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LCCS response to COVID-19
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You can reach Nurse Monya at 201 332-0900, ext. 110 or mmccarty@lccsnj.org 


March 12, 2020

Dear LCCS Families, 

Reminder: There is NO SCHOOL tomorrow Friday, March 13 to give teachers time to create the Distance Learning plans we would activate in the event that LCCS is closed due to COVID-19.  There is no aftercare. We appreciate your help as our staff works hard plan to deal with this issue! A huge thank you to the PTO which is catering breakfast and lunch for our team. 

Tonight's Board of Trustees Meeting will be held via Zoom - an online video conferencing program. Anyone who wishes to attend remotely is welcome can click on this link at 6:30 p.m.


https://zoom.us/j/800380487?pwd=TmpudDNpajVKQ2NtTkxiTkpyZ0tlQT09

Meeting ID: 800 380 487
Password: 319946

Thank you again for all your cooperation and understanding. We really appreciate it! 

Sincerely, 

Colin Hogan, Head of School 



March 10, 2020

Dear LCCS Families, 

As promised - we have more details for our COVID19 response plans: 

LCCS will be closed all day Friday March 13 with no CIRCLE Space to give staff time to create distance learning plans in the event that we are closed due to a COVID19 exposure. 

Parent teacher conferences will NOT be held in person March 25 and 26 and will be done on those half days by phone or video conference. There will still be CIRCLE Space After Care on those days as previously scheduled. We are in the process of determining exactly how remote conferences will work, and will be back with more details. March 27 remains a day that LCCS will be closed. 

All field trips are canceled and no parents will be able to attend in-school events for the rest of March. As of April 1 we will determine whether to continue that policy.  

      We are taking these steps in keeping with recommendations by the health and education officials to address this unprecedented situation and we really appreciate your support since we know it's a difficult situation for everyone. 


What we are doing at LCCS

  • We hope to have more specific instructions of how distance learning will look for your student soon. Thank you for filling out the technology form! We had 99.9% compliance! 
  • We’ve created a schedule to clean gym/recess/PreK gross motor equipment daily and are also reducing the amount of equipment used to make cleaning easier. 
  • We’ve created a schedule of more thorough classroom toy cleaning, including a deep clean this Friday.  
  • For in-school events: Families would have been invited to in-school events such as the 3rd grade Colonial Study and the Tiny House exhibition. We will instead take photographs of those events and teachers will share via email. 
    • The Hudson Riverkeeper trip is still on as scheduled because it is at an outdoor location. 
    • The PTO Power Hour meeting previously scheduled for this Friday, March 13 will now be at 8:30 a.m. on March 20 at an off-site location to be determined.  

What you can do to help

  • Do not give your child fever-reducing medication and send them to school. Previously, you might have given them a dose of Advil for tooth pain but this prevents us from knowing whether a child has a fever. If you want us to check on your child throughout the day for a particular issue, contact Nurse Monya to arrange. 

It’s not uncommon for kids to get sick this time of year. To answer some things you may have been wondering: What should I do if my student does get a fever or cough? 

  • Keep your student at home for a fever over 100, vomiting, diarrhea and/or a persistent cough. Let their doctor know about symptoms and where they or other family members have traveled recently. COVID-19 “hot spots” are expanding regularly. Also notify Nurse Monya by email at mmccarty@lccsnj.org or 201 332-0900, ext. 110. 
  • It’s still flu/strep/cold season so those diseases are also common. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is telling doctors to use their judgment in determining whether COVID-19 testing is necessary.
  • Click here for these great guidelines from the CDC for caring for someone sick at home, including “danger signs” and how to minimize spread of the illness. This is specifically targeted for the flu, but much of it applies for illnesses like COVID-19. 
  • If your student DOES test positive for COVID-19, inform Nurse Monya immediately as we must report that to county health officials. 

What if an adult in my household has a fever/cough? Can my student come to school?   

  • All sick people should avoid work or school. Like with children, the adult should call their medical provider to seek guidance about whether to come in for testing. Tell the doctor about any travel or possible connection to COVID-19 outbreaks. The doctor will decide whether COVID-19 testing is appropriate. 
  • If a family member is sick, your healthy student may still come to school, but please inform Nurse Monya so we can check in on your student throughout the day. 
  • If the sick person DOES test positive for COVID-19, inform Nurse Monya as we must also report that to county health officials.

If I have one child who has a fever/cough, can my other student still attend LCCS? 

  • Yes. Provided that your ill student has not tested positive for COVID-19, your healthy students may continue to attend school.
  • BUT please inform us of the sibling’s illness so we can better monitor our wider community. 
  • Again - click here to look at this CDC reference as a guide to keeping everyone else healthy while caring for an ill family member. 

Thank you so much for your care and attention. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. All our COVID19 information and additional resources are posted and updated on our main webpage here. We are so proud to have such a strong community during this difficult time. 

Sincerely, 

Colin Hogan, Head of School 



March 6, 2020 

Dear LCCS Families, 

We wanted to continue to update you as to what we are doing to continue to address the issues raised around COVID-19 (Coronavirus.) 

What we are doing at LCCS 

  • We are spreading our existing hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes throughout the building so every classroom has an adequate supply. 
  • We are looking at the possibility of re-organizing technology so that each student in Grades 3-8 is assigned one particular Chromebook for their own use to minimize cross contamination.
  • We’ve placed additional hand washing signs throughout the building and Nurse Monya has shared videos with staff to remind students. 
  • Teachers are implementing a regimented hand washing routine at the beginning of the day, before lunch, and at the end of the day and they will be accompanying students to monitor. 
  • Starting next week students in all grades will be given sanitizing wipes to wipe down their desks at the beginning and end of each day. 

What you can do to help 

  • VERY IMPORTANT: As per guidance issued late Thursday by the state Dept. of Education, all schools are instructed to create a plan to provide home instruction in the event of a state or county-ordered closure. To that end, we are looking for information about families' access to technology. For Grades 5-8 students will answer those questions. For Grades PreK-4PLEASE CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THIS FORM BY MARCH 11. 
  • While we currently have enough sanitizing supplies throughout the building, we could use more as time goes on. Please do not feel the urge to hoard - if you want to contribute, just pick up an extra if you are out. We could use: 
    • Disinfectant wipes
    • Hand sanitizer 
    • Alcohol-based electronics wipes  
  • Please come up with a plan on how you can retrieve your child quickly if they become ill during the school day. 
  • Click here for an excellent resource for you to talk to your student about their feelings about this outbreak. 

What’s coming next 

  • Our COVID-19 task force will now meet weekly and Nurse Monya is regularly participating in phone briefings with public health officials for the latest updates.  
  • We are in touch with our transportation companies to ensure that buses are undergoing additional cleaning. 
  • From now until March 25 students will be working on a Door/Bulletin Board decorating contest highlighting healthy hygiene habits that are good to remember all the time. We hope this fun activity will bring some levity and good reminders. 
  • A group of teachers and administrators are examining what best practices we can institute for cleaning and sterilizing gym, recess, and PreK gross motor supplies. 

As of now all planned activities - both within the school and field trips - are scheduled to go on as planned. As we keep saying, this issue is a rapidly changing one and we’ll update you whenever we have news. All our COVID-19 information will also be posted on our website here. Thanks for all your support - we appreciate having such a great team of parents to support what we need to do! 

Sincerely, 

Colin Hogan, Head of School 


March 3, 2020 -- Nurse Monya and "Officer McCarty" visited classrooms this week to remind students in all grades the importance of healthy hygiene habits, which are important at all times - but especially as we are facing the current COVID-19 outbreaks. 

The lessons students were reminded of were: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough with your elbow or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

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What we are doing at LCCS

  • We are working with county school and health officials to establish protocols for schools in the event that coronavirus does spread in Jersey City. 

  • LCCS has formed a taskforce comprised of board of trustees members, LCCS administration, and Nurse Monya and we will be meeting regularly. 

  • We are routinely cleaning frequently-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, banisters, desktops, and keyboards.

  • We have established procedures to ensure students and staff who become sick at school are sent home as soon as possible.

  • Schools are permitted to prevent students from returning to class if they have travelled overseas or visited states with high levels of infection even without a positive test, and LCCS will abide by that protocol. 

  • Our school counselor and social worker are available to speak with students experiencing anxiety over the virus. You can reach school counselor Joanne Tazyk at jtazyk@lccsnj.org

  • While there have been reports of bullying over fears of the virus, we have not seen that here and staff is making sure no students are singled out.

What you can do to help

  • If your child is sick for any reason, please keep them home from school. They must be fever-free without the use of medications like Tyelnol or Advil for 24 hours in order to return. All absences due to illness are excused.

  • Please immediately let Nurse Monya know if you have any ill family members or any upcoming travel plans. Her email is mmccarty@lccsnj.org 

  • If your student is out sick, you must get a doctor's note for medical clearance to return to school. The date of clearance to return to school should be clearly written.

What’s coming next 

  • As we look to how schools in Oregon and Washington are responding to this crisis there is a possibility that school may be disrupted. At this point we encourage everyone to contemplate plans for what to do if LCCS is closed for cleaning and/or quarantine for several days. 

  • Current information about the coronavirus is available on the CDC and https://www.nj.gov/health/ websites.




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