May 29, 2020

Dear Parents,

In a few days, our 2019-20 school year will be complete. Our community has thrived through several months of remote learning. We have invested in our teachers, and they have in turn invested in your children. Our teachers and principals know that relationships matter – relationships with our families and our students. And these relationships have continued through remote learning this spring through Zoom calls and social media, parades and personal deliveries of graduation gowns. I am tremendously proud of our students, our parents, and our faculty! We have pulled together to finish out the year strong.

With the new tools and experience gained over the last few months, I look forward to the next year with confidence. I think we can all agree that next year will not be a return to “normal”. However, Southwest Chicago Christian is fully committed to making it another excellent year of Christ-centered learning, engaging academics, and flourishing community interaction.

SCCS has assembled a Campus Reopening Task Force to review, assess and implement changes in regards to health and hygiene protocols, student gatherings, facility modifications, transportation, technology upgrades, and more. We do not know what guidelines we will be under in a few months; therefore, we are working on multiple scenarios. The best scenario is a full return to campus in August with some health and hygiene protocols in place, such as increased campus cleaning and disinfection, frequent handwashing, monitoring student and faculty temperatures, and social distancing techniques. We are absolutely committed to returning to campus in the fall, and will take every step possible to make this happen while continuing to ensure the health and safety of our entire community.

We are also investigating various technology enhancements. These enhancements are important for several reasons. First, we want to accommodate students that may not be able to return to campus for health reasons. We are also preparing for the possibility of intermittent disruptions to on campus learning as health risks tend to ebb and flow. And lastly, we want to further prepare for the unlikely situation that we are forced to return to school in the fall via continued remote learning.

I am confident in our team, and I am committed to our families … we have not and we will not let our students fall behind in their education. It has been very encouraging to hear from parents. Here is some of the feedback we’ve heard from you:

I appreciate ALL you are doing. I'm amazed at how well this is going. I feel like we are getting a lot of unique learning opportunities. .... Thanks for all you're doing to help our children grow during these times. Praying for you!
– SCCS Parent

Our daughter is actually improving her GPA despite the crazy circumstances
, and in terms of mental and emotional well-being, she remains strong in no small part due to the commitment and attention given by the staff of CCHS to make kids feel known, cared for and heard. – CCHS Parent
I will continue to send out periodic updates over the summer as plans for school in the fall are finalized. If you have questions or concerns, please share them with your campus principal or email me at Thank you once again for partnering with Southwest Chicago Christian School and Chicago Christian High School. With God’s help, and to His glory, together we continue to be a Christ-centered learning community intent on restoring God’s world!

In His Service,

Henry Doorn, Jr.

Planning for 2020-21

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Campus Reopening Task Force

Henry Doorn, Superintendent - Co-chair
Suzanne DeBoer, Curriculum Director - Co-chair

  • Jean Bergeson, Director-Mission Advancement
  • Laura Conley, Transportation Manager
  • Mike Drury, CCHS Principal
  • Grace Furlong, Tinley Park Teacher
  • Tony Gabrielse, Tinley Park Teacher and Technology Coach
  • Beth Goodfellow, Business Manager
  • Nathan Jann, Director-Technology
  • Kristin Kruzich, Oak Lawn Teacher
  • Nate Pettinga, Oak Lawn Principal
  • Linda Potter, CCHS Teacher and Registrar
  • Steve Summers, Facilities Manager
  • Faith Triemstra, Oak Lawn Teacher

Donate to the SCCS Tuition Assistance Fund

Many of our families have been impacted by the current crisis. We have heard from several families that have lost employment or experienced a reduction of income. If you have not been not negatively impacted financially, please consider giving to our Tuition Assistance Fund – click to make a secure, online donationWe will use these funds to support our families so their childrens' educational careers will not be interrupted.  As a Christian community, we look forward to supporting one another and hearing witness of God’s faithfulness.  

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