Coronavirus Response & Resources

In compliance with the CDPH and LACDPH protocols, we have a number of policies in place to keep our community safe. Explore them by clicking the links below:

COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist (CDPH)   COVID-19 Prevention Program (OSHA and CDPH)   Back-to-School Plan  LACDPH Reopening Protocols   Exposure Management  SchoolPass Tutorials (Wellness Check)


Latest Updates
  • LACDPH adjusted their exposure management plan to include a modified quarantine for students who became a close contact while at school. In order to qualify, students had to be masked during the time of exposure and the close contact must be asymptomatic. Additional testing and after school activity restrictions are also required. Learn more about modified quarantine on Laurence's Exposure Management Plan. 

  • Please be sure to check your email for the latest updates.

  • Our detailed Back-to-School plan is now available on the website. Click here to read important details about: health, hygiene and risk mitigation; academics, enrichment and the student experience; and FAQs.

  • Our Parent Portal will help you stay on top of everything you need! The Parent Portal has links to: events, birthday ribbon dates, our Coronavirus resources, uniform information, school policies, account access, and more! Our Backpack News articles and announcements, as well as our calendar, also feed onto the Parent Portal as well.


Your Resource for Support & Information During this Time

Laurence School has created this area on our website to provide updated information about our plans to the entire community, as well as helpful links to learning resources for you and your family.

The health and safety of your family is and always will be our highest priority. We are in constant contact with medical professionals and infectious disease experts, and are working regularly with our Medical Task Force, which includes doctors and medical professionals from the Laurence community.

Please keep this page bookmarked and available, as it will be updated regularly with new information. We will also continue to provide our community with updates via email.


Communications
September 18, 2021

I am thrilled to share good news regarding the updated COVID-19 protocol in LA County. Because COVID-19 case and transmission rates have declined sharply (by 40% among children) over the last three weeks, LACDPH has adopted a less restrictive quarantine protocol that is aligned with the CDC and the State of California. Significantly, this means that Laurence will be less likely to have to quarantine an entire classroom or grade level in the event a positive case arises on campus, and we can resume more of our great school activities! (As always, decisions about who must quarantine will be made by officials at the LACDPH.) 

Read more about September 18, 2021
September 3, 2021

What a pleasure it was to kick off the 2021-2022 school year on September 1st!  Our beautiful campus is once again in bloom with the joy of students' laughter and the magical interaction among students and teachers. 

Like all of you, I wish that COVID-19 was behind us, and we could safely resume living our pre-pandemic lives. Unfortunately, we are not there yet. Laurence is dedicated to continuing to implement health and safety protocols on our campus to realize this goal, including weekly testing of all students and staff through at least the month of September. Laurence's overarching goal is to safely keep our campus open for in-person instruction. 

Achieving the goal of consistent on-campus instruction, however, requires our entire community working together inside and outside of school to engage in behavior that minimizes the risk of COVID-19 transmission. As we head into the four-day holiday weekend and beyond, I strongly encourage you to consider the following...

Read more about September 3, 2021
August 12, 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back on campus soon, with their health and safety as our first priority. To that end, we are requiring a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to the first day of school for all faculty, staff, and students, regardless of vaccination status. A PCR test must be taken within 48 hours before your child’s return to campus (August 30 test for September 1 start). If we have not received and confirmed proof of the negative PCR test result, your child will unfortunately be unable to attend school until we have received and processed their negative test result. Laurence School will hold on-campus testing on Monday, August 30th. For more details and to sign up for the August 30th on-campus testing, please check your email inbox for the communication that was sent today.

Read more about August 12, 2021
March 2, 2021

It has been such a joy seeing so many of our students back on campus! The sounds of children laughing and playing continues to fuel us and make us smile through our masks. For those who are participating in our in-person learning, I hope your children are as thrilled to be back on campus as we are to have them! Additionally, educators are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and we are grateful to have access to this additional way of keeping our community safe. Things continue to look up! Please see below for several important updates:

Additional Days for Upper Division Students
We continue to proceed forward with caution and thoughtfulness, as we move toward our overall goal of getting all of our students safely back on campus every day, and keeping our campus open. Utilizing our staggered-in approach has enabled us to problem solve and ensure that we are doing everything as safely and carefully as possible, prioritizing the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families.

Now that we have operated successfully with additional upper division students on campus, we are ready to bring back more grade levels at one time! The week of March 8th, we will be adding a third on-campus day for 4th and 5th grade students. The week of March 15th, every upper grade level (3rd-6th) will be on campus four days per week. Please check your email for the schedules.

Read more about March 2, 2021
February 22, 2021

Los Angeles County has announced that schools are allowed to open for in-person learning for TK-6th Grade. This is incredibly exciting news, and we know you are anxious to find out what the next steps are for Laurence!  

Our overall goal is to get all of our students safely back on campus every day, and to keep our campus open.  Thus far, our plans have been careful, deliberate, and successful, while prioritizing the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families.  We will continue to move forward with the same caution and thoughtfulness.  Our operations continue to be limited by strict public health mandates, including physical distancing, cohorting, and density on campus, as well as newly-announced guidelines.  

Starting next Monday, February 22nd, we will be moving forward with a staggered-in approach, adding an additional grade level on campus each day (and ceasing sports conditioning).

Read more about February 22, 2021
January 26, 2021

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) did not extend their recommendation to keep schools closed beyond the end of January.  Likewise, Governor Newsom lifted the statewide Stay at Home order.  Given this, along with the downward trend of the metrics, we will move forward with bringing K-2 back on campus full time, starting February 8th.  Additionally, under the 25% "high need" allowance, we will be staggering in on-campus opportunities for our 3rd-6th grade students, with one upper grade level on campus per day.  Additionally, LACDPH has indicated that they will be adjusting their cohorting guidelines to match those of California state, which will provide us more flexibility in the number of students we can have in a classroom.  While we are still unable to have all of K-6 on campus at the same time, this is an important next step in getting our kids back to school!

Read more about January 26, 2021
January 10, 2021

Welcome back! I hope that your children had an enjoyable first week back from Winter Break. While we look forward to welcoming students back to campus, unfortunately, COVID-19 case counts in Los Angeles are still rising, and the hospitals are overwhelmed. This past Thursday, Los Angeles County Public Health (LACDPH) Director, Barbara Ferrer, issued a strong recommendation that all TK - 12 schools suspend all on-campus activity through the end of January. The health and safety of our community remains our number one priority, and consequently we will be following this recommendation and pausing all on-campus activities for an additional week, through January 29th. It is our hope that we will be able to resume in-person learning at the beginning of February for our K-2 students, and also move forward with additional on-campus opportunities for our 3-6 students.

Read more about January 10, 2021
December 31, 2020

Dear Laurence Families,

I hope that you are having a relaxing Winter Break with your loved ones.  A new year is upon us, and with it, bringing hope for happier, healthier, and more enjoyable times for all.  

As all of us are aware, the COVID-19 situation in LA County remains critical, with case numbers still surging, a regional stay-at-home order, a hospital bed shortage, and anticipated additional fallout from holiday travel and gatherings.  In consultation with our medical task force and keeping in mind a variety of factors, including numerous positive cases in the community as well as local hospitalizations, ICU capacity, oxygen availability, and positivity rates, we have made the decision to stay completely virtual through the end of the week of January 18. While this may not be the news that you were hoping for, I trust that you understand the difficult circumstances and the need for us to protect our faculty, staff, and entire school community.

Read more about December 31, 2020
January 10, 2021

Welcome back! I hope that your children had an enjoyable first week back from Winter Break.  While we look forward to welcoming students back to campus, unfortunately, COVID-19 case counts in Los Angeles are still rising, and the hospitals are overwhelmed. This past Thursday, Los Angeles County Public Health (LACDPH) Director, Barbara Ferrer, issued a strong recommendation that all TK - 12 schools suspend all on-campus activity through the end of January. The health and safety of our community remains our number one priority, and consequently we will be following this recommendation and pausing all on-campus activities for an additional week, through January 29th.  It is our hope that we will be able to resume in-person learning at the beginning of February for our K-2 students, and also move forward with additional on-campus opportunities for our 3-6 students.

Read more about January 10, 2021
December 9, 2020

Since reopening our campus to students in late October, we have done everything possible to keep our school community safe, by continuing to follow or exceed the strict guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), in consultation with our medical task force.  Last week, Los Angeles County issued a revised targeted Safer at Home order, in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases and the declining ICU capacities in our area hospitals. Given all the circumstances, we believe that it is prudent for us to be consistent with the intent of the Safer at Home order and to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 during this extreme surge.  To that end, we have decided to close our campus to all student activities (K-2 in-person instruction and 3-6 sports conditioning) for the week of December 14th.  All instruction will be remote for K-6th grade, and sports conditioning is cancelled.  We are asking all families, K-6, to sign up for a supply pickup next week, running December 15-17. Families with a K-2 student will be able to pick up supplies on either Wednesday or Thursday next week.

Read more about December 9, 2020
December 2, 2020

Dear Laurence Families,

I can hardly believe that it is already December!  While this year most certainly looks different than most, there is still so much to be thankful for.  And we at Laurence are grateful for the opportunities we have, both virtual and in-person, to safely spend time with your beautiful children. As the holidays approach and the shorter days set in, we look forward to spreading some holiday cheer with a Winter Spirit Week, starting on December 14th and culminating with an all-school Family Holiday Party on December 18th!  You will find more details about these festivities below.  

First, however, I want to address health and safety during the upcoming months. 

Read more about December 2, 2020
November 20, 2020

I continue to feel grateful each day that our K-6 students are on campus in some capacity.  At the same time, with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases locally and across the country, and with a potential Stay at Home Order on the horizon, we are planning for all contingencies. Since my email last week, Los Angeles County, the State of California, and the CDC have all issued important advisories regarding travel, gatherings, and ways we can all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Read more about November 20, 2020
November 12, 2020

Pursuant to guidance from the LACDPH, which we received today and is based on increasing case numbers in Los Angeles, learning will be virtual for all students the week after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30-Dec. 4).  We will resume regular on-campus classes for grades K-2 and other on-campus activities beginning Monday, December 7th.  This will provide us time to test our faculty and staff after the holiday, prior to your children returning to campus.  

Additionally, we ask that you please adhere to the following guidelines...

Read more about November 12, 2020
October 28, 2020

We hope that you are well, and we look forward to seeing many of you at this Friday's Halloween Boo Thru car parade.  We are loving having our kindergarteners on campus a few times a week for in-person learning, and seeing our 3rd-6th graders for optional sports conditioning after school!  We have more exciting news... we are thrilled to share with you that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and California Public Health Department (CPHD) have approved Laurence's waiver application for kindergarten-2nd grade in-person instruction!

Read more about October 28, 2020
September 30, 2020 (Kindergarten)

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We are thrilled to share with you that we will be bringing our Kindergarten students back to campus for staggered in-person learning beginning October 20th. We are over the moon that we will finally be able to welcome your little ones into their physical classrooms!

This past Friday, we received support from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) to bring our Kindergarten students to campus in accordance with the most recent State rules, which allow for a limited number of students with the highest needs to return to campus for specialized support and services that cannot be met through distance learning. While we look forward to when we can bring all of our students back to campus, the LADPH has supported the return of only our Kindergarten students at this time, as they are most in need of in-person instruction for their academic learning, as well as their social and emotional development.

Read more about September 30, 2020 (Kindergarten)