Good afternoon everyone!
I hope everyone is doing well and is healthy. Unfortunately, this has been a very challenging week at Grace Bible Academy. We have had several students, parents, and staff test positive for COVID-19 while several are awaiting test results to confirm that they have it or they are under quarantine because they have been exposed. I appreciate the flexibility that everyone has shown as we have been going virtual for individual classes or having students join for hybrid learning when exposed to COVID. Our goal is to always remain in person, however, it has become necessary for us to transition to virtual learning for next week (the week of 9/27-10/1/2021). We hope to be back in person on Monday, October 4th. Currently, almost half of our staff are dealing with both COVID and other illnesses, most classes have been in and out due to COVID exposure, and other students are absent due to other non-COVID illnesses. We are hopeful that this week will provide everyone an opportunity to get well and we will begin to see a decline in COVID-related cases. Currently, the incident rate in Clark County is the highest it has been and is much higher than when we shut down last year to go virtual for a prolonged period.
Next week, we will be announcing some COVID-19 guidelines as a school to help prevent the spread of illness so that we can remain in-person. We will have more information on that near the end of the week. 2 Timothy 1:7 continues to be our anchor verse throughout this pandemic: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Ultimately, we know that God is our refuge, our fortress, and we are not afraid of the coronavirus. Continue to pray with us that God would put his hedge of protection around this school and everyone associated with it. We are so grateful for God’s protection and trust in Him to continue to protect our students, families, and staff.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Brandon Pence, Principal