LCA's Current Status

Low/No Spread - Traditional Schooling

Moderate Spread - Virtual Academy, Hybrid, Traditional

Substantial Spread - Virtual Academy


When will school start?

August 17, 2020 - full day, preschool through 12th grade

In what format will school begin?

At this time, LCA preschool through grade 12 will begin in an in-person classroom setting. NOTE*** LCA will determine the type of instruction format based on each campus’s level of spread. The three levels of spread are: no/low, moderate, and substantial. LCA's goal is to do everything possible to ensure that in-person instruction is able to continue throughout the year.

Will students be required to wear masks?

All faculty and staff will wear a mask. Students, grades 1-12, will be required to wear masks unless social distancing of three to six feet is possible. Preschool and Kindergarten students will not be required to wear masks; however, they may if parents so desire.

Will masks be provided?

LCA will provide each secondary student with two cloth face masks. Students will be allowed to purchase additional masks for $2.00 each. Secondary students must wear the masks provided by LCA. Elementary students may bring their own mask from home (no logos or words) or use a mask provided by the school.

Will students be required to social distance?

Yes, as much as possible.

Will LCA faculty/staff be required to wear masks?

Faculty and staff are required to wear masks throughout the day unless social distancing (3-6 feet) is possible.

How will the building be sanitized?

LCA campuses will be sanitized following CDC and health department guidelines.

How will families know what level of community spread LCA is operating under?

LCA will notify families when the levels of spread change. An indicator will be on the website to show which level of spread LCA is operating under.

How will attendance be handled for high risks students?

This will be handled case by case.

What type of alternative instruction is available for high risks students?

This will be handled case by case.

How will LCA know when to move to the next level of spread?

As COVID cases and/or exposures are reported, LCA will work with the Kosciusko Health Department to determine when to move the next level. It is our intent to evaluate the level of spread based on our school community rather than the community-at-large.

What are the guidelines for field trips?

Field trips that can practice proper social distancing will be scheduled during the first semester. Second semester field trips will be evaluated in December based on community spread.

Will parents be allowed to visit school?

Non-essential guests will not be allowed into the school during school hours until further notice. Preschool and kindergarten parents will be allowed to walk their child to their class for the first week of school. All parents must wear masks when in the building.

What is considered exposure to the virus?

Exposure to the virus is when someone is within six feet of someone with the virus for more than fifteen minutes.

How will LCA prevent one positive case from closing a campus for two weeks?

LCA will evaluate school operation case by case with direction from the Kosciusko Health Department.

Will LCA switch between in-person instruction and E-learning if intermittent cases cause closure but the overall community is at a moderate level of spread?

LCA's goal is to maximize in-person education as an optimal learning environment. We will evaluate school operation case by case with direction from the Kosciusko Health Department.

Will passing periods be longer between classes to allow for thorough classroom cleaning?

Passing periods at the secondary level are currently five minutes and will not be extended at this time. We will be continually evaluating if there is a need for longer passing periods to allow for more social distancing and one-way traffic.

How will social distancing be accommodated during school drills?

School drills will be conducted in an instructional setting and practiced using social distancing guidelines.

What types of screening will be done?

LCA will conduct two types of screening: self-screening and observational/self-reported screening. Self-screening should be performed by the parents/caregiver each morning before the student comes to school. Observational / self-reported screening will be conducted at school by faculty, staff, and students. Each group will be provided training on how to recognize COVID symptoms.

Will there be a separate space for students or employees with COVID symptoms?

LCA will have a room or space separate from the nurse's clinic on each campus where students or employees who are feeling ill are evaluated or wait for pick up. Only essential staff assigned to the room may enter. A record will be kept of all persons who entered the room. The room will be disinfected several times throughout the day. Students who are ill will be walked out of the building to their parents.

What are COVID symptoms?

Symptoms Impacting Consideration for Exclusion from School:

  • A fever of 100.0° F or greater (LCA Policy)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

What if my student has a fever?

Refer to the "ISDH COVID-19 Screening for Parents" PDF.

What preventative measures will be put in place?

LCA will approach preventative health in several ways:

  1. Parents should take their student’s temperature—fever threshold is 100.0 (LCA Policy)
  2. Sick employees and students stay home 24 hours after being fever-free.
  3. Students and employees should remain home if someone in the household has COVID-19 symptoms or is being tested for COVID-19.
  4. Proper social distancing at every possible opportunity
  5. Hand washing: employees and students wash hands often and if soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
    1. Start of the school day
    2. Before eating
    3. After using the restroom
    4. After blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing
    5. After using shared equipment
  6. Water/hydration: students allowed to get drinking water only when filling student supplied water bottles at fillable water fountains and coolers.

Will chapel be held in large groups with corporate singing?

Chapels are an integral part of the spiritual and emotional component of our program. We will take measures to sit in a socially distant arrangement. We may seek to modify the number of students gathered. For assemblies, we will also place students in socially distant seating arrangements. Students will wear masks if distancing (3-6 feet) is not possible.

Will LCA have non-athletic large school gatherings live? If so, will masks be required?

Large school gatherings will be held virtually for the first quarter and reevaluated each quarter. Prior to the beginning of school, parents and students will be allowed to schedule a time to meet their teachers in a responsibly distanced setting. School instructions and orientation will be video recordings.

Will social distancing be practiced during lunch?

Lunchroom seating will be monitored during the school year. Practices such as eating lunch in classrooms, outside eating practices, modified numbers of students eating in the lunchroom will be considered and monitored. Appropriate cleaning supplies and sanitizing supplies will be provided.

How will athletics be affected?

LCA will follow IHSAA recommendations and guidelines and communicate those guidelines to our families.

Will LCA evaluate students each morning?

LCA will encourage parents to conduct a daily self-checklist for the safety of all students and staff.

What does the CDC daily checklist include?

Below is the recommended CDC guidelines for daily checks:

  • Do you currently have a fever (temperature of 100.0° F or higher) without having taken any fever reducing medications?
  • Do you have a new loss of smell or taste?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Do you have muscle aches?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Do you have shortness of breath?
  • Do you have chills?
  • Do you currently have a headache?
  • Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, been diagnosed with COVID-19, or been placed on quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19?
  • Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?

If LCA is required by the government or based on the level of spread to move to remote learning, what would that look like?

Specifics will be addressed if this situation arises, but we would likely do a 5 day per week virtual academy. Laptops will be available to check out for students who do not have access to a device.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

Any further questions should be directed toward LCA's Chief Accountability Officer, Julie Bauer (jbauer@lcacougars.org).