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Reply to "Re-opening (?) Sunday School During the Pandemic: Options, Ideas, Recommendations, Resources"

I live in Louisiana, and while our public schools have pushed the start back a week (until 8/17), that is only a month away. It is clear right now that nothing is clear  and that plans are still in flux. I agree with Neil (above) that it makes sense to be cautious and to wait and see (and let others try out methods to see what is best practice, maybe?), especially for small churches with limited staff and budgets.

My church is getting ready to send a questionnaire to parents (with a follow-up phone call, because a form cannot capture the nuances of the situation). This will help us decide what our next steps are. I have attached the draft, in case it is helpful to someone. Volunteers will be asked similar sorts of questions, about what protocols are essential for their feeling of safety and comfort.

Neil also wrote above

I do like the idea of limited and safe "small group gatherings of students with a teacher" (in church or at home)  to touch base and help with and follow up on additional e-learning at home in-between the limited small group gatherings.

I very much agree that it is important to continue to offer some sort of community opportunity to our churches, small groups of some sort being a possible solution. I saw a very thought-provoking statement on Facebook that as Christian educators, we may need to set aside some of our reservations about gathering in order to offer opportunities for those who need to get out of the house to be with others. She said she is in a "difficult marriage" and that "As I continued to reach out to parents, especially my moms who attend without their spouses, I found so many more like me, or in similar but different circumstances. Being at church with each other one or two or even sometimes three times a week, was what these women needed. It encouraged them, helped them, got them through another week." 

All to say, yes, we need to be cautious and protect people's health, but we also need to remember that there are some with mental and spiritual health needs also. 

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