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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

April 3, 2020

Berean Students and Parents,

We’ve made it through three weeks of rigorous distance learning to Spring Break, a well-deserved respite from academics. I pray that the Lord will bless all of you with His presence during the time off as you enjoy one another and celebrate the work of Jesus Christ and our resulting peace with God (Rom 5:1).  

Please pray for all of our local pastors and churches as they collectively prepare to host Easter services and declare the good news through online mediums they did not expect to use three weeks ago. Certainly, the Lord has grabbed the world’s attention, and His people have been granted an extraordinary opportunity to proclaim the gospel to the lost. May the Lord use this crisis to bring an unparalleled revival!

Please know that I will be in touch with you regarding the probable cancellation of future school events, but until then, enjoy a week free from those concerns. May the Lord bless you, and may He use all of you to bring glory to Himself (Is 43:6-7).  

Your partner in ministry,

Nicholas Harris

March 30, 2020

Berean Students and Parents,

Distance learning classes are in full swing at Berean!  We are so thankful for the overwhelming encouragement we have received regarding the efforts of our teachers.  They have been working above and beyond their regular hours to ensure that all of our students continue to receive excellent academic instruction and discipleship in an online format.  To those ends, please continue to pray for them during this time away.   

A few reminders:

  • Ren Web: As you probably already know, all lesson plans and assignments are entered into RenWeb by Monday morning.  If there is any question about what is expected during the week, please check there first. 
  • Expected Hours of Work: Without the normal structure of the school building and bell schedule, it can be challenging to gauge the amount of time required to complete academic tasks at home.  In a general sense, Berean students should expect to devote the same amount of time that is usually designated for school hours (8:30-3) plus the amount of time they typically spend on homework.  With that said, long days of learning are normal.      
  • Take Care of Yourself: Students, be sure to take a couple of short breaks during the day to refresh.  Get some exercise (i.e., go for a walk, run, play basketball); anything that is away from the “screens.”    
  • Dress Code: Please remember to dress appropriately and to check your background when participating in live online sessions with classmates and teachers.     

I keep praying for all of you, and I hope to see you back at Berean very soon!

Nicholas Harris  

March 25, 2020

Students and Parents,

I regret to inform you that the Junior-Senior Banquet (JSB), scheduled for the 25th of April, has been canceled due to the ongoing health crisis.  Please know that I held out hope that things would improve in time for the event, but today, the health authorities of Contra Costa County extended school closures and their ban on large gatherings past the date of our event.

I sincerely apologize for the great inconvenience this may cause you and your family, and I mourn the loss of this momentous occasion in the life of our young people.  If there is any possibility of rescheduling, I will find a way to do so.  

Advanced ticket purchases will be refunded in the coming days.

Thank you for your understanding,

Nicholas Harris 

March 23, 2020

Berean Families,

I wanted to thank you for your patience and prayers last week.  The Lord graced us with His presence, and we experienced very few speed bumps as we unveiled the Berean distance learning program.  I am delighted with our initial results, and I’m thankful that the Lord blessed our teachers with the ability to continue their work with your children.  Know that we will continue to finetune our methods and press the boundary of what is possible as we are away from each other and the campus.    

For your enjoyment, Taylor Brost, our digital media instructor, produced a “behind the scenes” video from the week.  Please take a minute to see what our students and teachers have been up to.  Enjoy!

Blessings to you all

Nicholas Harris

March 16, 2020

Berean Parents,

Teachers are putting the finishing touches on the distance learning plan they began working on two weeks ago. I am incredibly pleased with their efforts, and I am sure you will be as well. Along those lines, please know that I have asked each of your student’s teachers to send you an email, by 6 PM this evening, outlining their fourth-quarter objectives and their plans to accomplish those objectives in a digital format. Yes, you may receive up to 7 more emails from Berean today, but I want you to get a taste of what your student can expect and what will be expected of them from their classroom teachers.    

And while I trust that the Lord will bless this time away from the Berean campus, I know that we are going to need your support and encouragement as we navigate the challenge put before us. To those ends, I want to ask you to do a few things to help us keep your kids on track: 

  • Please encourage them to get on a routine right away 
  • Have them communicate with teachers as needs arise   
  • Promote academic integrity as they will be on the “honor code” indefinitely    
  • Help them to observe the appeal for “social distancing” 
  • Pray with them for the Lord’s help

I want you to know that I am praying that Berean, and the churches that comprise our student body, would make Jesus look good to the watching world in this moment. For the Lord has called us to be a “city on a hill”- a living testimony to those who do not know Him (Matthew 5:14). May He help us to do that!

Nicholas Harris

March 13, 2020

We must do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our region.  To accomplish this and to protect the health and safety of our students, families, faculty, and staff, Berean Christian High School will be closing its doors beginning on Monday, March 16th.  School will remain in session but will do so with a digital “distance format” beginning on Tuesday, March 17th. 

Teachers and staff have been planning for this contingency for the last two weeks, and we are ready to proceed with our curriculum and academic calendar as prescribed.  I do not anticipate a drop off in the quality of our educational offerings, as the only thing that will change is the medium of our instruction.  Our teachers are committed to their students, to serving the Lord, and to finishing the fourth quarter to the best of their ability, whether online or in person.

There will be more emails and details to come, but for now, know that your students should stay home on Monday and to be ready to learn on Tuesday.  To those ends, I am asking those who are present today to take essential academic materials (books, I-pads, notebooks, etc.) home with them.    

May the Lord grant us his wisdom and strength as we do this well!

“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV)

Nicholas Harris

March 13, 2020

Dear Berean Christian Families,

In conjunction with the directive from the Assistant Superintendent of High School of MDUSD, Berean Christian has come to the decision to cancel all athletic events, including practices. School will be in a distant learning format starting on Tuesday, March 17th.


La Shawn Wells

Athletic Director 

March 12, 2020

The Contra Costa Health Service's (CCHS) guidelines have come down to local districts and athletic departments. As of today, Berean CIF athletic events will continue to be held as scheduled, but spectators will not be allowed to attend. Please make plans to have your student-athletes dropped off and picked up following competitions and again, know that you may not be present at the event.  I apologize for the inconvenience, but please understand that this action is in the best interests of our community. 

While the game may not be viewable in person, there may be an online option for a live feed broadcast. Please see the link below.  


We will keep you informed as the situation progresses.  If you have any questions, please reach out to our athletic director, LaShawn Wells (lwells@bereanchristian.com).    

May the Lord guide all of us as we appeal to Him, and may He grant that we make Him look good in this unfolding situation. 

Nicholas Harris and LaShawn Wells

March 10, 2020

The situation with the Coronavirus continues to progress, and the Contra Costa Health Department is advising that all mass gatherings with more than 50 people be canceled. For that reason, I want you to know that tomorrow’s chapel will not be held in the gym but rather in individual classrooms with students watching a pre-recorded interview that I conducted this afternoon. 

For the time being, I am also asking students to refrain from congregating in the Student Center during breaks and the lunchtime period.  To that end, dining tables will be relocated outside to the quad where students will be able to enjoy warm temperatures and some fresh air.  

I also want you to know that we have stepped up our disinfection of the school. In addition to having all school desks and tables sterilized every evening, we have instructed our janitorial staff to sanitize every classroom door handle multiple times per day. Again, every classroom has received a generous quantity of disinfecting wipes that can be used by students and teachers at will.

And while I know this has been stated many times, I feel compelled to request once again that sick kids stay home. If your student has any signs of illness, whether you believe those symptoms to be severe or not, please do not send them to school. This is not the time to take a chance.       

Finally, I want you to know that I have sufficiently investigated and found to be false a rumor describing one of our students as having the Coronavirus. I’ve spoken with the student’s parents, and there is absolutely no reason to believe this to be true.   

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27, ESV)

Nicholas Harris

March 3, 2020

I trust you are aware of the emerging situation regarding the Coronavirus and its spread around the world. Please know that we are preparing for every eventuality, including the possibility of distance learning, should the Contra Costa Health Department ask us to close our doors. I do not suspect this will happen, but we will be prepared if it does.  

In the meantime, I want you to know that we are doing our best to keep our classrooms free of germs. To this end, all classroom surfaces (desks and tables) are being disinfected every night by our janitorial staff. Classrooms have also been supplied with containers of disinfecting wipes that can be used by students and teachers at will. Additionally, we are recommending that hand sanitizer be employed by our staff and students throughout the day as needed.    

At this point, the most important thing we can do is pray, take proactive steps of prevention, and wisely react if this contagion continues its spread in our community.  

“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV)

Nicholas Harris

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