COVID-19 Update

We understand this is a confusing and challenging time for our community, and circumstances are continuing to evolve rapidly. Our goal is to use this page as a centralized source of information for the latest updates, news, and resources. Please continue to check back frequently for the most up to date information regarding TLC’s response to COVID-19, as well as resources to support your family. 

Last Updated: August 11, 2020

CURRENT STATUS OF TLC

Due to COVID-19, TLC has shifted to a 100% homeschool model. This means our school sites are temporarily closed, however our teachers and school administrators are still working remotely to support parents in teaching from home. View our current Roadmap to Reopening for detailed information.

TLC will continue our virtual program through the Fall of 2020. We felt this decision was in the best interest of students, and that is our top priority. Distance learning will ensure a consistent learning environment for families and maintain students’ academic progress without interruptions. Since we have been homeschooling with families since 2004, we are confident in the high-quality education, personalization, and level of support provided by this model. Small tutoring groups, special education services, and lunch service will be held at each school site strictly following all safety protocols.

We recognize that this pandemic is still a fluid situation, and are continuously monitoring local, state, and federal advisories to ensure that we balance health and safety with students’ educational needs. Thank you for your continued partnership with The Learning Choice Academy!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

No, we have shifted to 100% homeschooling for all students. Our school sites are temporarily closed while students continue working independently at home. Teachers are available to support students virtually during this time. 

The waiver is intended to make sure that we can provide special education services and 1:1/small group tutoring on-site which was in our original virtual learning plan. TLC will only offer in-person meetings if all other measures are not working or as a support for services that may not work as well virtually. The waiver is a proactive measure to extend services to students as warranted to meet their personalized learning needs. This is part of taking steps to provide as many resources as possible to students, especially those with the highest needs.

Educational Partners are available by phone and email. Our staff directory on our website lists all contact information. Educational Partners will also be reaching out to all of their families.

Educational Partners and classroom teachers will communicate directly with you about submitting assignments. There are many options available including Google classroom, email or taking photos or videos to share.

Educational Specialists or service providers have contacted each family individually. All services will be done virtually or rescheduled. IEPs may be held virtually in order to meet the necessary timelines. Families will be contacted with virtual meeting information (Google Hangout or Zoom) or to make alternate arrangements.

Drive-through lunch service will be offered at all three TLC school sites, Chula Vista La Mesa, and Scripps Ranch from 11 am to 1 pm on Tuesday and Thursday (revised 8/31). The Learning Choice Academy has been approved for the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). This means that TLC will be providing free lunches to all TLC students regardless of whether their lunch designation is free, reduced, or paid on scheduled days. TLC has been approved until Friday, December 18, 2020, or until the expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier. Please visit our school lunch program page for more detailed information. If you have questions, TLC’s Food Service Administrator, Cathy Kniss can be reached by email at ckinss@learningchoice.org or by calling 619-463-6845 x136.

All information sessions are currently being held virtually. Registered participants will receive a link and instructions a few days prior to their information session.

At this time, all in-person field trips and events are postponed until further notice. We are organizing virtual field trips, events, spirit days, parent workshops, chats, and more.

TLC students can only take classes from an approved vendor. EPs now sign the Request for Payment form and include the class on student’s learning plan. Please follow the instructions of your provider about services. Providers’ policies will vary and most are now offering virtual instruction. 

At this time we are not aware of any students or staff that have tested positive for the virus. If a student or staff member is confirmed to be COVID-19 positive the public health department will notify the school district and/or everyone who may have had contact with that person and ask those contacts to self-isolate until they are known to be symptom-free. Notifications will only be shared with our school community for confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. Please continue to follow the general health advice from state and local officials to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

TLC announced in May 2020 that our Fall Semester for the 2020-21 school year will be virtual. This plan has not changed. Our goal with having a virtual learning environment for the Fall is to ensure that students and staff can maintain a consistent learning environment, as this helps to promote academic growth and prevent learning loss. We received a waiver from the San Diego County Department of Education to offer select Special Education Services and small group tutoring for grades K-6 at our school sites. If San Diego County remains off the COVID-19 watchlist, we can also offer these services for grades 7-12.

TLC’s Physical Education offerings are typically run through EMH sports. EMH sports has temporarily paused their services due to COVID-19. There are many free and virtual resources available for students to access Physical Education during this time. Examples include: Create your own dance and Health fueled by fun.

Per an order from the Governor of California, schools in San Diego County are not allowed to serve students on site if San Diego County is on the COVID-19 watchlist (as determined by rates of infection). When San Diego County was on this watchlist, TLC applied for a waiver from the County Department of Education so that we could offer select Special Education services and small group tutoring on site for grades K-6. We received this waiver. This means we can continue to offer these services if San Diego County is on the COVID-19 watchlist at any point.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Home Education Virtual Resources

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

TLC Social/Emotional Support

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Food Distribution Sites:

This link provides a list of the food service sites confirmed by the San Diego County Office of Education. 

If you have questions, TLC’s Food Service Administrator, Cathy Kniss can be reached by email at ckinss@learningchoice.org or by calling 619-463-6845 x136.

Childcare Services:

YMCA Childcare Resource Service

HEALTH RESOURCES

For the latest news, recommendations, and guidelines regarding COVID-19, please refer to San Diego County’s website, the California Department of Public Health’s website, or the CDC’s website