Plans to Open School on Campus

MCS is looking forward to reopening our school on the campus of Mineral Baptist Church for the 2020-2021 school year in view of CDC guidelines for the COVID-19 crisis.  Below, you will find a red link for the standards we will be submitting to the Virginia Department of Education for approval.

Because of our small size and because our students are all under ten years of age (K-3rd grade), we are able to provide a life-giving environment, even with COVID-19 precautions.  Our school is founded on the principle that these children are made in the image of God.  With that in mind, we want to maintain an environment that blesses them spiritually, academically, socially, and physically.

You can read our full guidelines at the end of this post. Here are answers to questions MCS families are asking (with the understanding that Virginia Department of Education must approve our plan).

Do the kids have to wear masks? No. They are all under ten.

Will you have school five days a week? Yes. We will have regular days and regular hours – unless a reason arises which requires extra cleaning.

What will you be doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19? We are going to be cleaning repeatedly, taking temperatures, and everyone is going to wash their hands often! Students will need to bring food items for lunch and snack that they can open independently. We will be planning amazing activities and stead-fast routines which encourage students to engage with one-another while not huddling together.

What will we, as parents and grandparents, notice is different from last year? One of the biggest changes will be during drop-off and pick-up times. Because we are limiting how many people are in the building, in the morning, we will meet your child at the door. In the afternoon you will wait outside while we bring your child to you.

What will the kids notice is different from last year? One thing that will be different is how we use school supplies: they will have a box of their own supplies. We will provide plastic boxes for them and they will have time on Fridays to organize and clean their own boxes.

How can we help? We will need extra cleaning supplies, soap, and hand-sanitizer, as well as volunteers to help keep our classrooms clean. A big help now is to train your child in the importance of good hygienic practices, especially when sneezing.

Anything else we should know? Yes! We will be sending our guidelines to students’ houses after they are approved by VDOE. Parents must sign and return them before school begins.

Because of this fluid season, will update this page with any new information should it be needed. This page was last revised on

June 18, 2020.

PS. How have you been encouraged, Mrs. Sumner? I’m so glad you asked! One of the things VDOE would like to know is how we are going to educate our students about COVID-19. We study science as a whole-school. That means all grades will be reading about, thinking about, and learning about the same things at the same time. This is year four in our cycle. Any guesses about the topic? The human body! How perfect that God has given us a beautiful opportunity to talk about how HE has created the body to fight illness, how germs travel, and even the tools He’s given us for good hygiene.