January 26, 2021
January 26, 2021

Dear Laurence Family,

I hope that you are well. As with much during this unprecedented time, the situation is constantly changing and evolving, and I'm delighted to have some good news to share this time! 

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!

Calendar Change

We are moving full speed ahead with finalizing our details for the safe return of our students to our campus.  In order to accommodate this transition back to in-person learning, we have rescheduled our planned Professional Development Day from February 12th to February 5th.  There will be no school on Friday, February 5th, to allow teachers time to prepare for your students, and Friday, February 12th will now be a regular school day.  

Schedule of On-Campus Days

Starting February 8th, we will proceed with the following schedule of full days on campus:

Mondays: K-2 + 6th Grade
Tuesdays: K-2 + 6th Grade
Wednesday: K-2 + 3rd Grade* 
Thursdays: K-2 + 5th Grade* 
Fridays: K-2 + 4th Grade*
*We are looking to phase back in sports conditioning for 3rd-5th grade students. 

The decision of whether or not to attend in-person will be up to each family, and we will continue to provide a remote learning program for families who do not wish to have their child attend in-person.

3rd-6th Grade families only: Please fill out this brief survey indicating whether you are interested in having your child(ren) attend in-person when their grade level is scheduled to do so.  Stay tuned for an email from Mr. Hogenson with details regarding school hours, arrival and departure, and carpool procedures.  Please note that at this time, we will not be able to provide bus service to and from campus.

Mandatory Student Baseline Testing

In order to ensure that our children, our families, and our faculty and staff are as safe as possible when our students return to campus, we are asking you to take the necessary precautions to keep our community healthy (masks, hand-washing, physical distancing, avoiding gatherings and travel, etc.)  We continue to COVID test our faculty and staff on a weekly basis.

Additionally, as an added measure of safety, we are requiring that all students returning to campus show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, administered in LA County no more than 72 hours prior to the return to campus.  For your convenience, we will be offering drive-thru testing at Laurence on February 5th, 8th, and 9th. You are encouraged, but not required, to do your student testing at Laurence. Stay tuned for an email from the Health Office with information on how to sign up for a testing slot.    

For those who would prefer to test on their own, please see our list of testing locations for local suggested sites.  For any student not tested on campus, you will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test, administered no more than 72 hours prior, in order for your child to be allowed to enter campus.

Zoom Meeting for 3rd-6th Grade Parents

We welcome our 3rd-6th Grade parents to join us for a Parent Information Coffee via Zoom on February 2nd at 5:00 pm, which will focus on successfully transitioning our upper grade students for staggered in-person instruction, and give you an opportunity to ask questions.

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We are grateful for your support and flexibility as we continue to pivot in this ever-changing climate.  The health, safety, emotional wellbeing, and learning needs of your children remain our highest priority, and we cannot wait to warmly welcome them back to the Laurence campus in the very near future!

 

Best always,

Laurie