Statement from the vestry of St. Mark's about St. Mark's Kindergarten - 4 August 2020

Summary: The vestry elected NOT to allow the Kindergarten to open for the 2020/21 school year based solely on concerns about the Coronavirus Pandemic.  This vote was NOT for permanent closure.

Dear People of St. Mark’s,

By now you might know that the Bishop of Atlanta tasked vestries across the diocese with the job of determining if preschools under their care should open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The bishop’s guidelines gave vestries the job of “certifying” or not, the reopening plans and procedures of the preschools under their care.

Your vestry came to a decision last night regarding the potential reopening of St. Mark’s Kindergarten in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vestry voted NOT to allow the school to re-open for the 2020/21 school year.  In the words of the resolution adopted, “The vestry of St. Mark’s will not open St. Mark’s Kindergarten for the 2020/21 school year due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.”

No one is delighted at this decision, but the vast majority of people in the meeting feel that, though painful, this is the best decision we can make for the welfare of all people under our care.

You will likely have questions about the future of St. Mark’s Kindergarten.  The vestry wishes to state very clearly that this is a decision for the current school year in the current climate, and though this temporary closure will present challenges for re-opening next school year, we do not view this as a permanent move.

In the face of change there is always uncertainty, but God always walks alongside us in those uncertain places.  God always brings blessing to every situation.  Together, vestry, priest, and parishioners, we will work to discover God’s purpose for this ministry which has meant so much to our church and our community for so long.

St. Mark’s Vestry and Rector
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