Covid News Items
NCS Reopening Plan and Return to Competition Plan
Posted: 8/12/2020
As required by PDE, the NCS School Board has approved a reopening plan and a return to competition plan.

Please continue to pray for wisdom and unity as we seek to glorify God through the circumstances caused by Covid-19.
COVID information for families
Posted: 7/24/2020
Video on School Re-opening
COVID information for sports families
Posted: 6/26/2020
Video on Return To Competition

NCS Athletics Guidelines For Covid-19
COVID Update For School Families
Posted: 6/26/2020
Dear school families,

Thank you for all your prayers and support during these unusual days. Commencement turned out to be a wonderful time of worship and celebration of God's goodness to our seniors and to all of us. If you did not get a chance to watch the livestream, I would encourage you to go to livestream.com/ncs and watch some of it. What a blessing it was to hear the graduation speeches of these 18 students, and to worship with them leading the singing! We were able to use music from the recording of the last chapel of the year, when we had invited the seniors to attend. It was a precious time, and we had no idea it would provide the foundation of the worship at commencement. Amidst all the uncertainties which surround us, we have been reminded often that we have a God in whom we can trust, because He is good and He is in control! He loves us so much that He sent His precious Son to live and die in our place, and that this precious Son of God now sits on the throne.

I also want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to staff and students and parents for working so hard to make the last quarter of the year a time of continued learning and encouragement. But IT IS OUR GOAL, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, TO RETURN TO SCHOOL AS NORMAL AT THE END OF AUGUST. We will do what we can to follow the guidelines set out by the government. We are also mindful that the decisions made by the school districts around us will have some effect upon us, especially if they affect the transportation provided for many of you by these districts. If any of the changes that may occur should affect your ability to send your children to NCS, we will certainly refund any tuition you have already paid for the coming school year (except for the non-refundable registration and curriculum fee). However, our prayer is that all 260 students who are currently enrolled for the fall will be here, along with a few new students as well. There are already a few grades that have reached their maximum capacity for the coming year. God has been SO good to us, and we give Him all the praise for His work at NCS for these 48 years! To Him be all the glory!

By His Grace,
Pastor Rees
Note about Commencement From Pastor Rees
Posted: 5/22/2020
Dear school family,

I want to thank all of you for your cooperation and support and prayers through these difficult days. It is amazing to see all that has been accomplished by students (and teachers!) during these past 10 weeks! God is faithful, and He is abundantly good! How we praise Him through His precious Son Jesus Christ!

There are many difficult things that have come for all of us through these days, but our hearts especially go out to our seniors and their families. Commencement would have been a glorious celebration with a large class of 18 seniors and with a school family that has greatly loved and supported these young people. We would have expected several hundred people to have gathered in our gym to rejoice with these precious students and their families. Now that is not possible.

As we have wrestled with what we can do so that commencement could still be a special time for these families, our options have been limited due to the restrictions placed upon us related to the Covid-19 virus. We have decided to continue with the planned date for commencement; however, there will only be a limited number of people who will be able to be physically present. Thankfully, many more will be able to celebrate with them through our livestream. We are planning to have the commencement service in the parking lot of Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m.

In order to care for our seniors’ families, we are making their families and invited guests our priority. There simply is not enough room for more than those who are invited by the families. While I am certain that many of you would have planned to attend, we need everyone to understand that the service cannot be open to the public or even the broader school family. We encourage you to join us through our livestream.

May the Lord continue to encourage the hearts of our school family and to work in all of our lives a confidence in our God and a joy in Christ that will be evident to all around us.

By His Grace, Pastor Rees

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 3/21/2020
Posted: 3/21/2020
Please know that we certainly plan to follow any mandates or restrictions we receive from the government.

According to the current guidelines from the PA Department of Education (PDE), school staff are allowed to come in and assemble packets; but if that changes, we will certainly comply with that.

Our plan is still to have packets prepared for families by Monday, March 30. However, with the ever-changing situation, those plans may need to be altered.

As situations change, we will keep staff informed of anything that affects them, and we will keep families informed of anything that affects them as plans may need to be changed. We continue to pray for all of you and appreciate your prayers for us.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 3/13/2020 4PM
Posted: 3/13/2020
ALL PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED FOR 10 BUSINESS DAYS NCS is committed to the health and safety of our families and staff. There are no known exposures at the school and we are being proactive to ensure the best health of the students. Please read the following news article: Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for 10 business days effective Monday, March 16. The administration has been working with school districts as well as state and local officials to gather input on this decision. The Wolf Administration will continue to monitor Covid-19 in the commonwealth, and at the end of 10 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued closure is needed. Governor Wolf made the following statement: We understand that these are trying times and recognize the impact of the coronavirus on our students and communities. First and foremost, my top priority as governor - and that of our education leaders - must be to ensure the health and safety of our students and school communities. As such, I am ordering that all schools in the commonwealth close for the next two weeks. Be aware that no school district will be penalized if it fails to meet the 180 day or school hours requirements. The Department of Education will work with intermediate units and other stakeholders to support school districts with any continuity of learning plans they may be pursuing. Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that it received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow eligible schools to serve meals to low income students in a non-congregate setting, such as a drive-through or grab and go, during this closure. We will also work with schools to assist them with those plans. We appreciate your collaboration as we work together to deal with this difficult issue. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not issued specific guidance on the prevention of the coronavirus in schools, we would like to share with you general guidance offered by the CDC. Continue to check the school website for updates. According to the CDC, the symptoms of someone infected with the coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after an individual has been exposed to the virus. It can be spread through sneezing and coughing, as well as by touching an object or surface containing the virus. The CDC has set forth the following guidance regarding prevention of the coronavirus:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC's recommendations for using a face mask. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when hands are visibly dirty.
In addition to the above guidelines, we encourage you to stay home when you or your child (ren) are sick so that we do not run the risk of infecting others. The cleaning products we use in our school should be effective in killing the coronavirus. It is also suggested that Lysol spray and disinfecting wipes should be effective in killing the virus as well. More information on the coronavirus can be found on the CDC's website here. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school office.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 3/12/2020
Posted: 3/12/2020
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not issued specific guidance on the prevention of the coronavirus in schools, we would like to share with you general guidance offered by the CDC.

We are following Shikellamy's guidelines on this matter, and will follow their decision on school closings.

For field trips, nothing has been cancelled yet, but that is a distinct possibility. Continue to check the school website for updates.

According to the CDC, the symptoms of someone infected with the coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after an individual has been exposed to the virus. It can be spread through sneezing and coughing, as well as by touching an object or surface containing the virus.

The CDC has set forth the following guidance regarding prevention of the coronavirus:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when hands are visibly dirty.


In addition to the above guidelines, we encourage you to stay home when you or your child (ren) are sick so that we do not run the risk of infecting others. The cleaning products we use in our school should be effective in killing the coronavirus. It is also suggested that Lysol spray and disinfecting wipes should be effective in killing the virus as well.

More information on the coronavirus can be found on the CDC’s website here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school office.
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