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Geneva Academy Family Guide
Enrolled families receive a Guidebook prepared by Geneva Academy's COVID-19 Taskforce. The table of contents is below:
Section I: Faithful Obedience
Section II: Pertinent Facts about COVID-19
Section III: Strategies for Reducing COVID-19 Transmission at Geneva Academy
- A) Health Screenings & Symptom Surveillance
- B) Physical Distancing
- C) Hygiene, Sanitation & Ventilation
- D) Masking
Section IV: Responding to a Positive COVID-19 Test
Section V: Liability Waiver
Our Board of Directors assembled a Task Force to answer the question, “Should we re-open in the Fall of 2020 and under what circumstances?” This Plan summarizes the Board’s resolutions on several major considerations.
The first issue, the one that is foundational, the one that will remain constant through COVID19 and on into future challenges, centers on our purpose. Our families, faculty, and Board have joined together as private individuals and households to obey God’s command to raise up children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. This command has not grown dusty and old-fashioned; it remains firm, clear and compelling.
There is more than one way to fulfill that command and educate children well. Outside the home, however, we believe that direct, in-person, classical Christian education is the best means of doing so. Packet work, Zoom classes, hybrid schedules, and online platforms may serve well in limited situations or with specific types of students, but are incapable of carrying the integrated, woven strands of discipleship, relationship, admonition, and encouragement children need to truly flourish.
Thus, before our reopening protocols are described, you will read of the theological rationale for this reopening and all reopenings. The first section is entitled, “Faithful Obedience.”
Geneva Academy has already faced several exterior political/social threats, namely Common Core and the State’s pressure to embrace transgenderism. COVID-19 is different and more complicated. COVID-19 presents significant health hazards. The dangerous nature of the Coronavirus must not be ignored; it is foolishness and not faith to handle rattlesnakes. We are not to tempt God in this His visitation on the world. The very real concern to reduce risk makes up the bulk of this Reopening Plan.
It must be noted, however, that in addressing the pandemic, the Governor’s office has shown a public policy agenda dangerous to Constitutionally protected religious rights and inherent parental rights. This can be seen in the selective use of data, over-reaching claims of authority, and continually shifting standards and measurements. The Governor’s late July introduction of positivity rate thresholds illustrate the difficulty of a community in any given locale to reopen with careful consideration of its own situation.
The Geneva COVID-19 Task Force, in evaluating current data on the transmission and risk of Coronavirus, has determined that it is safe to reopen our school K-12 for in-person classes this fall. Key medical findings informing this view are included in the pages that follow.
Thus, with the injunction of the Lord to disciple our children properly, with the wisdom He has given to medical practitioners and parents in our midst, and with consciousness of the need to defend and assert our rights as parents and Christians, we submit this Reopening Plan to Geneva families.
We are grateful for your forbearance and encouragement throughout this unusual and uncertain time!
In Christ our Sovereign,
Brian R. Turner
I thank God, whom I serve from mine elders with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day.
Desiring to see thee, mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy:
When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in they grandmother Lois, and in thy mother Eunice, and am assured that it dwelleth in thee also.
Wherefore, I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God which is in thee, by the putting on of mine hands.
For God hath not given to us a Spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:3-7 (1599 Geneva Bible)