By now you have heard that Governor Lee has recommended that Tennessee schools remain physically closed for the remainder of the school year. Because Romans Chapter 13 tells us that we are to obey our government officials, CAK has decided that we are going to extend our distance learning for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.
This is not an easy message to send, and we do not have all of the answers just yet to the many questions you likely have. However, please watch this heartfelt VIDEO from Head of School Rich Fulford for more information on what we know as of right now, including a note about graduation, spring sports, and more. Additional information will be coming out in the days ahead.
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, are suspended until further notice. We are working on alternate plans for all activities at this time. Those details will be communicated to you as they are confirmed.
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.
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.