The health and safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance to The Leelanau School. We are staying up to date with information from , which is increasingly being delegated to state agents and local agencies.
Dear Leelanau Students and Parents,
As we prepare for your arrival for Fall term, we feel tremendous gratitude for the assets of a small residential community, on a secure campus, in the natural and open spaces of Northern Michigan. At this time in our history, we offer not only a “Better Way to Learn”, but also a safer place to learn and to live. We have an agile staff, a student body committed to the safety of each of their classmates, the ability to carefully control campus access, and the policies to create a secure bubble of safety and experiential learning. With a virus, there are no absolute assurances, but the philosophy, size, location, campus, and community of Leelanau are the graces we are thankful for as we work to secure our mission ever onward.
We are taking our preparations very seriously, cooperating with health officials, exceeding all requirements and recommendations, and training the staff and students on personal protection and community standards. Our upcoming term will demand new behaviors and controls that we are prepared to monitor and enforce.
The State of Michigan requires all schools, public and non-public, to publish a “COVID Preparedness and Response Plan”.2020欧洲杯在线投注 The plan must include state-mandated public health requirements and recommendations, be reviewed by the local health department, approved by the Board of Trustees and submitted to the State Superintendent of Schools in Lansing. The plan must describe mitigation strategies aligned to various potential phases of the pandemic, as assigned by the State of Michigan:
Our region in Northern Michigan is currently in PHASE 5.
Click here to review The Leelanau School COVID Preparedness Plan
As a boarding school, with students arriving from many different locations, we have the additional obligation to have a carefully designed “re-entry period“, where, regardless of the current phase of our region, we are vigilant in guarding against the virus traveling into our community. Our practices during this re-entry period are also described in The Leelanau School COVID Preparedness Plan. This can be thought of as a supplemental handbook for the upcoming term. Please study the plan carefully and feel free to ask me questions concerning the rationale. We are planning to schedule an all-parent ZOOM meeting to discuss the details of the plan during the week prior to our September start. The date and time of that meeting is yet to be determined.
Pre-Arrival Testing Requirement:
Given the high occurrence of asymptomatic carriers, as part of the re-entry process2020欧洲杯在线投注, we are requiring all students and staff to be tested for the virus prior to reporting to school, and to engage in self-quarantine between the time of that test and your campus registration. This was announced last month, and we are providing additional details today.
2020欧洲杯在线投注We would like all students to get sampled/swabbed no earlier than August 20, with enough lead time to have the results in-hand prior to reporting to campus. Your lead time window will vary depending on the testing options available in the place where you live. No one will be allowed on campus without a documented negative test results. We recommend two options to comply with this request:
Option 1: We strongly encourage all families to work with their family physician or local health department to secure this test (coded as “testing for suspected exposure”). The availability and options for testing vary greatly depending where you live. You will likely have a faster lab turnaround working with your family physician. Doing so will also reduce the risk of reporting hiccups that can occur across state boundaries. This will also make it easier to work with your health insurance company to cover the costs. All told, it will be best to find testing locally. It is important that you begin your research and schedule ASAP so you understand the lead time necessary to secure a test and a result BEFORE you depart for campus. Depending where you live, this lead time can be very short (hours) or very long (10 days). In addition to your local physician, the CDC website keeps a list of public testing sites. Click to search your area for public testing sites.
Option 2: If you discover you have no suitable options for testing in your area, The Leelanau School will send you a test kit for self-swabbing and materials for FedEX shipment to a lab in Grand Rapids. This will require a longer lead time, and result in a longer period of self-quarantine while waiting for results. They cannot guarantee the billing of your insurance, and there may be reporting limitations based on your state of residence. If you elect to have Leelanau send you a test kit, you must make that request directly to me (email@example.com欧洲杯在线投注) by August 18.
2020欧洲杯在线投注If in the course of this pre-arrival testing, you receive a positive result for COVID-19, you must work with your physician to secure treatment or re-evaluation and secure a release before reporting to campus.
We will also symptom-screen all students and parents upon their arrival, and every day during our re-entry period. Do not report to campus if you are manifesting any symptoms. Error on the side of safety, knowing we will support your transition.
I am available to answer questions as I know this can be a very confusing process.
We also know that staying safe and on-track requires a communal commitment to one and other. It will be our behaviors that secure the term ahead and deliver the greatest amount of safety and confidence. It is essential we all embrace our obligation to each other in order to have a productive and joyful Fall.
Thank you for your attention and support,
Rob Hansen, Head of School
Dear Leelanau Parents,
2020欧洲杯在线投注As we prepare for the beginning of Fall term, we want to provide you with our current re-entry plans, designed to establish the safest possible campus on the very first day of the term.
2020欧洲杯在线投注As we imagine the constraints of larger day schools in higher risk areas, we are grateful that we enjoy a small community, on a large private campus, with a residential program, and very limited exposure from off-campus visitors. Through carefully designed policies, we can exert significant control over exposure risks. We have a strong partner in our local health department, and access to excellent medical care, both on-campus and in Traverse City. While we cannot completely eliminate the risk of transmission, we can enforce smart practices, and engage the spirit of community stewardship that defines the Leelanau experience.
Last week, we announced changes to our academic calendar to reduce the transitions between school and home. I appreciate the agility of our families and the support we received for those changes.
2020欧洲杯在线投注The campus has been cleaned meticulously and thoroughly. A tremendous effort went into this process. Access to buildings has been very limited, and we are tracking and screening all human activity on campus.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Recently, the State of Michigan published school re-opening requirements and recommendations aligned to the extent of the pandemic in various regions of the state. Our region in Northern Michigan has relatively low transmission rates, high medical and diagnostic capacity, and is therefore currently at “phase 5” of the 6 phase reopening plan. This means, at the current time, residents of Glen Arbor and the Traverse City region do not typically face the rates of exposure and transmission experienced in other parts of the state or country. We are hopeful that after the conclusion of the summer tourism season, the situation in our region will improve even further.
In September, however, we will be welcoming students from various locations. Our initial obligation is to ensure full screening of the incoming students and staff to ensure absence of the virus. We refer to this as our re-entry period, and it describes our first couple of weeks on campus. Once we have confidence that no one in our population is infected, we can minimize further risk by carefully monitoring and controlling off-campus exposure.
To those ends, our re-entry period plan will require all reporting students and staff to be tested and provide documentation of a negative result prior to their arrival to campus. We will conduct a second round of full community testing shortly after their arrival to ensure no one was exposed during their travels.
Above all else, we have a spirit at Leelanau that inspires us to take care of each other. Our students, parents, and staff are smart, cautious, compassionate and agile. Our campus, our location, and our community are great gifts, much needed at this time.
2020欧洲杯在线投注The safety of the students and staff of Leelanau requires a willingness to comply with these re-entry plans. It is important we all feel safe on campus so we can learn, laugh, and succeed together in the year ahead.
Rob Hansen, Head of School
Dear Parents and Students,
2020欧洲杯在线投注While the world navigates the global pandemic, we all continue to learn more about the habits that reduce exposure and minimize risks of transmission and infection. The Leelanau School is in a region of the state currently with low rates of occurrence due to positive compliance with safety practices. The Governor of Michigan has given the indication that, assuming we all remain vigilant, face-to-face instruction will be allowed to resume in the Fall. We are emboldened by this news and working to provide a safe and exciting place for your arrival in September.
The State of Michigan will be issuing additional rules governing school-based social distancing, hygiene and response. While we are eager to see those rules published, we are anticipating some changes to “normal” behaviors as we develop re-entry plans. As a small school, we are confident we will be able to protect and care for your child, exerting an abundance of caution while delivering a dynamic community based educational experience. The finer details of re-entry processes and on-campus procedures will be shared once we have greater clarity from the State, and those required practices are adapted to our program by the staff at Leelanau, in cooperation with the local health department.
One change we are announcing today is with regards to the Fall term calendar. We feel it is prudent to minimize home-to-school transitions during the upcoming term. Doing so will reduce the risk of exposure in other regions being unwittingly brought back to campus. To those ends we are making the following changes to condense the term without the loss of instructional time or learning opportunities. We recognize the need for you to have this calendar information early in order to make travel plans.
Linked HERE is a copy of our updated academic calendar for 2020-21.
2020欧洲杯在线投注By moving up registration/orientation, re-imagining the exploratory program, starting classes earlier, eliminating the Fall break, capturing additional days during the week prior to Thanksgiving, and avoiding a return to campus in December, we are ensuring the instructional time necessary to accomplish our curriculum, while reducing our exposure risks.
The rules and practices for parent visitation and off-campus appointments will be determined in the course of our planning, applying the best safety practices to protect our students and staff.
2020欧洲杯在线投注At this point, we are not announcing changes to our Winter or Spring calendars. As with everything these days, if conditions change, we will respond accordingly. We will remain agile to do what is best for our students based on emerging information and recommendations.
2020欧洲杯在线投注I hope you support and are willing to comply with these changes to our calendar. We make them with your child’s safety in mind, and to ensure your confidence in our care.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Rob Hansen, Head of School
2020欧洲杯在线投注Dear Leelanau Parents,
2020欧洲杯在线投注I hope this email finds you and your family safe and supported.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Our unexpected transition to distance learning has been a big challenge for our students, parents, and faculty, but I am so proud of the teaching, learning, and laughter happening daily. The compassion, courage and resilience of Leelanau, rooted in 90 years of practice and established in our current community each and every day leading up to the pandemic, is what is securing your child’s continued education. In spite of our physical isolation and daily challenges, in many ways our community is stronger than ever. This moment in time reinforces the core of our philosophy: the value of our authentic relationships. My memories of this time will be beautifully colored by the way the students, staff and parents have sustained quality effort, supported each other, and continued to celebrate our shared experiences.
2020欧洲杯在线投注I am writing to update you on our planning for school next Fall. We cannot say enough that the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance to us, and all decisions will be grounded in our search for a safe return to The Leelanau School.
We do not have a crystal ball to accurately predict the state of the pandemic come September. As we gain more information about what tools for monitoring, tracing, and treatment will be available to us, and see how state and local mandates and recommendations unfold, we will evolve our plans accordingly. In spite of the great ambiguity, we want to provide assurance that we will continue to pursue our important mission on behalf of your children come Fall. No matter what the future brings, Leelanau will forever be a “Better Way to Learn”.
2020欧洲杯在线投注While there are a variety of scenarios for the start to school, I would like to share our perspective on how we are currently organizing our thinking as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year.
Please understand, as we move forward with getting ready for Fall as we normally would, we are not ignoring other possible scenarios. We are tracking and actively participating in the development of state and local policy. We will be ready for whatever the future brings. As greater clarity emerges, we will revise, adapt and communicate. I take solace in knowing we will get through this together.
Please know that your Leelanau School community is here for you now, and will continue to be in the coming months, as well as when we see you again in Glen Arbor.
Head of School
Dear Students and Parents,
As announced yesterday, the Governor of Michigan suspended in-person instruction for all public, non-public, and boarding schools across the state of Michigan, under the powers afforded to her under the State of Emergency and the State of Disaster declarations and Michigan Constitution. Such action was necessary to protect public health, and is happening in states across the nation.
2020欧洲杯在线投注As we adjust to the necessary changes in our living patterns, we remain committed to supporting the education of your child with the creative, personal and responsive instructional approach we believe is essential for learning. This is who we are, and who we will continue to be, as we navigate the weeks ahead. While there is no substitute for a highly trained and experienced teacher interacting with curious students on our campus, we will continue to provide, and students must continue to receive, the best of Leelanau under the difficult circumstances now before us. Our small size and established relationships allow us to attend to learning in ways other schools cannot.
2020欧洲杯在线投注To be clear, Leelanau students are expected to continue their studies and complete their spring term courses. While the modality of delivery will change, the expectations for engagement and quality effort will not. Your child is enrolled at Leelanau, and we embrace continued instruction, support, and intervention as an obligation to you and to the benefit of your child.
Students who engage in designed activities, present evidence of learning through their completed work, and dialog with teachers and peers, will be successful. Those who do not engage with instruction or the provided support systems and interventions, will be assessed accordingly…just as they would be if they were on campus.
A schedule for the academic day/week has been created to add necessary structure, support, and accountability to your child’s continued studies. This process will begin on April 13:
We will host an all school ZOOM meeting on Saturday, April 11 at 1 pm (Eastern) to answer specific questions about the academic schedule, student expectations, support, and accountability. A reminder and invite will be distributed in advance of that meeting. A recording of his meeting will be made available for families and students.
Implementing these changes will require patience as the pattern gets established and becomes routine. Teachers are working hard to develop the best ways to further your child’s learning.
The very nature of education is to help people discover the ability to do things they have never done before. Such faith in the capacity of each person to rise to the challenge is the very essence of teaching. At this time, we are all students learning how to do new things. As long as we do it together, with grace, we will be successful.
Rob Hansen, Head of School
2020欧洲杯在线投注We are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge across Michigan and the country. The process of interrupting the spread has required a worldwide commitment to a new pattern of living involving social distancing and sacrifice. The health and safety of our families and neighbors are in our hands.
The Governor of Michigan has just released another Executive Order extending the shut down of on-campus school activity, shelter in place, and social distancing. The actual text of any Executive Order has important details not always expressed in the press release or media reports. Any specific provisos affecting non-public schools need to be reviewed and fully understood. We need some time to study the details of the Executive Order before I can immediately share the next steps.
As a team, we have been working very diligently on re-imagining our instruction, class schedules, intervention and support. We are committed to being the best school at sustaining a personal and purposeful education going forward. It is our intention to ensure students continue their studies faithfully, receive engaging instruction, are fairly assessed on their efforts. We realize what we accomplished over the short period prior to spring break, while agile and substantial, will require a predictable schedule and process of accountability as we move forward. We are working on a new structure to make the school week more organized and supportive for our students. We will add more structure to emotional support and counseling services as well. We are also working to ensure we continue to share as a community, in celebration of our friendships and accomplishments. This is particularly vital to our seniors, who deserve the best spring term that can be designed in the current situation.We will be well prepared to engage meaningful and well organized instruction on April 13.
2020欧洲杯在线投注I know there are many questions about student belongings, course schedules, campus access, communication, grades, graduation, etc. I beg for your patience as your team of Leelanau teachers and residential life personnel work through the emerging details of the most recent Executive Order to ensure we can respond to your questions with confidence.
2020欧洲杯在线投注We will have more announcements very soon.
Rob Hansen, Head of School
As we conclude another academic week and transition to what our calendar describes as “spring break”, I want to pause and share some thoughts:
2020欧洲杯在线投注While this message has focused on issues of instruction, socialization, and our non-profit business, our primary concern remains your physical and emotional health. We hope you are caring for each other, wherever you are, and whatever the circumstance.
With patience and grace we will navigate the weeks ahead and arrive at a brighter future together.
Thank you for your understanding during this crisis,
Rob Hansen, Head of School
I hope you are well, staying safe, and able to find respite in the spirit of community that challenging times like these can reveal. It is Fred Rogers’ Birthday today. I am fond of his famous quote:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
2020欧洲杯在线投注For those of you putting themselves at risk for the care of others, please know we are thinking of you.
As we complete our first week of this peculiar but necessary pattern, it is important to focus on the tenets of human growth and development that we hold true. We maintain high expectations across our community, regardless of where they are, for stewardship, leadership, awareness, integrity, resilience, courage and interconnectedness. Personal effort – heroic effort – connected effort – are the goals of Leelanau yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
I understand the anxiety that accompanies the unknown. Much of the decision making is now in the hands of government and public health officials (local, state, federal). We will abide by their directives while also making sure our unique situation is considered. We are a strong, agile, and imaginative community, and we will be ready to face whatever comes our way.
2020欧洲杯在线投注As for today, be proud of your children who are working hard on their growth and development, not just through their school work, but by experiencing these historic times as a learning community.
Work Hard – Be Kind – Be Safe,
Rob Hansen, Head of School
Hello Leelanau Family!
Thank you, again, for your support and communication today! The faculty and staff have been working hard to take good care of the students and each other today. So far, departures from campus have been smooth.
As things stand right now, here is the plan:
2020欧洲杯在线投注For the next two weeks (March 16-20 and 23-27), we will facilitate distance learning instruction for the students. Teachers will post assignments on TeacherEase for students to complete and will be available through email, phone, and video chat. The priority is to conclude the projects and assignments that are in progress. Our goal is to keep students feeling connected to the school and to provide the tools and tasks to structure their days. We are aware that virtual learning is really difficult for some students and not all have yet developed the skills to find academic success in this type of learning format. Please check with your student’s Learning Specialist or another trusted adult if you have questions or would like help to design a plan for your student.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Students, we are looking for you to give your best try at the assignments your teachers provide. This is a great opportunity to show how much growth you’ve made this year and to be ready to get back to class when Spring Break is over. It is always okay to ask for help and we love it when you share your ideas when an assignment inspires you.
2020欧洲杯在线投注The dates for our Spring Break will remain as scheduled (March 28 – April 12). At this point, our return travel day is Monday, April 13 and classes are scheduled to resume Tuesday, April 14. If anything changes about this plan, you will receive an update via email.
2020欧洲杯在线投注We need to cancel all scheduled Parent Conferences (both phone and in person.) Instead, teachers and residential faculty will send you written summaries for the semester so far. You will be welcome to schedule phone calls with individual faculty members for in depth conversations.
Next week, our team will meet to review the recommendations from our local health agencies to determine how we will navigate the return to campus. We will send you an update when one becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay up to date with the recommendations to limit your family’s exposure to illness and to contact your physician if you experience symptoms of illness.
2020欧洲杯在线投注If you have any questions, please reach out anytime. Thank you so much for your attentiveness and support.
The Leelanau School’s Administration, Faculty, and Staff
2020欧洲杯在线投注Hi Leelanau families!
2020欧洲杯在线投注Thank you so much for the cooperation and quick action working with us this morning! We really appreciate you so much! The students have been doing a great job asking questions, facilitating communication with you, and staying engaged in our classes today.
2020欧洲杯在线投注We have adjusted our activity schedule for tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday to keep the structure and routine intact while taking appropriate precautions for the students still on campus. We are instructing students and staff to practice social distancing. We ask that all families also adhere to social distancing practices while on campus.
We adjusted our schedule today to accommodate each of our classes meeting. This will help the students review the work that is in progress and give them a preview of the work they should keep in mind as they travel home. All students should bring with them their school materials including computers, chargers, planners, textbooks, and binders. We will be facilitating instruction online using tools that students are familiar with. Details about the timing of this instruction will be coming soon.
Some parents have asked if students should take all of their belongings. At this point, we do not see a need for students to pack everything. However, this is a great time for snow gear to go home if there is room in the car.
2020欧洲杯在线投注I’ll have more updates for you soon!
Becca Dymond, Provost
2020欧洲杯在线投注Dear Leelanau families,
As many of you have seen, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has mandated closure of all Michigan K-12 schools, including private and boarding schools, effective Monday, March 16. As a licensed school in the State of Michigan, we must comply with this directive.
We are asking all families to make immediate travel arrangements for their students at the earliest possible convenience. We understand that this is sudden and inconvenient. We will do what we can to work with you as you make these arrangements. Per the directive, we are expected to have all students off campus by Monday, March 16.
2020欧洲杯在线投注As the recommendations regarding the spread of COVID-19 have developed, we have been working on strategies that will allow us to maintain the students’ academic progress in the event this situation arises. Now that we know the timing, we will finalize our plans and communicate with you soon.
Please let us know the arrangements for your student’s travel as soon as possible. The information should be sent to Jen Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-334-5841.
Thank you so much for your support and understanding. We will have more information available soon to help guide your plans regarding our ability to reopen campus.
Becca Dymond, Provost
2020欧洲杯在线投注We are in the midst of cold/flu season, and with the rise of COVID19, I want to update you on our efforts to keep each student and staff member safe to the best of our abilities. At this time, our school and our region has not reported any cases of COVID19. However, instilling awareness and establishing preventive habits are life skills best practiced everyday as consistent prevention of transmission of any type of virus.
2020欧洲杯在线投注We are staying up to date with information from CDC, which is increasingly being delegated to state agents and local agencies. If a concentration of any communicable disease becomes prevalent in the area, local agencies will be guiding diagnosis priorities and processes, and be actively advising all of us (citizens, hospitals, schools).
2020欧洲杯在线投注On campus, we are reinforcing preventive behaviors can help minimize exposure. The primary mechanism of transmission is from one exposed person to another through direct or secondary contact (airborne distribution of germs through coughing, sneezing, etc.). In that reality, it becomes necessary that each individual increase their awareness of how they can both spread and come in contact with invisible pathogens. As an educational setting, we embrace the current global situation as a teachable moment.
Here is what we have been reinforcing with our staff and students. We hope you will do the same in your own home, and in your conversations with your children:
2020欧洲杯在线投注Our Health Services team recently conducted student training within each dormitory, creating awareness of common exposure mechanisms, and the duties of each community member to use safe practices. These practices are reinforced daily in our morning meetings and throughout the day. We have increased access to disinfecting supplies in each classroom and common areas. (wipes, sprays, non-alcoholic sanitizers), along with instructions on how they are to be used. We have increased signage in the bathrooms, common areas, and entryways. We are enforcing hand sanitizing before entering the dining hall.
2020欧洲杯在线投注Students and staff are taking these obligations seriously and cooperating in this community effort.
As spring break approaches, we need families to be cognizant of exposure while off campus. Current CDC travel restrictions are being updated frequently, and will likely evolve in the weeks ahead. You should avoid travelling to areas where risk of exposure is high. You should be prepared to self-quarantine if you believe you have been exposed. All should be prepared to demonstrate sound health before returning to campus. The situation is quite dynamic, and will be different in three weeks than it is now. We will continue to follow events, and keep you posted as best we can on the practices recommended by federal, state, and local health agencies.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community safe,
Rob Hansen, Head of School
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