Update on COVID-19 from Timothy Christian Schools
March 12, 2020
Dear Timothy Christian Schools Parents,
Currently, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases at Timothy Christian Schools.
Even so, with the number of cases across the state and region increasing and as a result of our communications and coordination with the DuPage County Health Department, we are taking proactive measures to help to reduce the spread of illness throughout the community. However, we are not closing school at this time.
At 1:45 pm this afternoon, High School Principal Brad Mitchell, Elementary and Middle School Principal Dr. Tim Hoeksema, Nurse Plaisier, joined me on a conference call with leaders from the Dupage County Regional Office of Education and from the Dupage County Health Department. Based on the expert recommendations from these two agencies, Timothy Christian Schools will adopt the following plan effective immediately:
- We are canceling all field trips;
- We are canceling any school-sponsored spring break trips;
- We are canceling all facility rentals from outside parties;
- At this time, we are not canceling extracurricular events (athletics, concerts, plays, musicals, etc.), but only immediate family members will be able to attend.
The duration of this plan is yet to be determined. In other words, it is unclear at this point when this plan will expire and these events will resume.
At this time we are planning to continue with all classes as normal. We are in frequent contact with the Dupage County Health Department, the Dupage County Regional Office of Education, the IHSA, and other school leaders in the Metro Suburban Conference. Each of these organizations have recommended this plan. However, it is worth stating the obvious: the narrative around all of this (and more) is constantly changing. We should all stay very nimble during this time.
If we do have a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Timothy, we will close school for 24 hours. At that point, the DCHD would help us assess the situation, evaluate our cleaning and disinfection practices, and reduce the risk and vulnerability to students. We would then work on a plan to move forward. Until then, school will remain open and we will continue our cleaning and disinfection practices as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will revisit these protocols as necessary.
As we receive new information, we will send it to you as soon as we can. These are unprecedented times. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together. As followers of Christ, let’s continue to make all of this a matter of prayer. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Hoeksema, Mr. Mitchell, or feel free to reach out to me.