It’s almost impossible to find something that hasn’t changed in our material world, yet we remain faithful in our service to Jesus Christ, the one true Constant. 
We do have some exciting updates to share with you regarding the reopening of our preschools. Over the past several months, the First United Methodist Church of Winter Park (FUMCWP) leadership team, the Trinity Christian Academy (TCA) board, and the Methodist School for Early Education (MSEE) board have met to discern a way forward as we approach the fall semester. The FUMCWP operations team, preschool directors, and preschool lay team continue to work collaboratively to ensure the safety of the students, staff, and families when we do reopen.
It is important for us to proclaim once again that we believe our preschools are a key family ministry of our church. We are pleased to share with you the following information regarding our preschool reopening:


Fall Schedule
        TCA to reopen with a modified schedule, enrollment limitations, and restricted programming on August 10, 2020. This will include those registered for Fall Full-time enrollment and VPK.
       TCA will open to part-time enrollment on September 8th.
      Remember that direction from CDC and State or County mandates 
regarding classroom limitations or full closure may affect this schedule. The Director of TCA will communicate any changes to schedules in advance of those changes being implemented.


Operational Differences

Regardless of which FUMCWP campus or preschool class, all families are asked to follow new safety procedures, expect programming differences, adhere to schedule changes and follow the updated handbook. Please know that the safety of the students, staff, and families is at the core of the operational differences and we ask for your patience in the transition ahead.
Further, please know that the Fall semester (including events, programs, and the like) will be altered from the pre-pandemic Fall 2020 schedule. In the weeks ahead, families will receive more information regarding registration and the operational differences from our Preschool Directors. Know that the FUMCWP church family is here to support you during this time and we invite you to access our family-friendly resources at www.fumcwp.org/Childrens and learn of ways we can care for you at www.fumcwp.org/Care. 


We remain committed to providing quality education in a Christian environment. We also recognize that some of the operational changes may affect you, the teachers, and all of us. On behalf of the Leadership Council and our staff team, we are very appreciative of your patience through these tough decisions. 

Peace & Blessings,


Matt Kuzma, Chief Operating Officer, First United Methodist Church of Winter Park
Erin Corbelli, Director of Human Resources, First United Methodist Church of Winter Park
Nancy Hanniford, Staff Parish Relations Chairperson, First United Methodist Church of Winter Park
CC: Stacie Wilson, Director of Trinity Christian Academy (TCA)
CC: Lynn Striepe, Pillar Leader – Vibrant Family Pillar


TCA Approved Pandemic Plan


Preparation/Prevention (Pre-Closure)

Reference the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) website for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.
Monitor plan of action made by officials at Orange County Public Schools; Department of Education; Department of Children and Families; Early Learning Coalition of Orange County; Department of Health
Ensure handwashing strategies include regular washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. This should be done upon entering the building/classrooms.
Perform routine cleaning, including frequently touched services.
Maintain information-sharing system with parents (i.e. Brightwheel; email messages and Marco Polo).
The TCA Illness policy will be strictly enforced. Staff and children will be asked to remain at home should they have any signs of illness as outlined in the policy. 

In the event of school State Mandated Closure due to COVID-19:

TCA will follow closing procedures of the CDC, Orange County, State of Florida, and the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. 
FUMCWP Leadership, TCA Parents and Staff will be notified immediately of school closure decision.
If closure occurs due to State Mandated Closure, tuition will not be waived or stopped at any point, under the direction of the school and church leadership.
During closure, all full-time teachers will continue to be paid (if revenue allows); and will be expected to work on lesson plans, engaging with families and other assigned activities, while home. TCA reserves the right to alter compensation at any time in accordance with applicable law and as business needs may dictate.  


Health and Safety:

Daily Health Screening at entry for COVID-19 symptoms includes:

  • Taking the temperature of all persons (children and staff) upon arrival each day. Persons with temperature of 100.4 or above or other signs of illness will not be allowed to enter the building.
  • Children and staff will need to wash hands frequently (including when entering the building/classroom, before/after each activity, before/after meals).
  • Implement Social Distancing strategies to include: staggering playground times, activities, separate groups in a classroom, and keeping children six feet apart at naptime, if possible.
  • Children ages two and older may wear masks
  • Classroom ratios will be adjusted to ensure the same children remain in the same group each day. Groups will be kept together throughout the day. Whenever possible, do not combine groups in the mornings or afternoons.
  • Playground time will be limited to one class at a time. Children and staff will properly sanitize their hands before entering the playground and immediately afterwards. Equipment will be sanitized after each use.
  • Children will be reminded to NOT touch their faces and to wash their hands after using items that they have shared with another child.
  • Increased frequency of when toys are cleaned and disinfect ed (multiple times per day/ every hour, preferred).
  • Tables should be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use.
  •  Hard surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected three times per day. Special attention should be paid to doorknobs, light switches, counter tops and rest rooms.
  • IPad/Tablets, keyboards, and electronics should be cleaned and disinfected twice daily.
  • All food served will be brought from home. Pre-packaged snack will be provided.
  • Children’s bedding will be kept separate and stored in a labeled bag inside classroom cubby and sent home as needed.
  • No field trips, inter-group events or extracurricular activities will be permitted until further notice.


Parent Communication

  • Families will be educated about signs/symptoms of COVID-19 and importance of proper hand hygiene.
  • A modified drop off and pick up procedure will be implemented, consisting of staggered times and an outdoor location. Parents will be allowed in the lobby and hallway of the building, not classrooms.
  • Parents will be encouraged to keep their children home if they are showing any signs of illness or if someone in their home is showing signs of illness. If a child becomes sick at school, parents must pick up the child immediately or within 30 minutes of receiving a call from the School. The child must remain home until they have been symptom-free for at least 72 hours, and in the case of a fever over 100.4 degrees, must return with a written note from a physician in order to return to TCA.
  • The local health department, staff and families will be notified immediately if any student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.
  • Any suspected cases of COVID-19 will require proof of testing before returning to TCA.
  • Parents will be consistently informed of the evolving changes and updates to policies and procedures.
  • Virtual tours for prospective parents will be implemented.  In-person tours will not be permitted.