- 3/1/2021 - Travel Quarantine Restriction Lifted
- 12/11/2020 - Lions Athletics on Pause
- 12/1/2020 - Travel Update... again
- 11/23/2020 - Virtual School Week 1/4-1/8
- 11/18/2020 - Updated Mask & Travel Orders
- 8/21/2020 - Mask Wearing Update
- 8/20/2020 - Back to School Preliminary Update
- 8/12/2020 - Fall Athletics
- 8/11/2020 - Reopening In-Person on August 24
- 7/12/2020 - COVID Task Force #3
- 7/8/2020 - Head of School Update
- 6/24/2020 - Task Force Town Hall
- 6/21/2020 - 2020-2021 Health & Safety Plan
- 6/21/2020 - COVID Task Force Update #2
- 6/7/2020 - COVID Task Force Update #1
- 5/31/2020 - Final Materials Drop Off
- 5/13/2020 - Classes to Attend Next Materials Pick Up
- 4/30/2020 - Materials Pick-Up
- 4/23/2020 - Year-End Dates & Details
- 4/3/2020 - Second Materials Pick Up
- 3/27/2020 - Successful First Week of Online Learning (Press Release)
- 3/23/2020 - Extended School Closure
- 3/20/2020 - Details for Today's Supplies Pick Up
- 3/19/2020 - Supply Pick Up Update
- 3/18/20 - Virtual Education Details
- 3/16/2020 - Google Classroom
- 3/15/2020 - This Week's Schedule FAQs
- 3/13/2020, 4 pm - School Closing Announcement
- 3/13/2020 - Communication & Plan Update
- 3/12/2020 - Health Update from Administration
Have you seen the news? Governor Wolf has lifted the out-of-state travel restrictions. The press release issued on the governor's website today reads as follows:
In November, the Department of Health provided an updated travel order requiring anyone over the age of 11 who visits from another state to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in a travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering Pennsylvania. Today, this order was rescinded. The current downward trend of cases nationwide and implementation of testing requirements and universal face covering on public transportation and transportation hubs are reducing the risk that interstate travel is a vector of disease transmission.
Effective immediately, if a student or employee travels outside the state of PA, LCCS will no longer require that he/she quarantine or provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to school/work.
A friendly reminder: A Pre-Approved Absence Request form is still required if a student will miss school because of travel. The form must be submitted two-weeks prior to the requested date of absence. Please continue to fill out the COVID-19 Communication Form for any communication related to sickness, exposure, or quarantine.
The Lions are still playing tonight, Friday, December 11! The Varsity Girls battle Upper Bucks Christian School at 7 pm, and the Varsity Boys follow around 8:45 pm. Due to the current requirements, our gym is to be kept at a 10% capacity, which currently means only one fan per player. We know everyone else wants to see our teams in action, so the games will be live-streamed on our Facebook page. Tune in tonight to see our teams play their first games of the season!
After tonight, all in-person athletics at LCCS will pause until Jan 4, 2021. Games and practices have been canceled.
It has come to our attention that the PA Department of Heath has amended their travel order initially released on November 20. It now reads
"Individuals over the age of 11 traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth from any location outside of the Commonwealth (including international locations) must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in travel quarantine for 14 days after entering the Commonwealth."
Therefore, we will amend the LCCS policy as well. Students traveling outside of PA who are 12 years of age or older will be required to quarantine from school for 14 days upon returning to PA or submit a negative COVID-19 test result to LCCS. Those who are 11 or younger will be permitted to return to school immediately.
As a school community our goal has been, and continues to be, to remain together in-person as long as possible. We have prayerfully considered every decision we have made with the goal of fulfilling our mission to create disciples of Jesus Christ through education. While many schools have chosen to go virtual between Thanksgiving and Christmas, LCCS has not. We understand that this has placed an added burden on our families as you consider traveling to be with family over the holidays. Updated PA Department of Health (DOH) travel orders requiring a mandatory 14-day quarantine or negative COVID-19 after traveling have made these decisions even more difficult. In an effort to take this burden off of families and encourage you to spend time with loved ones over the Christmas break, LCCS will implement virtual education for the week of January 4-8. This will allow you to travel out of state or attend large family gatherings through December 28 and still meet the PA DOH quarantine requirement of 14 days.
As LCCS leadership, we believe that this virtual week of school will provide our community with the best opportunity to remain together, in-person for the longest period of time moving forward. More information with the details and logistics for the virtual week will be communicated soon. If you plan to return home from holiday travel later than December 28 and will need to quarantine beyond January 11, please complete a pre-approved absence request form as soon as possible.
The updated face coverings order does not impact the LCCS mask policy. Because the order still allows for exemptions, we are already abiding by these mandates. Therefore, there will be no changes.
The updated travel order requires that individual’s traveling outside of PA quarantine for 14 days or have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to returning to PA. This is a change from the previous quarantine recommendation which applied only when returning from specific states. LCCS will begin to abide by this updated requirement on Friday, November 20. Students traveling out of state will be required to quarantine from school for 14 days from the date of your return or provide negative COVID-19 test results to LCCS. Please complete a pre-approved absence request two weeks prior to your trip so that teachers can prepare for your student to be learning virtually during their time in quarantine.
We understand that this new travel order makes holiday travel uncertain. We are currently brainstorming ways to encourage you to spend time with your extended families while caring for the health and safety of the LCCS family. It has been, and continues to be, our goal to remain together in person. We know that our mission is best fulfilled together. We believe that making these adjustments will allow us to have more time together than apart. This would not be possible without your support and willingness to adjust. Thank you for your help to keep our school safe.
Dear LCCS Family,
As we prepare to return to school on Monday, August 24, I hope your homes are filled with excitement to once again be together at LCCS. I want to thank you for your patience as we have evaluated and established protocols for our students and employees during this new season. Our desire is to represent our Savior Jesus Christ in a way that impacts our community and creates more disciples for Him. All decisions the school administration and board make are all evaluated through the lens of the LCCS mission. We believe that we can best fulfill our mission by educating our students in person, five days a week.
As you have experienced, change seems to be a daily occurrence in our present world. The decisions we have had to make reflect our desire to stay on mission while keeping our students, families, and employees safe while in our building. One of the guiding factors in our decision making is that we believe our parents are the ones best equipped to make the health and safety decisions for their individual children. We feel that the plan we have created provides you, the parents, with the authority to make these individual decisions for the health and safety of your children.
As many of you are aware, this week the PA Department of Health (DOH) made a change to the FAQ section of their website related to mask use in schools. It also references the Secretary of Health’s Face Covering Order issued on July 1, 2020. After discussing this change with a number of legal professionals, we believe that LCCS does need to update our Health & Safety Plan to require masks at times. However, there will also be times when masks do not need to be worn. You can find our updated Health & Safety Plan which complies with this order on our LCCS website.
There are specific exemptions to this order, including medical exemptions, which can be found in Section 3 of the Secretary of Health’s Face Covering Order. The individual decision regarding these exemptions are left with you, as the parents, in regards to your children. The PDE announcement also allows face-covering breaks throughout the school day, recess, athletics, PE classes, and when eating or drinking while properly socially distanced. It has been and will continue to be LCCS policy that students are permitted to have water bottles and snacks throughout the school day. Students are also encouraged to take “face-covering breaks” as needed when maintaining proper social distancing.
We apologize for the timing of this announcement, but we wanted to make the most informed decision that will allow us to be together in the classroom for in-person education. In order to answer any questions, we will hold a Zoom Town Hall tomorrow, Saturday, August 22 at 9 am.
I am pleased to inform you that through the gracious support of a LCCS donor, we are able to provide clear face shields to every LCCS student. These face shields will not arrive until September, so you will need to provide a face mask or shield for the first few weeks of school. We will keep you updated on a delivery date. Once they arrive, students may choose to wear the donated face shield or continue to provide their own mask from home.
I am so thankful for a community of mission driven families who believe in providing a Christ-centered education for our students. Your amazing support of our team has been life-giving and a reminder of what a compelling community should look like. As always, we will continue to trust in the goodness of our great God.
I look forward to seeing you at this afternoon’s Back to School classroom visitation, UM parent training, and new family dinner. I understand that in light of Monday’s most recent PA Department of Education (PDE) mandate requiring masks for students while attending school, many of you have additional questions and concerns. Please be assured that we are aware of your concern and are diligently working to provide answers. We are thoroughly researching the legal responsibilities we have as a school and the ramifications of the possible decisions LCCS can make. We have sought the legal counsel of multiple lawyers to discuss our options in response to this mandate.
We understand that the timing of the PDE’s announcement is not ideal with school starting on Monday. I want to assure you that we will have an official update for our families by tomorrow afternoon and will clearly communicate our response to the recent PDE mandate.
For this afternoon’s activities, we encourage you to observe social distancing and wear a mask when you are close to others.
Head of School
The fall sports season is less than a week away, and we know you have been waiting for information. The athletic department has strategically planned communication for after the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) meeting last Friday August 7, and the CCAC (Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference) meeting on Monday, August 10. Because of COVID concerns and government recommendations, the start of the fall sports season will be slightly different, but for the most part, will still happen as we originally planned.
First Day of Preseason Practices:
- Monday, August 17 - Varsity Boys/Girls Soccer and Cross Country
- Tuesday, August 18 - Varsity Golf
- Wednesday, August 19 - Middle School Girls Volleyball
- Thursday, August 20 - Middle School Boys Soccer
- Friday, August 21 - ALL FALL SPORTS TEAMS IN SESSION
Athletic Calendar & Other Important Dates:
View the full athletic schedule and sync the team calendars to yours at lccs.cc/calendar.
- Tuesday, August 25 - Fall Sports Parent's Meeting 5:00 pm
- Thursday, August 27- Varsity Girls & Boys Soccer Scrimmages and Cross Country Scrimmage AND PTF Chicken BBQ
- Friday, August 28-Saturday, August 29 - Varsity Athletics Fall Retreat
Prior to the first interscholastic contest, all athletes are required to submit a current PIAA physical form (dated AFTER July 1, 2020).
Fall Athletic Offerings & Coaches:
- Varsity Boys Soccer (boys grades 9-12) - Head Coach: Phil Symonkhonh firstname.lastname@example.org
- Varsity Girls Soccer (girls grades 9-12) - Head Coach: Joanna Herr email@example.com
- Varsity Co-ed Golf (boys and girls grades 9-12) - Head Coach: Brian Wiggins firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middle School Girls Volleyball (girls grades 5-8) - Head Coach: Anthony Hernandez email@example.com
- Middle School Boys Soccer (boys grades 5-8) - Head Coach: John Hostetter firstname.lastname@example.org
- Varsity & Middle School Co-ed Cross Country (boys and girls grades 5-12) - coop through Anchor Christian Academy - Head Coach: Clay Brenner email@example.com
If your child has not yet signed up to play a fall sport, it’s not too late! Sign up HERE!
Please take time to review the LCCS Athletics COVID-19 Safe Return to Play Plan. We are grateful to be able to offer our student athletes the opportunity to develop their skills and participate in competitive play in a safe and fun environment.
In light of Governor Wolf’s most recent recommendation regarding the reopening of schools, I am pleased to announce that we still plan to welcome everyone back to campus on Monday, August 24. We are excited to continue to be able to offer in-person education five full days a week.
The LCCS COVID-19 Task Force has been meeting regularly for many weeks and prayerfully planning the 2020-2021 school year. We believe our reopening plan will provide the best educational experience for our students while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in the building.
As a reminder, you can review all COVID-19-related communication, an extensive list of FAQs, as well as our abbreviated health and safety plan at lccs.cc/covid-19. Please look for the detailed health and safety plan to be published in the Lions Letter this Sunday, August 16.
Additionally, please plan to attend Back to School Day on Thursday, August 20, to pick up your back-to-school packet and receive all the important information you need to start the school year well. See the details and Back to School schedule at lccs.cc/backtoschool.
As a Task Force, we continue to seek God’s guidance and discernment as we make wise decisions that are reasonable and also prioritize the safety of our students and employees. Our goal is to provide the best academic experience possible in a safe environment with limited distractions.
We believe that LCCS can be compliant with the Governor's mask mandate by maintaining 6-foot social distancing. We are blessed to have a building with spacious hallways, large classrooms, and small class sizes. This will allow us to spread students out, encouraging social distancing in hallways and classrooms. By following social distance guidelines, students will not have to wear masks. The mandate does allow students to be closer together without a mask when they are active (for example during recess, gym class, and athletic events). Employees will be required to wear clear face shields whenever they are within 6 feet of a student or coworker.
We are currently discussing possible moments during the day when maintaining social distancing may be a challenge (specifically at drop off and pick up). Students may be asked to wear masks for those brief times. However, we are developing solutions in order to limit the potential for requiring students to wear masks at any time.
If you feel more comfortable having your students wear masks throughout the entire school day, we will support your decision. However, teachers will not be responsible for ensuring that they are properly worn. It will be the responsibility of the student if they or their parents choose to have them wear a mask.
Please note that the LCCS health & safety plan only applies to LCCS students when they are in our building. Each public school district creates their own standards for transportation, and LCCS students must comply with that district’s policy if they choose to use district busing.
We are also working on options to create additional outdoor learning spaces that will provide students with opportunities to get out of their classroom and enjoy some fresh air.
Thank you for continuing to be flexible and patient with us as we navigate these constantly-changing times. We will continue to regularly communicate with you as we get closer to the start of the school year.
Since the Governor announced the state's new mask mandate, I know that many of you are wondering how that affects the 2020-2021 school year and what changes will be made to the LCCS Health & Safety Plan. Thank you for your patience as we review the mandate in depth and determine what it means specifically for LCCS. The COVID-19 Task Force is meeting tomorrow, and the next task force update will be sent in Sunday's Lions Letter.
For now, I can tell you that I am encouraged. Because of our large building, wide hallways, and small class sizes, we will more easily be able to maintain the 6-foot social distancing requirement which could permit our original plan of optional masks for students. So while I don't have a firm answer for you today regarding LCCS' mask policy, I can assure you that we remain committed to finding the least restrictive solution while ensuring that your children safely receive a quality education.
- Nate Long
Head of School
The 2020-2021 health and safety measures will be in effect for the first quarter (August 24-October 22) depending on Lancaster County’s re-opening phase set by Governor Wolf. These plans are subject to change. Updates will be emailed and posted on the website.
The LCCS COVID-19 Task Force has been meeting regularly for many weeks, prayerfully planning the 2020-2021 school year. We have trusted God’s guidance in creating plans to ensure the safety of our students and employees. We have also thoroughly reviewed your responses to the parent survey and have taken those into consideration. Thank you for taking time to provide your input in this important matter.
We continue to remain focused on our mission of glorifying God and creating disciples of Jesus Christ. We will continue to provide a place of stability, support, and joy for all LCCS students and families. We know that you value your child’s educational experience, and we understand the importance of consistency, routine, and security for our students. In developing these plans, we have also considered the important interactions our students experience with one another and their teachers that is key to their ongoing learning and development.
After reviewing the current recommendations from the CDC and PA Department of Education (PDE), we have developed the following plan to implement additional safety and sanitation measures in the 2020-2021 school year. The implemented plan will be determined based on Lancaster County’s “phase” (red/yellow/green) for our first day of school - Monday, August 24. The plan will be in effect through the first quarter (until October 22). The Task Force will continue to meet throughout the school year, closely monitor CDC and PDE recommendations, and evaluate necessary changes.
Parents must also closely follow the medical policy outlined in the LCCS handbook. If your child has a temperature or is showing any COVID-19 symptoms, they must be kept home and cannot return to school until they have had at least a 24 hour period free of fever and symptoms.
It is our privilege to partner with you in the education of your children and to provide a trusted environment for them to learn and grow. We encourage you to continue asking questions about the 2020-2021 health & safety plan using this form. Mr. Long will host a LCCS parent “town hall” to answer frequently-asked questions on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30 pm (town hall Zoom link). If you are unable to join us, the town hall will be recorded and posted at lccs.cc/covid-19.
The LCCS COVID-19 Task Force has been meeting regularly. This important group is made up of principals, administrators, teachers, a board member, parents, and a medical professionals. We meet each week to discuss and plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We are thoroughly planning various scenarios based on the PA “phase” and recommendations from the PA Department of Education and the CDC. In order to meet the increased health-care needs, we also plan to hire a part-time nurse to work on campus 5 days a week.
We value your input! Please take a few moments to complete this brief parent survey before Thursday, June 11.
Monday, June 1, 3-7 pm & Tuesday, June 2, 9 am-12 pm
All families must come to LCCS to return textbooks, supplies, library books, iPads, uniforms, Wizard of Oz scripts, etc. Teachers may also communicate a specific list of items they need to have returned.
When you arrive, park in the west parking lot (between LCCS and Worship Center) and enter through the morning drop-off doors (near the early childhood hallway). Only 25 people will be permitted into the building at one time. Masks are required, and you should practice social distancing while in the building. Hand sanitizer will be available.
Once inside the building, you will take all your child's supplies directly to his/her classroom or homeroom (for middle or upper school students). Please note: girls in Mrs. Hege's homeroom will drop off supplies in room 251 (Spanish room) so that no one goes downstairs. Supplies should be clearly labeled with the student's name.
Teachers have been invited to be in their classrooms during drop off times to say goodbye, but they are not guaranteed to be there the entire time.
After your supplies are dropped off at the classroom, stop by the front lobby to pick up your year-end pack. The packet includes summer reading/math information, school calendar, awards, and final materials from teachers.
Lost and found items are on tables in the front lobby. If you are missing an item, please look for it there. All remaining items will be donated at the end of June.
You must then immediately exit the building through the front doors and walk around the side of the building back to your car.
A drive-through option is also available. Like prior pick-ups, you may drive under the portico and your year-end packet will be brought to you. We will take your clearly-labeled supplies to their respective classrooms.
Families with students in the following classes should plan to come to LCCS on Friday, May 15, 3-7 pm or Saturday May 16, 9 am-12 pm to pick up school materials for the final two weeks of school.
- K - Mrs. Martin
- K - Mrs. Guyer
- 1 - Mrs. Sparks
- UM-1 - Mrs. Spangenburg
- 2 - Mrs. Cross
- UM-2 - Mrs. Wolfe
- UM-4 - Mrs. Hursh
- UM-5 - Miss Crankshaw
Middle & Upper School
- 7th grade girls
- 8th grade
- Guitar elective - Hendrik Beelen only
Teachers may have work/materials to collect. They will communicate that directly with you. If you are coming to pick up materials and have library books, Wizard of Oz scripts, or athletic uniforms at home, please return them at this time. Clearly label these items with your name.
Like previous pick ups, this will be operated as a drive through only. Drive under the portico at the front of the school and a staff member will bring your child's supplies to your car. A separate staff member will collect items from you.
Fri. May 1, 3-7 pm & Sat. May 2, 9 am-12 pm
All students in early childhood and lower school will have items to pick up. Middle & upper school students enrolled in the classes below have materials to pick up. Student lockers (including gym lockers) have been cleaned out. These will be distributed with your school materials. Middle & upper school students with locker items to collect are also listed below.
Teachers may have work/materials to collect. They will communicate that directly with you. Students with Wizard of Oz scripts and athletes who still have uniforms, warm ups, and backpacks should return them at this time. Please clearly label these items with your name.
Remember to bring your notes/letters for Teacher Appreciation Week too!
Like the last pick up, this will be operated as a drive through only. Simply drive under the portico at the front of the school and a staff member will bring your child's supplies to your car. A separate staff member will collect items from you.
The LCCS board and administrative team have developed the following year-end schedule. More details for specific events will be communicated as they approach.
May 1, 3-7 pm & May 2, 9 am-12 pm – Materials Pick Up – All students in early childhood and lower school will have items to pick up. We will communicate a list of middle and upper school classes that definitely have materials to pick up later next week. All student lockers (including gym lockers) have been cleaned out. Items from lockers will be distributed at this materials pick up. Teachers may have work/materials to collect. They will communicate that directly with you. Students with Wizard of Oz scripts and athletes who still have uniforms, warm ups, and backpacks should return them at this time.
May 8 & 11 – No School – This Mother’s Day weekend we want to provide some relief to moms (and dads too) who have been working hard to oversee school work at home. This will also give teachers needed time to develop new content for the final push to the end of the school year.
May 15, 3-7 pm & May 16, 9 am-12 pm – Final Materials Pick Up – Again, all parents with students in early childhood & lower school should plan to attend this materials pick up. Middle & upper school classes with supplies to pick up will be communicated closer to the time.
May 25 – No School – Memorial Day
May 29 – Last Day of School – Since finals and many year-end events and field trips have been cancelled, this will be the last day of school for all students.
June 1 & 2 – Year-End Drop Off & Pick Up – All families will need to come to LCCS to return all LCCS student materials including textbooks, library books, iPads, student work, etc. We will distribute information including a year-end packet, summer reading/math packets, awards, and any final materials from teachers. Times are TBD.
Middle & Upper School Google Hangout Chapels – Fridays at 11 am. Simply click the links below to join.
Ruwa – The Arts Academy culminating Facebook Live event – Tuesday, May 19, 7 pm
Early Childhood & Lower School Awards Ceremonies - These will be held by class May 26-29. Details of exact dates and times will be communicated closer to the events.
Graduation – Saturday, May 30 – A graduation plan is in the works! Details will be communicated soon.
Since Governor Wolf has extended social distancing through the end of April and closed schools indefinitely, LCCS will continue online education through at least Friday, May 1. Teachers are currently preparing additional supplies to continue virtual learning from April 13 through May 1. Materials need to be picked up on Friday, April 10 from 10 am-2 pm or Saturday, April 11 from 9 am-12 pm. Pick up will be operated as a drive through only. Simply drive under the portico at the front of the school and a staff member will bring your child's supplies to your car. To honor social distancing guidelines, please remain in your car and we will bring your student’s supplies to you.
All students in early childhood and lower school will have items to pick up. We will communicate a list of middle and upper school classes who definitely have materials to pick up later next week. Library books can be returned during this pick-up time. Lower school teachers may have work to collect. They will communicate that with you, and that work should also be returned during this time.
If schools remain closed beyond May 1, another pickup of supplies will be coordinated.
LCCS Launches Virtual Education and Community Corner
LCCS is committed to providing a high-quality academic experience even during this time of crisis. After a week of careful planning and teacher training, LCCS launched virtual online education on Monday, March 23. Faculty have created lesson plans and assigned coursework for all students in preschool through grade 12. Instead of letting the school go dark and the learning stop, LCCS has utilized virtual education so that students will not fall behind in their studies.
Students spend time each day studying their five core courses: English, history, science, math, and Bible. Additionally, specials teachers have developed optional enrichment activities in PE, music, and art. Teachers and students use a variety of learning resources including pre-recorded and live videos, slideshows, independent reading, virtual field trips, online chats, discussion questions, and online quizzes and tests. The school day is set up to be asynchronistic so that students can learn and study at their own pace in a schedule that meets the needs of their families. However, teachers also provide live office hours and hangout times for students to ask questions and connect with one another.
LCCS values a caring community. While social distancing makes community and togetherness a challenge, LCCS is committed to providing opportunities for families and students to connect virtually. They launched a Community Corner initiative and online communications hub (lccs.cc/COVID-19) to intentionally cultivate ongoing connections. This website provides a centralized location for families to access resources, training videos, and links to Community Corner activities. Each Monday morning, a LCCS faculty or staff member provides a live “Monday Meditation” on Facebook and Instagram to set the tone for the week ahead. Later in the week, the “Weekly Challenge” offers students a fun family activity. This week’s challenge is a STEAM-oriented engineering competition. The “Weekend Playlist” allows families to discover some favorite songs from their teachers. The whole community is invited to join the fun! Even if your child does not attend LCCS, you are welcome to use their posted resources and participate in the weekly community activities on LCCS’s social media pages. The efforts and resources that LCCS has provided for their students may also be useful for many families across Lancaster County.
Quotes from LCCS parents & teachers:
LCCS has received great feedback from parents regarding the implementation of online school and the ongoing support they receive from teachers and administration:
Beth MacCartney, parent of four children in lower school through upper school says, “I appreciate LCCS taking the education of our children very seriously and being prepared to do it well. This week our children have all been able to dive right in and pick up where they left off in the classroom. The work is posted online, and LCCS is using various resources such as live streaming and group chats to make sure the students have all they need to succeed. What a gift to not be missing all these weeks of school. Our teachers are still working hard and putting in many hours a day of preparing instruction, emailing necessary resources, and checking the work as it returns.”
Crystal Toy has three children in lower school and middle school. “In just one week, our school administrators completely mobilized our children’s education to an online platform. What they have rolled out to our families is nothing short of amazing. We have been impressed and shocked at how thorough the teachers and staff have been and how they are creating a sense of community. Our social 7th grader logs on during his teachers’ “office hours” so he can engage live and ask questions. Our 5th grader and kindergartener look forward to their "live" time with their teachers and in most cases it is the highlight of their day. We greatly appreciate and value the time these teachers have put in knowing they are quarantined in their homes with their own children and family responsibilities. We are so thankful that LCCS has been able to continue to deliver such a quality education, disciple students, and be innovative in their efforts to create the community we desire for our children to grow in.”
Jackie Halladay has three children in early childhood and lower school. She says, "Our experience with online education at LCCS has been fantastic! The teachers are so creative in the ways they are bringing the classroom right into our home through teaching videos, well organized learning slideshows, and personalized messages and conversations with my children. We have even had virtual show n' tell with the entire class! I've enjoyed getting to peek into their classrooms and have been amazed at how well equipped my children are at using the technology and learning independently. This experience has given me a whole new appreciation for our incredible teachers and the excellent education my children are receiving!"
Teachers have embraced this new challenge with enthusiasm and innovation. Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Angela Hobbs writes,
“As teachers we have been confronted with an opportunity to take the same passion and creativity that we pour into our classroom and students at school, and channel it to our online classroom. My desire is that my students feel as safe, loved, and challenged as they do when we could physically be together each day.
I have smiled at my computer screen more times this week than ever before as I watch my students interact with one another. It is a beautiful thing to see our classroom community continue to flourish at a time like this. We have already spent seven months growing together, and we will not stop now! My prayer for us as a class has always been that we would “grow closer to God and to each other,” and online school will not keep that from happening. Relational, spiritual, and academic growth will not be interrupted.
Just as it is said, “the church is the people not the building,” LCCS is not the building-- it is a tight knit community that supports one another with a bond that cannot be broken by any trial. We will come out on the other side of this stronger than ever! I believe this trial will strengthen our classroom and the entire LCCS community. We are being pushed to grow and learn together--all of us--teachers, students, and parents, more than ever before. As we respond to these opportunities to encourage and support one another, what an incredible bond of unity it is going to create!"
This afternoon Governor Wolf announced that all schools statewide will remain closed through at least April 6, 2020. Therefore, LCCS will continue virtual, online education through April 3, 2020. We will then hold Spring Break as scheduled, without classes, April 6-10. All after-school and extracurricular activities are cancelled through April 10.
We look forward to seeing everyone today when you come to LCCS to collect your student’s supplies between 12 and 8 pm. You have two options:
- Enter the Building by the early childhood drop-off doors on the Worship Center side. We will allow 10 people into the building at one time. You must also exit through the same doors. If you have something to collect from a locker, you must enter the building. Runners will not get anything from a locker for those using the drive through.
- Drive Through is available if you are not comfortable entering the building. Please join the carpool line similar to afternoon dismissal. When you pull under the portico, a runner will collect your child’s supplies and bring them to your car.
- Bring your Race for Education labels and drop them off in the main lobby or give them to the drive-through runner.
- All medications will be sent home. Pick them up in the main lobby or alert your drive-through runner that you need them.
- 6th grade students who still have instruments at school must take them home today.
- Lost and found items are on a table in the main lobby if you need to look for something that has been misplaced. You must enter the building to look at the lost and found. Drive-through runners will not be able to find things for you.
In light of recent announcements from Governor Wolf requiring non-life sustaining businesses to suspend operations, LCCS will not be open on Saturday for pickup of school supplies as originally planned. However, to prepare for the launch of the LCCS virtual learning program next week, it is imperative that all LCCS families pick up school supplies from the school tomorrow between 12 and 8 pm.
Please make plans to stop by the school lobby where school supplies have been categorized by grade level and laid out on tables. Students in the middle / upper school will also be permitted to retrieve books and materials from their lockers.
If you are not comfortable entering the building to get your child's supplies, a drive through will be provided.
There are many details involved as we look forward to online, virtual education beginning Monday, March 23. Please read this email thoroughly.
Teachers are working hard to prepare their Google Classrooms with dynamic lessons and activities. Starting Friday afternoon, March 20, you will begin to see invitations to their classrooms. An invitation to join the classroom will be sent to the student’s LCCS email account. Students/parents will need to log in to the student’s email account, open each Google Class invitation, and click “Join” to join the class. Students are enrolled in each classroom that pertains to them. (Early childhood & lower school: one for the student’s classwork and one from Mrs. Hodges. Middle & upper school: one for each core course. PE, art, and music will also each provide a classroom of enrichment lessons.) Parents of middle and upper school students who desire access to their child’s work without logging in as the student, must have an active gmail account and must email their child’s teachers to be added as observers to the virtual classroom. Observers will receive a weekly summary of their child’s progress.
LCCS Account Log-In Information
Every LCCS student now has a LCCS account. To access your student’s LCCS email account, go to gmail.com. Student email addresses are formatted as follows: (student first initial)(student last name)(student graduation year)@student.lccs.cc. For example senior John Smith’s email address would be firstname.lastname@example.org.
The log-in password for students in preschool-grade six is formatted Lions(student birth month)(student birth day). So if John Smith’s birthday is March 17, his login password is Lions0317. Students in grades 7-12 should know their account password. They can share their password with their parents/guardians. If the password needs to be reset, please contact email@example.com.
Each teacher will hold daily office hours. The office hours will be posted on the COVID-19 section of the website and in each Google Classroom. As always, you can also reach out to faculty via email at any time.
- Early childhood & lower school teachers will host their office hours in a variety of methods which they will communicate directly to you.
- Middle & upper school teachers will hold Google Hangouts Meet for parents or students who would like to have a live conversation to ask questions and obtain extra support.
Materials Pick Up
All students in preschool-grade 12 must pick up their materials at LCCS on Friday, March 20, 3 pm-8 pm or Saturday, March 21, 9 am-12 pm. Teachers will have materials prepped and ready in the main lobby. All student medication will also be sent home for the duration of the school closure, and sixth grade students will have their instruments to pick up. Please stop by within these hours at a time that is convenient for you. We will allow 10 people into the building at one time. If you do not feel comfortable entering the building, please pull up under the portico and we will bring your supplies to you. Unfortunately, the lower school library will not be available to check out books.
Due to updated social distancing recommendations, in-person virtual classroom training has been cancelled. Instead, video tutorials will be emailed to you and posted on the COVID-19 section of the LCCS website. Stay tuned.
Race for Education
If you did not return your Race for Education labels to your classroom teacher last week, plan to bring them with you when you pick up your materials on Friday or Saturday. We hope to proceed with this crucial LCCS fundraiser.
In addition to required core-course assignments, we will also provide Google Classroom enrichment opportunities for art, music, and PE. We know these classes are often our students’ favorites, and at LCCS these classes haven’t been cancelled! The best part? Our goal is to create activities that invite the whole family to get involved.
The LCCS Admin Team met this morning to formalize an ongoing plan for our students to continue their learning during the COVID-19 pandemic mandatory school closure. Under current circumstances, the 180-day school year is not required by the PA Department of Education. However, we plan to require valuable virtual, online education during this time. Beginning Monday, March 23, LCCS will launch an online, virtual learning program using Google Classroom.
This week, March 16-20, no work will be assigned or required of students. Teachers will take this time to train and prepare their virtual classrooms and lessons. LCCS google accounts will be created for lower school students who do not already have one, and passwords and account information will be provided to parents so they can access their child’s work. For middle and upper school students, parents who desire to access their child’s work, must have an active gmail account and must email their child’s teachers to be added to the virtual classroom.
Because there will not be work assigned for the week of March 16-20, the third marking period will end on Tuesday, March 31 instead of March 24. Achievement testing is postponed indefinitely.
Beginning Monday, March 23, Google Classroom will be the central location where all teachers will post assignments and activities. However, your child’s virtual classroom can also be accessed at any time through your Family Portal (ParentsWeb), in the weekly lesson plan section.
Virtual Classroom Training
To assist parents and students with accessing and navigating their virtual classroom, a training video will be created and emailed to parents and students as well as posted as a resource. This video will provide detailed instruction on how to access and navigate Google Classroom and Google Hangouts Meet. Optional, live on-campus training sessions for both parents and students will be available Friday, March 20, at 3 pm, 4 pm, and 5 pm and Saturday, March 21, at 9 am, 10 am, and 11 am. Training sessions will last approximately 45 minutes. If possible, parents and students who attend should bring a device.
Pick Up Supplies
Materials for next week’s online virtual classrooms including books and personal items should be picked up this Friday, March 20, 3 pm-8 pm or Saturday, March 21, 9 am-12 pm. The school building will be open during these times if you need to get anything from your child’s classroom or locker. When you are on campus to collect your materials, the lower school library will also be open for students in preschool through grade 6 to check out books.
Daily Student Schedule
Work will be assigned based on the approximate times below:
- Early Childhood: 1 hour per day
- Kindergarten-Grade 2: 2 hours per day plus additional reading
- Grades 3-6: 3 hours per day plus additional reading
- Middle & Upper School: 30 minutes per core course per day plus minimal homework.
- Please note: Upper school students in Spanish 1 and 2 must complete 17 total hours for the third quarter by March 31. If you need to know how many current hours you have logged, please email Miss Richardson.
Student expectations and rubrics will be communicated later in the week.
Teachers will provide daily office hours through Google Hangouts Meet for parents or students who would like to have a live conversation to ask questions and obtain extra support. You are welcome to join the conversation as needed. You can always reach out to faculty via email at any time.
Specials teachers will provide Classrooms as enrichment opportunities in PE, art, and music. If the school closures are mandated beyond these two weeks, PE activities may become required.
Event Updates Changes
- Shark Tank, March 26 - Postponed
- Spring Fling, March 27 - Postponed
- Grades 7-9 Semi-Formal, March 28 - Postponed
We appreciate your patience and flexibility regarding this very fluid situation. We are working hard on a plan to best serve our families. However, not all of the details are completely finalized. As more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate here and via email.
What is the schedule for this week?
The LCCS Admin Team is meeting together on Monday morning to formulate a plan and schedule for virtual, online education. We will send a follow-up communication Monday afternoon with more details. The launch of our virtual learning program is dependent on a number of factors including available technology and adequate training for teachers. We appreciate your patience in this unprecedented situation.
When will virtual, online education be implemented?
We are not certain when we will launch virtual, online education. We want to provide adequate time to teachers to prepare and instructions to be drafted so we can best support you as parents. As soon as a schedule is finalized, we will communicate that to you.
When can I enter the building to pick up medication, items from my locker, educational materials, etc.?
As soon as a virtual education plan is finalized, we will let you know when the building will be open for students to collect their things. If you need to access the building for a more immediate reason, please let us know.
Will we need to make up the school days that we are missing?
We have seen conflicting information from the PA Department of Education as to whether or not these missing days will need to be made up. We hope to gain clarity on this in our meeting Monday morning to help us formulate a more defined plan.
Will there be after-school activities, athletic practices, or musical rehearsals this week?
Athletics and Sports Clubs: There will be no practices, open gyms, workouts, or meetings for the foreseeable future. The PIAA is recommending cancellations of all team workouts. Please check your email for individual workouts designed by our LCCS coaches and Athletic Department.
The Wizard of Oz: All rehearsals for this week (March 16-20) are cancelled.
Lower School Clubs: All lower school clubs are cancelled during this time.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any other questions.
In light of Governor Tom Wolf’s recent mandate that all PK-12 schools in PA close for two weeks, LCCS will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.
We are currently working hard to set up virtual classrooms for our students to attend class remotely. However, this will take some time as we train our teachers on the necessary technologies and prepare the content for distribution to students.
Please stay tuned for regular communication as we work out the logistics and begin to develop a plan.
As we continue to monitor and address COVID-19 in Pennsylvania and throughout the county, we have created a communications hub as a location for easy access to all communications, resources, and event updates. You can access LCCS.cc/COVID-19 for the most up-to-date information available.
Plans are being finalized for the possibility of needing to provide virtual, online education. We are looking forward to the opportunity to prepare LCCS faculty and staff for this worst-case scenario. Monday, March 16 will be used as an in-service day to train teachers to facilitate on-going online school days and more thoroughly disinfect the building. During chapel this afternoon, middle & upper school students reviewed the basics of possible online learning processes. They will be more thoroughly trained during school on Tuesday. Additional communication and instructions will be sent to all parents next week. Middle & upper school students were asked to take all instructional materials home with them as a precautionary measure. If needed, LCCS will open the building to early childhood and lower school families who may need to pick up materials next week.
In anticipation of virtual learning, all families must complete this brief technology survey by midnight tonight or as soon as possible.
As of today, school is not being cancelled beyond Monday. However the situation is rapidly evolving. We will continue to provide updates as things unfold and new decisions are made.
Updated Event Changes:
- Kids Night Out for this evening has been postponed.
- All after-school activities on Monday, March 16 are CANCELLED. This includes sign language club, athletic practices, and the 3rd/4th grade basketball game at New Covenant Christian School.
- The PIAA has suspended all athletic competitions through March 27. There will be no games or meets. However, practices will be held as scheduled beginning Tuesday, March 17.
As news of the coronavirus continues to evolve, LCCS is committed to taking pro-active measures to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, and their families. We will continue to partner with you during this time to help reduce fear and stress which can cause further health concerns. We will also continue to communicate and provide updates via email as needed. Please be aware that this information may change quickly in the coming days and weeks.
Current LCCS Efforts:
We will remain vigilant in monitoring the status of all illnesses that could present a threat to our students and families and will continue to implement best-practice techniques at school.
- Surfaces that students come in contact with are regularly disinfected.
- Housekeeping continues to regularly and thoroughly clean the school.
- Students are required/encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water prior to eating.
- Posters are hung around the building to encourage proper hygiene and cleanliness.
- We are monitoring daily attendance trends for abnormalities due to illness.
In order to prepare for the possible need to cancel on-campus school and move to virtual, online education, there will be NO school on Monday, March 16. This will give us the opportunity to train teachers to facilitate on-going online school days and more thoroughly disinfect the building. Because we have a snowday built into our schedule that we have not utilized, Monday’s cancellation will not affect the school calendar. We understand that this is short notice, and we apologize for the inconvenience. We believe this is an important measure for the safety of our students and readiness of our staff.
- ACSI Speech Meet - Friday, March 13 at Lehigh Christian Academy – CANCELLED
- LCCS Grandparents Day – Thursday, March 19 – POSTPONED. As a result, this day will be a full day of school for all students.
- LCCS Spring Concert – Thursday, March 19 – POSTPONED
We will communicate changes to future events as needed. We are closely monitoring the progression of the coronavirus and will make decisions according to recommended guidelines in the best interest of your students and families.
How can you help:
- Reinforce frequent and proper hand washing at home.
- Follow the LCCS illness policy outlined in the parent-student handbook:
- Your child should be fever, vomit, and diarrhea-free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Students with a potentially communicable disease should remain at home until verification can be obtained from a doctor.
- If possible do not travel outside of the United States at this time.
- Notify the school if you or your students have been exposed to anyone with a confirmed coronavirus case.
- Be cognizant of where you are obtaining your information regarding the coronavirus. Here are resources you can reference:
Thank you for your support as we work together to ensure the health and safety of our students, employees, and families. Please continue to pray with us for the health and quick recovery of all those affected.