Just as pioneers blazed their way to new territories, we find ourselves designing new trails with each new challenge. As soon as a plan is developed, changes come our way. Fortunately the data remains at a level the health experts believe is safe to return to school.
Hearing from many of you provides a perspective of where you are with your own family, what you have heard other schools are doing, what you think Lusher should be doing, what your personal experience has been with COVID-19, and your heartfelt concern about equity for our community.
Your most pressing questions now revolve around the return to the classroom and the experience students that remain at home will receive. Why aren’t there pat answers? Our teachers are outstanding. Everyone has a passion and very high standards for what they provide their students. We trust their integrity and teamwork. That is why we give them parameters to work within but the autonomy to create and deliver instruction with their own expertise.
Teachers will be providing “concurrent classrooms” for the first time in their careers. They are under scrutiny from your homes and are vulnerable to your praise and/or criticism while they attempt to deliver the excellence of their face to face teaching within a Google classroom. Soon, they will be doing both. Many options have been discussed and decided upon. They have been given permission to tweak those decisions as instruction rolls out. Some ideas may not work out but we are not afraid to try them and adjust.
Our goal is to maintain academic excellence, equity, and the arts whether a student is learning from home or is present at school. Adjustments may be made as these numbers vary by quarter. Although each classroom may look different, they must include multiple opportunities for students to receive direct instruction and to connect with the teacher beyond Community Circle. An extra planning period given during the week must be used to connect with virtual students.
First and foremost, you must decide what is best for your situation and family. The administration is here to support that decision and do what is best for students, faculty and staff. Each day, I commit to being grateful and doing my best to balance the spices in this big pot of gumbo!
Overheard at the Parent Coffee....
- “We are excited to be here.” - Jamal, parent of new 5th grader
- “All the behind-the-scenes work going on here…WOW!” - Andrew, parent of new 3rd grade student
- “We feel very excited to be part of the Lusher family. It’s amazing how adaptable these kids have been.” - Erica, parent of new Kindergarten student
- “Teachers have made this such a seamless, natural experience.”
- “It was my girls’ dream to come to Lusher...Teachers are extremely supportive. Thanks to the administration--communication is amazing.”- Maria, parent of new 3rd grade students
- “Our hearts go out to the teachers and administrators who are working so hard. We appreciate that the teachers understand the struggles we are experiencing.”- Kasey, parent of returning 3rd and 5th graders
Every home has received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Louisiana’s self-response rate is just under 57 percent, which is below the national average. The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students and younger children, such as: Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology; Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches; Maternal and child health programs; Planning, preparedness and recovery efforts for national emergencies, including COVID-19. Self-responses, which can be completed online here, by phone or by mail until Sept. 30, ensure federal funding to support Louisiana students.