FAQ Town Hall- Sept. 3
SLHS Board Reopening plan (Subject to Change)
Video Message from Dave Meyer
Dear Saint Families:
“If we make everything about us, it’ll never be about Jesus”. This quote ended my devotional this morning. It is astonishing how my daily devotions seem to weave their meaning throughout my day. I need to remember not to make our unique circumstance of being the only high school in the area opening with an in-building option not about us, but about Jesus. Simply put, it is His timing; he has our years ahead mapped out.
The unique opportunity we have to be in building is an amazing testament to our unique size and trust we have in our community. I would like to thank you all for your patience and guidance as we navigate this opportunity as safely as possible.
In the past two days, we have received some innovative information from our families.
– Hybrid schedule for students
– Virtual technology help
– Connection to resources for cleaning
– High value on the Family Pledge for our community
Our Covid Director Glenn Hoogerhyde is leading our cleaning protocols, that include the following:
– Whole building has been deep cleaned professionally
– Professional service coming into the building to strip and wax all floors
– All carpets cleaned and tile in bathrooms cleaned.
– Electrostatic Sanitation application which will cover the whole building.
– Contracts have been signed with professional company for cleaning services.
– PPE equipment has been delivered, with more on the way.
– All faucets will be replaced with touchless faucets for handwashing
– Protective barriers for teachers and office staff
– Collection of all Family Pledge documents
In recent discussions with the Executive Board, we have decided to delay in person instruction until Monday, September 14, 2020. This will allow for our reopening plan to be updated based on community input and implemented as intended.
· Our first day of virtual instruction, will be on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020
(details will be sent by the Registrar’s Office)
Our “in-person” instruction will happen with appropriate safety measures in place. By starting the school year virtually for the first two weeks, we feel this additional time will give our “in building” instruction plan and coordination more strength to handle challenges in the coming 2020-21 school year.
Thank you for your flexibility, we are looking forward to an impactful year. Go Saints!
As we have been traveling this road of uncertainty together for the past 5 months there are two areas that keep my confidence and hope alive while taking this journey.
The first is the understanding that we are all loved and cared for tremendously by a God who constantly marinades us in Grace (undeserved love). Every day with a new change, we are confident that our God is with us walking hand in hand.
“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
The second, would be the community that we call Seattle Lutheran. We all are in this together, not only with our world, but more so with our community at Seattle Lutheran High School. We have had people helping with all aspects of planning, decisions, and prayer and support. The confidence comes from all working together to make our community’s health and safety a priority as well as recognizing the growth opportunities for all of us during this time.
Our goal in this decision-making process is to determine the appropriate way to start the Fall 2020 school year for Seattle Lutheran High School amid this global pandemic. While we consider these decisions, it is important to revisit the values of the institution that focus on partnering with families in supporting young adults’ growth. These values include taking a personal approach in education.
As we worked together on the best way to start off the 2020-21 school year, we need to stay true to those values. Our size has always allowed us to be unique, and in these unprecedented times, it allows us to continue to be unique….Not all or nothing, but personal.
Funding support for Opening in a Pandemic
Check Grant on this link https://www.seattlelutheran.org/secure/giving-to-slhs/