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UPDATED INFORMATION - ONLINE INSTRUCTIONPosted by Marcia Hemminger on 4/3/2020
Thank you for your patience as LCPS continues to roll out the educational plans for this year. I wanted to update you on several important pieces of information. We had a staff meeting this morning and Mrs. Edwards gave guidance to us and clarified many of these pieces. I will do my best to explain it to you!
- Spring Break – since next week was a scheduled break, “Therefore, distance learning opportunities are not scheduled from Monday, April 6, to Friday, April 10, the week that was designated as Spring Break on the academic calendar.”
- Edwards will be sending out a list of fun activities for the students that have been created by our specialists, such as virtual field trips and activities. This list will be helpful for you if you would like to keep them on a schedule during this week.
- 4th grade will also send out a general list of activities to do for the same reason.
- Office Hours – LCPS is asking us to create Office Hours each week to be open and available to explain/clarify information to you (the parent).
- Beginning on Wednesday, April 15th, my hours will be on Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 9:00 – 10:30 AM. You may join an Office Hour session during those time periods using the following link: google.com/efa-ffiw-cjt or call in at 651-571-1129.
- I have also created a Google Form so that you can ask me questions. Of course you can continue to email me as many of you have already done. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1a-pF8Ms63jgY-nFPoBltla6EpYGV-osp0DcsxhCD4qg/edit
- Week of April 13th –
- I will be uploading lessons for Monday and Tuesday as we teachers are engaged in Professional Development.
- Beginning April 15th, we may begin offering online instruction and teaching new material. We will learn how we are going to do that during those Professional Development sessions.
- I will send out information on that Tuesday to share a summary of what we have learned.
- Report Cards:
- We will be generating 3rd quarter report cards. The grades will be based on the data from the beginning of the 3rd quarter (January 21st) through March 11th. We will note when curriculum areas have been introduced and/or taught, but not fully assessed.
- 4th quarter report cards will be done differently. All data will be “formative” rather than “summative”. As a result, you will receive “feedback” rather than an actual grade. In other words, if a student performed well on a lesson and I scored it a 3.5 or 4, it would show you that score, but not as an official grade.
- The “End of the Year” grade can calculate without 4th quarter grades.
Suggestions for Work At HomePosted by Marcia Hemminger on 3/19/2020
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Coronavirus UpdatesPosted by Marcia Hemminger on 3/19/2020
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Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The safety and well-being of every student and staff member is Loudoun County Public Schools’ highest priority.
To continue to safeguard our community, on March 16 LCPS announced that it had extended the closure of LCPS schools until at least April 10. While schools may reopen as early as April 13, this seems unlikely based on the information known at this time. We are preparing for the possibility that schools may be closed for an additional six to twelve weeks from now or longer. We appreciate that this possibility will have significant additional impacts on the students, staff and families who are part of our community, and we are working diligently to address those issues. We will continue to communicate with all community members as more information becomes available.
On March 13, Governor Ralph Northam ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Loudoun County Public Schools is in contact with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to determine the full scope of the effects of this announcement on LCPS’ operations. We will continue to provide additional information as the situation evolves. Schools will be closed through Friday, March 27, at a minimum.
Previously, on March 12, Loudoun County Public Schools had announced that schools would be closed through Friday, March 20. All activities at school were also cancelled at that time. Administrative Offices will maintain regular office hours during the school closure.
The World Health Organization declared the novel Coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic on March 11. Travel between the United States and Europe was suspended and some events and large gatherings have been postponed or cancelled in our region, state, and nation. Loudoun County has experienced at least three presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. While Loudoun County has not experienced the extent of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 as some other areas within our nation or globally and has not had cases that meet the definition of community transmission, we made the closure decision out of an abundance of caution. We plan to announce next steps by Friday, March 20.
While we are unaware of any presumptive positive cases of individuals connected to schools, schools will be thoroughly cleaned before they reopen.
We are monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) very closely, and are in regular communication with the Loudoun County Health Department to be sure we have access to the latest information and recommendations from federal, state, regional, and local authorities.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has an extensive collection of information, recommendations, status updates and Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 virus. The Virginia Department of Health and the Loudoun County Health Department are also good sources of information locally and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
LCPS recommends referring to those sources for general information about the virus, preventive measures, travel recommendations and alerts, and other valuable information about this rapidly evolving situation.
The FAQs below are meant to supplement that information and provide additional detail about efforts LCPS is taking to safeguard students and staff while they are in school, and details about instruction, facilities, school operations and travel.