Health and Safety
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
As the situation related to coronavirus develops, Concordia Academy will add updates to this page by date, with the most recent appearing at the top.
October 8, 2020
Earlier today, the MSHSL announced new policies for volleyball spectators. Early next week, our athletic conference will be meeting to discuss these. We will let you know once decisions are made about implementation of these new policies.
There are a limited number of fans allowed for football games, as per MSHSL policy. An even more limited number of fans will be allowed to attend away games. Tickets will be distributed to football families.
All volleyball and football games will be livestreamed this year on our Facebook page. No Facebook account is necessary to view them.
August 28, 2020
Spectator Attendance Policy for Fall CA Home Athletic Events
No gate will be charged for home events at Aurich Field.
- All spectators will practice social distancing while attending events hosted by CA.
- No masks are required at Aurich Field if social distancing is practiced.
- Please bring your own chairs.
- No spectators will be permitted on the field at Aurich Field at any time during an event hosted by CA.
- The maximum attendance for any event held at Aurich Field will be 250 people.
- No concessions will be available during events at Aurich Field.
August 25, 2020
On Tuesday, August 25, Concordia Academy reopened for its 127th academic year. Classes are held onsite, five days a week, although there is an optional CA Flex online-only option available for students, too. Click here for the full details of our CA Strong reopening plan.
Key safety measures from our CA Strong plan are listed below.
Parents are asked to evaluate their children’s health every day before sending them to school. Information will be provided as to criteria for screening and keeping children home.
- Every student entering CA will have their temperatures taken before being allowed to enter their first class of the day. All late-start students, as well as students who have left and then re-entered the building, will also have temperatures taken. Additionally, any parent or building visitor will have temperatures taken before being allowed entrance.
- Freshmen and sophomores are asked to enter through the science wing doors (the westernmost doors across the front plaza). Juniors and seniors enter through the main front doors.
Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the school.
- Student desks will be sanitized before each use.
- All common areas and frequently touched surfaces (door handles, counters, trash containers) will be cleaned throughout the day.
- Restrooms will be cleaned twice a day.
- A plan to teach/remind students about healthy sanitation practices will be implemented throughout the year.
No Physical Contact: Students and faculty are to avoid all physical contact with one another. Exceptions to this may be made in PE and extra-curricular activities.
- Masks: Face masks, covering nose and mouth, will be worn by students and visitors at all times while in the building except when eating and drinking, participating in high-aerobic activities, or outside and distanced. A medical exemption letter must be provided if wearing a mask is problematic due to existing health conditions. A face shield is an acceptable alternative for students with a medical exemption.
- Classrooms: Teachers will use increased spacing between desks and/or tables and arrange seating to maximize distancing at all times. As recommended by the World Health Organization (“Student desks will be at least 3-6 feet apart”) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (“Desks should be placed 3 to 6 feet apart when feasible”), we will keep desks a minimum of 3 feet apart. All desks will face the front, and couches will be removed from classrooms. Students are expected to remain in their seats for the duration of the class period. Only with teacher permission should a student move about the classroom. All student desks and high-touch areas will be sanitized before every class.
- Hallways: Hallways should be seen as travel routes, not gathering places. Students will be encouraged to maintain increased spacing as they move through hallways.
- Restrooms: Students must wear masks while in restrooms.
- Drinking Fountains: Most of our drinking fountains on campus have built-in water bottle fillers. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and fill them on a regular basis. The “fountain” function of each drinking fountain will be turned off.
- Chapel/Assemblies: There will be no all-school chapels or assemblies where the entire student body gathers in one space. Chapels will be held in the following way: On Mondays, freshmen and sophomores will gather in the auditorium where they will sit in identified, physically-distanced seats. Juniors and seniors will gather in the Upper Gym where they will sit in identified, physically-distanced seats. The speaker will speak in the auditorium and will be live-streamed to the Upper Gym. The location of the two groups will be switched for Thursday’s chapel.
- Lunch: Students will eat lunch during one of two periods. This will allow for greater physical distancing. School hot lunches will still be offered, but all hot lunches must be pre-ordered through the web-based platform Boonli (concordia.boonli.com). Students will be able to select from the Hot Lunch of the Day, Soup of the Day, Salad of the Day, a Built-To-Your-Specifications Sandwich, and a variety of a la carte items and drinks, all prepared by Hollie Sookhai and Jennifer Carrier-Ryden. All items will be pre-ordered, pre-packaged, and picked up at stations throughout the Upper Gym. Additional details can be found in our Signals newsletter at https://www.concordiaacademy.com/current-students/signals.cfm.
- Teachers and Staff: Teachers and staff will abide by the same health and safety protocols as students and visitors, with the exception that teachers have the option of wearing a face shield, instead of a mask, while teaching. Protection of these teachers is one of the reasons we require students to wear masks in the classroom.
- Outdoors: The outdoors will be used as much as possible.
Parents are requested to drop off students no earlier than 30 minutes before school begins. Students who are not involved in extra-curriculars are requested to leave immediately after school. Students who need to arrive earlier, or stay later, must wait in the Commons or Dance Studio. Couches will be removed from the Commons. The chairs and tables that remain will be physically-distanced from one another. If students are alone in a chair or at a table, they need not wear a mask while seated. If two people are at a table (which is the maximum), both students must wear their masks.
August 1, 2020
Concordia Academy will welcome back students for classes onsite, five days a week, starting August 25. CA Strong, our reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year, is the result of a collaboration between experts in mental health, physical health, and education. It will build on what we learned during online learning last year and allow our students and teachers to safely return to our campus in August in a way that is both reasonable and responsible. Click here for the full details of CA Strong.
May 26, 2020
In early May, we communicated that we planned to offer CA Camps if the following three factors could be in place:
1. The camp can be held while adhering to guidelines from Governor Tim Walz, including any guidelines for summer programs, maximum gathering sizes, and social distancing.
2. Enough students are registered and plan to attend to make the camp feasible.
3. The camp can be held in a manner that reasonably ensures the safety of participants and leaders.
With that in mind, we are planning to move forward with many of our summer programs. Click here for details.
April 24, 2020
On April 23, Governor Tim Walz announced that distance learning will continue through the remainder of this school year. Following that announcement, the Minnesota State High School League announced that all spring sports and fine arts are canceled. While these announcements were not a surprise, our hearts are still heavy knowing that we will not finish the school year together with one another in the same space.
Our principal, Pastor Tim Berner, shared the video message below after the governor's announcement.
April 16, 2020
It's hard to believe that our last day of "regular" classes was one month ago today, on March 16. In the weeks since then, students, teachers, and parents have adapted to new class delivery methods; future plans have remained in flux; and a "new normal" still doesn't feel very normal at all.
But even though we are apart, we remain connected. Through daily online classes that continue to make learning a priority. Through chats with friends, family, and teachers. Through online sports training and practices with coaches. Through daily devotions led by teachers, students, coaches, and staff. Through social media, whether posting photos that unite us with laughter or sharing heartfelt prayer requests.
And through a Savior, who knows our fears, our joys, our hopes, and our needs.
Parents, families, staff, alumni, friends, and especially students: thank you for being a blessing to Concordia Academy. We are confident that great things are yet to come, and we are privileged to be on this journey with you.
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." -John 16:33
Senior families should expect an email from Pastor Berner within the next several days seeking input about several different options being considered for graduation. Decisions Governor Walz makes over the next two weeks will impact a number of May CA events, so we continue to consider various options in an effort to be prepared for whatever situation with which we are faced.
March 24, 2020, 2:30 pm
Although we’re in the midst of perhaps the most unusual spring break in CA history, we know that many thoughts have already turned the shift to online learning that begins on March 30. Click here for information designed to help both students and parents navigate online learning.
COVID-19-related updates will continue to be sent via email and archived on this page.
- The Student Support Team (SST) and International Student Support Team (ISST) will continue to meet. Teachers will continue to reach out to parents with concerns about a student’s progress and will refer those students to SST and ISST. Parents who have concerns about student academic progress or emotional health can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For the 2020-2021 school year, student registration will be completed online. The guidance office will share information in future emails regarding this process.
- ACT ASPIRE tests will be suspended.
- Students should utilize Naviance to continue college and career planning. For password support, students and parents can send an email to Becky Berner at email@example.com.
- NHS will suspend all individual service hour requirements. Mrs. Inwards will be communicating a reflection sheet in the near future to complete instead.
- Diane Bisping (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the main point of contact for questions or concerns regarding the Resource Room and students in the Resource Program.
- Students enrolled in Concordia Cohorts (STEM, Emerging Artist Curriculum, and Humanities Scholar) should watch for communication from Mrs. Bohren, Mrs. Fritz, or Mr. Hulke in the next two weeks regarding capstone projects.
- The school building remains closed for student use, including weight lifting, gym use, etc. If a student needs to pick up materials, please email Pastor Berner at email@example.com.
- CA’s website and social media pages will continue to be updated as usual, including daily Facebook posts. Links to these pages are available at the bottom of each page of our website. In addition, the weekly CA Update email will continue to be sent every Friday afternoon.
Honor God In All That We Do
- Love And Serve Students And Families
- Live, Work, And Play In Christian Community
- Become Better Than We Once Were
We appreciate and value your partnership as we strive to excel in all of these areas!
March 17, 2020, 4:45 pm
On this first day of Concordia Academy's (early) spring break, we want to share a few brief updates with you.
- CA's faculty spent today in meetings, getting further training in Google Classroom and preparing for the shift to online learning. It was a positive, productive time that sparked numerous creative, exciting ideas that will see the light of day in the near future. Faculty will continue to meet, learn, and plan tomorrow and Thursday.
- In an effort to share the best, most complete information with all students and parents, detailed online learning information will likely be emailed early next week instead of later this week. This information will also include any key details that were presented to the student body yesterday. We will make sure that the pertinent information is in your hands well before school resumes (in an online format) on March 30.
- Reminder: college classes have moved to online instruction until CA classes resume face-to-face. Students in college classes are expected to regularly check their CSP email, log in to Blackboard, and be in communication with their professors.
- If students were not present yesterday and would like to pick up books or other materials (or have a parent pick them up), they may do so on March 18, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
- The CA Update weekly email will be sent out on Friday afternoon, as usual.
We will remain in regular communication, giving you important information in the most timely manner we can. In addition to email communication, we will continue to post updates related to the COVID-19 situation at www.concordiaacademy.com/health.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."
March 16, 2020, 9:50 am
As the COVID-19 coronavirus situation continues to evolve, so does Concordia Academy's reaction to the overall situation, as well as the executive order of Governor Tim Walz yesterday. The health and safety of members of our community, including our students and staff, is paramount. Therefore, we have decided it is wise to make the following adjustments:
- Today will be our last day of classes until March 30, when we plan to shift to online learning. We will now be closed March 17, 18, 19, and 20.
- We are using a modified schedule today that allows all eight class blocks to meet.
- Today, students are being given important information regarding the transition to online learning. Online learning information will also be emailed to all students and parents this week.
- Many college classes will still meet on March 16. After that, college classes will also be moved to online instruction until CA classes resume face-to-face. Students in college classes are expected to regularly check their CSP email, log in to Blackboard, and be in communication with their professors.
- If students were not present today and would like to pick up books or other materials from their lockers (or have a parent pick them up), they may do so on March 17 and 18, 10:00 am - 3 pm.
- Spring sports practices are scheduled to proceed as planned today, largely so coaches can meet with athletes. There will be no further spring sports practices through at least March 27, as per the directive from the Minnesota State High School League.
- Faculty will meet starting March 17 to continue their preparation for the implementation of online learning.
Please know that we will remain in regular communication, giving you important information in the most timely manner we can. In addition to email communication, we will continue to post updates related to the COVID-19 situation at www.concordiaacademy.com/health.
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
-1 Peter 5:7
March 15, 2020, 5:00 pm
In response to Governor Tim Walz's executive order today that Minnesota’s K-12 schools temporarily close in the hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Concordia Academy is taking the following steps.
- We will start spring break early and will be closed March 18, 19, and 20.
- When school resumes after spring break on March 30, we currently plan to make a temporary shift to online learning.
- In school on March 16 and 17, students will be given important information regarding the transition to online learning. We will also share information with parents this week regarding that transition.
- Students who are enrolled in a college class will follow the guidelines as stated above. Most college classes will still meet on March 16 and March 17. After that, college classes will also be moved to online instruction until CA classes resume face-to-face. Students in college classes are expected to regularly check their CSP email, log in to Blackboard, and be in communication with their professors.
- Faculty will meet on March 18-20 to continue their preparation for the implementation of online learning.
- Spring sports practices are scheduled to proceed as planned on March 16 and 17. As per a directive from the Minnesota State High School League, there will be no training or practices March 18-27.
- The spring break baseball trip to Iowa has been canceled.
We believe that the above steps are prudent based on the current situation, and we are committed to continuing to offer educational excellence, even as the method of delivery will likely change for a time. Thank you in advance to students, teachers, and parents for helping to make the best out of an unprecedented, challenging sequence of events.
In the midst of this constantly-changing situation, it is an ideal time to reflect on an unchanging truth: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Although these times are filled with darkness, worry, and doubt, they are also filled with opportunities to be beacons of light sharing the love of Jesus, who is the hope of the world.
We will continue to be responsive as the situation evolves and will post updates related to COVID-19 at www.concordiaacademy.com/health as well as via email.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
March 13, 2020, 5:00 pm
Over the last several weeks, CA administrators have been discussing a variety of scenarios for classes and activities, including online learning options, depending on how the COVID-19 situation develops on both a local and national level. Based on today's recommendations from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, we currently plan to be open with regular classes next week.
Keeping Students at Home
If you choose to keep your child at home, Concordia Academy supports that decision. Notify the school by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the attendance line number is 651-796-2711)We would encourage your child to regularly check the Daily Logs for all their classes and their CA email account. When returning to school, they should discuss with teachers plans for completing and turning in any missing work. In regards to absences from PSEO classes, please see below.
Concordia University, St. Paul announced yesterday that they are transitioning to online classes starting on Monday, March 16. However, as long as CA is open, CSP professors who teach classes on our campus will continue to come to CA for those classes. Please remember that these classes are actually Concordia University classes, and the absence policies of the university, not CA, apply to these classes.
At this time, we are moving forward with this weekend's performances of The Sound of Music. See the announcement below for important updates.
Boys Basketball Section Finals
The March 13 Boys Basketball Section 4AA Final game has been canceled by the Minnesota State High School League, as have the remaining Girls Basketball State Tournament games and all Boys Basketball State Tournament games.
Our choir tour to Chicago and Milwaukee has been canceled. Parents of His People members should have received an email from Rebecca Fritz today with additional details.
March 13, 2020, 2:30 pm
We are planning to move forward with all three performances of The Sound of Music this weekend. Today, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz recommended the cancelation of gatherings with more than 250 people. To meet that requirement, we have halted all advance ticket sales, putting attendance for each performance at under 250.
If there are ticket returns, we may be able to sell a few seats at the door, but there are no guarantees of availability. The box office opens 45 minutes prior to the performance.
To try to make our campus as safe as possible for those attending performances, we are cleaning and sanitizing all auditorium seats and public spaces prior to each performance. We are also adding extra chairs, so attendees can spread out further if interested. You can help by being diligent about washing your hands and staying home if you feel unwell.
Refunds or exchanges for previously-purchased tickets can be made by emailing email@example.com. Or, if you wish, you may cancel your ticket and turn your purchase into a donation in support of the CA theatre department.
March 13, 2020, 1:00 pm
March 12, 2020
Over the last several weeks, CA administrators have been discussing a variety of scenarios for classes and activities, including online learning options, depending on how the COVID-19 situation develops on both a local and national level. By early next week, we will share the details of our plans.
Boys Basketball Section Finals
The Beacons boys basketball team advances to the section finals on Friday, March 13, playing Cristo Rey at 7:00 pm. The location has changed to Saint Agnes School in St. Paul. However, the MSHSL announced on March 12 that, starting on March 13, attendance at section and state tournaments will be limited to rostered participants, coaches, event staff, TV network partners, credentialed media, and a small number of school-approved spectators of each participating team.
Final performances of our spring musical, The Sound of Music, are March 13 and 14 at 7:00 pm and March 15 at 2:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online using a credit card here.
To try to make our campus as safe as possible for those attending performances, we are cleaning and sanitizing all auditorium seats and public spaces prior to each performance. You can help by being diligent about washing your hands and staying home if you feel unwell.
Refunds or exchanges for previously-purchased tickets can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you wish, you may cancel your ticket and turn your purchase into a donation in support of the CA theatre department. If you choose this option, please let us know if you would like a donation receipt sent to you.
March 6, 2020
We understand you may have questions and concerns about the international coronavirus outbreak, as well as COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The recent announcement from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encouraging communities to prepare for the spread of COVID-19 domestically has raised new questions.
As the CDC emphasized, the COVID-19 coronavirus has not reached pandemic status, and the number of cases in the United States remains relatively low. Regardless, during this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illness, so it’s an important reminder to practice good hygiene habits to stay healthy and avoid the spread of illness:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Besides encouraging the above health practices, CA is taking the following precautionary measures:
- Asking all faculty, staff, and students who are feeling ill to stay home until they recover.
- Increasing the frequency of wiping down door handles and other surfaces with disinfectant.
- Supplying all classrooms with disinfectant solution for regular use in the classroom.
We are monitoring information from federal and state authorities and will modify our plans should the CDC guidelines evolve or the situation change. We will communicate any changes when the time is appropriate. While there are things we may choose to do for the safety of our community, there may also be directives from the MDH, CDC, or local governmental organizations that, as a school, we will be required to follow.
Please continue to pray for all those impacted by the virus, as well as health care workers around the world and those who work for cures and treatments.