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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

AAP Recommendations and "Ask The Taskforce" Concerns

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released planning guidance yesterday , and our task force is currently going through the information and updating our plans to take these latest guidelines into account. As they share on their website, " the AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school ." At the same time, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee extended his executive order to... Read More
at Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lausanne Return to Campus Planning

Thank you for your understanding and feedback  you've shared with us as we've developed plans for returning to campus for the 2020 school year. As we all know,  the situation around the coronavirus is changing daily .  As I shared on May 20 , our Opening of School Task Force is preparing for a variety of scenarios. We're continually adding information  to our website  to share the latest additions. We've also added them to the email below. The fact that... Read More
at Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Framework for Reopening

As we've shared in our weekly eNews, we expect to open school on August 17 with all students on campus and safety measures in place that address the Covid-19 pandemic. Our  task force  has begun developing plans to ensure this can happen.  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... Read More
at Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Scenarios for Learning this Fall

Preparations continue for welcoming students back to campus this fall. As we shared last week, we're developing plans to use our nine buildings and their 250,000 square feet of space to ensure the safety of our community. We're developing plans for three possible scenarios: Scenario 1  - All classes take place on campus with safety protocols in place. Small groups interact, maintaining social distance in protective bubbles as they move around campus and in their... Read More
at Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Lausanne Collegiate School Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

Considering the COVID-19 Pandemic, please note the following revised cleaning and sanitizing efforts that Lausanne implements. Products and Materials Used Three disinfectants are in use and are all effective use against SARS-CoV-2: hdpC 2, produced by Spartan Chemical, with EPA registration number 1839-169- 5741 TB Cide Quat, produced by Spartan Chemical, with EPA registration number 1839-83-5741 The Sniper, with EPA registration number 71700-2 Microfiber... Read More
at Friday, May 29, 2020

Preparing to return to campus on August 17

We had a wonderful graduation weekend on campus for the Class of 2020 this past weekend, hosting 11 ceremonies for the seniors and their immediate family to ensure social distancing.  ​ ​​Our efforts to host the celebration showcase our community's ability to be flexible, adaptable and thoughtful as we prepare to begin our 94th school year. ​ ​ Knowing that a Lausanne education is best... Read More
at Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Graduation during Coronavirus

As we all acknowledge, the last two months of the school year have been a unique experience for all. I wish to convey my sincere appreciation and gratitude for the partnership between our faculty and parents for all their efforts and sacrifice in ensuring learning continued for our students. This weekend, we will honor the Class of 2020's graduates as we celebrate Lausanne's 93rd Graduation. This coming Saturday and Sunday, our eleven senior advisories... Read More
at Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Traditions Continue

Traditions  are a big part of the end of every school year at Lausanne, and this year is no exception . The celebrations may look different than before, but our students and teachers across all grade levels are marking the end of the year with parties, videos and award ceremonies in creative ways. Our community took part in  ArtsFest/SportsFest , the senior's " College T-Shirt Picture " and the eighth-grade "year-in-review" video, but in ways that... Read More

Supporting Our Community

I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe! I know many of our parent volunteers are out in our community today making deliveries to our faculty and staff in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week.  I am continually appreciative and grateful for our school, our students and the Lausanne family. Many of you recently received a letter from our Lausanne Parent Connections President, Theresa Heist. Over the past several weeks, the LPC Executive Board has received... Read More
at Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Reflecting on The Process

At Lausanne,  reflection is always an essential part of learning , giving our community the ability to evaluate and make adjustments to improve the process.  It's an ability that is proving vital to our process now.  As the 2019-2020 school year heads into its final month, we continue to adapt as best we can to an ever-changing situation. Many of our traditions have been adjusted to continue during this time. House Activities moved online, the show goes on with a... Read More
at Wednesday, April 29, 2020