Students in Middle School have boundless opportunities for self-discovery and at Lausanne, we facilitate this growth in assisting them to become stronger self-advocates, doers and thinkers at Lausanne and in the community-at-large. As you and your family prepare for the fall 2020 school year at Lausanne, please review the information below.
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, Middle School students are required to have their mask on throughout the day and practice social distancing as much as possible. Students in outside, socially distanced classes may be allowed to remove their masks temporarily at the discretion of their teacher.
The school day for Middle School students will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and are dropped off between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Students with siblings in Lower and Upper School can be dropped off during Lower School carpool and go directly to their first classroom.
Students and all people in the vehicle should be wearing masks.
On arrival at the gate, the student’s temperature will be taken and if allowable under the COVID policy, 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 and must reamin in the car. 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 learning area. These routes are designed to minimize their potential exposure to others. They proceed to their designated entrance to their learning area, where they sanitize their hands via sanitizing or hand-washing stations.
Additional personnel will be stationed at entrances, stairwells and in halls to ensure social distancing is maintained as students go directly to their classrooms.
Once at their learning area, students will become part of a “cohort.” In Middle School, this small group of 15 students or less will remain together throughout the day. 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students, maintaining social distancing, will form small groups across cohorts for language, PE and elective classes.
Cohorts stay together through eight academic blocks, alternating between two different days with the following tentative schedule:
To limit possible cross-transmission, subject teachers will be moving from classroom to classroom. Students will also each 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.
5th Grade students will remain with the same cohort of students throughout the day. Core academic teachers will move from classroom to classroom. Student travel will only take place to attend PE (Varsity Gym and Field), Performing Arts Electives (EPAC), and breaks. Visual Art elective will take place in the core academic classroom. For travel, classrooms will be staggered when released to ensure proper distancing.
6th, 7th and 8th Grade students will remain with the same cohort of students for Daily Focus, English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Each cohort will be paired with one other (Ex: Pirani and Lawrence) to create multiple, smaller group language classes, increasing their contact numbers by 4-8 students. (Ex: 4 Spanish students from Pirani’s class will join the 3 Spanish Student’s from Lawrence’s class). Each of these classes will take place in areas outside of the core classroom designated for a foreign language. Foreign language classroom will be sanitized after one class leaves and another arrives.
Both PE and Elective classes will be conducted with the individual cohort and will meet on alternating days.
Every grade level will have one academic Block during the Blue/Gold rotation dedicated to independent study and help sessions. In addition to the academic block, students will also be meeting in each class for an extended 90 minute period which allows for more individualized attention from the teacher in the room at that time.
Middle School students will take two 15-minute breaks throughout the day, which will be scheduled to limit possible contact with other groups and grades, and could take place in the classroom or outside if the weather permits. Students will continue to wear masks and observe social distancing during this time.
Lunches will be provided to all on-campus students each school day.
For both Middle and Upper School, individual classes will be released to select their lunch in the Dining Hall, maintaining social distancing as they choose their lunch items. You can view the menu for Middle and Upper School by clicking here. Students will choose one entrée and separately packaged sides.
Middle School students will then return to their cohort's classroom to eat their lunches, maintaining social distance throughout the process.
At the end of the school day, parents or guardians of Middle School students will line up for carpool at 3:15 p.m. and can pick up students at 3:30 p.m.
An administrator will radio to the student’s teacher, and they will quickly leave their classroom and enter their car. Each student will be dismissed directly from their individual classroom as their ride arrives on campus. Weather permitting, students will form socially distanced lines outside to help make this process as efficient as possible.
Students with siblings in other divisions will wait in their classrooms until the older siblings dismissal. Details on this procedure are still in development.
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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.