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3-12-20 Our response to COVID-19 and what we are planning at Divine Redeemer back button

3-12-20
Dear Divine Redeemer Family,
With the declaration of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic status from the World Health Organization, we wanted to share some of our thoughts and our plans to keep our DR family safe. As this virus spreads more and more into Waukesha County (one case each in Waukesha and Fond Du Lac as of the writing of this letter), the leadership, staff and teachers of Divine Redeemer are working closely on effective ways to remain prepared here on campus and within our homes. First and foremost, we rely on God’s continued grace and ongoing protection. We also acknowledge that He has bestowed upon us an understanding and means of action to help situations that can be for our benefit. As we collected the best practices from various schools and churches for our own preparedness program, below is important information for your awareness and attention. Please understand we are continually monitoring this Pandemic situation and will act accordingly, especially with Spring Break and the Easter season right around the corner.
The CDC website has a FAQ section for K-12 and Childcare Administrators:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools-faq.html
General Reminders to Decrease the Risk of Contracting a Virus:
Practice good hygiene by:
1. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
2. Refrain from touching your face (including eyes, mouth and nose) with your hands.
3. Cover your cough by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue (or your upper sleeve or elbow), and then wash your hands immediately after throwing the tissue away.
4. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched with disinfectant wipes or bleach-based disinfectants.
5. If you are sick or feeling under the weather, please err on the side of caution and stay home in order to limit contact with anyone else.
6. As a general practice, increase the distance between you and other people and do not share cell phones.
7. Greet one another with a nod and a verbal greeting instead of a handshake.
What you can do:
1. Pray that God would continue to grant protection and health, while asking for guidance and wisdom for our leaders (state, local, and in our congregation).
2. If you are having symptoms such as a fever, cough, etc., contact your physician for guidance.
3. If you are sick, please stay home. Do not plan to attend worship or other gatherings until you have been given the ok by your doctor. There are audio files of our sermons available online and through our DR APP.
4. Alert the pastor and/or principals to let them know if you are being tested, or it has been determined that you have contracted the Coronavirus. (While this will be kept in strict confidence, it will help us determine any next steps that should be taken.)
5. Make sure to have two weeks-worth of food, medicine (prescription and over the counter), and basic supplies (tissue, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, etc.) in the case that you would be under quarantine within your home.
6. Make sure to have at least two people that you can contact to deliver food and supplies to your house, should you find yourself under quarantine within your home.
What you can expect at Divine Redeemer:
1. Hand sanitizer will be available on stands outside each of our worship spaces.
2. We are encouraging our custodian to use disinfectant on surfaces that are frequently in contact with our hands.
3. We will now refrain from shaking hands and/or hugging others. (An elbow tap or nod of the head is a better way to go.)
4. Those leading or assisting in worship will continue to cleanse their hands using hand sanitizer before administering the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
4. We encourage you to use our online PushPay service to avoid bringing in a check or cash that might be contaminated. (Access to PushPay is available on our website: www.drlc.org)
6. There is extra cleansing being done on both ends of the building (school and church) by various staff members.
7. We are providing hand sanitizer, disinfectant-wipes for keyboards, i-pads, other frequently touched surfaces
8. In the event that someone in our community becomes contagious, our church and school are following CDC guideline for next steps. Extra school days have been built into the calendar, especially for the younger grades. The middle school teachers are working on setting up online learning tools in the event we need to teach remotely.
Your Pastors and Principal (teachers and staff) will:
1. Continue to pray fervently
2. Regularly monitor current updates from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention.)
3. Continue with monthly shut-in visits until the situation needs to be changed.
4. Remain available to answer question and concerns at any time.
As we continue to be proactive and prepare as best as we can, may we all take comfort in the security of our Lord and the assurance of His Word as we remember that we need not be “anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
God’s grace and peace to all of you!
Pastor Jeff Schubert      Pastor Seth Flick
Principal Janet Bahr      Principal Joanne Webb