South Christian Community,

As we look forward to the 2020-2021 school year, we are met with many uncertainties in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to providing an excellent, Christ-centered education in a manner that is safe for students, staff, and their families.

This plan was developed by a group of administrators, teachers, and parents and was guided by the State of Michigan’s Return to School Road Map. It was then formally approved by the South Christian School Board. Even though we are a private school, we are legally held to the same health and safety standards as all schools in the state. We recognize some of the things in here are not ideal, comfortable, or what we’re used to, but they do allow us to have school in-person, and we consider that a blessing.

Our plan includes three contingencies, each correlating to a different phase in the State of Michigan’s reopening plan. South Christian High School is in the Grand Rapids region, which is currently in Phase 4. While in this phase, we are able to have in-person learning with several precautions in place. If we are in Phase 5, we are able to remove many of those precautions. Under current law, if our region moves to Phase 3 we would be forced to move fully online. South Christian is actively supporting measures asking the state to modify this mandate to allow for safe, in-person learning.

We are pleased to share that in Phases 4 and 5, we will be in-person, 5 full days a week.

Our survey results have also indicated that some of you are uncomfortable with in-person learning at this time, and so we have created an option for remote learning for those who prefer it. Our working default assumption is that all students will participate in-person as this plan allows. If you would like to choose the remote learning option, or would like to hear more about what that entails, please contact Aaron Meckes at

Thank you for taking the time to review our plan. For your convenience, we’ve added an FAQ section at the end. If you still have questions once you’ve read this plan in its entirety, please contact either of us.

Click here to review the plan (FAQ section included).

We’re grateful for your partnership in the Christian education of your child.

On behalf of South Christian High School,


Jim Peterson                                                Aaron Meckes
Head of School                                            Principal