May 8, 2020
Planning Our Return for Next Year
As Indiana rolls out its five-part reopening plan, we are excited about our own return to on-campus education. While life on campus may feel different with increased health safety procedures and other appropriate operational changes, I want to assure you that it is our intent to safely reopen this August.
I am so proud of how our teachers, staff and administrators have stepped up to deliver effective education during this challenging time. Nothing, however, can replace being with our students in person.
It is important to note that according to the Governor and Indiana Department of Education, guidance for schools is not planned on being communicated until June 30th. While our state is trending toward a mid-summer return toward normal, until we have a vaccine and effective treatments, we simply don’t know what type of new normal ongoing social distancing might create.
To evaluate our options for a safe return to school, I have appointed a Heritage task force, headed by Brenda Klingerman. I am also involved in a study group with leaders of central Indiana Christian Schools.
As you have seen, we have started next year’s Annual Update process, an important component of our continuous enrollment timetable. While acknowledging on-going uncertainty, it is imperative that we begin planning for next year. We need to begin receiving enrollment confirmations so that we can make staffing, program and budgetary commitments.
In spite of the current crisis, we are working hard to maintain the positive momentum that we have experienced in recent years. The most important component of our success is the ongoing value that our community places on the Christian education provided at Heritage.
What about questions you may have? Questions about finances, tuition payment, and how next school year may look? We have created a FAQ section on our website that covers many of the questions we have received. In addition to that resource, let me also briefly address what I believe are some of the most important issues.
First, my hope is that this communication has underscored for you our strong desire and commitment to return to face-to-face school. While I cannot make any specific guarantees at this point, I can tell you that we do not want to continue with distance learning. If we are mandated to deliver distance learning for an extended period of time, anytime during the year, we will do our utmost to provide some level of tuition discounting, in the form of credits. Unfortunately, until we know more about enrollment levels and our budget, we can’t establish potential tuition credit amounts at this time.
Second, if you are experiencing financial or other uncertainty I urge you to contact Toni Kanzler, our Director of Finance, at email@example.com. Toni will work with you to explore options and try to find an appropriate solution. If you want your student to have a quality Christ-centered education, we want to work with you to make that happen.
Lastly, as we prepare for whatever next school year holds, I am confident in our ability to provide ongoing excellence in Christian education. Now more than ever, I am convinced that our Christ-focused, academically premiere inspiring education is needed. It is our priority. I trust that it is yours as well.
In the more than 50 years that Heritage has been in existence, we have weathered many storms. I invite you to stand with us as we overcome this current challenge and build an even better and stronger Heritage.
Jeff Freeman, CEO
P.S. We are delivering our annual Parent Survey this weekend. We have included COVID-19 / Distance Learning questions, along with general satisfaction questions. Please take some time and give us your feedback. We are here to serve you, and your input and perspectives are valued.