LCE Return to Campus

Our TK - 2nd Grade Waiver Has Been Approved!

November 8, 2020

Dear Families,

This newsletter will provide you with information about what to expect when our youngest students return to campus on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020. Please take some time to review the information, policies, and protocols that we have in place. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to having students back on campus again after so many months apart!


Emily Blaney

Superintendent Sinnette's Recent Email

I hope you had a chance to read it. If not, here are some snippets:

"Our TK-2 Hybrid Classrooms at all three elementary schools will reopen on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. This allows LCUSD next week to actualize all of the finishing touches to the Department of Public Health Protocols, making our campuses completely ready for the return of TK-2 students, and in turn, our teachers, and staff.

For TK-2 Parents in the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA), please be assured that virtual instruction will continue as it has been, without interruption. TK-2 teachers on the Hybrid Schedule who are preparing to return to on campus instruction will provide their classes with asynchronous assignments and learning opportunities on November 12, 13, and 16, providing teachers time to ready their classrooms and make the shift to in-person teaching and learning. If your child’s teacher instructs both a VLA class and a Hybrid Class, the VLA class will be provided with a substitute teacher to direct the lessons.

Along the same lines, some of our families who elected the Hybrid Schedule have communicated that they are not ready to return to campus for in-person instruction at this time. We are working hard to accommodate these requests with minimal disruption to class rosters, but it is not always possible. Principals will be contacting families who have indicated that they would like to remain virtual to explain your options. Sometimes it requires an AM or PM swap, a teacher change, and in 2nd grade, we have hired an additional temporary AM Virtual teacher to accommodate the number of inquiries regarding remaining virtual at this time."

- Wendy Sinnette

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Hybrid Schedules

AM Cohort:

7:45 - 8:10 Arrival

9:00 - 9:20 1st and 2nd Grade Recess

9:10 - 9:30 TK and Kindergarten Recess

11:05 - 11:30 Dismissal

11:05 - 12:05 Cleaning of Classrooms

PM Cohort:

11:40 - 12:05 Arrival

1:00 - 1:20 1st - 2nd Grade Recess

1:10 - 1:30 TK and Kindergarten Recess

3:00 - 3:25 Dismissal

Photo Credit: Photo by Malvestida Magazine on Unsplash

Survey Results and Changes

I have contacted all families who did not fill out the TK - 2nd grade survey and will be reaching out to those families who are not comfortable with their children returning to school at this time. I'll do my best to keep students in an AM or PM schedule and shift those students to a Virtual Learning Academy class with another teacher. However, some students may have to change teachers and schedules. Check your email and voicemail.

Kindergarten/TK: Change in Numbers is Necessary

Here is another part of Wendy's email explaining our dilemma with TK and Kindergarten:

"Preparing and filing our TK-2 Reopening Waivers was an intensive process, and a few times we found the requirements changed on us mid-stream. Most significantly, the strict cohorting requirements set the maximum class size for students at 12. This was not the case in the summer as we loaded our AM and PM classes. Our TK and Kindergarten classes in some cases were loaded at 15 students because we could maintain 6’ of social distancing when students returned to campus, and that was the requirement in August. The point of sharing this with you is that over the next week we will need to adjust Kindergarten rosters. We have interviewed and will hire next week 2 AM K teachers who will be assigned to PCY. In order to meet the 12 student limit in our AM classes, we will need to move some students into those classes. Your principals will be reaching out to ask for volunteers, then we will be looking to students without siblings to transfer, and then we will go to a lottery process. I apologize for any disruption this may cause to a family, but we could not foresee the waiver requirements in summer when we planned these classes."

- Wendy Sinnette

Protocols at School

These protocols are what I am anticipating will work best, but this "soft start" allows us to see how things go and make changes as necessary. More paw prints are being painted every day!
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Health Protocols

The MOST important thing you can do as parents is keep your child home if they are sick. The following protocols are dictated by the Department of Public Health, and you will see that it is critical that students are not sent to school if they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 including the symptoms in the image above. Staff will also be screened daily upon arrival.

If a Student is Sick

This is why it is so important that students stay home if they are sick. If a student has noticeable signs of these symptoms or complains about any of these symptoms, the student will be sent to an isolation room to be seen by our health clerk. Parents will then be contacted to come to school to bring the student home and HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to take the student to get COVID testing. The rest of the cohort will be quarantined in the classroom, and the rest of the parents will be notified that there is a possible case. The ENTIRE cohort must quarantine from home for 14 days. The teacher will also quarantine for that time, and students will receive virtual instruction again. The other cohort (AM or PM) may ALSO be asked to quarantine for 14 days at home and go back to virtual instruction.

We are running multiple scenarios by the Department of Public Health, and I will update you on protocols as things change or I get more clarification, but the bottom line is this:


More Protocols at School

Hygiene and safety play key roles in a safe return to school, so I've included these reminders from an earlier newsletter:
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Bring Water

Our water fountains and bottle fillers have all been covered and will not be in use until it is safe to do so. It is important that students bring a full water bottle or two to school. By the way, one of our safe recess activities will be bottle flipping, and I heard that a Gatorade bottle half filled with water works best for that game!

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Cohort Visits Before November 17

Please look out for dates and times on Nov. 12th, 13th, and 16th when cohorts can come to campus and practice these protocols! We know it will be the first time for many of our students to see LCE, and we wanted to give them a head start. For others, it will be nice to return before the 17th. Cohorts will join Mrs. Blaney and paraprofessionals for a tour of the campus and learn about where to line up, where their classrooms will be, and where their restrooms will be. Teachers will be busy preparing for the 17th, but you may even catch a glimpse of your teacher! I plan on communicating these dates in the next couple of days. Parents may join the tour as well! Tours will take 15 - 20 minutes.

Emily Blaney

Thank you for making it to the end of this newsletter! Reach out if you need anything.