Parents Upset After Virginia Beach Church Shuts Down School 10 Days Before Classes Start

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — Teachers at Emmanuel Lutheran School were busy painting, decorating, and cleaning classrooms Friday in anticipation for the first day of school on September 4th. Then everything came to a halt.

“We were just notified this morning that the school is closed,” said Rachel Lizan.

Lizan doesn’t just have a child who attends Emmanuel Lutheran School, she is also the chair of the school board. She said she was just as shocked as anyone to find out the Church Council was shutting them down without any explanation.

The school has been around for decades, and up until Friday, it cared for and educated children ages 16-months to four-years-old.

“We’re a week and a half from school starting, and we have more than 50 students that don’t have a school to go to,” said Lizan.

Nisa Cochren is a parent of one of those students. She said it’s too late to find her daughter a new pre-school, let alone one that she trusts.

“It was so incredibly disrespectful and disheartening to get a voicemail. Like I am displaced, I can’t find childcare for my daughter,” said Cochren.

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SOURCE: Robert Boyd 
ABC 13 News Now