Pray for world leaders as they work with healthcare organizations and the medical community to develop next steps. Pray that all would be united for the common good.
Pray that we would be people of compassion who intentionally reach out to others in our neighborhoods and to our family around the world in deeds and in prayer.
Pray that God would calm fears and that His people would be reminded we have a different identity--one of boldness, not of fear. Pray that the church would be a calming presence and radiant light in the face of so much confusion and darkness.
Dear Faith Academy Families,
Thursday, March 19th, Governor Abbott made a declaration closing schools through April 3rd, for face to face learning. I know the announcement may have created questions for you, and I want to communicate what that means for Faith Academy.
Instruction for students will resume on Monday, March 30th, and administration has already begun the framework to roll out distance learning. During the week of March 23rd, we will work with our teachers to finalize and present a plan to families detailing the steps to ensure we continue to provide the best education possible. At the elementary campus, teachers will communicate with each family in their classroom specifically on what the daily routine and learning process looks like for you and your child. The learning platform will be a combination of FACTS Parent Portal, Google Classroom, and traditional learning packets dependent on the grade level.
The secondary campus will use FACTS Parent Portal and Google Classroom as the instructional platform. Secondary teachers will communicate with students and families on how to implement this learning platform. All digital lessons and assignments will be accessible by laptop, tablet, and smartphones.
Regarding making up missed days:
The Accreditation Commission voted to waive for this academic year the current ICAA policy regarding the ICAA-required minimum number of days/hours, and allow schools to simply meet the requirements/adjustments their respective state or national Department (Ministry) of Education has specified regarding make-up days and forgiveness of days missed due to school closure because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
Regarding annual achievement testing:
The Accreditation Commission voted to waive the annual achievement testing requirement for schools, at their discretion, if their testing schedules have been adversely affected by COVID-19-related closures. Faith Academy has chosen to administer the ACT Aspire for the 2019-2020 school year to assess students' strengths and weaknesses in order to help them reach their full potential.
I know COVID-19 has affected many families financially. As a result, many have questions about tuition and tuition payments. Although students will not be meeting face to face, our teachers will be working daily on producing lessons, interacting with students to address their questions, and grading tests and assignments in order to ensure students complete this academic year successfully. Faith Academy's mission has not changed during this unusual time and seeks to provide an educational experience where young people are discipled, prepared, and equipped to take the life-changing ministry of Jesus Christ into their homes, communities, churches, and future careers. We are committed to educating the whole person-body, mind, and spirit-with excellence and assisting young people to discover who they are in Christ, develop a biblical worldview and Christ-like character, and deploy their gifts and abilities for Christian witness and service.
Although education is being provided in a non-traditional format, tuition will be due as regularly scheduled. We are committed to bring out your child's God-given talent and help prepare them for their future. If parents are out of work or are experiencing a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 situation, I ask that you please communicate with administration as soon as possible. We are a family at FA and we will work with families on an individual basis.
In closing, I want to share something Pastor Jim recently encouraged the staff with in order to deal with the stress we experience in life.
In addition to good prayer, bible reading, and worship time, please:
1) Get adequate sleep each night.
2) Drink plenty of water and eat healthy.
3) Exercise a little bit each day
4) Intentionally manage your stress levels.
These things all help strengthen and maintain good immune function.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7).
Please know that I am praying for each family,
Larry Long, M.Ed.
"Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you. ...
9 If you make the LORD your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go."