Lincoln Academy Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
A message from Head of School Jeff Burroughs
Lincoln Academy Head of School Jeff Burroughs
The goal of Lincoln Academy’s Fall 2020 plan is to balance our two highest priorities: keeping the LA community of educators and learners safe and healthy, while offering the best possible learning experience for our students. To this end we have designed a hybrid plan that we hope will offer an engaging, connected educational experience within the parameters of our new normal: one that requires a complex set of safety precautions.
We will begin school on August 31 with two weeks of orientation. During these two weeks, students will be divided by grade level, and each grade level will attend one day of in-person orientation per week. Starting on September 14, we will move into a 50 percent plan, where students will attend school two days a week (either Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday, determined alphabetically), with an all-virtual day for everyone on Wednesdays.
This 50/50 plan allows us to maximize in-person time while following state and federal CDC safety guidelines for social distancing in our classrooms, buses, and hallways. Virtual instruction through Canvas, our Learning Management System, allows us to continue instruction on days when students are not physically in school, accommodate periods of illness or quarantine, and simplify the transition to all-virtual learning should the public health situation change.
None of us could have planned for a disruption as significant as the COVID-19 global pandemic. Yet, given the circumstances, I am incredibly proud of the team of Lincoln Academy faculty, staff, and administrators who have worked all summer to adapt our teaching modality, school schedule, health and safety protocols, dorm life, lunch, athletics, and more to educate our students while keeping everyone safe. We are bringing this plan to you thanks to the hard work and collaboration of the staff community. We can only implement the plan successfully if we all–students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators–work together to keep the Lincoln Academy community safe, healthy, and engaged in learning. It takes all of us.
Below you will find details about health and safety, academics, technology, athletics, scheduling, and who to contact with questions. We are learning as we go, and we will adapt as needed as we proceed in this unprecedented year. On Tuesday, August 18 at 6 pm we will host a virtual meeting open to all families where parents can join a conversation with school administrators and teachers about the fall plan.
Please keep in touch and let us know how we can help, both this summer and throughout the year.
Jeffrey S. Burroughs
Head of School