The Reopening Learning Guide (New)

Lower Merion High School Starts on 3/22/21

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to the Reopening Learning Guide. We know this plan to invite more students into the building comes with many questions and we are hopeful that this edition of smore will help you navigate our return to school in this next phase. Please refer to this smore to help guide you/your student through this learning experience.

Click on Picture - presentation from Tuesday, March 9th:

Power Point Reopening Information to a 4 Day Week

This is eth power point used for the Parent Information Session on 3/9/21

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New Schedule with 7 minute Passing Time and 4 Lunches will start on Monday, March 22nd:

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Customizable New Schedule Template for Students

To copy, please go to File > Make a copy, and you will have a version you can edit and bookmark.

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Letter Days and Bell Schedules:

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Important Dates:

  • May 6th: Seniors last day
  • May 10th till May 28th: Senior project Experiential Phase
  • May 15th: Senior Prom 7PM till 11PM at Lower Merion
  • May 21st: Career Symposium (time TBD - through Advisory)
  • Keystones- June 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th
    • All four day need to be late arrivals/delayed Openings (23 minute classes)
    • Testing first day after Memorial Day
  • June 1st till June 7th: Senior Project Presentations
  • June 4th: Senior Awards Ceremony (9AM) at Lower Merion
  • June 4th: Senior Picnic (10:30AM) at Lower Merion
  • June 7th: Senior Graduation Practice (1PM) at Lower Merion
  • June 8th: Graduation on Arnold Field at Lower Merion (10:30AM)***
  • Last Day of School is June 17th
  • Teacher In-service is June 18th (Final Cumulative Grades Due)
**Remember that we are NOT ending the year with our traditional Finals week. Students must remain in classes until the last day of the year on June 17th.
*** More details to come on this event. Though, currently the plan is to hold graduation at 10:30AM. We would have an asynchronous day for students and allow faculty and staff to work from home and/or participate in the graduation ceremony. The rain date will be at 4PM on June 8th or on June 10th at 10:30AM.

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Advisory is every Friday from 9:30AM till 10:00AM. Go to the Advisor’s Blackboard and under classes, select Advisory and then click on the link to join the Advisory session.

Pathway Change Requests:

Students at any time may change pathways from in-person instruction to LMSD@Home. If a student wants to change from LMSD@Home to in-person instruction, they will have the opportunity every two weeks if they notify the school via a Pathway Change Request Form by the Wednesday of the week before the pathway change dates of (4/12, 4/26, 5/10, and 5/24.)

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Ordering Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch should be ordered online by midnight at and can be in advance for the week. Click HERE to learn how to pre-order.

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Students will be expected to attend all periods Monday through Thursday either in-person or online. The only mandatory session on Friday, unless directed specifically by a teacher, will be advisory where attendance will be taken that counts for the day on Friday. Teachers will record attendance in PowerSchool in both academic and advisory periods. If your child is absent or requires a late “arrival” or early “dismissal” from school, please utilize the Safe Arrival system to communicate with our attendance secretary, Jean Davis ( If a student self screens and is not safe to attend school, the student can access the class remotely and be recorded as present for the lesson. While an email to the teachers is always appreciated, the use of the Safe Arrival System is necessary to track attendance. Please use this link for the form.


Students, If you will not be attending school in person, you should ask your parents/guardians to follow the normal attendance procedure for notifying the school of an absence. You must do this EVEN IF you are still able to participate virtually. This is important so that we can ensure that you are safe. It also helps us to record and report accurate attendance details which allows for more efficient and effective contact tracing, if necessary.

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****Student Daily Guidelines and Protocols****

Students must review these important health and safety guidelines and protocols. We are #allinthistogether

PDE Recommendations

for Pre-K to 12 Schools Following Identification of a Case(s) of COVID-19

Watch the video below to learn about our building health and safety plan in this next phase of reopening.

Other Important Return to School Videos:

Please click on the titles below to learn more about our return to school in the hybrid model (these are real assistant principals and not actors):

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LMSD COVID-19 Dashbaord

The dashboard will be updated weekly and includes confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 reported to LMSD by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) in individuals who attend or work in LMSD.

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Instructional Technology for All HS Students

On this page, you will learn about how to access virtual classes, get help, and use LM’s most common sites like PowerSchool, Blackboard, and Google Apps for Education.

Netiquette Guidelines For Students

Netiquette refers to "etiquette on the internet." The following guidelines for online etiquette are good rules to follow if you want to enrich online academic conversation and communicate in a respectful and effective way with others.

Student Instructions for Blackboard Collaborate & Zoom

These instructions are meant to help you navigate these resources.

Camera or microphone problems?

Troubleshoot Microphone & Camera on Macbook using Chrome by clicking Here

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LMHS Learning Center

Learning Center: The Learning Center is now will open and can be accessed virtually. The schedule is above. Students will be sent the learning center links each day via email. Students will access the Learning Center sessions remotely from their study hall or free - only if they need help or support in a certain subject.

Remote Learning Best Practices For Students

Please click here for a comprehensive list of important strategies to navigate remote learning.

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Questions? If you have questions - open this document: Who to Call?

A Message from Our Student Services Department

We know that all of these transitions have been challenging. It’s a learning curve for all of us and we are all adjusting together. Please know we are all here to support you in many ways:

· If you are struggling with accessing or completing schoolwork, please reach out to your school counselor (posted below).

· If you’re a teen who is starting to feel overwhelmed and need another teen to talk to, please call Montgomery County’s teen talk line at (866) 825-5856 or text (215) 703-8411. It is available, free of charge, Monday through Friday, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

· Montgomery County Children’s Crisis Support Program provides not only immediate support for crisis situations but also assistance with managing recurring or future crises. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-HELP-414.

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LMSD Reporting Form

The Lower Merion School District strives to create a community where every student feels valued and safe. All members of the LMSD community are urged to use form to share areas of concern regarding matters of social-emotional safety.

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Activities Page:

Below is the link the to the Activities / Athletics Blackboard. Students can find current information, meeting dates, fundraisers, and more for clubs and athletics that may be of interest to them. Please email Ms. Shalon (Secretary in the Athletics and Activities Office) @ with information any club student leader would like posted, or if there are questions.

Lower Merion High School

To Access the Lower Merion High School Website Click here

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