Dear Gaarde Families,
Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through ever changing guidelines to re-open school. We are excited that you have chosen Gaarde for your child’s education and look forward to the opportunities that are before us. Our leadership team has been diligently researching, planning, and seeking God’s guidance as we move forward. We recognize that this year is unlike previous years and we are history makers as we continue to plan for this school year.
We understand that you have many questions and concerns. We hope that you will find the answers in our published plan for the 2020-21 school year on our website. We believe strongly that students need in person instruction to thrive. We have developed protocols that we believe will assist in our ability to continue serve students and families. However, it is truly a partnership with you and keeping our school healthy begins at home. We are using a “healthy only” model that depends on staff and students to remain home if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness or have been in close contact with others who are symptomatic. Our ability to continue in person education will largely be determined by the persistence of parents, teachers, and staff to adhere to the “healthy only” model.
We recognize that you are responsible for the health and well-being of your student. As per state guidelines face coverings are required for ages 5 and up. If your student is unable to wear a face covering, we have attached a waiver that you can complete and return to the office. Please know that we will have students that will not be wearing face coverings as is the right of parents to make choices for their child.
We look forward to returning the classroom and seeing your student’s on campus. Our goal is to create the most consistent learning environment while limiting disruptions.
We choose Courage!
Gaarde Christian School, School Administrator
Preschool Status Information
Gaarde Christian Preschool has been serving the community since 1967. Without interruption, our preschool department has provided educational excellence for multiple generations. It has become apparent through the current Emergency Child Care (ECC) guidelines instituted under the emergency act that we cannot in good conscience have our preschool program continue for the upcoming school year. It is with a sorrowful heart that I announce that during the current pandemic, we cannot hold the 2020-21 school year for preschool.
We believe that this decision is consistent with our Christian values as a school and maintains our ability to serve our Gaarde preschool families best. It is our sincere intention to open our preschool under our existing "recorded program" in the 2021-22 school year.
We know this is a difficult time for you as parents and guardians, and it is difficult for us. Our heart is to be a blessing to you and your child. Our GCS admin-team will continue to pray for you and your family throughout the weeks and months ahead. We would ask that you please continue to pray for the Lord's favor, His wisdom, Divine protection, and the Holy Spirit's guidance upon our school. I continue to be encouraged by the scriptural theme verse the Lord placed on my heart in December of 2019 for the upcoming new year of 2020. It is found in Joshua 1:9,
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do
not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Lead Pastor Faith Journey & Superintendent of Gaarde Christian School