April 1, 2020
Dear SCCS Parents,
I hope that you and your children are enjoying spring break this week. I want to thank you for your perseverance, energetic cooperation, and support throughout this crisis. We are blessed to have parents that care deeply for their children as well as their children’s education. As a school, we are excited about the things we have learned from this experience. These insights sharpen us, and we look forward to an even better educational experience in the days ahead and in the future.
Remote Learning – Extension through April
Yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced that all K-12 school campuses will remain closed through the month of April. Our desire continues to be that we will welcome students and faculty back on campus as soon as it is safe to do so. Therefore, our plan is to continue with Remote Learning through the end of this month and return on Friday, May 1st.
Remote Learning – Feedback & Adjustments
This is a new experience for all of us. I am so proud of our faculty … for their grit, determination, grace, and flexibility. I know that the teachers have gathered feedback from parents and students to modify their lesson plans. They are adjusting to meet the needs of your children. One high school parent shared, “It means the world to our kids to see their teachers and friends online. It’s moving to hear the teachers check in with them and encourage them. I have shed tears of gratitude over this.” If you, or your student, feels that he/she needs additional support, please contact your child’s teacher. You are also welcome to reach out to your campus principal with additional feedback and questions.
Remote Learning – Impact on Grades and Educational Standards
The Illinois State Board of Education has determined that remote learning days will count as instructional days and will not need to be made up. They have also instructed public schools to adopt a policy of “no educational harm” regarding grades during this period. You may be hearing about this from friends and family that attend public or other private schools. Perhaps their schools are not counting grades and/or are lessening their requirements. However, we have confidence in both our faculty and our Remote Learning program. SCCS continues to provide an excellent education for your child/ren. Our academic and counseling support staff continue to provide services to students as well. Our teachers will continue to issue grades and provide feedback on how well students are meeting our standards. We want our students to aim high, and continue learning and excelling.
Update from the Finance Committee
The Finance Committee of the Board has approved credits for Bus Transportation and Before and After Care through April. The Business Office will once again apply these credits to your SMART Tuition accounts. I realize that several of our families have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 crisis. If you are concerned about your ability to pay tuition on time, please reach out to our Business Manager, Beth Goodfellow, at BGoodfellow@swchristian.org
. Beth and the Finance Committee are willing to work with families to ensure that our students can continue with their SCCS education.
You and your family are in my prayers. I ask for your prayers also – prayers for our entire SCCS community. Please join me in lifting up our students, families, faculty, administrators and staff. “May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
In His Service,
Henry Doorn, Jr.