Due to Gov. Kelley’s closure of all Kansas school buildings, several families have asked about tuition. To answer that question: no changes are being made regarding tuition.
Be reminded that school has not ceased; schools were not shut down. Only school buildings were closed, as a means of slowing the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19.
We have the mandate and responsibility to transition into a mode of “Continuous Learning,” a phrase adopted by the State of Kansas Department of Education to indicate that schools – including Faith Lutheran – are still in session.
Our teachers continue to have the responsibility of planning lessons, implementing those lessons, and assessing work. Teacher-to-student engagement will still take place. Our students have the responsibility of learning. Student-to-teacher and student-to-student engagement will still take place. Parents are responsible for aiding and assisting their child(-ren) in learning.
We will evaluate and review teacher plans as we move through this first week of Continuous Learning. Teachers and students will need grace during this time.
Since the school year is still in session, tuition payments are still expected. Why?
1. Teachers are still teaching. What they do hasn’t changed. What has changed is their delivery method.
2. Teachers are still assessing. They assess each child, as-well-as the class, to ensure that critical State standards are being met.
3. Since school has not closed, we are still honoring our commitment to you to provide your child(-ren) with a personalized Christ-centered education.
The State recommendation for the time of each student’s daily commitment is just that, a recommendation. Those recommendations assume that many families have limited data internet and have only one device which must be shared between multiple people. For the most part, we are blessed to have families who have internet service, with multiple devices. Where that is not the case, we will work with our families to help meet their technology needs. While our students may be engaged for a longer period of time than recommended, it will not be an overwhelming amount of time.
Our prayer is that you continue to support Faith Lutheran School with your prayers and with your commitment to the education of your child(-ren). Despite this historical situation that we are in, life goes on … and it goes on with the call and blessing of our Lord: “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have Him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.” (Mark 10:13-16)
If you have any personal questions about any of this, please contact.