Our Learning Continuity Plan for SY 2020 – 2021

 

23 May 2020

 

Dear LALC Parents,

To say that our current pandemic has affected all our lives is an understatement. We continuously adapt and become flexible in forming the “new normal” that will guide our actions and decisions for our families and communities. As we do this, we are deeply mindful of our obligations and responsibilities in maintaining our mission to provide quality education for young children while keeping all members of our LALC community safe and protected against the spread of COVID 19 in SY 2020 – 2021.

We are releasing this update on our Learning Continuity Plan for SY 2020 – 2021 in order to reassure our parents about our learning processes and to provide guidance about the incoming school year. Please note that all announcements contained in this memorandum supersedes all previous advisories.

FLExO: Fun Learning Experience Online

Because of our commitment to keep everyone safe and yet continue our service of providing education and connection for our learners, the LALC was quickly able to transition to full online delivery of instruction and assessment during the end of SY 2019 – 2020. Throughout the first part of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, and during its extensions, your LALC teachers have been conducting daily online classes for young learners.

Our early adoption of online modes of learning using Zoom meetings and Google Classroom have provided your children’s teachers with an invaluable head-start in conducting and managing classes through remote learning. While most other schools and centers are scrambling to learn how to do online learning, we are confident to say that we have all the necessary experience, tools and skills to sustain and deliver online learning throughout the school year.

We are thus introducing FLExO, the LALC’s Fun Learning Experience Online. Much like how our face-to-face curriculum focuses on educating our pupils through a multitude of activities, exercises and games, the FLExO program delivers a faithful learning experience for your children by continuously engaging their Multiple Intelligences.

We shall start with our FLExO program for all our levels on July 27, 2020, and we will have full online classes AT LEAST until the end of the first trimester. While we are hopeful that we can transition to Blended Learning by the second trimester of the school year, we are adopting an abundance of caution regarding this decision. We can not and will not risk the health and safety of our pupils and their families, and our teachers and their families, by announcing an early resumption of face-to-face classes, even if it is allowed by the national government. If we do transition to Blended Learning, it will only happen after the end of each trimester, which shall follow this schedule:

To reiterate, we shall conduct full online classes using the LALC FLExO platform until further notice. Please refer to the attachment below for more details about FLExO and its important points.

On Tuition and Fees

We wish to reassure our parents that we shall not apply any surcharges for tuition fee payments that were due from February to April 2020, but we would certainly appreciate prompt settlement of any outstanding balances your child may have for SY 2019 – 2020.

We are also announcing that we shall have a uniform tuition and matriculation fee for our online classes for all our Centers, and that this rate is significantly lower than our regular preschool tuition fees. This takes into consideration that the bulk of the tuition fees that we charge goes to the operational expenses attached to leasing our learning spaces. The fees for our FLExO classes follow in the attachment below. Some adjustments in the fees will be made should you decide to have your children participate in Blended Learning in our school campuses if and when this comes to pass, and these adjustments shall be announced prior to the resumption of face-to-face learning.

We have also reduced our miscellaneous fees in solidarity with everyone’s efforts to lessen the challenges and difficulties we are all facing at this time.

We have also instituted a weekly payment option in our FLExO program in order to give you more flexibility in managing your budgets and financial responsibilities.

On Reservations, Enrollment and Admissions

Registration and Enrollment for SY 2020 – 2021 will officially open on May 25. You may register online by filling up the form found in https://tinyurl.com/LALCFLExO2020.

After your registration, you will receive an email confirming the registration of your child and containing details regarding the settlement of your child’s fees for SY 2020 – 2021. Please note that your registration is not final until the receipt of your child’s tuition fee payment and the submission of necessary documents if your child is a new pupil to the LALC.

New learners to LALC will need to fill up our pupil information form found in https://tinyurl.com/LALCInfoSheet. You will also need to submit electronic copies of your child’s birth certificates and photos of your child and your family. All information that we receive will be treated under our LALC Privacy Policy found at http://bit.ly/LALCPrivacy.

All submissions of proofs of payments and documents, and all inquiries can be forwarded to admin.

You may opt to reserve a slot for your child upon your registration for the FLExO program, with the balance of the tuition payments due on or before the first day of the 1st trimester.

Pupils who settle their fees either by reserving slots or enrolling by July 1st, 2020 are eligible for two free weeks in our Online Summer Classes (from May 11 to June 11, 2020) or in our Online School Readiness program scheduled from June 22 to July 17, 2020. Pupils who have paid the full annual tuition are given one additional week for free in either our Sumer Classes or the Online School Readiness program.

Please be reminded that your child’s reservation fees are non-refundable.

Our Service Continuity Plan
We have been in constant and continuous communication with the Department of Education regarding the protocols and processes guiding the resumption of the conduct of classes for SY 2020 – 2021. We would like to give you an update on these consultations and our responses and actions based on the same.

In order to stem the spread of COVID 19, we would like to reassure everyone that the health and safety protocols that we have announced previously in our letters dated January 28 and February 4, as well as our expanded health protocols announced in our memorandum on April 29 will be adopted as soon as we resume in-campus operations. A summary of our health and safety protocols can be found at https://bit.ly/LALCHealth.

We shall be using electronic means of communication and transactions until further notice. We are currently exploring offering a payment gateway for parents to conduct their transactions and shall announce these at the soonest possible time, but you are of course still welcome to use electronic banking to facilitate your settlements, if these facilities are available to you.

While we had initially planned to be able to operate from our Centers on a daily basis, the lack of transportation options for our teachers and the risks involved in exposure make it prudent that we have in-campus operations only on selected dates, and only for limited personnel. We shall be informing you of these schedules as we approach them.

A key feature of our service continuity plan is being able to communicate with our parents and stakeholders and to provide a forum for any questions or concerns. Towards this end, I would like to invite you to participate in an online webinar on June 6, 2020 that I will conduct in order to further discuss details of our FLExO program and our plans for the school year.

Further announcements shall be coursed directly to you through our Viber Communities, and shall be posted in our website, jrodulio.

Thank you very much, dear parents, for your continued support. With your earnest participation, we are sure to be able to make everyday a Fun Learning Experience in SY 2020 – 2021.

I remain in your service,

(sgd). Teacher Noni Odulio
Program Director

ATTACHMENT 1 – FLExO Overview

The LALC preschool curriculum goes fully online during the first trimester of SY 2020 – 2021. We are pioneering the LALC FLExO, or Fun Learning Experience Online for learners 2 – 5 years old. The salient features of the LALC FLExO are:

  • Live and synchronous learning with similarly aged learners using Zoom Meetings.
  • Fun and engaging curriculum in compliance with the Most Essential Learning Competencies from the Department of Education.
  • Fully licensed and regulated by the Department of Education.
  • Daily (Mondays to Fridays) 2-hour Zoom classes with Circle Time, Meeting Time, Read Aloud, large group activities and individual instruction for Nursery, PreKinder and Kinder pupils. Toddlers will have classes 3x/week, either on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
  • Two sessions daily per level.
  • Maximum class sizes of 15 per class with two teachers per class of ten kids and above for Nursery, PreKinder and Kinder pupils. Toddlers will have a maximum class size of 12 pupils, with an additional teacher once the class reaches 8 learners.
  • Twice-weekly small group targeted classes (maximum of 5 learners per small group) that will last for one hour each for Nursery, PreKinder and Kinder pupils. Toddlers will have once a week small group sessions, with a maximum of 4 learners per group.
  • Options for Learning packets delivered to your homes, picked up from designated areas, or for parents to print their own worksheets that we will provide.
  • Management of learning activities and exercises through Google Classroom.
  • Authentic and relevant assessment through one-on-one conduct of trimestral Performance Tasks.
  • Fully LALC teacher guided and implemented learning, not parent-implemented.

The requirements for pupils enrolled in the LALC FLExO are the following:

  • Dedicated Mobile Learning Device such as a tablet or a laptop DURING the online meeting sessions.
  • The presence of a parent or responsible adult during the online meeting for setup and technical assistance.
  • The preparation of the materials, worksheets and other supplies that the child will be using during their class session.
  • Data/internet access sufficient for video streaming. Zoom video streaming consumes approximately 700MB per hour, and is equivalent to the amount of data used to stream a video through Netflix or YouTube.
  • Organized and conducive space for learning that is free of distractions.

The LALC FLExO provides targeted and guided instruction for your children during this new and challenging time. Our creative and dedicated approach is anchored on the capabilities and professionalism of our passionate LALC faculty members. We have been a pioneer in online learning and we are proud that our teachers have developed strategies and techniques that translated and transitioned well from face-to-face learning to distance learning.

Registration for LALC FLExO will open on May 25. Classes will begin on July 27, 2020. Pupils who reserve a slot for or enroll in our FLexO program by July 1 will get two free weeks during our Summer Classes (from May 11 to June 12) or Online School Readiness program, scheduled for June 22 to July 17, 2020.

ATTACHMENT 2 – FLExO Summary of Details and Schedule of Fees

              Toddlers                     Nursery, PreK, Kinder

School Days                                     M/W/F or T/Th/S         Monday – Friday
Live Classes                                     2 hours per session    2 hours per session
Class Size                                         Max of 12                    Max of 15
Small Group Sizes                           Max of 4                      Max of 5
Frequency of Small                          Once a week               Twice a week

Tuition Fees                                     55,000.00                   62,500.00
Miscellaneous Fees                        12,500.00                   12,500.00

Schedule of Fees
Annual Mode                                    67,500.00                    75,000.00

Trimestral Mode (upon enrollment)  33,000.00                    35,500.00
Subsequent payment (for Term 2      20,500.00                    23,000.00
and Term 3)

Monthly Mode (upon enrollment)      19,000.00                    20,000.00
Subsequent payment (every 1st           6,500.00                      7,500.00
of the month until April 2021)

Weekly Mode (upon enrollment)        14,300.00                   14,800.00
Subsequent payment (every Friday      1,800.00                     2,100.00
until April 2021)

Requirements for admission
Completely filled-up pupil information sheet / Proof of payment of fees / Scanned copy of Birth Certificate / ID picture of child, nanny and parents or guardians

Additional requirements for foreign pupils residing in the Philippines:
ACR of parents / Scanned copy of child’s passport

Reminders:

No tuition refunds will be entertained for withdrawals. No refunds will be given for miscellaneous and specific fees. The school reserves the right to withhold all transcripts of pupils with delinquent accounts. Pupils who withdraw during the school year are required to settle all accounts prior to the release of their records.