Aloha LJA ‘ohana,
With the many great stories around distance learning taking center stage in recent communications, it seems prudent to provide a brief summary of where we are operationally as of mid-April.
- Through April 30th, on site instruction is not able to resume due to State orders and CDC guidelines around group size/social distancing.
- LJA is open and operating at LJA Response Level 2. Essential employees and student-workers are permitted to come to campus to work in small groups (e.g., mask-making, animal care).
- A clean LJA campus awaits our return. Our hardworking Blue Crew has cleaned and disinfected campus, including all surfaces and floors, and a professional cleaning service has provided enhanced disinfecting of furniture, lockers and high-touch surfaces. The team is supporting daily campus operations, and are pressure washing our campus exteriors.
- A decision on whether and when to resume face-to-face learning will be made once State and CDC guidelines are relaxed.
- As we plan for a return-to-school, we do so with a key assumption that until a vaccine is found, we will need to learn to live with the virus and manage both its spread and our fears/anxieties.
- When we re-open, we will do so with our families’ faith in refined school protocols to enhance prevention; to mitigate risk of exposure and spread; and to transition smoothly into and out of distance learning as the need arises.
Meanwhile, we successfully launched our Distance Learning program. While our program has certain commonalities with other Distance Learning approaches, we should all be proud of its unique traits and distinctions, the successes of which are evidential:
- LJA’s mission, vision and IB programme and practices. First and foremost, our school-community has kept the ‘ohana pa’a (solidified). Moreover, we have applied technological tools to support IB’s inquiry-based pedagogy and trademark Approaches to Learning.
- LJA’s commitment to accommodate a variety of student/caregiver situations. Our unique blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning is designed to accommodate learners whose parents may not be available to support their learning due to work commitments.
- LJA’s culture of community and caring. We provide our students, caregivers and staff--all of our learners-- with continual academic, social, emotional and technological support.
- LJA’s intentional approach to collecting and processing student, staff and family feedback to continually improve practice has propelled growth and excellence in our early weeks.
- LJA’s commitment to our greater community. Beyond our care for one another, we have also donated food and supplies to Kailua Elementary and Castle Hospital, and distributed hundreds of hand-sewn masks to our frontline healthcare workers, military personnel, first-responders, and even the staff of local eateries.
It truly is a team effort to keep our programs running, to support all members of the LJA ‘ohana, and to prepare for your eventual return. I am so proud to be a part of this tremendous family. I hope you, too, are proud of all that we have accomplished as we seek “to positively impact the world” around us. If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out. Wishing you all health and happiness.
E mālama pono,