March 2, 2021
March 2, 2021

Dear Laurence Families,

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.

Carpool Changes
There will be a few key carpool shifts to accommodate the amount of vehicles coming to campus each morning and afternoon. We will communicate these changes in a later email.

March and April Calendar Changes
As you know, our primary focus is safely transitioning our students back to in-person learning. Given that this situation is dynamic and fluid, in support of our teachers through this time, we are delaying report cards (K-6) and parent-teacher conferences (K-5). March 26 & 29 will now be full days of school, and students will still have a noon dismissal on March 30.

When we return from Spring Break, the week of April 12th will be a virtual-only week for all, with noon dismissals April 14-16 (Wed-Thurs-Fri) for K-6, and parent-teacher conferences in the afternoons for K-5. We thank you for your understanding and support of these important changes to our school calendar.

Traveling & "Buffer" Week
Given current travel advisory mandates, and knowing that families are traveling over the break, we will be fully virtual the week of April 12th. According to the current advisory from the California Department of Public Health and LACDPH, all individuals returning from outside the state or country are required to complete a 10-day quarantine. If you are leaving California and your child will be returning to campus on April 19th, you will need to be home as of Thursday, April 8th in order to complete the mandatory 10-day quarantine. Regardless of your method of travel out of the state/country, Laurence will require a negative PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours of your child(ren) returning to campus. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Please note that the purpose of this virtual week is to keep our community healthy and safe. While we will continue to offer our hybrid-remote program for those families that wish to remain virtual due to health and safety reasons, this option is not to be used to extend a long weekend or to take a vacation. Please recognize that teaching and learning in a hybrid format is challenging as our teachers are required to continually toggle between virtual students and on-campus students. Thank you for your adherence to these guidelines. We want to remind you that our ability to keep our campus open is incumbent upon every member of our Laurence family remaining vigilant. We encourage all members of our community to review and abide by our Laurence expectations of health and safety.

Staff and Student Testing
At this time, we plan to complete staff and student COVID-19 testing prior to resuming on-campus learning after Spring Break. Once we are back on campus, we will continue with weekly testing for our faculty and staff, as well as bi-weekly on-campus testing for our students, which will take place during the school day. Stay tuned for more information from our Health Office re: testing protocols and procedures moving forward.

Inclement Weather Policy
As a reminder, our ability to maintain the safest standards of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic depends on student use of outdoor spaces throughout the school day. During the course of a school day, all students enjoy scheduled outdoor time, including: recess, lunch, PE, specialist classes, and routine outdoor mask breaks. In the event of substantial inclement weather or other disturbances when it is unadvisable to have children outdoors, we will need to suspend outdoor operations and shift to virtual learning for that day/days. We will communicate these decisions using our emergency broadcast system by 6:30 a.m., and will provide regular updates about the subsequent days.


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We thank you for your continued trust and understanding as we work together to bring our students back on campus. Please reach out with any questions.

Warmly,
Laurie