Updated message 6-26-20:
Dear Cedar Park Christian Families,
I know many people have questions and concerns about what school will look like in the fall. It is my hope that this communication will bring a little peace to this difficult and ever changing time. We are continually watching the guidelines and expectations set up for schools.
At CPCS we want you to know that our mission to transform hearts and minds in a decidedly Christian community has not changed. We plan to begin the school year on September 1st. We will be here to love your child, support your family, and teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Teachers and students will be in classrooms, teaching and learning in an environment that will address the health and safety needs and legal requirements placed on Christian schools. We will be arranging classrooms to maximize student spacing and we are asking families to please send their children to school with a mask. We want to educate children in a safe and yet reasonable environment.
I am excited about having your children back on campus in September. I look forward to the day when all of this is behind us, but until then, Cedar Park is the place where children can feel loved and secure, where your family will be supported, where teaching and learning are more important than ever.
See you in September.
God bless you,
Blair A. Bryant
Cedar Park Christian School
CPCS Community -
Given the unprecedented events we have all seen unfold in the last few days, it comes with little surprise that Cedar Park Christian Schools will be shifting from campus-based instruction to a Home-Supported Learning model. All CPCS campuses are closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Return to the classroom setting will be determined by directives from government officials and recommendations from health officials, as determined by School and Church leadership.
While this shift from classroom to home is an adjustment for us all, our teachers are committed to furthering education to the best of their abilities. As we met as a staff today to discuss this likelihood, it was not the curriculum, instruction, or assessment that teachers were most disappointed in having to adapt to, but rather the loss of the relational connections. Yet even in that, we will strive to use these "light and momentary trials" as a means to further our God-given mission of transforming hearts and minds.
What Home-Supported Learning looks like will vary based on both grade level and subject area. On Thursday, teachers will spend the day preparing students with specific instructions, which they will also communicate via email to all families. If any students from your household are not on campus tomorrow, please attempt to make arrangements to pick-up books and other materials from teachers. The offices will also be open on Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to provide assistance.
There will be many questions as we all navigate through this transition and we ask for your patience with our faculty as they too take on new learnings and expectations. We also recognize that these regional decisions made to manage the spread of COVID-19 are far-reaching into all our lives well beyond just education. It can be easy for our focus to be so consumed with the logistical matters that we fail to account for the emotional, relational, and spiritual aspects for ourselves and our children. Be mindful that as adults we are modeling for our children how to respond in such circumstances. This is a stressful time for all and being present, positive, and proclaiming a hope that we have as followers of Jesus is what we can each bring in these troubled times. We thank you in advance for your continued support, trust, and grace as we work through this process in partnership. And we ask you to join us to be continuously in prayer during this time of such uncertainty.
Grace and Peace,
Mr. Blair Bryant