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Frequently Asked Questions

What are my options if I do not feel comfortable sending my child(ren) to school?

Option #2 If you do not feel comfortable sending your child(ren) back to school this fall, the district will offer a fully-virtual option for all students K-12. The virtual option will be taught by Ladue School District teachers whenever possible and will utilize other resources such as Launch, MUonline and partnerships with other districts where necessary.
  • The K-4 program will focus on the core subjects but will incorporate art, music and physical education to the extent possible throughout.
  • Students in the grades 6-12 program will have access to the courses they had already requested for the 2020-21 school year, provided those classes can be taught in an online environment and there are enough students enrolled in order to support hosting the course.
  • Students K-12 will have daily interaction with their teachers via videoconferencing.

What is the Ladue Early Childhood Center planning for 2020-21?

The LECC has established building-specific plans for reentry. (Please click here to review this information.)

Will I have access to technology at home, regardless of the option we are following?

K-12 students receiving face-to-face instruction will be asked to take home their iPad (K-8) or laptop (9-12) every day. They will receive a device charger to keep at home through the school year to fully charge the device each night. Students receiving virtual instruction, an iPad or laptop, along with a device charger, will be provided for the entire semester.

How do I enroll my child for Option 2 – Virtual Learning?

Students who utilize the Virtual Learning option must remain with that option through the end of the first semester.

  • To enroll in the Virtual Option, you must complete the form below. Families must select the Virtual Option on or before July 30.

How will my child learn some of the important standards that may have been difficult to learn through Distance Learning but are necessary for success in the next course or grade level?

The district curriculum coordinators, specialists and teams of teachers will collaborate to determine which standards taught in the spring of 2020 are essential to student success at the next grade level or the next course. These standards will be highlighted in the curriculum and teachers will spend the first few weeks of school re-teaching and reinforcing these standards.

How will my student’s elective classes (art, family and consumer sciences, physical education, instrumental or vocal music, library, theater, etc.) be different this school year?

The Ladue School District is committed to providing all curricular opportunities possible while adhering to the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and St. Louis County Department of Public Health (STLCDoPH). Pending further guidance from state and local health officials, to the extent possible, Ladue Schools will adhere to the best of our ability the current recommendations concerning social distancing, gathering size and personal protective equipment (PPE) for students and staff at the time of the curricular opportunity.

To the extent possible, the district expects all classroom activities to be performed while adhering to CDC and STLCDoPH recommendations, including but not limited to:

  • Weather permitting, students will go outside for all physical education and/or chorale classroom activities.
  • A larger space will be considered to accommodate for social distancing if designated classrooms are too small to allow for appropriate student numbers and/or spacing.
  • Commonly-touched surfaces and equipment will be avoided when possible. Those surfaces and/or objects will be disinfected before and after use when avoidance is not possible.
  • Upon the return of library books, each book will be quarantined for 72 hours before returning to circulation.
  • Clear guidelines will be established for students to follow when entering and exiting all classrooms.

What is the academic plan for the 2020-21 school year?

Ladue Schools will begin its 2020-21 school year on Aug. 24 utilizing guidelines set forth by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health (STLCDoPH). After examining many scenarios, we have developed a plan with two options. Option 1 has a multi-tiered approach and Option 2 is fully-virtual.

Option #1
Tier 1 | TRADITIONAL LEARNING OR VIRTUAL OPTION
Students would return to school and follow social distancing and safety guidelines as much as possible. A virtual option is available for parents who chose to keep their child(ren) home.

TIER 2 | HYBRID MODEL

  • Students will be divided into two groups, based on alphabetical order by last name to determine their attendance schedule. Schools will work to ensure that students in a family with different last names will attend school on the same schedule.
  • Additional considerations will be given to meeting the various learning needs of all student populations.
    Every week, students will attend school in-person for two days and work on assignments and activities given by their teacher(s) from home for three days.
  • Students who receive additional support in Special Education, English as a Second Language, reading or math, as well as students who may need additional help with a course or have social, emotional or behavioral needs may attend in person on Monday for a shortened day.
  • Teachers will hold office hours and/or meet with small groups of students virtually on Mondays.
  • Please note, based on the different structures of various grade levels, it may be possible that not every grade or level may be on the same tier at the same time.
  • Grades will be recorded and documented in the same format as previous years regardless of the tier.

TIER 3 | FULL E-LEARNING FOR ALL

  • If the district should have to transition to Tier 3, teachers will have consistent contact with students, students will be held accountable for their work and regular feedback will be provided.
  • Students will follow a consistent schedule/routine each week that includes regular live contact with teachers.
  • Teachers will provide instructional resources and materials through digital learning means through the following methods
    • Grades K-2: Seesaw
    • Grades 3-12: Google Classroom
  • Should the need arise to transition to full e-learning for all, students who had previously attended in-person will continue e-learning with their classroom teacher(s). Students utilizing the Virtual Learning option will continue with their virtual classroom teacher(s).
  • Learn more details in our E-learning Plan.

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