What an unusual time. When is it safe for us to return to "normal?" How do we plan for the return of our students to a classroom setting? What will our program look like when fall rolls around? As many times as I have attempted to write a cohesive plan, the fact remains that none of us knows exactly what things will look like... but do we ever? Proverbs 16:9 has come to mind so many times over the last few weeks: "The heart of a man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps."* Proverbs 19:21 reminds us, "Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand."
We are always wholly dependant on the will and pleasure of the LORD. At the same time, we are called to work diligently and in a way that honors the LORD. In anticipation of a fall semester in which we are able to meet in person, we have made the following plans and preparations:
Our sick policy is being strengthened. We are asking any student who has had a family member with a fever in the last 24 hours to stay home.
Any student who has been in contact with a Coronavirus patient, or who lives with someone who has, may not return to school for two weeks.
We will be scanning temperatures as students enter the building, and sanitizing hands or asking students to wash thoroughly.
We are looking at the feasibility and necessity of additional measures such as masks and sanitizing personal belongings.
These measures will begin with our first class, which is scheduled for August 17. In the event that our opening needs to be delayed, we will:
Begin assigning, receiving, and assessing work on Google Classroom by August 17.
Offer video class or tutoring time as appropriate and necessary.
Distribute lab materials purchased with student fees so that labs can be done at home. (Older students may be able to wear masks and attend labs in person.)
Consider the possibility of extending the school year through May, 2021 so that our full 30 weeks of class time can be met.
Our teachers are working diligently to put together videos to highlight some of our curriculum and materials, as well as make introductions. Our syllabi and and updated grading policies will be ready by July 1.
Let's look for ways to love and serve those around us-- to be his hands and feet. Please let me know how I can pray for you, or what questions or suggestions you have. I would love to get together before school begins in the fall, but again... we just don't know what the future holds. Let us pray for the mercy and joy of the LORD to fill our community during this time.