July 29, 2020

For the school year 2020-2021, Gateway Christian Schools will offer two options for students:

(1) In-person instruction, five days a week

(2) Online instruction live streamed from the campus teachers

Enrollment may be limited in some grades for in-person instruction, but the online option will be open to everyone. Should the COVID virus situation worsen, forcing a temporary campus closure, the schools are prepared to continue instruction uninterrupted with online streaming for all students until the campus can be safely reopened.

We feel the in-person model offers the optimal situation for quality learning, and has other positive elements like secondary class scheduling and convenience for working families. Because of the need to comply with distancing guidelines, this model will require us to do a few things in new ways, like making changes in student seating within classrooms and establishing other safety practices. To be sure, school will look a bit different this year. We recognize that operating a school in a COVID environment will be challenging for everyone; some may experience anxiety at first. We will be training our faculty and staff this summer to be sensitive to that and to be ready to provide comfort and counsel to our students.

Elementary grades on both the Gateway Eagles (Poulsbo) and Crosspoint (Bremerton) campuses will each meet all together in one classroom as usual. Secondary students will meet on the Crosspoint campus and will follow the familiar A/B block schedule, alternating days with four classes each day. Since teachers this year will be streaming instruction to online students from their classrooms and will be incorporating technology in new ways, we will require all of our students this year to bring a laptop device to school each day. Our IT department has prepared some recommendations for student computers (below).

With the recent announcement by public school districts to provide strictly online classes to begin the year, it is unclear if there will be fall athletic sports this year. We expect to hear more information soon. Meanwhile, we are giving due consideration to how we can revive our valued co-curricular activities like drama, music, and social activities in a safe manner at the appropriate time.

You may have questions surrounding the safety precautions that students will need to follow in school this year. Students will undergo arrival screening each day, including a non-contact temperature check, before being admitted to class. Students will be required to wear a face covering in school, but opportunities will be devised to safely relax those requirements periodically throughout the school day. Naturally, students will be properly distanced within the classroom. Great care will go into the planning of moving students about the campus safely, and observing personal protection habits like hand washing, hand sanitizer, and wiping down contact surfaces.

Current families are invited to ask questions and give feedback at: Families@GatewayChristianSchools.org

If you are interested in learning more about Gateway Christian Schools, we hope to hear from you! Prospective families are encouraged to visit our Admissions page for information on scheduling a tour or applying to any of our schools.