Dear LM Families,
We find ourselves in a dynamic environment. The Administrative Team proposed the following plan to the Board, and it has been approved.
We feel fortunate and grateful for the amount of in-person instruction we have had this fall without COVID cases. However, the number of quarantining families has changed dramatically this week and the Lancaster Campus is experiencing staff shortages due to quarantining and symptoms. As much as we hoped to continue in-person, we will need to shift to the following plan:
In-Person & Remote Instruction Schedule
Lancaster Campus (grades 6-12) will shift to remote instruction on Monday, November 23 – December 4. (6 days of remote instruction). We hope and plan to return to school in-person on Tuesday, December 8th. Devices will be handed out tomorrow, Friday, November 20 to those who have requested them and do not have ones at home.
New Danville and Locust Grove Campuses will continue in-person instruction through November 24, if possible. We are off for Thanksgiving break November 25-30. Then we will move to fully remote instruction December 1-4. (4 days of remote instruction). We hope and plan to return to school in-person on Tuesday, December 8th. Devices will be handed out Tuesday, November 24 to those who have requested them and do not have ones at home.
** This is LM’s current intent, but subject to change based on any changing PA Department of Health (DOH) mandates or other factors. **
As of this morning, we have 3 positive cases that did not impact the the campus community. Based on information since noon today there are 2 probable cases and over 60 quarantining across the system.
PA Travel Mandate
LM will follow the new DOH mandate for out of state travel. We are requiring a 14 day quarantine for out of state travel or a negative test for students to return to school.
If you become sick, come in contact with persons exposed, or test positive for COVID-19 during remote instruction
Please inform your campus Administrative Assistant should you exhibit COVID symptoms, come in contact with someone who contracted COVID, or you yourself test positive. Tracking will be important for attendance purposes and for Administration to make decisions about remote or in-person instruction moving forward.
In conclusion, we are deeply grateful for your continued support and understanding. While school closures are not convenient, we find it imperative to do so to keep our school community safe. We offer you prayers of safety and good health. We have so much to be thankful for in this season of Thanksgiving. We will continue to provide communications as we learn more.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Pam Tieszen & the Pandemic Response Team