Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ,
The Rhema Christian School Board is proud to have worked alongside Mr. Hart in preparing an operations plan intended to safeguard the health and safety of the students and staff entrusted to our care. As we progress toward reopening the building for in-class instruction at the end of August, our goal is to return to providing the excellent academic and spiritual education during this COVID-19 pandemic that parents, students, faculty, and staff expect.
We appreciate your patience as we gathered and reviewed information from state and federal sources such as the Center for Disease Control and the State Health Department. We have also sought guidance from ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International), which is the entity through which we are accredited as a Christian school. After prayerful consideration, the school board and administration have voted into place our Covid Contingency Plan of Operations for the 2020 school year. While this plan in its entirety is our goal, we also acknowledge that we must be flexible to remain compliant with our government’s mandates as they continue to evolve over time. At times, it may become necessary to become more stringent in order to comply with these mandates. The current mask mandate is an example of this. Our regular Covid Contingency Plan does not require students in masks. However, the recent mandate for all schools has overridden that portion of the plan and we are asked to follow. Once the mandate is rescinded, we will fall back on our school plan. It is also possible, in time, that we will be able to become more lax should we receive those directives. We will be sure to keep you updated with any changes as we move forward together.
There is a wide diversity among the many families that call Rhema home as it relates to the feelings about COVID-19. We each have different thoughts and opinions about this important matter and are affected by it to differing degrees. It is important for our operations plan to meet the needs of the entire student body and we ask that parents lovingly extend grace and understanding to one another and encourage their children to do the same as we navigate this time together. We also comprehend the significant challenges that teaching under these conditions will bring to all school for both their students and faculty.
Finally friends, let us be comforted! We know that God is still on the throne and He is still working His providential will through the unfolding of history. This can be the best school year yet.
Blessings in Christ,
The Rhema Christian School Board
Randall Clow Rebekah Stepp
James Julius Cindy Zwergel