“‘Love thy neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:31
Dear Redeemer Family,
In times like these, the question of “doing the right thing” weighs heavy on all of our hearts. We have had conversations with many of you over the past few days and the sentiment is always the same – no one is quite sure what is going on. As Christians, we pray for recovery and continued health. As parents, we protect our children in every way we can. As a large-scale child development center, we want to best serve our community.
Our conversation with the Health Department and the Virginia Department of Education didn’t yield any big revelations. Instead, they suggested only one way to help our neighbors – Social Distancing. The Centers for Disease control defines this as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.” The purpose is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to “flatten out the curve” (See image below).
As members of a greater community, our duty is to help stop the spread. As a result, Redeemer Child Development Center will be shutting its doors for at least two weeks (3/16/20 – 3/27/20). We will revisit this closure each week by considering the number of confirmed cases in our area.
As employers, our number one priority is to make sure our teachers are taken care of during this sudden and prolonged shut down of operations. We do plan to pay them as long as we can.
As a preschool, we will still provide resources to engage your children in learning and to keep them involved in a routine (which is still extremely important in uncertain times). This link will take you to a page on our website that will help you navigate this time with your children.
As far as finances are concerned, our annual budget is based upon a yearly tuition rate that each family has agreed to pay, per each student’s financial commitment form. This financial commitment form breaks down this tuition into weekly payments. At the beginning of the year, you choose the frequency of your payment – weekly, bi-weekly, etc. In other words, you are not paying for care weekly. You are paying for a year of care, in installments.
Just as we stand by our teachers, we stand by you, our parents. If you are able to continue payment of your tuition at your normal rate, please do so. If the massive closures and need for social distancing is affecting your ability to earn a paycheck, we will work with you. Please contact Emily Barnes or Kathy Bakken with any questions you might have to that end.
We are praying for calm heads and peaceful hearts as we all enter into uncharted territory together. We will be in constant communication in the days ahead. “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:10) May our love for one another, supersede our fears and may our faith in Christ bring us peace.
Thank you for your continued support.