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LCCS in Fall 2020

LCCS in Fall 2020
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Oct. 30:



Dear LCCS Families,


We made it through the first marking period! Congratulations and thank you for your support. 


We continue to evaluate our approach by marking period and will remain on a distance learning schedule through the 2nd marking period which ends at the beginning of January. The rising COVID-19 cases in New Jersey and nationwide along with increased risks for wider infection linked to the holiday season are primary drivers for this decision. 


While no one is happy about the situation, we are trying to focus on the things that we can make better. Thanks so much to all of you for participating in the recent survey. 

Your voice is important and you are helping us improve. 


Starting Nov. 9 we are going to implement a series of schedule changes to the school day. There will be no changes to the time that school starts and ends, but we have optimized and reorganized the day based on what we have learned so far. 


Some of the improvements your students will see are: 

  • Standardized break times to reduce the sporadic or random breaks in the day. 

  • A common lunch hour so everyone has the same down time. Families can eat together and parents can better manage one meal time.  

  • Shifted times for independent work and clubs to the afternoon to ensure that students get their lunch time free and away from screens.  

  • Time for small group instruction and guided special groups in the afternoons. Creating more space for meaningful student teacher communication is critical. 

  • More time for homework during the day. We do not want our students spending their nights doing homework.

  • More time for teachers to assist students in need. We are increasing office hours (1:1 student teacher interaction) from one hour per week to three hours per week. 

  • Middle School Wingspan Fridays will now be Wingspan Studio Fridays with optional time for students to attend for enrichment lessons in arts and technology with their instructors. 


Please join us for a parent information session to discuss these changes on Sunday Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. We will host a parent information session in Arabic on Monday, November 9 at 6:30 pm and in  Spanish on that same day at 7:30 pm. (Zoom links will be emailed.)


Thank you again for your incredible support, patience, and flexibility. LCCS would not be the incredible school that it is without families like all of you.


Sincerely,

Colin Hogan

Head of School



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