Distance Learning Resources to Connect, Teach & Inspire
Like other schools across North Carolina, Lake Lure Classical Academy awaits the state's decisions regarding how school can safely resume education in August.
Governor Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) are expected to make this determination soon.
While we wait, we are not dormant. We want our LLCA families to be aware of the current work we’ve been doing to prepare students, staff, and families to return to learn under a variety of conditions.
In response to the NC State Board of Education and the NC Department of Public Instruction’s release of Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina’s Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools on June 8, LLCA has organized various working teams and committees of teachers, admin staff, counselors, parents, and board members.
These various workgroups are currently addressing operations and scheduling, instruction, student and employee safety, emotional and mental support, and communications, in order to formulate a set of specific models for various potential scenarios. These models are based on existing interim guidance from the state, which include three plan options:
The least restrictive reopening model, requires minimal social distancing, most closely resembles a traditional start to school
Adds additional restrictions for social distancing, incorporates a blend of in-person and remote learning to satisfy limited occupancy requirements
Suspends all in-person instruction, remote learning would be utilized for all students
Although the governor has yet to finalize his recommendations, we want to keep our families and community informed of the scenarios our re-entry team members are working to develop.
Please stay tuned for additional, increased communications regarding this process, throughout which LLCA will continue to seek stakeholder feedback. These will include surveys, phone reminders, video conferencing, web updates, and social media postings.
Additionally, we understand some of our families are concerned about an in-person return to school, regardless of the governor’s ultimate decision. We also understand that the opinions and preferences from our families is diverse. For every parent that wants the strictest of guidelines in place, there are also parents who do not want any special guidelines in place, and some who only want very specific guidelines in place.
As school leaders, it is our responsibility to listen and be respectful of all concerns. We ask our families to extend patience, compassion, and understanding of each other as well, particularly on social media.
Please know , if Governor Cooper decides North Carolina schools should utilize Plan A or Plan B, LLCA remains committed to offering a quality distance (also known as remote) learning option for students who wish to complete assignments from home. We have heard your feedback regarding ways in which the distance learning program can improve and expand to be more structured, but also flexible for extenuating circumstances in the home. We are developing those modifications, working collaboratively with our teachers, and making those improvements now as part of the remote learning plan that we will submit to the state.
More details on this option will be released soon, pending the governor’s decision. Our teachers, like teachers all over the world, did the very best they could to meet the challenge during the early months of Covid-19 to immediately switch from a traditional classroom teaching method to a distance learning model. They did this in a matter of two weeks. In those months that followed, we all learned valuable lessons with which to better deliver future distance learning tools when and where it works for individual families.
Thank you for your continued support of Lake Lure Classical Academy - grateful partners in your children's educational journey.