HEALTH SERVICES

Dear MHBS Families:

 

We have good news to share with you! Though the continued spread of COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, including operations at Mars Hill Bible School, we have been working diligently on solutions to help mitigate this crisis. We feel enormous responsibility to ensure that we are taking care of our own, operating out of our Christian beliefs and core values, and acting as good stewards of the resources with which God has blessed us. We also understand that this is a time of great financial uncertainty for many of our families.

 

With all of these elements in mind, the Board of Directors has approved suspension of tuition payments for all students (baby care through 12thgrade) for the months of April and May. We believe that our faithful God will provide for us during this crisis, and it is our prayer that this decision will lift a financial burden for your family.

 

The suspension of tuition payments will not affect the education your child continues to receive. Remote learning will continue throughout the rest of the school year, and we will continue to serve your children wholeheartedly as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

 

Additionally, MHBS is committed to caring for our faculty and staff, and will be paying our employees (full- and part-time, baby care through high school) throughout the duration of the closure. These decisions undoubtedly represent a formidable financial challenge for the school, but we trust in God’s providence and care to see us through.

 

Meanwhile, many of you have asked how you can help our beloved school. If you have not been affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic and would like to assist, please consider donating in lieu of your regular tuition payment at mhbs.org/giving or by contacting Dr. Guy at 256-767-1203 ext. 2004.

 

You can also continue to encourage families to consider MHBS! Our fall 2020-21 enrollment has been very strong, and we are excited to welcome a number of new students. We will be happy to meet with prospective families remotely. Please encourage families to call 256-767-1203 ext. 2008 or email mhbs@mhbs.org for more information.

 

We know the great sacrifices you have made and continue to make to invest in a Christian education for your child. Our prayers are with each and every one of you. May God continue to bless each of our Mars Hill families.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kenny Lyons, on behalf of the Board of Directors

Nathan Guy, on behalf of the Administration

 

Update 3/26/20

The continued spread of COVID-19 continues to impact the state of Alabama and our own community. Following today's directive from the Governor's office, Mars Hill Bible School will continue to implement a remote instructional model for the remainder of the school year. All campuses of the preschool will also remain closed for the rest of the school year.

 

We are saddened to share these closures with you, but the safety of our students and families is of primary importance. The Board of Directors and school administration are working diligently to address the many questions and concerns we know you will have. We will share additional information as quickly as we can.

 

Thank you all for your patience and support during this unprecedented situation. We look forward to the day when we can all be together again. May God bless each of you!

 

Remote Learning Information

As we transition to remote learning, our faculty is working diligently to make this process as seamless as possible for you and your student. Please see the following information:

  1. For elementary students: Your teacher will be contacting you regarding their preferred digital methods of instruction.

  2. Middle and high school teachers are working with their students today on their delivery methods. Parents are welcomed to contact teachers regarding their preferred digital methods of instruction. Most will be using Google Classroom. Click here for a step-by-step guide to using Google Classroom.

  3. If your child is not at school today, any personal items and/or take-home packets may be picked up between 2 and 3 p.m. today (Monday, March 16). You will need your child’s locker number to pick up their items. Elementary parents -- if you cannot pick up today, please contact your individual teacher to make other arrangements.

  4. Bible Classes/Chapel: For grades 5-12: A digital Bible class/chapel session will be provided daily via Google classroom. For grades 2-4: A digital Bible class/chapel session will be provided daily via SeeSaw. For grades TK-1st: A digital Bible class/chapel session will be provided daily via your class Facebook/text group.

  5. For grades 2-12: If your child does not have a device or internet access at home, please let the appropriate office (elementary or middle/high school) know ASAP so that accommodations can be made.

  6. For grades 2-12: Accelerated Reading (AR) tests may be taken from home.

  7. For grades 5-12: The middle/high school library will be open until 3:15 p.m. today. Students will be allowed to check out 6 books. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this… read, read, read!

  8. For upperclassmen: We want you to feel secure regarding scholarship deadlines, recommendation letters, etc. Please feel free to call or email Mr. Rutherford regarding these matters at any time during the closure.

  9. Early registration is still open for current students. If you did not receive or have problems with your re-enrollment link, please email Melissa Moore at mmoore@mhbs.org.

Update 3/15/20

To protect students and assist in halting the spread of COVID-19, Mars Hill Bible School will move to an at-home learning model and close its campus beginning Tuesday, March 17. 

 

The school will be open on Monday, March 16. Students who do not attend school on Monday will not be counted absent, but will be responsible for making up missed work. 

 

Instruction for students at all grade levels TK-12 will be provided via take-home packets and online classwork. In the event your family does not have internet access, please inform the appropriate principal and alternative instruction will be provided.

 

All extracurricular activities are also canceled until school operations resume. The campus is expected to re-open on April 6; any additional changes to the planned reopening will be communicated as the situation progresses. 

  

Update 3/14/20

In coordination with the directive from Governor Ivey, Mars Hill Bible School will join other schools statewide in moving to an at-home learning model and closing its campus March 19-April 5 to protect students and assist in halting the spread of COVID-19. 

 

The MHBS campus, including all preschool locations and TK-12, will close at the end of the business day on Wednesday, March 18. Everyone is encouraged to remain off campus during the closure. All extracurricular activities are also canceled until school operations resume. The campus is expected to re-open on April 6; any changes to the planned reopening will be communicated as the situation progresses. 

 

Instruction for students at all grade levels TK-12 will be provided via take-home packets and online classwork. In the event your family does not have internet access, please inform the appropriate principal and alternative instruction will be provided.

 

Important Update Regarding COVID-19 and Travel

After meeting with the Alabama Department of public health officials and reviewing the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus, MHBS (this includes all campuses) will implement the following guidelines:

 

If a student, faculty or staff member, or anyone in their household travels outside of the U.S., that student/faculty or staff member will not be allowed to return to school for 14 days. This exclusion also applies to all school related activities. 

 

If a student, faculty or staff member, or anyone in their household travels to a city within the US with active community transmission of the COVID-19 virus, that student/faculty or staff member will not be allowed to return to school for 14 days. The most current list of areas with community transmission includes LA county and Santa Clara, CA; Chicago, IL; Washington County, OR; New York, NY; and Snohomish County, Washington. This list changes daily. For the most up-to-date list of areas with community transmission, please refer to the CDC’s website:

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

 

Our goal is to keep our students, faculty, and staff healthy. Please know we are reviewing information and recommendations from the ADPH and the CDC daily to make the best decisions concerning this virus. If anyone in your household plans to travel internationally or visit an area with communicable transmission of COVID-19, you must notify the school nurse.

 

The best way to prevent the spread of this illness is by washing your hands, keeping surfaces clean, and staying home when sick. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brittany Durham, RN, at 256-767-1203 Ext 3027.