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COVID-19

2021-2022 Lafayette Christian Back-to-School COVID-19 Plan

 

Overview

Lafayette Christian has a rich history of partnering with parents and families in providing a Christ centered education.  The last 18 months have made face-to-face partnership with parents difficult to do.  Looking back over last school year, LCS is blessed to have had 179 days of in person instruction.  We are excited to get back to having parents and volunteers in our building on a more consistent basis.  

Views on responses to the COVID-19 pandemic can be polarizing and divisive, as Christians we are called to treat everyone with love, grace, and understanding.  I ask that we all respect the choices families within our community choose to make in response to keeping their family safe from COVID-19.

At this point, we are operating as masks optional in the school building.  This goes for students, staff, and visitors.  We respect the decisions families choose to make when it comes to masks and will remind and help those students wearing masks to do so properly.

The COVID-19 vaccine is one way to protect our community from the spread of the virus.  We are hopeful vaccines will be available to our younger students soon for those who choose to get the vaccine.  LCS is not mandating vaccines for students or staff.  Please talk with your family doctor about what is best for your family when it comes to masks and vaccinations.

Our goal is the same as it was last year, to have in-person school for the entirety of the school year.  Just as guidelines and mitigation strategies changed throughout last year, this year they may change as well.  We are committed to communicating these changes in a timely manner and helping all our students and staff remain safe and healthy. 

Trevor Zonnefeld
Principal


Coordination with State and County Agencies

Our back-to-school plan will continually be monitored and evaluated.  If we see a rise in cases within the school, guidelines may change.  LCS will continue to work with local agencies, such as the Tippecanoe County Health Department and other local non-public schools, in determining the best route for LCS.  If guidelines change, communication will be sent out in a timely manner to update all stakeholders about the changes.

Prevention and Mitigation Strategies

Students, staff, and visitors should do a daily self-check of the following symptoms before entering the school building.  If an individual is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, they should remain home and contact the front office.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Daily Sanitization Protocols

It is imperative that any student or employee who is sick or showing any symptoms remain home.

School-Wide Disinfections

Teachers and staff will use a variety of scientifically studied and CDC approved cleaning products to clean high touch and high use areas.  In Elementary School, desks and tables will be sanitized and wiped down throughout the day.  In Middle School, desks will be sanitized and wiped down between every class.  High touch surfaces and high traffic areas are cleaned frequently throughout the day and cleaned again each evening after school ends for the day.

Hand Sanitizer Stations

Hand sanitizing stations are located at each entrance to the school, along with in each classroom.  Students, staff, and visitors are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer stations when entering the building.

Hygienic Practices

The teachers will promote and encourage the following:

  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into a bent elbow.  Washing hands or using hand sanitizer afterwards.
  • Washing hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds.  Drying hands with a paper towel and avoiding touching the faucet or door handles immediately after washing.
  • Keeps hands away from nose, mouth, and eyes
  • Avoid sharing food or drinks during snack time or lunch

Procedure for Positive COVID-19 Case

  • LCS administration will report the case with the Indiana Department of Health
  • School officials will trace the list of possible exposures
  • LCS will send communication out to with appropriate details
  • In coordination with the Health Department, LCS will monitor and implement further mitigation strategies if there are widespread illnesses.

Procedures for Close Contacts

LCS administration will contact the parent/guardian of any students determined to be a close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period)

If close contact is fully vaccinated:

  • No quarantine is needed
  • Self-monitor symptoms for next 14 days

If close contact is not fully vaccinated:

  • Begin quarantine immediately
  • Monitor symptoms
  • May return on Day 8 with negative PCR test (non-rapid)
  • May return on Day 11 with no symptoms

Further Questions and Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Back-to-School COVID-19 Plan, please reach out to the Principal, Mr. Zonnefeld at tzonnefeld@lafayettechristian.org.

If you have a request to ensure your child is wearing a mask properly while in the classroom, please contact the student’s individual teacher.