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COVID-19

Below you will find communication from LLA's Headmaster regarding our response to COVID-19 and distance learning for grades TK-12. Parents will also receive additional communication directly from their respective principals and teachers.

Webinar

Dear Parents of LLA,
 
If you missed our LLA Parent Meeting via Zoom Webinar, you can watch the recording at www.lla.org/webinar. Thank you to Dr. Adrian Cotton and Dr. Paul C. Herrmann who presented information about COVID-19 in relation to the planning of LLA’s safe return to learning on campus. This meeting included relevant information for COVID in our local area as well as a question and answer session.
 
Presenters
Dr. Adrian Cotton is Chief of Medical Operations for Loma Linda University Hospital and is a parent to 3 LLA students.
Dr. Paul C. Herrmann is Chair of the Department of Pathology and Human Anatomy and Directs the Clinical Laboratory for Loma Linda University Health. He also serves as LLA’s Board Chair, and is a parent to 2 LLA students.
 
 

Questions & Answers for 2020-2021

List of 33 items.

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LLA Communication

List of 12 items.

  • Survey Update — Sent: June 19, 2020

    Greetings LLA Family,

    Thank you for your participation in the June 17 survey.  We are pleased that as of Friday morning, we have received 476 responses. Your input is very important to us.

    I would like to make a few observations.  I read every written comment from the last question.  It helped my perspective to listen to you through this medium.  I know you understand that I encountered a wide variety of views—some polar opposites. Please know that should final plans not align with your views it will not be because we did not hear you.

    Several of you asked that we get our plans to you soon.  You will have a plan from the school prior to the July 10 financial clearance date. As you plan for next year, you can expect that we will be full time on campus. Also, know that our plans will include daily temperature checks, education and reinforcement of personal hygiene habits, the use of masks appropriate to the setting, and social-distancing as much as possible. We will be providing more detailed plans that have the safety of our students as a priority. These are just a few of the highlights.

    You asked what you could be doing now.  Of course, continue teaching and modeling all the proper personal hygiene habits from hand washing to sneeze and cough covering, to sanitizing high touch surfaces and items in your home.  Since we will be doing temperature and symptom screening each morning, you might begin that practice in your home now.  The routine will make the start of school a bit easier for your student.

    Masks continue to be a big topic. Yesterday’s directive from the governor will have to inform our process.  We will watch carefully to see just what this means for schools and how long the directives will last.

    Finally, thank you all for your prayers in this matter.  All comments I read agreed on one point --- we all care about the physical, mental, and spiritual health of our students and staff.

    Blessings as you enjoy our June Gloom weather.

    Doug Herrmann

    Headmaster
    Loma Linda Academy
  • LLA Webinar RE: COVID-19 — Sent: June 16, 2020

    Dear Parents of LLA,
     
    If you missed our LLA Parent Meeting via Zoom Webinar yesterday, you can watch the recording at www.lla.org/webinar. Thank you to Dr. Adrian Cotton and Dr. Paul C. Herrmann who presented information about COVID-19 in relation to the planning of LLA’s safe return to learning on campus. This meeting included relevant information for COVID in our local area as well as a question and answer session.
     
    Presenters
    Dr. Adrian Cotton is Chief of Medical Operations for Loma Linda University Health and is a parent to 3 LLA students.
    Dr. Paul C. Herrmann is a Pathologist for Loma Linda University Health, serves as LLA’s Board Chair, and is a parent to 2 LLA students.

     
    Please watch for the parent survey, coming soon.
     
  • Update: LLA Plans for 2020-2021 — Sent: June 3 2020

    Dear LLA Family,

    As we end our school year, I want to share a few important thoughts.

    First, we are looking forward to celebrating our students that have achieved milestones this year: kindergarten graduation, 6th grade dedication, 8th grade graduation and high school graduation. Our students have achieved their goals despite the circumstances. Let me express my thanks to you for helping to make this happen.

    Second, regarding next school year, our plan is to start school on campus August 17 (High School) and August 19 (Elementary and Junior High).  We are carefully planning the complex logistics to provide the safe and loving education that you expect from Loma Linda Academy. 

    Third, we know that your plans are dependent on our plans, so we will be communicating with you frequently throughout the summer. Due to the unpredictable variables that we face, we would like your feedback to help direct our planning. 
    LLA is blessed to have Loma Linda University Medical Center in our community. Many of the LLUH health care professionals choose LLA. Among them is Dr. Adrian Cotton, who serves as Chief of Medical Operations for LLUH hospitals. Dr. Cotton has been on the forefront of the response to COVID-19 and has been quoted by several national media outlets.

    Dr. Cotton has provided insight and education in our planning for a safe return to campus. We are so blessed to have him and many other invested professionals as a resource for our LLA community.
    As an LLA parent, you will be invited to an informational meeting with Dr. Cotton. We will discuss the practical steps that LLA will take to increase the safety of our campus.
    Thank you for your prayers and support. I look forward to that day when our students return to our beautiful campus…our safe campus.

    Sincerely,

    Doug Herrmann
    Headmaster
    Loma Linda Academy
  • Distance Learning Update — April 29, 2020

    April 29, 2020

    UPDATE: Loma Linda Academy will continue with off-campus, distance learning for the remainder of the school year, concluding on Thursday, June 4th, 2020. If additional information becomes available, communication will be sent to LLA families and posted on this COVID-19 webpage.
  • Distance Learning Update — Sent April 8, 2020

    April 8, 2020

    Dear LLA Family,

    I have had the opportunity to talk with a few of you and I appreciate the support, understanding and the wisdom shared with us. With the help of myLLA, Zoom, Google classrooms, and our excellent and caring teachers, we are continuing our mission despite the circumstances.

    Will LLA return to on-campus learning this school year?

    Based on the recent guidance from the Governor and the State Department of Education, as well as the recent decisions of most of our local public school districts in the Southeastern California Conference territory, it is reasonable to conclude that we will likely not resume on-site instruction this school year.  Should more positive developments occur surrounding the pandemic situation and/or local authorities relax their orders regarding social gatherings, we will certainly reassess our intentions for on-site instruction at that time.

    Please feel free to contact me or your principal if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support during this pandemic as we continue to teach, nurture, and guide your students.

    Sincerely,

    Doug Herrmann

    Headmaster
    Loma Linda Academy
  • Distance Learning Update— Sent: April 1, 2020

    April 1, 2020

    Greetings LLA Family,

    Throughout the many forms of media these days, one hears a common message:

    We are in this together.
    We are apart but united.
    We will get through this.

    And, of course, this sentiment is true.

    It is amazing to think how much we have had to adjust to since Friday, March 13 when we scrambled to announce that school would be switching to off campus learning starting the next Monday.  “Social distancing,”  “Shelter in place,” “quarantine,” “respirators,” and  “Frontline medical heroes,” have become common words and phrases around the world.  And only in war have we daily followed such drastic casualty reports.
     
    Not withstanding the loss of life, the other losses we all feel are real as well.  At Loma Linda Academy, we pride ourselves on the whole educational experience we offer.  The excellence in the classroom as well as the rich opportunities outside the classroom is what makes up a powerful school year at LLA.  Since March 13, so much has changed.

    Of course, this has been repeated across society. Churches, businesses, families, and government have shared the same loss of experiences and traditions.  

    So, here we are.  In a short time, our team of professional educators has had to retool.  With the same passion for student learning, and with many new methods, our teachers are determined to provide excellent education.  We appreciate your patience with the learning curve. You can expect our teachers to work hard to learn these new skills and to teach our students in this new normal. While we sadly have greatly reduced our hourly staff, we continue to pay our salaried staff.  We know that finances are compromised for many in our school family. We do not wish to process any withdrawals based on this crisis. While normal tuition will be billed, please contact Brittany Min (bmin@LLA.org) if you need to discuss tuition aid. We will also waive late fees for those needing more assistance or more time.

    I listened in on several Zoom workshops during Monday’s in-service and heard teachers asking questions about how they can do things better, not how they can do less.  We hear of districts and schools providing only enrichment opportunities to students.  At LLA, we propose to provide for our students a viable, Christ-centered, teacher-led curriculum with a continuing sense of community while completing the school year with students prepared for the next level of schooling in August.  

    I want to say a word about our Children’s Center.  Except for the scheduled week off during Spring Break, they have continued to serve our community with excellent pre-school and childcare.  This is an important part of supporting our local health care institutions. We have increased standard hygiene practices and have modified our program to follow state guidelines for this crisis time.  

    What will the rest of the year look like?  We are instructed to follow the lead of the Redlands Unified School District.  Therefore, we will be continuing off-campus education at least through May 1. There will be daily school experiences Monday through Friday that will include real time (synchronous) and recorded (asynchronous) instruction for all grade levels.  While we hope that we can return to school in May, we think it is probable that the no “on-campus school” order will ultimately be in effect for the rest of the school year. Expect one or two more in-service days and possibly a free day for all to catch their breath.  We are already beginning to consider what the final days of school will look like.  Certainly we are thinking of graduations and imagining alternative ways of celebrating.   Should state or local health requirements make that necessary, things will be different but we can still make the time special.
     
    We pray for you, our school, our nation and our world during this great health challenge.  Thank you for your prayers.  Remember, wash your hands, remain together but six feet apart, and be kind to each other.

    Blessings,

    Doug Herrmann
    Headmaster
    Loma Linda Academy


  • Distance Learning Update — Sent: March 26, 2020

    March 26, 2020

    Dear LLA Family,
    My prayer is that this finds your family healthy and in good spirits. While we are all facing new challenges, I hope that we can experience some silver linings.

    In education we often work with a pattern of teach, practice, assess, and reteach.  After the first week of off-campus education, it is time for this model.  Having taken the first steps down this new road, it is time for us as educators to assess and reteach ourselves.  I think that it is fortunate that we have Spring Break when students and teachers can all catch our breath and refocus.  We will be taking Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31, as inservice days to review, reteach, and practice some of the new skills that are important for this new way of doing things.  School for students will resume online on April 1, 2020.

    We appreciate your support and your patience.  We are dedicated to your child having as good an experience as possible.  Our goal is for each student to complete the academic year successfully no matter when we are allowed back in the classroom.

    Blessings as you work with your child during this time.  Please feel free to call your principal if you need and certainly stay in contact with your teachers.

    Sincerely,
     
    Doug Herrmann
    Headmaster
    Loma Linda Academy





  • Communication — Sent: March 17, 2020

    Dear LLA Family,

    Yesterday, you received communication from your respective principals with information about how LLA is moving forward with distance learning. Our primary goal during this transition is to keep to the heart of our ministry by continuing to help our children grow in their relationship with Jesus.

    Your teachers are preparing creative ways to keep your child’s “classroom” connections personal. We encourage dialogue to continue between students and friends. Teachers would like to connect with your child about how they are doing – not just academically – but also emotionally and spiritually. You are also a critical part of this new distance learning, so please feel free to share your needs directly with your teachers. We are here to support you.

    On-Campus learning is scheduled to resume on Monday, April 13, 2020. We will communicate with you immediately if this date changes.

    Office Communication
    The best form of communication right now is email. However, limited office staff will be available via phone from March 18-20 and from March 30-April 10 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Please note that offices will be closed during Spring Break from March 23-27.

    I am confident that our God is in control and that our LLA community will weather this storm. I invite your prayers for Loma Linda Academy, our students, teachers and for our parents.
     
    Sincerely,

    Doug Herrmann
    Headmaster
    Loma Linda Academy





  • Distance Learning — Letter Sent: March 13, 2020

     
    March 13, 2020

    Dear LLA Family,

    As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with our students and families, however, prevention and the greater health of our community is extremely important to us. Under the guidance of Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the decision has been made to cancel TK-12th grade on-campus school during the week of March 16-20. The Children’s Center will remain open until further notice. TK-12th grade students will continue learning from home.

    On Monday, March 16, you will receive notification from your campus principal regarding how distance and online learning will proceed. All faculty will be on campus March 16-20 to facilitate online and distance learning. As a result of the on-campus school cancellation, the WASC visitation scheduled for March 15-18 has been postponed, as well.

    I understand that this will be a hardship for many families, so I want to emphasize that this decision was not taken lightly. We appreciate your understanding in this situation and ask that you continue to monitor your email as well our COVID-19 updates webpage (www.lla.org/covid19) for all future communications.

    Thank you,

    Douglas Herrmann
    Headmaster
    Loma Linda Academy
  • Events & Trips — Letter Sent: March 12, 2020

    March 12, 2020

    Dear LLA Family,

    Loma Linda Academy continues to monitor our local situation surrounding COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, the LLA Administration has decided to take the following precautionary measures:

    1. All LLA events that include 250 or more people have been canceled or postponed through the end of March. Please see below for a list of events included in this decision.

    • All chapels in all grades 
    • First grade concert – March 12
    • Junior High International Day – March 13
    • Junior High Knowledge Bowl – March 20
    • Parent Vaping Workshop – March 19
    • High school Spring Shindig – March 20
    • High school talent show – March 16
    • Winds and Percussion Recital – March 19
    • Wind Symphony Benefit Concert – March 15

    2. Understanding that field trips will unnecessarily expose our students to potential risk, next week’s field trips will be postponed or canceled for all grades. Field trips included in this decision are:

    • 2nd Grade -  Legoland – March 19
    • 3rd Grade – California Science Center – March 19

    3. Fourth quarter trips and programs will continue to be evaluated. 

    4. The Junior High Washington D.C. trip, which was scheduled for April 13-20, 2020 has been postponed. A separate letter has gone out to parents of students signed up for this trip. 

    Please note that the list of canceled or postponed events and activities could change at any time. 

    We invite you to check www.lla.org/covid19 periodically for the most up-to-date information regarding LLA’s COVID-19 response.

    Thank you for your continued support!

    Sincerely,

    Douglas Herrmann
    Headmaster

    Loma Linda Academy


  • Proactive Measures — Letter Sent: March 11, 2020

    Greetings LLA Family,

    Loma Linda Academy is committed to slowing the spread of COVID-19. We are meeting regularly and following the school guidance from the California Department of Public Health in preparing and taking precautions to prevent further spread of COVID-19. There are several proactive steps we would like to communicate with you:

    1. While we currently have no plans to close our school, we are preparing for that scenario, out of an abundance of caution. A decision to close the school will be based on the guidance of the California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
    2. In the event of a school closure, you would receive an alert via email and text. Additional information would become available on myLLA and www.lla.org/covid19.
    3. You should opt-in to text message alerts so you don’t miss critical information. You can opt-in by texting “Y” to 67587. If you don’t opt-in, you will not receive the text alerts.
    4. LLA events and trips are currently being evaluated on a case by case basis. Student, staff, and community safety is, of course, our primary concern. We will continue to update you of any cancellations.
    5. Individuals who have recently returned from a country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice are to wait 14 days before entering LLA’s campus. Current Level 3 Health Notice countries are China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. This notice will be posted at campus entry points.
    6. Please do not send your child to school when they are sick. Children and adults should be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school or work. 
    Our objective is to keep you informed and to keep our community healthy. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

    Douglas Herrmann

    Headmaster
    Loma Linda Academy
     


  • Health Update — Letter Sent: February 28, 2020

    Greetings LLA Family,
     
    As the Coronavirus situation develops and progresses worldwide, nations, businesses, and institutions such as schools must consider how to respond and what steps to take.  We will be meeting regularly to monitor the situation as it relates to Loma Linda Academy and our students, employees, and families.  We want to communicate the following points with you.
     
    1. The most important and immediate step to take now is prevention.  These points apply to not only the Coronavirus, but also the flu and colds, which are the greater risk at this time.  These professional guidelines have been stated in many places and bare repeating. 
      • Stay clear of people who exhibit signs of respiratory illness.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Teach your child how to do so.
      • Hand washing is better than hand sanitizer.  However, if that is all you have, use it.  Be sure that it is at least 60% alcohol.
      • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or, even better, a disposable tissue and then toss it in the trash.
      • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
      • Get the flu shot if you have not done so yet.
    2. If your child is sick
      • Please do not send your child to school when they are sick.
      • Children and adults should be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school or work. 
    3. While the likelihood of school closures is small, we are discussing possible options for continuing instruction from a distance should the need arise.  We will follow CDC, Southeastern California Conference, and local health department and school district guidance regarding decisions on school closing. 
    4. At this time, we are moving forward with planned musical tours.  We are monitoring carefully the council from the CDC concerning our destinations.
    Below is a link to a conference presented at Loma Linda University this week that will give you current information.  
     
     
    We thank you for your support and understanding.
     
    Douglas Herrmann, Headmaster
    Julie Majestic, Children’s Center Principal
    Ron Trautwein, Elementary Principal
    Don Krpalek, Junior High Principal
    Iveth Valenzuela, High School Principal
    Merry Herrmann, School Nurse
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