Dear Heritage Christian Academy Parents and Students,
We have all watched as sports leagues, concert venues, universities, government agencies and others have enacted extraordinary measures in response to the Coronavirus, COVID – 19 threat. As you all know, Governor Walz has called for MN schools to close beginning tomorrow Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. Of course, the timing of HCA’s spring break has allowed the HCA task force additional time to think and pray about how we best serve you and your families during this closure period.
Exercising caution and in accordance with the direction that we received from governmental leaders, Heritage Christian Academy will not hold traditional classes March 23rd to March 27th. The tentative plan is for Heritage students to have an extended spring break by three days. The faculty and staff will have training on Monday, March 23rd, Tuesday, March 24th, and Wednesday, March 25th to help prepare for “distance learning.” HCA is currently planning to begin classes remotely on Thursday, March 26th. Further information about distance learning will be sent to students and parents in the coming days, as well as any other updates as the situation may dictate.
In addition, the following events have been canceled or at a minimum put on hold:
*The music tour scheduled to leave on March 26th is now canceled.
*The MSHSL has postponed all spring athletic activities until Monday, March 30th. There will be no practices or organized team activities for Heritage athletic teams or any of our co-op teams with Providence and West Lutheran.
*HCA’s Grandparent/Grandperson Day (April 8th) is canceled.
*Feed My Starving Children has closed their facilities for an extended time as well. The middle and high school service day is canceled. If the Governor’s closure period is over by April 8th and HCA has students back in the building, April 8th will be a full day of school vs. a 1/2 day.
*As directed, HCA will postpone the scheduled ACT test on March 24th. When HCA is open for on-site classes, a new date to take the test will be announced.
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as HCA moves instruction to distance learning and works to continue providing an outstanding educational experience and a supportive environment for your students in this new reality. Our partnership, school and parents, working together in the days ahead is important. The task force is prayerfully looking to support all HCA stakeholders and make the best decisions we can with information available. It is our desire and prayer that these decisions are not being made from a position of fear, but are intentional, deliberate decisions made out of love for people, care for the Heritage community, and a desire to honor our governmental leaders. We are blessed to live in an age where we can use technology to connect Heritage students to their teachers. The task force will continue to monitor this situation, as well as consider how we continue to serve Heritage students, their families, and one another in the days ahead.
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We know that nothing can separate us from the love of God, and we pray that you will know the grace and peace of God in the days ahead!