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Start of School Information (2020-21)

 

Assumption of the Risk and Waiver and Release of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 (All parents of students who are attending classes in person must complete this form.) This form is found in FACTS Family and can be accessed by doing the following:

Log into Facts Family Here: https://logins2.renweb.com/logins/ParentsWeb-Login.aspx. (District code is LX-KY)

Under the School tab, click on "Web Forms."

Select the "Covid 19 Waiver Form" and complete it for each student in your family.


Video from Nikki Gehring, Rose Campus Nurse, on Fall Break Travel 

Video from Leslie Whitaker, IBC Campus Nurse, on Fall Break Travel

2020-21 Welcome Back Guide

Commitment to Clean Video

LCA Welcomes Two School Nurses

Fall Sports Update (September 8, 2020)

2020-21 Major Dates Calendar

LCA COVID-19 Self-Screening Questionnaire


 

Communications from School Leadership

Dear LCA Families,

I pray all is well with you and your families. I wanted to update you on our latest COVID numbers. As of this morning, three new COVID cases have been reported to us as a school, and all three cases occurred on our Rose Campus. Contact tracing was immediately conducted, and all affected students, families, and staff members have been notified.  Affected students have been placed on Synchronous Opt-in (SOI) instruction based upon quarantine guidelines and will participate in SOI until specific quarantine periods end.

As a school, we continue to closely monitor all CDC, state, and local guidelines including following the August 31, 2020 Kentucky expectations outlined in the document Team Kentucky #Healthy at School Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K – 12).  Thank you, again, for your prayers and support as we move forward with our in person and SOI instructional models.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In Him,

Scott

B. Scott Wells, Ed. D.
Head of School
Lexington Christian Academy
 

Dear LCA Families,

Welcome back from fall break!  I pray that you had some well-deserved “down time” with your families.  As we enter the month of October, I wanted to update you on our latest COVID numbers.  As of this morning, three new COVID cases have been reported to us as a school.  One case is at the elementary level, one at the middle school level, and one at the high school level.  Contact tracing was immediately conducted, and all affected students and families have been notified.  Affected students have been placed on Synchronous Opt-in (SOI) instruction based upon quarantine guidelines and will participate in SOI until specific quarantine periods end.    

As a school, we continue to closely monitor all CDC, state, and local guidelines including following the August 31, 2020 Kentucky expectations outlined in the document Team Kentucky #Healthy at School Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K – 12).   Thank you, again, for your prayers and support as we move forward with our in person and SOI instructional models.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In Him,

Scott

B. Scott Wells, Ed. D.
Head of School
Lexington Christian Academy
 

Dear LCA Families, Faculty and Staff,
 
Thank you for your continued support and prayers! When we conclude this week on Friday, September 18, we will have completed 23 days of successful synchronous opt in and in person instruction! Such an accomplishment is a testament to the expertise and dedication of our teachers and administrative team and the high level of cooperation and understanding from our greater LCA community. Believe it or not, fall break is only a few days away and is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, October 1 and 2. We have received a number of questions regarding potential travel during fall break to known COVID “hot spots.” The CDC recommends families check state and local public health websites for destination requirements and/or travel restrictions prior to any trip. Families should also assess critical destination indicators before traveling during fall break to prevent the need for COVID testing, isolation, and quarantine after traveling. For more info at the national and/or local levels, check out the following:

National Updates:

Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

CDC COVID Data Tracker

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions State by State

Kentucky Updates:

Kentucky COVID-19 Website

Since July 24, Kentucky has had the following recommendation in place: “On July 20, 2020 the Kentucky Department for Public Health issued a travel advisory with the recommendation of a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers who went to any of the states reporting positive testing rates equal to or greater than 15 percent-of COVID-19 testing.” If you choose to travel to a known hot spot at any time, LCA requests that upon return you self-quarantine per the latest state guidelines. By doing so, our intent is to make every effort to avoid a potential increase in COVID cases at our school. Thank you, again, for working to maintain the health and safety of our greater LCA family. 

In Him,
Scott

B. Scott Wells. Ed. D.
Head of School
Lexington Christian Academy

September 7, 2020

Dear LCA Families,

Thank you for the communications we have received regarding our decision to have all students first grade and up and all staff wear masks during the school day except when eating, drinking, or being more than six feet apart when outside.  As a point of clarification, our LCA Executive Leadership/COVID Response Team has had multiple meetings with local and state leaders regarding COVID best practices and expectations.  Based upon the August 31, 2020 Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12) released by the Kentucky Department of Public Health, the Kentucky Education Workforce & Development Cabinet, and the Kentucky Department of Education, new language was presented regarding best practices versus expectations.  This document states "The use of cloth face masks is a safety expectation for all students and staff at all times, unless medically waivered."  In consultations with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, this same expectation was clearly communicated to our LCA leadership team.  

Admittedly, at times it seems like national CDC, state, and local expectations and requirements can be contradictory.  However, all that we can do as a school is continually monitor the latest expectations and make adjustments as needed.  Looking ahead, our principals will continue to explore ways all students can take outdoor "mask breaks."  Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and consistent support and prayers as we all continue to navigate unchartered territory.  We look forward to Day #14 of in person instruction tomorrow!  Blessings to you and your family.

In Him,

Scott

B. Scott Wells, Ed. D.
Head of School
Lexington Christian Academy
 

September 4, 2020

Dear LCA Families,

Happy Labor Day weekend! The past thirteen days of school have been a tremendous success, and I want to express my personal gratitude for your encouragement, support, and most of all your prayers. We also need your help. With this being a long holiday weekend, please emphasize with your children the importance of practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, and the other safety practices found on our LCA website. Unfortunately, careless behavior on the part of some of our students could result in widespread consequences on both campuses. Thank you for reminding your children of this fact and for modeling CDC best practices.

Looking ahead to next Tuesday, September 8, additional safety measures will be put in place on both campuses. As of September 8, all students in the first grade and up will be required to wear masks all day except when eating, drinking, or participating in outdoor P. E. or recess activities. This latest requirement is based upon updated guidelines from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the August 31, 2020 Team Kentucky #HealthyAtSchool document Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools (K-12). Other regional and state parochial and private schools are also enacting the same mask requirement. Thank you, in advance, for supporting this new mandate.  

In Him,

Scott

B. Scott Wells, Ed. D.
Head of School
Lexington Christian Academy

August 17, 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those who have completed the process outlined below regarding our Assumption of the Risk and Waiver and Release of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 form.  If you have not completed this form, please do so in a timely manner.  If you have questions, let us know.

In preparation for the arrival of our student body, we need all parents whose students are returning to in person learning to complete the form "Assumption of the Risk and Waiver and Release of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19" no later than Tuesday evening, August 18, 11:59 p.m.  This form is found in FACTS Family and can be accessed by doing the following:

Log into Facts Family Here: https://logins2.renweb.com/logins/ParentsWeb-Login.aspx. (District code is LX-KY)

Under the School tab, click on "Web Forms."

Select the "Covid 19 Waiver Form" and complete it for each student in your family.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  This form must be completed prior to your student returning to campus for the start of school.  Thank you for completing this form in a timely manner.

In Him,

Scott

B. Scott Wells, Ed. D.
Head of School
Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Parents,

Welcome to Lexington Christian Academy’s 2020-21 school year! We are excited and looking forward to welcoming your children back to class on Wednesday, August 19. As you know, we have been introducing a variety of safety precautions and protocols as we prepare the campus for opening to students. LCA’s number one priority is, and always will be, the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and families. Included at the end of this email is a short narrated PowerPoint which reviews some information for parents. I would also encourage you to become familiar with the parent/student handbook and back to school guide.

Opening our doors next week comes with a promise to all LCA stakeholders and our commonwealth that we will follow the rules which have been implemented for the safety of all concerned. Not following these rules to the letter, will raise the chances of LCA being mandated to switch to at-home learning. Together, we can set an example to all Kentucky learning institutions by implementing best practices and leading by example. This means every student, teacher, staff member, and volunteer who enter our campuses.

As we return, I am going to need your help ensuring the new procedures are followed to the letter by our students. Please make sure your child has a mask every day. Students who do not have a mask will not be permitted entry into the school. I would encourage you to send an extra mask to keep in book bag or locker in case original mask is lost. As students arrive to school, they will have their temperature taken. Any student with a fever of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted entrance to school. All student drivers will have their temperature taken at student entrance doors. Students who do not drive will have their temperature scanned as they are exiting the vehicle in the drop off lot. Younger siblings who ride with older siblings can come to student entrance for scan: however, if any sibling has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, all will need to return home. Because this will take more time, please arrive at school at adequate time.

As you know, our heart’s desire is to keep our campus open for the entire school year. We need everyone’s assistance for this to happen.   Please join me and the rest of the high school faculty and staff in making the best, albeit sometimes difficult and disappointing choices, to keep all of our students safe. Please remind our students they must be masked at all times in the school with the exception of lunch and some P.E. activities. We are currently looking at ways we can offer mask breaks to our students, and we will keep you informed each step of the way. 

This is going to be a team effort, and it’s the only way we’ll collectively be successful in achieving our goals and objectives this school year.

Thank you for your understanding and support. May God shine His light in and through us this year as we carry out LCA’s mission at His school.  We are so excited to welcome our students back! 

Link for narrated PowerPoint:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob_GWRwlTDE

Blessings,

Cassondra R. Koett, Ed.D.
Interim High School Principal
Lexington Christian Academy
 

August 15, 2020

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new school year! In preparation for the arrival of our student body, we need all parents whose students are returning to in person learning to complete the form "Assumption of the Risk and Waiver and Release of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19" no later than Tuesday evening, August 18, 11:59 p.m.  This form is found in FACTS Family and can be accessed by doing the following:

Log into Facts Family Here: https://logins2.renweb.com/logins/ParentsWeb-Login.aspx. (District code is LX-KY)

Under the School tab, click on "Web Forms."

Select the "Covid 19 Waiver Form" and complete it for each student in your family.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  This form must be completed prior to your student returning to campus for the start of school.  Thank you for completing this form in a timely manner.

In Him,

Scott

B. Scott Wells, Ed. D.
Head of School
Lexington Christian Academy
 

Dear LCA Family,

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 School Year!  We have been working diligently for your arrival, and we are confident we are fully prepared to provide a safe, healthy, and rigorous academic experience for all of our students.  Our school-based COVID-19 Response Team has been carefully monitoring local, state, and federal guidelines and have consulted multiple regional healthcare and operations specialists concerning the safe reopening of school.  A summary of our findings and our implemented practices and protocols can be found in this document. I encourage you to read the document in its entirety, and if you have questions or concerns, please contact us.  

I look forward to seeing you next week. Have a wonderful weekend!

In Him,
Scott

B. Scott Wells. Ed. D.
LCA Head of School 

August 12, 2020

Dear LCA Students and Families,

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year!  Our LCA Board of Directors met this evening, and I am delighted to inform you our LCA Board voted to proceed with our planned in person school opening on Wednesday, August 19. Thank you to those of you who reached out to express your thoughts on this issue and for the numerous words of encouragement and support you included.  In addition, our board and executive leadership team decided masks will be required for all students in grades 6 - 12. Although encouraged to do likewise, our preschool and elementary students will not be required at this time to wear masks other than when entering/exiting the building, traveling in hallways, and when unable to practice social distancing.  We will continue to monitor current trends and data, and we will adjust our student mask requirement(s) as needed.  Based upon these new guidelines, we have extended our virtual learning Synchronous Opt-In instructional model until Friday, August 14, at 1:00 p.m.  If you wish your student(s) to participate in Synchronous Opt-In, please notify Mrs. White (Pre-School/Elementary Principal), Mr. Marshall, (6th - 8th Grade Principal) and/or Dr. Koett (High School Principal).   

  • We considered many factors when making these decisions including the following:
  • The desire to have a safe school environment when we return.  
  • Our concern for the welfare of all of our students when meeting their spiritual, emotional, and academic needs.  
  • Input from a variety of regional healthcare and operations specialists.  
  • The latest expertise and guidance from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, the Kentucky Department of Public Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the CDC.  
  • Input from a variety of LCA stakeholders including faculty, staff, parents, and students.

 

Keep in mind this situation is ever-changing, and we will continue to monitor the latest guidelines and recommendations very closely.  In addition, we will continue to provide numerous updates through our principals and other school leaders as we draw nearer to our August 19 start date.  As I have mentioned in previous communications, our scripture passage for the year is Philippians 4:6 - 7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, with prayer and petition, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  I invite you to claim the rich promises found in this passage not only personally but for our school as a whole.  I also implore you to pray for our school as we begin in person instruction on August 19.

In Him,

Scott

B. Scott Wells. Ed. D.

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear Families,

Since the start of the week, our school’s COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) researched additional data, sought feedback from the Lexington Health Department as well as health professionals, and most importantly, prayed about the first day of school. Additionally, we evaluated the benefits of delaying our first day of on campus learning until August 19. We determined moving the start of school out a week would:

  • Show community concern by accommodating public health requests
  • Provide an extra week for teacher training and preparation
  • Allow families to complete summer travel plans while still complying with the travel advisory for a safe return
  • Give further opportunity to work with health departments on readiness and contingency plans

There is no playbook for COVID-19 but we do have God’s Word to seek for guidance. I was reminded of Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.“

As we are all working together toward our common goal of being back on campus, we ask, “What can you do to help us re-open our campus in a healthy and safe manner?”

  • First, and foremost, we ask you to join us in prayer.
  • Second, we ask you to adopt and adhere to all of the guidelines set forth to keep our LCA community healthy and safe.

We are excited to re-open our campuses with in-person instruction on August 19 and provide a healthy-at-school experience that will benefit all of our students academically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. We look forward to seeing you in-person on Wednesday, August 19.

Grace and peace!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Family,

With all the communication and information in the news right now, we think that it is important to reiterate how excited we are to welcome our students back to on-campus instruction on August 12. Of course, we will remain flexible should there be any significant changes in the COVID-19 outbreak. Nevertheless, our teams have been planning and working diligently for months to prepare our learning spaces, and we are excited to welcome you back in to a safe, clean learning environment. 

If you haven’t had the chance to connect with us on social media this week, I invite you to watch our Commitment to Clean video for more details on our campus preparations.

Please continue to join us in praying for God's blessing over this new school year.

Grace & Peace!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

 

In LCA’s Guide to Re-opening published earlier this month, we discussed the Synchronous Learning planned for next school year. Here are answers to some questions that have been raised.

What is Synchronous Learning?

Synchronous Learning is an educational method combining live, in-class instruction with simultaneous remote learning. In this method, educators use technological resources such as Swivl™ to maximize student learning opportunities. For more information on Swivl’s functionality, you can visit their website here

How is Synchronous Learning different from LCA’s Virtual Instruction last spring?

Unfortunately, we closed last semester without live, in-person instruction. Beginning on March 16, our teachers provided a combination of live and recorded instruction to help our students complete the school year. This summer, our academic administrators evaluated a variety of educational models for the 2020-2021 school year including synchronous learning. As mentioned above, this model combines live, in-class instruction with simultaneous remote learning. For PK-5th grades, portions of the instructional day will be live. For 6th-12th grades, teachers and students will follow the same daily schedule for instruction. The medium (online or in-person) may be different but the timing and content will be the same.

Have expectations for starting back to school on August 12 changed?

No, we expect to start on schedule with everyone back at school as best possible.

Will people be able to see my student on this ‘live’ broadcast?

The camera will be focused on the teacher but will capture images as he/she walks around the classroom. There is a chance that a student or group of students may be seen during the live broadcasts, especially if the teacher is using a student to assist with an example, experiment, etc.

What do I do if my family wants to choose Synchronous Learning?

This link will take you to a web form to complete for each student you wish to sign up. Your student’s principal will then contact you.

When will we need to make a decision and can that change during the year?

Election of Synchronous Learning must be made by July 24, 2020 and subsequently at the start of each nine-week period. If medical concerns arise during the middle of a quarter, Synchronous Learning will be available to that student.

On behalf of the COVID-19 Response Team (CRT), I would like to update you on our latest plans and developments for the 2020-2021 school year. On Monday, June 22, the team presented our plan for re-opening school to Lexington Christian Academy’s Board of Directors. I am pleased to share we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to campus on August 12.

In preparation for the new school year, we began our process by first conducting extensive research on best practices for re-opening. The team analyzed documents from twelve organizations that included government agencies, businesses, non-profits, and school organizations. We also consulted with a group of medical professionals who are also parents within our school. We especially want to thank them for their insight, wisdom, and guidance. Finally, we sent out surveys to our families and staff, and we appreciate the feedback you provided us. 

Based upon our research, we developed a four phase plan for opening school, and we will start in PHASE THREE on August 12. Phase one and two are contingency plans in case we need to close the campuses or limit the number of students at school, and phase four is returning to normal practices. Here are some major highlights and key points for PHASE THREE.

School Options - Families can choose to either send their child(ren) to campus or keep them at home due to health concerns, where they participate in synchronous learning. Students will have the ability to stream into their classes if they choose synchronous learning. They may elect their instruction preference (on-campus or synchronous learning) at the start of each nine-week period. If medical concerns arise during the middle of a quarter, synchronous learning will be available to that student.

Social Distancing - Classrooms will have desks separated and organized so that students are six feet from one another.

Masks and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) – At this time based upon our research, students will not be expected to wear masks in class since we are able to provide appropriate social distancing. Students and staff will be expected to wear masks when closer than six feet to another individual and during high traffic times (e.g., class change). Preschool through kindergarten students will not be required to wear masks. School requirements could change based on updated guidance and/or requirements that may be in effect in the future.

Sanitizing and Cleaning - In addition to our extensive sanitizing practices, we will increase intermittent cleaning in the classrooms throughout the day. We will also encourage staff and students to wash their hands frequently throughout the day, utilize hand sanitizer, and use good hygiene practices.

Health and Temperature Checks - All adults coming into the building will complete an online health check and have their temperature taken upon entering. Students will have their temperatures taken every morning as they come into school.

We will be releasing more information in the coming weeks, so please keep checking your email and look to the school website for updates (www.lexingtonchristian.org). Also, be on the lookout for more details regarding the 2020-2021 school year plan in this week’s Wingspan. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to crt@lexingtonchristian.org

Grace & Peace!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

 

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful start to the summer break.

I want to share with you that our new COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) has set the goal of resuming on-campus instruction August 12th (with synchronous opt-in instruction available to students with health issues or concerns).

Because of the ever-changing landscape, we are also evaluating two other possible alternatives for the start of the 2020-2021 school year:

Physical return to campus after Labor Day (September 8th), with synchronous opt-in instruction available to students with health issues or concerns.

Remote Instruction if mandated

You can expect to hear further updates from the CRT as their work progresses. Please direct comments and suggestions to crt@lexingtonchristian.org.

We look forward to welcoming everyone safely back into our classrooms in the fall.

Grace & Peace!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Family,

This has been a great week of end-of-school-year celebrations, albeit in slightly different formats. Nevertheless, the true ‘Spirit’ of LCA was revealed in our Baccalaureate, Days of Blessing and Kindergarten Graduations. We are blessed to finish the year strong but are even more excited knowing we will be back together on campus on August 12!

We have formed a COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) to meet consistently over the next few months to ensure we stay prepared for starting back to school in August. This team is headed by Coleman Marshall, 6th – 8th grade Principal, and includes the rest of the Executive Leadership Team. They will work closely with our Digital Education Task Force, which is charged with improving and expanding our distance learning offerings & capabilities.

The CRT will continually monitor governmental/public directives to ensure our readiness to resume on campus learning. Additionally, they will be scenario planning to evaluate how LCA may respond to various contingencies. You can expect regular communications on the progress. We have also established an email address (crt@lexingtonchristian.org) where you can submit suggestions for the team to consider. Note that there will not be replies from that mailbox but every email will be properly reviewed and evaluated.

May God grant you an extra measure of His grace and peace while we are apart for the summer. You can rest assured that the leadership at Lexington Christian Academy is working tirelessly to keep us on mission. Thank you for your covenant to work together with us for this next generation of students.

Grace & Peace!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

To use a Kentucky vernacular, we are ‘rounding the stretch and heading for home.’ This has been another long week, yet we continued to see great good coming out of this lousy pandemic.

I want to give a special shout-out to all the mothers out there, constantly giving encouragement and support to our LCA team these last many weeks.

While we are all created in God’s image, mothers reflect that image particularly well. I am extremely blessed that my Mom at 92 is healthy, active at church and still doing volunteer work with the homeless. There are times I think I need her now more than ever!

Let us all be sure to thank Him continually for our mothers, but especially this weekend.

Grace & Peace!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Family,

May is finally here and the end of the spring semester is near. In a normal spring, our Commonwealth would be celebrating Derby Week; but as we all know, this has not been a normal spring and yet we have so much to celebrate. We can thank God for helping us complete the school year on mission and with great results.

This strange time in history has revealed many things about our lives. There is a newfound appreciation for how hard it is to be a teacher! We are so grateful for their deep commitment to LCA’s mission. We have not just sustained quality education; we have taken it to another level. I fully expect that our August assessments will show that our students’ progress is actually ahead of schedule! Just one more way God “is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” Ephesians 3:20 NLT.

This strange time has also revealed the love we share within our LCA community. I have been amazed to see the different ways our teachers and students have connected with one another through videos, parades, and cards. I am so proud of the love and support we share with one another.

As I close, I want to share some bittersweet news. John Morgan, our beloved Finance Director, is officially stepping down to focus on his health. While I am genuinely happy for him as he begins another stage of life, this is a big loss for our school. John has been a Godsend these last two years, helping to restore the school’s strong financial position. He is a dear brother in Christ and has been an outstanding part of our leadership team. Fortunately, we have Ray Frisch to step up on an interim basis while our search committee strives to fill John’s big shoes. Please pray for him & Michelle and keep the school in your prayers for God’s best next choice to head this important area.

May God continue to watch over you and your families during this pandemic. We will emerge from this stronger than ever.

Grace & Peace!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Family,

I hope you and yours are well. We continue to pray for our LCA family during this time of uncertainty and are grateful God’s hand of protection has been over us.

As directed by the Governor earlier this week, Lexington Christian Academy will continue virtual instruction for the remainder of this academic year. The last day of formal instruction for preschool through 11th grade students will be Friday, May 15. For seniors, their last day of formal instruction will be Friday, May 8. As needed, during the week of May 18-22, teachers will provide Advanced Placement (AP) class instruction until the date for each AP test. Students in 6th–12th grades will also have this time to complete any specially assigned end of course projects. Teachers will communicate AP instruction schedules and deadlines for these projects as applicable.

We are currently working on alternative plans for our typical end-of-year events (graduation, prom, awards ceremonies, Baccalaureate, etc.). We recognize the importance of celebrating these key milestones and will provide you with more details as soon as possible. Additionally, we will soon be communicating to you procedures for textbook return, school supplies pick-up, and locker clean out.

While we are proud of the strong finish to this academic year, our hearts go out to the students and families disappointed with the lack of the usual fanfare and celebration. Know that our teachers and administrators also hate not having this end-of-year time with the kids.

Thank you all for revealing your true light, finding blessings amidst the sadness, and seeing the best in the situation and in other people.

     “Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.” Proverbs 11:27

God bless you!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Family,

I wish that you could see the daily communications I get on how well remote instruction is proceeding at LCA. Sometimes unexpected changes reveal a new perspective – we see students learning in novel ways and teachers educating with fresh creativity. Thank you parents for working extra hard to ensure your students are continuing to excel.

Thank you also to all who have taken time to express appreciation to us with cards, yard signs, texts and words of encouragement. Those little acts of kindness are magnified during challenging times like these.

We are also blessed that no students or staff have been harmed directly by COVID-19, though a few relatives of current and former students have been. Continue with them in your prayers.

When things feel out of control, it reminds us that often the only thing we can do is wait and pray. As Christ-followers, we can trust that He remains in control.

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7

Check out the #LCACares web pages to stay connected and engaged. If there is any way we can serve your family, do not hesitate to reach out.

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Friends & Family,

I hope you make time today to reflect on the goodness of God and focus this whole weekend on the most amazing event in history – the resurrection. It changed everything including our view of everything.

COVID-19 has created a great deal of despair and suffering in the world. These past weeks have been hard on everyone and grievous to many. As Christians, such times remind us of His protection:

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” II Cor. 4:8-9

He also gives meaning to these hardships:

“God comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” II Cor. 1:4

One of the great blessings we have received so far is seeing innovative teaching & learning occur as families spend more time together. This extra margin in our lives has let us focus more on others and on those things that are truly important but often taken for granted.

My prayer for all our students, parents, educators and staff is that you are filled with the inexpressible joy of Easter and that this pestilence allows us to walk closer to our good Father of all.

Grace & Peace!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Family,

I pray that you & yours are doing well during these unprecedented times. This week of Spring Break was not what any of us envisioned. Nevertheless, we look forward to resuming our virtual instruction on Monday.

In accordance with directives from our Governor, LCA is extending our virtual education another two weeks until May 4, 2020. Although we were all hopeful to be reunited in person before then, I am comforted and humbled knowing how well our educators have maximized this opportunity to deliver excellent instruction. Our students continue to receive high-quality education through unique and innovative efforts. 

We truly appreciate the flexibility and forbearance shown by our students and teachers, and especially our parents facilitating this. Do not get discouraged! All of these extraordinary contributions made by parents, teachers, and administrators will help ensure no gaps in our children's education.

We recognize that the Lord has prepared and equipped us for this time. So grateful that the He is sovereign and that we can experience His peace that passes understanding, even while navigating uncharted territory. 

Grace & Peace!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Family,

LCA will be following the Governor’s recommendation to continue remote learning through April 17th, with an anticipated return date now planned for Monday, April 20th. 

We are grateful for innovative teachers and administrators that have ensured LCA’s great instruction has continued, while our hearts are heavy for those organizations that must shut down.

This situation has been hard on everyone: students, parents and educators. However, in times like these our character is tested and the genuineness of our faith is proven. {I Peter 1:7} We should remember that when fear and uncertainty abound, many see our grace & peace like shelter in a storm. Please practice social distancing but also find ways to promote spiritual closeness.

God Bless Us Everyone!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Family & Friends,

We are living in extraordinary times. Never before have we seen the threat of an infectious disease spread so rapidly. Every person and institution around the globe is impacted, big and small. Travel is restricted, church services are cancelled, meetings are discouraged, restaurants & beaches are closed, and grocery store shelves are empty. March Madness has a whole new meaning!

Amid the chaos, the Lord Almighty reigns and by His provision, Lexington Christian Academy continues delivering high-quality instruction to our cherished students. The early reports this week have been outstanding, with parents going out of their way to extol the efforts of our teachers and administrators. Several have stated that they are now getting to observe first-hand the learning happening in their child, right before their eyes.

Since last Monday, our leadership team has met daily to evaluate and adopt strategies to communicate, encourage and support our school family during this difficult time. We will continue to meet regularly and are committed to supporting the LCA community for as long as may be needed.

We deeply appreciate your kindness in praising us where warranted and your patience while we have worked though hard questions. Like many of you, our teachers and other employees are stressed and facing obstacles such as alleviating their family’s fears, finding child (elder) care, overcoming the disappointment of canceled activities, and missing friends. But through these challenges, they are fearlessly developing new teaching strategies and techniques, thus finding novel ways to keep us undeterred in our mission – to equip and nurture students to fulfill God’s calling on their lives through Christ-centered education.

Just as they are stars in darkness, your words of affirmation shine all the brighter right now. Thank you for these but especially for your continuing prayers.

“Now to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or imagine, according to His power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

3/12

Dear LCA Family,

Under the guidance of Governor Andy Beshear, Lexington Christian Academy will close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16. Our plan is to resume normal school activities after Spring Break on Monday, April 6th.

Tomorrow, we will use our school day to prepare students and then launch our virtual instruction plan on Monday, March 16.

Additional information and updates will be shared as they become available.

Thank you for your partnership and continued prayers during this time.

Grace & Peace!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Family

Last night, our Board of Directors and Senior Staff met to discuss the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. We are taking steps to prepare for the possibility that school may be closed for many days or weeks. Starting today, Lexington Christian Academy is adopting the following protocols: 

Additional cleaning products will be made available to every classroom. We are asking teachers and students to clean desks, chairs, doorknobs, etc. throughout the school day. 

We are asking our guests to be “heroes” and to limit their entry to our campuses should they be feeling unwell or had contact with someone who is ill. 

The school is preparing for virtual instruction via Canvas and/or FACTS SIS (RenWeb). 

If it determined to move forward with virtual instruction, students will need to take home books and any other materials needed to continue learning each night. 

Teachers will take their materials (laptops, books, resources, etc.) home each night in the event they must provide instruction from home. 

Each administrator has been assigned tasks to monitor and serve as a “point person” if virtual school days are initiated. More specifics will follow.

If we run on a virtual day schedule, the school will cancel extra-curricular activities. This includes athletic practices, scrimmages and games, fine arts practices, etc. In addition, PK-5th grade before and after-school programming will be canceled.

For virtual school days, pre-ordered school lunches will be canceled.

Virtual Day Procedures for Families 

TK-5th grade students will access assignments via the FACTS SIS (RenWeb) Homework feature. Guidelines to access homework assignments will be provided to families. 

For 6th-12th grade students, assignments will be posted on Canvas by 8:30AM. 

If your student has an assessment, submissions are due by 11:59PM that day.

Teachers will check their email/Canvas messages throughout the day until 3:30PM in case you have questions about the assignment. 

Work will be due by 8:20AM on the following school day (virtual or on campus) unless otherwise specified by the instructor.

Each teacher’s normal “late assignment” policy applies. If necessary, policies will be adjusted to ensure adequate time for students to complete the material.   

Key Contacts

PK-5th Grade                                                                                       Terri White, Principal

                                                                                                                twhite@lexingtonchristian.org 

6th-8th Grade                                                                                      Coleman Marshall, Principal

                                                                                                                cmarshall@lexingtonchristian.org 

9th-12th Grade                                                                                    Scott Wells, Principal

                                                                                                                swells@lexingtonchristian.org 

Athletic Events (practices, games, scrimmages)                          Terry Johnson, Athletic Director

                                                                                                                tjohnson@lexingtonchristian.org

FACTS/SIS (RenWeb) Tech Support (TK-5th)                                  Ashley Tabor

                                                                                                                atabor@lexingtonchristian.org 

FACTS/SIS (RenWeb) & Canvas Tech Support                               Melody Ballard

(6th-8th Grade)                                                                                     mballard@lexingtonchristian.org 

FACTS/SIS (RenWeb) & Canvas (9th-12th)                                      Julie Guilliams

                                                                                                                jguilliams@lexingtonchristian.org 

Rentals                                                                                                 Sharon Wills, Administrative Coordinator

                                                                                                                swills@lexingtonchristian.org 

Technology                                                                                         Seth Robinson, Director of Campus Operations

                                                                                                                srobinson@lexingtonchristian.org 

Human Resources                                                                            Julia Leopold, Director of Human Resources

                                                                                                                jleopold@lexingtonchristian.org 

We understand this is new territory for our school system and community. As received, questions and concerns should be directed to the appropriate person.

Thank you for your prayers, assistance and cooperation during this time. We will let these moments make us better prepared for the future and better equipped for our noble mission.

Grace & Peace!

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School
Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Family:

As you may be aware, four Kentucky residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including two residents of Harrison County, one resident of Jefferson County, and one resident of Fayette County. I know your family, like mine, is praying for those impacted by this illness.

We want to update you on how LCA is preparing for COVID-19 and any other potential pandemic viral events. Just as we do during an active flu season, our school has detailed plans to help our faculty, staff and families to stay healthy. Last month, as you may recall, we closed school for two days in order for our facilities team to sanitize our campuses and minimize the spread of influenza. Our team’s main tool for addressing viruses is an EarthSafe Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer that electrostatically applies a PurTabs disinfectant spray to devices and surfaces. To learn more about this tool, please consult:

https://www.ksl.com/article/46724806/school-district-uses-special-cleaning-tool-to-fight-potential-coronavirus-outbreak

According to national, state and local officials, the best prevention against COVID-19 continues to be:

Wash hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick. 

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Should your family need additional information regarding COVID-19, here are some resources to consult:

Center for Disease Control –  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Kentucky Department of Health - https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/Pages/covid19.aspx

The US State Department has issued travel advisories for those considering out-of-country travel. The most updated advisories can be found on their website:

 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province--china.html

If it is determined that we need to close school, we will provide distance-learning opportunities to mitigate the disruption to the school year. This information will be provided as needed.

We can be thankful for a loving Father that watches over us during difficult times like these. Please continue to ask for God’s protection for our school and community. I Peter 5:7

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy

Dear LCA Family,

We understand that the Novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is causing worry in our community, country and around the world. I am writing to ensure everyone that our Board of Directors and Administrators are staying attentive to COVID-19. 

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a press conference updating the country on the status of the COVID-19, and the steps that should be taken moving forward. The CDC recommends embracing basic hygiene precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

In addition to our embracing these precautions, I am writing to share steps our school is taking to prevent the spread of illness across our campuses.

First, and foremost, we are asking all faculty, staff, and students who are feeling ill to stay home until they recover.

In addition, we are enforcing good hygiene practices like washing hands thoroughly and covering up coughs/sneezes.

Each night, our facility teams are carefully cleaning our campuses to help minimize the spread of germs.

We are already looking ahead regarding potential impacts COVID-19 may have on the rest of our 2019-2020 school year. For now, if your family has spring break plans involving travel, particularly international travel, please be extra vigilant in both hygiene and monitoring symptoms.

It is important to remember that handling the spread of a serious contagion like COVID-19 is primarily a task for public health agencies. We will continue to follow directives from the World Health Organization, CDC, or local governmental organizations. 

Should your family need additional information regarding COVID-19, here are some resources to consult:

Center for Disease Control –  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Kentucky Department of Health - https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/Pages/covid19.aspx

The US State Department has issued travel advisories for those considering out-of-country travel. The most updated advisories can be found on their website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province--china.html 

Let us not forget our God “… is our refuge and strength an ever present help in trouble.” Join me and pray for those impacted by this virus, those who are seeking a vaccine, and for our leaders who are trying to make wise decisions for our country. Thank you for your vigilance and support. 

Grace & Peace, 

Mark D. Sisk

Head of School

Lexington Christian Academy