Due to the effects of COVID on the weakest in our world today, we have planned out THEO protocols to protect “the least of these” as in Matthew 25:40.
1) Classes resumed in our THEO facility on Monday, August 17th and will follow the pre-set THEO calendar which can be viewed at https://theo.solutions/calendar
2) Everyone age 10 and over in THEO’s facility will be required to wear a mask. Once in the classroom, mask protocol will vary depending on:
–the size of the room,
–the number of people in the room and
–the teacher’s preference. (Some teachers are requiring masks even with a small number of students in their room.)
–Some examples: If your student is registered for psychology, Collin English 1301, Collin Federal Govt, MW Apologia Chemistry, TTH Apologia Physics, every student will be required to wear a mask for the full class period except when giving a speech.
–If you are in large classroom with few students, then masks may be removed if the six foot social distance can be maintained with a signed permission form from the parent of every student in that class.
3) Masks will be worn by every person in THEO’s 5′ wide hallway, lobby, restrooms, study hall and general area, including THEO’s front porch since it is not possible to social distance in these areas. Masks must completely cover both nose and mouth.
4) THEO’s internet has been upgraded to allow for 13 classrooms to broadcast remote teaching simultaneously. Our equipment is now upgraded to provide a remote option for those of you who are not comfortable sending your students into the THEO facility.
5) If your student will attend classes at THEO, then there is an additional waiver and liability release document for you to sign. See Statement-of-Waiver-of-Liability-and-Assumption-of-Risk-NCLL.docx
6) If your student will be attending THEO live classes remotely, then there is an understanding of protocol and services document for you to sign. (email email@example.com to have a copy of it emailed to you)
7) Except for special circumstances, parents will not be allowed in the building.
8) Before entering the facility, every person’s temperature will be taken with a non-touch thermometer. Anyone with a temp of 100.2 or more will be sent home. No one will be allowed to enter without a mask over their mouth and nose. The mask must be made of appropriate material to stop all droplets, etc. No mesh mask or other porous material will be accepted. There will be a hand sanitizer station in the front lobby for everyone to use upon arrival. There is a temple thermometer available for those uncomfortable with having their student’s temperature taken on their forehead.
9) Shields alone are not acceptable. The mask must be non-porous and cover both mouth and nose of all entering THEO.
10) Upon arrival, every student should go directly to their study hall seat or classroom. There is not a space for socializing inside of our THEO facility.
11) Although the refrigerator and vending machine will be available for use, the student lunch room is closed indefinitely. Students will be required to eat outside – in the courtyard, on the benches or on the steps. At this time McDonald’s is open. Students may eat in their car, but THEO doesn’t monitor if social distancing is violated by one or more students eating together in a car or even in the courtyard, etc. Determine if your students are mature enough to follow your family protocols and respect the boundaries of other students before sending them to THEO.
12) Cleaning protocols: The restrooms will be cleaned multiple times during the day. In every classroom, a paper towel dispenser was installed and we added a bottle of Cintas sanitizer. After every class, the teachers or one or two students will spray down the tables, chairs, door handle and light switch. Some are more sensitive to chemicals than others, so we will seek permission before having your student assist with cleaning.
13) If a student tests positive for the COVID virus, they should remain quarantined (not attending THEO classes except through zoom) for ten days after the symptoms began. THEO does not require a COVID test to return to class although we have found the vast majority of our families are re-testing at the end of their quarantine to confirm a negative test.
14) What if someone else in the household tests positive for COVID? The student should quarantine for ten days following the first symptoms by their family member, or ten days past when they first experienced symptoms – whichever is longer.
15) What if a student develops COVID-like symptoms but never tests? We then assume the student has COVID and ask them to quarantine until ten days from the onset of symptoms.
16) THEO does not require anyone to take a COVID test even though the test results are very helpful for THEO administration to determine next steps. THEO’s Board feels that is a decision best made by parents and will not require a test from anyone associated with THEO.
17) What if a THEO student is exposed to someone who has COVID – a non-family member. This is when decisions are far more complex. To date, our THEO families, teachers and staff have made abundantly cautious and kind decisions to self-quarantine when they suspect they have been exposed. Through today, January 24, 2021, THEO has only closed one week for a COVID exposure in our facility. Everyone has been abundantly kind and gracious to protect one another. THEO is a sweet family of families who truly represent Christ well in these challenging days.
18) However, if you would like to talk through the procedures on specific situations with someone, our THEO Director, Terri Threadgill, is happy to talk through options with you. She does not have medical training, nor can offer medical advice. But she is happy to listen and help as much as possible.
19) All COVID cases will be kept as confidential as possible. In some cases, THEO students have been quick to notify friends and fellow students of their positive test. Others have been more private about sharing the results. News travels fast, but THEO administration will do their best to keep it private – believing that it is your story to tell and not ours.
Please read this thoroughly. Please pray about it. Talk to your student to find out what they are comfortable with. We have spent hours upon hours trying to think through how to move forward in faith, to keep your students safe and yet able to function at some level of normalcy.
This was all designed with Matthew 25:40 and Matthew 20:45 in mind.40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Some of our THEO students and families have compromised health. If we can serve them well through these uncertain days, then it is as if we, as a THEO community, are serving Jesus. I don’t know about you but that sounds like the safest place to be.
Not all of us agree on the threat of COVID, but it is definitely life-threatening to some. Some of our THEO families – more than I can count – have already lost family members to COVID. We trust that God has numbered our days, but that does not mean He expects us to be cavalier with our choices and health.
It is my privilege to serve our THEO families. Please pray with me that we can implement this well and find any “leaks” in our plan! God bless you THEO.