COVID-19 Update

by Gayla Rockwell on May 31, 2021

Dr. Kelly Victory on Covid-19

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Operating under the oversight of Faith Christian Center, St. Paul’s is a church-based, private Christian school that provides a traditional education with a Christian worldview. During the 2020-2021 school year, we had a normal school year with a normal schedule and on campus instruction. For the 2021-2022 school year, we will have a normal school year with a normal schedule and on campus instruction. Please keep any student who is overcoming or running a fever at home. 

Per Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's July 17, 2020 Guidance for Religious Private Schools, "access" to "religious services" are "essential services, which must remain open." As with churches, any guidance for religious private schools is recommended but not mandatory. Further, "when the Governor issued orders applicable to public schools, he expressly acknowledged that private schools and institutions have the freedom to make their own decisions." "Under the Governor’s orders, local governments are prohibited from closing religious institutions or dictating mitigation strategies to those institutions." "Religious private schools may continue to determine when it is safe for their communities to resume in-person instruction free from any government mandate or interference. Religious private schools therefore need not comply with local public health orders to the contrary." In May 2021, Governor Abbott issued a further executive order prohibiting governmental entities in Texas — including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities, or government officials — from requiring or mandating mask wearing. Governor Abbott has also signed into law House Bill 1239 which bans state agencies and officials from issuing orders that “close or have the effect of closing places of worship in the state.” As a church-based, private Christian school operating under the oversight of Faith Christian Center, St. Paul's is a place of worship.

Health and Safety Recommendations

The health and safety of our students and staff are a priority.  We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation here in North Texas. The cleaning staff continues to deep clean and teachers continue to disinfect classrooms.  Please continue to practice good hygiene and to also thoroughly wash your hands. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and plenty of time in the sun (vitamin-D) is also beneficial. If you or any family member is overcoming or running a fever, please remain at home. Additionally, if you have recently traveled internationally to areas where COVID-19 has been diagnosed, please remain home for the recommended 14 days.

If, for any reason, you or a family member in your house gets tested for COVID-19, please remain home and do not attend church or school until you receive your test results.  If you or any family member in your house tests positive, please quarantine for the recommended 14 days.  After the recommended 14 days, you can return to church or school, IF you are not experiencing any symptoms. If you or anyone you know has Covid or early Covid symptoms, please visit this web site for early Covid treatment guidelines and information.

Additional Information

Our decisions will not be driven by the media or politics, but by the latest and most pertinent medical research.  To stay informed, please use the tabs below.

"Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy" by Russell Blaylock, MD

Attorney General Ken Paxton's July 17, 2020 Guidance for Relgious Private Schools

Governor Greg Abbott's Order on Face Coverings
Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order GA-29 says on page 2, “this face-covering requirement does NOT apply to the following: (9) any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged.” The governor’s executive order says “strongly encouraged” but it does NOT say a face covering is required or mandatory for religious worship. Further, his executive order GA-28 says: “1. There is no occupancy limit for the following: (b) religious services, including those conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship.”

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Government Entities From Mandating Masks - May 18, 2021

Texas lawmakers hope to exclude places of worship from emergency closures after COVID-19 pandemic shuttered doors - April 28, 2021

Texas House Bill 1239

Dr. Kelly Victory put this video together for us on the truth about Covid-19 and children, masks, and social distancing.

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