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Transition to Distance Learning

November 12, 2020

 

Dear Lincoln Academy families,

The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff are always our top priorities, especially during this critical time. The rapidly changing COVID-19 situation in our county is also impacting Lincoln Academy.  Data trends indicate that new cases and the need for quarantines will continue to increase in the coming weeks. As such, we are now at the point where the benefits of in-person learning are outweighed by the disruption caused by abrupt transitions to quarantines and by the risk of COVID-19 exposures within our buildings.  

Consequently, we have made the difficult decision to follow district protocol to move all K-8 students to distance learning starting November 30th until winter break. Beginning November 30th, elementary students (K-4) will transition to full-time distance learning. Grades 5-8 that have already transitioned to distance learning will now continue distance learning until winter break. We will keep watching data trends and monitoring information from the district to determine if we can return to in-person learning safely in January or if we will need to continue with distance learning. At this time, preschool will remain unchanged.

Teachers have been preparing their in-person students by laying out distance learning expectations.  Current distance learners’ schedules and expectations will not change. Teachers will still be providing the same instruction and resources to our current distance learners as they have been.  

With the K-4 teacher planning day tomorrow, Friday, November 13, there will be no students in-person in our buildings. This will give our teachers the necessary time to further prepare for this new learning model.  So, although the district has decided that neighborhood schools will not be in session on November 20th, our K-4 students will be present in-person on Friday, November 20th.  

During this time, we encourage you to continue to self-monitor for any symptoms related to COVID-19. If symptoms arise, we advise you to self-quarantine and seek medical advice. If your student tests positive for COVID-19, please communicate this information with the school so that we can follow-up with staff.

Please watch for further information regarding this transition early next week, including Leopard Care information. Additionally, if your family needs a school Chromebook please fill out this form by November 18th. We know that you will be receiving similar communication from the school district. However, please continue to read and follow Lincoln-specific communication regarding this new learning model as there may be occasional differences.

As we have stated from the beginning, our goal is to offer as much in-person learning as is safely possible in accordance with public health guidelines.  It is our sincere hope that we will be able to return to in-person learning for students after winter break.  Be sure to check your email over winter break for more information about which learning model we will be using in January. Thank you for all you are doing to support your child(ren) during these challenging times. If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to me, your child’s teacher or the front office.

At-a-glance:

Safer at Home Level Orange: High Risk

  • 100% Distance learning for grades K-8

    • Grades 5-8 Distance learning continues until winter break 

    • Grades K-4 Distance learning begins Monday, November 30 and continues until winter break  

  • In-person and distance-learning options for preschool will continue as they have been  

  • Childcare options MAY be available

  • Technical and internet support is available for all students and staff through the district’s distance-learning helpline 303-982-3438.


Sincerely,

Janelle Johnson

Principal