Greetings To Our Wonderful OPCA Family,


I am thankful for all of you and the blessings of the Lord in our school ministry here at Old Plank!  God has brought us much success in our Distance Learning adventure and has blessed our school family with much health and wellness.  Thank you for your prayers, patience and hard work!


Governor DeSantis has declared that Florida schools should continue Distance Learning for the remainder of this school year.  We will follow this directive.  Thankfully, we were ahead of the curve on Distance Learning and we will be able to end school on May 22 as scheduled. 


Below is some information that will be helpful for your family:

  • Elementary teachers will be contacting you directly this week for instructions on picking up instructional materials for the remainder of the year. 

  • McKay Scholarship students:  checks are here and should be signed THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 23 BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5:30 PM

  • Final Exams will be waived for this school year.

  • It is our prayer that we will have a regular high school graduation ceremony.  We will schedule a date as soon as we are legally allowed to do so.

  • We will have ONE MAKE UP DAY.  This will be a LOW STRESS DAY!!   It will happen on Saturday, May 2 2020.  You will NOT need to alter any plans you have for that day!!!  This day of school will NOT require you to be at home.  This will be a VERY low stress day! 


We are praying for you and your families!  God bless you and yours as we journey through this most unusual season in our lives.  If we can be of assistance to you as a school or church, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Gary Griffis

 Principal, Old Plank Christian Academy

So let's talk Coronavirus. 


Coronoviruses are a family of viruses that typically cause mild colds. We see them year round, although like all cold/cough viruses, more in the winter. 


COVID-19 is a novel strain of Coronavirus. That means it's something our immune systems have never seen before. 


However, because children are exposed to so many other viruses in the same family on a regular basis, they do seem to have some cross-immunity to this strain. Similar to how even in seasons when the flu shot isn't a terrific match, vaccinated individuals who catch the flu can fight it off very quickly. A healthy immune system recognizes the virus quickly and mounts an immune response quickly. 


This is likely the reason why there have been no pediatric deaths reported in any country. 


Like other coronaviruses, COVID-19 will cause cold/cough symptoms, likely with a mild fever. Like other viruses, there is no treatment besides symptomatic care -- Tylenol and Motrin, honey for coughs in kids older than 1 year, cool-mist humidifiers and suctioning for babies. Stay hydrated and comfortable. Like other viruses, there is a greater concern for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. 


The spread of COVID-19 in other countries has been exacerbated by people flooding the ER's and medical offices. Don't do that. If you or your child has mild cold symptoms, stay home! We do not even need to see you in our office. Follow school guidelines for returning -- no fever for 24 hours, no disruptive coughing, child feels well enough to participate. 


*We do NOT have a test for COVID-19 in our office. So unless symptoms are severe, we urge you to not call for an appointment either.*


Your child SHOULD be seen for: 

-- any fever (>100.4F) in a baby under 60 days 

-- respiratory distress, including a barking cough, increased work of breathing, or cough that interferes with sleep or play

-- dehydration

-- sore throat in the absence of cold symptoms

-- ear pain for more than 2 days in kids older than 2y, or in conjunction with fever in kids younger than 2y


The chances are that COVID-19 is already widespread. We did not start testing in this country until last week, and have only tested 500 folks so far. The media is causing more fear than is necessary. Influenza is far deadlier to children (with over 100 deaths reported this season in kids). 


Stay calm. 

Wash your hands. 

Cover your cough. 

Wash your hands. 

Get a flu shot. 

Call us for any concerns.


Thanks to our pediatrician colleague Dr Wexler from Atlanta!!!





8964 Old Plank Road 

Jacksonville, Florida 32220

Before Care Begins : 6:30 AM 
School Begins : 8:00 AM 
School Dismissal : 2:20 PM 
Aftercare: 2:45 - 6:00 PM



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