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COVID-19 Response and Lutheran High School

Per Governor Polis' press conference on April 22, schools are to continue with online learning through the end of the school year.  Lutheran High School will honor this and use the XYZ schedule through May 20.  The campus will remain closed until instructions for its usage are communicated to parents and students.


Lutheran High School is continuing its online learning until April 30, per the executive order from the state of Colorado.  The campus will continue to be closed.


3/22/2020 Update:  See below under "Calendar Dates" for non-academic scheduled school events and updates.


3/19/2020 Update: Due to the Executive Order issued by the Governor of the state of Colorado that closes all public and private schools through April 19,  Lutheran High School's campus will continue to be closed and classes will continue in their online mode until that time.


Out of an abundance of care for our community, Lutheran High School in Parker is transitioning its on-campus classes to an online learning modality, effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Returning to campus for regular classes will be evaluated on a weekly basis.

All extracurricular events and activities including athletics and performing arts have been suspended. The Lutheran High School campus is closed to the public, including students and parents. Opening campus and resuming activities will be evaluated on a weekly basis.

A top priority at Lutheran High School will continue to be the health and safety of our community. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tri-County Health, and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be monitored frequently. 

Currently, there are no reported cases of Covid-19 in the Lutheran High community.

God is in control!  During this time of uncertainty and nervousness, the entire Lutheran High School community is invited to call upon God's grace and trust in His goodness:  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Instruction - What will school look like with a closed campus?

During the week of March 24 and subsequent weeks if needed, Lutheran High School has chosen to make regular video conferences an integral part of the online learning experience. It is important that students are interacting with their teachers on a regular basis to maintain the "highly relational" culture that exists at Lutheran High School.  This will also help monitor student progress, as many students navigate a modified learning environment for the first time. Lutheran High School desires to:

  1. Deliver highly relational, excellent instruction and learning in this new model.

  2. Ensure that no student falls off the radar and disengages from school.

Moving forward, school is not just independent studies through Canvas. Classes will meet at scheduled times through video conference using Zoom.

Lutheran High School will operate on a rotating three day schedule. "Purple days and silver days" are now being replaced with "X days, Y days, and Z days." As much as possible, blocks and periods were kept in time slots that were closest to their time slots in the purple/silver schedule to honor part-time students and teachers.  The time schedule for each day is listed below:

Times

X Day

Y Day

Z Day

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Period A

Period B

Block 1

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Period C

Period D

Period E

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Block 2

Block 4

Block 3

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Office hours

Office hours

Office hours

Click HERE for a downloadable PDF of the daily schedule and calendar.

Generally, Mondays are always for "Teacher Prep" - no classes will take place on Mondays. Video conference classes take place Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The plan for X, Y, Z days until the end of the semester (if needed) is listed below:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

March 23

Teacher Prep

24

X

25

Y

26

Z

27

X

30

Teacher Prep

31

Y

April 1

Z

2

X

3

Y

6

Teacher Prep

7

Z

8

X

9

Y

10

No School - Good Friday

13

No School - Easter Monday

14

Teacher Prep

15

Z

16

X

17

Y

20

Teacher Prep

21

Z

22

X

23

Y

24

Z

27

Teacher Prep

28

X

29

Y

30

Z

May 1

X

4

Teacher Prep

5

Y

6

Z

7

X

8

Y

11

Teacher Prep

12

Z

13

X

14

Y

15

Z

Seniors finished

18

X

Non-seniors

19

Y

Non-seniors

20

Z

Non-seniors

   

 

If the campus remains closed and online school extends through the end of the semester, each class will meet 11 times (10 for seniors) via Zoom before the end of school on May 20 (May 15 for seniors). Teachers, students, and parents can think of those class periods as "mile markers" in the journey through two months of online school. On Teacher Prep days, each teacher will plan out and post objectives and homework through two class periods by 8:00 p.m. All homework will be due at the start of a future class period.

Attending Class via Zoom - Face to face interactions with teachers are one click away.

Every teacher will have a Zoom URL, and students will attend class via Zoom from their own device. At the scheduled class times, teachers will take attendance, go over work due by the next class period, answer questions, and explain subject matter objectives and concepts. Teachers can choose to make use of the scheduled video conferencing as they see fit. Student attendance during the video sessions is required, just as attendance during a normal school day would be required. Class ends when the teachers ends the video conference. Attending class via Zoom will be graded with the same weight as a quiz (more than a standard homework assignment and less than a unit test). Teachers can adjust "Zoom Attendance" scores for being late, not participating, leaving early, etc.

Student Guidelines for Attending Class via Zoom - Be professional and business-like!

1. Wear appropriate clothes and attire.

2. Find a private area free from most noise and distractions.  Be in the seated position at a table, desk, or on the floor (please avoid attending class from bed).

3. Treat the video conference like a classroom environment.

Missing Class - Only legitimate reasons for missing a class session, please!

Attendance will be taken by teachers at all Zoom classes. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of "0" for the Zoom class. Absences that are excused for illness or other valid reasons should be communicated by parents by 9:00 a.m. through email at attendance@lhsparker.org.

Please note: If extenuating circumstances exist that make consistent class attendance via Zoom impossible, please contact Paul Blomenberg at paul.blomenberg@lhsparker.org.

General Rules of Engagement for Teachers - How will they operate?

In an attempt to keep homework evenly distributed, Lutheran High School teachers will practice the following:

  • All homework is due (electronically) by the start of a future class period. (Example: If a class meets on Tuesday and Friday of a given week, work assigned during class on Tuesday can only be due by the start of the class on Friday - or future classes.) Random due dates are not allowed.
  • Teachers should not alter what is seen on Canvas between class periods. (Students should not have to keep checking Canvas between Zoom classes to see if their teacher has added anything.)
  • Teachers may send reminders about previously posted items.
  • Teachers will follow up immediately by email or phone to parents if students miss a Zoom class or fall behind with online submission.
  • The amount of homework between class periods should generally be 1-1.5 hours for a regular class and 1-2 hours for an honors/AP class.
  • Online submission will be considered "late" if it is received after the start time for the Zoom class period.  Late work will be treated as stated in the Student Parent Handbook.
  • Teachers will answer course-related emails within 24 hours.
  • During office hours, teachers can speak with students via Zoom or set up scheduled times to help students.
  • Curriculum will focus on the major topics that are most needed to be prepared for next year.

Academic Integrity - Don't Cheat!

Students should always remember Lutheran High School's Academic Honesty Policy: Maintaining academic integrity is of vital importance for Lutheran High School. Students must play an active role in maintaining their own personal academic integrity as well as the integrity of the school. Cheating and plagiarism are unacceptable behaviors that carry severe consequences. 

Using Zoom - More info coming soon!

Specific instruction will be emailed to students and parents prior to March 24. 

Calendar Dates as of 3/22/2020

Naviance Meeting (3/31) - Cancelled.

Thriving Parents (4/6) - Cancelled.

New Parent Welcome Night (4/14) - Cancelled, information distributed electronically.

As scheduled if school is in session:

  • Performing Arts Banquet (5/12)
  • Senior Blessings (5/19)
  • Graduation (5/20)

Non-academic events outside the school day will be continually updated here as to whether they will be occurring.  Messages will be sent out accordingly.

Contact Information - Need help?

For general questions, please contact Principal David Ness at david.ness@lhsparker.org.

For class specific questions, please contact the teacher.

For technical questions regarding Canvas and Zoom, please send an email to canvas@lhsparker.org.

What parents can do to assist their students:

  • Post the X-Y-Z Day schedule and the class period times in multiple places throughout the house.  Help students to know exactly when they need to be joining class video conferences.

  • Encourage them to check classes through Canvas on Monday night to have a sense of what is coming for the week.

  • Stress to them the importance of attending class using Zoom at the scheduled time. Attending the class period is essential to their semester grade and will help hold them accountable to work that needs to be done.

  • Communicate all expected absences in the morning to attendance@lhsparker.org.

Managing Student Fears - Some resources: 

How to talk to kids about Coronavirus: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/how-to-talk-to-teens-about-the-new-coronavirus-2020031419192

Why does God allow Coronavirus - 4 Christian insights:  https://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-does-god-allow-the-coronavirus-4-christian-insights

How to help your teens overcome their fears of the Coronavirus pandemic: https://gregstier.dare2share.org/how-to-help-your-teens-overcome-their-fears-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic