I hope you are enjoying a restful and restorative Spring Break! Clearly, concerns about the Coronavirus are growing, and I wanted to give you an update as it pertains to Providence. We are following the guidance of local, state, and federal health agencies, and we’re monitoring the situation closely (hourly, honestly), considering potential ways to keep our students healthy.
At this point, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bell County, and local school districts have not announced plans to close campuses. We are planning to return to campus on Tuesday, March 17, but we realize that the situation may change quickly, at any point. For that reason, we’ve asked our teachers to begin thinking through contingency lesson plans where students would do all of their learning at home. If/when plans change, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.
Please note the following:
We don’t know exactly what will happen, but we’ll simply do the best we can. In the face of something unprecedented, we rest in the knowledge that we are living in a Big story, and God is the author. We know from Scripture that the path won’t always be easy; we also know that His peace is greater than the threats we face — and that includes the Coronavirus. “Be strong and courageous!” is a theme of our Scripture reading for this year, and we have confidence in that the “Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV)
Again, we hope you are having a great week, and we’ll keep you updated!