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:
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All students return to campus for classes with safety protocols in place. Small groups interact, maintaining social distance in "protective bubbles" as they move around campus and in their classrooms. Click here to see our plans for Scenario 1.
Understanding that some parents may not feel comfortable with their child returning, we're developing ways for students to continue learning from home. These include cameras in classrooms that allow students to be present virtually, teachers to record lessons and posting assignments for students online. Our developing plans for online classes will open the possibilities of this option, and we hope to be able to share this plan with you by July 15.
School is open with safety protocols in place, but students are absent more frequently and in more significant numbers than usual. While some classes continue in person, more resources are available online to ensure students can continue learning while not being able to come to campus due to illness or potential quarantine. Moving to this scenario will be determined by governmental mandates limiting the number of people that can gather together.
Our campus has the ability to creatively utilize the 250,000 square feet of nine uniquely designed campus buildings to continue to allow for small groups to learn and move through campus while maintaining the safety of our community. Knowing that, this plan has evolved to address students that are unable to come to campus due to exposure to the virus, or with parents with concerns about returning to campus. We aim to have these plans updated on the website by July 15.
If the campus is ordered closed by governmental mandates, classes are held online. The essential goal is to support student well-being and academic development during a significant disruption to our daily operations for an extended period. We also want to ensure that we continue to foster student learning without being able to meet our students in person. After using distance learning this spring, our teachers are working on improving the experience, including more live and recorded classroom time. Our plans for distance learning can be found here, but are still developing.
Utilizing protocols for visiting campus (temperature checks, social distancing, facial coverings), we began welcoming students back to campus to resume practices for varsity fall sports (cross country, volleyball, football, etc.). Administrative staff also returned to school and began to work on redesigning areas to allow for the social distancing of students.
Slated to begin July 6, Summers@Lausanne begins following campus safety measures and testing feasibility of plan for social distancing inside of classrooms.
A decision on Middle School Athletics has been moved back to August 3.
Students return to campus staggered by division beginning Monday, August 17. This allows us to address issues as needed as we ramp up our on-campus activities.
More detailed plans are being developed by division subcommittees. We have the goal to update this page with that information by June 30.
After a successful period of having all students on campus, after-school activities, including aftercare, will resume as appropriate.
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.
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.
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.
*All policies are designed to implement the guidelines set forth by CDC and Shelby County Health Department and are subject to change
Before returning to campus, all employees and students with symptoms or positive test must meet the following criteria:
Before returning to campus, all employees and students who test positive and are without symptoms must meet the following criteria:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.