As many of you know, Governor Bill Lee called for all schools in Tennessee to remain in a distance learning plan until April 24, 2020 due to COVID-19. Christian Academy of Knoxville is going to follow Governor Lee's guidance. This means our current distance learning model has been extended until Friday, April 24 with plans to be back on campus on Monday, April 27. This also means all off and on campus activities will remain suspended until 12:01 am EDT on Monday, April 27.
This is unchartered territory for all of us. It is not a decision we made lightly. Please see below for FAQs and helpful links. For media inquiries, please reach out to Director of Communications Julya Johnson.
FAQs for CAK Families
Christian Academy of Knoxville is using a variety of tools to provide direct instruction to our students from preschool to high school. From video conferencing to art projects, our teachers and principals are truly leading the way for creative learning while keeping our students safe.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a world-wide pandemic and is affecting Tennessee. We are following the guidelines set forth by Governor Bill Lee, our local health officials, and national educational leaders.
Knowing that we have invested in the most innovative educational technology possible and amazing faculty and staff, we are blessed that we have the ability to continue remote learning during this time because we realize not all schools have this capability. It is our expectation that there will be no need to extend the school year due to continuous learning.
We are suspending ALL CAK activities, both on and off-campus, effective until 12:01 am EDT on Monday, April 27. We realize you may have a lot of questions, especially about events, sports, and senior activities. CAK's leadership team is looking at all of these activities and deciding on a case by case basis about alternate plans.
CAK Class of 2020, our hearts hurt with you. You are special, and you are God's beloved. We will celebrate you fully as soon as it is safe to do so.
CAK's campus is within the city limits of Knoxville, and as such, we wanted to let you know about guidance issued by Mayor Indya Kincannon on March 20. The Mayor says:
"For people who spent this week on Spring Break and are headed back to Knoxville, health leaders are asking them to call the Knox County Health Department Hotline at (865) 215-5555 between Monday and Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. This is a big challenge. People have been traveling and when they come back we want them to follow the most cautious advice of the Knox County Health Department."
Many of our special events and upcoming field trips will be rescheduled or postponed. We are currently looking at options and logistics for planned trips, events, sports, and other activities. As a reminder, NO on or off-campus CAK activities will be taking place between Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, April 5.
Best Practices to Stay Healthy
The following best practices are per the CDC during an outbreak, stay calm and put your preparedness plan to work. Follow the steps below:
Protect yourself and others.
Stay home if you are sick. Keep away from people who are sick. Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).
- Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation. Be aware of temporary school dismissals in your area, as this may affect your household’s daily routine.
- Continue practicing everyday preventive actions. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily using a regular household detergent and water.
- Notify your workplace as soon as possible if your regular work schedule changes. Ask to work from home or take leave if you or someone in your household gets sick with COVID-19 symptoms, or if your child’s school is dismissed temporarily.
- Stay in touch with others by phone or email. If you have a chronic medical condition and live alone, ask family, friends, and health care providers to check on you during an outbreak. Stay in touch with family and friends, especially those at increased risk of developing severe illness, such as older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions.