Welcome to Lakeview Academy's back-to-school page for the Lower School. Here, you will find our current plan for returning to campus on August 19, 2020, information regarding remote learning, frequently asked questions, meet new faculty and staff, and much more. Check back over the next couple of weeks as we finalize details for the school year. We cannot wait for you to join us!
The back-to-school open house for returning Lower School students will be held virtually via Zoom on Monday, August 17, 2020 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in two sessions from 5:30-6:00 p.m. and 6:00-6:30 p.m. Students and parents will be able to meet their teachers online and learn about the upcoming school year. A link to the Zoom meeting and password will be sent to parents from the homeroom teacher on Friday, August 14, 2020.
Lakeview Academy's Board of Trustees will hold their Annual Meeting remotely this year via Zoom. During the meeting, the Board delivers a report on the state of the school to all Lakeview families and votes into office new board members. Everyone is invited to attend.
The first day of school is Wednesday, August 19, 2020, and it is a whole day. The regular morning drop-off will commence on August 19 beginning at 7:45 a.m. and all teacher assistants will be in the carpool to walk your child to his or her classroom. Please do not arrive prior to 7:45 a.m.
Our primary focus is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. In order to minimize risk and exposure for our students, this year we will limit on-campus visitors. Therefore, parents are to remain in their cars and not walk their children into the school building.
Classes begin at 8:15 a.m. and will be dismissed at the times shown below. Buses will leave by 3:35 p.m.
2:15 PM - K3, K4, and Kindergarten 3:00 PM - 1st and 2nd grades
3:10 PM - 3rd through 5th grade
As a health and safety requirement, parents are to remain in their cars.
All individuals (students, staff, faculty and visitors) must make a daily attestation that they are illness/symptom free before arriving on the Lakeview Academy campus. We will be using an app to collect the information. More details to follow.
K-12 students must wear face masks while inside, and while they are outside if they are unable to maintain social distancing. For students in K3 and K4, masks are optional. We ask everyone to put on their mask before exiting their vehicle. Students may remove their face coverings during snacks, lunch, and PE if they are socially distanced. According to the CDC and other health agencies, face coverings combined with social distance and hand washing are the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We understand that prolonged use of face masks could be difficult for some students (especially our younger students), and each division will offer supervised “breaks” for students who need to remove their face mask temporarily, in a safe, physically distanced space outdoors. We encourage students to get used to wearing a mask before school begins.
Prior to the start of school, parents of all students must complete the required, online school forms accessed via the Lion Portal and send in a current immunization record, if one is not on file or your child has had new immunizations. You will receive an email notification when the forms have been published to your portal. To access the Lion Portal, login to the Lakeview website.
Required school forms include:
Student Health (2020-21)
Emergency Contacts (2020-21)
Permission to Administer Medication (2020-21)
Review and update the Student & Family Update form
Transportation (2020-21) (for field trips and daily commute)
Responsible Technology Use Policy (2020-21)
A culture of health, safety, and shared responsibility will be established and maintained. The simple guidelines: "Protect, Distance, Disinfect" will be promoted. The guidelines below have been carefully considered to address and promote the safety, health and welfare of our entire school community, and are subject to change as new information becomes available.
We will implement an online screening platform for all individuals (students, staff, faculty and visitors) to make a daily attestation that they are illness/ symptom free before arriving on the Lakeview Academy campus. More details will be shared before the start of school as to how this will be done.
All students, staff, and faculty are expected to follow the sick policy in the Student and Parent and Faculty/Staff Handbooks and stay home if they are exhibiting any signs of illness. Parents are asked to notify the school nurse of COVID-19 related illness. If symptoms arise during the school day, the individual will be isolated until they can be picked up and/or sent home promptly.
All Lakeview employees will wear a face mask while in shared spaces on campus. K-12 students must wear face masks while inside, and while they are outside if they are unable to maintain social distancing.
Desks will be spaced apart to facilitate social distancing in the classroom. Students will remain in the same groups as much as possible throughout the day. Assigned seating will help to reduce excess exposure.
Lakeview Academy will continue the practice of wiping down high touch areas periodically throughout the day and deep clean each evening. All classrooms and high touch areas will be cleaned daily by our contracted cleaning company. All desks/tables/chairs in all divisions will be wiped frequently with disinfecting cleaning solution depending on the teaching and lunch schedules.
Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at all building entrances and in designated areas throughout the campus. Bottles of hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom and work area to be used by students, staff, and faculty (NOTE: Lower School students will be washing hands regularly with soap and water and using liquid hand sanitizer.)
You may know her as Miss Bearinger as she was known when she worked in Extended Learning for the last two years and as a teacher assistant for Mrs. Johnson in 1st grade.
Mrs. Gibson is a 2019 graduate of Liberty University where she earned a BS in biblical and educational studies. While working on her degree, she worked as an assistant children’s minister at her local church and mentored and worked with 200-300 children per week.
YOUR COVID SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Face Masks With the exception of K3 and K4, face masks must be worn by all students, staff, faculty and visitors while on campus. Face masks are required indoors and worn outside when social distancing is not possible. Students in all divisions may wear a face mask of their choice as long as the mask does not include any images or messages that are inappropriate, offensive, and/or political in nature. Face masks must be worn so that they fully cover the nose and mouth (not just cover the mouth, or one side of the face.)
Face mask also must be one of the types listed below:
Washable cloth face masks
Disposable surgical or medical masks
Double layered gaiters made of cotton
Neoprene masks with a replaceable paper filter
Please note that face shields or bandanas may not be used as substitutes for masks.
Faculty and staff have a limited supply of face masks available in case a student breaks his/her mask. Repeated breakages will result in the parents being billed for a Lakeview-branded mask.
Personal Laptop/Tablet Students in grades 3-12 are asked to bring their own school-supplied laptops or tablets to school each day to help us minimize the sharing of devices. Laptop/tablet should be taken home at the end of each day.
Hand Sanitizers We recommend that all Middle School & Upper School students, staff, and faculty bring their own personal hand sanitizer in addition to the ones provided throughout the school.
Water Bottle Bring a clean, reusable water bottle. Fillable, no-touch water bottle stations will be available throughout the school.
As Middle School students will not have access to locker rooms to change for P.E. and because the school wishes to encourage students to be outside taking mask breaks as much as possible, spirit wear may be worn Monday through Friday by students in all divisions. Students are also welcome to wear their uniforms, if they prefer.
What is spirit wear?
Full length blue denim jeans,
Blue denim capris,
Navy pants or Bermuda shorts
Khaki pants or Bermuda shorts
Orange pants or orange Bermuda shorts
Approved Lakeview Academy spirit wear tops.
What is not allowed?
No denim shorts
No denim skorts
No denim scooters
No denim skirts
No denim overalls
No white pants or skirts
In Lower School, leggings are not to be worn by male students.
Dismissal Times, Drop-off and Pick-up Carpool and Bus Procedures The staff realizes that on the first day of school and for a few weeks to come, students and parents will be getting used to a new routine as well as new faces. The homeroom teachers will work closely with the children to guide and direct them safely around our campus. Please follow specific carpool procedures given by your homeroom teachers and use the following schedule as a general guide during arrival and dismissal hours.
**As a reminder, parents are to stay in their cars during drop-off and pick-up, (except for picking up Extended Learning students). Please do not enter any school buildings or come onto the sidewalks.
Regular Day Schedule
7:45–8:15 AM: Arrival assistance under canopy/walkway of Lower School
7:45–8:15 AM: Bus arrival – Adults on duty to assist behind Lower School gym
2:15 PM: K3, K4 and K dismissal under canopy/walkway of Lower School
1st grade dismissal at breezeway between Lower School building and Mansfield Hall
2nd grade dismissal at the corner of Student Center breezeway
3rd grade dismissal under canopy/walkway of Lower School
4th/5th grade dismissal in front of Mansfield Hall
3:35 PM: Bus departure – Adults on duty to supervise and assist students before buses depart
After school, students will not be allowed to congregate. They will be directed to go to their after-school activities, Extended Learning or Homework Lab or to leave campus.
PLEASE DO NOT park your car in the driveway areas used for carpool or buses. It is a safety hazard for our children to go around parked cars to find their cars and it slows the safe flow of traffic for everyone.
Students are welcome to bring their own lunch from home. In addition, Lakeview will offer contactless food service with individual boxed lunches to minimize contact among community members and the food. SLA Food Services will provide a nutritionally balanced lunch that will be served in individually packaged containers and will ensure food safety, sanitation and healthy serving practices.
Lower School students will dine in their classrooms where social distancing will be maintained and portable shields will be provided for those students with food allergies.
Middle School students will take lunch in the Student Center in assigned seats during two shifts to allow for social distancing. Students with food allergies will be assigned to allergy-specific tables. Classes will take turns during B Period in the Student Center to go on break. Grab and go snacks from SLA Food Services will be available. Bottled water and bottled drinks will be available for purchase during break and lunch times.
Upper School students will also take their lunch in two shifts. Upper School students will be socially distanced and eat in the Walters Athletic Center (WAC) in assigned seats. Students with food allergies will be assigned seats only for those with allergies. Weather permitting, Upper school students may purchase snacks from the concession stand at the new athletic facility.
**NO PEANUT PRODUCTS MAY BE BROUGHT INTO LOWER SCHOOL CLASSROOMS**
As we have a number of students with peanut allergies and as Lower School students will be eating in their classrooms, do not pack snacks or lunches containing peanut products.
Visits on campus by anyone other than students, staff, and faculty will be restricted. Therefore, we are unable to accomodate visitors at this time. Our primary focus is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.
To reduce the chance of contamination, the water fountains in the hallways have been turned off. Bring a clean, reusable water bottle. Fillable, no-touch water bottle stations will be available throughout the school.
Each school will communicate their restroom protocols to students. In the Lower School, restroom breaks will be scheduled as a class with one to two students entering at a time. Markers have been placed on the floor for social distancing while students stand and wait. We will encourage proper hand washing upon exiting the restroom. We will also allow students to go the restroom if there is a need other than at the scheduled times. Staff and faculty will assist in making sure these protocols are observed.
Recess times will be staggered and social distancing will be required during recess. Lakeview Academy has a large campus and teachers will have the option to conduct recess in other locations in addition to the playground.
Visitors and guests on campus will be highly limited and controlled. Parents will not be allowed in school buildings. There will be a cart on the sidewalk outside each Division Office where parents may leave forgotten items. Please call or email the Division Office to let them know the item is there.
Students must have individual supplies and will be instructed not to share them. The school provides supplies for Lower School students who will receive a Schoolbox order which includes items such as crayons, markers, scissors, and basic supplies.
The Remote Learning plan for the Lower School has been carefully designed to maintain instructional continuity through the inclusion of virtual synchronous and asynchronous learning activities.
Students who elect to learn remotely will meet online at regularly scheduled times throughout the week using video conferencing technology such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. These real-time meetings will allow the remote learning teacher to teach and discuss content as well as provide a social-learning environment that encourages students to problem solve, pose questions, work in groups, and receive immediate feedback.
In addition to regularly scheduled, face-to-face instruction, students will work through a sequence of interactive learning modules designed to build upon content delivered during “core instruction.” The weekly learning modules will provide students with a higher level of flexibility and as such, allows learning experiences to be more accessible to students with varying learning preferences and circumstances.
Enrichment classes will be streamed during each grade level’s regularly scheduled enrichment class time.
Printed materials such as textbooks and workbooks will also be provided.
Lakeview Academy’s Lower School Remote Learning Snapshot:
High-quality, face-to-face core academic instruction with a dedicated Remote School Teacher
Balance of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities
Blend of small group and one-on-one instruction
Virtual office hours provided for additional support, if needed
We realize some of our families may be uncomfortable with a return to campus due to the COVID-19 situation. For those families, you may choose the remote learning option. There will be a drop/add period during the first two weeks of school for parents to opt in/out of remote school. After September 2, 2020, we ask that you commit for the remainder of the semester.
Students who elect to participate in remote learning may still opt to participate in athletics and other school-sponsored activities.
Students attending remote school will receive the Schoolbox order which includes classroom supplies such as crayons, markers, scissors, and basic supplies. Books and resources will also be provided. We will work out a time and place for these to be picked up during pre-planning.
Lakeview Academy has a laptop loaner program for those students in second grade or younger who do not have an appropriate device at home. Third through fifth grade students have access to their own laptop for the year.
No field trips will be scheduled until it is deemed safe for the students to travel into the community. All off-campus and grade-level field trips, including Trip Week, have been canceled until further notice.
Yes, Extended Learning is Lakeview's after-school program for students in grades K3 through 5. Parents are billed a fee for this service and families should register ahead of time. Extended Learning will be in two locations this year, rooms 102 (K3 and K4 students) and 105 (Kindergarten through 5th) in the Lower School building.
By 3:45 p.m., the doors to the Lower School Building will be locked. Parents arriving after this time should pick up their child in Extended Learning at the exterior door of the classroom located at the back corner of the Lower School building (the side closest to the deck).
As always, Extended Learning is not available on half-days: October 9 December 18 April 30 May 25
We will continue to offer our normal bus transportation routes. Bus drivers and riders will wear face coverings and social distancing will be standard practice on all buses. Bus riders must complete the daily affirmation prior to arriving at their bus stop in order to board the bus.
Buses will be cleaned and sanitized after each route.
Any individual exhibiting signs of illness during the day will be isolated and sent home. Students, staff, and faculty may not return to school until they are illness/symptom free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. In the case of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis (regardless of symptom status), DPH isolation guidelines must be followed https://dph.georgia.gov/isolation-contact.
Contact Tracing is used by the Department of Public Health to identify individuals exposed to an infectious disease and alert their Close Contacts as defined by the CDC. When used with other public health measures, contact tracing is the key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19. The use of assigned seats in classrooms will assist with this process.
Lakeview Academy will notify Hall County Public Health when there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 for any student or employee and will notify families whose students are deemed to have had high-risk exposure (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more). We will maintain patient privacy as per HIPAA guidelines, but we will proactively and transparently keep you informed of any positive COVID-19 cases should your child be impacted.
Students, staff, and faculty who either test positive for Covid-19 or have known exposure to COVID-19 will be required to isolate and/or quarantine from the date of exposure according to the latest DPH guidelines. This includes the situation in which a person living in the same household as the student has COVID-19.
For short term, unplanned medical absences, students will be able to participate remotely, allowing for synchronous learning, assuming the student feels well enough to attend classes. If the student is not well enough to do school work, contact the Division Director to devise a plan that allows the student to catch up.
Regardless of whether your child attends Lakeview in-person and on campus or uses remote school, the tuition remains the same. The tuition and budget for 2020-2021 was established by the Board of Trustees in January, 2020. The majority of the school’s budget consists of the investment in teachers and staff through compensation, benefits, and professional development. The second largest budget item is dedicated to instruction and student support.
Remote school students will not be charged for activities fees, lunch, etc.