Fellowship Day School has served the Greensboro community for decades, providing learning opportunities for young people through its Preschool, After School, and Summer Camp programs. Through learning-through-play and one of the few transitional kindergarten classes in the community, the Day School has been blessed to be a part of so many families’ lives for so many years. As a mission and ministry of Fellowship Presbyterian Church, the congregation has prayed for and enjoyed watching children and their families grow and thrive.
March 2019 was difficult for the Day School and its families. An assistant teacher was arrested for alleged crimes against children while working at the School. The School and its families were shocked and saddened by what apparently happened, but the community rallied around the staff and fellow families to grow stronger together. Unfortunately, due to those circumstances, in October 2020 the insurance carrier of Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Inc. (“FPC, Inc.”) (of which both the Church and the School are a part) informed us that they would no longer be insuring FPC, Inc. While insurance has since then been found from another carrier, that insurer has not offered the amount of coverage that the Session believes is needed in order for the School to re-open in the near-term.
While the school has been closed during this academic year due to the COVID pandemic, FPC, Inc. has been hard at work seeking more coverage. If secured, increased insurance coverage would provide us all with greater confidence to reopen the school. However, at the time of this letter, that process has not yielded the results for which we are hoping. We are continuing with the effort to secure more insurance coverage.
After difficult discernment, it was decided by the governing Board of FPC, Inc. that, out of fairness to staff and families of Fellowship Day School who may be awaiting word about the coming year, notice is now being given that we will not open Fellowship Day School in the 2021-2022 school year due to a number of obstacles, primarily related to insurance. However, we reaffirm our intention to pursue Fellowship Day School as a ministry of the Church in the following school year (2022-2023) to the extent that this is reasonably possible.
Considering this decision, both Melissa Mitchell and Debbie Clark have tendered their resignations as Director and Assistant Director of the School, respectively. The teachers have all been encouraged to seek other employment opportunities, which is understandable due to the circumstances. We give thanks for the ministries and tenures of both Melissa and Debbie and all of the love and energy they have poured into this School through the years. This sentiment is duplicated for the teachers as well. We will be finding ways in the upcoming months to publicly and formally say "thank you" to both Melissa and Debbie - please look for more information next month.
We continue to give thanks for the School’s ministry to so many families and look forward to when it can be that again. In the meantime, we will pray, discern, and work hard toward that goal in the time to come.
On behalf of the Session, Rev. Dr. Kathryn G N Campbell Pastor Fellowship Presbyterian Church March 25, 2021
Fellowship Day School has served the Greensboro community as a half-day Preschool and Kindergarten, and as After-School program, which served elementary-aged children since 1977. As a mission and ministry of Fellowship Presbyterian Church, the Preschool, Kindergarten, and After School Care programs served all as an inclusive ministry without regard for religious belief, gender, race or national origin.
We care for and teach children with patience, reflecting and sharing Christian values. We place an emphasis on the uniqueness of each child, so that they may learn to value others in the same way.
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