As of March 17, 2020, Silverdale Baptist Academy and Preschool have transitioned to online learning, in line with precautions surrounding COVID-19.
As the Silverdale community continues to monitor the coronavirus and its spread, our faculty and staff have been hard at work with innovative approaches to the education experience and community connection that are what makes Silverdale an ACSI Exemplary Accredited institution. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Tennessee Department of Health, and other agencies update their information, we will provide the most relevant content here. You can also find the latest updates out of Silverdale, including a growing list of Frequently Asked Questions below, many pertaining to the online learning shift that began Tuesday, March 17th.
The CDC has established resources that serve as our primary source of information and guidance:
- Year-end events were held with great success and within proper CDC guidelines, including drive-thru celebrations and a private Hamilton County Health Department-blessed graduation ceremony for the Silverdale Class of 2020.
April 16, 2020
- Mrs. Hansard announces that we will not return to campus for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year: "I don’t think we have ever lived out a school theme more than this year. Our theme - ”Make Us One” - has come alive. We have come together as one like never before. For those of you who have risen to the occasion and been a light for Jesus in these darkest of times, I want to say thank you. Yesterday, Governor Bill Lee recommended that all Tennessee school campuses remain closed and that online learning continues for the remainder of this academic school year in order to continue to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Out of respect for everyone’s safety, I have decided to follow suit. Our online learning experience has been effective and will continue through the remainder of this school year."
April 1, 2020
- Updates sent to our families. Below are some points from that communication:
- "On the afternoon of Friday, March 13, 2020, Silverdale Baptist Academy closed the Academy in order to protect the health and wellness of our students, our staff and their families. Our Crisis Management Team continues to follow the current climate and provides our entire leadership team with constant updates and recommendations. This information has been invaluable in keeping us ahead of the curve and thinking proactively. Silverdale Baptist Academy, as of today, does not have a return date."
- "We encourage our families and our students to reach out to their teachers and principals with questions and concerns. Thank you for your continued flexibility and cooperation during this unprecedented time. We ask that as needs arise, you stay in close communication with our Academy. For the latest updates, visit our Community Resources page."
March 24, 2020
- Munchkins for Moms took place with the social distancing theme, where moms and their kids were treated to a free donut of their choice from the Tasty Donuts drive-thru in East Brainerd, all day! Guest speaker Heather Prairie shared her encouraging message for moms via emailed video.
March 19, 2020
- Kindergarten and First Grade learning materials drive-thru pickup.
- Surveys shared with parents, students, and teachers to gauge the climate after one full week of online learning.
March 17, 2020
- Effective Friday, March 20th at 3 p.m. the Silverdale Baptist Academy campus will be closed completely. Online learning will continue, but we will not reopen until Tuesday, April 14th (subject to change).
- Should you need to make contact with anyone at the Academy, email will be our priority communication method during this time. Phone messages can be received as well, with messages returned within 24 hours. As always, communication with teachers can continue directly and technical needs can be routed through the Help Desk.
March 15, 2020
- Our school leadership addressed parents with video updates following Mrs. Hansard's address.
March 12, 2020
- Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, Silverdale Baptist Academy and Preschool will be closed until further notice.
- We have made plans to minimize potential gaps in the continuity of education so that students can continue learning from home. Teachers have made every effort to modify their lesson planning to accommodate this shift in teaching approach.
- Updates on further developments and timelines will be communicated to our families as the information is made clear to us.
March 6, 2020
- Our Crisis Management team is in communication daily concerning updates regarding the disease, working in cooperation with our school administration and the Head of School's office to keep the safety of our families as our top priority.
- Communication via our school nurse is being shared regularly with our families and on campus, reinforcing personal hygiene best practices.
- Teachers are reinforcing best practices, encouraging more frequent hand-washing and the use of hand sanitizer if hand washing is not an option.
- Beyond our regular campus cleaning schedule, a team is deep cleaning the building each Sunday evening before the start of the school week.
- Teachers have been provided with deep-cleaning supplies for an added layer of daily protection, cleaning all hard surfaces in their classroom at the end of every day.
Silverdale Online Learning FAQ
Q: Will my child be expected to continue his or her education away from Silverdale’s campus?
A: Because we value the family-school partnership and the success of your child, we have plans in place for educational continuity during which time learning has to take place away from Silverdale’s campus. Our format for delivering lessons via your child’s teachers is one that is both flexible and easy to understand.
Q: As parents, we both work. How will that be factored into my child’s learning while at home or in childcare?
A: We certainly understand that leaving your children at home or with a sitter for the day may not be the best environment of support and learning for them. Because our format is flexible, schoolwork can be done when it best suits the busy schedules of working parents.
Q: I’m not familiar with the web-based platforms my child uses at school. How can I help them be successful if I don’t even know how to get them logged in?
A: Our I.T. team has great resources on their Basic Information Technology Systems (B.I.T.S.) support page. In many cases with our upper school students, lessons and assessments will be delivered directly through your child’s existing learning platforms such as Google Classroom. They are very familiar with the platform and can show you! Our elementary students will use platforms like the Seesaw application already in play between teachers and parents to deliver lessons and other content. Throughout it all, we want to keep things as familiar as possible.
Q: What does attendance look like?
A: A student is considered present if assignments are turned in for that day. If your child is sick and unable to complete assignments, please email email@example.com. Reference the Parent/Student Handbook for details on our attendance policy.
Q: I'm concerned for my child's emotional health over the longterm. Is there anything I can do to help them succeed and be at their best?
A: Absolutely! The National Association of School Psychologists has guidelines about topics like talking to children about COVID-19. This is also a great time to remind everyone that in these uncertain times the student assistance program is still very much available for all students. Right now, Legacy's counselors can still do in-person visits in their Chattanooga office or they can also do phone sessions. If you would like your child to be seen or talked to, please go ahead and fill out the form on the counseling page of the Parent Dashboard. You can also call their Dalton office at 706-272-6558 to make an appointment. Here are some other great resources for at-home help:
From Tim Elmore's Growing Leaders: Home Chats: Parents Guide to Healthy Conversations During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Q: Are there any refunds or credits being issued?
A: The Finance Department will be issuing refunds for the elementary after school spring session 4 of BOOST. This refund will be credited to the credit card or bank card that was used for the purchase through online registration. We are also currently working with SAGE Dining, our third-party vendor, to make this whole for our families. While we are still able to offer excellent online curriculum, we recognize and understand that lunch isn't an option. Rest assured, we will absolutely make this right. At the end of the school year, we will be issuing credits to be applied to next year's dining plan or offering dining refunds for senior families. We'll offer additional information as we continue to work diligently through the process. We appreciate your partnership and prayers during this time as we all do our part to make our community safer. As any typical refund, these may take up to 5 business days to be reflected on your account.
Q: How can I pay my tuition?
A: Several of you have reached out regarding tuition payment methods. Thank you for being diligent! We encourage families to take advantage of the quick and efficient payment portal through FACTS (formerly RenWeb). If your preferred method is a check, someone will still be receiving and processing these in a timely manner. Please feel free to continue to mail those to the school at:
Silverdale Baptist Academy
Attn: Finance Dept.
7236 Bonny Oaks Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37421
If you routinely pay by cash and this is your only option, please reach out to the Finance Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will be more than happy to coordinate something that best suits the situation. We are available and here to help!
Q: What will this delay do to our schoolwide Coke Sale Fundraiser?
A: Very little! Sell as normal, and we will communicate any changes with deadlines for turning in your order forms and money. At this time, the pickup date of April 27th remains unchanged.