These past several weeks I feel as if we have been on an emotional roller coaster. Due to the fluidity of the situation, each day brought challenges and opportunities that forced us to step back and wonder what could be next. Certainly, our hope and prayer were that at some point we would break over the top and begin the ride down to a new normal. As people of faith, we trust that a merciful and loving God was in the midst of this mess showering His grace and peace on all of us. 

Last night before I went to bed, I saw videos and read reports that shared the news that a decision had been made by Governor Whitmer to close schools in Michigan for the rest of the year. Please note that I do not walk in any circles that allow me to verify or confirm that any such decision has been made. All I can do is assume that there must be some validity to the reports based on the reporters.

This morning, let me provide some raw and honest reactions.

  • Darn this virus! Its impact on our daily lives is intrusive and invasive. We do not need to be sick to feel its effects. Its tentacles are reaching into every facet of our lives. In saying that, may God shower His healing graces on those battling the virus and raise up to heaven those who have died.

  • We have all been working so hard to provide a high level of normalcy for our students. The goal was to keep students engaged in learning during our time away from the classroom. We would come back in April and finish the school year with all of the end-of-the-school-year festivities and activities. The Crusader experience is comprehensive - spirit, mind, and body. So much is learned after class on the field of play,  on the court, and on the stage. We have not been able to provide this important side of the learning and maturing process. It makes me sad and definitely angry

  • Our students are so involved in their school. I am heartbroken and mourning the experiences that our students and their families will miss out on. I totally agree with the emotion that it is not fair. I only wish that I could figure out a way to make it better.

It is early on Tuesday, March 31. I know nothing more about a potential rest of the school year closure than I did when  I went to bed last evening. I cannot provide specific answers to the myriad of questions that such a closure would require answers for. I can promise that those questions will be answered. I want to actually hear the Governor share the news and provide her plan for the future before officially responding. I ask you to remember the following:

  • We have been e-learning since day one, Those days absolutely do count. We will continue and finish the year as Crusaders - with strength, passion, and fortitude.

  • Muskegon Catholic Central is committed to providing the full value of an excellent Catholic education for each of its students.

  • We will continue to successfully live and own our mission in this new learning environment. Go, Crusaders!

  • Once we know the full effect of the Governor’s plan, we will plan accordingly. Our hope is to find creative and out-of-the-box ways to provide some of the traditional school year ending activities. 

Please join me in lifting up Crusader Nation to our Father God. We pray that He sends His Holy Spirit to enlighten and guide us through these uncertain and heartwrenching times. 

In and through Jesus Christ, our Savior, and Lord!

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