Lakeway Parents -
As the circumstances around us continue to evolve and information changes, one thing that has become clear is that we are going to be out of school for more than just this week. Even though we cannot hold classes in person as we typically do, it is important that we continue to provide a high-quality academic program and that learning continues for our students. We are going to begin using the Microsoft Teams platform to hold real-time class meetings and to facilitate communication between teachers and students. In order to maintain some structure and accountability for students we will be adopting a daily schedule.
It will be expected that each class hold a meeting each weekday at the designated time. Your class meeting will take place via Teams and will last a maximum of 20 minutes. Students can access Teams via the icon on their desktop or through the Teams mobile app that is available for free in your app store.
- Our first virtual class meetings via Teams will take place Thursday, March 19.
- Students can join the class meeting by opening Teams, selecting the appropriate class group, and clicking on the meeting notification that will appear there.
- Students are expected to go live at the beginning of each class. They should have Teams open to join the meeting. Attendance at these meetings is mandatory. Starting Monday there will be a small daily participation grade taken for each class meeting as a way of holding them accountable for attending.
- Teachers will use the time to lecture, explain an assignment, allow time for questions, or simply to check in with your class. This may take far less than 20 minutes, and that is OK.
- After the meeting, students should expect between 20 and 30 minutes of additional work for the day, which will occur later in the day. This could come in the form of reading, additional practice, online discussion, and/or watching a video with an attached assignment, among other things.
- Teachers will be available to answer questions via email or Teams chat between noon and 3:00 each day.
We recognize that this shift may bring some unexpected technical challenges. Our IT team is ready to help should you need any tech support. Our IT Director, David Fox, can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org in case of an emergency but the best way to report a problem is through the IT Support Ticket (link available to the right under support resources). It is also essential that you notify your teacher via email or Teams chat if you experience technical difficulties that prevent you from joining a class meeting or completing a digital assignment.
This is new territory for all of us. Both students and teachers are going to be learning how to do this together, so it is important that we all extend grace to one another as we work through any difficulties that may arise. Although these are stressful times, it is comforting to know that we serve the God of the universe who is still on His throne and is still Lord of all creation – including the coronavirus! We will get through this and be stronger for it if we work together and stay mindful that we all want the same things for our students.
I often close my communications with you by thanking you for partnering with us in the education of your child. And, while I never want that to become cliché, it is so true – now more than ever – that this is really a partnership. I am thankful that you have chosen Lakeway Christian Academy to be your partner!
Mr. David McVicker
As we transition to online learning please know that our School Counseling and Christian Life Teams are here to support you and continue to facilitate a positive learning environment that is Christ-honoring. In the days to come, we are available to answer any questions, listen to concerns, pray or simply be present with you. We will be available through Microsoft Teams to virtually meet with students. Feel free to contact us via email to schedule a time to connect. Our teams are available between the hours of 8-3 pm. We thank you for the opportunity to partner with you.
Alani Staples, Director of School Counseling
Jason Moyer, Director of Christian Life
Ellen Reed, Assistant Director of Christian Life
Support during Distance Learning
Our main office is currently closed, but we have set up the following channels to support you while we are out of school:
- Student support
- Specific class questions - contact your teacher!
- LCA Principal
Mr. David McVicker
- CCA Principal
Dr. Ragan Long
Mr. Stephen Denny
- Distance Learning at CCA
- eLearning at LCA
- CFA Facebook Group
- LFA Facebook Group
- School Meal Finder