Coronavirus UPDATED - HOLY TRINITY
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April 22, 2020

 
 

Re: Governor closes schools for remainder of 2019-2020 school year

 
 

Good Afternoon Holy Trinity Parents,

 

In between Zoom meetings with Upper School faculty departments this morning, I learned of the Governor’s decision regarding not opening school buildings for the remainder of the academic year.  The South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA), our accrediting body, shortly thereafter issued the recommendation that all SCISA schools should follow suit.  Therefore, Holy Trinity will comply with the Governor’s directive and SCISA direction.  I am aware that our smaller size allows us at times to zig when others zag, but after doing my best to look at all the alternatives I firmly believe this is the best course of action for the remainder of this school year and for the long term well being of our school.

 

Thus, we will continue distance learning through the end of the school year.  More details will be forthcoming in regard to materials pickup, assessments, and how we will close out this school year.  We are still planning on our first ever high school graduation, albeit it may look different than we originally anticipated.  We are also looking at ways we can provide students in all grades a means of closure to the school year in June.  Please stay tuned, but know these matters are very much on my mind.

 

As your Headmaster and also as a parent, I am acutely aware of how difficult these last weeks have been for our entire Holy Trinity family.  Frankly, this news today feels like a gut punch from Mike Tyson, and I am reeling under this new reality.  It is heartbreaking not to be able to finish out this school year with our students and faculty on our two campuses. Fortunately, the Lord has blessed us with incredible families, students, faculty, and staff, and with His help, we will walk through this together.

 

May the Lord bless and keep you, and more information will be forthcoming.

 

Gratefully,
Chad+
The Rev. Chad E. Lawrence, Headmaster
Holy Trinity Classical Christian School
Beaufort, SC

 

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March 18, 2020

 

Greetings Holy Trinity families!

Here’s the first video message from Rev. Lawrence during our time of “Distance Learning.”

Be encouraged… In Paul’s words to the Philippians, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7

Please watch your email and social media for more about our internet Chapel times.

 

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March 16, 2020

 

Greetings Holy Trinity Parents,

 

I hope this email finds you well. As I type this the remarkable HT faculty and staff are busy at work preparing to implement plans for distance learning for the coming weeks. As I mentioned to the faculty earlier, as an educator in the classical tradition, I believe in human to human, soul to soul teaching. Yet, I recognize our current restrictions necessitate some adjustments. In order to continue to partner with you in the education of your children and to fulfill the requirements of the state and SCISA, we need to enact distance learning plans for the immediate future. This may even be a wonderful time for many families to reconnect and slow down in the midst of busy lives. Although I am also cognizant that many of you are in healthcare and on the front lines of this pandemic. You are in my prayers and if there is anything I can do to help your families, please reach out.

 

Some crucial details (in numbered list form, of course!):

 

1.) Teachers will be sending plans for their classes over the next 24 hours. We are setting up google classrooms to facilitate with posting videos, plans, and assignments. Please be on the lookout. Thanks much for your flexibility as teachers adjust to a new platform. I have the utmost confidence that our top notch faculty will figure things out in their typical brilliant fashion.

 

2.) The time your child spends each day on school work will vary according to age, but a rough estimate is an hour and a half for K up to several hours for older students. I’ve asked each upper school teacher to plan on providing work towards a goal of approximately 30-40 minutes per class period to start for this week (Wednesday-Friday).

 

3.) It is vital that you carve out time for your children/teenagers to complete school work every day. Reestablishing a daily routine will go a long way over the next few weeks. Furthermore, if we are going to be able to count these days of distance learning towards SCISA requirements we will need your partnership more than ever.

 

4.) Tomorrow we are making provision for parents to pick up books and assignments here at the school. Here is the plan so as to limit gathering groups of people in the school:

(A.) 8:00 AM-9:30 AM – materials pick up for grades K-3rd in pick up line at the back of the school. We will have bags of each child’s books prepared. As you drive through (like a normal afternoon pick up) we will hand you your child’s bag. If you have children in multiple grades, come to the youngest child’s pick up time, if possible.

(B.) 9:30 AM-11:00 AM – materials pick up for grades 4th-6th in the same fashion as listed above.

(C.) 8:00 AM-11:00 AM – materials pick up for Upper School students (grades 7th-12th). Please park in front of school and students should go to lockers to retrieve books and walk through their daily classes to check if teachers have put out additional materials. We will have faculty available to monitor the buildings during this time period. Mrs. Hermesmann’s, Mr. Gentry’s, and Mrs. Howard’s materials will be placed on a table in 304.

(D.) Please note that the playgrounds will be off limits. As tempting as a game of 9 square or ga-ga ball may be for your children/teens and myself we must forebear.

(E.) If for some reason you can’t come to pick up materials, please let us know and we will make necessary arrangements.

 

5.) Please be good stewards of the books that are taken home over the extended break. These are property of Holy Trinity and must be returned in good condition. Lost or damaged books will be charged to your account.

 

6.) In an effort to continue to partner with you in the education of the body, mind, and soul, we have a few plans. Ms. Anna will be posting some classical music you can listen to while working, Ms. Glorioso has some family activities to implement to stay active, and I hope to post a regular Bible teaching/devotional video as a means of holding daily chapel.

 

7.) We need to be prepared that our scheduled Easter Holiday will be significantly shortened in order to meet school year requirements issued by the state and SCISA. We will still have Good Friday and Easter Monday off, but the remainder of the Easter holiday week we need to plan to be in session. The current plan is to provide work for three days this week and four days the next and then also allow time for holiday (March 27th-31st) since our Easter holiday will be truncated. SCISA is holding a webinar on Tuesday, and I hope to have more information following this meeting.

 

8.) All athletic practices/games and other clubs/activities are cancelled as long as school is not held. Having said that, I strongly encourage our actors and actresses to continue to work on their lines and athletes to stay in shape should the season resume in April.

 

9.) Please know that the administrative team will be working as appropriate and available for questions via email if we can be of assistance while school is cancelled.

 

 

Thanks for reading this important information. I’ll certainly be in touch over the coming weeks. May the Lord bless and keep us; may He cause HIs face to shine upon us and grant us peace.

 

Gratefully,
Chad+
The Rev. Chad E. Lawrence, Headmaster
Holy Trinity Classical Christian School
Beaufort, SC

 

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March 15, 2020

 

We have entered PHASE II of our COVID-19 Protocol. Pursuant to the Governor’s orders issued today, Holy Trinity will close from Monday, March 16-Tuesday, March 31. Please check your email for further instructions related to Distance Learning.

 

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March 14, 2020

Good Evening Holy Trinity Parents,

Over the past week, I’ve been praying a verse from James that has long meant much to me:  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (1:5).  I thank you for your support, encouragement, and prayers you have provided during these tumultuous times.

 

It is rather shocking how quickly the landscape shifts.  In our own State, on Friday alone we went from hearing that we should continue as normal with precautions, of course, to the declaration that South Carolina is in a State of Emergency and schools in two districts were ordered to close.  Our administration team has updated our COVID-19 protocols, and I have attached it to this email.  In the past hour or so we have gone from Phase I to Phase II with three confirmed cases now in the county.

 

We are continuing to monitor what the county schools will do as they consult with state officials.  At this point, I think it prudent to maintain solidarity with their decision making based on the recommendations of health officials.

 

Having said that, I am going to make a shift of our in-service day this week.  We have a teacher in-service day planned for Friday.  I have decided to shift it to this Monday instead.  Hence, we will not have school as scheduled for this Monday.  This will allow the teachers an opportunity to finalize their distance learning plans in case we need to close the school for a period of time.

 

Please do review the updated protocol that is attached, continue to pray, and even try to enjoy this spectacular weather.  I’ll be in touch as I attempt to navigate this small vessel called Holy Trinity through troubled waters.

 

Gratefully,
Chad+
The Rev. Chad Lawrence, Headmaster
Holy Trinity Classical Christian School
Beaufort, SC