March 12, 2020
March 12, 2020

 

Dear Laurence Families,

Thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate this unprecedented situation. In consultation with the school's safety task force, the Administration, and the Board of Trustees, we have decided to temporarily transition from in-person learning and to activate our distance learning protocol which has been developed by our faculty and staff over the past several weeks. The school will operate in this manner until the start of spring break (through March 26th).

We have not made this decision lightly.  We have been in constant contact with medical professionals, infectious disease experts, and emergency room first responders.  We have consulted with the California Association of Independent Schools and dozens of other schools in California and around the country. Our decision is consistent with the closure decisions at the vast majority of our peer schools in Los Angeles.  

We firmly believe this is the right decision for our students, our employees, and the broader Laurence community at this time. There have been no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the immediate Laurence community. However, we recognize this is a significant inconvenience for you and your children. Still, the health and safety of our school community is at the forefront of our minds. We are in uncharted territory, and this will be a challenging time for all of us.  But we will get through it together.  

While we wish we could say with certainty that we will resume in-person instruction at school on Monday, April 13th, we must continue to evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis.  We will make a final determination closer to that date, taking into account the changing status of the pandemic, and the needs of our community.  If we must keep campus closed for a longer period, we have plans in place that will allow us to do so.

Laurence's Distance Learning Plan 
We have established division and grade-level appropriate expectations for how we implement online learning in order to maximize the connections of students and teachers.  Please keep an eye out for further information from your child's division director about specific learning plans that are in place for them.

During the first two days, Friday, March 13th and Monday, March 16th, our faculty will continue their preparations and there will be no classes or student expectations.

We understand that this temporary transition to distance learning on short notice may create complications for your family. If you have any questions regarding your technology at home, please contact our Technology Director, Liz Beck.  If you do not have a technology device for your child at home, please fill out the School Device Request Form here.   

Activity Cancellations
Parent-teacher conferences and spring camp have been cancelled.  

Social Distancing
We want to remind you that the purpose of moving to online learning is to practice social distancing. We suggest that families give serious consideration to not holding group playdates or other group activities.  

Spring Break Travel
You will need to make decisions for your own family about spring break travel.  For international trips, please refer to the list of foreign travel advisories published by the CDC.  As we have previously advised, any travelers from countries where there is a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice (including any country that is added to the CDC's list) will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days after their return, as well as provide the school with medical clearance before resuming full participation.  Please inform the front office or your division directors if any member of your family is traveling internationally, during spring break or otherwise.  

Plan for Return to School
We are actively working on a comprehensive plan to transition back to in-person instruction.  We will be using this time to develop comprehensive necessary safeguards to manage the risk and protect our children and our community. Please be assured that we will return to campus as soon as it is practical under the circumstances.  

Our greatest priority is the safety and well-being of our community. We are grateful for your understanding and partnership during this period. Please reach out to me if you need anything or have any questions.  We are here for you and your families.  

Best,
Laurie