being notified. If we are unable to reach the student’s parent(s), the student’s emergency contact will be notified, and they will be required to pick up the student. If the student’s illness becomes severe enough, or 45 minutes has lapsed after the student’s parent and/or emergency contact has been notified and the student has not been picked up, the student may be sent to the hospital and the student’s parent(s) will be required to pay all resulting emergency costs.  

Illness / Health Policy

In general, children who have exhibited any symptoms of infectious illness in a 24-hour period are likely to be contagious and should remain at home.


Examples of associated symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Fever of 100.0 or Higher

  • Stiff Neck

  • Nausea or Vomiting 

  • Swollen Glands                                  

  • Diarrhea

  • Runny Nose

  • Bloody Stool

  • Eye or Ear Discharge

  • Unusually Dark Urine and/or Gray or White Stool

  • Body Rash

  • Sore Throat

  • Yellow Skin and/or Eyes

  • Loss of Voice

  • Exposed, Open Skin Lesions

  • Loss of Hearing and/or Taste

  • Lice (including live bugs and/or eggs)

  • Hacking or Continuous Severe Coughing

  • Pink Eye 

  • Difficult and/or Rapid Breathing

  • Strep Throat

  • Any other unusual sign or symptom of illness


Communication / Return to School

  • Notification - Due to the requirements of FERPA and HIPAA, we cannot share information with everyone. On a case-by-case basis, we can share directly to families of students who are directly impacted as defined by who has had direct close personal contact with the student/staff member who tested positive.


  • Confirmed Illness - Any student or staff member found to have pinkeye, conjunctivitis, or Covid-19 will not be allowed in school until a doctor’s statement has been received by our office that allows the student to return to school.  


  • Traveling - Any students or staff members that travel outside of the United States will be required to self-quarantine for 14-days or they must undergo testing for Covid-19, and receive a negative result, before they can return onto the school campus.


  • Cooperation is extremely important on this issue. Obviously, it will not be possible to completely avoid the spread of all illnesses. However, minimizing exposure and providing good hygienic procedures in the school are helpful means to limit and control the problem. Cornerstone Christian School must institute these policies for the health and safety of all. Cornerstone’s Administration Team reserves the right to modify these policies throughout the school year, if needed. Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support.


If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Cornerstone’s Administration Team via email at


* These protocols could change based on updated or new recommendations from the local Department of Health, CDC, local health partners, or Governor’s Executive Orders.


Published: 07/27/2020

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