COVID POLICY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All students may choose between attending classes in-person or through distance learning. We are calling this hybrid format Additional Best Beginning Anywhere (“ABBA”). A student may elect ABBA for medical reasons or for comfort.
Under ABBA, our aim is to present the same academic content to all students. Students livestream into the classroom and hear and see the live instruction. To the extent feasible, the student will take part in project-based learning with their classmates. The student will have opportunities to receive attention from the instructor before or after class through email and other platforms.
Students who are ill may opt-in to ABBA on a daily basis. Joining through ABBA will not be deemed an absence for our Attendance Policy.
We will provide proportional refunds for busing or other divisible charges which only arise with in-person learning on campus. Whether in person or by distance, however, we are devoting comprehensive resources to intensive teaching and learning and character formation – for college and life beyond. We are confident in this value proposition and will not adjust tuition.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Each morning, in the comfort and safety of home, every student and faculty member takes and records their temperature and answers a few CDC-derived questions with their Kinsa app and thermometer. If a person does not meet the minimum health requirements, they should stay home, consult a physician, and come back to campus only when our guidelines for returning have been met.
We expect students and faculty to stay 6 feet from other people, where feasible, and not to gather in groups. Everyone is required to wear a mask with few exceptions (see mask requirements below).
The State of Vermont determines the rules for cross-state travel and what is required of you upon your return. We incorporate and follow those rules.
As of February 2021, cross-state travel is restricted to essential travel only.
Faculty are tested regularly. We have arranged with an independent lab to provide testing via a minimally invasive, self-administered nasal swab, which our nurse observes.
Anyone with symptoms will be immediately isolated – with care and kindness – and moved from campus. We will then take part in contact tracing procedures under the direction of the Vermont Health Department.
Everyone will be required to wear a cloth mask inside at all times, even when alone, except when eating or drinking. This cloth mask must be form-fitting; no bandanas will be allowed. When outdoors, everyone will be expected to wear a cloth mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained. While we will have limited visitors, we will expect them to wear masks at all times.
We are lowering the density of our campus life. LTS comes into this effort with a low student-to-faculty ratio, so we had a head start. We expect students and faculty to stay six feet from other people, where feasible, and not gather in groups. We substantially modified spaces throughout a busy and noisy construction summer 2020 and purchased new individual desks so students will not share tables anymore.
Practice social distancing as directed by public health officials. Engage in important practices that promote hygiene and help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put at least six feet of distance between yourself and other people.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
It’s also important to exercise self-care. Eat well, get plenty of sleep, go for a run/walk outside, use online exercise resources, try to create a schedule, and find ways to connect with others (text, telephone, video calls, online chat groups, and blogs) while practicing social distancing
We will not permit a student or adult in the building with the following symptoms:
- Fever greater than 100.4 or chills
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing (if severe, seek immediate medical attention)
- Fatigue or muscle and body aches
- Recent loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
A person with any of these symptoms may not come to campus.
If symptoms are due to a pre-existing medically diagnosed condition (for example, allergies or asthma), please provide LTS with information from your physician.
If your child has symptoms, they should not attend school in-person. They will need a positive COVID test before returning to school.
To return to LTS, a student must meet the following criteria:
A.10 days of self-quarantine at home AND
B. 24 hours of no symptoms without the use of medications.
The PCR test is recommended over rapid testing, which has been shown to be less accurate. Tests that rely on detection of antigens (rapid testing) have proven less reliable and those test results will not be accepted. Please note: Criteria A in addition to B must be met.
Refer to the COVID SYMPTOMS ALGORITHM for more detailed information.
If a student comes into close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, they must follow the CDC-recommended 14 day quarantine while monitoring for symptoms or a 7 day quarantine followed by a negative test. The quarantine period begins after your last contact with the infected individual.
Close contact is defined as any of the following:
- 6 feet or less from someone with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
- Care provider to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- Direct physical contact with an infected person
- Shared eating or drinking utensils with an infected person
- Recipient of cough, sneeze or respiratory droplets/spray from an infected person
Due to the many similar symptoms with COVID-19, and needing to treat all symptoms as if they result from COVID-19, a case of the flu will require the process of testing as well as quarantining that could result in a long absence from school. To minimize this possibility, we recommend all LTS community members receive the flu vaccine.
Yes, we are running the buses and following all health and safety guidelines set forth by the State.
Hot lunch is temporarily suspended. All students are required to bring their own bagged lunch to school. School Store will not be open and microwaves will not be available.
Campus buildings are currently closed to visitors. Only students and faculty are allowed in the building.
Many outdoor spaces, including our newly resurfaced tennis courts, remain open for personal recreational use. The community is welcome to enjoy them while observing proper social distancing protocols.
Academic classes run 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Students may arrive starting at 7:30 am and depart by 3:30 pm. If a student is participating in sports, they need to depart within 30 minutes of the end of practice.
FOR OTHER QUESTIONS, CONTACT:
- Academics/Schedule: Mary Ellen Mega, Dean of Academics & Faculty
- Health Screening: Stephenie Frawley, School Nurse and Scott Magrath, Health Officer
- Enrollment documents including immunizations: Sarah Bassett, Assistant Registrar
- Financials: Jo Lacaillade, Acting Director for Business Affairs
- Technology: Jeremy Crumb, Systems Manager
- General Information: Chelley Tifft, Communications Manager & ABBA Coorsdinator