The importance of in person education is not in dispute, the effect on the emotional wellbeing of a child is clearly affected by this. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends opening school. We are offering in-person instruction as well as an online option for our students. We are not making the decision for any family as each family needs to weigh the factors of their specific situation to determine what works for them. LEC will do its best to provide all safety measures it can. Ultimately, each individual needs to make a decision about what works for them.
LEC set up an internal COVID task-force consisting of key staff members from various departments. The task force consults with Medical professionals to make suggestions and recommendations.
Should a situation arise that requires LEC to close our doors, we will transition to online learning. If you do not wish to join the distance learning, tuition will be prorated from the time of the switch.
Medical Policies & Protocols
Will the school require every student and staff member to get tested for COVID before the first day?
Yes. Staff and students from first grade and up will be required to be tested starting Aug 23. Any lab or medical establishments results will be accepted. No rapid tests that are not CLIA and EUA approved.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID will have to be quarantined for 10 days without symptoms or have a negative Nasal PCR test result in order to return to school.
If someone in school tests positive for COVID, anyone who had direct contact with them (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes irrespective of whether the person with COVID or the contact was wearing a mask) will have to be quarantined for 14 days or until a negative test result from a test administered day 5 from last contact.
We will consult with our medical professionals in each specific case.
If I came in contact with a person, who was in contact with a person that tested positive for COVID, do I need to quarantine?
No, not unless the second party tests positive for COVID
A child who is feeling ill and is experiencing two of COVID like symptoms or has a fever of 100 and above, all children in the family will be taken to our quarantine area to wait for their parents to pick them up. They can return to school once 10 days have passed from the onset of symptoms, or after receiving a negative test result.
Alternatively, they can come back once the child that wasn’t well-received a negative test result.
For a return to school after a positive Covidresult will require a Nasal PCR test ONLY.
While it is recommended that you adhere to all social distancing requirements and limit your travel, as of now, no test will be required.
Online Learning Option
We are preparing for that option by enabling the teacher to Zoom into the class and direct the learning activities. In addition, there will be a staff member present in the classroom to supervise. Children learning from home will be able to participate as well.
If the Teacher cannot participate in this manner, a substitute will be brought in to teach.
Yes, they will be able to participate.
At the start of the school year there will be a minimum of one class per grade that will be suited for the online option.
Sunday school for the boys grades will not begin until after Sukkos.
IN A CLASSROOM: Teachers will generally require/encourage students to wear masks when possible. Teachers are aware of the hardship of wearing a mask. and will provide responsible adjustments and breaks to the students for comfort and individual needs.
OUT OF CLASSROOM: All students and staff in grades one and above, will be required to wear masks within the building.
Any mask that covers the mouth and nose is allowed. No words, pictures, or logos are allowed.
Every student and staff member will have their temperature taken each morning. Any student with a temperature of 100 or above will not be allowed in school.
To enable a smooth start and limit outside contact, there will be no therapists allowed on campus until after Sukkos. This policy will be updated at that time.
- Parents and visitors will not be allowed into any of the LEC campuses unless they submit a recent negative covid test. (in the last two weeks)
- Desk shields will be installed on each child and teacher’s desks.
- Face shields will be mandated for all staff members to wear during interaction with students.
- Students will be required to wear a face mask while outside of the classroom.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in multiple places on each floor.
- High traffic surface areas such as door handles and bathroom surfaces will be disinfected routinely throughout the day. General sanitizing cleansers will be deployed during the nightly cleaning process.
- UV lights are being installed in the A/C systems
- Continuous handwashing will be encouraged.
- Meals will be eaten in classrooms.
- There will be no large assemblies of students indoors.
- Outdoor play policies are being adjusted to incorporate limited interaction between classes.
- A special isolation room will be prepared in case there is a suspected case of COVID.
- See information below regarding temperature checks
We are attempting to limit as much as possible the movement of students from one classroom/group of students to another.
Drop off / Pickup
The bus system will be limited to one child per seat. If there are multiple children from one family, they can sit together.
Drop off will take longer than usual as fewer students will be carpooling. There will be no students congregating outside during this time.
A detailed plan for a smooth drop off for all students will be posted when finalized.
All children will remain in the classroom or as a class together outside and will not be allowed to mingle. Once the family name is called on the loudspeaker, the children will go directly to the vehicle.
Preschool and Pre 1A children will be brought to the vehicle.