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COVID-19 & How You Can Help
what we’re doing in response to covid-19
Cornerstone Schools of Alabama has suspended on-campus learning and has shifted to remote learning as of Monday, March 16 and will tentatively reopen Monday, April 6. Please remember this situation is changing daily.
Parents have picked up a take-home packet for their student(s) made by their teacher so that they can continue to do their assignments from home. We are moving forward with an at-home distance learning plan.
Cornerstone has a Food Distribution Plan in place for our students and their families who rely on school breakfast and lunch each day.
We have made the decision to wave April tuition for our students. No family is required to pay tuition in April.
Teachers and staff will continue to be financially covered during this time. There are no plans to alter current contract salaries.
Outside of these essential requirements, our teachers are going above and beyond to support our students while they’re home. From sending video check-in’s each morning, to being on-call for homework help, we are prioritizing our student support during this time.
DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN
Here are a few highlights regarding our Distance Learning Plan:
Teachers and administrators called families to see what was needed for distance learning. We helped provide the technology resources if there was a need.
Faculty guidelines and expectations were developed with a strong emphasis on spiritual formation, character development, and academic excellence.
We clearly defined daily expectations for students that include each subject area, the amount of time for each lesson, and independent practice.
Teachers will create and send instructional videos to their students each week.
Teachers will keep “office hours” each day to handle student questions and support them.
Each teacher will be accountable for making sure students are participating and successful.
Daily devotions have and will continue throughout.
donate to our emergency fund
Cornerstone will continue to support our students, their families, and our faculty and staff during this uncertain time through the creation of an Emergency Fund. This fund will help with meals for our students and their families, increased educational resources, and any other immediate needs during this time. If you feel called to help, please use the donation form below or donate via Venmo (@csalabama). You may also email Mary Claire McDougald for more information about how you can link arms with Cornerstone and our families during this time.
Join our daily devotions
During this time, we invite you to join us in a daily devotion from our high school Bible teacher, Matt Swale. These are being sent to our families, faculty and staff each day. The daily devotion will be posted here each day:
While we live in a groaning, broken world, God is with His people. His Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know what to pray. We are tempted in times of uncertainty and fear to question God’s intentions and attitude toward us. This rock-solid promise to those who trust Christ assures us that our suffering and uncertainty never means His love for us has ceased.
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for the future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved (if we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently). And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows that the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Join us as we pray for the following
Seniors: This last semester of our Seniors’ senior year didn’t go as planned. Please pray for our seniors who were already experiencing change in their immediate future and may be feeling more overwhelmed. Pray for their anxious hearts.
Cornerstone Leadership: Our leadership team is making a lot of hard decisions during this time. Please pray for wisdom as we move forward.
Parents: Pray for patience for our parents for the duration, and supernatural strength to persevere. Pray for guidance and clarity on how to navigate these uncertain times. Pray for them to model peace, so their children will be reassured.
Teachers: That the Lord would continue to give them reassurance and purpose in the days ahead.
Students: Pray for rest during these weeks at home. Pray that they would have endurance as they complete their assignments. Pray for joy and that they would continue to seek God in all circumstances, even when things don’t go as planned.
Athletes: Our spring athletes had their season cut short due to the Coronavirus. Please pray that they grow in their understanding of God’s love and purpose for them. Pray that they can find avenues to stay active. Pray that they will have peace during uncertain times in regards to their athletic seasons.
Community and those directly affected by COVID-19: That the Lord would heal those who are sick. That He would be comfort to families walking through it with someone they love.
Fear and anxiety: That it would not rule in our hearts, but instead, we would be filled with peace knowing God is in control.
Healthcare workers: Pray for strength and endurance during long days.