Frequently Asked Questions

2020-2021 School Year

As Legacy continues to plan for re-opening campus on August 6, we want you to know that we will be READY. No matter what happens this year, our primary goals are to:

  • Provide a comprehensive, quality, Christ-centered, college-preparatory education for our students.
  • Ensure the safety and well being of our students, families, faculty, and staff.

Masks, Temperature Screenings & Sanitization On-Campus

Will daily screenings be required of students and staff?
  • Yes. Students who are dropped off in the carline will have their temperature checked prior to exiting the car, either through an open window or door. For those students who drive themselves to school, there will be either temperature kiosks or staff members at the entry point with handheld thermometers checking students before they can enter.
  • Yes. Temperature screening of all staff, visitors, and anyone entering the facility for the first time that day will be instituted.
Will masks be required during the school day?

First, we realize that guidelines may continue to change. Legacy will follow the CDC recommendations with respect to face coverings. CDC recommends all people 2 years of age and older wear a cloth face covering in public settings. For now, we plan to take the following approach:

  • When we are able to maintain a physical distance of six feet apart, face coverings are optional.
  • When we're unable to maintain required physical distance, then face coverings are mandatory.
  • Students, faculty, and staff will wear a face covering in the hallways and/or common areas when physical distancing is not possible unless an executive order exists.
  • Classroom teachers will instruct their students to wear face coverings when needed.
  • Students with no fever but exhibiting severe allergy symptoms will be asked to wear a face-covering while in the classroom. Any family/student is welcome to wear a face covering more often if they desire to do so, however, this may limit the social-emotional impact of being physically at school.

When students are working in a small group setting or discussion group, it's important for them to wear a mask. Face coverings and gloves will also be worn during engineering classes and science labs.

What type of masks are required?

Legacy will follow the guidelines established by the CDC regarding mask recommendations. 

If a student forgets to bring a mask, we will have disposable masks available.

Masks will be available for purchase through Dennis Uniforms or the LCA Spirit Shop.

What will the daily sanitization protocols be?
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been added across campus. Students, faculty, and staff will be encouraged to wash and sanitize hands regularly. Additionally, spray surface sanitizing solution will be available in each classroom.
  • Commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops in the reception area, and shared spaces throughout the buildings will be cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day.
  • We will, of course, be cleaning and sanitizing the rooms every night.
  • For more information, visit our 20-21 Educational Plan.
What measures are being instituted facility-wide?
  • We have acquired MERV 16 level filtration for our AC units. These filters provide the equivalent of wearing an N-95 mask, thereby providing much better filtration of the air as it passes through our AC system.
  • Plexiglass shields will be used in both reception areas to add another layer of protection.
  • Touchless towel dispensers have been installed in all bathrooms.
  • For more information, visit our 20-21 Educational Plan.
How will carline differ?

The routes for carline drop-off will be the same. All students will be temperature screened while in the carline (prior to exiting the vehicle). The anticipated start times for carlines are being determined at this time and will be shared as soon as they are available.

The procedure for afternoon pick-up is in development.

We anticipate that carlines will take a little bit longer. Our priority will be to get your students into and out of our facility safely while maintaining physical distancing. We are evaluating several options and strive to find the most efficient solution available.

Why should we wear masks?

What will be different on campus?

Athletics and Fine Arts?

Athletics: We are governed by TAPPS, so we will align with their recommendations. Please understand our goal is to provide as many competitive sporting opportunities as we can safely while working with our local government authorities. The safety of our students is first and foremost in our minds. Our coaches are working with our athletes, our athletes are training and we are doing what we can under the current guidelines.

Fine Arts: We are working with all of the different associations that we're connected to such as the Texas Private School Music Educators Association to provide trusted guidance and recommendations. In the fall, when most of the band practices are outdoors, this will help ensure safe physical distancing while allowing our band to continue practicing. We have even gone so far as to increase the intervals between the students in the show. 

With respect to art supplies, we are emphasizing that students make use of their own supplies, and minimize the sharing of art supplies. 

Chapel - Will students still participate in chapel?

The continued spiritual growth of Legacy students is paramount. Our students will continue to worship and participate in chapel. We will have to be flexible with the chapel options that are available to us. From pre-recorded videos and lessons to the worship team playing in the cafeteria and streaming it into the classrooms, we will likely use a combination of larger and small groups, inasmuch as we are able.

Classrooms- Pre-K3 - 4th Grade & Spanish Immersion
  • Class sizes will be limited to no more than 12 students, which will allow us to spread student desks across the classroom.
  • Spanish Immersion classrooms will also be limited to no more than 12. For example, in first grade, rather than have our normal class of 20-22 students with one lead teacher and an aid, all of the immersion classrooms will be split into two. Each class will have no more than 12 students with one lead teacher.
Classrooms - Middle School - Grades 5-8
  • The classrooms will look a little different in that we've taken out any personal belongings of the teachers and additional furniture. Essentially the classrooms will just be the desks, the students, and the teacher. These changes are necessary to help maintain physical distancing.
  • Students will continue to change classes, and, during passing periods, students will be required to wear masks in the hallway.
Classrooms & Schedules- Upper School - Grades 9-12
  • Class sizes will be smaller – targeting 12 for the basic classrooms.
  • Some of the larger rooms will be able to accommodate a few more students, in those classes we we will still honor the 6-foot distancing guidelines.
  • Schedules are still being determined – there is more flexibility inherent with our older students and their ability to work independently. We assembled a task force with parents, teachers, administrators, and students to review both a five-day model as well as a four-day model. No final decision has been made yet but we will share it with families as soon as a final determination is made.
Extended Care - Will it still be offered after school?

Yes. Legacy Extended Care is still being offered, you can register your child online by tapping here.

Field Trips - Will the students still get to go on planned field trips?

We have plans in place to take students on planned field trips for their grades. Obviously, everything depends on what is going on in our world at the time of the field trip. If the venues are open and we are permitted to go, we will make every effort to keep field trips in place.

For our Lower School students, we will explore opportunities to bring field trips in-house to supplement their learning. 

Middle School – all field trips have been moved to the spring. We are hopeful that we can continue with these trips but will have to make a determination later in the year.
Fifth grade – Sky Ranch
Sixth grade – Ark Encounter in Kentucky
Seventh grade – Houston
Eighth grade – Puerto Rico & DC

Upper School – Senior trip, Camp Eagle, has been moved to December. We may find it necessary to push it to the spring, but we will monitor that as the situation changes.

Lockers - will the students use lockers next year?
  • At this time we will not be able to have students use lockers simply because it will put them in unnecessary close proximity to one another. 
  • Students will need to bring backpacks with books and supplies they will need for the day and they will need to carry that around with them throughout the day.
  • There may be a possibility of student-athletes being allocated a locker during their season to store athletic supplies but those lockers would be physically distanced as well.
Lunch - North Campus - Grades 9 -12
  • Students will come to the Lunch Commons to purchase their lunches through Sage. A rotation schedule will be developed that will allow some students to utilize the dining areas while others will eat in their classrooms. The rotation will enable everyone to get an opportunity to eat in the commons area at some point on a rotating basis.
  • To expedite lunch service, we will divide the serving area into two sections with identical options. Students will be required to sanitize their hands prior to entering the serving area. Floor stickers, signs, and adult supervision will help enforce physical distancing. 
  • Touchless transactions will be possible through the use of ID cards with barcodes that will be issued to the students. 
  • A simplified menu will be instituted.
  • All hot items will be pre-served on disposable dishware and cold items will be in grab-and-go packaging to speed up the serving lines and avert the need for students to use and share serving utensils. 
Lunch - South Campus - Grades Pre-K3 - 8th
  • At this time, Pre-K3 – Fourth Grade students at the south campus will eat lunch in their classrooms.
  • Students are able to bring lunch from home or, alternatively, order lunch from SAGE.
  • Students who order lunch from SAGE in grades Pre-K-4 will have lunch delivered to their classroom. Lunch menus and ordering can be done here.
  • Students in Middle School, grades 5-8, will eat lunch in the south campus cafeteria on a rotational basis where safety protocols are in place. They may bring their own lunch from home or go through the cafeteria line to purchase lunch from SAGE.
Recess - What about recess?

We are keenly aware that our students need time to get out of the classroom and get the wiggles out, so YES, we will still have recess every day (weather permitting). Recess also offers an important time for our students to socialize. Our facilities department is acquiring equipment to enable the regular cleaning of the playground areas. 

Specials - will the students still have specials classes?

Yes! Students will participate in PE, art, music, Spanish, technology, and library. And you can rest assured that our little ones will not be staying in their classrooms all day.

Start & End Times - Have they been determined?

We are still working on calculating the optimal start and end times for the school day. We will face some challenges with the carline in the morning and dismissal in the afternoon, and with the new protocols in place, it will take some additional time. 

As always – we ask for patience and grace as we navigate this new normal and learn to adapt to new routines.

Details regarding start and end times and carline drop off and pick up times will be made available as soon as they are determined.

Visitors & Parents On-Campus - will they be allowed?

As much as possible, we will welcome parents on campus. The check-in routine will differ from years past in that they will have their temperature checked and we may require them to wear masks as necessary.

We will try to keep the routine as normal as possible while following the good health guidelines that have been established through the CDC and local and state authorities.

Online vs On-Campus Learning & Distance Learning

Legacy plans to open up on August 6th, unless there is a mandate in place by either the Governor or the county preventing us from conducting classes in person. To help accommodate our families that may have concerns and/or health issues that prevent them from returning to physical campus, we have created an alternate option for them in the coming school year.

What are the options?

The two options available to Legacy families in the coming year are:

  1. On-campus learning
  2. LCA Online – for families who are not able to return to campus

Parents who select the online virtual academy will have a different enrollment contract. Accordingly, different tuition rates are set for this option.

Students are not able to toggle between online and on-campus learning. Those two options are mutually exclusive. On-campus learning, however, may need to toggle between in-person instruction and distance learning as required by mandate.

What is LCA Online and how does it differ from On-campus learning?

LCA Online is being offered next year for current and newly enrolled families, who, due to personal situations and concerns, are not able to send their child to our physical campus next year, for on-campus classroom instruction.

LCA Online will provide a framework and support for families, but the majority of the classwork and curriculum will be delivered primarily through written instructions and guidance.

There are several important differences to note with respect to the LCA Online program:

  • Families who choose LCA Online will be relinquishing their spot for the on-campus physical classroom and will not have an on-campus space held for them if personal or family situations change. LCA Online students will be eligible to re-enroll for on-campus instruction for the following 2021-2022 school year. 
  • Students in LCA Online will also not be able to participate in extracurricular, athletic, fine art, field trips, and any on-campus activities that will be offered for the school year.
  • Student services, including guidance and college counseling will also not be available for LCA Online students.
  • While students are not eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, they-along with their families-are welcomed to attend on campus and virtual for events and assemblies open to the general public. 
What are the tuition rates for LCA Online?

Legacy Christian Academy Online Program tuition table

Details about LCA Online

LCA Online – for students in Kindergarten through Fifth-grade: This program will be supervised by our Lower School Library and Technology Team. This program will still require a high level of independence on behalf of the student and family, but it will be more closely aligned to our lower school scope and sequence. We'll offer five courses, Bible, English, math, history, and science, but this option will also require parents to be heavily invested in facilitating daily learning for their child.

LCA Online – for students in Sixth through 12th-grade: Legacy will be partnering with Sevenstar Online Academy.

Unlike a traditional classroom, Sevenstar instructors do not lecture and there's no live classroom component. Almost all of the curriculum is gained by independent reading and working through the organized material, posted online.

Sevenstar instructors will grade assignments, provide feedback, and answer student questions.

Please contact Daniel Townsley or our Admissions Office for more information on the LCA online offerings.

When do I need to notify Legacy of my intention to move online?

We would like to know by Wednesday, July 22nd.

If you are interested in LCA Online, please reach out and let us know so that we can start a discussion with you and your family to determine if it would be a good fit.

Will seniors who choose LCA Online still graduate with the Class of 2021?

Yes. The full online program will be integrated into our graduation requirements. Course equivalents will be identified in advance and approved by the administration. Online students will not, however, be eligible for top ten honors or Valedictorian/Salutatorian honors.

Where does Distance Learning fit into the picture?

Distance learning will only be implemented if there is a requirement to close the physical campus.

Moving to the distance learning model will be done on a large scale. In the event that governing authorities mandate the campus to be closed, all on-campus students will shift to the distance learning model. 

If an on-campus student is absent (due to COVID-19 or other illness), our teachers are working on their curriculum and will develop and provide more resources that can offer support at home.

What about PTF events and large gatherings?

PTF Events & Large Gatherings

We have yet to determine which large group gatherings we will be able to host on-campus. Gatherings such as the Men's Bible Study or Eagle Mama may take place virtually rather than in person. 

Our PTF has developed multiple contingency plans for events throughout the year. If we are not able to gather together physically, we will convert to a virtual opportunity so that our families can still connect in meaningful ways.

What about Eagle Expo?

Obviously we want everybody back on campus for Eagle Expo, but depending upon what the climate is at the time, we will have to take the necessary precautions as much as possible to ensure the health and safety of our community. Whether in-person or virtual, we will provide a meaningful opportunity for all families to “meet the teacher” before the first day of school. 

How will COVID-19 Symptoms/Positive Cases be handled?

What happens if my student presents with a fever at carline drop-off?

Students with an elevated temperature beyond that allowable threshold that's set by the health department, in accordance with our guidelines, will need to return home until the reason for the fever can be determined. The ongoing education of those students during that waiting time can be coordinated through their division administrators.

What happens if my student develops symptoms during the school day?

If a student presents in the clinic and is running a fever, we would isolate that student in the clinic. We would then contact the parents and encourage them to seek the doctor's recommendation regarding the source of the fever, knowing that not all fevers will be COVID-19 related. We will need to determine the source of the fever and then follow the appropriate action plan required for that illness if it is not COVID-19.

What is the protocol if and when we have a confirmed COVID positive case on campus?

Communication will be of utmost importance. The process of communicating this information will be done in cooperation with our local health departments. Currently, our plan includes a specific line of notification (including contact tracing) that our Director of Health Services, Angie Detloff, will be responsible to initiate. 

If a student tests positive, when can they return to school?

In order for a student, faculty, or staff member to return to campus, all of the following will be required based on the availability of testing supplies:

  • No fever for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications

  • Noted improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

  • A negative COVID-19 test result

  • A Letter to Return from the Physician or Public Health Department

My student was exposed to COVID-19 - what next?
  • If a student is exposed to COVID-19 and/or is indicated by contact tracing, the family would have the option of either obtaining a test or instituting a 14-day self-quarantine.
  • Students will quarantine until the test results can be verified (usually two to three days).