Welcome to Louisville Collegiate School’s Path Forward Resource page. In the spirit of transparency, we are sharing our evolving plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Please understand that in this fluid situation, information can and will change rapidly. Please bookmark this page and revisit it periodically for the most up-to-date information.
The purpose of this page is to share what we know, our guiding principles throughout this process, and our decision-making process as new variables and information emerge. The health and well-being of Collegiate’s community of students, faculty, staff, and families remain our highest priority.
Designing for Safety (and Excellence)
Driven by Mission
Louisville Collegiate School’s mission is to inspire academic excellence, extraordinary character, and global citizenship.
- Remain sharply focused on whole child education: challenging academics, social-emotional education, and a nurturing, child-centered culture
- Continue to provide a sense of belonging for all in our community: equal access, inclusion, strong sense of community and connection to one another
- Honor the diversity of risk tolerances within our community
- Provide a safe (physical and emotional) environment for students, teachers, staff, & families
- Regardless of the delivery model throughout the year, work to meet all students’ needs and proactively work to make accommodations when they are needed
- Prioritize the wellness of our entire community
- Continue to follow the CDC, Kentucky Department of Education, and Governor Beshear’s guidance for reopening
- Create a model that is dynamic and responsive to ongoing changes
- Comprehensive community wellness
- Continue, regardless of model, to deliver on our mission to inspire academic excellence, extraordinary character, and global citizenship
The school’s Safety Committee is co-chaired by Head of Middle School Lisa Riker and Director of Facilities Mike Basham. This committee meets bi-monthly through the school year.
Path Forward Task Force
The Path Forward Task Force was formed to develop the strategy for returning students to our campus; the aim is to allow for flexibility, transparency, and prioritize the health and safety of our Collegiate community. Collegiate is currently preparing the physical campus for the safe return of students in the fall of 2020. The administration recognizes that some families may not be comfortable with their child(ren) returning at that time, and Collegiate is committed to offering a distance learning option for those families until they are ready for the students in their households to return to in-person learning.
These groups used guidelines from the Kentucky Department of Education and the CDC and focused on these areas:
- Health & Safety
- Equipment & Supplies
When we re-open in the fall, we will organize around the following framework to keep our community healthy.
- Education about the virus and how to stay healthy
- Program adjustments to maximize individual and community wellness
- Physical and social adjustments to minimize the risk of exposure
- Monitoring regional and local outbreaks to understand community risk
- Ensuring individuals coming to campus are of low risk of spreading illness
- Tracking individual cases and trending illnesses within our community
- Communicating with local health authorities and internal community
- Adjusting operational modes
- Increasing/accelerating cleaning and disinfecting protocols
The Task Force Committee will continue to work closely over the next several weeks and put learning plans and campus modifications in place, as more information and updated public health guidelines are made available. Current strategies are being developed in the following areas:
- Implementation of capacity limits to allow for social distancing throughout campus.
- Modification of programs and events in compliance with limits on crowd sizes and social distancing measures.
- The use of masks during transitions, classes, and public gathering spaces.
- Sanitizing and cleaning protocols.
- Changes to campus access for visitors and parents.
- Modification of lunch service to comply with hygiene and social distancing guidelines.
- Continued use of virtual platforms in conjunction with in-person services to minimize in-person contact and optimize student safety for areas of academic instruction, student activities, and other meeting opportunities.
In order to minimize risk and maintain a healthy environment for our students and teachers, we will begin the school year by limiting access to campus buildings to students, teachers, and essential personnel. Families are welcome on campus for important meetings and orientations, with virtual options available. While we understand that some members of our community will be disappointed, it is important to note that we will not resume on-campus or in-classroom volunteer opportunities right away.
Sage, our dining services provider, is working with us to prepare options for a modified lunch service for our students. These options include boxed lunches delivered to classrooms and future alternating days in the Thornton Dining Commons to meet minimum number requirements for social distancing as CDC and state guidance evolves. Additionally, Sage staff is implementing new protocols for cleaning, serving, supplies, and storage.
Teaching and learning
Current planning assumes school will open on August 18 with some form of distancing expectations (Yellow or Orange). We are looking at the best ways to onboard new students that could include prioritizing their first days on campus.
We expect to shift between several operational modes next school year.
- Full Campus Use
- Traditional Operations
- Moderate Physical Distancing
- Limiting Large Gatherings
- Staggering transitions and possible arrival times on campus
- Repurposing spaces on campus to take advantage of square footage
- Students are responsible for their own school supplies and take belongings home every night (i.e. Using backpacks, not lockers)
- High Physical Distancing
- Limiting People on Campus by alternating days/weeks students are on campus
- Staggered start to the school day for grades/divisions
- Rerouting and establishing specific paths around campus
- Students take school supplies home every night for nimble transition to distance learning if necessary
- Essential Personnel Only
Louisville Collegiate School has a strong reputation for cultivating life-long learners through a balance of rigorous, intentional programming and caring relationships. The mettle of that reputation has been tested over the past few months. From our interactions with students this spring, and from conversations with families, we learned that our students need opportunities to reinvigorate their imaginations and passions for learning, to connect and laugh with their teachers and peers, and to mitigate potentially extended “summer slides.”
Athletics in the 2020-21 school year will undoubtedly look different than they have in the past, but it is still too early to determine exactly what those changes are. We will do all that we can to provide the safest and strongest opportunities for our Amazons and Titans. At this time, high school coaches who elect to do so may hold off-season and voluntary workout sessions in-person. However, anything past July 12 is, at this time, still to be determined. We are still waiting for additional information from the KHSAA regarding athletics for the 2020-21 school year. We will steadily communicate our school policies as well as updates from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) which is meeting regularly with the Kentucky Board of Education as well as the governor’s office. Please continue to follow school communications and updates.
As we live through the upcoming school year and all of the challenges that a global pandemic may bring to our campus, we remain committed to teaching, living, and learning Respect, Responsibility, Honor, and Compassion. Simply stated, these words, our Cornerstones, are the foundation on which our community and culture is built. That will not change regardless of what this upcoming year brings our way.
Financial Considerations and Support
We entered this crisis from a strong financial position. As part of our five-year strategic planning process, we developed long-range financial planning models that give us the necessary flexibility to respond to our current situation.
However, like most small businesses, the school has experienced unanticipated financial impact resulting from Covid-19, particularly as it relates to the loss in ancillary (non-tuition) and Annual Fund income that directly supports the academic program and general operating expenses.
We also anticipate increased costs this summer and over the next fiscal year as we prepare the campus for a safe opening.
As we evaluate our budget for the end of this year and into next year, we have seen the majority of our operational savings consumed by the unanticipated costs of the crisis. However, considering cost savings realized by suspending our dining service, the school has passed along the savings to families for the 2019-2020 school year. Future credits will be considered during the 2020-2021 fiscal year should we experience another prolonged period of distance learning.
We recognize the recent state stay-at-home guidelines and subsequent economic shutdown has impacted the finances of many families. Collegiate wishes to be as responsive and flexible as possible during this uncertain time.
Families wishing to discuss the need for a more flexible payment plan or potential emergency tuition assistance should reach out to our Director of Admissions, Austin Anderton.