UPDATE: March 18, 2020
In the last week, we have seen our world be turned totally upside down as the COVID-19 virus and local and state directives have changed our lives in ways we could not have anticipated. While this has proved challenging in many areas, we rest assured that God is still on His throne, still in control, and still loves us very much. All of us find ourselves in a new situation in regards to education and childcare, finances, and just the everyday activity of communicating with friends, family and neighbors. As difficult as this has been, it will eventually pass. And we are going to get through this together. God has faithfully provided for the Woodcrest Christian School System for over 70 years and as a result we are in a strong position to weather this current storm.
As a result of the County Public Health Director’s decision to close schools through April 30th, we have had to unexpectedly change direction in how we provide the rigorous Christ-centered education that you desire for your student. I am proud of our teachers as they have had to make a dramatic change in their teaching style. I have personally seen them rise to meet this new challenge in spite of frustration, anxiety, tears, and a concern that they will still be able to reach the hearts of their students in their teaching.
A special note for WCDS families: Our initial goal has been to get the materials your student typically receives in class into your hands so that they will be able to use them in the days ahead. While we were scheduled for instruction based on our upcoming missions week and parade and standardized testing after Spring Break, the teachers have had to totally adjust their lessons in the 48 hours since we received notice of having to close the school. We appreciate your patience and grace as they prepare their one-on-one teaching videos over the next few days and into the foreseeable future.
I know as a result of this new format and the fact that students are not at school there are a lot of questions that are on everybody’s mind so let me address those.
Will there be refunds for payments already made for the Shuttle, Spring Athletics, Elementary music, and or such services?
Refunds will be made for any unused portions of fees already paid and will be credited to each family’s account by the end of March.
Will the school be able to continue offering a traditional high quality education during this extended time away from school? Yes, our plan has been to provide education via online for as long as necessary until we can be back into the classroom to help our students receive the full breadth of curriculum.
While it will take a different format, our teachers are passionately preparing lessons that will allow our students to be fully ready for the next school year while tens of thousands of students in the surrounding communities have effectively had their education cease to exist.
Will tuition be reduced or refunded since school is not in session? We are operating as if school is still in session as structured and well thought out learning is still taking place. The look is different between elementary, middle, and high school due to the age of the students, the level of their ability to work independently and especially at the primary grades, the unique one-on-one teaching that traditionally takes place.
We are providing opportunities for students and teachers to stay in contact throughout this time via email, and/or office hours through Google Classroom Monday – Friday.
Our teachers are working well beyond their traditional work days as they adjust from what was planned to how to more effectively use technology to ensure each student is learning. Because of these efforts, we have no current plan to reduce or refund tuition, however we understand that the situation involving COVID-19 is having a significant impact on jobs and the economy. Please know we are deeply aware of this and keenly aware of the impact it is having on parents and families. At this time we want to be able to offer financial assistance for families who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning today we have authorized additional financial aid for those families who may need it over the next 6 weeks. By 8pm tonight, we will have posted on our website a special financial assistance form for you to request financial assistance during this time. Unique circumstance like we find ourselves in right now provide an opportunity for the body of Christ to encourage each, share each other’s burdens, and provide out of the blessings God has given us. Should you have the ability and the Lord’s prompting to help us provide additional funds to families who may be struggling, you may do so through the giving link located on this page.
This continues to be a very anxious time for all of us and I deeply appreciate the many emails and prayers we have received in support of our efforts. I do not know what the future will hold, but this new temporary learning approach will still prepare your student for the next level of education as our teachers ensure that academic standards are met at every level.
Trusting in Him,
James F. Sullivan, Superintendent
Woodcrest Christian School System
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