Teachers and staff strategically spaced their cars and chairs along the Pleasant View Christian School driveway and anxiously awaited to see their students and families in person for the first time in five weeks. Many students held signs of appreciation as they beamed with excitement while riding through the parade. Even from afar, it was a much needed time for students to see and shout a “hello” to teachers and staff.
“The PVCS Parade was just another reminder that PVCS is really all about the people and families that are a part of this wonderful organization,” said Mr. Brandon Roysden, PVCS Principal. “Seeing students from elementary to high school drive by with smiles and waves and hearing from parents who are so appreciative of our faculty and the work they are putting in makes me extremely grateful to be a part of PVCS.”
Like many schools, the announcement to close the campus was made on Friday, March 13 due to the Covid- 19 Pandemic. Just three days later, students began Distance Learning remotely from home. The school designed a Distance Learning Portal where parents and students simply click on their grade level to view their instructional videos and assignments for the day. In addition to checking the portal, elementary parents use the Drive-Thru Packet Exchange every two weeks to drop off and pick up work. Students in grades sixth through twelfth grades attend classes remotely using Zoom and complete assignments on their school assigned Chromebook.
Head of School, Rusty Campbell said, “When we had the vision of implementing a 1:1 program three years ago in order to prepare our students for the future, we had no idea how that decision would allow us to transition into distance learning so quickly, and efficiently. PVCS has not missed a beat over these last few weeks in fulfilling its mission of Launching Leaders with a Biblical Worldview. I am so proud of the teachers and students who have worked extremely hard. We are confident that teachers will return to the classroom in the fall with newly developed skills and techniques they can implement in their classrooms. We are also excited to see so many students developing the skills of becoming self-directed learners, which will be so beneficial when they go to college or enter the workforce.”