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Health and Safety

 
Lakeview Academy safely opened for in-person learning every day in the 2020-2021 school year, and we believe that in-person learning is the most optimal environment for our student’s success in the 2021-2022 school year. 96% of respondents to our 2020-2021 survey were satisfied with the quality of Lakeview Academy’s overall response to the Covid-19 pandemic (3 points or above on a scale of 5).  75% of our families rated our response to the 2020-2021 school year as excellent (5 out of 5).  Read the May 2021 community survey data on Lakeview Academy’s response to Covid-19 HERE

Lakeview Academy's Administration and Board of Trustees continues to work with a specially created COVID-19 Task Force and have created an updated plan for the 2021-22 school year. This plan is based on data from local hospitals, testing positivity rates, quarantine/positivity rates among Lakeview student/staff and faculty, and on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines. We recognize that all plans must be flexible, and ours will be reviewed and updated weekly based on local conditions. Updates will be shared widely, here on the school web site, and via email.

Questions or comments should be directed to covidresponse@lakeviewacademy.org

Lakeview's COVID-19 Plan

 
 


What the Current Data Tells Us

The following data from Georgia was used to help us make an informed decision. We have highlighted some data for you. Links to full data below.
 



Our Mitigation Efforts are Working

Lakeview Academy had a cluster of cases in the Middle School in the first 10 days after we opened, which our Covid-19 Medical Task Force said was due to Covid transmission from prior to school opening. The graph below demonstrates this point extremely well —whereas other school's cases continued to climb after the first ten days of school, ours have dropped off substantially. Our current/updated strategies, including the mask requirement, are keeping Lakeview Academy students safe and mitigating against in-school transmission.





Our Decision for the Week

Based on the current data, face masks will be required at Lakeview Academy in all grades (Pre K3 through 12) for the week of September 20, 2021. 

This decision is being reevaluated each week based on current local community data. To view this week's full report - CLICK HERE.

Additional information we considered when making this decision:

September 20, 2021

September 13, 2021

Archived Information from Previous Week's Decisions


What We Are Doing

Our policies and guidelines have been carefully considered to address the need to keep our school open for in-person learning, and to prioritize the safety, health, and welfare of our entire school community. Our policies are subject to change as new information becomes available.

Procedures to protect the health and safety of the Lakeview community fall into three main categories:




To minimize the risks to students, faculty, and staff, and keep the community healthy, the following guidelines have been established and are being followed:

  • A culture of health, safety, and shared responsibility has been established and is being maintained. 

  • The simple guidelines: “Protect. Distance. Disinfect.” are being promoted.

  • Lakeview Academy’s Covid-19 Task Force will meet regularly and monitor updates from government and local health officials.

Learning Options for 2021-22

While we value the opportunities that result from in-person instruction, we understand that this may not meet the needs of some families. Lakeview Academy is offering two learning options for kindergarten through grade 12 for the 2021-2022 school year:
On-Campus Learning with updated health, safety, and social distancing measures in place. For short-term, unplanned medical absences ONLY, students will be able to participate remotely, allowing for synchronous learning.


Virtual Academy. By August 13, students must declare that they are learning remotely for the entire first semester. Note that Lakeview’s Virtual Academy is a separate division of Lakeview Academy.

Face Masks Information & Research
- CLICK HERE

Surgical masks reduce COVID-19 spread


Announcement From NGHS - CLICK HERE TO VIEW





FAQs

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • > How will Lakeview manage various scenarios during the 2021-2022 school year resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Lakeview Academy created a Covid-19 Task Force in 2020 to advise the administration and Board on policy decisions and real time operational decisions that may impact a segment of the school. The committee is drawing from data on local hospitalizations, testing positivity rates, quarantine/positivity rates among Lakeview student/staff and faculty, and on the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines.
  • > What is the measurable criteria that the Task Force is using weekly to determine implementation of the various policies?

    The Task Force’s measurable criteria includes the following: number of new (daily) infections in the state; number of infections in children; Covid-19 testing positivity rate in Hall County; number of Covid-19 admissions to NGHS; number of ICU beds available; Number of Covid-19 positive children transferred out of the local Emergency Department for more intensive treatment; number of pediatric ICU admissions locally; Covid-19 numbers at Lakeview Academy including those on quarantines and those testing positive; impact of Lakeview’s numbers on its ability to stay open (core staff/faculty); Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) School Age  Covid Surveillance Data (state and local).
  • > Where is the Task Force obtaining the statistical data used to determine implementation of Lakeview’s policies? How often is that data updated?

    The Board of Trustees, Covid-19 Task Force, and School Administration is obtaining its statistical data from on local hospitalizations, local testing positivity rates, quarantine/positivity rates among Lakeview student/staff and faculty, and on the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines (see above). That data is reviewed by the Task Force and the School Administration daily, and on the morning the decision is made regarding necessary mitigation strategies for the upcoming school week.
  • > Why is vaccination status disregarded in the implementation of the mask requirement?

    Unlike most local schools that are grouped according to age, Lakeview Academy has 550 students from Preschool to 12th grade all on one campus. Students over the age of 12, who are vaccine eligible, are in classrooms with those who are not eligible. In addition, faculty are shared between Divisions. As a school family and community, it is neither practical nor equitable to say that one group of students are required to mask but others are not. The vaccinated can still spread the virus. If all parties are masked, home quarantine is not necessary for close contacts. If masks are not worn in school, exposure and quarantine will result in students staying at home behind their computers, not permitted to attend classes, campus events, athletics, and traditions.
  • > Why are the policies (including face mask use) being reviewed and/or updated on a weekly basis? Why can’t you just decide one way or the other?

    Given the rapidly changing situation with the Delta variant of COVID, and to enable Lakeview Academy to remain flexible in its approach to local conditions, a determination must be made on a weekly basis. Hall County and Gainesville City Schools have also stated that they reserve the right to change their mind at any point and add more mitigation strategies, including a mask requirement.
  • > No one wants to wear a face mask. Why do you have a face mask requirement?

    The wearing of face masks has become an incredibly divisive issue, and Lakeview’s Covid-19 Task Force, Administration, and Board of Trustees does not take the decision lightly on whether to require them, under what circumstances, and for how long. We are respectful of positions on both sides of the debate, but the decision - which will be data-driven and made on a weekly basis - is about the imperative to keep our school open for in-person learning and the health & safety of the Lakeview’s students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
  • > What conditions would cause Lakeview Academy to close its facilities and move to all-school remote learning?

    Lakeview will transition to 100% remote learning if mandated by the Governor. Based upon Lakeview’s response to Covid-19 in the 2020-2021 school year, we feel confident that a transition to remote learning for the entire school is an unlikely scenario in the 2021-2022 school year as long as we respond to significant outbreaks of the virus with appropriate mitigation strategies.

TASK FORCE

Kirsty Montgomery, PH.D.
Head of School,
Lakeview Academy

Ferrell Singleton
Former Head of School,
Lakeview Academy

Jay Kilroy
Chair, Board of Trustees,
Lakeview Academy
Sheetal Mangalat, MD
Secretary, Board of Trustees,
Lakeview Academy

Allen Tucker
Assistant Head of School,
Lakeview Academy

Scarlet Pendarvis, BSN, RN
School Nurse,
Lakeview Academy

John Simpson
Assistant Head of School,
Lakeview Academy
RK Whitehead
Former Chair, Board of Trustees,
Lakeview Academy

SUB COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & SAFETY

Scarlet Pendarvis, BSN, RN
School Nurse,
Lakeview Academy

Sheetal Mangalat, MD
Secretary, Board of Trustees,
Lakeview Academy

Mohak (Mo) Davé, MD
Emergency Physician

Jennifer Gottsman, MD
Pediatrician, Gainesville






SUB COMMITTEE ON LEARNING & OPERATIONS

Kirsty Montgomery, PH.D.
Head of School,
Lakeview Academy

Mary Steensma
Lower School Director,
Lakeview Academy

Allen Tucker
Assistant Head of School,
Lakeview Academy

Deuce Roark
Athletic Director,
Lakeview Academy

John Simpson
Assistant Head of School,
Lakeview Academy

Joe Harris
Fine Arts Director,
Lakeview Academy

Beth McElwee
Upper School Director,
Lakeview Academy

Darlene Snyder
Middle School Director,
Lakeview Academy

 
796 Lakeview Drive  Gainesville, GA  30501 • (770) 532-4383
Lakeview Academy is a private, coeducational day school for students in grades K3 through 12, located in Gainesville, GA. 

Lakeview Academy is committed to excellence in the personal growth and academic development of the college-bound student through a partnership of school, family, and community.