2020 return to campus plan
as the lca community begins preparing for on campus instruction on august 12, we would like to provide you with as much up-to-date information as possible to help you understand how you can prepare for what is to come. to access our full 2020-21 return to campus plan, click below to download the pdf.
tiered level of operations
during the 2020-21 school year, lca will operate under the following guidelines to help mitigate the spread of infectious illness in the school. these levels are predefined with concrete mitigation strategies according to the level of spread in our school community throughout the year. lca will work with the dph to continuously monitor cases of covid-19 and exposure risks in our school.
minimal to no spread
normal conditions, proceeding with caution
minimal to moderate spread
enhanced mitigation strategies based on recommendations by the cdc, dph, and doe.
lca will be opening on august 12 under the strategies developed for level yellow.
school closure is either mandated by the state of georgia, department of health, or a large number of cases within the school community. implementation of full distance learning environment for pk-12, inclusive of daily live instruction by lca teachers.
learning model selected
our team has dedicated the summer to ensuring that every student, whether on campus or online, will have the same level of interaction and academic rigor. students will need to select the desired model they want to begin the school year in by july 24 or upon enrollment for new students. this will be a 4-week commitment that can be re-evaluated, if desired, before the next 4-week period.
+ on campus learning
we are excited to welcome students back to lca for a full, five days per week, on-campus learning model for those that choose. some program modifications you may see will include the following: additional classrooms for student grouping, new transition protocols, new sanitization guidelines, and enhanced technology that will allow for synchonous learning.
+ ls distance learning
lower school will be participating in classroom teaching sessions via livestream each day, giving them the ability to ask a question and/or join in discussion. sessions will also be recorded should there be a need for reference. students will be responsible to stay on task and turn in all assignments on time. there may be times when a student may not be able to join in on a particular group assignment, but the teacher will make every effort to assist the student's learning and understanding of what is being taught. if this model is selected, the teacher will communicate all expectations through the online platforms of seesaw (pk-2) and google classroom (grades 3-5).
+ us distance learning
upper school students will follow their published class schedule, logging in at the beginning of each class period to participate in live instruction. students will be held to the same standard as those participating in on-campus instruction. the goal is for students to still feel connected with their teachers and peers while learning from home. it is the student and parents’ responsibility to ensure that assignments are completed on time. if there is a concern about a student’s performance, the teacher will reach out to the student and parent to make sure that everyone is on the same page. there may be certain assignments such as group projects where students that are participating in distance learning cannot participate. teachers will make every effort to provide an opportunity for students to participate, but it may become necessary for the student doing distance learning to complete an alternate assignment.
covid illness policies will be enforced. our pandemic task force is actively monitoring changes in protocol and will continue to update the lca community as guidelines change.
+ before arriving on campus
the cdc recommends that anyone who is experiencing symptoms of covid-19, has come in contact with someone who has tested positive, or received a positive test result himself or herself should isolate at home, maintain social distancing, and self-monitor until 14-days from the last date of exposure. the school nurse should also be notified of the specific circumstance via the sickline email. the cdc currently defines close contact as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48-hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated.
+ ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS: STUDENTS & FACULTY/STAFF
teachers will be checking student temperatures upon entry to the ls classroom or the us first period class. faculty/staff temperature checks will also be performed upon arrival to school. any individual with an elevated temperature (above 100) or that appears to be ill will be sent to the clinic.
+ ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS: PARENTS & GUESTS
parents and guests arriving on campus for a scheduled appointment are asked to sanitize their hands upon entering the building. they will have their temperature checked before signing in. the sign-in process now also includes acknowledgement of no covid-19 symptoms.
+ late student check-ins
students who arrive after the start of school will sign-in through their respective school receptionist and have their temperature checked before being released to class.
DROP-OFF & PICK UP
+ morning carpool: drop-off
morning carpool schedules will remain the same for the 2020–21 school year. all students must be dropped off through the carpool line. unless a parent has a scheduled appointment, he/she will not be permitted to walk to a modular classroom or enter a building beyond the receptionist’s office. lca is such a relational environment. as such, we realize that this will be one of the most difficult policies for our ls families to adjust to. we will have a number of additional team members on hand to help and/or comfort our littlest lions and/or their parents through the morning drop-off protocol during the first weeks of school.
+ afternoon carpool: pickup
afternoon carpool schedules will remain the same in 2020-21. however, ls students will be released directly from their classrooms to the pick up line rather than assembling in the ls lunchroom. we appreciate everyone’s patience as new health and safety protocols may extend the duration of carpool.
+ ATHLETIC PRACTICE, FINE ARTS REHEARSALS, & BEYOND THE BELL STUDENT PICK UP
parents are to remain in cars. ls students will be escorted by the coach or teacher to the parent’s vehicle. us students will be released to their parent’s vehicle.
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
lower school chapel will be pre-recorded and shown in classrooms as well as to our distance learning students on thursday mornings. upper school chapel will be livestreamed to classrooms as well as to our distance learning students.
+ conference days
first semester parent conferences will be conducted virtually.
the athletic department has been in consistent contact with ghsa throughout the summer and is working to develop protocol specific to athletics based on the most up to date recommendations from various athletic organizations. additional information will be sent to parents of athletes closer to the start of the school year.
+ TRAVEL & FIELD TRIPS
all lca community members are asked to limit non-essential travel and follow the recommended travel advisories provided by the cdc and the department of health. first semester field trips and camps will be suspended.
+ BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CHILDCARE
parents who utilize these programs will receive communication specific to protocol closer to the start of the school year.
+ launch: general supply drop-off
each year students are asked to provide a specific item for broad school deployment, i.e. paper towels, hand sanitizer, clorox wipes, etc. obviously these items are in high demand but needed more than ever. parents are encouraged to make these purchases as soon as possible. the closer we get to august 12, the more difficult it may be to find them. these items are typically dropped off the evening of launch. these items may be sent in with students the first week of school. students are encouraged to keep personal hand sanitizer in their bookbag, desk, or locker throughout the year.
the following protocols are in place for first semester and are subject to extension into second semester should the need arise:
+ limited building access: outside vendors - lunch
lunch service provided by outside vendors will be suspended. students will be asked to pack a personal lunch daily and will eat in their classroom until social distancing measures in lunchrooms may be safely attained.
+ limited building access: parents/guest
attendance of guests during lunch will be suspended first semester. unless arriving for a scheduled meeting, parents, guests, or vendors will not be allowed beyond the reception office.
+ classroom - halls
desks will be spread as far apart as feasible for each classroom. wherever possible, individuals will maintain the recommended six-feet of physical distance. to learn more about ls and us approaches to social distancing, refer to the full plan pdf.
while the playground will be temporarily off-limits until a strong solution for accurate disinfecting betweeen groups of children can be established, ls will hold recess on the pe field.
have a question?
our pandemic task force is actively working to ensure your back-to-school transition is as smooth as possible. click below to access our frequently asked questions page. your question isn’t answered? contact one of our team members below for more information by clicking on their icon below.