As we plan for the opening of our 2020-2021 school year, please join us in giving thanks for the many blessings God has given the ALA community over this spring and summer.
We are thankful that God allowed us to be able to finish the last school year seeing continued student academic and spiritual growth through a global pandemic.
We are thankful that God allowed us to have a safe and meaningful graduation service and send-off for our class of 2020.
We are thankful that God has blessed the efforts of the ALA Reopening Task Force and ALA’s faculty and staff who have been working hard this summer to resume education for your students as the future is uncertain.
As a faculty and staff, we are also thankful for the great support and input we have had from you, the parents of ALA.
The ALA Reopening Task Force has developed plans regarding the reopening of our campus for the school year. Please be reminded that the health situation is fluid. We intend to carry out these conscientious plans without fear while being able to react quickly to a changing environment in the best interest of the ALA community. In the same way that you have entrusted your children into our care in the past, we hope that this information helps you to entrust them into our care moving forward. We appreciate your support, encouragement, advice, and prayers, and we look forward to moving ahead with you and seeing what blessings God has in store for us.
Grace and peace,
The ALA Reopening Task Force
Reopening Plan: Introduction
Please watch this first.
Our school plan is outlined in the slideshow below. Click to advance each slide. Use the left arrow (on a keyboard) to go to previous slide.
7/20/2020 - Calendar Changes
The school year calendar has been revised and updated.
Our Reopening Plan indicates that all students are responsible for bringing the following things to school. These may not have been listed in the supply list provided earlier:
Personal face mask. Be sure that, if these have designs, they are in keeping with our school dress code.
Backpack. Our normal policy is that backpacks are not to be carried from class to class, but under the special circumstances we have outlined, they will be expected to start this year and will allow students to carry supplies for up to three classes at one time without going back to their lockers.
Wired (not wireless) headphones/earbuds. These are for use in class and must work with the device students will be using in class.
8/4/2020 - Updated Isolation Guidelines (Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health)
On July 23, 2020, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health updated the Home Isolation Guidelines for People with COVID-19.
This is also reflected in the updated version of our reopening plan.
Arizona Lutheran Academy is under the jurisdiction of Maricopa County, which issued an order regarding face masks in places of public accommodation: read more on Maricopa County. This order is in effect until further notice.
Face mask efficacy is debated on the public stage. The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal, published 6/1/20 a meta-analysis of 172 studies on face mask efficacy.