This afternoon, Governor Abbott issued an executive order that includes the temporary closing of schools through April 3. Because of this order, LCA will remain closed to students and continue with online instruction through April 3. You should have already received emails from Mrs. DeSantis and Mrs. Dembicki about what to expect tomorrow and next week. Our hope and prayer continues to be that we can resume school in person after this date. We will continue to assess this situation as new directives are given by our local, state, and national authorities.
One of the blessings of being at LCA is the community -- each and every one of you. Over the next few weeks, we are going to be creative with ways in which we can continue to love, encourage, and support one another and our students. I hope you will join in!
As I'm writing this, the sun is peeking out here in Allen and I'm reminded that, "From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised" (Psalm 113:3). May we continue to praise His name!
Soli Deo gloria,
Jasmine Bayliss, HOS
With the guidance given yesterday by President Trump to limit gatherings (including schools) for the next 15 days, LCA will remain closed and go to remote and online instruction for the week of March 23rd. Details on this will be coming. While our prayer is that we can resume classes in person for the week of March 30, should additional directives be given by our authorities, we will honor them.
As you probably know, some local districts have already announced that they are closing school indefinitely. Because our of size, hybrid model, and partnership, we believe that LCA can be more nimble and not have to make a preemptive decision. We will continue to evaluate the closure of LCA based upon the facts and guidance from our health authorities.
For some students, this situation may still be "fun" because it's new; for others, it can be an anxious time. I believe our attitude as parents influences our children. Learning can still continue this week, even if it doesn't match up exactly with our LCA curriculum. For example, my girls and I watched the video from the Cincinnati Zoo with Fiona, the baby hippo. We learned so much about hippos! The zoo will do a livestream every day with a different animal. Many organizations are offering resources to make the most of this time and I encourage you to seek them out.
Through all this, may we continue to model the hope and assurance that we have in Christ for our children and neighbors. When we lift up our eyes, we see that our help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2). As I pray for all who are affected, I am praying specifically for my family members who are subject to the shelter in place orders; they are understandably anxious. I am praying for ways in which I could tangible love them and for opportunities to share the hope of Christ. My girls and I will be sending care packages to them; it's a small thing, but it helps to guide my girls' thinking to consider others and not just themselves (Phil 2:4).
As this situation unfolds, it will be challenging for all of our students, but I think it will be even more so for our seniors. My heart has been burdened for our senior students. I share in the disappointment and sorrow that they may feel about how this situation has affected their last semester at LCA and the culminating milestones. Please keep them in your prayers, that through these circumstances the Lord will strengthen their resiliency, confidence in His love for them, and trust in His goodness. May it be so for all of us as well!
Dear LCA Family,
Thank you for your patience as we prayerfully sought guidance on this matter. Out of an abundance of caution, LCA will remain closed on Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. We know this will cause inconveniences for you and your family. We did not make this decision lightly, but given all that we know, and what we can anticipate based on information from local, state and national agencies, we believe this is the most prudent course of action at this time.
For students, reading assignments may still be given next week. If teachers do give assignments, these will be communicated with students and parents via FACTS/RenWeb by Sunday at 5pm. Secondary students are also expected to be available on Friday to test out their internet connections, logins, computers/laptops to join Google Classroom, Google Meet, and other online tools.
For teachers, LCA will provide remote professional development for Google Classroom and online instructional strategies. This is in preparation for online instructional days if we need to continue with the closure of LCA beyond next week.
For staff, please contact your supervisor for remote work options.
Next week, all school events, including practices and the PTF, are considered canceled until further notice. We will re-assess the situation by Wednesday, March 18 to determine whether instruction starting on March 23 will be in in-person or online. As of now, we do not plan to extend the school calendar, but we reserve the option to do so if the situation changes significantly.
Meanwhile, please care for yourself, your family and those within our community. Please continue to adhere to the preventative measures as recommended by public health officials. Visit the CDC website for more information.
In the midst of this, I am reminded that the Lord is sovereign still and that He "has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). May we rest in the peace of Christ... “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid" (John 14:27).
The health and safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority. LCA is continuing to monitor the situation closely and remain in contact with our local health authorities in Collin County. As a school, we will continue to prepare for possible cases at LCA and to make decisions based on facts, guidance, and recommendations from health authorities and ACSI. Updates will be made to this page as the situation develops.