Healthy LREI Dashboard

Past Communications from Phil to the community

July 9, 2021

Dear Families, 

I hope that this note finds you well.  

Below you will find the message that Ava Dawson, LREI's health director, sent to all families in mid-May. I resend it, in part, as a general reminder, though more importantly to strongly encourage you to plan on having your twelve year-old or older child vaccinated against Covid-19 by the time school begins in September, or by the time pre-season practice begins for those high school students who will participate in our fall athletic program (more information on this coming soon.)  

It takes a minimum of 35 days from the day of first injection for someone to be considered fully vaccinated. Please plan accordingly. This is especially important for rising ninth and tenth graders as it will make the start-of-school trips safer for all.  

From Ava’s letter:

Covid-19 Vaccinations
  • We strongly encourage all students who are 12-years-old or older to complete their Covid-19 vaccination series. 
  • The Covid-19 vaccine no longer needs to be spaced from other routine childhood immunizations.
  • The more students who are vaccinated the safer school-life will be for all. 
  • Vaccinated students will surely be able to take advantage of all that our program has to offer, participating in athletics with other schools, for example.
  • Vaccinated students will not have to quarantine if exposed to a Covid positive person.
  • It is possible that we will ask for all unvaccinated students to have periodic Covid tests.  This will possibly be the same for adults when attending in-person events.
  • A reminder that vaccinated adults at home further protect students who are yet to be eligible for the vaccine. 
And, of course, in addition to making sure your child has all necessary immunizations and the Covid-19 vaccine, please complete all Magnus requirements.  

Be well, 

Phil
 
---

Ava's May letter to all families:
 
Dear Families:
 
While I know that fall may seem a long way off, in thinking about next school year, I wanted to remind you about the school health requirements now. We will be in touch if procedures or requirements change over the summer. If your child will not be returning to LREI in the fall, you can disregard this letter. 
 
All health forms must be completed and signed within Magnus, our online school health portal. The information can be uploaded from a phone, tablet, or laptop, via Magnus.  Most of the forms are a simple electronically signed parent/guardian document. Current parent/guardian forms expire on June 1 and must be completed by August 1 for the 2021-22 school year. 
 
We ask that you do your best to complete all of the other electronic forms available in our school’s Magnus Health account and upload any physical forms you may have already completed now. We greatly appreciate you submitting all of the forms that you can complete today! As this system is child-centric, it will be necessary to repeat the login process for each of your children.  Please upload your forms directly to Magnus; do not email forms to the nurses.
 
You may want to watch the tutorial on the Magnus website before you begin to refresh your memory on how to navigate the site.

  https://helpdesk.magnushealth.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1449116-getting-started-video

To access your Magnus Health Account:

This is a single sign on process, which means that you will only need your Connect user ID and password.   Once you are logged into Connect, you simply click on “Resources” and then  the orange “Magnus Health SMR” button, and you will be logged into Magnus from there. Here is a checklist of information and documents that must be completed in Magnus:
  • Student Health Record (data) – please review and revise the information you provided in past years to ensure that it is up-to-date and accurate. This section includes updating your child’s emergency contacts, please make sure that all phone numbers and associations are current.
  • Parent Consent to Treat and Consent for Communication – electronic signatures required annually
  • Health Policy Confirmation - please review to ensure you understand the health policies of the school. Parent electronic signature required annually. 
  • Parent Over-The-Counter Permission – electronic signature required annually
  • Immunization Form –  Vaccines are due according to the NYS required schedule. We have emailed families  individually if a child is missing a vaccine required for their rising grade. Per NYS regulations, students will not be permitted to attend school after September 22, 2021 if they are missing any required immunizations.
  • Physical Form – CH-205 or equivalent. Physicals are due one year from the date of the physical exam completion (example: Your child’s physical was completed on 10/12/2020, you need to upload a new physical on 10/12/2021).
  • Athletic Participation Form- required only if your child will be playing a sport
  • Prescription Medication Form- required annually if applicable
  • Asthma Action Plan Form- required annually if applicable
  • Food Allergy Action Plan Form- required annually if applicable
  • Diabetes Action Plan Form- required annually if applicable
  • Seizure Action Plan Form- required annually if applicable
A note on medications:
 
Students are not permitted to carry medications in their bag or on their person during the school day, with the exception of students with asthma or life-threatening allergies who require inhalers or epi pens, and who are deemed competent to administer their own medication. If your child will require medication during the school day, please bring it to the nurse for your child's division at the start of the day. All medications to be administered in school require a provider's order and a parent signature on both pages of the "Permission to Administer Medication" form.
 
Covid-19 Vaccinations
  • We strongly encourage all students who are 12-years old or older to get a Covid-19 vaccination.  If/when the vaccines become available to students younger than 12, we encourage families to vaccinate these students as well.  
  • The Covid-19 vaccine must be spaced at least 2 weeks after and prior to any other vaccines. Please discuss the timing of this with your pediatrician if your child has other vaccines due. This article may be helpful to you. 
  • The more students who are vaccinated the safer school-life will be for all. 
  • Vaccinated students will be able to take advantage of all that our program has to offer, participate in athletics with other schools and are less likely to have to have periodic Covid tests. 
  • It is possible we will ask for all unvaccinated students to have periodic Covid tests.  This will possibly be the same for adults when attending in-person events.
  • We are optimistic that younger students will become eligible for the vaccine in the fall.  We encourage families to vaccinate their younger children as soon as possible. 
  • A reminder that vaccinated adults at home protect students who are yet to be eligible for the vaccine. 
Please plan to complete Magnus forms for each enrolled child by (August 1st, 2021). We encourage you to complete these requirements as soon as possible!
 
Questions or Problems?
If you are having difficulty navigating the Magnus system, entering data online, or downloading the hardcopy cover sheets and forms, or if you have any other questions, please contact customer support at Magnus Health SMR by phone at 877.461.6831 or by email at service@magnushealthportal.com.
 
Also, please feel free to consult the Magnus Health page for Parents: http://magnushealth.com/parents/ and Privacy and Security page at www.magnushealth.com/privacy-and-security/ .  
 
If you have trouble accessing Connect, the LREI helpdesk is available via email at help@lrei.org.
 
Sincerely,
Ava Dawson, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC
Health Director

==========================================

Friday, May 7, 2021
 
Dear LREI Middle School and High School Families, 
 
I hope this note finds you well.  As you have no doubt read, the FDA is on the verge of approving the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for everyone 12-years old and older and likely the Moderna vaccine soon after.  I write to share our thoughts on vaccinating your children.  
We cannot encourage you strongly enough to vaccinate your children as soon as they are eligible.  While, at this point, we will not require the vaccine in order to return to school in September, we will likely do so as soon as we are able. In addition, it is possible that certain school activities will be available only to students who are vaccinated or who test negative for the coronavirus.  Put another way, it is possible there will be restrictions on the activities available to unvaccinated and/or untested students.  
 
Most importantly, a vaccination will make your child safer and keep our communities - LREI, your neighborhood, your family, NYC - safer and healthier. Your vaccinated child will protect those who are unable to be vaccinated. Your vaccinated child will help create a greater level of community immunity, slowing the spread of the disease and potentially impeding the growth of new variants.  
 
I asked several community members who have been advising the school on Covid-related health matters to share their thoughts:
  • From Ava Dawson, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, LREI Health Director:                                                                            “The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been shown in trials to be safe and effective in children, as it is for adults, in preventing illness and disease spread. Also, the social and emotional benefits of vaccination for our adolescents will be significant. Vaccinated children will be able to socialize and to engage in extracurricular activities without fear of contracting illness, and to travel without the need to quarantine. I am excited that our kids will be able to get back to just being kids!” 

  • From Brigitte Kerpsack Olsen, MD, MPH, Pediatrician in lower Manhattan and HS parent:                                 We plan to vaccinate our son as soon as he becomes eligible. Studies have shown that the Covid vaccines are safe and effective, and recent additional studies in children are showing the same. Although severe illness and death are less frequent in children, the numbers are high enough that we won’t take the risk of him remaining unprotected. Vaccinating our son will also protect vulnerable members of our family and community. The more people vaccinated, the less SARS-CoV-2 will circulate, and fewer people will die.”

  • From Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., MPH, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University:                                                                                                                    “Vaccines are safe and effective. Full stop. Getting vaccinated is the single biggest step any individual can take for their health, the health of their families, and for the health of our communities.  It is our best way back to pre-pandemic moments for all of us and particularly for our kids in schools!” 

  • Martin Wolff, MD, LS Parent:                                                                                                                                “The vaccine is a gift.  Despite all that we have endured throughout the pandemic, we must acknowledge how fortunate we are to live in a time when science can flourish.  The COVID vaccine has been proven to be extremely safe and effective in well-designed clinical trials in adults, and recent studies have demonstrated comparable safety and efficacy in children.  Yet current estimates indicate that only approximately 50% of parents are expected to vaccinate their children.  We can help change this and have an opportunity to lead the way as a community at LREI.  My 9 year-old son will be receiving the vaccine as soon as it is available to him.  I encourage all parents to do the same.”

  • Sheila Blumberg MD, MS- Assistant Professor of Surgery at NYU Langone Health and  LS parent.                      “Vaccination of our children and youth has always been one of the marvels of modern medicine as it has the power to change the course of disease and death more than anything else we have ever done in history. As soon as the COVID vaccine becomes available for children ages 2-11, which effectively means everyone, I will not hesitate to vaccinate my children. Not just for them, but for our community, and humanity. How fortunate we are to have this opportunity on the horizon.”
If you have questions about the vaccine, please be in touch with your health care provider or with the school’s nurses. We have had very few reports of anything save for the mildest of side effects from these vaccines.  If your child will miss a part of a school day to receive the vaccine, please just let us know ahead of time if possible.  
 
We are hoping that 2021-2022 will be the most “normal,” fruitful, enjoyable, and healthy year possible for all members of the LREI community.  Each vaccinated member of the community brings us that much closer to achieving this goal. Please do your part. 
 
Peace and health, 
Phil

--------------------------------------------------------------------

April 15, 2021
 
Dear LREI Community, 
 
Hello, all.  I hope you are well. As I said earlier in the week, it was a pleasure to welcome all back to school - online and in-person - over the past two weeks. There is a lot going on, many late in-the-school-year-traditions are on the horizon and we are excited about what the spring will bring.  
 
I write to invite you to join a brief Community Conversation on Monday, April 19 from 7:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The Zoom link to this gathering is on the Community Calendar. My goal for our time together on Monday is to give you a brief overview of where we are headed this Spring and next fall, when school begins again on Thursday, September 9.  
 
For the next two months, the general outline of the school day will remain the same. The students’ schedules will remain roughly the same, though families with high school students, primarily ninth and tenth graders, have seen the changes to these students’ schedules. As you read in an email from Ava last week, there have been some changes in the health requirements/regulations. We are hopeful that we will have fewer exposures that lead to students having to spend time at home. We are hopeful that students will be able to be outside more and that nice weather might lead to some short trips out of the buildings. Families with middle school and high school students have heard the plans for the spring athletics season.  
 
A number of you have asked about the fact that the CDC changed the recommended distance between students from six feet to three feet.  NY State has followed this change. NYC has yet to do so, though on a webinar with the Department of Health yesterday they indicated that they are considering it and should decide in two weeks. Any change would come with many requirements. We are evaluating this possibility and will make a final determination when NYC does. 
 
It is important to remember that basic health rules will remain in effect - physical distancing, mask-wearing, hand washing. We hope families are practicing these at home as well. In addition, I cannot stress strongly enough the importance for the community that all who are eligible and able get vaccinated, ages 16 and up, and soon, hopefully, 12 and older.  
 
For the fall, it is our intention to have all students in school, in person, five days per week. We have learned over the past year, however, that our plans often have to be rethought and changed. What is the expression, Man plans and God laughs? That said, plan for a full return we will. We are sure that students will have to have some distance between them, though will be able to be closer than they can today. We will wear masks. As for activities that we have been unable to hold this year, we are planning to bring back as many as possible. These include trips, athletics, chorus, band, etc. We won’t know which ones we will be able to run, when, and how, until later in the summer. These decisions will be based on state/city regulations, advice from our medical advisors, input from the state and local athletics leagues, and, on the student level, vaccination status. 
 
We are assuming that gatherings, large and small, such as parent association meetings, conferences, etc. will be held virtually, at least until Winter Break. That said, if there are times when we see a path towards opportunities to be together in person safely, we will take it.  
 
Again, our intention to be together, to return to a more typical school year, will be aided by, will be made possible by, having all eligible community members receive the vaccine. Please.  
 
In summary:
  1. For the spring, policies and procedures will be much the same and we expect that good habits and warm weather will help us to have some additional activities and to avoid moving to LREI@home.  
  2. For the fall, our intention is to return to school in person, full-time, for all students.  
  3. Eligible for the vaccine? Get it. 
We will continue to share updates through the spring and summer. I am assuming we will have at least one more gathering such as Monday’s between now and the end of the year. If you have questions, before or after Monday’s gathering, do not hesitate to be in touch.  
 
I hope that you and your families find ways to enjoy the coming spring weather while continuing to be safe and healthy - wear masks, limit the number of people with whom you visit, keep your distance, wash your hands. 
 
Peace,
 
-----------------------------------------------------------

February 24, 2021
 
Dear Lower School Families,
 
I am writing to all lower school families in response to a letter that I received Wednesday afternoon. Rather than replying only to those who contacted me, I send this to the whole lower school community as LREI’s response to issues and events related to Covid-19 affects us all.  
 
Let me start with where we begin our planning and decision-making. If we have not communicated these basic beliefs with clarity, then we will redouble our efforts and communicate more frequently.
 
Three points from which our decision making springs:
  • We want to have in-person school (for those who are choosing it) on every single day that is safe AND productive to do so. We understand the differences in the experiences of in-person and @home schooling.  We understand the challenges that being home presents for families. We understand how deeply the students want to, need to, be with their schoolmates and teachers. 
  • We have a responsibility to keep all people in the community safe and healthy - both children and adults.  
  • In making decisions about the two points above, we use our experiences over the past year, we use the guidelines and regulations that we are required to follow, and we make judgment calls at times. We try to have our responses be predictable. That said when we have the opportunity to make a change that will either improve health and well-being or improve the educational experiences of our students we feel it is important to be able to change course. We will continue to do this as the situation evolves and as we learn more.    
One additional point about the comments above. A number of you have remarked on your understanding of procedures at other schools. Rest assured that we are in touch with our peers in other institutions quite frequently - the principals are, the nurses are, and I am. Our responses and protocols are more similar to those of our peer schools than they are different. What we have learned from them has influenced our operations at this point and vice versa. Our conversations with other schools will continue to have an impact on what we do even though our procedures may not be 100% the same. 
 
Addressing the specifics of my decision to move the lower school to LREI@home for the remainder of this week - This was not about one case of Covid. Your concerns would be right on if it were - we would never be able to be in-person. Again, this is not the case here. We had a number of students out due to positive exposure in school. In addition, we were seeing an increase in the number of lower school students who were exposed outside of school thought had not yet come in so had not impacted their schoolmates. The combination of two or more unrelated positive cases in school and others outside of school meant that the Department of Health likely would have decided to ask us to close the division. In fact, in a conversation Tuesday afternoon, the Department of Health said they would have mandated that we close had we not decided to do so earlier in the day.  
 
Three days is a less impactful loss than 10 or 14 days. To restate this point, we were concerned that if additional asymptomatic students came to school, exposed their schoolmates, we then would have had to exclude additional groups of children and teachers for up to 14 days. We decided that by taking a three-day pause of in-person schooling we would be less likely to have additional exposures, thus fewer pods sent home and a better experience for all between now and Spring Break. Agreed, you cannot find this thinking in our written protocols.  That said, we also could not anticipate every situation and we are in a vastly different place than we were last summer.   
 
In response to a few specific questions/demands of those who were in touch:
 
Weekly testing - For now we are going to maintain our sampling testing protocol.  Remember that immediately after a test is taken the student’s situation changes. Test on Monday, you can be positive on Tuesday and contagious by Thursday. While our testing protocol does not preclude this, no testing does, what we have learned from sampling testing is that our protocols work.  We have had no known transmission in school, other than one-two single instances where we have not been able to ascertain where a child was exposed.  Our success here may allow us to make changes in our exclusion protocols moving forward.
 
Cleaning - We do not suspend in-person schooling to clean the buildings.  We do a thorough cleaning every afternoon and, in specific places around the buildings, throughout the day.  If an event requires us to perform extraordinary cleaning we accomplish this early in the morning, after school, or on the weekends. 
 
State Guidelines - We do follow the current state guidelines, at a minimum, in all instances.  There are two places where our guidelines follow earlier, stricter, guidelines (something else we are joined in by other schools.)  Should exclusion be 10 days or 14 days?  We are sticking with 14 for now as that is the incubation period of the virus. This might change in the spring if the overall positivity rate continues to decline.  Siblings - some schools allow siblings of exposed students to be in school. Some schools don't (that’s us) and some make decisions on a case-by-case basis.  Ava, the president of the nurses’ association, did a survey - 50% of the schools always or sometimes exclude siblings. We are re-examining our protocol here.  This is a good example of risk and reward.  It is riskier to let siblings come to school? Worth it?  We will see.
 
Communication - Happy to communicate more or differently. Feel free to be in touch if you have suggestions on how we can be clearer and more thorough.  Know that there is some information we cannot share. The letter I received suggested that we base our communications, and I imagine the writers also meant our decisions, in science. Of course, we do. That doesn’t mean there is only one direction we can go once the science is clear. 
 
Discrepancies in protocols - We feel that we are consistent in our decision-making. That said, I have to maintain the ability to make the decisions that we feel best to protect the health and well-being of the students and teachers in the moment. 
 
I, we, could not agree more with the writers when they said, “School is safe.” Again, in-school transmissions are somewhere between zero and two, none that we can identify with complete surety. That said, I hear you. Missing any school is too much. We will examine our protocols, and consult with our advisors, all to see if there are ways we can further limit the days that community members are out of the buildings. It is unlikely that we will get to zero days online. We know that we are all tired and frustrated. Tired of the changes in our lives, of the dangers and perceived dangers, tired of the tedium and the impact of the global pandemic on our lives and those of our children. We also know that individuals and families evaluate, prioritize, and take risks differently. Yet in this day and age, we are impacted by the needs and decisions of others - individuals and institutions, in an almost unprecedented way. This may be the most challenging part - thinking outside of our needs all of the time. It is truly challenging.  
 
So while I commit to re-examining our operations and to communicating what we find and to generally communicating more and more clearly going forward, I have something to ask of you. Now, by “you,” to be honest, I don’t mean all of you. You have to decide which “you” you are. I make these requests with respect, with understanding, and with compassion.
 
I ask that you stop arranging playdates. I ask that you have your children wear masks even when outside. I ask that adults do this as well.  I ask that you not have birthday parties nor dinner parties.  I ask that you not expose yourselves or your children. I ask that you keep your children home from school when they have symptoms and when you or another household member has symptoms. I ask that you not ask to be excused from random testing or get angry when the nurse calls to say you have to pick up your child. I ask that you complete your Magnus survey every day. We do these things for ourselves and for each other. 
 
I share your frustrations and concerns - as a husband, as a dad, as an individual, and as the director of our terrific school community, I too am ready for the return of the old normal. While we are getting there, being so close yet having to deny ourselves some very simple pleasures can be exquisitely frustrating. However, if we can slow the spread while more and more of us are being vaccinated and we can spend more time outside as it gets warmer, if we can do all of this and then some, then we are going to head into less restrictive times in the spring, in the summer, and in the fall. We can do this, though it won’t be easy. It is about balance and perspective, about caring for ourselves and caring for others, and patience, it is about lots and lots of patience.  
 
This is a long letter. Thank you for your attention. Thank you to those who contacted me. Thank you to all for all that you do to keep your families and the community healthy. Please be in touch.
 
Peace and health,
Phil

-------------------------------------------------------------

February 22, 2021
 
Dear LREI Community, 
 
A brief note this morning with a month to go before Spring Break.  As the positivity rate in NYC continues to drop, as does the average rate in neighborhoods in which our community members live, we are seeing a steady increase in the number of students who are exposed to positive cases outside of school.  I cannot encourage you strongly enough to stay vigilant in the coming weeks so that those who are attending in-person classes can be in school every possible day. 

Reminders/Requests 

Small group gatherings, including after school playdates, are the primary path for exposure and infection and are a sure way to negatively impact in-person schooling.  
  • Please limit gatherings to a small consistent group of children from within your pod, if you have them at all. 
  • Avoid parent exposures to children that are not your own. Parents should not be present for indoor playdates where they could be considered proximate contacts. This is another  reason why outdoor gatherings are safer. 
  • Masks must be worn both in and out-of-doors. Re-examine your choice of masks. If you are wearing cloth masks, make sure that they are at least 2-ply. In some situations consider double masking.
  • Children and adults must stay a minimum of six feet apart. 
  • You will be considered to be exposed to a person if you were proximate to another person for more than ten minutes, cumulatively. 
  • No sleepovers, please.
  • Limit adult gatherings, following the same guidelines as listed above for your children. We have many students who are excluded from school due to exposure to adults who have tested positive.
  • And for our older students - the same rules apply. No small group gatherings or parties.
  • Traveling? Remember to review the travel protocols and clear your testing dates with the nurses in advance, nurses@lrei.org
  • Do you have symptoms?  Do your children?  Isolate and test ASAP. Do not send a child to school if a household member has any symptoms.
We know that the winter is feeling cold, snowy, and long because it has been cold, snowy, and long. On February 1, I sent home some suggestions of art and movement activities that you can do at home. A more modest suggestion today.  Yesterday, February 21, was Nina Simone’s birthday. I was fortunate enough to catch a couple of hours of her music on WKCR’s Jazz Profiles -  a ton of great music along with a number of interviews with this talented musician and civil rights activist. It was amazing. The station’s website doesn’t store earlier shows, but you can find a playlist and use it on a streaming service. WKCR will continue to feature Simone’s music at times during their broadcasts today and tomorrow. Tonight, when homework is all done, maybe with kids in their jammies, encourage them to curl up with a good book, a sketch pad, or a board game and listen to this incredible performer. Maybe start with this happening live version of  “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.”  
 
Enjoy,

____________________________________________________________________________________

Covid-19 Reminders 

February 8, 2021
 
Dear LREI Community,
 
Greetings, all. I hope you are all well during this surprisingly snowy winter.  I write with reminders regarding the coming long weekend and Spring Break, as the weekend is nigh and Spring Break will be here before we know it, and because a number of you have been in touch with questions. I have also included a few general Covid related reminders. 

Random Sampling Testing

  • Thank you to all who have participated in the past few weeks. This program continues to be hugely helpful in helping us to gauge the health of the community. You can view the weekly results here.  (A reminder that these numbers only represent tests conducted at LREI.)
  • We will not be conducting any random testing during the week of February 15. Testing will resume on Tuesday, February 23.

Holidays

  • There are a number of holidays and celebrations in the coming months - Lunar New Year, Passover, and Easter among them. I encourage you to limit the number of people with whom you observe any holiday/observance and to consider celebrating with your immediate family/household only.  
  • We wish all who are observing the Lunar New Year on Friday the very best of Covid careful celebrations.

Presidents Day Weekend

  • Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16 -- no classes. 
  • We will not be extending this short break nor adding remote days after it.  
  • Our expectation is that all students will return to class for a typical Wednesday on February 17.  
  • Lower School students will not be able to join a remote group next week unless they are remote already or if they have been excluded due to exposure or illness.  Questions about this? Middle school and high school students MUST connect with their principals ahead of time to inquire about joining remote groups.  
  • I strongly suggest you resist the urge to travel over this long weekend.  

Spring Break

  • Spring Break runs during the weeks of March 22 and March 29.
  • We will be adding a week of remote learning for all students in all grades during the week of April 5, immediately following Spring Break. I am concerned about any travel during Spring Break and do not want to seem to be encouraging it by adding this week. That said, I am being realistic that some will make the decision to travel.
  • All families who choose to travel are required to follow the requirements outlined below. 
  • As I calculate it, it is nearly impossible to travel for the full break and to return to in-person schooling on time. Please keep this in mind if you choose to travel. You will likely have to return a number of days before the end of the break. Please plan accordingly.  

Return to School After Spring Break

  • Spring Break ends on Friday, April 2.
  • For the week of April 5 - April 9 we will be operating as LREI@home for ALL grades.
  • Onsite Learning Center information will be emailed to families soon.
  • Family Conference Days (NEW DATES) 
    • Thursday, April 8 - Lower School and Middle School conferences. High School is in session, remotely. 
    • Friday, April 9 - Conferences for all three divisions. 
  • In-person schooling will resume on Monday, April 12.  
  • Everyone must have a negative lab-confirmed COVID PCR test to return to school in-person in April.  
  • Tests must be taken on or after Saturday, April 3. 
  • If you are planning on gathering with anyone outside of your household for Easter (Sunday, April 4) please wait until the fourth day after your gathering to have your child tested. Email results to testresults@lrei.org. You may have to find a rapid lab-confirmed COVID PCR test in order to return on time.
  • Test results must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 in order to return on Monday, April 12. 
  • Students who do not submit a negative test result by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 will not be able to return on April 12 and will not be able to join remotely.  

Travel Guidelines

If you are planning to travel, please read the protocol below. This protocol is subject to change with little notice.
  • Please email nurses@lrei.org with your travel dates. If this protocol is not followed, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days (by the state of NY).
  • The nurses will be on break as well. If you do not email your plans by Thursday, March 18, we will not be able to respond with specific guidance until April 5.
  • The NYS Travel Advisory applies to anyone traveling outside of NY or the contiguous states (NJ, PA, CT, MA, VT) or to a CDC Level 2, 3 or 4 Country for 24 hours or more.
  • Test while traveling, no earlier than 3 days before your return to NYS (may be rapid, saliva or PCR testing).
  • Arrive back in NY and quarantine for three full days (travel day does not count as a quarantine day).
  • On your fourth day back in NY, test again (MUST be a saliva test or PCR). 
  • If traveling internationally, you must quarantine for at least a full 7 days prior to returning to campus AND have a negative test on or after day 4 of quarantine (CDC). 
  • If you travel to a destination that is subject to a virus-related travel ban, you will not be able to test out of quarantine and must quarantine for the full 14 days.
  • Send both results in the same email, with your travel location and dates to nurses@lrei.org, and wait for clearance to return to school.
  • Refer attendance questions to your division's principal.
  • NOTE: All household travelers must follow this protocol. If an adult travels without all household members, the adult must quarantine fully away from the rest of the family until their NY test is resulted as negative.
And, as always…

Reminders/Requests

Small group gatherings, including after school playdates, are a primary path for exposure and infection and are a sure way to negatively impact in-person schooling.  
  • Please limit gatherings to a small consistent group, if you must have them at all.
  • Masks must be worn out-of-doors.
  • Children and adults must stay a minimum of six feet apart. 
  • You will be considered to be exposed to a person if you were proximate to another person for more than ten minutes, cumulatively. 
  • No sleepovers, please.
  • Limit adult gatherings, following the same guidelines as listed above for your children.
  • And for our older students - the same rules apply.  No small group gatherings or parties.
For some of us, the long weekend is going to require a modicum of creativity to keep our children occupied.  A reminder that last Monday (Feb 1) I sent out suggestions from Luis Hernandez, middle school PE teacher, and from Carin Cohen, lower school art teacher.   
 
Wishing you all the best of health and happiness and I look forward to connecting over topics that feel more generative than those I wrote about above.  
 
Be well,

____________________________________________________________________________________

January 26, 2021

Covid - 19 Update

 
Dear Families, 
 
As we discussed in September, we will respond to our new normal by updating the school year calendar. However, first a few reminders. 

PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE ALL OF THE WAY THROUGH.

Reminders/Requests 

Small group gatherings, including after school playdates, are a primary path for exposure and infection and are a sure way to negatively impact in-person schooling.  
  • Please limit gatherings to a small consistent group, if you must have them at all.
  • Masks must be worn out-of-doors.
  • Children and adults must stay a minimum of six feet apart. 
  • You will be considered to be exposed to a person if you were proximate to another person for more than ten minutes, cumulatively. 
  • No sleepovers, please.
  • Limit adult gatherings, following the same guidelines as listed above for your children.
  • And for our older students - the same rules apply.  No small group gatherings or parties.

Upcoming Breaks/Calendar Updates 

Holidays

There are a number of holidays and celebrations in the coming months - Lunar New Year, Easter, and Passover among them. I encourage you to limit the number of people with whom you observe any holiday/observance and to consider celebrating with your immediate family/household only.  

Presidents Day Weekend

Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16 are days off from school for the Presidents Day weekend. We will not be extending this break nor adding remote days after it. Our expectation is that all students will return to class for a typical Wednesday on February 17. Students in the lower school will not be able to join a remote group that week unless they are remote already or if they have been excluded due to exposure or illness. Students in the middle school and high school are expected to return to class online on Wednesday and in person, if they typically do, on Thursday.  
 
I strongly suggest you resist the urge to travel over this long weekend.  

Spring Break

We will be adding a week of remote learning for all students in all grades during the week of April 5, immediately following Spring Break. While I am concerned about any travel during this break and do not want to be seen as encouraging it, I am being realistic that some will choose to travel. 
 
I want to make sure that we are able to return safely to campus in April. All families who choose to travel are required to follow NY State requirements for testing and quarantine, as outlined below. As I calculate it, it is nearly impossible to travel for the full break and to return in person on time. Please keep this in mind if you choose to travel. You will likely have to return home a number of days before the end of the break.  Please plan accordingly.  

Everyone must have a negative lab-confirmed COVID PCR test to return to school in-person in April.   See details below.

Return to School After Spring Break

  • Spring Break ends on Friday, April 2.
  • For the week of April 5-April 9, we will be operating as LREI@home for ALL grades.
  • Family Conference Days (NEW DATES) 
    • Thursday, April 8 - Lower School and Middle School conferences.  High School is in session remotely. 
    • Friday, April 9 - Conferences for all three divisions. 
  • In-person schooling will resume on Monday, April 12.  
  • Everyone must have a negative lab-confirmed COVID PCR test to return to school in-person in April.  Tests must be taken on or after Saturday, April 3. If you are planning on gathering with anyone outside of your household for Easter (Sunday, April 4) please wait until the fourth day after your gathering to have your child tested. Email results to testresults@lrei.org.
  • Test results must be submitted by 5:00p.m. on Saturday, April 10 in order to return on April 12. 
  • Students who do not submit a negative test result by 5:00p.m. on Saturday, April 10 will not be able to return on April 12 and will not be able to join remotely.  

Travel Guidelines

  • If you are planning to travel, please read the protocol below. This protocol is subject to change with little notice.
    • Please email nurses@lrei.org with your travel dates. If this protocol is not followed, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days (by the state of NY).
    • The nurses will be on break as well. If you do not email your plans by Thursday, March 18, we will not be able to respond with specific guidance until April 5.
  • The NYS Travel Advisory applies to anyone traveling outside of NY or the contiguous states (NJ, PA, CT, MA, VT) or to a CDC Level 2, 3 or 4 Country for 24 hours or more.
  • Test while traveling, no earlier than 3 days before your return to NYS (may be rapid, saliva or PCR testing).
  • Arrive back in NY and quarantine for 3 full days (travel day does not count as a quarantine day).
  • On your 4th day back in NY, test again (MUST be a saliva test or PCR). 
  • If traveling internationally, you must quarantine for at least a full 7 days prior to returning to campus AND have a negative test on or after day 4 of quarantine (CDC). 
  • If you travel to a destination that is subject to a virus-related travel ban, you will not be able to test out of quarantine and must quarantine for the full 14 days.
  • Send both results in the same email, with your travel location and dates to nurses@lrei.org, and wait for clearance to return to school.
  • Refer attendance questions to your division's principal.
  • NOTE: All household travelers must follow this protocol. If an adult travels without all household members, the adult must quarantine fully away from the rest of the family until their NY test is resulted as negative. 

_________________________________________________________________

November 28, 2020

Dear LREI Community,

I write with an update regarding Covid-19 exposure in the community and its impact on the educational program in the three divisions. 

We were informed yesterday of a positive case of Covid-19 in the lower school. We traced the contacts of this individual and determined that there was an exposure of one lower school pod and a number of adults in the lower school and middle school on November 19 and 20. The exposed individuals have been contacted and informed of their need to quarantine through December 4. Not surprisingly, the exposure of school adults significantly impacts our ability to offer our in-person program in a manner which we are confident will be supportive of and meaningful to the students. Thus, we have made the difficult decision to move the lower school and middle school programs on-line for the week of November 30 - December 4. Our hope is that this will allow us to be in-person for as much time as is possible before Winter Break.  High school classes will run a typical hybrid week.  

The lower school and middle school principals and teachers will be in touch with instructions for connecting this week.  Stay tuned for their communication.  
 
If you have a lower school child:
 
-Your child will be participating in LREI@home all week and you will hear from your child's teacher this afternoon or evening.  
 
-Your child will need a test to return to school on Monday 12/7.  Please follow this schedule:
  • If you traveled outside of NY or a bordering state (NJ, PA, CT, MA, VT), you should have tested three days prior to your return and will need to test four days after your return.
  • If you were in a large group for Thanksgiving and it included people outside of your immediate household, please test Monday 11/30 or later.
  • If you were only with people in your immediate household you can test today or later.
  • If you heard from Ava and she asked your child to quarantine, you should test no earlier than December 2.
  • All tests must be PCR tests.
-If your child is in the middle school:
  • Your child will be participating in LREI@home all week.
  • If you traveled outside of NY or a bordering state (NJ, PA, CT, MA, VT), you should have tested three days prior to your return and will need to test four days after your return.
  • If you had Thanksgiving in a larger group and with folks outside of your household the guidance was to limit exposure, time, distance, to wear masks and to keep windows open.  You have to decide if there was a possibility of exposure to the coronavirus.  If there was, please test Monday 11/30 or later. 
  • All tests must be PCR tests.
-If your child is in the high school:
  • If you traveled outside of NY or a bordering state (NJ, PA, CT, MA, VT), you should have tested three days prior to your return and will need to test four days after your return.
  • If you had Thanksgiving in a larger group and with folks outside of your household the guidance was to limit exposure, time, distance, to wear masks and to keep windows open.  You have to decide if there was a possibility of exposure to the coronavirus.  If there was, please test Monday 11/30 or later. 
  • If you feel that there was a risk of exposure, your child should stay home until tested.
  • If your child is being tested due to a possible exposure, your child should stay home from school until they receive a negative test.
  • All tests must be PCR tests.
  • If your child did not attend a larger group for Thanksgiving or travel, but you would like them to be added to the school COVID testing this week as a precaution, please email nurses@lrei.org for instructions (this testing cannot be used for exposures where children must be home from school).
Please submit all tests to testresults@lrei.org.
 
We cannot know whether your child had an exposure risk during the break.  We can help you decide.  You can email me or nurses@lrei.org with questions.  Ultimately, you know better than we do and we all have to do our part to make the community safe and healthy and to allow us all to be in school, in person, for as much time as possible.  

Thanksgiving Gatherings
  • We are concerned that some number of families may have traveled for Thanksgiving and/or gathered with loved ones outside of their immediate households, exposing these families, and those with whom they come into contact, to risk of COVID infection.  
  • If your family traveled for Thanksgiving your child/children MUST be tested before their return to school.  They should have tested before their return to NYC and should again four days after their return.  Send all results in the same email, with your travel location and dates, to nurses@lrei.org and wait for clearance to return to school.
  • If your family was at a gathering in the NYC area that was larger than 10 people and/or with people outside of your immediate family, and your child is in the high school, please keep your child home and have a test anytime after Tuesday, December 1.  
I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is for you to let us know if your family traveled this past week or was at a “large” gathering that included those outside of your immediate  household and that your child stays home and tests if there is any possibility whatsoever that you and/or your children may have been exposed to the coronavirus.  It is essential to the health of the community and to our ability to be in-person for every day possible that we are upfront about any possible exposure.  

It is important to know that the person that I noted had tested positive had very mild symptoms after leaving school on Friday, November 20.  Mild symptoms may very well be evidence of a coronavirus infection.  If your child has any symptoms that are on the list of symptoms of Covid-19 it is essential for their well-being, and for that of the community, that they stay home.  Questions? Email the nurses.  (Nurses@lrei.org.) 

To summarize:
  • We are confident we have contacted all who were exposed to the virus.
  • Lower school classes will meet on LREI@home from November 30-December 4.  
  • All lower school students must submit a negative PCR test to return to school on December 7.
  • Middle school classes will meet on LREI@home from November 30-December 4.  
  • High school classes will have a typical hybrid schedule.  
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me or your divisional principals.  You will receive specific information from the divisions as required. 

Be well, 


Testing Locations

City MD
  • 331 6th Avenue
  • Takes most insurance (may have copay)
  •  PCR Results 3-6 days
  • Offers rapid antigen testing 
Northwell Go Health
  •  41 E 8th Street
  • Takes most insurance (may have copay)
  •  PCR Results 2-6 days
  •  Offers rapid antigen testing 
Health and Hospitals Testing Sites
  • Multiple locations in all boroughs. Closest locations to school:
o   462 First Avenue (Bellevue)
o   227 Madison Street (Gouverneur)
  •  Free and will test people who do not have insurance (no copay)
  • PCR Results 2-5 days (priority status for students)
  • Offers rapid molecular testing at many locations (check website)
PM Pediatrics
  •  Multiple locations in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, NJ
  • Takes most insurance (may have copay)
  • PCR Results 2-6 days
  • Offers rapid antigen testing
Mount Sinai-Union Square Urgent Care Center
  • 10 Union Square E, New York, NY 10003
  • PCR results usually within 24 hours
  • Does not take insurance
  • Locations in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn
  • Takes most insurance (may have copay)
  • PCR Results 2-6 days
  • Can order at home kits
  • Comes to your home to do PCR swab (over 5 years old)
  • Need Rx from primary care provider prior to testing (can do as a separate telemedicine visit)
  • Results in about 24 hours 
  • $20 out of pocket fee
  • Takes most insurances     
  • Pixel - Mail order nasal swab PCR, may be insurance covered, only 18years +  (adults only)
  • Vault - Mail order saliva testing, not covered by insurance
  • Phosphorus - Mail order saliva testing, not covered by insurance
____________________________________________________________________________________

November 18, 2020

Dear LREI Community,

Greeting. You have likely heard Mayor DeBlasio has decided to move NYC public schools to online learning beginning tomorrow.  LREI will have our usual Thursday schedule tomorrow, in-person learning for all, other than the 9th/10th graders who will continue in their typical Thursday/Friday hybrid program.  

According to the information I shared last week, when the Mayor makes a decision for the public schools we will gather the school’s leadership team and consult with members of the school’s Board of Trustees.  We will consider a number of factors including the citywide positivity rate, the level of infection in the school, LREI testing results, etc. in order to decide how to proceed.  

We realize that the situation might change quickly.  If this happens we will be in touch.  For now,  we will be open for the rest of this week, leading up to next week’s conferences, Monday’s remote day for the high school, and the extended Thanksgiving Break.  

Do not hesitate to be in touch.  

Be well,

Phil
____________________________________________________________________________________

November 13, 2020

Dear LREI Families, 

I write on this autumnal day to share our thinking about the current increase in Covid-19 cases in NYC.  

As we said over the summer and into the fall, if the Citywide positivity rate hits 3% on a seven-day average we will re-examine the criteria that led us to re-open in-person learning to determine if any adjustments are warranted.  As we potentially could reach this point soon, and as the City is preparing for the possibility that the public schools will go 100% remote, I share an update on our plans/preparations.

If the seven day average of citywide positivity exceeds 3%, we will consider a number of factors in determining whether LREI should continue in person learning or transition back to LREI@home. I will speak with the school’s administrative leadership team (we met regarding this this morning) and with the Executive Committee of LREI’s Board of Trustees (again, we had such a meeting this morning.)  I will also seek input from others in the school community and from members of the group whose medical and public health guidance we have been seeking since March.  Among those metrics that we will consider are the citywide positivity rate, the geographic/zip code distribution of positive cases, the decisions made by the Mayor and Governor, LREI’s current infection rate, and information from our peer schools.   

Out of an abundance of caution we are taking the following steps right now:
  • In order to be prepared for having to move to LREI@home on short notice, teachers will be sending students home with additional materials, with their devices/chargers, etc.  These preparations will not include all students. 
  • Our sampling testing will continue. We increased the total number of tests to 15% for this week and next. You can see these results on our dashboard.  The results of the tests that were conducted yesterday will be added over the weekend.  So far all tests have been negative.    
  • We are also preparing the buildings and technology systems for having to move to LREI@home.
A reminder that due to family conferences and one additional day of Thanksgiving break, we will be remote and on break for all of the week of November 23.  We will go through a similar decision-making process regarding the week of November 30 and the first weeks of December, leading to our Winter Break which begins on December 18.  

If we decide to move from in-person school to LREI@home I will be in touch via email and using other means of communication. You will also hear from your division’s principal(s) and from your child’s teachers. 

Finally, while it may feel that the increase in positivity is beyond our control, I cannot encourage you more strongly to wear masks, wash hands, and limit unnecessary exposure via playdates, sleepovers, parties, etc.  This includes during the Thanksgiving break and on Thanksgiving itself.  

We have had a number of students exposed to the coronavirus while participating in outside sports leagues.  We cannot stress strongly enough that if your child is participating in an outside league, please make sure they are requiring masks and social distancing and testing adult coaches.  

As always, do not hesitate to be in touch.  

Be well, 
Phil

____________________________________________________________________________________

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Dear LREI Families,
 
I hope that this note finds you and yours well and enjoying the start of the ‘20-’21 school year. It was a pleasure to see those of you who attended ninth/tenth grade Curriculum Night earlier this week. I hope to see all other LREI families at their Curriculum Nights in the weeks to come. These are such important gatherings and are an opportunity for you to learn more about your child’s experiences at LREI. Thanks in advance for attending. We know that we are offering a lot of meetings and are asking much of your busy lives. Much appreciated.
 
I write to share important information/updates and a number of reminders as we approach our return to in-person schooling for most of LREI’s students. Please read this letter carefully and be in touch with any questions you may have. I also invite you to yet another meeting. On Thursday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. please join me to review the information in this letter and to hear more specific information regarding the students’ return to campus from the divisional principals. We will begin this gathering all together before we move to divisional conversations. We know this will put some pressure on families with children in more than one division and we thank you for attending these meetings.  
 
Reminders:
 
Masks - All children and all adults will wear masks throughout each in-person school day. There will be no exceptions to this rule, though our younger students will have scheduled mask breaks.  If you have not already started to do so, please begin having your child practice wearing a mask for sustained periods of time. 
  • Reminder: Gaiters, bandanas, and masks with vents are not allowed.
  • Please send your child with at least 2 extra masks and be sure to label them with their name. Best if these are stored in cubbies, lockers, or backpacks in paper bags.  
 
Magnus Wellness Survey - The wellness survey must be completed for each student each day, whether they are attending LREI in person or LREIremote. We must report this information to NY State every day. Please arrive at school having completed the survey. If your child is arriving alone and has a phone please consider sending them a screenshot of the survey each day to speed entry into the school buildings. We are focused on avoiding lines during arrival times. A reminder that adults will not be allowed into the building at arrival or dismissal.
 
Testing - As you read in my email on Monday (which can be found on my blog in the September 21 letter or on the Reopening ‘20-’21 page, scroll down to “Testing”), all students must have a negative Covid-19 test to return to campus. Please submit your child’s test results to testresults@lrei.org. The test must be conducted between September 26 and September 30.
 
Illness - Please keep your child home when they are not feeling well and report all illnesses to the school’s nurses.  Please take a look at these questions and answers (scroll down to COVID Q&A Symptoms/School Exclusion/Quarantine/Contact). 
 
Travel Quarantine - Please follow all rules for quarantining after traveling to another country or to a state on the NY State Covid-19 Travel Advisory list. There have been frequent changes to this list. A reminder that a negative test after travel does not obviate the need for quarantining.    
 
Lunch Procedures -
Lunch service at LREI will change significantly from years past. Our partners at Cater To You are working hard to continue to provide homemade, healthful, delicious meals while operating within established guidelines in order to minimize the risk of infection during preparation and when we are enjoying our meals.  
 
Families will order student meals ahead of time via an online portal organized by Cater To You. When ordering students will be able to indicate dietary needs and to choose their entree. Meals will need to be ordered by the end of the day on the Wednesday of the week before and can be ordered up to a month in advance. Middle school and high school students should only order lunches for those days that they will be in the school buildings.   
 
You can find a link to the ordering system and instructions on how to use this system at LREI.org. Click on “Calendars/Forms” in the upper right-hand corner, then on “Lunch Menu,” the last item on the drop-down menu.
 
Lower School families will hear from Faith on Friday regarding pods and locations for lunch delivery.  
 
Online Gatherings:
All Zoom links for community gatherings can be found on the LREI Community Events Calendar
 
Curriculum Nights:
Fours - First Grade Curriculum Night -  Wednesday, October 14, 6:30p.m.
Second - Fourth Grade Curriculum Night - Thursday, October 15, 6:30p.m.
Middle School Curriculum Night - Wednesday, September 30, 6:30p.m.
Eleventh / Twelfth Grade Curriculum Night - Tuesday, September 29, 6:30p.m.
 
LREI  Community Gathering - Return to Campus -
Thursday, October 1, 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. 
 
We will begin this gathering meeting all together.  I will review some of the logistics for our return to in-person schooling.  You will then move to divisional meetings to hear updates and reminders from the principals.  The link for this gathering will be posted on the LREI Community Events Calendar on LREI Connect.  
 
Finally, I want to reiterate how important it is that we all do our parts in keeping the community healthy. The common sense and proven habits we are asking your children to follow in school will serve all well if we also follow them outside of school.   
 
  • We have to wear our masks whenever we are out of the house.  
  • We should wash our hands upon returning home, arriving at our destination, before and after eating, after riding in public transportation, and any other time we can. TWENTY SECONDS!
  • Stay six feet apart from all but those with whom we live.
  • If our children are involved in outside activities, we should insist that these be done within the same strict health/wellness guidelines that you have at home and that we have in school. 
  • Smaller gatherings with a consistent group of people are better than larger gatherings, if we gather at all.
  • The more time we choose to stay home, the shorter the time we will have to stay home.  Short term pain, long term gain.  
  • In addition to following these guidelines, as parents we are responsible for helping our children, of all ages, to understand the importance of the seemingly innocuous decisions they make every day. 
 
There are many moments when I find it hard to believe that abiding by the simple rules listed above will actually have an impact. They seem insignificant. However, the science says that they will have a significant impact and, to paraphrase, I believe that the science knows. There is little that will impact the spread of this virus that has taken over 200,000 lives in our country alone more than these simple actions and continuing to stay home when we can. If we want to be in school in-person we have to prioritize this and not go out or gather for other reasons when we have the choice.  Prioritize the important and postpone the optional. There are few decisions that we can make at this time that will be more generous and have a greater impact than this very simple one.  

Peace and health,
Phil

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

September 14, 2020

Dear LREI Families, 

As we head into the first full week of the school year I send this note with a few reminders.  The first reminder is for families NEW to LREI.  Each year we invite families to participate in an orientation program we call, “LREI 101.”   There are two sessions, one for families new to the lower school and middle school and one for families new to the high school. 
  • LREI 101 for Parents NEW to Lower School and Middle School ONLY - Wednesday, September 16, 7:00p.m.-8:00p.m.  You will find the Zoom link and password for this gathering on the LREI@home Community Events Calendar on LREI Connect. 
  • LREI 101 for Parents NEW to the High School ONLY - Friday, September 18, 9:00a.m.-10:00a.m.   You will find the Zoom link and password for this gathering on the LREI@home Community Events Calendar on LREI Connect. 
(Early in the fall we will have other meetings for all parents regarding the school’s DEI efforts.)
My second set of reminders focuses on health and wellness.  
  • Please remember to fill out the Magnus survey each school day.  
    • Review these instructions, if needed.
    • Download the Magnus V2 App.
    • Sign-in Monday - Friday. (it won’t save your login) and answer all of the questions.
    • Still not working?  Click here
    • Need tech help?  Email help@lrei.org.
    • Thank you for sticking with this.
  • Children will learn their coronavirus habits from the adults they trust.  We all have to help them to remember to wear masks and keep distanced from each other. 
  • When we are in the buildings, we will all wear masks and stay six feet apart.  If we are chatting outside, we will wear masks and stay six feet apart.
  • Thank you for understanding that in almost all cases we will not allow parents into the buildings.  
  • Please remember to physically distance yourself from others when you are dropping off or picking up at school.
  • Students should wear masks when on playdates, even when outside.  Adults who are supervising playdates should wear masks, whether outside or at home, if there are children from another home present.
  • Playdates should be restricted to a small number of children at a time and should be only with a small group of children over time.  
  • Playdates should be outside when possible and with masks, of course.
  • Activities (sports, arts classes, etc.) require mask-wearing, hand washing, and a small, consistent group of children.  If rules of good health and hygiene are not followed, please avoid these activities.  
  • Lots of handwashing for everyone.  
  • Parents of older students - The guidelines above are not meant only for our younger students.  Substitute “hanging out” for “play date” and it describes our concerns related to older middle school and high school students.  There was a lot of hugging and hand-shaking going on over the past few days as the high school kids were on campus. They have to stop it.  Masks on / hands off, please.  
Lastly, travel reminders:
The better that we adhere to these common-sense guidelines, and a few others (wash your hands!) when in school and out, and the more we each do our part for the greater good, the more likely we are to return to campus on October 6th as planned, and the more likely we are to stay healthy.  

We are grateful for your attention and follow-through as we all learn to integrate these practices into our lives.  

Be well,
Phil

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
Friday, July 17, 2020

Note: for current plans, practices and policies, please refer to the content on the reopening page. The link below ill take you to the plan that was shared with the community in July. This plan has subsequently been expanded and updated on the reopening site.

LREI Plan for School Opening
Back