Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus known as COVID–19. In an effort to keep our community safe and informed, we are sharing the very latest information about how COVID–19 is affecting the FCS community.
We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time. As the situation progresses, updates will be available on this page and will be shared via email as well. Should you have specific questions that are not addressed below, kindly email email@example.com
Dear Fellowship Family,
“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” 2 Cor. 9:10-11
As I write this letter, I give thanks because of what God has done. I am thankful because I truly believe we had a great year even in the midst of unprecedented challenges, and I am eager to embrace the days ahead knowing they will produce something even greater than we can imagine. None of us could have predicted the trials we have faced, the changes we would experience, or the impact this would have on our lives. Yet, I believe we can begin to look back already and see God’s provision and goodness. I look forward to the ways in which He will provide in such abundance in the days to come. You all have been so richly generous to Fellowship in so many ways, and we are blessed because of you. My hope is that, in turn, we can be a blessing to you, extend the same generosity that has sustained us, and continue to develop the vibrant partnership that is a bedrock to the Fellowship experience. God has been good, and now the task before us is to invest in the work He is calling us toward. We exist together for His glory and the impact we will have in the lives of our students.
The school board, my team, and I continue to work diligently on preparations for next year. We meet together regularly, as well as with school leaders locally and across the country, to assess every idea and possibility in order to create the best plan for your children. I addressed many of these ideas in my last communication and encourage you to read it by clicking the link, if you want to know more about what we are thinking. Operationally, we're diligently planning and preparing to be On-Campus for the full year, while fully preparing in the event we have to be Off-Campus again for a prolonged portion of the year. We're prayerfully hoping for an uninterrupted school year on campus, but we will be ready to continue our partnership no matter the scenario. We will be sending more information on our preparedness and strategies in the weeks ahead as the situation evolves. Today, I specifically want to address your important questions concerning our tuition for next year.
2020/2021 Tuition Rate - (On-Campus beginning Aug. 11th)
In response to the financial uncertainty many of our families currently face, we have decided to forego the 2020/2021 tuition increase and freeze our tuition at the 2019/2020 rate. This was not an easy decision to make. Tuition increases are critical to funding the school's ongoing operations; however, we strongly feel that this was one meaningful and impactful way to provide some immediate relief to all of our Fellowship families. We value your partnership and are humbled by the opportunity to walk with you through this time.
2020/2021 Tuition Payment Protection
Though we look forward to an August 11th return to campus, we understand there may be some hesitancy to begin payments in June due to the ever-changing COVID-19 information. Our standard policy states tuition payments are to begin in June to secure enrollment. The reason for this policy is the summer payments are critical to our operational budget — it confirms the majority of our fall attendance and is the benchmark against which our faculty and staff contracts are secured. If there is a large enrollment drop in June, we have to adjust our staffing and program offerings accordingly. While this is our policy and reasoning in a normal season, we recognize this is not a normal season. Therefore, we are adjusting the policy for the 20/21 school year to offer every family protection on their summer tuition payments. If mandated that we cannot return to campus as planned on August 11th, families choosing to leave FCS will be eligible for a refund of 20/21 tuition payments made in June, July, and August.
2020/2021 Tuition Rate – (Off-Campus Distance Learning)
We acknowledge that distance learning was not able to offer our FCS families the full experience you have come to expect for your children on our campus. There are simply some experiences and engagement that cannot be accommodated or replicated when we are not together.
Therefore, we are creating what we feel are fair and equitable tuition rates to be enacted in the event we face prolonged future disruptions (one continuous month or longer) from on-campus learning. If we are again forced to transition to distance learning, we will charge a discounted distance learning rate based on the potential COVID-19 scenarios mentioned above. We will land on a rate that takes into consideration what we can offer with excellence during distance learning, while also aiming to pass on the savings we can plan for if we are not on campus. If we need to implement adjusted rates for COVID-19 scenarios, On-Campus tuition rates will be adjusted and credited back to families. We will publish the updated On-Campus and Off-Campus tuition rates at a later date.
I hope these measures come as welcome news and a relief in the midst of these tough days. I appreciate you allowing us the time to thoughtfully consider each aspect of this season and the uncertainties felt by
1. If you would like to contribute directly to the financial aid fund established to help current Fellowship families impacted by COVID-19, please give to our Acts 2:44 Fund by clicking the link. Every dollar will be used to help ensure that we hold on to as many families as possible through the COVID-19 crisis. We are actively trying to meet every need in the next three weeks to keep our family together, so we need your help.
2. If you would like to help bridge the gap and help meet the school’s operational expenses, please give to our Annual Fund by clicking the link. This unrestricted fund provides the resources to make necessary upgrades to our technology in order to accommodate the learning challenges of this environment and close any gap in next year’s operating budget. It also enables us the ability to offer financial aid to new families who want to be a part of the Fellowship Family.
Recently, I wrote a letter to our graduates reflecting on their incredible accomplishments and promise.
It should be noted that the promise of these lives was born out of two decades, which have seen significant historical moments and tremendous adversity, unlike anything we have seen in generations. A season of sowing is tough; it requires hard work, perseverance, and change.
Yet we hold on to the promises of God’s great generosity to produce something even greater out of His ample abundance when we continue to give thanks for what He has done
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Eph. 3:20-21
Thank you for your faithfulness. I am humbled by the support and encouragement you have provided during this very trying time. My door is always open if you have further questions or want to engage in conversation. I continue to keep you and your children in my prayers.
In His service,
Dr. Kathy Teston