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Dear Live Oak Community,

At this time Live Oak is planning to open on August 19th, offering on-campus instruction and synchronous and recorded distance learning to start the 2020-21 school year. Our desire is to provide enhanced distance learning that allows students to be more integrated into the classroom while staying at home and also have the expected formative experience on campus. Families will be asked to select an instructional format and to stay in the selected model for at least the first two weeks of school. Thereafter, a student may transition to the other format beginning on a Monday so long as Live Oak receives at least one week’s notice of the change.  

On-Campus Instruction

We want to share with you a few of the measures we will take to promote the safety of our community. We take these measures seriously as a means of putting others first as called to by Christ, and we seek to respond to the challenges before us with flexibility, creativity and joy.

  • Minimize large gatherings of students including Chapel
    • Streaming our Chapel services and assemblies into classrooms
    • No Chapel dress will be required until we have larger gatherings
  • Grammar
    • Students in class will cohort for most of the day
    • Mixing will be allowed when 6 ft. of distancing is feasible
  • Logic/Rhetoric
    • The main hallway of Logic/Rhetoric will be routed as a one-way traffic circle  
    • Passing period release times will be staggered
    • Students will store textbooks at home or in classrooms to minimize locker usage
    • Backpacks will be allowed in classrooms to minimize the need for lockers 

Routine Screening

Families will be asked to screen for symptoms daily and complete a form weekly as follows:

Screening Questions

  1. Have you come in close contact with anyone who is lab-confirmed positive for COVID-19?
  2. Have you recently begun experiencing any of the following symptoms in a way that is not normal?
  • Feeling feverish or a temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 F
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea

Any community member answering yes to the COVID exposure question or exhibiting any of the above symptoms should not be on campus. Parents should not send children to school who have been exposed to COVID or exhibited any of the above symptoms.

Live Oak staff members will be stationed to take temperatures for all students before students enter the building. Students with fever or symptoms will not be allowed on campus.


  • Every student in Junior Kindergarten-Rhetoric 3 must have either a mask, gaiter, or face shield for use when required to be in close contact or in a larger group, as well as a water bottle to use in the water bottle filler, as water fountains will not be enabled. Students may wear solid colored masks or gaiters in school uniform colors (black, blue, green, grey, or white), the masks available on our Lands’ End custom site, or the gaiters which will be available through the Spirit Shop (watch Falcon Flyer for availability). Clear face shields are also acceptable. If gaiter-style masks are not chosen, a lanyard of some sort must be provided to keep the mask attached around the neck.
  • Students in Grammar 4-Rhetoric 3 will be required to wear masks in class in accordance with state and local guidelines. Students will have the opportunity to remove masks when they are outside and social distancing can be maintained.
  • Faculty will primarily wear face shields while teaching so that students will be able to see faces.

Hygiene routines 

  • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing will be built into the class schedule 
  • Detailed campus cleanings will be done with a disinfectant that has a residual barrier that will last for more than a day
  • The Merv 13 filters for the HVAC will be replaced frequently

Random Temperature Checks

  • Students will be screened at random during the day


  • Only visitors with essential business will be admitted into buildings; screening will be required

Enhanced Distance Learning

Live Oak will have an opportunity for students to experience classroom learning, listen to questions, and ensure a high level of at-home learning through our enhanced distance learning.

  • Students will join the classroom virtually; synchronous and recorded lessons will be used
  • Expectations for homework, assignment deadlines, participation, grades, and upholding the Honor Code will be the same as on-campus instruction
  • Students will be given flexibility due to hardware and software difficulties but will be expected to be caught up by each Monday
  • Grammar students will be able to access the teacher or a teacher’s aide at designated times, and Logic/Rhetoric students will be required to check-in at least once a week with each teacher


Later this week we will send out a list of Frequently Asked Questions, which will be followed by several town hall Zoom meeting options that will be divided by Grammar and Logic/Rhetoric. We will then send out a required response form asking for your informed selection of on-campus or enhanced distance learning. 

Additional Information Dates:

  • FAQ list will be emailed on Thursday, July 23rd 
  • Town hall meeting dates will be July 25th and 27th
  • Selection of in-person or distance learning option for first 2 weeks of school will be due August 1st


Please send any questions or concerns as indicated below:

General Comments      Return to Campus Task Force
Grammar Questions Allison Buras
Logic/Rhetoric Questions Jennifer Bankhead
Athletic Questions Brice Helton
Other Questions Alison Moffatt



Alison Moffatt and the Return to Campus Task Force


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