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Leadership Prep's Response to COVID-19
ACTIVE POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES (AS OF 9.13.20)
Other (District Employees)
Leadership Prep ACTIVE COVID CASES
Leadership Prep values open, transparent, and timely communication to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we navigate, investigate, and confirm each reported case the District is prepared to respond to each situation with diligence. We ask for patience as we collect all the facts before we send any communication to our parents. It is our goal to ensure the safety of our staff and students at our campuses first before we work any communication.
We will also work through Denton County Public Health for any assistance on our next steps. Through the summer months, Leadership Prep has been managing reported staff and student-athlete cases through an established reporting system.
The District will notify parents when we have lab-confirmed cases at their child's campus. Notices to parents will be in the form of email and text messages and information posted on our Communication Updates page on the Leadereship Prep website.
Thoughout the 2020-2021 school year, the District will begin providing real-time information about active cases in our District. The number on the table will fluctuate as active cases are determined to be inactive based on the information we receive from health professionals.
Leadership Prep will report any positive cases to the Denton County Public Health Department and relies on TEA's guidance and recommendations on quarantine requirements for anyone they deem as "close contacts." The definition of close contact according to the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Education Agency is evolving with our understanding of COVID-19, and individual scenarios should be determined by an appropriate public health agency. In general, close contact is defined as:
- being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
- being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomatology may affect this determination.
Either (a) or (b) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirmed lab test.
Close contacts should follow the stay-at-home protocol as outlined by the CDC. COVID-19 testing for close contacts is not necessary, as negative test results can occur at any time while the virus is incubating. The role of schools in identifying close contacts is to provide relevant information to local health departments, not to determine close contacts in the absence of public health guidance.
Although the district discloses case information to DCPH, we must maintain confidentiality for the individual who tests positive.
The contact at your campus, if you or someone in your household experiences symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, is the school nurse. Cases will be reported to the Campus Principal, Lead Nurse, and to Leadership to ensure appropriate notifications and cleaning protocols are followed.
Leadership Prep continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The District receives regular updates and guidance from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath and other local, state and federal agencies regarding response, prevention and mitigation efforts. This direction has changed repeatedly over the last several months and will continue to evolve based on COVID-19 conditions across the state and our local community.
LPS will offer both on campus and online instruction during the 2020-21 school year. Parents will have the option to choose which model is best for their students.
A commitment form will be sent sent via email to parents and guardians of registered LPS students starting July 17th. Parents should use the form to communicate plans for each student by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 24th. If the District does not receive a commitment form for a student by July 24th, we will automatically assume that the student will attend on-campus classes. However, if it is the family’s intention for a student to participate in on-campus instruction, families are asked to complete the form accordingly by the July 24th deadline. Parents of new students who do not receive a commitment form will have a separate opportunity to make their selection.
This timely feedback is critical to LPS in preparing for the first day of school on August 19. The District must have data to work with when planning for master schedules, classroom space, the new Online School and how we can best meet the social-emotional needs of students when they return.
LPS understands that family sentiments may change as COVID-19 conditions evolve or if the District has to adjust its plans based on new insight or clarity from the state. There will be defined opportunities built into the school year where changes can be made to the educational setting. One opportunity will be at the end of the first nine weeks of school, which falls on October 22nd . More information will be sent to all parents prior to September 14 with information about the process to request a change from in-person to online instruction or vice versa. The District will communicate any potential changes to this process as soon as they are determined.
Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the commitment form.
Detailed Guidance By Student Group
LPS has compiled detailed information tailored to each of the following groups of students to aid families in choosing the best learning model for their students (coming soon)