Student Life

COVID-19

At Christian Academy of Knoxville, we believe in-person learning with a Christian teacher with a small class size is the very best learning environment for our students. We began and have continued the 2020-2021 school year in-person, on-campus. 

There may be times when it is necessary to go to distance learning for safety reasons. We will not be making those decisions lightly. In those times, while we know in-person is the ultimate goal, we also rest easy in the knowledge that we have the technology, experience, and ability to deliver our high-quality CAK education at a safe distance. 

Campus mask update, April 28, 2021: 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, CAK has been open and honest about our commitment to following the guidance of local, state, and national healthcare professionals and government authorities as it pertains to mask usage on our campus. On April 27, 2021, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee as well as Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs made announcements about updates to the state and local mask mandates and policies. CAK administration has carefully reviewed these announcements from our government officials and we have also had a number of discussions with our medical coordinator, other staff members, and families in making our decision.

As of April 28, 2021, CAK will no longer require masks to be worn on campus, in our hallways, classrooms, and meeting areas. That said, we will continue to manage our classrooms with the same social distancing guidelines that we have used all year. We will continue with our contact tracing process and policy. We will continue to focus on handwashing and hygiene as well as aggressive cleaning of the facilities. Some of our families may have a preference that they continue wearing masks at this time.

Anyone wanting to wear masks or to have their students continue to wear masks may do so and we will respect and will honor your decision. Additionally, we do have a few teachers who, due to specific health concerns in their classrooms, have requested that their classrooms continue to require masks. Please respect those teacher's wishes.

We will continue to monitor the health of our community, listen to government and health officials, and update our COVID policies as the situation warrants. 

Before coming to Campus:

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, do not come onto our campus. Instead, remain home and contact us know: 
  • Are you or anyone in your household currently awaiting the results of COVID-19 testing? 
  • Have you or anyone in your household been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19? 
  • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat? 
  • Have you had a new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours? 
  • Have you had a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above within the last 48 hours?

FAQs for our Community

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the levels of precautions are you taking?

    CAK's administration has the discretion to adjust the plans at any time. CAK is constantly evaluating best practices and making a decision based on the latest guidance of our government, health care officials, as well as data such as our absentee rate, the number of active COVID-19 cases in our community, and whether or not we have had any positive COVID-19 cases at CAK itself.

    LEVEL 1 - NO TO MINIMAL CASES IN OUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY


    Under this scenario, we would operate as we normally have in the past. As always, classrooms have hand sanitizer and students are encouraged to use it. 
     
    LEVEL 2 - MINIMAL TO MODERATE CASES IN OUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY

    Social distancing measures
    - Maintain 6’ of social distancing whenever possible. Employ measures to limit the congregation of students upon entry/dismissal, at lunch, at recess, and at other times. Floors may be marked with social distancing stickers in high traffic areas, and we will have entry and exit doors. Class changes are permitted, but masks must be worn during class change. Desks in classrooms will be properly social distanced, fabric sofas and other materials that cannot be easily disinfected will be removed.
     
    Arrival - Masks are required at arrival and dismissal times. Measures will be put into place to discourage the congregation and encourage social distancing.

    Lunch - There will be no self-service lines, SAGE staff will directly serve students, and many items will be pre-wrapped for easy grab and go. We will take action to create smaller groups for socially distancing purposes. These groups will look different for each grade-level. 

    Mask Policy - For students in 1st grade and up, masks are required when social distancing is not possible (in the hallways, arrival and dismissal, etc). For students in preschool to pre-1st grade, masks are strongly recommended for times when proper social distancing cannot be achieved. We recommend a gaiter-style of mask for easy up and easy down. The mask policy is subject to state and local health and government guidelines. 

    PE / Recess
    - We will rotate PE/recess through in smaller groups to allow for social distancing. Students will not be required to dress out. No contact activities in PE. Students will wash hands before and after PE / recess. Playground and gym equipment will be sanitized.

    Music - Still allowable with social distancing measures (masks required, humming instead of singing as warranted)

    Extracurriculars - Allowable under principal discretion

    Athletics - CAK’s athletics will follow the TSSAA guidelines

    Campus Visitors - Guests will be limited and must be approved by administration. Visitors must pass a COVID-19 screening and wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.
     
    Additional Cleaning - An additional professional custodian will be on staff during the day to clean high-touch surfaces. We will also employ an additional deep cleaning.
     
    Chapel - Chapel will be virtual when social distancing is not possible.
     
    Field Trips - No off-campus field trips allowed
     
    Water Fountains - Water fountains will be closed. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles, and we will have refilling stations available.
     
    CAK Special Events - Follow KCHD guidelines
     
    LEVEL 3 - MODERATE TO SUBSTANTIAL CASES IN OUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY

    The level 3 plan at CAK will follow the same measures as the level 2 plan with the following differences:
     
    At-risk students/employees - CAK will seek to work with individual teachers, students, and staff on a case by case basis and accommodate as appropriate to ensure progress continues
     
    CAK Special Events - Continue to follow KCHD guidelines
     
    Guests/visitors - Only essential guests allowed at administration approval
     
    Additional cleaning - Daily deep cleaning of buildings
     
    LEVEL 4 - SUBSTANTIAL CASES IN OUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY

    Move to CAK’s Distance Learning Plan with the goal of returning to full, on-campus instruction as soon as health authorities determine it is safe to do so. This level can be accomplished at the campus, building, or classroom level. 
  • How can I know that my student is safe?

    CAK is committed to providing the safest environment possible. The school has two certified nurses on staff, and we monitor the latest data from our local, state and national authorities.

    In addition, CAK participates in national and regional workshops to define and understand best practices. Being a Christian school, CAK recognizes that each student is a unique gift from God. As your educational partner, we know that each family will need to evaluate the needs of their student(s). We can walk with you in offering the safest possible school environment and welcome personal discussions about your student(s); We intend to give you the best information possible as you make the decisions about sending your student back to school and the precautions we are taking to minimize the health risks to your child.
  • What should I do if my child is sick?

    As we continue to partner with you, our parents, we ask that you also monitor your child’s health at home. We understand that this is a unique school year, and as such we have made a commitment to look at the attendance policy on a case by case basis. We do not want anyone coming to school sick, and we will work with parents as a partner on this.

    If your student answers "yes" to any of these questions, please remain home and contact your school building receptionist to let us know: 
    • Are you or anyone in your household currently awaiting the results of COVID-19 testing? 
    • Have you or anyone in your household been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19? 
    • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat? 
    • Have you had a new loss of taste or smell? 
    • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours? 
    • Have you had a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above within the last 48 hours?
    Absentee Policy: A student may return to school once they have been symptom-free and fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours or once they receive a negative test for COVID-19.
  • What will happen if my child begins to show symptoms while on campus?

    Please know that our top two priorities are safety and health privacy. We will not share your name or your child’s name or other identifying information with the community at large. 

    If a student or employee begins to show signs of COVID-19 while at school, we have a separate space for them to wait, away from other students/staff, until they are able to be picked up from school. We ask that you speak to your health care provider, and if your child is COVID-19 positive, we ask that you let us know so that we can begin the process of contact tracing, which keeps everyone safe. 
  • Does CAK offer a Distance Learning option for parents?

    At this time, CAK provides on-campus instruction for all students at all grade levels. The American Association of Pediatrics and other children’s health advocate groups believe that on-campus, in-person learning is best for students academically as well as socially. We concur.

    If the situation becomes such that it is not healthy for students to learn on campus, we believe that it will be best to provide virtual instruction to all students. With the investments made in technology and training over the past few years, CAK is positioned very well to move to distance learning (off-campus) very quickly. We do not plan to offer both options simultaneously. 

    Please be aware that we can use CAK’s Distance Learning for one building or even one classroom, as warranted. This will ensure the proper balance of safety and socialization for our students. 
  • If the government directs schools to remain closed, will CAK move to distance learning?

    We will continue to consider government and other health agency guidance when making decisions for learning. As good citizens and Christians, we believe that we are to follow Romans 13:1-2 and “Obey the government.” Certainly, we will consider the flexibility of the guidelines and make decisions in the best interests of CAK but we do not intend to act outside of the laws of the land.
  • What if I am not comfortable sending my child in person?

    First, we would like the opportunity to speak with you to discuss any concerns you may have. However, if you truly are not comfortable with in-person learning, CAK does offer a homeschool umbrella. CAK’s Homeschool is recognized as one of the best Homeschool programs in East Tennessee.

    Keep in mind, this is not the same as distance learning. CAK’s Homeschool is a parent-driven learning experience, and we ask that you commit to this program for the academic year. If you are interested in learning more about CAK’s Homeschool as an alternative for your child, please let us know.
  • What makes CAK’s Distance Learning Model unique?

    First and foremost, anytime CAK decides to move to distance learning, our goal is to get back to in-person learning as quickly as is safely possible.

    CAK is experienced in moving to distance learning. We were the first school in the area to make the decision to do so in the Spring of 2020, and our students did not miss a single day of learning. As a 1:1 iPad school, our teachers are experienced in balancing hands-on learning with technology, and it is a seamless transition when we move to distance learning. Your child will have his or her own teachers there with them, every step of the way, building relationships and learning new material in a Christ-centered environment.
     
  • If CAK moves to distance learning, will my tuition remain the same?

    As we did in the spring of 2020 when we moved to distance learning, we will consider the services that are not provided during distance learning and seek to refund the difference as appropriate.
  • What should I do prior to visiting the campus?

    Campus Visitors
    Any outside visitors to CAK’s campus (such as mail carriers, vendors, etc) will be limited to specific areas and will be required to answer a series of screening questions prior to coming onto campus. These include affirming that they are symptom-free and have not been exposed to COVID-19 prior to being allowed on campus.

    Parent Volunteers
    Parents are a vital part of our community, and our mission is to partner with you. Parents are welcome to volunteer on campus. Please know that you will be asked to complete a series of screening questions prior to coming onto campus and you must have the administration's approval.
     
    EACH time you come to campus, please answer the following questions. If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, please remain home and contact us to let us know: 
    • Are you or anyone in your household currently awaiting the results of COVID-19 testing? 
    • Have you or anyone in your household been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19? 
    • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat? 
    • Have you had a new loss of taste or smell? 
    • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours? 
    • Have you had a fever above 100.4° Fahrenheit within the last 48 hours? 
  • How will CAK communicate with parents?

    At CAK, we use several communications channels — social media, website, digital updates, and on-campus signage — to keep you informed throughout the summer and upon returning to school. During the 2020-2021 academic year, you will continue to receive the weekly all-campus e-newsletter, Inside CAK Today, on Thursdays as well as an email from your building principal on Fridays. In addition, for the very latest information on our response to COVID-19, please check our COVID-19 information page which can be found on our website under the “academics” section. If you have questions, you can always reach out to communications@cakmail.org
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