Thank you for your interest in attending Columbia Christian Academy! Below, you will find information and forms necessary to become a student.
Re-Opening Guidelines for 20-21 School Year
Columbia Christian Academy has a student enrollment of less
than 16 students for our Pre-K through grade 12 school.
CCA’s uses PACE curriculum that allows for independent learning with assistance from Learning Center’s supervisor and volunteers. Each student will do their work within the framework of individual student office that has study carrels for privacy and separation from other students.
CCA is located at 1323 County Route 21, Ghent, NY 12075.
Students and staff will be required to wear mask whenever the six feet social distancing protocol has been penetrated during instructional time and whenever the student or staff is transit.
Dining Halls or Cafeterias
CCA’s students eat lunch in a cafeteria that allows for six feet social distancing.
Students pack their own lunch. Lunch is serves in two shifts.
Lunch start times in each shift will be staggered so that students are not waiting in line (to use the microwave) within close proximity of one another.
The State’s restaurant guidelines, including capacity limits, will be achieved. Surfaces will be cleaned after every lunch is finished.
CCA’s cafeteria and small classes will allow for 6-feet of physical spacing to be maintained. When the safety or core function of an activity requires a shorter distance, clergy, staff, faculty and students will wear acceptable face coverings.
CCA’s small class sizes and large common areas will allow
for 6-feet of physical spacing in areas where students
congregate, such as in the cafeteria or fellowship hall.
August 27, 2020
All CCA faculty, staff, and students have been informed to wear masks and signs requiring masks for entrance to the school have been posted on every exterior door.
CCA has developed protocols for the wearing of masks throughout the school day in accordance with public health guidelines. Protocols include the wearing of masks when students are traveling from class to class, to the restroom and in all circumstances where six feet of social distance is not practicable.
Masks will be provided to anyone who does not have a mask and needs to enter the school and/or a learning center. Visitors refusing to wear a mask will not be allowed to enter CCA. Students who do not have masks will not be allowed to enter school and/or classrooms until a mask is provided for them. Noncompliance should not be an issue at our small private school.
Other PPE Requirements
Special populations on the CCA campus (volunteers or custodial staff) will follow any special PPE requirements mandated more generally for those populations. Health care workers, kitchen and custodial staff will be encouraged to wear masks at all times and required to wear masks when handling food and/or working directly with children.
Hand sanitizers are available at all CCA entrances and in all classrooms as well as the CCA cafeteria and Fellowship Hall.
Disposable wipes will be available in all bathrooms, classrooms and the CCA faculty room. During the morning announcements, before and after snacks and lunch, and at the end of the day, students and staff will be reminded to wash hands frequently, wear masks and make liberal use of hand sanitizer.
All public spaces, corridors and office spaces and their bathrooms will be cleaned every day in accordance with the State’s general guidelines for businesses.
CCA’s students, faculty and staff have been advised to avoid unnecessary travel domestically and internationally. Families have also been advised to quarantine upon their return, if they do have to travel outside of our relatively contagion safe area.
CCA’s faculty, students and staff have been explicitly instructed not to come to school or leave their rooms if they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms. Individuals who have a higher likelihood of serious illness from COVID-19 have been encouraged to use enhanced PPE equipment, including face shields and fitted N95 masks. These individuals have also been encouraged to teach from a distance as much as possible.
Signs have been placed on the doors at every CCA entrance stating that masks are to be worn upon entering the school building. Visitors will be required to have their temperatures taken and answer some cursory examination questions. Employees who engage in travel that the CDC or New York State has indicated should be subject to a 14-day self-isolation will not be allowed entrance to the school building until their quarantine period has ended.
CCA has been in contact with all of the public-school districts providing student transportation for CCA children. Participating districts have indicated that all students riding public-school transportation will wear masks during bus rides and some social distancing will be put in place on public school buses. Upon arrival to CCA, students will gather in the CCA Fellowship Hall and socially distance themselves with assistance from teachers. Students will be dismissed from the CCA Fellowship Hall and lobby in the same manner. Masks will be worn in instances when social distancing is not practicable. Those CCA students riding public school transportation will board their buses wearing masks and follow the public school’s transportation plan.
Part Two: Monitoring the Health of Students, Faculty, and Staff
Monitoring the Health of Students, Faculty, and Staff
The temperature of all CCA students, parents, staff and visitors will be taken upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be sent home or isolated until they can be sent home. Anyone who becomes sick or symptomatic at school will be isolated until they can be sent home or to a physician or urgent care facility.
Appointment of a COVID-19 Coordinator
CCA’s Principal Jeffrey Brown is the school’s Covid -19 Coordinator. Jeffrey Brown will be the liaison with the coordinators at the public schools where CCA students reside. Jeffrey Brown will coordinate as needed with The Columbia County Health Department.
Protocol for collectinginformation aboutCOVID-19 cases
In emails and announcements CCA’s faculty, students, and staff have been asked to inform Jeffrey Brown immediately if they are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms. Symptomatic
students and staff will be referred to The Columbia County Health Department. After referral, CCA officials will follow the directives of the County Health Department.
Part Three: Containment
CCA will follow the procedures put in place by The Columbia County Health Department concerning containment for students or employees who test positive for COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who has.
CCA’s Covid coordinator, teachers, faculty staff, students and parents will cooperate willingly and completely with The Columbia County Health Department in regards to containment and contact tracing.
Part Four: Shutdown
Shutting Down If a Serious Outbreak Occurs
In the event of a serious Coronavirus outbreak on the CCA campus or in the surrounding community, an orderly shutdown will be undertaken in the same manner that the
school was shut down in March. Parents will be contacted via a Text Alert and emergency phone call and required to report to CCA to take their children home. Students will be held at a
socially safe distance in their classrooms until all parents are able to collect their children.
Shutting Down if Required by Governmental Agency
CCA will follow the instructions of the Governor, The Columbia County Health Department or appropriate governmental agency.
Plan for Continuation of Program Under Shutdown
In the event of another pandemic shutdown, Columbia Christian Academy will operate with the same instructional plan that was implemented from March until July of 2020. Supervisors will communicate with students and parents via email, text, and phone calls. School work will be distributed through PACE workbooks If the in-person opening of CCA’s fall semester is delayed, teachers, students and families will resume the appointment learning model that had limited success last spring.
Attestation of Completion for Central Christian Academy Re-opening Plan in the 2020-2021 School Year
Name of School: Columbial Christian Academy
Name of COVID-19 Administrator: Jeffrey Brown
Contact Phone of COVID-19 Administrator: (518)- 392-2361
Intended date of arrival of the first students: September 14, 2020
Intended date of on-campus classes starting: September 14, 2020
Date Plan Submitted: August 1 2020
Name and Title of Person Submitting Plan: Jeffrey Brown, CCA Principal
We attest that we have developed and have on file a COVID-19 Reopening Plan that Contains the Following Elements:
Part One: Repopulating the Campus
Learning Centers - A statement that 6-feet of physical space has been achieved or reasonable alternatives are provided
Dining Halls or Cafeteria - A statement that 6-feet of physical spacing has been achieved or reasonable alternatives are provided.
Spaces Where Other Groups Congregate - A statement that 6-feet of physical spacing has been
achieved where students congregate.
Orientation - A statement that the school is organizing orientation for parents/students regarding social distancing and other health issues and that during the return of students, efforts will be made to maintain 6-foot physical distancing or reasonable alternatives are provided.
Personal Protective Masks Equipment (PPE) - A statement that all faculty, staff, and students have been informed to wear masks; and school has developed protocols for masks throughout the school day in accordance with public health guidelines.
Other PPE Requirements - A statement that special populations will follow any special PPE requirements mandated more generally for those populations.
Disinfection - A statement that
1) Hand sanitizers are available at
entrances to all buildings, classrooms and dining halls,
2) Disposable wipes or similar acceptable cleaners are available
in all bathrooms, classrooms and other shared facilities for wiping down surfaces,
3) Students, faculty and staff are reminded to wash hands
4) Public, corridor and office spaces and bathrooms are cleaned in accordance with the State’s
general guidelines for businesses.
Travel - A statement that students, faculty and staff have been
advised to avoid unnecessary travel domestically and internationally.
Staffing - A statement that faculty, students and staff have been explicitly instructed not to come to work or leave their rooms
if they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms - A statement about what advice, if any, the
institution is giving to those who have higher likelihood of
serious illness from COVID-19.
Access - A statement of the school’s plans for visitors’ access to the campus as well as plans for employee access should the employee engage in travel that the CDC has indicated should be subject to a 14-day self-isolation.
Transportation - A statement of a plan for transporting students to school including any coordination necessary with appropriate school districts that transport both public and non-public students. Day schools should include any commentary on arrival or dismissal plans.
Part Two: Monitoring the Health of Students, Faculty, and Staff
Monitoring the Health of Students, Faculty, and Staff - A statement the school has a plan for regular monitoring of health of students, faculty, and staff as well as safeguards should one become sick or symptomatic at school.
Appointment of a COVID-19 Coordinator - A statement of who the Coordinator is and that he or
1) Be the liaison with the coordinators at the other
schools who will convene periodically during the fall if
2) Will coordinate as needed with State and Regional Public Health Officials.
Protocol for collecting information about COVID-19 cases - A statement that the school has developed a protocol indicating that faculty, students, and staff have been asked to inform immediately the Coordinator (or a designated administrator) that they are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, as well as a protocol for having symptomatic students tested.
Part Three: Containment
Containment - A statement that day schools have a procedure in place consistent with applicable health guidelines concerning containment for students or employees who test
positive for COVID-19 or have had contact with someone who has.
Contact Tracing - A statement of how the school, boarding or day, intends to train personnel in contact tracing, conduct contact tracing, and/or consult with the local or regional Department
of Public Health.
Part Four: Shutdown
Shutting Down If a Serious Outbreak Occurs - A statement of the protocol for an orderly shutdown if a serious outbreak occurs on campus or in the community that the school or relevant state or local authorities conclude requires shutdown.
Shutting Down if Required by Governmental Agency - A statement that the institution will follow the instructions of the Governor, or appropriate governmental agency.
Plan for Continuation of Program Under Shutdown - A statement about whether the school would intend to continue instruction online if a shutdown occurs.
Name and Signature of Principal,
Superintendent, Head of School, or Appropriate
You can jump to a specific section using the index below.
The registration process includes a completing the application, agreeing with the school policies, an interview with the school administration, tour of the school and if transferring from a school with a different curriculum, taking a diagnistic test.
- pdf CCA Application (41 KB)
- pdf Re Enrollment Form 2018-2019 (44 KB)
- pdf Student Information (30 KB)
- pdf Medication Authorization Forms (31 KB)
- pdf Parental agreement 18-19 (51 KB)
- pdf Contractual Agreement (33 KB)
- pdf Payment Plan Option 2018-2019 (30 KB)
- pdf Standard of conduct (44 KB)
- pdf Student Record Release (42 KB)
- pdf Authorization for Administration of Medication (23 KB)
Tuition for Columbia Christian Academy is $1300 per student for the first three students from any family/household. Additional students from the same family will have their tuition discounted 100%; however, they will need to pay a $200 book fee. Parents can choose to pay the $200 in full at the beginning of year or pay $20 in monthly installments per child.
Columbia Christian Academy offers two modes of payment:
- 1. A 10-month payment plan. Payment is due by the 10th of each month beginning in September. Payments made past the 10th of the month are subject to a $5.00 late payment fee per tuition block, unless proper arrangements have been made with the Columbia Christian Academy Administrator.
- 2. An upfront payment of the full tuition of $1300 per student will be accepted by September 10th.
K-1stGrade uses ABEKA: Abeka is a thoroughly Christian, traditional program that emphasizes biblical character building through their rigorous textbooks.
2nd-12thGrade uses Accelerated Christian Education (ACE): ACE curriculum has Scripture as its foundation, fully integrating biblical principles, wisdom, and character-building concepts into education. Students move at their own speed through the self-instructional "PACE" workbooks. Following the mastery approach, PACEs are formatted for students to complete the exercises found throughout the workbook, take a "self-test," and conclude with a "final test" to measure understanding.
K-12th: Monday-Thursday. Friday is home study day.
Bus transportation is available through your local school district.
Parents will need to contact their local school district’s transportation department.
Local rules apply within each district.
pdf CCA Handbook 2017-2018 (261 KB)