“Are we there yet?” comes the predictable question from the back seat. In our current situation, a similar question is beginning to be asked, but unlike a road trip, we are unsure of the end-of-virus whereabouts. No one has ever traveled this road before.
“Follow the science,” we hear people say. But as you read the “science,” it appears to support whatever a person wants to believe. Some advocate that the United States may soon see a second wave. Others think the virus may burn out in the next couple of weeks or months. So until there is somewhat clear evidence to know that we have arrived, we will continue circumspectly.
I do anticipate a time when we relax the requirement for face coverings if we maintain a sense of physical distancing. I do anticipate a time when we can relax the physical distancing. “When?” you may ask. I don’t know. I hope that it is sooner rather than later, and we are anticipating an increased desire to return to in-person instruction.
A significant number of families withdrew just before the start of the year. Anecdotally, many are interested in returning to BJA in January if conditions improve. We are anticipating additional students in some classes for second semester, but space is limited. Encourage those who are interested in joining in January to start the enrollment process early!
Tomorrow, the South Carolina Supreme Court will hear the case filed against Governor McMaster’s SAFE Grants. An immediate ruling does not seem likely, but if the justices decide in favor of the SAFE Grants, we anticipate applications from families who expressed interest during the summer. (Watch the proceedings online at 11:00 a.m. on the Supreme Court Video Portal: https://www.sccourts.org/SCvideo. In addition to live streaming, a recording of the arguments will be posted to the Video Portal in the afternoon following the arguments.)
Another anticipation—when we relax the face covering requirement, some may prefer to continue to wear a face covering. That’s okay. As believers, we respect those who make that decision. Face coverings would be acceptable, and some may wear them while others do not.
As a benefit, COVID-19 has encouraged our teachers to use instructional technology more effectively. All were thrown in the deep end, and no one drowned! We anticipate increased proficiency.
And, finally, we anticipate that God is using all these events to mature us to become more like His Son, Jesus.
“Be still and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the heathen;
I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).