Obviously the days, weeks, and months leading up to the start of this school year had all of us a bit on the edge of our seats. What decisions would we make? What decisions would be made for us?
We were forced to make a series of decisions in the midst of a tidal wave of information, much of it based on expert opinion that, if you dug around enough, was completely contradictory to other expert opinion. But the decisions we would make would prove to have significant implications. Would we be able to reopen in the fall? What measures would we need to have in place? Would we delay our re-opening? What about masks?
These questions, and a million like them, were at the center of most of the conversations we had at Liberty Classical. From strategic leadership to operational management, we were thinking through the implications of COVID-19 on our students, our teachers, and our school. Some of the questions were easier to answer than others. Each of them kept us up at night and kept us steadfastly committed to prayer for our community, our leaders, our students, and their families.
Ultimately, we knew we had to make a call about what our school year would look like. So the decision we would make was based on as much data as we could gather and as much vision as we could muster.
Ultimately, our doors opened up for a variety of reasons.
But the biggest reasons were much more fundamental than expert opinions or interpretations.
We Are Made for Connection
One of the most significant impacts of the Coronavirus lockdown was the isolation that overtook our culture. Almost overnight we went from being together to being apart. We went from being connected to each other to being separated from (and even sometimes afraid of) each other. Isolation took over as churches, schools, gyms, and coffee shops were boarded up. There was no baseball and no high school graduation ceremonies. There was no corporate worship or team banquets. At Liberty, we did our best to calibrate to these changes and give our students an experience in life that was as close to the real thing as possible.
But no amount of technology can be a legitimate substitute to human connection.
We Are Made for Impact
Just a few months after our world shut down, rage and civil unrest became the new narrative. As one local pastor commented shortly after riots took over Minneapolis, our churches stopped meeting together in March, and just three months later, our city burned down. In other words, it’s not a coincidence that when we stopped meeting together, we saw an immediate (and painful) impact on our city. That's not a commentary on the cause and motivation behind the riots. It’s, instead, a reflection on what our world’s narrative could look like if the Light of the world is dimmed by silence and isolation.
As people made in the image of God, the connections we have with each other and with the world around us are meant to make an impact. We are meant to be the hands and feet of God in this world, and when isolation was forced upon us, its effects became immediately evident.
We know that people are navigating this season with a tremendous amount of caution. We also know that there are many different opinions, options, and ideas about what the right call is.
At Liberty Classical, we worked hard to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19 when we pushed “RESTART” on our world. We’re asking people to follow the recommended guidelines. We’re asking people to respect each other's space and their own convictions on the situation we’re in.
And as our students have been connected again in class over these first two weeks of our return to something closer to “normal,” we are already seeing the benefits of our decision. Thank you for your partnership with us through this unprecedented season. We remain committed to the health and well-being of our community while we also remain focused on our goal of building lives that inspire.