Lake Charles Charter Academy recently announced its re-opening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Following the latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control, the Louisiana Department of Education and government officials, Lake Charles College Prep announced its students would resume studies dependent upon the current statewide phase of reopening.

During Phase 1, instruction will be provided through online instruction only. Students may choose to enroll in the "Microsoft Teams" program, which will transition into a hybrid model during Phases 2 and 3 or they can enroll in LCCP Virtual Academy for a complete online experience for the entire school year.

Devices will be provided for online instruction and students will be expected to login daily for attendance and graded assignments. One hot spot for internet connectivity per household may also be issued for families in need.

During Phases 2 and 3, students will have two options: the continuation of LCCP Virtual Academy or a hybrid model of instruction. Student enrolled in the hybrid model will attend two days in person and three days online through "Microsoft Teams."

Hybrid students will be split into two groups for attendance on Mondays and Tuesdays or Thursdays and Fridays. Groups will be based on the geographic location of their home address.

Shanice Williams, LCCP principal, said the hybrid option was selected for the well-being of students and staff as well as for the overall continuation of the academic experience.

"If a student does test positive, it is easier to contact trace who could have come in contact with the virus and keep the entire school from shutting down," she said.

Likewise, the decision to keep students off campus on Wednesdays was chosen to help avoid the potential spread of germs through thorough "deep cleaning," she said.

"Ultimately, the decision was made out of concern for both our teachers and students," she said. "We do not yet feel comfortable with everyone returning as though things are back to normal because they are not back normal."

Regardless of the phase, grab-and-go meals will be provided to all students. Virtual and hybrid students will be provided five days' worth of meals.

During Phase 2 buses will operate at 50 percent capacity and 75 percent capacity during phase three.

On-campus extra-curricular activities, including athletics, will meet during Phase 2 and three following guidelines from governing agencies. "Any student who chooses the completely virtual option will be allowed to participate in athletics and activities in these phases," the plan states.

Daily temperature checks will completed for all students and staff. Fevers of 100.4 or higher will be quarantined with parents required to pick up ill students within one hour of contact.

Face coverings are required during all phases.

Read Lake Charles College Prep's full re-opening plan at www.lccp.us.

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