Aloha LJA ‘Ohana,
On behalf of the faculty and staff of LJA, I’d like to thank you for your ongoing support and feedback throughout this crisis. Your expressions of care and concern have been overwhelming, and we thank you for the aloha and engagement. You inspire us to do even better in the weeks ahead.
As you know the State has extended its stay-at-home order through the end of May. LJA will remain in distance learning--until such time as the State determines that criteria for re-opening are met--through June 3rd, the last instructional day of the school year. During this next month, we will continue our work to improve and create an innovative and sustainable distance program that is specially designed to accomplish the school’s mission. Given the recurring nature of this virus, we are designing our program and procedures to move into and out of future episodes as the case requires.
All school gatherings scheduled in May have been cancelled, this includes our traditional high school commencement ceremony. Planning has begun for a reimagined “physically-distanced” graduation ceremony that celebrates our Class of 2020. Our divisional end-of-year celebrations will either be held virtually or postponed to a date more conducive to gathering. More details will be communicated through your divisional newsletters.
We are presently evaluating the possibilities for Summer School, including exploration of a schedule of courses that are topically conducive to distance learning. In the event that modifications or cancellation of summer school programs must be made, refunds will be issued to families as appropriate to the circumstances. We will share more information soon.
Though we anticipated this as a possibility, I know the reality of this news likely brings mixed feelings of both relief and disappointment for our children. While we are all heartbroken that the last weeks of the school year will be in the absence of our students on campus, we pledge to all families that we will do everything possible to ensure that these next weeks of instruction are as engaging and memorable as they are educational. In the meantime, we will continue to plan and prepare for our eventual transition back to on-campus instruction in accordance with the latest data and consideration of the CDC’s latest guidance for essential business operations for health, safety, and social distancing protocols. The health and well-being of our students, families, and staff is our top priority.
Last but not least, a special mahalo to our seniors and their families for making the very best of an unconventional senior year. This remarkable class has rallied, shown resilience, and supported our community efforts in past weeks. The collective character of the Class of 2020 exemplifies the LJA community spirit, and illustrates what makes this senior class and our school community so special. We look forward to celebrating your achievements!