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Family Night in the Spring is typically a time where students and their families come to LPS, open house style, and visit classrooms and staff of their choice, while viewing current work that their children have been doing. This year, we are reimagining the evening, therefore, our previously scheduled Family Night for April 15th, has been cancelled. Instead, during the week of May 10th , your child's teachers will be sending families content via email highlighting what the students are doing in classes, for you to view at your leisure at home! It may take the form of a video, slideshow, or other form depending upon the teacher. It is a great opportunity for them to share what is happening in the classroom since we cannot have visitors on campus.
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People often as, "what exactly is OT?" and "what do the OTs do at Learning Prep?". As occupational therapists, our job is to help support a student’s ability to participate in desired and necessary school activities. Our occupational therapists have been trained on how to break down everyday tasks and help students to facilitate access to school and extracurricular activities. Within occupational therapy, we have worked with students on building foundational fine motor, gross motor, visual motor, visual perceptual skills and self-regulation skills. Additionally, occupational therapists work with students on executive functioning skills by creating individualized school and life skill tasks that work on initiation, planning, organization, problem solving, and self-monitoring. We are in constant collaboration with teachers to help support students gain independence and increase their activities of daily living. Here is just a sample of what is done in OT at LPS, using a Thinking Map:
Learning Prep will participate in a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Approved Special Education Virtual School Mid-Cycle Review during the week of May 3, 2021. Due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Massachusetts declared a state of emergency that ceased inperson Department monitoring activities beginning March 16, 2020. However, as the Department is required by federal and state special education law to conduct periodic reviews of approved special education school programs throughout the Commonwealth, all monitoring activities conducted during onsite reviews have since resumed virtually. Mid-cycle reviews, such as the one being conducted at Learning Prep, will include document review, student record review, observations of the facility including instructional areas, and interviews of a sampling of staff.
For more information about the Mid-Cycle Review, click here.
We received updated information regarding this year's MCAS testing from Commissioner Riley which indicates that our current juniors will not be taking the MCAS test and a remote option will be available for our Middle School students. We will continue to update you as we receive information.
Below is the MCAS update from Commissioner Riley:
At the April meeting, I will recommend to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that the competency determination (CD) requirement be modified in English language arts and Mathematics for students in the class of 2022 who have not yet earned their CD, in recognition of the missed testing opportunities for that class. As a result, the upcoming MCAS administration window scheduled to open on May 3rd will no longer be required for current 11th graders.
Districts will be able to offer a remote administration of the 2021 ELA, Mathematics and Science assessments in grades 3-8 to accommodate families who chose to have their children learn remotely through the end of the school year. Our Student Assessment office will provide additional detail and training in the coming weeks.
Below is the update schedule:
Grade 5 – only 1 session per test this year (computer vs. paper based testing is determined through the IEP)
Grades 6, 7 & 8 - testing TBD
Grade 9 Biology (legacy test all paper based)
Grade 10 ELA (we are choosing to give the next-generation test) (computer vs. paper based testing is determined through the IEP)
Grade 10 Math (next-generation test)
Following DESE guidelines, we are making a few changes to our Covid-Response plan, specifically concerning protocols we follow if we learn of a positive case of Covid on our campus. Our previous guidance had us shutting down the entire school for 5 days and keeping the cohort remote for 2 weeks. We are amending this. We will NOT close the entire school if we have a positive case on campus. We will notify all close contacts of that positive case and those close contacts will follow the following protocols as described below:
In the context of COVID-19, a “close contact” is defined as living in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, caring for a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for about 15 minutes, or has been in direct contact with secretions (e.g., sharing utensils, being coughed on) from a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, while that person was symptomatic or in the 48 hours prior to illness onset.
We will keep close contacts in a remote model for 7 days and invite them back in-person on Day 8 if:
For the positive cases themselves, we will have them remote for 10 days of strict quarantine and invite them back in-person on Day 11 if:
No test is necessary under this option.
Individuals who have gotten two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days ago are not required to quarantine following an exposure.
Additionally individuals who had COVID-19 in the last 90 days (from day of symptom onset or day of first positive test if asymptomatic), are not required to quarantine following an exposure.
Our official plan on our website will soon be amended to reflect this.
To foster connections among our current LPS families we have created a private Facebook group just for you called LPS Panther Parents & Families Group.
Special thanks to Rachel Clouse 'P22, who suggested the creation of this group. Rachel's daughter is a junior at LPS. Rachel is also a member of Partners In Education (PIE) at LPS. Partners In Education is an association that includes parents and staff of Learning Prep School.
Please continue referring to our weekly newsletter for the most current & up-to-date info about school events. Rachel will answer questions and ensure this is a safe and open place for all parents. This will be parent-run and parent moderated; although LPS administrators may follow the site, they will not participate. As always, please reach out to Alex Magay, Jennifer Thorell, Amy Davis, Susan Powers Smith, or Korina Martin if you have specific school questions or concerns.
To join the group, click the link below this paragraph. You will be prompted to answer a few questions, your name & email address, your student's name, and your grade; then, we will review your membership request as soon as possible, and then you will be in the group!
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