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Re-Opening Task Team News

LCCS is still on track to open school with In-person classes on Thursday, August 20th.  Students in grades K-12 also have the option of the virtual classroom, where they will be taking in the live version of the classroom via computer and zoom technologies.

The Task Team Members are:

Daniel D Guzman MD - Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician,
Cook Children's Medical Center, Senior Consultant- CCPN
Laura Curlee, D.O. - Family Medicine Physician at
John Peter Smith Northwest Clinic
Wade Purtell - Board Member
Kamee Cumbie - Board Member
Sarah Deckert - Elementary Principal
Kevin Dodson - Middle and High School Dean
Dr. Josh Williams - Middle and High School Principal
Mark Earwood - LCCS Head of School 
Finalizing the Protocols Per Division:  Next week, as early as Tuesday, you will hear from your child’s Division Principal about the specific protocols for each division (Early Elementary, Elementary, Middle School, High School), as they will differ slightly due to the statistics behind risk associated with COVID-19. As mentioned in the last newsletter, the goal is not only to start school in-person, but to keep the school open throughout the school year. This will take a team effort from everyone in the Eagle Family
Love Your Neighbor:  While opinions about COVID-19 vary wildly, we want to remind everyone that many things are done out of kindness for others regardless of our personal preferences. COVID-19 is a very real threat to the elderly and anyone with a physical condition that could place them at higher risk of adverse reactions to the virus (see list below). Everyone’s home dynamic is different. We can love one another by bonding together to fight this thing spiritually and with acts of kindness to reduce its potential spread. Likewise, please help us by continuing to practice social distancing when away from school. Any introduction of the virus from any outside source is a potential opportunity for spread throughout LCCS. It’s everyone’s responsibility to help keep the risks as low as possible.

Conditions That Increase the Risk of Severity of COVID-19 Exposure:  This list was put together by the latest information provided to Doctors who deal first-hand with COVID-19:

  1. Cancer
  2. Immunocompromised Patient / Weakened Immune State
  3. Sickle Cell Disease
  4. Type 2 Diabetes
  5. Heart Conditions
  6. Chronic Kidney Disease
  7. Chronic Lung Disease
Additional disease states that could also put our children at risk include the following:
  1. Asthma
  2. Cystic Fibrosis
  3. Type 1 Diabetes
  4. Liver Disease 
  5. Hypertension

Cook Children's Hospital has put a summary of recommendations for returning to school that was provided to the governor, local schools and families. The link: https://cookchildrens.org/coronavirus/action/Pages/Safe-Reopening.aspx

Learning Options for the 2020-21 School Year:  As mentioned above, in-person classes will begin on the 20th, but persons who would feel more comfortable staying at home during this time of increased COVID-19 activity in our county may opt to participate in class via a virtual portal through Zoom, Canvas or Google Classroom depending upon the grade level. A survey will be coming out around August 6th or 7th asking you to let us know which option you will begin the year with. Please know that we are willing to work with any family/student to allow for easy transition from virtual to in-person and vice versa. You do not have to pick one to stick with for the year.
Staying Open:  Our prayer is that COVID-19 stay far from our campus. At the same time, we must prepare for the “what if” scenario. The protocols we put into place are meant to give us the best odds to stay open and, if any student tests positive, to keep the rest of the campus open while only dealing with the individual and those who were in close contact. Our campus is segregated by age and buildings. We will do all we can to create an environment that if there is a positive case of COVID-19 in one division, the other divisions will continue on with school unencumbered. Please bear this in mind with the protocols delivered to you by the division principals. Also, we will begin the year with tighter protocols that will be relaxed as regional numbers go down and as more information comes forward about the threat of COVID-19 to our school family.
Tuition:  We understandably have received questions from parents about tuition. In the event that LCCS is forced to provide only the virtual classroom option due to a governor's Executive Order, tuition will remain the same. Unfortunately, the school’s net expenses do not decrease for remote learning and actually increase. When the campus is closed, school instruction is not. We will be fully engaged in the virtual classroom to keep our students progressing in their education. It is important to note that private religious schools have been granted great autonomy for self-determination during this pandemic and we believe it is highly unlikely a complete closure of the school will be in play due to government edict. 

If we are forced to close a section of the school for a period of two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak, we will reconvene with in-person classes as soon as that quarantine period is over.
Face Coverings:  Face coverings have been proven to be an effective tool in reducing (not eliminating) the risk of exposure to COVID-19. LCCS intends to begin the year with limited uses for face coverings during specific times on campus, with additional consideration given to the age of the students and the statistics behind potential spread within the age group.

The link below provides great information from the CDC for when face coverings should be utilized in a school setting to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. 
Cloth face coverings in schools
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