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An Important Update on Extended School Closure due to COVID-19
Monday, April 20, 2020
 
Greetings students and families,

Governor DeWine announced today that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio schools will remain closed for in-person classes for the remainder of the school year. We are saddened that we will not return to school this year, but we are fully prepared to continue remote learning and finish the school year strong!

Today marked the beginning of Phase 2 of our engaged Distance Learning Program which you can find more information about by following this link. Distance Learning at Lutheran East is more than simply enrichment. The lessons and work your students are doing follows our curriculum to ensure that students have every opportunity to advance in their high school career. I’m proud of that fact, the work that our teachers are doing, and the ways that our students are meeting the challenge and learning!

In light of Governor DeWine’s announcement, there are a couple of additional factors that I’d like to address at this time:

The school year will officially end at the conclusion of the school day on Friday, May 22nd.

Because of these unique and unprecedented circumstances, students will not take comprehensive final exams this semester.

Students can contact the school by phone or email at [email protected] and [email protected] to reserve a time to clean out their school locker. We will maintain a strict schedule in order to follow physical distancing and safety protocols. Items left behind will be donated or disposed of on May 22nd. 

The education that students are working for and receiving is real! Continue to do your best in a tough time, and it will set you up for success when we are back in-school in person! 

Finally, many of you have questions regarding the school celebrations that mark the end of a year including graduation and prom. We understand it is difficult to imagine a senior spring without these celebrations -- please know that everything possible will be done to recognize and celebrate this year’s senior class. Now that the announcement by Gov. DeWine is official, we will be finalizing plans and will communicate those with our senior class and families this week.

Please join me in praying for our school, our community, and our world at this unprecedented time.

Andrew Prusinski

Principal
 
Monday, March 30, 2020
 
Greetings Lutheran East families and students,

During Governor DeWine’s press conference today, he announced that Ohio schools will continue to be closed for in-person classes through at least May 1st. Although I’m disappointed that we won’t be back in-person as soon as we anticipated, I choose to remain hopeful that we will return to school in-person this year.

Here are the basics of how the extended school closure affects Lutheran East:

Distance learning will continue as previously scheduled through the end of this week and will now resume after Easter Break.

Easter Break is unchanged and is scheduled from Monday, April 6th through Sunday, April 19th.

Following Easter break, Distance Learning will resume on Monday, April 20th and continue through Friday, May 1st.

In-person instruction is scheduled to resume on Monday, May 4th. It's worth noting that this is subject to change based on Governor DeWine’s orders and the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I want to share how incredibly proud I am of our school community over these last several weeks. From our students and families to our faculty and staff, we have risen to the challenge! I will be sending out additional communication later this week regarding Phase II of our Distance Learning Program, which we have been preparing for in the event that the closure was extended. You can be assured that we will keep our focus on the academic and spiritual growth of our students!

Let us also be encouraged by these words from Hebrews Chapter 12: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” 

No one could have predicted that part of the “race marked out for us” was going to be a national pandemic. So let me pray that as your eyes are fixed on Jesus that you’d be blessed with a spirit of perseverance during the uncertainty and difficulty of our present time. 

In Christ, be well.
Andrew Prusinski, Principal  
 
Thursday, March 12, 2020 
 
Dear families, 
 
Out of caution and the prioritization of the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, Lutheran East will be CLOSED starting tomorrow, Friday, March 13 through April 19. Although we will be closed, students are required to complete distance learning lessons and assignments starting Tuesday, March 17 through April 3. Our Easter Break will then be extended by two days so that it runs from April 6 through April 19. We anticipate resuming school in here in our facility on Monday, April 20. 
 
At this time, no student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or frequent visitor to our school has been tested for COVID-19 nor confirmed to have the virus. An update will certainly be provided in the event that that changes.
 
At this point, we are asking the following of our students and their families:
 
Students need to log on to Google Classroom daily to complete online lessons. Students are expected to complete assignments daily.
 
Students currently on athletic teams should maintain contact with their coach/program director to determine plans for independent training.
 
Do not attempt to come to school to use the facilities in any capacity.
 
As a family, continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC, The Ohio Department of Health, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
 
I will be providing more detailed information in the coming days regarding distance learning requirements for students.  Again, although school will not be held in our building, the distance learning is required and mandatory. We are thankful to partner with you to provide your students a Christ-centered education during this time and always. 
 
In Christian Service,
Andrew Prusinski, Principal
 
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
 
Dear families,

You are surely noticing the response from school districts and colleges/universities following yesterday’s press conference by Governor Mike DeWine regarding coronavirus.

Please be assured that the CLHSA and Lutheran East administration are closely monitoring the latest information and the recommendations from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Ohio Department of Health, and the CDC.

In addition, please note the following:

- Governor DeWine recommended limiting attendance for extracurricular activities. In turn, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has set new rules for the Regional and State Basketball Tournaments. Per those rules, general admission fans will not be permitted to attend upcoming games. This includes Lutheran East's Regional Semi-Final Game which will take place this Thursday, March 12th and the Regional Championship Game scheduled for March 14th. As a result all plans for a Lutheran East Fan Bus have been cancelled. For up to date information regarding the OHSAA's rules please visit their website: www.ohsaa.org.

Between now and March 31st the following events have been cancelled or postponed: The Northeast Ohio College Fair, field trips during and after school, and athletic rentals involving spectators. However, all regular school activities on our campus will continue to be held including chapel, sports practices, and drama rehearsals.

Throughout the past several weeks, administration has thoroughly reviewed and supplemented our emergency protocols and procedures for cleaning and disinfecting our facilities.

Plans are being put in place to provide students with e-learning options in the event that our schools must temporarily close.
 
Students, faculty, and staff are being encouraged to thoroughly wash their hands.

We will communicate with you as soon as additional information or developments become available.

In Christian Service,

Andrew Prusinski, Principal

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