Greetings LCC Day School Family, We want to Thank You again for your patience, grace, and underst [ ... ]
Greetings LCC Day School Family,
We want to Thank You again for your patience, grace, and understanding as we prepare for a Return to School. The Board of Trustees, Re-Opening Task Force, and Administration continue to meet frequently in order to assess the latest information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and evolve our Return to School plans as necessary.
As you may be aware, local public school districts and other private schools have recently announced delays to their school start date, while other school districts and private schools have announced their intent to only offer virtual school to begin the upcoming school year.
In our most recent meeting, the Board of Trustees discussed whether we should consider delaying the start date for the school year. In light of the number of new policies and measures being adopted to create an in-school environment that is as safe as possible, and with input from faculty, staff, and parents, the Board decided it would be prudent to delay the start of school by one week. The date for our Return to School will now be August 19, 2020.
The speculated reasons for the delays by other schools appear to be wide-ranging, from concern that the logistics of offering in-person learning are too complex to implement (particularly for large public school districts), to the hope that a delay will provide more time for a reduction in the current rate of virus spread.
For us at LCC Day School, the driving factor behind our decision to delay the start of the year was to give everyone – faculty, staff, and parents – some additional time to prepare for Return to School. As stated in our prior communications, we have been very deliberate in formulating and announcing the new policies and measures being implemented, given that information regarding COVID-19, and guidance from the CDC and other authorities, are literally changing daily. Although we believe this approach has served us well, it has also led to a very compressed time schedule for Return to School preparations. Thus, we hope that this one-week delay will provide everyone a bit more time to get ready for the new year.
While our start date is changing, our approach to the Return to School is not. Based on the current situation, the Board of Trustees and the Administration remain fully committed to opening the LCC Day School campus and offering the in-school learning experience all of us miss so very much.
Finally, we humbly ask for everyone’s patience with, and support for, our beloved faculty and staff as we return to school. There is no doubt that the first couple of weeks of school will present all of us with some unanticipated challenges, no matter how much we plan. We want to recognize the pressure and accompanying anxiety that these changes place upon faculty and staff and based on their feedback would like to provide them with this additional time to prepare to educate your children. We cannot thank them enough for their perseverance and commitment to LCC Day School. Please support our faculty and staff by ensuring you and your families are following CDC guidelines outside of school (see the attached risk pyramid from the Florida Medical Association as a helpful resource).
Again, on behalf of LCC Day School, we thank you again for your patience and understanding during these challenging times. We look forward to starting school again on August 19th.
The LCC Day School Board of Trustees
July 17, 2020 Dear LCC Day School Families, First and foremost, it goes without saying that we t [ ... ]
July 17, 2020
Dear LCC Day School Families,
First and foremost, it goes without saying that we treasure the privilege of having the opportunity to educate your children. With that privilege comes a heavy sense of responsibility for ensuring their physical, emotional, and spiritual safety and well-being each day. We miss having your children in school, and we know there is overwhelming support for re-starting in-school learning.
In considering whether or not to require children to wear masks, our decision ultimately came down to whether we could safely enable in-school learning without requiring masks. Our decision was made in light of the following factors:
1) The CDC and AAP guidelines recommend masks for children when social distancing is not possible.
2) Given the constraints of our physical campus, the only way to ensure social distancing without masking would have been to drastically reduce school capacity.
3) The current status of the pandemic in the Tampa Bay area, conflicting studies on how children transmit Coronavirus, rising infection rates among kids locally, and the potential risks to faculty and staff, cause us to err on the side of caution.
4) Consistent with our guiding principles, we want to limit the impact of a student or staff member potentially testing positive for COVID-19, and keep as much of the school open as possible if that were to occur.
5) Finally, while we embrace our independence as a private school, due to liability and other considerations, we cannot ignore the fact that almost all local public and private schools have decided to implement universal masking policies.
In light of the above, the Board of Trustees has voted to require all faculty/staff (preschool -8th grade) and students in grades K - 8 to wear masks (not preschool students). Our masking policy will be as follows:
Students will be required to wear masks while on campus except in the following situations –
When at P.E.
When at Break/Snack
When at Lunch
When at Recess
When outside for academic pursuits and social distancing is possible.
Students will be given mask breaks during the day while in class when an activity is conducive to social distancing.
Family's may request their student to wear their mask at all times.
Students/families may choose appropriate fabric/designs for student masks. The school will have the final authority to whether the fabric/design chosen is appropriate.
Families are asked to provide an extra mask to remain at school in the event the mask the student is wearing becomes soiled.
A clean mask should be worn daily.
This decision was not taken lightly. While we understand the science behind masks, and why it is prudent to require them, we know that masking will present new challenges to teachers and students and alter the learning environment for our children. None of this will be easy, but rest assured, we will work with each of your children individually as needed to help adjust to this new environment. Furthermore, the Board of Trustees continues to monitor the situation and will be revisiting the masking policy as conditions evolve. We expect that the masking policy will be subject to change throughout the school year as the factors behind our decision also change.
We will provide additional information next week to further address questions you may have.
Holly Carlson, Head of School
Celeste Stroud, Asst. Head of School
Adam Higman, LCCDS Board of Trustees, Chair
Amy Bell, LCCDS Board of Trustees, Past Chair