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Coronavirus News

Preparing for the 2022-23 School Year

Over the past two years, Lausanne, with the help of its COVID Task Force and the vigilance of its faculty and staff, has managed to ensure the safety of our community while maintaining in-person classes. Today, the FDA's outside panel of advisors recommended approving an emergency use authorization to allow COVID-19 vaccines to be administered to everyone six months and older. The full FDA is expected to make a final decision within hours, and the CDC is expected to... Read More
at Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Lausanne Protocols Change to Follow New CDC Guidance

As we have for the last two years, we've followed the recommendations of the CDC to ensure in-person learning can continue for the school year.  On Friday, they released helpful new guidance for communities to base their protocols on, giving schools a new  "COVID-19 Community Level" website tool to monitor the danger of COVID-19  in counties across the country.  On Wednesday morning, March 2, we will begin following this resource to determine what campus... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Sunday, February 27, 2022

"When Will Lausanne Go Mask Optional?"

"When will Lausanne go mask-optional inside?" With many places making the shift to mask-optional, we wanted to share our markers for when Lausanne will make that change again. With 40 students on campus still ineligible to receive the vaccine, we're working to ensure our campus remains a safe space for them. We are looking at ways to protect students but also begin to ease requirements.  Currently, we're looking at these... Read More
at Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Masking and Metrics for Making Them Optional

Updated 2/2/22. Masks Still Mandatory On Lausanne's Campus For the time being,  Lausanne Collegiate School will continue to implement Covid protocols as recommended by the CDC and Shelby County Health Department, including requiring all visitors to campus to wear masks at all times inside our buildings regardless of vaccination status.  Following  CDC recommendations ,  all students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks on campus, both... Read More
at Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Vaccination Event Information

Lausanne holds vaccination events periodically to administer doses to all who are eligible.  Click here to see the dates/times of upcoming events and let us know you're coming by filling in the signup sheet. This additional form will need to be completed for anyone receiving a vaccine. Lower School students will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and show proof of birthdate (a birth certificate, shot record or passport, for example). Covid vaccinations... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Vaccination/Booster Required for School Trips

We are all working diligently to ensure in-person learning can continue.  Currently, people in close contact that have been vaccinated in the last six months or have received a booster shot do not have to quarantine after an exposure.  Overnight trips and trips where community members are in close proximity eating or drinking pose a challenge for maintaining mask protocols and social distancing. To ensure we’re protecting our ability to hold in person classes,  any... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Changes to Health Communications and the Covid Tracker

With cases on the rise, we're trying to ensure you have access to cases affecting our community.  We've recently changed our  Covid Tracker  layout to be more concise.  All of the same information is being shared as before. Now at the top of the page, you can see the total number of community members in currently in quarantine because of positive tests, close contacts and masking protocols. The latest CDC guidance now includes vaccinated close... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Wednesday, January 12, 2022

How to Share Your Vaccination/Booster Information

Changes to the quarantine procedure require us to begin collecting information on booster doses to ensure we’re following CDC recommendations. Additionally, proof of vaccination is required to attend some activities, such as dances, overnight trips and lock-ins. If your child has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (having received both doses) or if your child has recently received a booster dose, please share the proof with us in one of two ways: Click here to... Read More
at Wednesday, January 12, 2022

COVID-19 Testing Available for Lausanne Families

Should your student or immediate family member experience symptoms of COVID-19 as outlined by the CDC, you may obtain a test through our lab partner,  Poplar Healthcare .  Should you need that service,  click here to fill out their form and prepare for their test . Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Wednesday, January 12, 2022

January 2022 Adjustments

The CDC has updated quarantine procedures  for people testing positive for the coronavirus, and for those exposed.  From their website:   “The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.” See our website for quarantine procedures for both COVID-19 positive cases and close contacts. As we shared with... Read More
at Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Preparing for Fall 2021

We're currently in the process of evaluating and updating our safety protocols for fall based on the latest CDC recommendations. As we do, we're updating our coronavirus pages on the website.  At this point, the CDC has not changed many of its school reopening recommendations , but they have allowed for vaccinated individuals to not be required to wear a mask or social distance . With the vaccine being available to those age 12 and older, are there ways that we can allow... Read More
Posted by Drew Smith at Friday, June 18, 2021

Lower School Co-Curricular Classes Prepare To Resume In Original Spaces

With our campus, students and faculty all following safety protocols to ensure the safety of our community, Lower School co-curriculars are moving back into their original classrooms.  Since August, Teachers Tara West, John Frassinelli and Moria Donati have been traveling from classroom to classroom throughout the Lower School with a cart full of supplies. Using their experience since this school year, the teachers have worked with Head of Lower School Kara Barbour and Director of... Read More
at Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Sanitizing Efforts Over Winter Break

Over the holiday break our contracted janitorial company will again be fully sanitizing and sealing the school interiors. As was done in the fall before school opened, they will apply  Sniper Disinfectant  to all learning areas in the school. This process allows for 100% coverage on all surfaces. They will then follow that process with an application of  Enviroshield Endure manufactured by SD Labs  that provides a durable coating that essentially seals the... Read More
at Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Winter Athletics Phased Restart

As you know, Lausanne’s policy since the pandemic began has been to follow the guidelines from the CDC and our SCHD. In Health Order #15, the Shelby County Health Department asked for all school-related close-contact sports to be suspended beginning on November 23. Being consistent with previous orders, we followed their recommendation and shared that we would continue to evaluate the situation and update you by December 11.  Yesterday, we met with members of our COVID-19 Task... Read More
at Friday, December 4, 2020

CDC Updates Definition Of Close Contacts

Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), updated its definition of who is at risk of contracting coronavirus to include people who come into close contact with infected individuals in multiple short periods of time over a 24-hour period. This new definition of "close contact" expands the pool of those deemed in danger of being infected by the virus after being around someone with the virus.  The old way (solid block of 15 mins):  someone is identified... Read More
at Thursday, October 22, 2020

Campus Covid-19 Tracker

This morning we welcomed our Lower School students to the school both in person and online! Thanks to everyone for their patience as we begin the year. In an effort to keep our community up to date with health information surrounding COVID-19, we've compiled this list to track situations involving coronavirus on campus.  As new developments happen, we'll continue to update it with the latest information. Read More
at Monday, August 17, 2020

Updates as of August 10

All summer, we've been preparing to welcome students both in-person and online for the 2020-21 school year. We've developed campus policies to address the changing situation and guidelines on COVID-19,  and  recently shared a video  that shows how some of these plans will be put into action. At the same time, our teachers have been hard at work to ensure they utilize the best approaches available for online learning.    ... Read More
at Monday, August 10, 2020

Optional Signups Now Live

We're looking forward to welcoming students to campus for classes again but also making preparations for families that don't feel comfortable returning. That's why we're offering  optional online classes , too. As of this afternoon,  15.66% of students school-wide  will be taking optional online classes this fall.  Here's the breakdown per division of students taking optional online classes (updated July 30):     ... Read More
at Thursday, July 30, 2020

End Of July Updates on Fall 2020 Preparations

It's almost here: the first day of school for the 2020-21 school year is three weeks away! Aug 17 - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Lower School First Day of School Aug 18 - 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Middle School First Day of School Aug 19 - 9 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. - Upper School First Day of School We're prepared to welcome all students back to campus for the start of the school year and are confident in the many changes and upgrades to our facilities, staffing, and... Read More
at Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Latest Updates on Fall 2020 Preparations

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 Exposure procedure updated Distance Learning plans for each division have been updated SEL Programming expansion updated Campus has moved to Phase 2 of reopening plan Currently, our teams are focused on Developing an online plan for quarantined students and one that is... Read More
at Saturday, July 11, 2020