COVID-19 Update from Mr. Boyles | Oakbrook Preparatory School
COVID-19 Update from Mr. Boyles

COVID-19 Update from Mr. Boyles

Apr 22, 2020

Dear Oakbrook Prep students and families,

It's hard to believe that we have been involved in remote learning for a little more than a month. It's certainly been a unique experience, but I am so proud of all of you. While I wish I was preparing a message about returning to campus, it seems we will need to continue like this for a while longer.

Governor McMaster announced today that all South Carolina schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a result, Oakbrook Prep will continue with remote learning through the end of the school year. Grade level directors will send information to families related to specific end of the year plans.

We have a couple alternative dates for our seniors and their families. I'll include those at the end of this message.

I know the idea of us not returning to school is disappointing. It makes me sad, too. Like you, I wish we could be back together studying, creating, worshipping, and playing at 190 Lincoln School Road.

Last week I shared in my video the fable of the farmer's donkey and how he never gave up despite being trapped in a hole.

I know for many of you this experience has been new and exciting. I've heard from several who are loving the flexibility of remote learning. But for others, being away from our friends and family has been difficult. And there have been times when we have felt like we were also in a hole, but I want to encourage you to keep rising.

All year we've been talking about our theme - Thrive - and we've used a song by Casting Crowns in our videos and special events. Wow, God certainly knew when he laid this theme on our hearts that we would need to be encouraged during this unique time.

The lyrics include these words:

"Shine like the sun made darkness run and hide

We know we were made for so much more

Than ordinary lives

It's time for us to more than just survive

We were made to thrive..."

These are NOT ordinary times. And, my friends, you were made for so much more than an ordinary life! I know these next few weeks will require a lot from you. Whether you're a student, a parent, or a teacher, your way of life has been drastically altered. But together we will THRIVE.

Remember, our faculty is prepared for this challenge. Our students are prepared for this challenge. Our parents are prepared for this challenge. And most importantly, God is prepared for this challenge!

Remain focused on Him. Remember to be compassionate towards your friends and family. And when you need to, take a break to step back and see the good around you.

Coach John Root has prepared an encouraging video chapel message for all of us on how we can "Rest and Thrive." I hope you will watch it with your families. It's a great message for all of us right now!

Jeremiah 17:8 says, "They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

We can do this!

In Him,

Kyle Boyles

Baccalaureate - May 15

Graduation - May 16

Alternative Dates:

Plan B

June 26 - Baccalaureate/Senior Honors

June 27 - Graduation

Plan C

July 17 - Baccalaureate/Senior Honors

July 18 - Graduation

Rest and Thrive
"Rest and Thrive" Chapel Message from Coach John Root