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Dec. 7, 2020, Update from Supt. Copeland

Dec. 7, 2020

Dear LMSD Families,

I know that many of you have questions about our schedule plans for the upcoming weeks. At this time, we plan to continue in-person instruction in our hybrid model through Dec. 22, 2020. Attendance and participation of students and staff support the continuation of this model and we know that in-person instruction is most beneficial to students. According to Montgomery County's latest numbers, LMSD has the lowest positivity rates of COVID-19 in the county. The metrics provided by the PolicyLab at CHOP also support this plan.

As I have mentioned, while continued in-person instruction is our goal, there may be circumstances under which individual schools, or the District as a whole, will have to return – possibly with very short notice – to a fully virtual model. This could be the result of case counts or due to operational challenges, such as a lack of available staff.

Looking ahead, all classes will be virtual on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, as well as the week after the Winter Break (Jan. 4-8, 2021). The exception will be special education students who have been identified by their IEP teams as requiring in-person instruction, who will be virtual on Dec. 23, but who will return to in-person instruction after Winter Break. Remaining fully virtual the week after the break will allow out-of-state travelers to quarantine for seven days prior to returning to our schools, as currently required by the Pa. Department of Health and recommended by the CDC.


Dec. 23, 2020 – All virtual/Asynchronous Instruction

Dec. 24, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021 – Winter Break/All Schools Closed

  • Dec. 24-25, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2021 – All District Offices Closed

Jan. 4-8, 2021 – All virtual, except for identified special education students

Jan. 11, 2021 – Return to in-person hybrid model instruction

As a reminder, if anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, has tested positive or has been exposed to the virus, please call the LMSD COVID-19 Healthline at 610-645-1973. In addition, please remain vigilant in following the public health protocols, including wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently and maintaining distance from anyone outside your household.


Robert Copeland

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