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COVID-19

FALL 2020 planning

Knowing that a Lausanne education is best experienced through in-person relationships, we're preparing for all students to return to on-campus classes the week of August 17, 2020. Safety measures are being developed that address the Covid-19 pandemic unless the campus is ordered closed by local, state or the federal government. 

Our task force, made up of infectious disease experts, doctors and members of our administrative team, is working on ways to minimize risks and keep students safe while giving our community a return to the routines we all miss.

As we proceed, the task force is guided by these goals:

  • We must stay true to the educational quality of Lausanne
  • The safety of our students and the health of the community must be protected
  • The situation may change quickly, and we must remain adaptable 
With those goals and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control guiding us, we've begun to develop policies and procedures for the fall. Knowing the situation can change daily based on local, state and federal recommendations, guidelines and mandates, we're preparing for three potential scenarios.

Phased Return to campus

Our Task Force, in consultation with educational institutions around the world, has developed a phased start to the 2020-21 school year to help implement procedures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

lausanne's campus is currently in phase two.

GENERAL POLICIES FOR ON-CAMPUS LEARNING ACROSS DIVISIONS
  • Every student should bring two cleaned masks to school daily. Follow the CDC recommendations for choosing and sanitizing a face mask
  • Parents and students should be prepared to drop off and pick up students at their division-specific times.
    • Lower School dropoff: 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.  Pickup: 3 p.m. 
    • Middle School dropoff: 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Pickup: 3:30 p.m. 
    • Upper School dropoff: 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.   Pickup: 3:40 p.m. 
  • Temperatures will be taken using contactless thermometers upon entering campus, and periodically throughout the day to ensure there aren't any temperature spikes in students. A sanitized, oral thermometer may be used to verify a high temperature.
  • Students will remain in small groups, and movement across campus will be restricted and avoided as much as possible.
  • Students will take different, specific paths to their learning spaces.
  • Students, staff and faculty will have dedicated entrances and exits will be designated to minimize congestion during class changes.
  • As much as possible, students will have their own classroom supplies. Sharing is great, but for now, we're going to discourage it during the pandemic.
  • Shared supplies like laptops and iPads will be sanitized between uses. 
  • Sanitizing stations are being installed in each classroom and will include hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes for surfaces that are touched frequently.
  • Students should bring a reusable water bottle from home to use throughout the day. Water fountains will not be available.
  • All interior areas will be sanitized nightly following health department guidelines.
  • Social and Emotional Learning 
  • Assemblies, Field Trips, Pep Rallies, and large group gatherings will be put on hold for the time being.
  • Buses, locker rooms, and other places where proximity is unavoidable will be unused or closed.
Classroom best practices for fall continue to be evaluated and updated to utilize recommendations of national, state and local health officials, such as the American Association of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control. While these policies are for the entire school, each division has age-appropriate policies, as well.
Divisional policies for on-campus learning

 

Social and Emotional Needs of Students
Lausanne is making plans to facilitate an even greater level of student support for the 2020-2021 school year, increasing SEL opportunities for all grade levels. Teaching students ways to regulate their emotions and cope with the stress of living in an accelerated culture is essential to student maturation. 

Additionally, Lower School Counselor Angie Valadie, Middle School Counselor Amanda Pearson and Upper School Counselor Samantha Douglas are available if you have a question about your Lausanne student's emotional health, and continue to work with students one-on-one to help them process their emotions. Contact your division's counselor by email at any time.
COMMUNITY AGREEMENT
Knowing that our students will be interacting, and to protect our community, all families must agree to minimize their risk and exposure to the coronavirus, including maintaining social distancing, wearing face coverings, and avoiding situations as much as possible that could expose them to the virus.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERN?
As we move ahead with planning, we know you'll have questions about specific areas. Below you'll find answers to some of the questions we've received, but if you have a concern, let us know by sharing it with us here. It will be shared with the task force, and we'll try to address it as soon as possible. 
LATEST UPDATE
  • Latest Updates on Fall 2020 Preparations Saturday, July 11, 2020
    In an effort to keep you notified of the things that the task force is working on, here's a quick update and where to find them on the website: Protocol for visiting campus updated ...
Being Prepared for Different Scenarios
While we're confident we'll be able to return to campus, we're also preparing for the possibility that the Health Department or Governor of Tennessee may order schools to close campus. As parents, students, teachers and faculty are all aware: recreating the Lausanne experience online is extremely difficult. While the difficulties of conducting Lower School classes virtually are obvious, project-based learning for students in middle school and upper school suffer from the medium.

As we prepare for fall, we do so determined to make the online experience better mirror the one on-campus. Preliminary plans for distance learning for each division are now available on our website. This will be followed by a period of feedback that we’ll utilize to adjust and construct more in-depth plans to share on July 14. These plans will also be utilized as we create an online option for families who may need to be quarantined or that don't feel comfortable returning to campus. We aim to have these plans for Scenario 2 completed by July 15. 

OTHER COMMUNITY CONCERNS

What should we do about Aftercare? How will lunch be served? What if someone is exposed to Coronavirus? Reopening campus requires us to think through lots of different questions, some of which we've addressed below. 

Aftercare, Athletics and other After-School Activities

Typically, hosting aftercare and after-school activities involves bringing students from different classes and divisions together after the school day. Unfortunately, that approach undermines our ability to limit potential cross-contamination. Knowing the goal is to limit the number of times a student could possibly be exposed to the virus, it becomes difficult to keep the same small groups together. But our Lausanne 360 staff is committed to finding an approach that allows for aftercare to continue, and we'll update this website as information becomes available. 

Community Agreement

Our students will be interacting, and to protect our community, all families must agree to minimize their risk and exposure to the coronavirus. This includes maintaining social distancing, wearing face coverings, and avoiding situations as much as possible that could expose them to the virus.

Intentional or reckless disregard for these policies and protocols by community members will be addressed by our Director of Operations, Campus Safety and the head of the appropriate division.

Essential Workers

Thank you for all that you do during these unprecedented times! 

Some Lausanne families have members who are health care workers, pilots, or professions that force them to travel to "hotspot" areas or come into contact with people that may have COVID-19. We ask that you continue to maintain practices that ensure the safety of yourself, your family and the Lausanne community. 

Exposure

*All policies are designed to implement the guidelines set forth by CDC and Shelby County Health Department and are subject to change

Mandatory Reporting Policy
  • Students and employees who come into close contact with a person who is known positive for COVID-19 must report information to Lausanne via their divisional office. Further, they will not be allowed on campus until they complete the “Return to Campus Protocol.”
  • We also ask that you alert us if you have come in contact with someone who has traveled to a country under a CDC travel advisory or has come in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. 
Symptoms Present Process
  • Anyone with a body temperature higher than 100.4 will not be allowed on campus. A PUI Form will be completed to aid for potential contact tracing.
  • Anyone who develops any fever, respiratory, or flu-like symptoms during the school day will be sent to a designated room isolated from other people until they are picked up from campus. PUI Form will be completed to aid for potential contact tracing.
  • We're currently developing the process for notifying other families in the student's class or cohort if a classmate is showing symptoms, has been exposed or has tested positive. 
Return to Campus Protocol

Before returning to campus, all employees and students with symptoms or positive test must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 72 hours symptom-free without the use of fever-reduction medications AND
  • At least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared

OR

  • Must provide documentation of two negative COVID-19 tests taken more than 24 hours apart AND
  • Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms

Before returning to campus, all employees and students who test positive and are without symptoms must meet the following criteria:

  • Ten days have passed since the date of the first positive COVID-19 test, assuming no symptoms have developed since the positive test OR
  • Provide documentation of two negative COVID-19 tests taken more than 24 hours apart.

Again: All policies are designed to implement the guidelines set forth by CDC and Shelby County Health Department and are subject to change. We're currently developing the process for notifying other families in the student's class or cohort if a classmate is showing symptoms, has been exposed or has tested positive. 

Food Services

Lausanne Food Services is preparing to ensure that students receive healthy lunch options while adhering to safety protocols. Initial ideas include Lower and Middle School students eating in their classrooms, and spacing Upper School students meals out to allow for social distancing. Details on these plans will be added to this website in late July.

Health Protocols and Temperature Data Monitoring

Information on student health including temperature checks and possible exposure will be overseen by Lausanne's Director of Operations assisted by an onsite healthcare professional supplied by a local medical agency. 

Masks/Facial Coverings

The CDC recommends "face coverings should be worn by staff and students (particularly older students) as feasible, and are most essential when physical distancing is difficult." At the same time, they recognize that younger students may have difficulty wearing a mask for the entire day. 

Upper and Middle School students are required to keep their masks on at all times while they are inside and transitioning to and from areas. They will be allowed to remove masks when attending outside classes as long as social distancing is maintained and if approved by the instructor. 

Once in their classroom, students in Lower School may remove their masks at the teacher's discretion, as per current CDC guidelines and the recommendations of the medical professionals on Lausanne's Task Force.

Teachers and faculty will be required to keep their masks on unless conducting class outside with social distancing in place. We are exploring ways to protect faculty and staff but allow their faces to be seen by students.

Social Interaction Opportunities

Understanding the need for students to interact, our Division Heads, our Upper School Dean of Student Inclusion and Division Counselors are working with our Director of Social and Emotional Learning to develop ways to ensure student social and emotional learning continues. More details will be added to this website as those plans are developed. 

Travel

The CDC is asking all international travelers arriving in the US to self-quarantine for 14 days. We ask that you and your family take this into account and forego travel after August 2 to ensure time for self-quarentine before the first day of school, August 17.

We also ask that students not travel outside of the greater Memphis area through the end of in-person classes on Friday, December 18. Additionally, there will be no school-sponsored travel for the time being.

If you must travel, we strongly encourage you to adhere to the CDC's guidelines on travel. We understand this information changes frequently, so we encourage you to check this website regularly. Many countries have instituted restrictions and quarantines that could directly affect you.

If you or someone in your household is traveling internationally, do not return to campus for any activities until 14 days after returning to the United States (this does not include family members who are essential workers). 

After 14 days, medical clearance must be obtained before returning to campus. If you travel to these areas, we ask you to self-report, via to your respective division head. Please contact your personal physician for specific instructions regarding self-quarantine.

Should your student require quarantine post-travel, we will provide remote learning and extend deadlines. 

Because of the disruption to a student's ability to attend classes outlined below, we ask that students not travel outside of the greater Memphis area through the end of in-person classes on Friday, December 18. Additionally, there will be no school-sponsored travel for the time being.

Have a question or concern not addressed above? Try our FAQ page, or submit your question or concern to the task force using this anonymous form

Opening Of School Task Force

  • Stuart McCathie, Headmaster
  • Stewart Crais, Director of Campus Operations
    Leads interaction with Medical Professionals and agencies
  • Kara Barbour, Head of Lower School
    Leads Lower School Teachers Subcommittee 
  • Kim Davis, Assistant Head of Middle School
    Leads Middle School Teachers Subcommittee 
  • Stuart Dunster, Head of Upper School
    Leads Upper School Teachers Subcommittee 
  • Rachel Hammons, Director of Lausanne 360°
    Leads subcommittee focused on after school activities 
  • Kevin Locastro, Athletic Director
    Leads subcommittee with all varsity coaching staff
  • Charlotte Albertson, Director of Community Engagement
    Leads subcommittee with the executive board of Lausanne Parent Connections
  • Troy Graham, Business Manager
  • Drew Smith, Director of Communications and Marketing
  • Dr. Neil Hayes, Division Chief, Medical Oncology UTHSC and Director, UTHSC Center for Cancer Research
  • Dr. Hiren Pokharna, Physician, Midsouth Infectious Disease Associates
  • Submit a question to the task force