COVID-19 Communication

COVID-19

 
 

Communication March 22 -28, 2020

March 27, 2020 4:00 pm

LCS Families:

 

Please click the link below to view a video from our Chief Administrator, Jonathan Bryant.  

 

Covid-19 Update 3.27.20 Video

 

In an effort to keep everyone connected we will begin a Virtual Spirit Week starting Monday, March 30th.  Each day has a theme around a “National Day Calendar” event.  Take a pic of you and/or your family celebrating the national day theme.  Tag Lincoln Charter or use #LCSSTAYHOMESTAYHEALTHY so we can repost your photos.

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lincolncharterschool

Instagram: lincolncharter

Twitter: @lincolncharter



Remember to also submit photos and videos for the LCS Community Connections:

 

Senior Highlights: We have some amazing seniors with all sorts of interests and gifts. They’re in the process of making big plans for their future, and we would like to share a little about as many of them as possible in order to increase our sense of community and give younger students something to aspire to.

 

eLearning Highlights: We know teachers across the country are working hard to move their “classrooms” online at a moment’s notice. If anyone can be successful in this undertaking, it is our LCS teachers and staff. We also realize that parents are taking on homeschooling like the champions they are!  We’d love to share interesting tidbits about what students are doing, ideas/resources that should be highlighted, and just general positive activities (about 30 seconds) to keep learning moving forward. 

 

Community Connections: Our LCS Community is banding together to make sure that every Eagle has what they need. On Wednesday, our counselors, transportation staff, and volunteers delivered boxes of food to people who need them. If you or someone you know is out there exemplifying our community expectations of Honesty, Respect, Empathy, Responsibility, Service, or Preparedness, let us know. Don’t think of it as tooting your own horn; think of it as showing the small ways you (or our students) are helping out as a way to show others that they can help too!

 

To submit a photo/video click here

 

Food Drive

Our counselors and bus drivers have been working with local churches to feed LCS families that are in need of assistance. If you are healthy and able to share, please support the Food Drive at Denver United Methodist Church on Monday, March 30th. They are receiving food at the CORC Building of the church from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The link includes a promo video and details about the time and location of the drive.  Food is shipped out to families on Tuesdays. They are in need of cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, boxed meals (hamburger helper, velveeta cheesy skillets, boxed pizza kits, etc.), and canned meals (stew, chicken and dumplings, hearty soups) and any kind of fresh fruits and veggies. 

 

We will continue to push out updated communication via our website, social media, and email.  

 

Stay home and stay healthy!

 

Jonathan Bryant

Chief Administrator


 

March 24, 2020 5:15 pm

Lincoln Charter Community:

 

Our Admin Team met today, and our School Board met last night, to begin planning our next steps.  As we communicated yesterday, Governor Cooper has issued an executive order for schools to be closed through May 15th.  We realize that this executive order will have a significant impact on our entire community. This continues to be a frustrating, fluid situation, and it is important for you to know that we remain focused and committed to students, staff and the entire Lincoln Charter Community. This is a lengthy communication, but please take the time to review all of the important information.

 

Classes will continue through eLearning. Our goal is to keep students on a learning trajectory that benefits them for the long run.  We greatly appreciate your support of these learning efforts.  

 

eLearning reminders

    • Teachers in lower grades will email parents and guardians directly
    • Teachers will communicate with students in grades 3-12 through school issued email addresses 
    • MS/HS Teachers will communicate assignments through Canvas and student email
    • Contact 1to1support@lincolncharter.org for technical issues

 

COVID-19 eLearning Guidelines K-12

 

FAQ eLearning Guidelines for Lincoln Charter School

 

Building Access

In an effort to allow students to access the building to pick up items they need for this period and to allow for Chromebook check out for those who need a device, buildings will be open on the following schedule:

 

Thursday, March 26th:  8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Friday, March 27th:  8:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

Chromebooks are available to families that need access to an internet enabled device.  As a general rule, Kindergarten students will not need on-line access for their assignments.  Students in grades 1 through 5 will not need to "attend" class via a Chromebook, however they will need on-line access to retrieve materials, view postings and in some upper grade levels, submit assignments.  We have a limited number of Chromebooks remaining for distribution, and at-home computers will be able to access the assignment through the internet. Chromebook checkout for Grades 1-5 will take place Thursday and Friday as well.  Lincolnton Campus students can check out Chromebooks in the Elementary Gym from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Denver Campus students can check out Chromebooks in the Lower Building from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm..    

 

This may be your final opportunity to access the building.  We are opening under the assumption that all visitors will practice social distancing.  We ask you to be very aware of the safety of all parties involved. If you are not feeling well or are exhibiting symptoms, do not visit the school.  Contact your building administrator and let them know if you need alternative arrangements.

 

Cancellations and Postponements

We are working to keep the Lincoln Charter Experience alive.  We, along with our community, understand the significant impact of canceling events.  We are working with our partners to reschedule and postpone what we can. A vast majority of our field trips have already been refunded via MPP.  We will continue to work through this process. Some of the more significant events are detailed below, more information on other activities/events will follow.

 

MS Field Trips 

Look for an email from the MS Administrators later in the week regarding these trips.  At this time, MS overnight field trips are canceled, and we are working on refund details.  This information will be released to MS families soon.

 

Prom 

Prom was originally scheduled for April 4th, and we were able to reschedule for May 15th with high hopes.  Unfortunately, May 15th is now out as well. We are postponing Prom and are working to reschedule at a later date.  We will refund current ticket holders through Eventbrite. THIS DOES NOT MEAN PROM IS CANCELED! Hold tight and look for the green light, then we will have A Roaring Good Time!

 

Class of 2020 Commencement

We have all intentions of celebrating the Class of 2020. Our traditional plans are still in place and we will continue to monitor the situation.  All events connected to 2020 Commencement are currently on as scheduled - except for the Class Cookouts and Cap and Gown Pictures which are currently postponed. We will continue to update families regarding Commencement.

 

Athletics

The NCHSAA has suspended play until May 18th.

 

Golden Eagle and LSE Hours

We will prorate the requirements for the Golden Eagle and LSE Hours requirements.  We will issue out the prorated schedule once we know the full impact of this situation.

 

Spring Break

At this time, the academic calendar remains the same.  This means that spring break will be observed April 13-17, 2020.  As with everything in our new environment, this could change as everything is fluid and based on constantly changing information.

 

Counseling Resources 

Our Counseling Department is continuing to work with our families in need and are updating resources regularly on the counseling section of our COVID-19 Counseling page.  

 

Community Connections

The Communication Team at Lincoln Charter would like to keep our community connected in a positive way even while we are physically distant from one another; this will be important now more than ever. We will be posting a variety of content on social media.  Please help us by submitting regularly here.  



Thank you for your flexibility and positivity as we continue to navigate through this together! There is still much uncertainty which can make it difficult to plan for the coming months, weeks, and even days. Thank you so much for working with us during this unprecedented time. 

 

Continue to SOAR EAGLES! 

 

Jonathan Bryant

Chief Administrator

 

 

March 23, 2020 2:30 pm

Lincoln Charter Families:

 

As you may have heard today, NC Governor Cooper has issued an executive order that closes NC schools until May 15.  Our teachers, admin team and our entire staff remain committed to delivering the best educational experience to your children and your family.  As we develop our plan, we will continue to keep you informed.  

 

As you know, we have created a dedicated area on our website for COVID-19 informationJust this morning, we uploaded counseling information and a form for families who need assistanceWe encourage you to check this page frequently, as we will be constantly updating this information.  A more detailed update will be sent tomorrow.

 

Please keep you and your family safe, as we all look forward to the end of this pandemic,

 

Jonathan Bryant & The School Board

Lincoln Charter

 

 
Virtual School Board Meeting March 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm 
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Communication March 12 -27, 2020

Virtual School Board Meeting March 23, 2020, 6:30 pm 
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March 20, 2020, 4:00 pm
Good evening Lincoln Charter Community:

I hope the beautiful weather is lifting your spirits.  We are so proud of our entire community for soaring through this challenge.  In a time of uncertainty, we have seen the impressive wingspan of the Eagle community.


Summary of Week 1 

  • The LCS School Board made a clear statement that the priority is to take care of our family! 
  • We established a special section of our website for COVID-19 updates
  • All of our Staff transitioned from the traditional classroom environment to eLearning in a matter of days.
  • Our Counseling Team immediately went to action and developed resources to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the LCS Community.
  • Our Transportation Team transitioned from traditional student routes to delivering food, supplies and support.
  • Our Finance Team refunded canceled trips and is working to keep the budget alive and well.
  • The IT Department is on call for all of your IT questions.
  • Parents and Guardians embraced their role in the education process and continue to serve as partners in education.

Eagles, we are proud of each of you.  We will continue to meet our challenges head-on and will continue to push forward.  We have said from day one that we must remain positive and be flexible. Those two words will continue to guide our plan. We thank you for words of encouragement and support, this is truly a team effort.  


As we move into week 2, and what will likely become multiple weeks of our new environment, we encourage you to create a routine and stay on top of your school work.  The brain needs interaction to stay healthy as explained by Louis Cozolino, PhD, a professor of psychology at Pepperdine University and a private practitioner.  

“Our brains require stimulation and connection to survive and thrive. A brain without connection to other brains and without sufficient challenge will shrink and eventually die—moreover, the modern human brain’s primary environment is our matrix of social relationships. As a result, close supportive relationships stimulate positive emotions, neuroplasticity, and learning.” 

We will continue with eLearning and keep our student’s brains engaged. 


Communication Plan


IT

 

Counseling

  • You can expect a message from our counselors on Monday, detailing additional resources and supports

 

Thank you for your hard work, as we navigate this situation.  Have a great weekend,

 

Jonathan Bryant

Chief Administrator

 
March 19, 2020, 8:00 pm
The Monday, March 23rd LCS School Board meeting will be held via Zoom and Facebook Live at 6:30pm. A public link will be posted shortly.

 

March 19, 2020, 11:00 pm

The Communication Team at Lincoln Charter would like to keep our community connected in a positive way even while we are physically distant from one another. We will be posting a variety of content on social media, and need your help!


Senior Highlights: We have some amazing seniors with all sorts of interests and gifts. They’re in the process of making big plans for their future, and we would like to share a little about as many of them as possible in order to increase our sense of community and give younger students something to aspire to.


eLearning Highlights: We know teachers across the country are working hard to move their “classrooms” online at a moment’s notice. If anyone can be successful in this undertaking, it is our LCS teachers and staff. We also realize that parents are taking on homeschooling like the champions they are!  We’d love to share interesting tidbits about what students are doing, ideas/resources that should be highlighted, and just general positive activities (about 30 seconds) to keep learning moving forward. 


Community Connections: Our LCS Community is banding together to make sure that every Eagle has what they need. On Wednesday, our counselors, transportation staff, and volunteers delivered boxes of food to people who need them. If you or someone you know is out there exemplifying our community expectations of Honesty, Respect, Empathy, Responsibility, Service, or Preparedness, let us know. Don’t think of it as tooting your own horn; think of it as showing the small ways you (or our students) are helping out as a way to show others that they can help too!


To submit a photo/video click here


Remember Eagles are a symbol of resilience, strength and hope and we will SOAR! 

Stay home and stay healthy!


Lincoln Charter Communications Team

 
March 18, 2020, 7:30 pm
LCS Families:
Please click the link below to view a video from our Chief Administrator, Jonathan Bryant.  
Covid-19 Update 3.18.20 Video
 
We will continue to push out updated communication via our website, social media, and email.  
 
Stay home and stay healthy!
Jonathan Bryant, Chief Administrator
 
March 17, 2020, 5:00 pm
Dear LCS Families:
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to meet the challenges of the impacts of COVID-19. Each day seems to bring a new set of challenges and we continue to work through them and focus on being positive and flexible. Our teaching staff is working diligently to prepare for eLearning classes to begin on Thursday. 
 
Our goal is to offer students an opportunity to continue learning and offer some structure to our new environment. Please review the linked documents below for specific information about eLearning - broken down by grade for K-5 and then MS/HS information:
 
 
Tomorrow remains a teacher workday and is the last opportunity to access the building for a period of time. If a student needs to pick up anything from school, front offices will be open from 8:00 am-3:00 pm Wednesday. 
 
To clarify the Chromebook check out option:
Chromebooks are available to families that need access to an internet-enabled device.  Kindergarten students will not need on-line access for their assignments. Students in grades 1 through 5 will not need to "attend" class via a Chromebook, they will simply need on-line access to retrieve materials, view postings and in some upper grade levels, submit assignments.  We have a limited number of Chromebooks to distribute, at home computers will be able to access the assignment through the internet. Chromebook checkout for Grades 1-5 is from noon to 3:00 pm Wednesday.  
 
This continues to be a rapidly changing situation and we are committed to keeping you updated. LCS will continue to push out updated communication via our website, social media, and email. Thank you for your patience as we work through this situation. Stay home and stay healthy!  Eagles are resilient! 
 
 
Jonathan Bryant
Chief Administrator 
 
 
March 16, 2020, 7:00 pm
Dear LCS Families:
 
In our continued efforts to keep you updated, this is the current plan:
 
Tuesday and Wednesday of this week as teacher workdays, to give our staff time to prepare to begin eLearning for all grades.  We will begin eLearning on Thursday (3/19). More details for this will be released on Tuesday.
 
To clarify the Chromebook check out option:
Chromebooks are available to families that need access to an internet-enabled device. Kindergarten students will not need on-line access for their assignments. Students in grades 1 through 5 will not need to "attend" class via a Chromebook, they will simply need on-line access to retrieve materials, view postings and in some upper-grade levels, submit assignments. We have a limited number of Chromebooks to distribute, at home computers will be able to access the assignment through the internet. Chromebook checkout for grades 1-5 is from noon to 3:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday.
 
If a student needs to pick up anything from school, front offices will be open from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday. We continue to update the COVID-19 FAQ page.
 
Immediate Action Plan Summary
Tuesday - Wednesday (3/17-3/18) - Teacher Workdays - no school for students
Thursday (3/19) - eLearning begins for students
 
As we receive additional information, LCS will continue to push out updated communication via our website, social media, and email. Thank you for your patience as we work through this situation.
 
Jonathan Bryant
Chief Administrator 
 
Message from Lincolnton Campus PTO
LCS Familes,

As our community is dealing with the COVID-19 situation, the PTO is working with the administration. All PTO events are canceled until further notice. Administration and the School Board have been coordinating with local and state officials to manage the COVID-19 issue. Please remember that they are working hard on getting our student's e-learning up and running. In the meantime, we are all going to experience some cabin fever, let’s remember to stay calm and work together for our community benefit. Let’s keep our LCS Community strong and support each other through this trial.

Please work with the school counselors for any needs that families in our community may have.

I also want to say “Thank you!” To the staff for all their hard work and efforts to continue the education of our children. As usual, they have stepped up in the face of adversity and continue to support our community with 100% dedication and passion for our children.

Thank you,

Tom Brooks
PTO President
 
March 15, 2020, 7:20 pm
Dear LCS Families:
I really appreciate your patience as we work through a very challenging situation.  This is an unprecedented event, and we are working to continue a quality LCS education in the best way possible.  As we receive additional information, LCS will continue to push out updated communication via our website, social media, and email.     
 
Our plan moving forward:
 
We will take the first three days of this week as teacher workdays, to give our staff time to prepare to begin eLearning for all grades.  Currently, our plan is to start eLearning on Thursday (3/19). More details for this are forthcoming.  
 
We are also working on a FAQ that is posted on our COVID-19 page, this will be updated periodically.  This FAQ should help to answer some of the common questions we have heard from the community.  
 
If a student needs to pick up anything from school, front offices will be open from 8:00 am-3:00 pm, Monday-Wednesday this week.  Students in grades K-5 will also be able to sign out a LCS Chromebook from noon to 3:00 pm each of these days to keep at home during the school closure.   Students in grades 6-12 will need access to their Chromebooks and chargers; if they need any other materials left at school please come Monday-Wednesday during open hours.  
 
Immediate Action Plan Summary
Monday - Wednesday (3/16-3/18) - Teacher Workdays - no school for students
Thursday (3/19) - eLearning begins for students
 
Thank you for your patience as we work through this situation,
 
Jonathan Bryant
Chief Administrator 
 
March 15, 2020
Special Called School Board Meeting
When: Mar 15, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Topic: Special Called School Board Meeting
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March 14, 2020

Governor Cooper is directing the closure of all public schools in North Carolina starting Monday, March 16th for students.  The closure is for at least two weeks, March 16-30. 

 

We will release specific details about Lincoln Charter’s plan following the special called School Board Meeting on Sunday, March 15th.  Stay tuned for details.

 

March 12, 2020

LCS Community - 
As many of you know, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently declared a state of emergency to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  This communication is intended to provide an update related to the impact of this on Lincoln Charter and should update you on our current position.  Thank you for your patience as we work through this situation.  
 
Our admin team, School Board, transportation and staff are working with all partners to determine our best response to COVID-19.  Right now, we are planning related to the near term, as no one knows the impact this situation will have over the coming days. Obviously, we will continue to monitor this situation as the details evolve.  Some of the details that we are working on:
 
  • Field trips - As a general rule, we are canceling, postponing and rescheduling most trips until further notice.  This applies to international trips, MS overnight trips, etc. For the most current cancellations visit www.lincolncharter.org - click Connect - COVID-19 Updates.  We are looking at field trips on a case by case basis and will keep this webpage updated as we work through this situation.  

  • Events - We are postponing, canceling and rescheduling events that will have a large attendance of non-students, these are also listed on the website under COVID-19 updates.  This is intended to reduce the number of community members who access our students and facilities. The NCHSAA has suspended athletics, effective tomorrow. Beginning tomorrow, all athletic activities (practices, games, matches) are canceled.  

  • Visitors - Effective immediately, we are asking for all campus visitors to be immediate family members.  Until further notice, we will not hold campus tours for prospective families, etc.

  • We are working with the School Board on updated attendance guidelines for students - so those who are sick do not come to school.

  • The School Board is holding a special called meeting on Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 pm via conference call/web conference.  This is a public meeting. Anyone who wishes to participate can login via a link that will be posted on the School Board page on lincolncharter.org.  

 

The following is from a recent Lincoln Co press release:
 
All businesses, student/childcare institutions, and long-term care facilities should make sure all employees, students, and staff are aware of and practicing good hygiene and taking common-sense precautions to protect from the spread of respiratory illnesses and are not being encouraged to attend school or work if they are sick.  We want to emphasize that no one group, ethnicity or population in the US is at a higher risk for acquiring COVID-19 infection than others and it is important to not let fear and anxiety lead to social stigma towards friends, neighbors or members of our community and we encourage citizens to speak the facts and to speak up if you hear others giving misinformation and making statements that cause stigma against people in our community.
 
As a reminder, be cautious about what you read or hear about the virus and make sure you are separating rumor from fact before you react to statements or social media posts you may view.  Again, the Lincoln County Health Department is alert, but not alarmed of the current public concern over coronavirus, but citizens can instill trust in us because we are the leading local institute for prevention, preparedness and education in our community.  
 
We will continue to keep you updated as this situation evolves and changes.  We will continue to make scientific and safe decisions to ensure the well-being of the LCS community.

 

Mr. Bryant & LCS School Board

 

 
 

Upcoming Events Impacted 

Check back frequently for updates.  Last update March 25th, 3:26 pm
 
CANCELED
all field trips through May 17th
MS Overnight Field Trips (7th and 8th)
MS Semi-Formal
SOAR Golf Tournament
Spring Festival
 
POSTPONED
Class of 2020 Cookouts
PROM
Class of 2020 Cap and Gown Pictures
Worldstrides trip to Spain
Forever An Eagle
 
VIRTUAL EVENTS
Details to come soon
 
 
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)