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Remote School Week 1

March 27, 2020
Dear Heritage Families,

“The Lord is the strength of His people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.  Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!  Be their shepherd and carry them forever.”  Psalm 28:8,9

It seems like so many of our conversations these days are about coronavirus and the actions we are taking to slow the spread of the virus.  These are important topics, but I have had to remind myself to take time to dwell on who God is in the midst of these days.  In the verses above, I am reminded that God is our strength, He is the only one who can save us, and if He is our Savior, then He is our shepherd who will even carry us when we need to be carried.  I pray that we are all taking time every day to spend with God and be reminded that He has great purposes and plans in the midst of these days.

As you know, Governor Bullock extended the school closure through April 10, 2020 and yesterday he ordered new “stay at home” measures that will last through April 10, 2020.  I read through the “stay at home” order last night and it will not impact any aspect of how we are planning to do remote school.  The order states that schools are essential businesses and should take the actions to continue providing remote instruction and learning.  The order also states that travel to schools for the purpose of receiving materials for remote instruction is essential travel and may continue.

These directives in our state and for the rest of the country has led to the cancellation of the Stillwater Music Festival and the 8th Grade Washington DC trip this spring.

Remote Learning – Week 1

This past Wednesday (March 25, 2020) was the first family pick up day.  Thank you all for making it a successful day.  During the day, we never had more than seven families at one time in the building and people kept their social distance requirements.  After all people left the building, Joe disinfected all the locker surfaces and other common use areas.

This next Wednesday (4/1/20) each student (family) will be dropping off their instruction packet with completed assignments and picking up a packet with their new weekly assignments.  There will be a box on each grade’s table to put the returning homework packet.  Students in grades 7-12 should put all their homework into their one returning packet and place it in the box for their homeroom teacher.  The office will then take all the homework out of the packets and give it to the appropriate secondary teacher.

Our plan for picking up instruction packets this Wednesday will again be staggered to minimize the number of people in the building at one time.  When you do come to the school Wednesday, we ask you to not socialize in the building, and keep a 6-foot distance from others as much as possible and to leave as soon as you have your materials.  We will be limiting the number of students and parents to be inside the school at one time to 10 or less to help us achieve this goal.

The timing for families to drop off and pick up packets on April 1 is as follows:

8:00 – 9:00 -       Families last names starting with A through F and did not travel out of Montana in the past two weeks

9:00 – 10:00 -     Families last names starting with G through M and did not travel out of Montana in the past two weeks

10:00 – 11:00 - Families last names starting with N through Z and did not travel out of Montana in the past two weeks

11:00 – 12:00 – Families that traveled to other states

As was stated last week, we are asking that people who traveled internationally in the past two weeks to have others drop off and pick up their items.  This restriction ends when the international travelers have had 14 days of good health after returning.  Also, if you are currently sick, please arrange for someone else to pick up and drop off your instruction packets.

This will be our normal Wednesday packet exchange protocol for as long as Heritage is providing remote instruction.

Remote Instruction

I have talked with many teachers and see that instruction has begun and some remote homework has already been turned in.  If you have instruction or assignment questions, please contact the teachers to better understand what is needed.  I am looking forward to a strong finish to our school year. 

Since the third quarter ends today, elementary parents will have their third quarter report card emailed to them next week.  Secondary students will be able to see their third quarter grades through the parent/student portal.

Office Hours of Support
As a reminder, the school office will not be open to the general public or families while the school is closed.  People will be in the office from 9:00 to 3:00 for each school day, but we can’t have visitors.  Please feel free to contact the office through phone calls or emails and they will respond to your requests.

Thank you again for partnering with us during this time of change.

Serving Him,
Gerry Goede
Heritage Christian School

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