"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1-2
We live in a sin-broken world where occasionally, serious issues such as Coronavirus occur.
While we pray and trust God to take care of us, we also need to use our God-given wisdom to plan and prepare for severe situations.
At St. Matthew, we are remaining diligent as we emphasize the strategies shared by the Center for Disease Control, as well as The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and The Oakland County Health Department:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Do not share drinks or eating utensils
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and keyboards
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick
- Children who are sick need to stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours and/or symptoms resolve
In addition, all other St. Matthew ministries are following the exact same protocol. Our janitorial staff remains diligent in their disinfecting and cleaning procedures, as well as increasing their sanitizing efforts in high traffic areas of our building.
In the event that circumstances would warrant, the staff of St. Matthew is prepared to proceed with online academic learning. Instruction will occur at every grade level, utilizing age-appropriate forms of technology so that your child's education will have the least amount of disruption as possible. If online learning would need to be implemented, parents would receive directions and procedures from the school office and teachers, so that they are comfortable with this new learning format
Our Athletic Directors are currently in discussions with our athletic league regarding after school sports and tournament participation. Decisions about these activities will be shared as soon as possible.
Since the Spring Musical is not performing until May, and rehearsals do not constitute a large gathering, musical practices and preparations will continue as scheduled.
God's Word is filled with abundant promises that remind us that He is always with us and He is in control.
I pray you feel His peace during this unique season.
In Jesus' Love,