August 3, 2020
Dear Potter’s House Family,
Since 1981, The Potter’s House has remained focused on fulfilling its mission: to provide a Christ-centered education for children of all ethnic heritages and income levels, equipping them to serve God and society to their fullest potential. The group that founded the school made a commitment to live in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood, doing life with a diverse cross-section of fellow image-bearers of God. Being with others has been foundational to fulfilling this school’s purpose as we pursue following the example that Jesus established through his incarnational ministry, doing life with his disciples. Likewise, we desire to be with our students, and it is our deepest desire to see each member of the community face to face this upcoming school year.
Since March, the administrative team and the staff task force have worked to develop plans to provide a safe and effective learning environment for our students for face-to-face instruction. We have also developed plans for a robust remote learning experience for the whole school, should we return to Phase 1-3, and for families who need the option during Phase 4-5. Thankfully, we have incredible teachers, staff members, volunteers, coaches, donors, and parents who go the extra mile to ensure the success of all of our students.
Our highest priority continues to be the spiritual, physical, social, and emotional well-being of our students and staff. We have kept this at the forefront of all our discussions in developing this reopening plan. We also have utilized the wisdom and guidance from Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap, Kent ISD’s COVID-19 Toolkit, the American Association of Pediatrics’ Guidance for School Re-entry, the Kent County Health Department’s COVID-19 Resources, and the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Schools. Collectively, the guidance and resources provided by these health and educational experts have been immensely helpful.
We have an incredible school family with people who freely sacrifice daily for one another, and it is in this spirit of selflessness that we have unity in Jesus. He taught us to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves, and we pray that this remains the lens through which we see one another as we run the race that he has placed before us.
Thank you for your prayers and grace as together we discern the way forward.
John Booy, Superintendent