Returning Safely to Living Rock Academy,
I bring greetings and God's richest blessings to our returning and new families as we prepare to welcome everyone on campus on Tuesday, August 24. We are diligently working every day to make sure the experience prioritizes the safety and well-being of all parties while restoring the personal connection between teachers, coaches, leaders, and students. As most are aware, Texas schools are returning to brick-and-mortar learning this coming school year. TAPPS has mandated that students may not participate in athletics who are participating in online instruction. With that being said, Living Rock Academy will operate entirely as a brick-and-mortar institution for the 2021-2022 school year.
We are looking forward to the year ahead being back together in person. The great joy will be the energy brought from the students as we begin a new year with great anticipation for what God has in store for Living Rock Academy.
The following information will serve as a guide as we start back to school at Living Rock Academy, enabling both families and students to know that we are indeed preparing for a great new year. Please review all the information carefully.
Finally, "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him." (Nahum 1:7) I believe 2021-2022 will be an incredible year in which our students will learn and grow as we focus on raising the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in all we endeavor to accomplish.
May the Lord bless you and yours richly,
Dr. Michael Chivalette
Beginning on August 24, 2021, all LRA students will transition into a "traditional" brick-and-mortar, face-to-face learning format. The school day starts at 8 AM and will end at 3:15 PM (PreK—4th) 3:30 PM (5th—12th grade).
For the upcoming year, if your child is absent from school, they are responsible for making up any missed assignments. Should your student need to stay home for an extended illness, a parent will need to coordinate with their child’s teacher(s) to pick up homework or any required materials to complete the assignments. Please refer to the student handbook section, 14.9, for more information.
Wellness Check At Home
Our first line of defense will be for parents to screen their children each day before school for a temperature of 99.5 or higher, symptoms, or other information related to possible exposure. Symptoms can include but are not limited to: fever, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, runny nose, or sore throat.
All families must commit to supporting Living Rock Academy’s health and wellness protocols and must agree to keep children at home when they are not feeling well, have COVID-like symptoms, or have potentially been exposed. Please refer to the school handbook for more guidance on student illnesses.
The LRA Board of Directors states the following:
"The LRA Board of Directors acknowledges recent statements made by the CDC revising guidance for indoor masking. Currently, Texas Executive Order GA 36 states: "...no student, teacher, parent, or other staff member or visitor may be required to wear a face covering."
"We do not support any LRA mandate requiring the use of masks for those who choose not to, and we affirm that the decision to use or not use a mask is best left for individuals and families to determine for themselves."
To further enhance safety precautions, students will be separated as best as possible within the confines of smaller classrooms.
Classroom Cleaning and Water Stations
Extra measures will be taken to regularly clean surfaces in classrooms and other spaces. Teachers and students will sanitize personal desk areas at the end of each class period. Students are required to bring a water bottle to school. All water bottles need to be labeled with the student’s name. There is a water bottle filling station in the building and the gym for students to use. The school will not provide water bottles if a student forgets.
How LRA will handle COVID-19
Students and faculty/staff who receive a positive COVID-19 test result must quarantine for ten days.
Students who are in quarantine due to possible exposure and have NO symptoms may return to school in 7 days with a negative COVID test on the 5th day.
COVID testing for the purpose of returning to school must be performed by a clinic or Dr office.
LRA will not engage in contact tracing. We will inform class groups of possible exposure and then leave decisions regarding exposure quarantine up to the discretion of the parent/guardian. Students and teachers diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to contact the school to inform the administration at 830-387-2929.
Living Rock Academy will not track or log vaccination status for faculty, staff, or students.
Living Rock Academy will not provide a full-time remote learning option during the 2021-2022 school year.
Living Rock Academy Athletics will follow the TAPPS guidelines.
Field Trips, Senior Retreats, and Secondary Camp
Secondary Camp, Senior Retreat, Field trips, and Outreach will continue. Safety is our utmost concern. Venues and activities will be chosen not only as a learning experience but with consideration of current health and safety guidelines. Secondary Camp, Senior Retreat, Field trips, and Outreach are a REQUIRED part of the educational plan for the school.
Extended Care PreK-6th Grade
Extended Care will continue to be offered while traditional face-to-face learning is occurring. All safety protocols will be followed that are in place for the school day. Extended Care is provided from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM.
Elementary Morning Drop-Off
- Elementary student morning drop-off will be in the gym. Parents will drop their children off at the gym's main entrance from 7:30-8:00 AM after 8:00 AM; parents need to sign their children in at the front office.
Secondary Morning Drop-Off
- Secondary Drop-Off will be in the main drive-thru lane.
Afternoon Pick Up:
- 3:15 PM—PreK-4th Grade will be in the main drive-thru lane. Parents will wait in line, and their child will be escorted to their vehicle by a staff member.
- 3:30 PM—5th-8th Grade students pick up at the gym. 5th and 6th-grade students who are not picked up by 3:30 PM will be sent to after-school care unless they participate in a sport and are in practice.
- 3:30 PM— 9th-12th Grade will be in the main drive-thru lane.
- Student drivers will park in the student parking area.
We are currently working on our lunch options for the 2021-2022 school year. We will begin offering catered lunches starting September 14. Catered options will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Lunches will be ordered through RenWeb and paid for when ordered. More information will be sent out after school begins.
Parents are encouraged to send disposable items and items students can open themselves. If lunch boxes are used, we encourage them to be cleaned every day. Microwaves are available for student use.
Preventative Measures for the Classroom
We have worked hard to ensure that our buildings, classrooms, and common areas are, and will continue to be, clean and sanitized with the appropriate disinfectants and procedures. The following are examples of our plans, but not limited to:
- Regular, daily cleaning schedules and procedures
- Adequate and proper cleaning materials and supplies
- Staff Development for best practices in COVID-19 prevention
- Hand sanitizer in and outside each classroom
- All classrooms supplied with sanitation supplies
We are committed to providing clear and continuous communication of essential information and updates for our families. Parents can expect to receive communication through email notifications, e-newsletters, text alerts, and LRA social media updates on Facebook. The Living Rock Academy website will also serve as a resource for parent and student information. As always, we will communicate clearly and often with families.
All policies are subject to change as more information and guidelines are released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).