Kirk Scott — co-head of the Desert Christian Academy in Bermuda Dunes, California — claims that God told the school to reopen based on three books in the Bible that were specifically written to Jewish people 2,000 years ago, not Christians in 2020.
California requires schools to apply for a waiver to reopen, but Riverside County (where the school is located) doesn’t meet the state threshold for opening.
Scott told KESQ that he plans on reopening school in September anyway:
It could be a lost year of learning and that’s not a compromise that we’re willing to take.
Scott claimed the simple guidelines on COVID-19 safety (masks, social distancing) were confusing, so he turned to the Bible, which never mentions forcing children into school during plagues:
He spoke to us very clearly through the books of Ezra, Haggai and Zechariah that we were to reopen our campus for in-person instruction.
Scott also said they were using “prayer” to keep COVID-19 off the campus:
Our families work and they need a safe place where they can trust their children. And they don’t have time or the ability or the resources to do the education. We would be fools not to prepare for that reality. Our prayer and our hope and our goal is that we can keep Covid off our campus.
Scott added that he would be trusting God if there are “tragic results” from his own poor choices:
There’s always the possibility of tragic results, and we trust the Lord with the outcome of whatever it is that He leads us into.
The school’s website also includes a Bible verse written to Jewish people 2,000 years ago and does not mention knowingly exposing children to a plague:
The Leadership Team would like to extend a sincere thank you for your patience, understanding, flexibility, feedback, and support throughout these months.
Parents, I encourage you to take this unprecedented opportunity to pray with your children and to share from God’s Word those Scripture verses that reassure you that He is sovereign over all things and is more than able to take care of all that concerns us. Isaiah 41:13-14 says, “’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you.” We are praising the Lord for the promise that He, Himself, will sustain us in the coming days.