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To prepare for the safest in-person learning experience, Logos Prep is adjusting the 2020-21 school calendar to allow for a two-week delay to the start of school. School will now begin on August 24 for secondary students and August 25 for elementary school. Preparations and cautionary measures will be in place to maintain a safe, socially distanced learning environment. For a detailed video on what that looks like, click here for a message from Head of School, Tammy McIlvoy, as she walks through plans for grades K-12 or click on the following grade level links.
We encourage everyone to stay tuned to this page periodically for additional information and updates and stay alert to email messages.
One of our key habits of integrity is self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 is a wonderful reminder to us about the application of self-control over fear. “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Concerns for the safety and well-being for all members of the Logos Prep community continue to be and will always remain our highest priority. We ask for your continued prayer and partnership through this evolving situation.
Dear Logos Prep Family,
To prepare for the safest in-person learning experience, Logos Prep is adjusting the 2020-21 school calendar to allow for a two-week delay to the start of school. School will now begin on August 24 for secondary students and August 25 for elementary school. All activities leading up to schools, such as student orientations and the K-2 meet and greet, will take place as initially scheduled. Athletics will also continue or resume practices based on date guidance given by our athletic governing body, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. Find more information on athletics here.
Please note the 2020-21 calendar adjustments:
Thanksgiving break will be shortened to begin Wednesday, November 25.
Christmas break will begin for the elementary school on December 14.
Secondary finals will be December 14 - 16 with Christmas break beginning December 17 for secondary students.
Besides the two weeks delay, families who choose to do so may keep their children home for the first three weeks of school using our online resources to keep the students up-to-date and prepared to enter the classroom in-person by September 14. Families wanting to have a better understanding of how online resources may help meet their educational goals are invited to join us for webinars on the following dates and times:
Grades K - 2, Monday, August 3 @ 2:00 p.m. SIGN UP LINK
Grades 3 - 6, Wednesday, August 5 @ 3:00 p.m. SIGN UP LINK
Junior High, Thursday, August 6 @ 11:00 a.m. Sign Up LINK
High School Tuesday, August 4 @ 3:00 p.m. SIGN UP LINK
Logos Prep is dedicated to continuing to provide a quality Christian education even in uncertain times. Though we may have to adjust from time to time to ensure a safe learning environment, we will never waver in our commitment to providing an in-person learning experience for every student whose family has chosen to attend. We are grateful for your trust and anticipate God’s best for the 2020-21 school year.
For more details on the 2020-21 changes, please view this video.
Logos Prep Families,
Click here for a video message from Tammy McIlvoy as she walks through fall plans for grades K-12.
Dear Logos Prep Family,
Thank you for completing the recent parent survey. An overwhelming majority of respondents expressed the desire to start school on time even if that means starting online, and not requiring masks to be worn unless required by government officials or in times of closer contact between students. Examples of these times may include working in groups to achieve a common goal, or during passing periods. Thank you for helping finalize our thoughts around these ideas.
In the third question on the survey, we explored the area of online learning. What became apparent is that there are many ideas about what online learning is. In and of itself, this was helpful information for us. Many of you asked for an online learning component that would allow students to stay on track with lessons even when having to be absent for a period of time. The good news is that we have already planned for this to be the case. Using a technology called Swivl, teachers will post each day’s lesson in their Google Classrooms. Though the Google Classroom will not be intended to support the entirety of a student’s school experience, it will serve as the bridge between the satellite and central classroom when students are absent. If there are times when COVID causes us to pivot to classes taught online, the Google Classroom will then be used to fully facilitate learning. Our online technology and plans are designed to support the in-person instruction of students in these uncertain times while allowing for a quick pivot should there be a need to shift periodically to online learning.
Another type of learning program is a complete learning experience that is fully online. These are designed to provide a student with a full course of material without any in-person interaction between the student and teacher. This type of platform would need to provide every lab, test, hands-on style activity, etc that is needed for a child’s learning in a given area. While there are online schools designed to provide such programs, Logos Prep is not one. Our ability to support an excellent online community in brief periods is a direct result of the depth of our in-person learning environment. We do not feel we could serve parents looking for a 100% online experience with the excellence we expect of our Logos Prep program. For that reason, we will not be able to offer this option.
Within the comments section of the survey, many of you took the time to offer your encouragement to the administrative team. Thank you! Your encouragement is meaningful to us. There were also many questions asked about various aspects of next year’s experience. We are compiling all of those questions and will do our best to address them either in a personal communication or in a group forum. In the meantime, please feel free to request a virtual meeting or call with your grade level principal should you have any questions you would like answered quickly. We are here for you! Know that we are praying for each of you and expecting God’s best in the days to come.
As COVID19 continues to disrupt our typical lifestyles, we understand that there are other issues at hand. While this communication provides information regarding the August reopening of campus, we want to be sure that each of you saw our statement regarding the racial tensions in our country. If you missed it, here is the LINK. Besides this statement, this week, we released a conversation between Coach Murff and Coach Rawlins regarding the subject of racism and relationship. This video is available at powerup.logosprep.org and on our social media platforms.
So what will August look like?
If being honest, superintendents and school administrators cannot make any guarantees about what August will bring. However, we can develop some ideas. There will be changes to the way we educate children, but at Logos Prep, I don’t think those changes will be overly disruptive. With a satellite classroom already an integral part of our program, we are uniquely situated to offer a quality education even in light of COVID restrictions. As you read the precautions we will take, it may occur to you that costs will be much higher than in a typical year. While this is true, we plan to continue to offer quality education at no additional cost to you. God has been very good to us, preparing us for the year ahead.
Here are a few things you can expect:
1. Changes to large assemblies and gatherings such as Back to School Blast
2. Smaller class sizes
3. Students in grades K-4 will remain grouped with the same group of students throughout the day with teachers traveling to students instead of students traveling to teachers. We may apply an exception for students up in math.
4. As possible, students in grades 5 - 8 will be kept with students of their grade level.
5. Classes for high school students will also be located so that students are not coming in contact with more people than necessary to complete their schedule of courses.
6. Temperatures will be screened upon arrival using thermal scanning technology.
7. Visitors to campus will be limited.
8. Measures will be taken to reduce traffic in the halls and numbers in the bathrooms.
9. The lunchroom will allow for social distancing and the lunch period be planned such that students are grouped with only students of their grade level.
10. Elementary students will still have recess, but less equipment will be used and that equipment will be sanitized between groups of students.
11. We purchased technology to help connect the satellite and central classrooms to enable students to more easily miss school when showing any sign of illness.
12. Absentee policies will be altered to encourage students to stay home when exhibiting any symptoms of illness.
13. A handbook addendum including new policies consistent with COVID19 guidelines is being created. For example, a student must be fever-free for 72 hours before returning to school as opposed to the traditional 24-hour period. This addendum will be available in July.
14. Masks will be required when students cannot be properly distanced.
15. Hand sanitation will take place at the start of all classes when a class change has occurred.
16. Desks will be sanitized during class changes.
17. No lockers will be assigned.
18. Students may not congregate but will be asked to go directly to class.
19. Athletics and extracurricular activities will continue following guidelines set in place by governing authorities
20. Logos Prep staff will assume greater responsibility for sanitation during the school day while both SCBC and Faith Lutheran have cleaning staff in place using CDC approved methods and materials for daily cleaning.
To make smaller classes workable, we will probably place some secondary classes in classrooms in SCBC’s main building. We are reviewing options to determine which students could be better served in these classrooms. We will see many such changes as temporary adjustments. We plan to reevaluate all new policies and procedures each semester until we are no longer operating outside of what we consider the norm.
As you probably expect, there are many procedural changes that we cannot list in one email. Next week, as part of our parent enrichment webinar series, Mrs. Ross and Mrs. Rabb will produce a video discussing what students and parents can expect at the elementary level. In July, detailed instructions will be available for each grade level outlining new procedures being implemented for that grade level. We also understand that should cases of COVID continue to rise in Texas, there is a chance that Governor Abbott will once again close schools. We desire to conduct as much of the school year as possible in-person. Before beginning the year online, we would make calendar adjustments. Should that become a reality, we will send a detailed description of our plan. This plan will also be included in the handbook addendum being published in July.
Know that we are praying for you and looking forward to a time when we can be back together with you in-person. Our core value theme for 2020-21 is community. We cannot think of a better way to celebrate than to focus on the community God has given us while studying the beauty of living in community together.
Blessings to each of you!
Called To Love--Click here for a message from Tammy McIlvoy on what Jesus tells us in Micah 6:8.
We are thinking of you as our country and world continue to face trials and unrest. What a joy it is to know that God has allowed us to be in such a sweet community during these difficult days. Community is the core value we will focus on for the 2020-21 school year. We look forward to our August return and the ability to spend time together in community. Later this week, you will receive an update from the Board of Directors with a large picture view of the health of the school. The news is good and the outlook fantastic. By June 19th, you can expect an email from me with information regarding our August return. We want to be sure to keep you informed as we make key decisions for the 2020-21 school year.
One thing we are changing is the format of Power Up. Traditionally, we bring as many of our community members as possible onto campus in the days leading up to school. Since we don’t know what our limitations will be, we want to protect first the ability to bring students on campus for orientations and readiness labs. With that said, we plan to approach Power Up differently. Next week, we will begin to release various webinars and videos for parents. New webinars and videos will be added through-out the summer. While currently in development, webinar and video links and the schedule for the release of new links will soon be available at powerup.logosprep.org. If there is a topic you would love for us to cover, please tell us what that is by clicking here. We do still hope to provide training to parents new to our school in person before the school year begins. The culmination of our summer parent enrichment opportunities will be a webinar with psychologist and author, Adam Saenz. We are so excited to have him investing his time into our community.
Be on the lookout for social media posts advertising upcoming webinars. You may also want to periodically check the calendar that will soon be available at powerup.logosprep.org.
May God bless you and keep you!
Well that’s a wrap, Logos Prep! You did it! You have shown yourselves to be flexible and resilient. You have also completed the year with excellence. Congratulations!
Saturday we will host a closed graduation to celebrate our seniors. The ceremony will not look like ceremonies from past years, but in many ways will be even more significant. Out of a generation that has often been accused of being entitled, the graduates of 2020 will show us all how to lose something expected, experiencing pain and disappointment while keeping forward motion. God is preparing them for something big. Please be sure to celebrate with us by watching the livestream using one of the links below. Graduation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16th.
When graduation is complete, all eyes will be on the 2020-21 school year as we prepare for an August return to in-person classes. No decisions have been made by the State of Texas regarding summer programming at schools, but we do know that there will be no open gyms or camps in June. We would love to be able to begin open gyms in July. We will keep you posted. Just as we are doing with graduation, we will follow the guidelines of our state and local authorities to ensure we comply with all safety requirements as we return to school activities. Until Governor Abbott officially opens schools, we will not maintain summer office hours. However, we are working remotely and are here to assist you as needed.
There have been some questions about financial policies in light of uncertain economic times. In order to alleviate fears, we are adjusting our June policy regarding tuition refunds. Under our standard policy, families are responsible for 10 percent of the year’s tuition if withdrawing during the month of June. In July, that amount increases to 20 percent. For June 2020, we will refund 100 percent of tuition for families needing to withdraw due to the economic impacts of COVID19, but the responsibility goes to 20 percent in July as usual. While we hope every family will be able to stay at Logos Prep, we do understand the unique challenges that these days present. Additionally, while the financial aid application has closed, we do want to know if you have a COVID19 related financial impact that we may be able to offer temporary tuition assistance to help you navigate. Funds available are limited, but we encourage you to communicate your needs with us. If you find yourself in a place of blessing during this time and would like to help cover tuition costs for another family, please reach out to Deborah Maganza at email@example.com.
Through the summer and moving toward our return to campus, we will continue to work diligently to provide an excellent education and safe schooling environment for the Logos Prep family. Please be in prayer for us and be assured that we are in prayer for you. We cannot wait to see what God will do.
Blessings on your summer!
March 23, 2020
Logos Prep Families,
Click here for a video message from Tammy McIlvoy and stay tuned to our social media accounts for more updates.
March 18, 2020
Dear Parents and Students,
We pray this email finds you enjoying extra time together. Though none of us anticipated such a disruption to our daily routine, as a school community we are ready to excel under our new circumstances. As parents, students, and teachers in a University-Model® school, the idea of remote learning isn’t new. Each of you already know the best practices of using a satellite classroom. Learning to bring the central classroom into the home will take a bit of adjustment, but we are ready!
For their part, teachers have been in training and are now working with their new tools in order to deliver excellent instruction to your home via online resources. As they are learning to use new tools, parents and students will be called on to do the same. Understanding there must be grace and patience given on both sides, we are expecting things to go relatively smoothly. Policies and practices have been put in place to ensure educational value without undue stress. At this time, we are planning as if we will be learning remotely for the remainder of the school year. However, we will be able to immediately adjust back to our standard procedures should the opportunity be made available.
Online learning will begin Monday, March 23rd. In order to prepare, we ask that you do these things now. Go to online.logosprep.org. Under the Students & Parents section, there is a list of tools/software. These resources are going to be the way that your students will continue their education for the time being. Here you will find user guides on Gmail, Google Classroom, Docs/Sheets/Slides, and other tools that your teachers will be adding to their classrooms. Please take time to go through these if you are unfamiliar with them in order to best set up your student(s) for success. Your student will be able to access their Google Classroom beginning on Sunday, March 22nd. For technical support, please email our tech team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you log on to Google Classroom your student’s classes will not be made available (unless your student(s)’ teacher is already using Google Classroom) until Friday. After this, teachers will start to begin posting for students beginning on Monday, March 23rd.
As a school, email will be our primary means of communication. Teachers will communicate via Google Classroom and email. Each teacher will define parameters for availability. Please check your email daily for updates from the school and individual classroom teachers. The school will be closed to foot traffic, but there will be a skeleton crew manning the phones and addressing specific in-person needs. Phones will be answered between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday - Thursday. No visitors will be accepted without an appointment. Should you have technology questions, you may call during office hours, or use the technology help link found at online.logosprep.org.
Later today, you will receive an email from your grade level principal with any academic information specific to your age group. Tomorrow, you can expect a newsletter detailing plans for cancelation or adjustment to all of our non-academic events and plans. This newsletter should answer many of your non-academic questions. Once that newsletter is released, if you still have unanswered questions, please reach out to us via email. We are here for you! We are thinking of you - praying for you - and believing in you!!
Head of School
Logos Preparatory Academy
Office: 281-565-6467, ext 1101
March 16, 2020
Logos Prep Families,
Following FBISD, Logos Prep will participate in remote learning until at least April 10th. Teachers have been preparing and will be ready to continue offering a quality education in an online format. After this week, office hours will be from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday with a skeleton crew. We realize some students will need their books and other items possibly left in their lockers. Students may come by the main campus between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. this week only to retrieve them. All other visitors must be by appointment only.
Director of Communications
Logos Preparatory Academy
March 12, 2020 4:00 p.m.
Logos Prep Families,
In order to assist with the arrest of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 spread, Logos Prep will not be holding central classroom sessions for a minimum of two weeks following our originally scheduled spring break. Spring break will be extended through March 20. Logos Prep faculty will use the week of March 16-20 to prepare for online course delivery to begin March 23. Courses will remain online as long as this is the most prudent decision in keeping students and staff safe.
Two significant scheduling adjustments are being made in order to help reclaim the lost week of learning:
1.There will be no spring finals for Secondary students. The last day of classes for Secondary will be May 8th.
2.Standardized testing for grades 1 - 6 will be postponed or possibly cancelled.
All student activities are suspended until otherwise announced. This includes athletic contests and practices.
Faculty and staff will receive an email with further expectations and plans for preparations during the week of March 16.
We encourage everyone to visit our COVID-19 website (http://logosprep.org/my-logos-prep) periodically for additional information and updates and stay alert to email messages.
Director of Communications
Logos Preparatory Academy
March 12, 2020 1:30 p.m.
Logos Prep Families,
Please click here for a video message from Tammy McIlvoy regarding a Coronavirus update. As this is an evolving situation, please watch for additional updates through emails, social media, or at www.logosprep.org/my-logos-prep.
Director of Communications
Logos Preparatory Academy
March 5, 2020
Logos Prep Families,
As Spring Break quickly approaches, we hope you have plans to rest and enjoy time with family and friends. However, before you log out, please take time to read the following important information.
As continued news coverage of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) appears around the world and in the United States, we want our Logos Prep community to know that we are carefully monitoring this situation through reports from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Fort Bend County Health Department.To date, there are few cases of coronavirus locally. However, we should all exercise caution and take preventative measures, especially while traveling. During Spring Break we know many of you will be visiting family or traveling to other places. We urge you to stay informed of ongoing developments of the spread of the virus and encourage you to monitor CDC updates. As you search for information about COVID-19, check out the following link: About Coronavirus.
If you or any family members are traveling outside of the country or to any areas where there is a potential exposure, it is imperative that you notify a school nurse prior to your departure. Click here to complete the notification.This will assist us with prior knowledge of possible exposure issues and help us maintain a safe environment upon students' return to school.
Please be assured that once we return, Logos Prep has plans in place to continue with an appropriate response to COVID-19. Should a temporary school closure occur, a plan for continued learning with modified instruction as well as information regarding further actions being taken to keep our campus safe will be communicated.
Thank you for partnering with us to help promote health and wellness at Logos Prep. Concerns for the safety and well-being for all members of the Logos Prep community continue to be and will always remain our highest priority.
Travel safely and enjoy your time away!
From The Counselor
While we are all closely monitoring our physical health at this time, let us not forget the importance of our mental health as well. Our children of all ages are feeling the anxiety and stress that comes with disruption and uncertainty. We as adults are also experiencing additional stress, and I want to encourage all of you to take the time to take care of yourselves as well.
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