Updated March 27 at 5:45 p.m.
Welcome to Maranatha Christian Academy’s web page designed to keep our families informed with the latest updates from the school and other agencies surrounding COVID-19.
“God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble—more than enough and always available whenever I need you.”
Psalms 46:1 (The Passion Translation)
A message from our Head of School, Brian Sullivan:
Leading through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation has been dynamic and unpredictable, even for a school as innovative as Maranatha. In my 40-year career in education, I have led the school through many challenges. Never, however, did I anticipate the need to navigate a global pandemic. It is important to note, we are not aware of anyone in the Maranatha or Living Word community who have a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Prior to spring break and into this week, we have been monitoring the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States. Following the health experts in the field, including the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health, reviewing the daily briefings, event cancellations, university closures, and connecting with other school leaders has informed and shaped the following decision. Per the mandate from Governor Walz, Maranatha Christian Academy will remain closed to on-campus learning through Monday, May 4. We plan to reopen on Tuesday, May 5 for on-campus learning. Please know this wasn’t an easy decision made by our Governor, but one I believe is in the best interest of our state, students, and staff.
Beginning Monday, March 30, Maranatha will be conducting remote/eLearning for Grades Pre-k through 12.
We have designed a developmentally appropriate remote/eLearning plan for each division to ensure the continuity of learning while studying remotely. In order to deploy properly, the school conducted professional learning days for faculty and staff Wednesday, March 18–Friday, March 20. Every teacher is prepared to deliver a high-quality, faith-based education that Maranatha is recognized for starting next Monday. The following communications will further explain what remote/eLearning will look like for your student. Please take a moment to review the documents that pertain to you and your child(ren).
- Principal letter to pre-kindergarten
- Principal letter to lower school (K–5)
- Dean of Academics letter to upper school (6–12)
- Attendance policy (PK–12)
Of equal importance is the social and emotional health of our students, staff, and you, our parents during this unprecedented situation. Maranatha’s counseling and academic support teams are here to serve you, helping to reduce fear and anxiety while providing practical support. On Maranatha’s website, families will find helpful articles and other resources to assist you in a variety of ways during this challenging time. In addition, the school has set up a Helpline. Simply call the school and select the helpline or go to our COVID-19 page on the website and fill out the form if you and your family is needing prayer, counseling, or other forms of assistance.
Beyond our routine communications Maranatha has modified the following areas of operation:
- All field trips will be cancelled until we reassess on May 4.
- All on-site, new family interviews and tours, college representatives, and other visiting guests will be rescheduled until the COVID-19 pandemic is managed, reducing the spread of the virus. We are implementing virtual options, if necessary.
- Athletic practices and games, art rehearsals, and performances will be suspended during this closure. Re-evaluation of the spring season will follow the opening of school in conjunction with MSHSL directives.
The uncertainty of the world we live in today, coupled with the closure of on-campus classes, may lead to high stress levels for parents, students, and staff members. The administrative team is working to make this transition as smooth as possible. We will be continually communicating with you through our virtual school experience. Please check in with the COVID-19 page on the website for further updates from the school at any time.
We ask that every family continue to pay close attention to communications from the school as this situation remains very fluid.
- March 26 email (sent at 5 p.m.)
- March 26 email (Sent at 12 p.m.)
- March 15 email
- March 13 email
- March 11 email
- January 30 email
We Are Here For You
In this time of potential anxiety and stress, we want to make sure you know our support staff is here for you. Counselors Miss Lissa Flaaten and Mrs. Anne Mee, along with Chaplain Baltimore Medina, your child’s teacher, administrators, and the Head of School want to remind you that you are not alone, and we are available. If you feel the need to communicate with either counselor or Chaplain Medina, please click one of the links below to email them and they will get back to you as soon as possible.
Of course, the safety of students and staff are our highest priority and we will be praying for anyone that may be afflicted with any illness during this season.
Thank you for your partnership in making this season as safe and healthy for our students and staff.
Confidential Self-Report Form
As a precautionary measure, we ask any of our families to use this confidential form to inform the school if you were in direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you or a family member recently had cold-like symptoms, a sore throat, or the flu, or if your traveled for Spring Break outside of the U.S. Your cooperation will help us maintain a safe and healthy school.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- US Department of State
- Minnesota Department of Education
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota (MDH)
- How to Stop the Spread of Germs – Poster (CDC)
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the Coronavirus (NPR)
- Talking to Children About the Coronavirus (CDC)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (NASP)
- Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus (NYT)
- Resources for Households (CDC)
Maranatha is committed to staying updated and informed regarding COVID-19, especially in this rapidly changing and fluid situation. In doing so, the school has developed a comprehensive plan and will partner with families to create a safe and positive environment for learning.
The school has adopted the following:
- Communication to parents will occur consistently via email, notifications on the school’s app, and on this web page.
- Teachers and staff have all been instructed to take extra time to make sure their areas are wiped down with disinfectant wipes multiple times per day.
- The school has been completely sanitized by our Facility Maintenance Crew and is wiped down daily.
- Over Spring Break, just prior to the return of our students, the school is contracting a company to disinfect the building using an electrostatic Clorox 360 technology. The cleaning solution used is CDC approved and effective against all viruses (including Coronavirus). The company will wipe down any other areas during this time as well.
- Stand-alone hand sanitizing stations will be added to Doors 1, 2, 3, and 4 as soon as possible, but no later than when students return from Spring Break.
- Communication has been sent home regarding general precautionary steps that can be taken by families to prevent the spread of germs (as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Multiple meetings with the leadership team have occurred to determine plans based on various scenarios. The outcomes of these meetings will be made available should any further action be necessary.