Dear ,

Leading through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation has been dynamic and unpredictable, even for a school as innovative as Maranatha. In my 40-year career in education, I have led the school through many challenges. Never, however, did I anticipate the need to navigate a global pandemic. It is important to note, we are not aware of anyone in the Maranatha or Living Word community who have a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Prior to spring break and into this week, we have been monitoring the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States.  Following the health experts in the field, including the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health, reviewing the daily briefings, event cancellations, university closures, and connecting with other school leaders has informed and shaped the following decision. Per the mandate from Governor Walz, Maranatha Christian Academy will remain closed to on-campus learning through Monday, May 4. We plan to reopen on Tuesday, May 5 for on-campus learning. Please know this wasn’t an easy decision made by our Governor, but one I believe is in the best interest of our state, students, and staff.

Beginning Monday, March 30, Maranatha will be conducting remote/eLearning for Grades Pre-k through 12.

We have designed a developmentally appropriate remote/eLearning plan for each division to ensure the continuity of learning while studying remotely. In order to deploy properly, the school conducted professional learning days for faculty and staff Wednesday, March 18–Friday, March 20. Every teacher is prepared to deliver a high-quality, faith-based education that Maranatha is recognized for starting next Monday. The following communications will further explain what remote/eLearning will look like for your student. Please take a moment to review the documents that pertain to you and your child(ren).

Of equal importance is the social and emotional health of our students, staff, and you, our parents during this unprecedented situation.  Maranatha’s counseling and academic support teams are here to serve you, helping to reduce fear and anxiety while providing practical support. On Maranatha’s website, families will find helpful articles and other resources to assist you in a variety of ways during this challenging time. In addition, the school has set up a Helpline. Simply call the school and select the helpline or go to our COVID-19 page on the website and fill out the form if you and your family is needing prayer, counseling, or other forms of assistance.

Beyond our routine communications Maranatha has modified the following areas of operation:
  • All field trips will be cancelled until we reassess on May 4. 
  • All on-site, new family interviews and tours, college representatives, and other visiting guests will be rescheduled until the COVID-19 pandemic is managed, reducing the spread of the virus. We are implementing virtual options, if necessary.
  • Athletic practices and games, art rehearsals, and performances will be suspended during this closure.  Re-evaluation of the spring season will follow the opening of school in conjunction with MSHSL directives.

The uncertainty of the world we live in today, coupled with the closure of on-campus classes, may lead to high stress levels for parents, students, and staff members. The administrative team is working to make this transition as smooth as possible. We will be continually communicating with you through our virtual school experience. Please check in with the COVID-19 page on the website for further updates from the school at any time.

Essential Tier One and Tier Two Workers Child Care
In order to assist our families who fall under Governor Walz’s essential workers, the school will be providing childcare for enrolled Maranatha students Grades Pre-kindergarten through 5 beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. To help plan and organize, we ask families to email Carolyn Jacobson at and provide the name and grade of your student who will be part of this childcare service. Click here to see a list of qualified Tier One and Tier Two professions.

Childcare will be open at 7:30 a.m. for drop off, with pick up being no later than 5:30 p.m. Lunch will not be provided. Please send a lunch and two snacks daily. Pre-kindergarten students must follow DHS guidelines. Upon entry to the building, you will be asked a set of questions and each child will have their temperature checked by our health care professional. For the safety of the entire group, if it is determined a child is symptomatic or has been exposed to COVID-19, he or she will not be able to participate.

The physical, social/emotional, and spiritual health of our Maranatha family is paramount.  My desire is for our community to cultivate a sense of normalcy and routine for your children in the midst of this. We are praying for each of you, and trusting God for His protection, healing, and peace.

We got this because He’s got us!

Brian J. Sullivan
Head of School

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