COVID-19 Update

Trinity Lutheran School 3-13-2020

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its spread now dominate all news cycles. It is the utmost priority at Trinity Lutheran School to protect the health and wellbeing of our students and campus family. All organizations must address this reality. Below are decisions and positions that TLS is taking at this time relayed in the form of questions and answers.

  • Will we extend our spring break?

At this time, we have no plans to close school or to extend our spring break which is scheduled for the week of March 22-28. The possibility exists, however, that we will close school for an extended number of days in accordance with local, city and/or other authorities in order to protect our students and campus family. It is possible that a longer closing may be necessary should some other ramification of COVID-19 be discovered.

  • Under what conditions would we consider closing school?
    1. If we are notified of a diagnosed case of the coronavirus in one of our students or staff members, we will immediately notify our families via our emergency communication system, Powerschool. TLS will then be closed the following day. Following such an assessment, we will communicate with our families whether school will continue to be suspended and for how long.

    2. If confirmed cases in the Waukesha area reach a level that in our estimation poses a risk for our students and staff, we will follow the same procedure as above.

    3. If Waukesha Public Schools close.

    4. If the government mandates that schools close.

  • What if a parent is not comfortable sending their student to school or to an event?

We believe parents’ decisions regarding the safety and welfare of their children takes precedent over all others, and we will respect and support the decisions parents make in this regard.

  • Will school-related events take place as scheduled?

At this time, we are planning for events to take place as scheduled.

  • What if school does close for an extended period of time?

We are currently assessing how we might deliver our curriculum remotely, what kind of training our teachers would need to do that effectively, and how we might deliver that training. If we end up delivering our curriculum remotely, it will mean different things for different grades. If this becomes a necessity we will provide further details.

  • What precaution is TLS taking in the building to deter the spread of germs?

We have been in contact with our cleaning company and extra attention is being paid to the high traffic areas to make sure they get a thorough cleaning and disinfecting on a daily basis.

  • What are some Bible passages that might bring comfort in this situation?

I am sure many of you have your go to passages. However, if you don’t here are a few that may help. Psalm 32:7, Psalm 34:17-19, Deuteronomy 31:8, Isaiah 4:31.

The safety and welfare of our TLS family is our highest priority. We recognize that some of you may not agree with everything that we have done and may decide to do as the situation unfolds but be assured that any decision that is made is done prayerfully and with the best interests of our students in mind. Please join us in praying for wisdom as to how to handle this unique situation.

In Christ,

Justin Gut