Research skills, critical thinking, and strong writing skills are embedded throughout the curriculum and even now, Lausanne's Upper School strives to give students an Active Learning environment through their high school experience. As you and your family prepare for the first day of school, please review the following information.
Make sure you're familiar with school-wide policies Lausanne has put in place for the safety of our community.
The school day for 9th through 12th Grade will start at 9 a.m. A staggered release by grade level will then happen between 3:40 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Following CDC and AAP recommendations, Upper 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.
Students in Upper School should be dropped off or arrive at school between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Students and all people in the vehicle should be wearing masks before entering the gate to have their temperature taken and be prepared to observe social distancing throughout the day. Parents are asked to remain in their cars. Upper School students with siblings in other divisions may arrive on campus with their younger sibling but will be required to wait in the dining hall, maintaining social distancing.
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 arrival, the student will move to their first learning area of the day following a specific pathway. These routes are designed to minimize their potential exposure to others and safeguard social distancing. They proceed to the entrance closest to their learning area, where they sanitize their hands via sanitizing or hand-washing stations.
We’ve narrowed down schedules for Upper School students to limit interactions to three different cohorts (each of less than 20 students) per day. This allows us to continue differentiated learning for all students, but limit possible exposure as much as possible. The first cohort is their first class of the day, the second is their advisory, which will be the same every day, and the third is their final class of the day. These longer classes are organized like college cohorts based on the recommendations for Middle and Upper School from the American Association of Pediatrics. The classes will follow our rotating schedule.
Upper School students will go directly to their first class of the day, entering the Upper School via the closest entrance and following the directional pathways, and join with their first cohort.
With the longer class time, students will be given short breaks staggered with other classes to avoid possible exposure and will utilize outdoor space where possible. While outside and maintaining social distancing, teachers may allow for students to remove their masks.
To limit cross-transmission, students will each have their own supplies, as they cannot share supplies with others during this time. Students will also be asked to wash their hands in regular intervals.
After the first class each day, students will transition to their advisory group following one-way pathways across campus and eat lunch. 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.
After advisory, the student will again follow the one-way pathways to reach their final cohort learning area.
During the Flex period students who do not have a class and are able to do so will be encouraged to leave campus. Students who are unable to leave campus will be placed in a supervised socially distanced study hall in Tully/Alumni dining room. During the last 90 minutes of each Flex period (2:10 p.m. – 3:40 pm.) the majority of teachers will be available to students for one on one support through Microsoft Teams.
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.
In Upper School, students will return to their advisory room for the remainder of the lunch. Social distancing will be maintained throughout the period.
At the end of the school day, students driving themselves will be released at 3:40 p.m. and will be directed to leave campus.
Students in 9th _ 12th grade who are being picked up will wait in their final classroom for pickup. When you do arrive, a faculty member will radio your student's teacher that their ride has arrived, and your student will be sent to Shockey Loop for pick up.
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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.