Restart Plan Update July 22, 2020
July 22, 2020
Dear Lincoln Families,
On Tuesday, July 21, our Lincoln Academy Board of Directors heard some ideas for reopening school. During the meeting, the leadership team proposed that the first day of school be moved to Tuesday, September 8. The reasons behind this proposal are many, but first and foremost is that staff will not be able to access the school buildings until August 17 at the earliest. This is due to the 5B construction that is taking place at our school, which has been amazing so far. However, as is common with most construction projects, we have encountered some delays and need extra time to reach completion. Additionally, once teachers are able to be in the buildings, they will have to make modifications to rooms to accommodate social-distancing measures, and our buildings will need to undergo a thorough cleaning. Teachers will also need more time for planning, preparing and training this year as we have several new ideas to consider. Lastly, starting school after Labor Day will also give Lincoln the opportunity to watch other schools in the area open and see their successes and limitations, as well as to watch COVID trends. With this added knowledge, we can then make any adjustments that might be needed based on the latest data. The Board of Directors approved the date changes, so please mark your calendars for the first day of school to be Tuesday, September 8 and the last day of school to be Friday, June 4, 2021.
The Lincoln leadership team has also officially received the Colorado Department of Health and Colorado Department of Education school restart guidelines as of July 20. These documents, along with Jeffco’s restart plan, provide the necessary information for us to make decisions about reopening our school in the safest way possible for both students and staff. However, implementing a restart plan is not something we take lightly and we need some more time to process the data, discuss best practices/strategies, ensure all safety measures and precautions are in place, communicate with and get input from our teachers and staff, and much more.
The goal of our restart plan will be to provide in-person and remote learning opportunities, thereby minimizing educational disruptions and creating equitable opportunities for all Lincoln students, while keeping the safety of our staff and students at the forefront of our plan.
Below are some of our preliminary plans, with more details coming soon.
In-Person Learning: Lincoln will provide full-time, in-person learning five days a week for students in grades K-4 and four days a week for students in grades 5-8. Students will be grouped in cohorts to reduce contact with other students. We would like to be able to welcome students back to as "close to normal as possible" classroom experiences while taking the necessary precautions to keep students safe.
Remote Learning: A remote learning option will be available at Lincoln as an alternative for families who prefer their student(s) to continue learning remotely.
Before and After School Care - Leopard Care
Leopard Care is planning on opening for the school year. As a licensed childcare provider, Leopard Care is bound by additional regulations and guidelines. We are working with our licensing and health partners to determine exactly how to comply and safely care for the children in our community. View the guidelines provided by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) for childcare providers in the CDHS Provider COVID Response Guide.
Lincoln Academy PreK will restart this fall. Details will be communicated by Barbara Robinson, the PreK Director, to PreK families directly. We are working with our licensing and health partners to determine exactly how to comply and safely care for the children in our community. The preschool team will continue to work in close collaboration with the Colorado Office of Early Childhood as well.
Health and Safety
The Lincoln Academy Restart Plan will focus on important guidelines to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. Among them:
Six feet of social distancing between all individuals will be encouraged at all times when possible.
We will comply with applicable state and local mask orders. Students over 10 years of age, as well as all staff, will be required to wear a face covering or mask while indoors at school. Students and staff will not need to wear a mask or face covering while outdoors or while eating or drinking. Exceptions will be made for those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering (with a written doctor's note).
Masks and face coverings will not be required for students under age 10.
Lincoln Academy families and staff will provide their own face coverings.
Staff and students will be required to complete a daily symptom check at school. Each day, students and staff will have their temperature taken and answer a few symptom-related questions (such as cough, sore throat, etc.). Those with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be asked to return home.
Should a student or staff member begin to feel ill during the school day, they will be asked to return home.
If a staff member or student has a fever, they must be fever-free without medication for 72 hours and have had 10 days pass since their first symptom before returning to school, unless they have a clear alternative diagnosis from a medical provider.
Students and staff will be encouraged and reminded to wash hands regularly; use hand sanitizer; avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth; and properly cover coughs and sneezes.
There will be increased circulation of outdoor air via mechanical systems. (5B funds are providing a new HVAC system in building A)
Daily disinfection of classrooms and other high-touch areas throughout all buildings throughout the day.
Limited sharing of student and staff supplies.
Computers/Chromebooks will be sanitized in between use of students. Students should use the same equipment when at all possible.
While we understand that our community has questions, frustrations, fears, and many other emotions, we are asking for your patience as we continue to work through this process and finalize details because we want to make sure we prepare a solid restart plan. In August, we will provide an opportunity for families to take a survey indicating their child’s educational preference. Please continue to watch your emails for updates.
Lincoln Leadership Team
Janelle Johnson, Principal
Lindsey Tomsick, Assistant Principal
Ryan Younkerman, Dean of Students