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The following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the GoForward Playbook.

Prevention and Mitigation

Developed by the Lorain County Health Department, the two-barrier policy mitigates COVID-19 transmission risk for all students and employees. By adhering to this policy, an individual on our campus who may test positive for COVID would not have any close contacts at Lake Ridge under the CDC and Lorain County contact tracing protocols.

The following mitigation measures represent single barriers that will require at least one other barrier when in use:

  • Social distance of 6’ or more
  • Two-ply fabric face coverings, surgical masks or gaiters that cover the mouth and nose
  • Plexiglass or other physical barriers
  • Any outdoor activity or learning

Everyone at Lake Ridge, including all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, are required to wear masks when on campus. Exceptions may be made under the direction of Lake Ridge faculty or staff when masks are not practical, such as when eating or drinking, during any aerobic activity (recess, PE, or athletic activity), during mask breaks, during outdoor learning, or during a situation where masks might be unsafe, such as some science labs. In those situations where masks are not practical, other mitigation measures described below will be utilized and students will be monitored. Faculty and staff are not required to wear masks when working alone in their own private office or room.

Daily symptom screenings begin at home, and parents are key to keeping our entire community healthy. Parents must constantly monitor for symptoms and keep children home if they are experiencing one or more COVID-related symptoms. If symptoms are present, parents will notify their child’s division assistant and report symptoms, and then contact their child’s physician.

At school each morning, students and employees will receive a health screening at their assigned entry door starting at 8 am. They will receive a temperature scan and will be asked for verbal confirmation that they do not have any COVID symptoms. If cleared to enter school, each person will receive hand sanitizer, proceed to their assigned classroom or free period space, and wash their hands upon arrival to their classroom when possible. Students/employees who have a temperature (100.4 degrees or higher) and/or report the presences of any symptom will be sent home.

Students who arrive at school late must report directly to the division assistant to sign in and be screened before proceeding to their lockers or classrooms.

Faculty and staff who arrive prior to 8 am must self-screen.

The school nurse will evaluate any student or employee who is exhibiting one or more COVID symptoms at school. The person will be isolated in the School Clinic and may be sent home. Students who need to go home will need to be picked up within one hour by either the child’s parent or the designated emergency contact.

After an assessment of a suspected case, the school nurse will determine a course of action that may include any or all of the following actions:

  • contacting the student’s family
  • isolating the ill students or employees in the School Clinic
  • sending the ill student or employee home to self-quarantine as a precaution,
  • referring the person to their physician, and/or
  • immediately disinfecting affected classrooms or spaces.

In order to maintain privacy, no personal information will be shared publicly and will be limited internally to those faculty and staff with a direct need to know. If Lake Ridge is made aware of a formal diagnosis or positive test, the entire school community would receive a communication.

Seating assignments, classroom rosters, cohorts, conversations with teachers, and assigned free period spaces will be important mitigation measures. Any infected classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected as soon as possible, and in all cases, by the end of the day. If necessary, a teacher and students would be relocated until an affected classroom could be cleaned and disinfected after which time class may resume in that room.

The school nurse will evaluate any student or employee who is exhibiting one or more COVID symptoms at school. The person will be isolated in the School Clinic and may be sent home. Students who need to go home will need to be picked up within one hour by either the child’s parent or the designated emergency contact.

If a student or staff member exhibits one or more high risk COVID-19 symptoms such as new cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste/smell OR two or more low risk COVID-19 symptoms such as fever (100.4 degreesor greater), chills, runny nose or congestion, muscle weakness, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea the affected student or employee will only be permitted to return to school with a physician’s note (who is not also the parent of the student) OR 10 days after symptom onset with significant symptom improvement over 3 days and fever-free for 24 hours without medication.

If a student or staff member exhibits ONE low risk COVID-19 symptoms ONLY such as fever (100.4 degrees or greater), chills, runny nose or congestion, muscle weakness, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, the affected student or staff should stay home and not return to school until they have had no fever for 24 hours AND their symptoms are improving.

If a student or employee has been diagnosed with COVID via a test or physician exam (virtual or in-person), the person should notify Lake Ridge Academy and remain isolated under the 10-3-1 rule (10 days after symptom onset or a positive test, 3 days of improving symptoms and 24 hours of being fever-free without medication). The county in which the person lives will manage all contact tracing, utilizing any information provided by Lake Ridge about potential close contacts that may have occurred on campus. Lake Ridge will notify all school families of a positive case as well as any possible close contacts who may need to quarantine for 14 days as a precaution. If more than one individual in a single classroom becomes infected with the virus, the head of school, school nurse, division director and classroom teacher will confer to determine whether or not the entire classroom should move to Royals from Home for a period of two weeks as a precautionary measure.

If someone in your household is symptomatic or under a non-household close contact quarantine but has not been formally diagnosed or tested positive for COVID-19, other students or household members may go to school (unless a positive COVID infection is confirmed).

All household members must also quarantine for 14 days after the date of last exposure to the COVID-19 positive contact or 14 days after the COVID-19 positive household member completes their isolation.

Everyone on campus will participate in daily routines to slow the spread of the virus. Frequent handwashing will be encouraged especially upon arrival and departure of school, before and after using shared materials, switching classes, and before and after eating. Throughout the day, students and teachers will sanitize their workspace and chair with spray bottles and paper towels or disinfecting wipes throughout the day, particularly during classroom transitions and lunch. Community shared devices and other electronic equipment will be sanitized between each use. Students will be given opportunities to wipe down their cubbies and lockers, and numerous hand sanitation dispensers will be available to students.

The school has invested in additional staff and supplies to conduct thorough campus cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitization procedures. Mid-day, housekeeping staff will clean each bathroom and disinfect all high touch surfaces such as door handles, locker handles, and light switches. Nightly, housekeeping staff will disinfect each bathroom and all high touch surfaces such as door handles, locker handles, and light switches. Electrostatic sanitization will be used for large spaces.

Lake Ridge will follow the guidance of Lorain County and the State of Ohio before moving to Royals Online (100% distance learning model). The school nurse will also monitor absenteeism on a daily basis and may make a decision with the administration to send a class, division, or the entire campus to Royals Online if illness rate is high.

Royals on Campus

No students may enter school buildings before 8:00 a.m. Screenings will occur outside of assigned doors (or just inside the door if weather prevents outdoor screenings), and only those doors will be open for campus access.

Kindergarten: Enter at the LS West Door nearest to the kindergarten rooms.
Grades 1-3: Enter at the primary LS door near the LS office.
Grades 4-5: Enter at the breezeway door near the bus loop/fine arts building.
(LS siblings can enter together through the assigned door of the eldest child.)
LS Bus Riders: Enter at the breezeway door near the bus loop/fine arts building.

Grade 6: Enter at the doors facing the back field.
Grade 7: Enter at the doors facing the CRC parking lot.
Grade 8: Enter at the doors facing the LS playground.

Grades 9-10: Enter at the US patio doors.
Grades 11-12: Enter at the main US doors.

Dismissal times will be staggered and grades will exit at their assigned doors. Upper School students who have 8th period free are encouraged to leave school. Any Upper School student who needs to remain on campus at the end of the school day must stay in the Upper School commons and comply with the two-barrier policy until they leave campus.

Per the daily screening policy, families should be screening their child for symptoms before they leave home. Upon arrival at school, students will undergo a health screening at their entry door.

Students will sit one-to-a-seat (two-to-a-seat if in the same household) in assigned seats and must be masked at all times. All riders will sanitize their hands when entering and exiting the bus, and windows will remain open, weather permitting. Each bus will be cleaned after each route has been completed.

No one except students and employees will be permitted inside school buildings without an appointment with a specific employee. Even then, all visitors (including parents) will need to enter a specific door as arranged in advance. Parent badge access will be turned off while this policy is in effect. Drop-offs and pick-ups will not be considered eligible appointments, and only the parents of kindergarten and new Lower School students will be permitted to enter the school with their child(ren) during drop-off on the first few days of school.

Parents who need to deliver forgotten lunches or other items during the school day will need to call division assistants before arriving on campus to receive drop-off instructions.

To support the potential requirements of contact tracing, students will need to follow assigned seating and room assignments at all times during the day - including lunch and free periods.

All students will eat lunch unmasked and distanced while sitting in assigned rooms and seats. Lunch will always be monitored by a teacher, and hand washing/sanitization will be enforced before and after eating. Face coverings must be worn immediately before and after eating.

In the Lower School, students will eat in their homeroom classroom.

In the Middle School, students will eat in their assigned advisory location. After eating, students may go outside (distanced and unmasked) or to the MS Commons (masked).

In the Upper School, students will be assigned a lunch location and assigned seats for lunch. Monitors, at their discretion, may allow students to be outside after the student has checked in. In order for all students to become familiar with the new risk mitigation measures, off-campus privileges will be introduced a few weeks after the start of school, starting with the senior class.

The PA Lunch Program and Lower School/Middle School Pizza Friday will resume later this fall.

Food deliveries to individual students may only occur in the CRC lobby. Vendors must be masked, and each student will need to remain masked and distanced while waiting for their own food delivery. Then, the student will need to report to their assigned lunch space.

Lake Ridge Academy will not compete in interscholastic sports competitions for any Fall 2020 sport. Fall sports will be re-envisioned with a focus on health, wellness, and skill building. Winter sports will be reassessed based on current conditions by October 15.

Upper School clubs will hold meetings virtually during or after-school hours. In-person meetings must be approved by the Director of the Upper School and adhere to the two-barrier policy. Some clubs may not be able to run during the first semester if barriers cannot be maintained and virtual meetings will not work (e.g. A Capella).

The Center for Creative Thinkers will not be offered at this time.

Gatherings of more than 50 people are not permitted at this time.

All music classes will still be offered, but in-person singing and wind instruments will not be allowed at this time.

K-5 teachers will provide most of the individual supplies, and all students should have their own supply of regularly used items (pencils, markers, etc.). Families will be notified if they need to provide any supplies. Shared items such as staplers, rulers, and electronic devices will be regularly cleaned. Families are welcome to contact their child’s teacher and send in student-specific supplies if they prefer.

In addition to the grade-level supply list provided by your teacher/division, each student should have a private supply of 10 extra masks, travel-sized hand sanitizer, and a water bottle marked with their name. Only water bottle filling stations will be available for drinking water.

All students will be masked during classroom transitions and will visit lockers during staggered intervals to reduce crowding. Students will not be permitted to linger at their lockers with other students.

Students will be able to access their lockers/cubbies upon arrival, at assigned times during the school day, and again at dismissal. Backpacks are encouraged for all Middle and Upper School students since locker visits will be less frequent.

Students will temporarily be assigned to monitored locations for their free periods and must report to those areas. Only seniors will have access to the US Commons, including the senior corner, during free periods.

Upper School houses and advisory groups and Middle School advisory and family groups will continue to meet (separately). Lower School family groups will not meet in person but will stay connected through different activities.

The Lower School will be following a stable cohorting model as an additional mitigation measure. All student interaction will be grade-based for all special classes, lunch, recess, special services, field trips, and Extended Day.

Lower School students will still be required to wear face coverings at all times except while eating, drinking, engaging in outdoor physical activity/recess, and when meeting developmental needs.

Field trips will be scheduled when it is deemed the trip can be conducted safely while following the mitigation measures.

All students are encouraged to depart school immediately following the end of the school day. When that is not possible, students will have assigned options based on their division.

Extended Day will be offered until 6:00 p.m. for pre-registered Lower School students. Students will remain in their grade cohorts in a predetermined area in the Lower School library and/or during outdoor play.

Middle School Homework Lab will be provided until 6:00 p.m. in the Middle School building.

Upper School students who remain on campus at the end of the school day without scheduled activities must remain in the Upper School commons and comply with the two-barrier policy until they leave campus. They must depart the Upper School commons by 6:00 p.m..

Lake Ridge will provide appropriate coverage to continue teaching and learning.

Royals from Home

Royals from Home is the virtual learning environment for those students who choose or are mandated (because of quarantine protocols) to stay at home yet are able to engage in school work. Students learning via Royals from Home will follow up to 3-4 specifically scheduled synchronous classes each day and work from home asynchronously utilizing class materials available on SeeSaw (K-3) and Google Classroom (4-12). Schedules will be shared by their division director or teacher.

While participating in Royals from Home, students will be expected to actively participate in online learning as directed by their division and teachers. Exceptions, such as for those too unwell to engage, will be made on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with the division director. Daily attendance will be taken for synchronous classes. If a student is ill and unable to attend online learning, he or she will be recorded as absent, following the Lake Ridge Academy Attendance Policy.

Lower School students will meet synchronously via Zoom with their class during morning meetings, read alouds, and any other time the teacher determines it would be beneficial. Specials will be taught asynchronously.

Students will participate in science labs by working with partners (virtually), watching recordings of labs, and other online options. AP student schedules will be modified to allow more synchronous meeting time for AP courses. Supplementary materials might be included, depending on the course. College counseling will be available, including access to virtual college visits and Senior Seminar.

Families opting to keep their children home for Royals from Home learning should indicate their choice on the Lake Ridge Family Survey (emailed on August 7, 2020) by Sunday, August 16, 2020. Students who are required to quarantine but are able to engage in school work will automatically move to Royals from Home temporarily until they are able to rejoin Royals on Campus after following the return to school protocols.

Families who opt to learn via Royals from Home may reassess their choice and re-enter Royals on Campus starting on the following dates: September 21, October 19, November 16. Students who learn via Royals from Home due to mandatory quarantines may follow return to school protocols. All Royals from Home students must communicate their plans to their Division Director before returning to campus.

If the school, division, or class is learning from home, the attendance policy, as described in the GoForward Playbook and Student handbook remains in place. Students who are not ill are expected to attend all synchronous classes. Attendance will be taken daily by each class and submitted to the division offices. If a student is absent, it may be unexcused. If a student is ill and unable to participate, a parent or guardian must communicate with the division office.

All students who participate in Royals from Home will be expected to complete assignments and assessments. Teachers will work with students based on their individual situation.

In order to mitigate health risks for all, Royals from Home students will not be allowed to participate in athletic activities. Students can participate in student clubs that meet virtually.

Yes, academic services will continue.

Royals Online

If Lake Ridge decides or is required to close a class/grade, division, or the entire campus, those students and teachers will shift to the Royals Online learning environment. Students will join specifically scheduled synchronous classes and work from home asynchronously utilizing class materials available on SeeSaw (K-3) and Google Classroom (4-12).

An all-school Royals Online decision will depend on Lorain County guidance, State mandates, and the health of Lake Ridge teachers and students. Lorain County Public Health will notify Lake Ridge Academy directly if the school must move to an all-virtual learning environment. However, in accordance with Lake Ridge policy, the school may choose to close a classroom, grade, division or the entire school based on any increased absenteeism (not just Covid-related illness), which will be monitored daily by the school nurse.

The day immediately following a “shutdown announcement” will be used as a preparation and communication day. Families will hear from Lake Ridge teachers and administrators about practices, procedures, and guidance about how a return to campus will occur. Classes will resume online the following day according to the Royals at Home schedule.

If the school, division, class or grade is learning from home, the attendance policy, as described in the GoForward Playbook and Student handbook remains in place. Students who are not ill will be expected to attend all synchronous classes. Attendance will be taken daily by each class and submitted to the division offices. If a student is absent, it may be unexcused. If a student is ill and unable to participate, a parent or guardian must communicate with the division office.

Assessments and grades will also continue per the grading policies of each division and at the discretion of the teachers.

Yes, academic services will continue.

Lake Ridge will provide appropriate coverage to continue teaching and learning.

Additional Information

The GoForward Playbook was developed by a committee of Leadership Team members, teachers and staff. The Lorain County Public Health commissioner was consulted throughout the planning process and has been an incredible partner to this important work. The commissioner also reviewed the Playbook prior to its publication and continues to be in contact with the Head of School on a weekly basis. In addition, a Parent Review Committee consisting of ten parents with appropriate professional expertise reviewed the penultimate draft of the Playbook and gave the GoForward team comments. Changes were made based on their feedback.

The GoForward team repeatedly and frequently consulted CDC guidance, State of Ohio mandates and guidance, Lorain County mandates and guidance, and other schools’ reopening best practices. In addition, our own teachers, staff and parents were surveyed three times during the summer months, and a group of parent professionals participated in a full review and offered guidance of the Playbook based on their professional expertise.

Modifications to the Playbook will be emailed to the campus community, updated online, shared via In Touch, and announced in weekly Monday’s with Mitch Zoom sessions throughout the fall semester. Parents should expect frequent changes to the Playbook based on changing guidance and information from county and state entities.