LHP COVID-19 Response
February 25, 2022 Update
Gratefully, we continue to see very low transmission rates of COVID-19 at LHP. Local government and area independent schools are reporting similar excellent news and plan to soon return (or already have) to more normal operations without the requirement of universal masking. LHP’s medical advisory team and administrators are similarly confident that we are now ready and able to safely continue normal school operations.
Therefore, as of Monday, February 28, 2022, masks will be optional at LHP for all students, employees, parents, and visitors. However, if you or your child wish to continue wearing a mask on campus, you certainly may. For our families who wish for their children to continue wearing masks, we heartily suggest that parents have meaningful conversations at home with their students emphasizing that personal diligence will be required to sustain the effort. LHP faculty and staff members will not be enforcing mask wearing anywhere on campus as of Monday, February 28.
LHP will also remain fully committed to cleaning high-touch surface areas nightly, and teachers will be stocked with supplies to sanitize their classrooms daily on an ‘as needed’ basis. Cafeteria capacity will remain limited to provide adequate space between students, and lunch in the Lower School will be primarily served outdoors, weather permitting.
If an employee or student tests positive for COVID-19, please contact Marissa Johansen at 407-206-1900 ext. 1234 or email@example.com to report the positive case. As always, if a Highlander feels sick (with any symptoms), please stay home until those symptoms resolve.
It’s been a long, and often confusing, journey to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic these past two years. I remain eternally grateful to our medical advisors, our dedicated nursing team, and everyone who graciously supported our steadfast efforts to keep all Highlanders safe and healthy in uniquely difficult times.
Preventative Actions on Our Campus
Please remember the primary line of defense in limiting exposure to COVID-19 is monitoring your child for symptoms. Do not bring your children to campus if they have a temperature above 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit, are medicated to reduce a fever, or exhibit any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new cough, new loss of taste or smell, new onset of severe headache, or diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
The school continues to concentrate efforts on COVID-19 prevention and precautionary measures, including:
- Ongoing faculty and staff training
- Continuing thorough sanitation measures by our facilities crews to frequently clean and wipe down commonly touched surfaces and public spaces, and bathroom fixtures
- Wiping down classroom furniture throughout the day
- Using electrostatic sprayers to deep clean classrooms and offices as needed
- Stocking all classrooms and offices with sanitizing supplies
- Installing 75 hand sanitizing stations throughout school
- Educating students and employees about best practices in hygiene to help decrease the spread of viruses
During the 2020-21 school year, LHP became one of the first schools in the nation to be designated as a GBAC STAR™ facility, based on the school’s exceedingly high standards for cleanliness and sanitation. A rigorous review from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) of our cleaning practices resulted in this prestigious facility designation for our 42-acre campus. What began as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic has become best practice for our school as we continue to partner with and learn from GBAC.
Lake Highland faculty and staff are moving forward with planning field trips for the 2021-22 school year. We will assess each trip individually to create a safe, fun, educational, and memorable experience for Highlanders. More information will be provided as the trip date nears.
If traveling domestically, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate, and get tested if you develop symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms include fever (above 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit), chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
If traveling internationally, please follow CDC guidelines.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- CDC: Coronavirus Cases in the U.S.
- U.S. State Department Travel Advisories
- Johns Hopkins CSEE Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases
- Florida Department of Health
- Florida Department of Education