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LCCS 2021-2022

LCCS 2021-2022
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All decisions about COVID mitigation are made by reviewing the latest guidance from the CDC, the state health and education departments, and our Pandemic Response Team, which includes our school physician, nurse, and parent members who are public health or medical experts.  

All mitigation efforts are subject to change as guidelines change and can be tightened or loosened as we navigate through through this process. 

As of Friday May 13, our procedures about going to remote learning have also shifted. Previously we had a set number of COVID positives - 3 within a week - that would have meant that a classroom or grade would shift to remote learning for 5 days. 

As of now, the office of our school nurse will make decisions about going to remote learning on a case-by-case basis, but it is far less likely that classes/grades will have to take this step. (Our school physician indicated that we would have to see about a 20% positive rate within a group to go remote.) We will consider factors such as the timing of positive tests, whether positive students were in class for the days prior to their positive test, and current community spread. 

In consultation with our school physician and school nurse organizations, we also feel we can shift to this protocol due to our testing-with-symptoms program at school. 

We will continue to monitor the COVID situation in LCCS and the region, and our Pandemic Response Team will continue to make decisions that balance the need for safety and the most normal experience for our students. 


Update: May 9, 2022

As of Monday May 9, when a student or staff member tests positive, LCCS will no longer administer follow-up COVID tests in that class or grade.** The Office of the School Nurse has made this decision for several reasons: 

  • Over the past two months, we have tested about 10 grades/classes (about 200 students in total) after someone in those groups had COVID, and none of those students or staff have turned out to be positive.  

  • Rapid home tests are widely available now, and almost all of the positive COVID tests that we have received in the past two months have come from those rapid home tests. 

  • Our vaccination rate remains high with at least 53% of eligible students fully vaccinated. 

The office of our school nurse will continue to test students who show any type of illness in school, given the wide range of symptoms for COVID variants. ** The exception to this policy is PreK - since those students cannot be vaccinated, we will continue to test those classes if and when there are positive cases in those grades.  

Update: May 6, 2022 

Dear LCCS Families, 

As of Monday May 9 LCCS will return to our policy requiring all students and staff in all grades to wear face masks during the school day and at all indoor, in-school activities. 

This decision was made after careful consideration and a recommendation by our Pandemic Response team and the office of our School Nurse due to a rise in cases not only in the region, but also within the LCCS community. 

You can see our weekly COVID report here but we have had 7 cases of positives for students or staff reported to the Office of the School Nurse since May 1. In contrast, in the entire month of April we had 7 reported cases. 

  • The return to face masks will last until at least May 20, when we will revisit to determine whether to extend that decision. 
  • Cloth face masks are permitted. 
  • Students will be able to take masks off when outside, but will wear them during arrival and  dismissal.  

We knew a return to masks was a possibility when we went to a mask-optional environment and we will keep close tabs on COVID cases and will lift restrictions as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Sincerely, 

Colin Hogan, Head of School 





(From previous updates)

As of March 21 we will no longer be notifying families in a particular group on the the day a student or staff member who has contact with that group tests positive for COVID. We will still maintain our COVID Dashboard and weekly update.

As of March 14 we will move from our weekly testing of all registered students to a test-as-needed program. Our school nurse, Juan Carrillo will test students if they present in school with possible COVID symptoms. Testing remains free. Unvaccinated staff will continue to be tested weekly.

Quarantine


Students and staff who test positive must quarantine for at least five days. Day zero is the onset of symptoms or the date the positive test was collected. On Day 6, the student or staff member may return to school if they are symptom free. We ask that families consult with the school nurse about symptoms, as we understand that some COVID symptoms may linger for significant periods of time. But the individual absolutely must be fever-free without the use or medication for at least 24 hours before their return. A fever is considered to be anything higher than 99 degrees. We do not require a negative PCR or rapid test to return. 


Mitigation 

Windows and doors will remain open in classrooms. Please dress your child in layers.


If a child tests positive it is the guidance from the CDC, state experts, and our Pandemic Response Team that we do not need to put the entire classroom on quarantine because of our strict protocols for student and teacher masking, ventilation, student testing, and teacher vaccination/testing.

    • If there are students or faculty who were directly exposed* to the person who tested positive, they might also have to quarantine, if required. *Direct Exposure is defined as close, unmasked contact for 15 minutes - a circumstance we do not anticipate happening often given our school-wide masking policy. While students are unmasked during lunch times, these are set as “quiet lunches” and children are spaced out, reducing risk. 

  

How will my child be educated if they have to quarantine due to COVID? 


  • Students who are quarantined due to COVID but able to participate in education, will be able to access Commensurate Education. (This is only available for students who are not at school due to COVID.) They will be able to Zoom into all their classes throughout the day, and will be assisted by teacher assistants or interns. 

  • Students who are quarantined can also access one-on-one Zoom tutoring during their quarantine. Lower school students will receive up to 2 hours per week in each of their subjects and Middle School students can receive up to 2 hours per week in each subject: Science, social studies, ELA, and math. 

  • Please remember that Commensurate Education is only available for students quarantined for COVID, not for travel or other illness. 


 
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