COVID-19 Health and Safety Information

Dear LLA Families:
I hope this letter finds you all healthy and safe. It has been a tumultuous few months for all of us and I wanted to take some time to explain some of the changes coming to the Lehigh Learning Academy in the Fall of 2020 as a result of the current health crisis.

Sincerely,
Jay E. Brey, Director

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Schedules / Classes

With respect to Federal and State guidelines and with feedback from many local School Districts, the Lehigh Learning Academy will be adopting a Hybrid Learning Schedule for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Students will attend school in-person on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and participate in online learning on Tuesdays and Thursdays. With our present enrollment projections, there is enough physical space in the building to facilitate socially distanced in-person instruction. We understand that many students struggle with Cyber/Distance learning so we have made several changes to our approach based on feedback received in the Spring.

All Core Academic Classes (English, Math, Science and Social Studies) we be taught by regular subject area teachers in-person Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. As these are the most crucial academic areas, we believe that by prioritizing them to all in-person instruction, students will learn and retain concepts and curriculum better than through other approaches.

Students will have their choice of additional online electives and will complete them online At Home on Tuesdays and Thursdays along with Health and Physical Education coursework. They must log into Edgenuity daily by 9AM for attendance tracking. Students will also participate in mandatory Zoom Group Counseling sessions on these days.

Group Counseling

Due to health and safety guidelines, facilitating Group sessions via therapeutic circles remains closed to us. As Group Counseling is a cornerstone of our program, we have decided to offer this counseling services remotely via the Zoom teleconferencing platform while we follow a Hybrid Schedule.

Students will participate in Zoom Group Counseling Sessions twice per week from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will receive schedules and links for these sessions in their email by the end of the first week of school. Attendance for teleconference Group sessions is not optional.

Counselors will remain available for students in the building on instructional days and will facilitate individual counseling sessions as needed. We are putting additional supports in place to help students better deal with the added stress in their lives caused by the pandemic.

A counseling support phone line will be made available to all students which they can call on days they are working from home and after school hours from 4-10PM daily, or anytime in case of an emergency.

Precautions

Lehigh Learning Academy is committed to keeping our staff and students safe and healthy through the current health crisis. To that end, we are taking many steps to ensure building cleanliness, to reduce person-to-person exposure and to provide for the health and wellness of all persons in the building.

The Lehigh Learning Academy has adopted a Health and Safety Plan for the upcoming school year, a copy of which can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Here are some of highlights of the plan that I want to bring to the forefront. Students will be issued two re-usable cloth masks which must be worn in the building. These masks should be washed daily to ensure cleanliness. In the event a student forgets or misplaces their mask, a temporary mask will be provided. While socially distant, students will have opportunities for mask breaks at designated times per staff discretion. Additional precautions such as one-way hall traffic, temperature screening, in-classroom lunches, professional disinfecting services and block scheduling are being taken. If a student is exhibiting any flu-like symptoms or is running a fever, DO NOT send them to school in the morning.

We will be revising our attendance policy and making allowances for increased sick/quarantine time for all students. Work will also be made available to students if they are out sick/quarantined for an extended period of time due to COVID-19.

Technology

As your student will be completing at least some coursework online and participating in Group Counseling via teleconferencing software, we recommend getting technology resources sorted out before the summer comes to an end.

Most, if not all, home school districts have laptop computers, Chromebooks, tablets and even WiFi hotspots available for your students free of charge. You can contact them directly to organize pickup.

If you have any questions about technology resources, requirements, or how to obtain hardware, please feel free to call us at 610-365-8850, or email Larry O’Donnell at larry@lehighlearningacademy.org.

Further Changes/Modifications

The above plans and modifications are subject to change as the current situation and health crisis develops. Much of what is noted above will be relevant while Pennsylvania and our localities remain in GREEN/YELLOW Phase.

This past spring, during the initial school shut-down we learned much about technology and our student’s capabilities. As a result, we have made many improvements to our Distance Learning Model and anticipate a greater success should the need arise to return to it. Our new model will be far less reliant on cyber-classes and will incorporate more direct instruction from your student’s subject area teachers.

If schools shut down or our localities revert back to the RED Phase, Lehigh Learning Academy will return to a Distance Learning Model where Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes will take place via Zoom, not in person.

Although it is our goal to return to a normal 5 day per week instruction as soon as it is safe to do so, we have many contingency plans in place to maximize academic and therapeutic growth for all of our students.

About Lehigh Learning Academy

Our History

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What is Lehigh Learning Academy?

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What type of students attend Lehigh Learning Academy?

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Can my student attend Lehigh Learning Academy?

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How do I enroll a student?

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Enrolling as a Student

Are there any fees involved?

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Can my student attend Lehigh Learning Academy?

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What are the requirements for enrollment?

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Student Issues

How do classes and credits work?

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How does group counseling work?

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How do I get more information?

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