Updated May 20, 2020 at 2:55 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:
“Are we there yet?” These infamous words from the back seat on a long road trip have been a source of irritation for parents and are resonating in my mind, particularly as we navigate yet another week of social distancing and working from home. While there is no judgment or tone in my commentary, it sure would be nice to “arrive at normal,” once again.
The truth is, nobody knows what normal looks like anymore. We’re already seeing a number of summer events being canceled and summer vacations being altered. Will the Vikings make another hopeless run at the Super Bowl? Will the Guthrie host A Christmas Carol? These are just a couple of questions that are being posed.
The one question I hear most often is, will school be back in session this fall? I would love to tell you I have seen the future and can say without a shadow of doubt, it will be business as usual come the first day of school, but I can’t. What I can tell you is that we are indeed planning on rolling out the red carpet, and I will be greeting at the door on August 31 as our upper school enters for the 2020–2021 school year and on September 1, when the lower school returns. Currently, we are hiring an exceptional group of teachers, purchasing curriculum, and upgrading technology, all with the intention of returning to campus. This fall, we are planning on empowering co-creators of tomorrow through innovative teaching on campus, in our classrooms. Yes, we are planning on returning to Maranatha!
As any well-prepared enterprise should, we are also making contingency plans. This spring, we proved to be agile as an organization when we were forced to introduce remote/eLearning in less than two weeks. This bolstered our confidence as we continue to refine our plans for summer programming as well as fall, intent on providing the education consistent with the values our families love. In the end, we will be an influential school of collaborators, innovators, and explorers grounded in our Christian faith. I believe we will do this efficiently and effectively, no matter the circumstance or challenges.
We all agree Maranatha is not just a school, it’s a community—a family with a heartbeat and soul. Every student, family, and staff member breathe life into and contribute to what makes up the rich culture of our school. Together, we are positioning this generation of students to become spirit-driven leaders, curious explorers, impactful innovators, courageous changemakers, gracious community builders, and empathic problem solvers.
As a school, we are committed to transparency and will keep you informed of developments as they unfold this summer by posting multiple videos on social media and communicating through text, the Maranatha app, our website, and emails. We truly endeavor to partner with you as we navigate these uncertain times. I firmly believe individually and collectively; God is doing a “new thing” in our school and our lives.
I look forward to celebrating the end of an unprecedented school year at our following events:
- Tuesday, May 26: Lower School Trunk and Treat
- Tuesday, May 26: Upper School Awards
- Wednesday, May 27: Upper School Trunk and Treat
- Thursday, May 28: Pre-Kindergarten Celebration
- Thursday, May 28: Kindergarten Graduation
- Friday, May 29: High School Commencement
Thank you for your partnership and commitment to build kingdom in the lives of our students. I am humbled and privileged to serve your family.
We’ve got this, ‘cuz He’s got us,
Head of School
Beyond our routine communications Maranatha has modified the following areas of operation:
- 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.
- Per the Minnesota State High School League, athletic practices and games, art rehearsals, and performances will be canceled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
We ask that every family continue to pay close attention to communications from the school as this situation remains very fluid.
- May 19 email
- April 28 email
- April 23 email
- April 5 email
- 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.