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Update from President Crass

Grace and peace in our Lord Jesus,
 
“You do not even know what will happen tomorrow” (James 4:14).  Amen!
 
What do we know?  Jesus died for us.  Jesus lives for us. In him our hope is certain; his promises are sure. “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3).
 
What follows is a listing of things we know and things we don’t know about the coming tomorrows. 
What we do know is as of the morning of March 24.
 
Online Classes
  • Our Academic Leadership Team met yesterday.
  • Today, our entire faculty is meeting with members of the Academic Leadership Team throughout the day.
    (Maximum of 10 at a time).
  • We will begin online classes Monday, March 30.
  • Academic Dean Brian Maurice will be sending out detailed information to all tomorrow regarding online classes.
  • As of this morning (see below in bold), online classes will continue at least until April 24, and possibly longer.
  • Chorus, piano lessons, and physical education classes will not be held online.
  • Mrs. Krause will assist our international students in making sure they receive the information regarding online classes.
 
Will LPS open before the end of the school year?
  • We don’t know.  Our state government has the final authority.  We will submit to the government mandates. This morning Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a “Safer at Home” order.  This means that all Wisconsin schools will be closed through Friday, April 24. This following statement indicates that the order could be lifted:  “The order goes into effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25 and will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Friday, April 24or until a superseding order is issued (emphasis mine).
  • At this time we are planning to hold our graduation service and ceremony on the date every senior has circled—May 23.
  • As soon as we have more information about extended length of closing or possible opening, we will let you know.
 
May I come on to campus to pick up stuff from my dorm room?
  • At this time you may.  The dorms can be opened from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. for that purpose only.  You should contact your Tutor to let the Tutor know your arrival time.  You must contact Mrs. Krause upon arrival. She will unlock the main entrance to your dorm.   The rooms are locked so you will need your key. If you don’t have your room key, let your Tutor know so your door can be unlocked before you arrive on campus. 
  • Commuting students can come to the Campus Center from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up items needed from their lockers.  You will need to ring the doorbell to be let into the Campus Center.
  • Students may not come on campus except to pick up items.
 
Morning chapel
  • We will begin again on Monday, March 30 at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the school year whether or not LPS opens.
  • Morning chapel will continue to be Livestreamed every day.   
  • Our greatest bond is God’s Word.  We are pleased for that bond to continue.
 
Other matters
  • The WIAA has not yet made a decision as to whether or not there will be spring sport season.  With the order from Governor Evers this morning, it seems unlikely.
  • Children’s Theater will go on as planned, only if a new order supersedes the order of today.  If not, Director Dom Wrobel is planning something else for those involved.
  • The Gala has been changed to a “virtual” Gala, meaning it will be streamed online on April 18.
  • The Department of Public Instruction is seeking permission from the federal government to have has the mandated state testing for the Forward Exam and ACT Aspire Exam waived.  This appears likely to happen. AP Online Test will be taken at home.
  • Project Timothy trips are uncertain to continue as planned.  Students who are traveling out of country should not get a passport at this time.  You do not need to make payment at this time.
  • Summer camps are uncertain.  Parents who do sign up for LPS summer camps should not purchase insurance.  All payments will be returned in full to parents who do sign up, should the camps be cancelled.
  • Arbor Day will not be held.
  • The Tertia/faculty banquet is uncertain.
  • Prom is uncertain.
  • Mrs. Krause will be in touch (email) with all of those who are taking Driver’s Education “Behind the Wheel.”
  • Mrs. Krause will be in touch (email) with students who receive mail or packages.
 
Room and board rebates
  • There will be rebates to parents for each day of room and board that has been paid by parents and not used.
  • The LPS business office is working with our fine food service provider, Pioneer, to determine for what costs LPS is responsible when schools are forced to shut down.
  • The LPS business office is working to determine an estimation of cost savings for utilities.
  • LPS will give one rebate to all who have paid for the Room and Meal Plan once a definite date is established for return or no return to LPS.
  • An explanation will be provided with the rebate.
  • Thank you for your patience an understanding.
We are disappointed to not have our students with us.  Our heart goes out especially for our seniors. We know God in his grace will have a blessing for all during this time of uncertainty.  We are grateful for our God’s good will and your good will toward us. Thank you.
 
Again… Grace and peace to you in our dear Lord Jesus.  
 
President Matt Crass
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Luther Preparatory School is an independent coeducational preparatory school in Watertown, Wisconsin. The continuing mission and purpose of Luther Preparatory School is to prepare and encourage young men and women for the full time ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.