RETURN TO LEARN 2020

UPDATE- 11/11/2020

“Together When it Counts”

Dear LCSD Families & Community Members,

I hope that this update finds all of you well as we prepare to honor our veterans on this Armistice Day. Based on my visits to most classrooms this past week and reports from students and staff, things have gone extremely well, and we are all enjoying being back in the classroom! I have been extremely impressed and appreciative of students and staff following safety protocols including masking, social distancing, hand washing and everyone looking out for each other. The ability of our schools to remain open is highly dependent upon the compliance of these required protocols in order to minimize the impacts of COVID-19. So far – so good, we have been able to limit transmission in our schools and the Health District continues to support our efforts in returning students to our school campuses.

In Honor of our Veterans: We are forever grateful to the men and women who have served both in the past and present, and those who will serve in the future. We all can be proud and grateful of the sacrifices that have been made on behalf of our freedom. Thanks to all our veterans for their commitment and dedication to all of us and our country

Grades 2 – 6 Back on Campus: On Monday, November 9th, grades 2 – 6 returned to our school campus for in-person learning in our AM/PM Hybrid Instructional Model with the exception of those students choosing to remain online. Our Pre-K through first grade students have been on campus since October 19th. To date, we have a total of 260 students attending in-person learning in both the morning and afternoon sessions at Morgen Owings and 82 sixth graders (41 students in each session) are on campus at the Middle School. Additionally, there are about 50 students 7-12 who have been on campus (for remote connectivity) since the start of the school year.

The Next Phase of In-Person Learning: Planning continues for our next phase of students returning to the classroom. As of tonight’s board meeting, we will be phasing in the remainder of our Middle School students (7th and 8th grade) on December 7th. County Health officials feel that with solid mitigation strategies and the ability to cohort middle level students will ensure a safe re- entry. For grades 9-12, the district will be following the advice of our County Health officials and monitor local transmission rates in the ensuing weeks. The main reason for delaying the return of our high school students is the inability to cohort this group and the current spike in COVID-19 cases both locally and in the county. Hopefully rates will decline and warrant the return of our high school students in the near future.

SAFETY GUIDELINES In order to continue phasing in our students for in-person learning, we need you to support and follow the guidelines established by our health professionals. It is of the utmost importance that when you or a family member tests positive for COVID-19 that you inform the school nurse or building principal so that we can take necessary precautions. Please consult the updated SCREENING TOOL when deciding whether or not to send your child to school regarding COVID-like symptoms. We need to remain “Together when it counts” especially at this time.

 

As always, we appreciate your support and cooperation –

 

Barry DePaoli, Superintendent

Additional Information

FLU SHOTS Please consider getting a flu shot, this is highly recommended by health officials, especially this year. Mark Johnson, former Navy Doctor and current physician at Confluence Health in Wenatchee specializes in infectious disease. He has prepared the following message explaining the importance of getting the flu vaccine and provides and update on COVID Vaccineshere:

MANGER MALL has a long-standing tradition of supporting families around the holiday season. This year it is absolutely REQUIRED to register in advance! Due to COVID-19, the event requires that families register before November 30th. Forms can be picked up at Chelan Valley Hope on Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm or at Lake Chelan Food Bank on Tuesday and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 10 am. Their electronic internet registration is now open and can be accessed at:
English online registration | Spanish online registration

Click HERE if you would like to make a donation to the Manger Mall this year. You can also mail your donation to PO Box 477 in Chelan or they can be dropped off at the Cornerstone building on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays & Saturdays.

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