2020-2021 Planning Updates for the LCS Community

SEE THE LATEST UPDATES BELOW ABOUT OUR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR AT LCS. 

 

August 13, 2020

Subject: Back to LCS: 2020-2021 Planning Update #13

 

Dear LCS Families,

 

Thank you very much for continuing to work with LCS to help plan the school year.  Your quick response to the survey last week was immensely helpful in our next steps to prepare for the school year. 

 

It is clear in every communication that you appreciate the challenges LCS is facing.  We also appreciate your challenges.  We all are making tough decisions, often without complete information, and it is clear we all sympathize with each other.  Schools and families are weighing the factors of: safety, healthy development, social connections with peers, emotional development, relationship and connection with a teacher who is truly a professional, quality educational practices, and an enriching learning environment.  And each day any of these factors could seem like the most important and we also realize in the current situation, we will often have to accept getting less of one factor in order to get more of another.  

 

When facing these decisions within this reality, we all seem to have this question of “what can I count on?”  We are all searching for solid ground and need something on which to depend.  

 

Well, you can depend on LCS because we will continue to:

  • work hard and grow through challenge,
  • know, value, and support children/adolescents and their families individually,
  • build an engaged community of children/adolescents, staff, and families,
  • center our practices on holistic child and adolescent development,
  • listen, learn, and improve based on observation, feedback, and reflection,
  • act for equity and justice in order to create peaceful communities, and
  • be stewards of our community and keep our community together and strong.

Thank you again for your continued support and appreciation.

 

Topics in This Update

  • Recommendation for Computers
  • Transportation
  • COVID-19 Program Coordinator
  • Back to LCS: Health and Wellness Protocols Update
  • Data and Decision Making about Scenarios
  • LCS School Year Communications Schedule
  • 2020-2021 Calendar Update
  • Communication Transitions
  • Thank you to PSL Team

 

Recommendation for Computers

We recommend that students have a laptop (Chromebooks work well) or desktop computer and a good connection to the internet.  

 

Transportation

Due to MPS’s decision to start the year in distance learning, we will not be able to offer afternoon buses as we have contracted with them in previous years. If this changes mid-year, we will notify families. 

 

COVID Program Coordinator at LCS

The Minnesota Department of Health and the governor recommended that each school have a COVID Program Coordinator to receive and manage communications related to exposure to (awaiting test results) and confirmed cases of COVID-19.  

It is for this reason that LCS has named Katie Haag as the new COVID Program Coordinator.  Families and staff will use the email reportingCOVID@lakecountryschool.org to alert LCS if they have been exposed to a person with a confirmed case, are awaiting testing results, or have a confirmed positive case of COVID-19.

 

Back-to-LCS Health and Wellness Protocol Update

We are still in the process of reviewing some of the more detailed protocols for health and wellness.  Please look for an updated version of the Health and Wellness protocols the week of August 24.

We are ready to share how we are intending to handle a staff or student who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.  See below:

LCS is responsible for:

If there is a positive case, we are required to contact MDH and follow their instructions. 

A typical response might include:

    1. Notifying the school community via email of a positive case
  1. Notifying those who were in close contact so they can quarantine and/or pursue testing
  2. We will also include information about a cohort or all-school shift to Scenario #3 (Learning from Home), if deemed necessary by MDH
  3. Phone/text/call alert if the whole school shifts to Scenario #3 (Learning from Home)

Families are responsible for:

  1. Keeping your family exposure to low risk situations as possible
  2. Monitoring symptoms and keeping ill children home 
  3. Staying home if awaiting test results or if there is a confirmed case in the family
    1. For further guidance on when to stay home, see the MDH decision tree and/or What To Do If You’re Waiting for Test Results PDFs
  1. Notifying the school if a student who has been onsite tests positive

 

Data and Decision Making about Scenarios

Data for K-12 Schools: 14 COVID-19 Case Rate by County

LCS is following the recommendations from the state in deciding whether to have all students in Scenario #1 (learning onsite full time), Scenario #2 (hybrid of onsite and learning at home), or Scenario #3 (all learning from home full time).  The data report that is linked in the title shows the chart below and the data for each county.  As of August 13, 2020, Hennepin County is at 23.76 cases per 10,000 people (see chart in document), which means we are still recommended to run a hybrid model.

 

We are determining a system for making the decision, the timing of the communication of the decision, and the minimum amount of time we would be in a scenario before changing to another scenario.  

 

LCS School Year Communications Schedule

Whole School - Each week, parents/guardians will receive a “Tuesday Memo” that includes all school announcements for that week, including a calendar of events and a message from the Head of School. The school also sends out announcements for all community events, as well as health alerts as needed. School closures (snow days, etc) are communicated via email, phone call, text message, and are included on our website. Information on how to subscribe to text messages is included in the first Tuesday Memo of the year. 

 

Level Communication - Parents/guardians can expect to hear from their child’s level (CH, E1, E2, or JH) for level specific announcements regarding level events, field trips, activities, testing, or other needs.

 

Classroom Communication - Information about your child’s classroom will be sent from your child’s classroom teachers. This may include scheduling, updates, classroom events, etc. 

 

2020-2021 Calendar Update

This year, we will be publishing the school calendar two months at a time to allow for changes in planning and protocol as the year goes on. By the end of this week, you can view our calendar for September and October on our website here. The calendar is subject to change so please continue to watch for updates. 

           

Important changes to the calendar:

  • In order to have more continuity and equity in our hybrid schedule, our “MEA” break will be only one day, on Wednesday, October 14. 
  • There will also no longer be a half day on Friday, October 30 as previously scheduled for the same reason (consistency for hybrid schedule). 
  • Land School visits for children are being re-organized.

 

Communication Transitions

The PSL Team Updates will transition next week to a new webpage on the LCS website.  For this reason, today’s PSL Team Update will be the last communication by direct email from the PSL Team.  Communication about the upcoming school year will shift back to regular whole school, level, and classroom communications as described above. We are also adding a new Health Update communication that will go out on Thursdays with continued updates about safety and learning at LCS on an ongoing basis. 

 

Thank you to PSL Executive Team

With all LCS staff returning to work on August 20, the final preparations for the school year will shift to the LCS staff.  The PSL Team did an incredible job with a very tough situation and I know you all will join me in thanking them for their incredible work.  

The members of this team are: Mindy Holte, Peggy McKenna, Sarah Richardson, Dave Zdenek, April Zoll Close, Brooks Cavin, Katie Haag, Angela Mullin, Robyn Bruggeman (board member), Aimee Horstman Olson (parent), and Kate Thulin (parent).

 

Ben Moudry

Head of School


If you have a question or comment, you can send a message to PSLTeam@lakecountryschool.org.

 

 

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August 6, 2020

Subject: Back to LCS: 2020-2021 Planning Update #12

 

Dear LCS Families,

We appreciate you and are thinking of you and your family each and every day as we plan for our continued partnership with you.  We know you are considering many factors in how to prepare for the upcoming school year and make sure that your children are not only safe, but also healthy, well, and thriving.  LCS is committed and prepared to continue to support you and the development of your children and adolescents in a manner that provides health, wellness, and a rich holistic educational experience.

Thank you to all of you who have written in just to express your gratitude for the work of the PSL Team and the clear and transparent communication.  Thank you also for responding so quickly and completing the surveys we have sent out.  It really helps our planning and preparations for designing the optimal learning environment for your children and adolescents.

This week’s update will cover:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Stating your Intention for the Fall
  • Level Specific Information
  • Process and Timeline for Cohorts
  • Finance Committee Update

 

Health and Wellness

We are engaged in a significant community challenge.  We are all relying on each other to keep our LCS community healthy, which will continue to allow children to attend school onsite.  We need to support each other in making safe choices so the risk of exposure and transmission at LCS is as low as possible.  

For this reason there will be a Health Agreement and Waiver that each family will have to sign before returning to LCS.  This agreement and waiver is currently being drafted, but we wanted to inform you that it will be part of our new practice. The health agreement and waiver are just two of many additions and improvements LCS is making to its health and wellness protocols and practices.  To learn about the new health and wellness protocols and practices see the full document linked below.


Back to LCS: Health and Wellness

 

Stating Your Intentions for the Fall

LCS is planning for three different ways for children and adolescents to start the year.  The options listed below will be available all fall.  Tomorrow, there will be a special communication for each level that will include:

  • A weekly schedule and clear explanation of Scenario #2 for each level
  • A digital form for each family to complete for each of their children or adolescents that states how they intend to attend LCS in the fall.

The options for attending LCS in the fall are:

  • Scenario #2 (Hybrid) as planned by LCS
    • Tomorrow LCS will send out specific information for each level that will include a weekly schedule and clear explanation of Scenario #2 for each level.
  • Distance Learning Full Time (LCS Online)
    • LCS will adhere to safety guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. But these guidelines are designed to mitigate the spread of the virus, not prevent it. If your child or someone in your home is in a high risk category, choosing LCS Online could be a better option in helping to avoid exposure by being around other people.
    • Children and adolescents in LCS Online will work with qualified LCS teaching staff other than the designated classroom teachers through the online format.
  • Scenario #2 with request for FULL TIME ONSITE CARE 
    • This option is for families who have met specific criteria of being essential/critical worker status, LCS staff, specific special needs, or have a specific situations that would be supported by children being onsite full time
    • For the elementary level, this means the child or adolescent will be in class with their cohort the days they are designated to be onsite in their classroom and will work onsite with qualified LCS teaching staff other than the designated classroom teachers as part of the child care program on the days they would otherwise be at home.
    • For the Children’s House Level, this means the child will be the full day classroom.  For children returning to LCS, it means it is likely they will NOT be with the classroom teacher they had last year since there is only one all day classroom.

 

Specific Level Information

Each level will receive a special level specific communication tomorrow, Friday August 7, that will have information about the weekly schedule for Scenario #2 and other updates that are level specific.

 

Process and Timeline for Cohorts

We are approaching creating cohorts in the same manner we approach designing a classroom for a child. We look at the child holistically as an individual and how they connect with and interact with other children in the class. This situation though is more challenging because we are also taking other factors that families have shared with us through the surveys we have sent out. We know you need to know which days of the week your child or adolescent will be attending school onsite as soon as possible.  Therefore, we are going to attempt to have the cohorts assigned by August 17.  This will be a challenge, but we want to do all we can to meet your needs. 

 

Finance Committee Update

The Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees met this week to discuss the financial status of LCS and the outlook for the upcoming school year.  The committee is happy to report that LCS remains fully enrolled.. This continued commitment and partnership by families during this challenging time is outstanding.  We also continue to have families who are interested in joining the LCS community and there are tours happening each week.  

The continued partnership by families creates stability and allows LCS to retain all of its teaching and administrative staff for the upcoming school year, as well as add staff to support the school in exceeding health and safety guidelines while providing an outstanding education for children and adolescents.

The committee acknowledges the difficult situation families are faced with this school year.  For that reason, LCS is opening up the tuition assistance applications process for any current family that would like to request tuition assistance.  LCS is accepting tuition assistance applications now through August 21 for the start of the school year.  If your family has a change in income after August 21, then please let us know.  To request a tuition assistance application, please contact Paul Petroski at ppetroski@lakecountryschool.org.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or send a message to PSLTeam@lakecountryschool.org.

 

Thank you,

Ben Moudry

Head of School

 

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July 30, 2020

Subject: Back to LCS: 2020-2021 Planning Update #11

 
Dear LCS Families,

Earlier today, Governor Walz’s Office, in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) announced that all schools in the state can make their own decision for how to start the school year based on criteria set by the state related to the number of cases in the county and its ability to follow specific safety guidelines.

Based on the current number of cases of COVID-19 in Hennepin County, LCS plans to start the year in Scenario #2 with 50% of students onsite starting Tuesday, September 8, 2020.  We will be monitoring Hennepin County data over the next month and we will notify families if any changes to our plan are required before the start of school. 

LCS is finalizing its plans for how it will meet the needs of families who meet criteria for their students to be onsite full time, as well as families who need to keep their students home for specific safety reasons and would like to have an option for distance learning to start the school year.

More details about how we will start in Scenario #2 (see chart below for reference) including a sample weekly schedule, will be part of the next PSL communication on August 6. 

Some aspects of the plan for safety are set and are listed below.  LCS will follow all required health practices outlined by the Governor and MDH, including but not limited to:

  • creating a COVID-19 Program Coordinator to be the point person for all COVID-19 related issues and connect families with information and staff to answer questions and support them
  • creating individual work spaces that allow for at least six feet of physical space between students, teachers, and staff during the day (our building provides more than 50 sq ft of individual work space per person)
  • following new personal healthy habits protocols, specifically home health assessments and washing hands regularly throughout the day
  • requiring all students, teachers, and staff to wear face masks while at school
  • organizing students and teachers/staff into cohort groups of 10-15 people that stay together throughout the day
  • scheduling students to be onsite for 2-3 consecutive days in a week


All additional details regarding the return to school in the fall will be provided to families by August 6, specifically:

  • updated safety policies and procedures
  • school calendar updates
  • classroom/level-specific information (PLEASE NOTE: this will NOT include new classroom assignments for students entering another level, or for new students, or cohort groupings which will be communicated with families by August 23)

Last, and as previously mentioned, future decisions to increase or loosen restrictions will be made if COVID-19 metrics at the school, local, regional, or state level worsen or improve. 

If you have any questions or concerns prior to August 6, please contact me or send a message to PSLTeam@lakecountryschool.org.

Thank you,

Ben Moudry
Head of School

Scenarios

Children’s House

Elementary 1 & 2

Junior High

#1

  • Around 70% children on site at a time*
  • Half day five days a week for most children 
  • Full days five days a week for children who meet specific criteria** 
 
  • All children on site 
  • Full days for five days a week
  • In cohorts of 15
  • Maintaining 6 ft of distance / 50 sq ft per child
 
  • At least 75% of adolescents on site at a time, including a group at Land School*
  • Half week (2-3 days a week) rotation, if we cannot have all students on site

#2

Same as Scenario #1

50% of children on site for half weeks 

(2-3 days a week)

Similar to Scenario #1 unless we can have all adolescents on site

(see note below)

#3

All Levels in Learning from Home

There will be a standard schedule with regular lesson and meeting times with classroom teachers, specialist teachers, and other peers

*On site child care will continue for children and adolescents of essential workers, as well as other children who meet specific criteria


Notes for Each Level

*Children’s House - in a typical year there are usually around 40% of children who only attend for half a day from 9 am to 12 pm

**Children’s House - the specific criteria will be related to parents and guardians who are essential workers, children with specific learning or behavior support needs, and staff children. If there is room for additional children to stay all day, then we will open it up to other families.

*Junior High - we are still working on the possibility of all adolescents being on site with the use of the Land School and the possibility of using space at the Center for Performing Arts in Scenario #1

 

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July 23, 2020

Subject: 2020-2021 Planning Update #10

 

Dear LCS Families,

Last week we provided a great deal of information about our basic plans for each of the three scenarios for school.  If you just skimmed that update or have not read it yet, please read through it carefully so you have the most up to date information.  The previous updates are located on the LCS website at: https://lakecountryschool.org/planning-updates

 

Communications

As part of our communications plans, we are in the process of creating a webpage that will have all of the information regarding coming back to LCS in the fall for school. It will have information about new health and safety practices for the campus, classroom, and common areas, as well as the timeline, and summary of the different scenarios.  The link to the new webpage will be included in the next update.

 

As part of our process in creating our plans we continue to connect with families and listen to your needs, questions, and concerns.  The next group we will survey will be Elementary 1 and 2 families.  Elementary families will receive a survey next week about their specific needs and situations.  The junior high families will receive a survey as well after we have more information to share about the special beginning of the year experience.

 

Facility Improvements

We are making progress with creating auxiliary classroom spaces for each of the six elementary classrooms.  Thankfully we have specialist spaces right across the hall from each of the six elementary classrooms, the E2 French Room just down the hall, and the Research Center as well.  The Research Center had significant construction this week to create a fully open environment to allow us to create a beautiful and well functioning classroom for up to 15 elementary children (see before and after photo below).  We are also in the process of designing covered outdoor spaces on our urban campus for cohorts of children to meet for activities and lessons throughout the school day.

 

BEFORE

AFTER

 

Governor’s Announcement Next Week

Next week, Governor Walz is scheduled to announce the state’s recommendations and/or requirements for schools to start the school year.  LCS will have an initial response to the governor’s announcement and we will also need to take some time to consider the details of the announcement, specifically how it impacts our decisions about how we will start our school year together.

 

TADS Enrollment

As we continue the regular work to begin the school year, please complete your TADS enrollment. Let Angela Mullin (amullin@lakecountryschool.org) know ASAP if you have not received an email from TADS to set up your account and confirm your tuition plan.

 

Buddy Families

New Families

Parent Link is in the process of assigning “buddy families” to new families to help welcome them to LCS! New families can reach out if you have questions about buddy families, or Parent Link, before the school year begins. Please contact Ryann Hewitt (ryannkate13@gmail.com).

 

Returning Families

Volunteers are appreciated to help welcome our new families! If your family would like to participate as a “buddy family,” please email Ryann Hewitt (ryannkate13@gmail.com).

 

If you have any additional questions or comments for the PSL Team at this time, you can send a message to PSLTeam@lakecountryschool.org.

 

Ben Moudry

Head of School

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July 16, 2020

Subject: 2020-2021 Planning Update #9

 

Dear LCS Families,

It has only been five weeks since the end of school and we are seven weeks away from the start of school. We have accomplished a lot of our planning and preparations and look forward to sharing the decisions with you.  We know that we all want the answers right now and we also want to learn as much as possible from the scientific and health experts before finalizing our plans.

 

It is also important to note that while we are taking a calm, scientific, steady, and careful approach to planning systems, schedules, and structures for next year, there is a tremendous amount of national attention about schools opening and the stories in the media can be intense and emotional. The headlines and storylines that are in the media are often politicizing school openings with national leaders and leaders in other states often making demands of schools without clearly explaining the science behind their statements nor offering any clear guidance or support to protect children, adolescents, or school staff. Although we are in Minnesota and Governor Walz is taking a steady and measured approach to decisions that are being guided by science and the Minnesota Department of Health, we are all still feeling this intense debate. It is important that all of us take time to take some deep breaths and focus on what is going on locally and the specific plans and protocols for this year at LCS.

 

Timeline for the PSL Team’s Work & Communication with Families & Staff

Month

Main Work

Feedback Opportunities

May

Create PSL Team (structure and process) and gather information and resources

Survey sent to all families about 2020-2021 and Learning from Home experience

June

Continue our research and draft plans for review by staff and MN Dept. of Health

Survey sent to staff about 2020-2021 and draft of plan for Scenarios #1 & #2 sent to staff to review

July

Finalize plans for all three scenarios including new protocols, schedules, technology and in person systems.

Draft new policies for safety practices and have them reviewed by MDH and Fire Marshal

Make changes to the indoor facility

Listening sessions with families, survey of families about specific needs, listening session with staff, and survey to check in with staff about plans for 2020-2021

Contact individual families about specific needs

August

Communicate details of new safety protocols and plans for all three scenarios to families

Make changes to the outdoor facility

Announce new process for beginning of the school year community events

Work with individual families as needed to address specific needs, additional listening sessions and surveys for families and staff 

(if need more information)

 

The PSL Team’s work is on schedule and the team is working well together. Through all of our planning, we continue to use reliable scientific sources to guide our decisions and keep current on the most up-to-date information.  Our main sources of scientific and child/adolescent development information related to COVID-19 come from:

 

We have directly consulted with the MN Department of Health and the Fire Marshal about our plans for spaces, number of students, and schedule and they stated our plans look good and safe.  We will send our more detailed plans to them for review once the plans are ready. If there is another scientific, human development, or safety resource that you believe would be helpful to our planning, please send it to the PSL Team email PSLTeam@lakecountryschool.org.

 

Review of Listening Sessions

The listening sessions with families went very well last week and included around 80 families, approximately 20 at each level. The general themes and topics families brought up in these conversations were:

Safety - masks, distance, fresh air, and hygiene

Importance of social time with peers in all scenarios

Concern for staff, safety of staff is critical

Consistency between scenarios and limit change

Improved methods, schedule, and approach to distance learning

Idea of a contract or agreement with families to reduce risk outside of school

Importance of using outdoor space and Land School

Happy with how well LCS Summer Camp is going

Importance of working with individual families needs

Support new families and children moving to new levels

Ideas for how parents/guardians can support each other in Scenarios #2 & #3

Spectrum of opinions represented about wanting back full time and wanting full distance learning

 

If you did not get a chance to join a listening session already, there is one more scheduled for next week on Wednesday July 22 at 11:30 am.  This session is for any family at any level of the school.  Please sign up through the link below.  The sign up will close Tuesday at 4:00pm.

Link for Whole School Family Listening Session Sign Up

 

Children’s House Survey Reminder

The Children’s House Family Survey for families to share their specific needs for the upcoming year is linked below.  Please complete it by Monday, July 20.

Link for Children’s House Family Survey to Share Your Family’s Needs for 2020-2021

 

General Overview of Plans for Each Scenario

Due to the feelings that were expressed in the listening sessions, the PSL Team decided to share a general overview for each of the scenarios at each level as we know it right now.  Please note these are not final plans.  We are sharing them because we want to be as transparent as possible and give you a sense of the plans even if we are not ready to share all of the details with you yet.

 

Please note that even in Scenario #1, all new safety measures will be in place and children will have work spaces that will be 6 ft apart because there will be at least 50 sq ft of space per person in each classroom.  

 

Scenario #1 will NOT have typical protocols or structures, like prior to COVID-19, and we will normalize these new protocols so children can relax and be comfortable and joyful in their learning environment.

 

Basic Information for All Levels

Cohort Size: 10-15 children or adolescents

 

Spacing in Rooms: All classrooms will have more than 50 square feet per child or adolescent

 

Classroom Space: LCS will be creating new classroom spaces within the building 

  • Children’s House: add two classroom spaces (Midday and Cafeteria)
  • E1 and E2: create six new classrooms in the art, commons, music, E2 French, and Research Center rooms.
  • Junior High: using Land School and possibly space at the Center for Performing Arts

 

Safety Information (these are only the most notable changes)

  • Handwashing available in all classrooms
  • Fresh Air - All LCS classrooms have access to fresh air with large windows or doors that can allow for direct fresh air regularly throughout the day and year (yes, we might need to wear some extra layers and maybe even get to wear hats :) )
  • Fresh Air through HVAC System - each classroom has fresh air pushed into it throughout the day with our HVAC system, this air can be heated.
  • New Air Filters - LCS now has new air filters that meet CDC guidelines (rated Merv 13, instead of Merv 10) and will be changed monthly instead of quarterly
  • Ample Cubic Feet - the height of LCS elementary classroom ceilings are taller than standard ceiling heights, allowing for more cubic feet of air to help with air flow and more space
  • New No Touch Faucets and Soap Dispensers - LCS will have no touch faucets and soap dispensers in all bathrooms (air hand dryers will likely not be used due to new data)

 

Scenarios

Children’s House

Elementary 1 & 2

Junior High

#1

  • Around 70% children on site at a time*
  • Half day five days a week for most children 
  • Full days five days a week for children who meet specific criteria** 
 
  • All children on site 
  • Full days for five days a week
  • In cohorts of 15
  • Maintaining 6 ft of distance / 50 sq ft per child
 
  • At least 75% of adolescents on site at a time, including a group at Land School*
  • Half week (2-3 days a week) rotation, if we cannot have all students on site

#2

Same as Scenario #1

50% of children on site for half weeks 

(2-3 days a week)

Similar to Scenario #1 unless we can have all adolescents on site

(see note below)

#3

All Levels in Learning from Home

There will be a standard schedule with regular lesson and meeting times with classroom teachers, specialist teachers, and other peers

*On site child care will continue for children and adolescents of essential workers, as well as other children who meet specific criteria

 

Notes for Each Level

*Children’s House - in a typical year there are usually around 40% of children who only attend for half a day from 9 am to 12 pm

**Children’s House - the specific criteria will be related to parents and guardians who are essential workers, children with specific learning or behavior support needs, and staff children. If there is room for additional children to stay all day, then we will open it up to other families.

*Junior High - we are still working on the possibility of all adolescents being on site with the use of the Land School and the possibility of using space at the Center for Performing Arts in Scenario #1

 

Junior High Odyssey

As shared with Junior High families yesterday, the Junior High Odyssey will not happen this fall due to Crow Canyon Archaeological Center cancelling all of their fall programs. We know this news will be met with a variety of emotions within and among Junior High families. As mentioned in the PSL Team Update last week, we are planning for the JH experience this fall to include multiple days at the Land School where there is plenty of space for the whole JH community to be together safely, as well as opportunities for meaningful work and learning experiences.

 

The Junior High staff will continue its work to prepare an outstanding experience for ALL adolescents to start their year together as a community in a safe and exciting way.  The main aspects of the beginning of the year experience will be shared with Junior High families by August 7, including dates (the dates might change, but will not interfere with Jewish holidays), locations, educational topics, and safety protocols.

 

If you have any additional questions or comments for the PSL Team at this time, you can send a message to PSLTeam@lakecountryschool.org.

 

Ben Moudry

Head of School

 

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July 9, 2020
Subject: 2020-2021 Planning Update #8

Dear LCS Families,

 

I hope this communication finds you well and that you are creating fun ways to stay cool during this long wave of heat and humidity.  The PSL Team continues its work and is making good progress.  We are nearing a final draft of a plan and schedule for Scenario 1 and 2 for all levels of the school that does well in meeting our goals for safety and learning environments that support the holistic development (social, emotional, cognitive, etc) needs of children and adolescents. 

 

Even though our plans for the structure and schedule for onsite learning have dominated the last month of our work, there are always people on the PSL Team that continue to work on the details for safety, logistics, distance learning, technology, and much more every week.  This work in the background will help us be ready to finalize decisions and plans for each area in a timely manner. 

 

Listening to You

This week we are holding listening sessions with parents and guardians from each level of the school to learn more about your concerns, questions, and suggestions.  At this point most of the sessions are full, but please do check the sign up for a session you are interested in attending though this link.  If the session is full, please email PSLTeam@lakecountryschool.org and let us know of your interest and which session you would like to attend.  If there is enough demand we will open up other sessions next week.

After the scheduled listening sessions have concluded, all families for a level will have the opportunity to share information about their families specific needs and situations related to school next year. Look for an email from LCS in the next week with a link to the survey to share your specific needs.

 

Junior High Odyssey Update

We continue to communicate with Crow Canyon about whether they will be open for participants this year.  We cannot finalize our plans for the JH Odyssey until we have a definite answer from Crow Canyon.  We are scheduled to hear from Crow Canyon next week about their decision.  As we wait for Crow Canyon’s answer, we continue our work to plan for an alternate Odyssey that would include multiple days at the Land School with the same focus on Native American history and culture.

 

Area / Decision

Communication 

to Families

Notes & Details

Summer Program

  • CH Summer Camp
  • JH Apprenticeship
  • E2 Farm Camp

June 18

Completed

(see more information in Update #5)

Start of School

July 1

Completed - maintain the same annual calendar and start date 

Junior High

Odyssey

July 15

JH staff working on a few different plans to meet increased safety requirements 

Detailed Structure and Plan for School

August 1

(Guidance from MDE & MDH by July 31)

PSL Executive Team will be working on this plan and communicating and seeking feedback when needed

Tuition Reduction for specific situations

August 7

The Board Finance Committee is meeting this summer to discuss this question

Community Events

August 15

Events will be planned after full detailed plan of year is completed


If you would like to send a question or comment for the PSL Team to consider, you can send a message to PSLTeam@lakecountryschool.org.


Ben Moudry
Head of School

 

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July 2, 2020
Subject: 2020-2021 Planning Update #7 

Dear LCS Families,

Thank you for continuing to read these updates to stay informed about our planning for safety and learning in 2020-2021. We are making good progress on planning for the three different scenarios outlined by the MN Department of Health and MN Department of Education (see last week's update for more information).

Currently, we are planning to start with Scenario #1 and are constructing our plans so that we can seamlessly change to the structure for Scenario #2 where we would only be allowed to have 50% of the children and adolescents on site. The basic structure for both Scenario #1 and #2 is to have children and adolescents in cohorts throughout the day while on site. We will share more details about the plans for Scenario #1 and #2 each week over the month of July as we finalize our plans.

In all scenarios, we continue to work towards the ability for children and adolescents who meet specific criteria to be able to be on site full days five days a week. The main criteria at this time relate to critical workers, children who need a higher level of learning support, and families who do not have flexible work schedules and must work outside of the house.

Through all of our planning we continue to use reliable scientific sources to guide our decisions and keep current on the most up to date information. Our main sources of scientific and child/adolescent development information related to COVID-19 come from:

If there is another scientific or human development resource that you believe would be helpful to our planning, please send it to the PSL Team email listed below.

As part of this planning process, we want to stay in touch with you and continue to include you as partners. The next opportunity to share your ideas, thoughts, and feelings about our plans for the school year next year will be to sign up for a small group listening session. These are sessions where Ben Moudry and one or two members of the PSL Executive Team will facilitate a conversation with up to eight people from a level to hear from you. Use the link below to sign up for a listening session.

Click HERE to sign up for a listening session by level (Children's House, Elementary 1, Elementary 2, or Junior High). 
*If more than one parent/guardian from your household is attending, please sign up separately to keep the listening sessions to eight people maximum. 
*If slots are full, please email PSLTeam@lakecountryschool.org to request another session be added. 

If you would like to send a question or comment for the PSL Team to consider, you can send a message to PSLTeam@lakecountryschool.org.

Ben Moudry
Head of School

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