4055 E. Warner Road, Gilbert, AZ
School Hours: 8:20 – 3:25
Early Release: 8:20 – 12:35
PLAN FOR THE REMAINDER OF FIRST SEMESTER
Dear LFPA Families,
Thank you all for your patience as we navigate this challenging academic year. We recognize how difficult it is for families with all of the uncertainty due to the pandemic. As we await the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) dashboard data that will be released tomorrow, I want to express our desire and commitment to maintain in-person learning for as long as possible and as long as we can do so safely. I feel we can all agree that students benefit greatly from attending classes with their teachers and peers both academically and emotionally.
In consultation with health officials and district administrators, we determined that LFPA is able to safely provide in-person learning in the current conditions. We are able to do this because our school has been able to operate at a capacity equivalent to or lower than most hybrid models being offered by public schools. Additionally, our mitigation procedures have been especially effective at preventing community spread within the school. New quarantine guidelines also make it possible to limit the amount of time students are out of school after close contact. With this in mind, we will be following these guidelines when making our decision to remain in-person or switch to a remote model:
Education model will switch to remote learning if the MCDPH dashboard has all three indicators in the red for surrounding school districts (https://www.maricopa.gov/5594/School-Metrics). Remote learning will begin the following Monday if this scenario occurs.
If COVID-19 positive cases at our school surpass 1.5% of our school population within a two week period, we will transition to remote learning for one week. This allows sufficient time for students and staff to quarantine according to the newly released CDC quarantine guidelines: 10 days for ‘close contact’ or 7 days with a negative test result within 48 hours of return.
LFPA may also return to remote learning in the case of a significant spike in cases or other circumstances that represent a clear danger to student and staff health. Such instances are usually determined by a stay-at-home order or similar state guidance but may be caused by other factors as well.
We also understand that the Covid-19 case count is currently on the rise in the state and that this is a concern for some families. For families who are uncomfortable with students returning to school at this time, students may participate in remote learning with their LFPA classes between now and winter break under the following guidelines:
Families must elect this option and notify LFPA by phone or email of their choice. Students may not, on a day-to-day basis, elect to stay home or come to school.
This option is only available for the remainder of the semester. Students who will not be attending on site for the Spring semester will need to switch to the online Edgenuity system.
While teachers will have their cameras on and assignments will be posted to Google Classroom, teachers will not be providing separate lessons for remote students. Students will need to log in to their classes during the normal class times they would attend while at school.
Of course, each day brings new challenges and new data to guide our decisions, as my frequent e-mails indicate. As our most significant stakeholders, we feel it is important to keep you apprised of these updates. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. I would be happy to speak with you.
Breakfast and lunch service is available for LFPA families to pick up M-F between 8am-1pm. Please pull up to the curb on the south side of our campus and a staff member will assist you. Please look for a large cone placed just outside the two glass doors to the cafeteria.
I want to thank all of our families for your support as we navigate through the challenges of this school year. My goal is to be as transparent as possible regarding our decision-making, and I hope that everyone feels that we do so with the best interest of our students, staff, and families in mind.
The health and well-being of our students and staff continues to be a top priority. We will continue to work directly with state and local public health officials to stay updated regarding health advisories and to take all cautionary measures. Thank you for your cooperation, patience, and understanding during this unprecedented time.
COMMITMENT TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS
Best practices with student-centered, personalized learning and innovative instructional techniques.
A data driven student intervention program.
Opportunities for families to be an integral part of their student’s educational experience.
An integrated, student-centered, rich and challenging curriculum.
Highly qualified and certified teaching staff.
Well-rounded programs in art, film, theater, dance, and musical instruments.
Physical education and athletics programs such as basketball, ultimate Frisbee and soccer.
A program of consistent supplemental tutoring.
A caring and nurturing environment in which students and staff work in partnership to develop skills for lifelong learning.
LFPA Values . . .
all students as unique individuals who have the capacity to learn and succeed
a faculty and staff as integral elements to student success
a diverse community and a respect for differences in culture, intellect, gender, age, and physical ability
accountability among students and staff
performing arts and extracurricular activities as experiences that prepare students for life in the real world
an honest and respectful approach that develops students’ positive self-image and integrity
a small, safe, and nurturing environment for the LFPA community
Please browse through our web site to find out more about our schools. We encourage you to contact us at the district or any of our schools with any questions or to tour a school.
LFPA Gilbert Vision and Mission
Vision: Learning Foundation and Performing Arts School is devoted to becoming a leader in education by embracing the entire student through a balance of education and performing arts.
Mission: The mission of Learning Foundation and Performing Arts is to provide a well-rounded, rigorous academic and performing arts environment with high standards that prepares students for a path of continuous learning.