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Fall 2020 Update - July 9, 2020

Dear LVUSD Families,

We hope this message finds you healthy and well, and that you are finding time to enjoy the summer. I want to share our plans for the reopening of schools in the fall. Our challenge has been to meet the needs of both health and education, and to find the best balance between the two.  Thank you in advance for your understanding, kindness, and continued support as we move forward.

Even though school will look different, we are working on plans for when our students can be back on campus.  We know that students, families, and staff will enjoy being back to the learning and socializing routines of school, and we are doing everything we can to make it as positive and safe as possible.

Our reopening plans will be flexible and responsive to local health metrics. District staff will be monitoring county data on a daily basis, and frequently evaluating our plan to ensure it is in the best interest of student, staff, and community safety. 

Our team has worked to consider many possible solutions as we approach the return to school.  We are leaning on various guidance documents as we develop our plans, especially those from the Harvard School of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Our team has been sourcing and installing personal protective equipment for staff and students, such as hand sanitizing stations, plexiglass shields, contactless thermometers, and infrared thermal scanners, and electrostatic cleaners.

 

In brief:

  • LVUSD will be offering a Virtual Academy to families who want full time, off-campus digital instruction next year. 

  • LVUSD will be cohorting elementary school students in accordance with guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other health and education experts. Students will play, eat, and learn only with their class on campus in order to minimize contacts. Given the current health statistics, we will start the year by dividing elementary classes into morning and afternoon groups. 

  • LVUSD will be dividing all middle and high school students into morning and afternoon groups. To minimize contacts, students will attend two periods a day on a rolling schedule.

  • We are in discussions with our local YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and other child care providers to explore ways to expand child care options for our families and staff.  

  • Please click HERE for a  video overview of our plans with respect to on-campus instruction, virtual instruction, and health and safety. More detailed information and student schedules can be found at LVUSDupdates.org. Please submit any questions or comments you have to that site after reviewing the plans. We will host a follow-up webinar this Tuesday, July 14th at 4:00 PM to address all of the questions the community may have. 

In order to plan schedules, we are asking all families to choose, Virtual Academy or On-Campus instruction, by July 24th at 5:00 PM.  Sign-ups for the two options will be available at LVUSDupdates.org.    

Thank you for your flexibility, support, and understanding as we prepare for the upcoming year during this unprecedented time. 

 

Dr. Dan Stepenosky

Superintendent