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Lower School On-Campus

While Lausanne's response to COVID-19 has altered some of our processes, Lausanne's Lower School will remain committed to nurturing the development of each child emotionally, academically, physically, socially and artistically every day. Please review the information below to prepare for the first day of school.

school-wide policies

Make sure you're familiar with school-wide policies Lausanne has put in place for the safety of our community.


Following CDC and AAP recommendations, Lower School students are required to wear masks acknowledging the following AAP strategies for children in Lower School: 


The school day for PK-4th grade will be from 8 -3 p.m., with all students being dropped off from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Siblings in Middle School and Upper School can go directly to their first class.

Students and all people in the vehicle should be wearing masks before entering the gate where they will have their temperature taken and be prepared to observe social distancing throughout the day. Parents are asked to remain in their cars and we will have more staff available at carpool to help students out of the car safely. 

On arrival, the student’s temperature will be taken and if allowable under the COVID policy and then they will be admitted to drop off at carpool (for student drivers, they will be directed to the parking area).  Reminder, parents are not allowed to exit the vehicle.  If a student has a high temperature, the student will be asked to park in a designated area to await a re-check before they exit the vehicle.

After the temperature screening, the student will follow their specific pathway to their classroom. These routes are designed to minimize their potential exposure to others. They proceed to their designated entrance and to their classroom, where they sanitize their hands via sanitizing or hand-washing stations. 

  • PK-1st grade students will enter through the Lower School front doors (Tanner) and use the 1st-grade hallway or the Early Childhood hallway to walk directly to their classroom. 
  • 2nd-4th grade students will enter through the cafeteria breezeway double doors into Tanner, then use the stairwell closest to the breezeway to go upstairs and directly to classrooms. 

Additional personnel will be stationed at entrances, stairwells and in halls to ensure social distancing is in place as students go directly to their classrooms.

cohort/bubble group size

Once at their classroom, students will become part of a “bubble.” This small group of students will remain together throughout the day. 

  • PK-group of 7 
  • JK-group of 10
  • SK-group of 12
  • 1st-4th- group of 15 or less 

Following AAP guidelines, during recess, Lower School students will be able to interact within their grade level only (keeping the number under 50 total) wearing masks while the grade level is together. 


Students will continue to receive customized learning through daily one-on-one and small group time with their classroom teachers. Learning specialists will continue to work with all students in grades SK-4 within the school day.  

Their day will follow a plan similar to one of these schedules: 

  • Sample PK/JK
  • 8:00—Morning meeting and instruction 
  • 8:30-8:45-Spanish 
  • 8:45-10:00-Instruction 
  • 10:00-10:30-Morning recess
  • 10:30-10:50-Mandarin 
  • 10:50-11:20-Lunch (in the classroom)
  • 11:20-12:05- Instruction 
  • 12:05-12:35-Co-curricular class (Art, Music, PE, Library)
  • 12:35-1:00-Instruction 
  • 1:00-1:30-Afternoon recess
  • 1:30-2:30-Rest time 
  • 2:30-3:00-Closing activities in the classroom
  • 3:00- Dismissal  
  • Sample SK-4th
  • 8:00—Morning meeting
  • 8:10-8:40-Spanish/Mandarin 
  • 8:40-10:50-Instruction 
  • 10:50-11:20-Recess
  • 11:25-11:50-Lunch (in the classroom)
  • 11:55-2:00-Instruction 
  • 2:00-2:50-Co-Curricular class (Art, Music, PE, ANTS) 
  • 2:50-3:00 -Closing activities 
  • 3:00-Dismissal 

To limit possible cross-transmission, subject teachers will be moving from classroom to classroom. Students will have their own supplies, as they cannot share supplies with others during this time. Lunch will take place inside the classroom. Students will also be asked to wash their hands at regular intervals.

Co-curricular classes (art, music, ANTS, languages) will take place in the classroom for the time being. Lower School students will leave the classroom to travel to Norfleet Gym or outside for PE.


Lunches will be provided to all on-campus students each school day.

Lower School students will select their entrée options with their teacher’s help each week, and will be served with a variety of fresh fruits. For the first week of school, parents will select this option at meet the teacher day on August 14. You can view the menu for Lower School by clicking here.
Lunch will be delivered to Lower School students and eaten in their classroom.


At the end of the school day, parents or guardians of Lower School students will line up for carpool beginning at 2:45 p.m. and can pick up students from 3 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

  • PK-1st grade students are picked up off via the Tanner Loop 
  • 2nd-4th grade students are picked up via the Shockey Loop 

Each student will be dismissed directly from their individual classroom as their ride arrives on campus. (no groups waiting in carpool). Students with siblings in other divisions will wait in their classrooms until the older siblings dismissal. Details on this procedure are still in development.


Click here to read more about online learning. 


As we move ahead with planning, we know you'll have questions about specific areas. On our "Ask The Task Force" page, 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.