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Update from Supt. Copeland
Update from Supt. Copeland

This update includes three important sections:

  1. Highlights from July 19, 2021, meeting of the Lower Merion Board of School Directors, where the District's amended Health and Safety Plan was approved.
  2. Registration information for the Lower Merion Virtual Academy (LMVA) for the 2021- 2022 school year
  3. Reminder about COVID-19 vaccinations for the 2021-2022 school year

Board Meeting Highlights

Click here for a summary of highlights from the Monday, July 19, 2021, meeting of the Lower Merion Board of School Directors.

LMVA

As mentioned in an earlier letter, the Lower Merion Virtual Academy (LMVA) will be the only virtual program offered by LMSD during this 2021-2022 school year. LMVA is a mainly asynchronous platform that provides the greatest flexibility for our students. Academic support will be available with Lower Merion staff; however, the courses are facilitated by certified teachers provided by LMVA's online partners.

Students/families wishing to participate in LMVA this year should review the information here, including the FAQs and Handbook, before making a decision. Families/students who are choosing LMVA for the first semester should register here. Registrations must be received no later than August 9, 2021, to guarantee placement and setup of the online courses for each student by the start of school. If you have additional questions, please email LMVA@lmsd.org.

Vaccination Update

As LMSD's COVID-19 Health and Safety Team continues to plan for the 2021-2022 school year, it is important that they have accurate information regarding the vaccination status of eligible students and staff. Staff and parents/guardians of students who were vaccinated outside of an LMSD-sponsored clinic are asked to send proof of vaccination to healthservices@lmsd.org as soon as possible. This information will be kept confidential, but will assist in planning and contact-tracing for the upcoming school year.

If you/your student(s) age 12 and over are not yet vaccinated, you are urged to begin the vaccination process as soon as possible. Patients receiving the Pfizer vaccine are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after receiving their second dose; therefore, the vaccination process (two shots plus two weeks) takes six weeks. We are a little over seven weeks from the start of the school year.

Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are available for free at most pharmacies. Information about Montgomery County vaccine clinics is available here.