2020 has been quite a year! Who could have anticipated a virus that would shut down our schools in the spring, forcing us to pivot to an on-line model in a day? And who could have predicted that this same virus would potentially impact the start of school this fall? Only God could. We believe this pandemic is not just a trial to be endured, but a God-ordained opportunity for spiritual growth and ministry. So, we will continue to minister to the students that God places in our care, with academically rigorous, Christ-centered instruction. And we’ll give all glory to God who provides hope and certainty in a world that is uncertain and always changing!

Returning to school in the Fall, will be uniquely challenging but Philippians 4:6 tells us to “Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication and with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” So prayerfully we will move forward, leaning on the Lord for all of His wisdom for all of our needs. It is clear that whether we are all in seat, using a hybrid model, or engaging in on-line instruction or a combination of all of these, we will remain committed to providing high quality, academically rigorous, Christ-centered instruction.

The following priorities will continue to guide our decision making as we plan for the 2020 – 21 school year.

Remaining true to our mission: A Christ-centered college-preparatory educational community committed to growing disciples for Jesus Christ and pursuing excellence for the glory of God
Prioritizing the health and safety of students, families, teachers and staff
Following state guidelines of health authorities and government officials
Offering college prep, academically challenging instruction that sets our students apart

In June, our Governor asked schools to develop plans that would allow instruction to continue in each of the different phases of the pandemic. This document presents several plans and strategies for this school year as we continue to work within the “new normal” of conducting school and school-related activities within the COVID-19 paradigm. We are confident that the plan we have put in place will provide the educational environment conducive to academic and spiritual growth while ensuring safety and continued health of our SCS community no matter what phase we find ourselves in.

Please join me as we continue to pray for our school, our community of families and staff, our state and our country as we all figure out the best way to navigate the path forward. I am thankful for all of the input from families and staff that I’ve received over the past few months and I join you in looking forward to a day when we may return to school as “usual.”

In His Service,

Sue Hoffenbacher
Pursuing Excellence for the Glory of God.

Southfield Christian School

28650 Lahser Road
Southfield, Michigan 48034 
A Ministry of Highland Park Baptist Church