Dear LCA Families,
As we continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 on communities in our state and country, we want to give you some updates from the school to inform you of how we, as a school community, are handling the potential spread to those in our city and school. First, we know that God is sovereign, and we trust Him to care for us as we think about the potential effects on our community. We also want to be prepared as best as we possibly can if we were to be affected by the Coronavirus in our school. Note that Lighthouse Christian Academy will plan for closures independent of MCCSC and in conjunction with local and state health authorities.
The following is recommended by the ISDH to help decrease the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Help young children do the same.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
- Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected against influenza.
- Be aware that face masks are not needed for the general public.
Lighthouse is taking the necessary daily steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to prepare for the possibility. Please note that…
- We will continue the deep and safe cleaning practices in the classrooms and common areas in the building.
- We have posted information and are encouraging proper hand washing in all grade levels.
- Student medications will be sent home or be able to be picked up in the event of a closure.
- LCA has been in contact with and is prepared to follow all guidance given by state and local health authorities.
- We recommend students bring their own water bottles from home rather than using community water fountains.
In the event of a school closure:
LCA has created a plan to keep student learning moving forward even if we close for a period. In the event of a school closure the faculty of LCA will be communicating with students and parents via email and Microsoft Teams to disseminate information about schoolwork. If you do not have a computer and/or internet access at home, please let us know so that we can adequately address your student(s) learning needs.
Each teacher will assign homework that students will need to have submitted by the due date. Teachers will be monitoring email and Microsoft Teams channels to address questions during the normal school hours. Teachers will also be using several online resources to facilitate student learning. Sites such as Khan Academy, Splash Math, Star Reading and Star Math are some of the common sites that you will see employed. Students should take all textbooks and binders home over spring break.
Spring Break Plans:
To help us better protect our families, LCA asks that you share your spring break travel plans with us so that in the event of a more sever outbreak, we can give accurate information to health authorities if asked. International travel should be done with great wisdom and attention to the evolving nature and spread of COVID-19. If you have plans to travel, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
Again, we are thankful that God cares for his people and we will continue to trust in his providence as we monitor this evolving situation. Pray that we remember “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” 2 Timothy 1:7