March 13, 2020
To Our First Baptist Family,
We are ever committed to our mission in providing a safe, academically excellent, and Christ-centered education for your students for time and eternity.
First Baptist Academy has continued to monitor, assess, and plan with local health organizations, our accrediting body (ACSI), the CDC, and the US Department of Education to develop action plans and campus priorities in responding to the COVID-19 developments. We have been preparing for this for weeks and “we must stay the course.”
In light of the most recent developments of the COVID-19 situation, FBA will take the following actions to ensure the health and safety of our school community.
We will extend spring break and close school (Preschool-12th Grade) March 16-20 so that faculty and staff can continue developing our plans in preparing for distance learning. ELS will also be closed during this time as well.
We will initiate our distance-learning plan beginning March 23 in the event of an extended school closure. All school events, rehearsals, competitions, school trips, etc., will be suspended for the week of March 16-20.
Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for March 20 will be available on an appointment basis once we return to school. Classes and other scheduled events will resume Monday, March 23, unless an extended closure is deemed necessary as we follow developments.
We will continue our current plan for campus-wide elevated sanitizing, disinfecting, and extensive hygiene measures for teachers and students. We are asking that anyone in the school family that has traveled out of state over the break to a high risk area to self-quarantine and stay home for 14 days from the time of your return home. We encourage you to communicate with your primary care physician with any family health updates.
Finally, and most importantly, we should all be praying for a hedge of protection around all of the children in all of the schools around our city. We should not be fearful or anxious. We should be cautious and safety oriented. We believe this plan maximizes the potential safety for your children. Children should sense a calm confidence in their parents and teachers as we work together to protect our campus from infectious illness. God is good in every situation, and in every situation God will bring about good in our lives. Ultimately, we are dependent upon the Lord for His protection over our kids every day of their lives. Let’s live and pray in this manner.
FBA is making this decision in the best interest of your children, family, staff, and community and with much counsel, prayer, and deliberation.
In His Service,
Christine M. Povolish
FBA Head Administrator