LHP COVID-19 RESPONSE
LHP continues to carefully monitor the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our planning and response efforts remain focused on protecting the health and safety of our students and employees while continuing our crucial educational mission.
As a matter of policy, we want to remind you that if a circumstance arises where your child has been exposed to COVID-19 while on campus, we will personally contact your family to let you know. We continue to follow the standards recommended by the Center for Disease Control, Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Education, and our Advisory Team of Physicians for additional guidance on whether to quarantine, get tested, or return to school. However, due to privacy considerations, we will not be sharing any information regarding positive cases or exposures (numbers or names) to the broader Highlander community. Additionally, LHPS will not be administering any medical testing on campus. Please ensure that you are familiar with our published health protocols for further details on our policies and procedures. Thank you for faithfully completing the daily online health screenings and daily checking your child’s temperature before coming to campus. The end result of those actions, plus strict adherence to personal hygiene (hand washing), physical distancing, and mask-wearing, remain our best defense against this potentially devastating virus.
PREVENTATIVE ACTIONS ON OUR CAMPUS
We continue to be grateful for your partnership in the 2020-21 school year. Please remember, the primary line of defense in limiting exposure to COVID-19 is the daily at-home health screening and temperature check required before coming to school. Do not bring your children to campus if they have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, 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.
In addition to requiring Daily Health Screenings for students and employees, we have concentrated efforts on prevention and precautionary measures on both campuses, including:
- Completing mandatory faculty and staff training before returning to school
- Daily temperature checks before students enter their classrooms or participate in co-curricular activities, such as athletics
- Implementing age-appropriate mask and physical distancing policies
- Adding plexiglass dividers in classrooms and cafeterias
- Hiring additional sanitizing crews to disinfect both campuses each night after our regular cleaning crews complete their operations
- Continuing aggressive sanitation measures by our Facilities crews to thoroughly clean and frequently wipe down commonly touched surfaces, including desks, doors, public spaces, and bathroom fixtures
- Stocking all classrooms and offices with sanitizing supplies
- Implementing daily treatment of all classrooms and offices with hospital-grade virucide
- Installing 75 hand sanitizing stations throughout school
- Educating students and employees about best hygiene practices to help decrease the spread of viruses
- Posting educational notices about hand-washing techniques, covering one’s mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth, and staying home if sick
School-Sponsored Field Trips
All school-sponsored field trips are suspended until the end of the calendar year.
Travel for Families
LHPS families and employees who plan to travel should regularly monitor the following resources:
- CDC Coronavirus Information for Travel
- U.S. State Department Travel Advisories
- CDC Information for After You Travel
With guidance from the Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Education, and the Florida Council of Independent Schools, we strongly recommend that you self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school if traveling on a cruise ship.
BACK TO SCHOOL PLAN
- August 1, 2020: Back to School Update
- July 15, 2020: Back to School Update
- July 1, 2020: Back to School Update
- June 22, 2020: Back to School Update
- 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
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (Child Mind Institute)
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (NASP)
- Talking With Children About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CDC)
- Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty (Common Sense Media)
- How Working Parents Can Prepare for Coronavirus Closures (Harvard Business Review)