COVID-19 seems to be dominating our world this spring. With the advent of increased testing kits and the spread of the disease, the numbers of cases are increasing, and it is easy to fall into the trap of worry and fear. While we continue to prepare for what may be coming, we know and have confidence that God is in control, and we rest in His promises to take care of His creation.

UPDATE 3/15: Due to public health concerns about COVID-19, Hampton Lutheran School will begin online classes for K-6 on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. All upcoming events are canceled until further notice, including parent-teacher conferences scheduled for Thursday.

The HLS building will be closed beginning Monday, March 16. Parents may come between 10 AM and 1 PM on Monday, March 16 (or by arrangement) to pick up students’ books and report cards.

We begin online classes on Tuesday, March 17 using the video-conferencing platform Zoom. If your child does not have access to a device, school Chromebooks are available for you to borrow. The kids will be responsible for their own learning facilitated by the teachers. Look for more information tomorrow about using Zoom and class times.

Preschool will no longer be in session until further notice, and no tuition needs to be paid for April and May (unless school resumes in-person classes). If parents paid yearly, April and May will be reimbursed.

The plant sale will continue online, and there will be info coming home from Jessica Ferguson regarding it. Pickup and distribution of plants for the plant sale is TBD. You can order online for the plant sale here.

Protocols to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

Here is a list of recommended protocols for limiting the spread of COVID-19.

1. Social distancing: Keep proper social distancing in public places. The CDC recommends avoiding close contact with people with COVID-19; as testing is not readily available and people may have the illness without knowing it, consider avoiding close contact with people in public. Close contact is defined as being 6 feet or closer to someone for a prolonged period of time.

Read about the importance of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

2. Do not panic, but be prepared.

3. Wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20–30 seconds multiple times a day, especially after being out in public.

4. Check your child’s temperature if they have a cold or may be sick. Do not send them to school if they are running a fever. The child may not come back to school until they have been fever-free without medication for 24 hours.

5. Sneeze and cough into your elbow (not your hand).

6. Use hand sanitizer with an alcohol content over 70 percent after handling money, items from other people, or making contact with others.

7. Remember proper hygiene and shower daily (more if needed).

8. Wear clothes only once and wash them, including coats, jackets, and outerwear.

9. Eat well-balanced meals with extra fruits and vegetables.

10. Hydrate. Drink lots of water and avoid too much caffeine, sugary drinks, and fruit juices.

11. Do not attend indoor events with more than 1,000 people in attendance.

12. Spend time outdoors as the weather permits.

13. Sleep.

Read more from the CDC about steps for limiting the spread of COVID-19 here.

Most of these protocols are common sense. Should the situation present a danger to our students and families, Hampton Lutheran—with the advice of our school nurse and the knowledge of our Board of Education—will take whatever recommended action is necessary to mitigate the effects of the disease in our area.

God’s Words for Uncertain Times

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. … There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High swells. God is within her, she will not fall, God will help her at break of day. … He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’” Psalm 46

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29–31

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15

A Prayer to Say With Your Family

Father, we thank you for all that you are and all that you have done for us. You are our God! Keep us in your loving care, and help us to lean on You, knowing that You have promised that You will be our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. When nations are in uproar and kingdoms fall, the Lord Almighty is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress. Amen.