Lakehill Preparatory School is tracking news and information about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the area. This is a quickly evolving situation so please check this page regularly for the most up-to-date information concerning Lakehill.
In this time of uncertainty, it is best to rely on information from reliable sources. Please reference these organizations for information.
- Dallas County Health and Human Services
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
Lakehill’s Plan for Reopening
Lakehill plans to open for health-informed, in-person learning for the 2020-21 school year. Read The Warrior Weekly each week during the summer for more information on Lakehill’s Plan for Reopening. Our complete plan will be available on July 17, 2020.
School Correspondence from Roger L. Perry, Headmaster:
County and State Updates:
7/3/20: Governor Greg Abbott ordered Texans to wear face masks in public in counties with outbreaks of COVID-19. Abbott also gave local officials power to restrict outdoor gatherings with more than 10 people ahead of the holiday weekend.
6/25/20: Governor Greg Abbott announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
6/18/20: Commissioner of Education Mike Morath issued a statement saying it will be safe to resume in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year. More direction from the state is expected later this month.
6/3/20: Governor Greg Abbott announced the third phase of the State of Texas’ plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase III, effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions. Business that previously have been able to operate at 100% capacity may continue to do so, and most outdoor areas are not subject to capacity limits. All businesses and customers should continue to follow minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
5/5/20: Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order to announce the opening of additional businesses and activities in Texas. This announcement expands upon the businesses and activities included in the first phase of the plan to Open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. All newly opened businesses and services are subject to the recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by DSHS. Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced comprehensive graduation ceremony guidance for Texas school systems.
4/27/20: Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued several Executive Orders to coincide with the first phase of the State of Texas’s ongoing plan to Open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
4/21/20: Dallas County commissioners voted on Tuesday to extend the county’s stay-at-home order until May 15, two weeks past the statewide order issued by Governor Greg Abbott. Abbott could issue an order next Monday that would supersede the local order.
4/17/20: Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that schools across the state — from elementary to college — would stay closed to in-person learning through the end of the school year. Abbott also issued executive orders designed to gradually open the state’s economy again, utilizing a new task force to examine how to combine that with best social distancing and infection control practices.
3/31/20: Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he was extending social distancing measures through April 30. In addition, he ordered that schools remain closed until May 4 – an order that could be extended.
3/22/20: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Sunday night called for residents to “shelter in place,” meaning you shouldn’t leave your house except for grocery shopping, essential medical services, or going to work at an essential business. Nonessential businesses, including churches, are required to cease in-person operations effective at 11:59 p.m. Monday. The “Stay Home Stay Safe” order, effective as of 11:59 p.m. on March 23, will continue through April 3.
3/19/20: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott took statewide action Thursday to mirror actions taken locally in Dallas and Tarrant counties earlier this week by declaring a disaster and ordering schools, bars, clubs and gyms to close and for restaurants to offer only “to go” service.
3/13/20: The Texas Association of Parochial and Private Schools (TAPPS) Executive Board announced that all TAPPS activities have been suspended until April 12, 2020.
Take These Steps to Protect Yourself and Others:
Kids Out and About: 250+ Creative Ways to Keep Your Family Sane During the COVID-19 Crisis
The New York Times: At Home
Science Alert: Do You Really Have to Disinfect All Your Groceries Now?
Travel Zoo: Whether you’re moved by spirituality, history, architecture, or just breathtaking beauty, tend to your inner traveler with these 50 Sacred Spaces to Transport You Around the World
Managing Stress and Anxiety
If the COVID-19 outbreak has has you on edge, read more about ways to manage those feelings (without breaking self-quarantine).
Six Ways to Help Teenagers Weather More Time at Home: COVID-19 has altered many people’s lives, but teens may feel the effects of the necessary adjustments more intensely than most. Here are suggestions on how you can help your teen adapt.
Get tips on Grocery Store Safety from DFW Child Magazine.Considering the grocery store is one of the few places anyone can go right now, we need to be extra careful and keep products (and our hands) clean.
Trip Outside shares 10 Ways to Stay Sane and Active While Social Distancing.
Missing your school lunches?
Lakehill’s food service provider, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, is offering a temporary curbside pick-up service. Pre-ordered family-size meals will be available every Tuesday and Friday for curbside pick-up from their kitchen in Lake Highlands.
If you are interested, please complete the Curbside Pick-Up Inquiry Form and they will add your information to the weekly distribution list.
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean cultural distancing. Check out these free resources:
The Philadelphia Zoo launches “Philly Zoo at 2” to help keep children and families engaged during social distancing due to Coronavirus concerns and restrictions. At 2:00 p.m. on weekdays (1:00 p.m. CST), watch a live-stream on the Zoo’s Facebook page.
The DreamWorks Animation Activity Center is filled with arts, crafts, games and recipes that feature your child’s favorite characters and will keep them entertained!
Thinking about Spring Cleaning? This guide has everything you need to know.
Earthx2020, in Partnership with the National Geographic Society, will be held virtually from April 22-27, to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Celebrate with these tips and tools for helping the environment, while teaching your children about the holiday’s importance.
Check out Travel Zoo‘s 12 Beaches You Need in Your Life – no passport required. Add them to your list for when we are no longer sheltering-in-place.
Enjoy This Positive Message
British writer Tom Roberts, who works in the film industry, wrote “The Great Revelation,” a poem full of optimism on the future of the world post COVID-19.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science: Amaze Your Brain at Home
Race around the solar system with these astronomical activities. Museum educators will teach you about our neighboring red planet, experiment with the size of planets to understand their distance from Earth, and share ways to stargaze.
Pulitzer Prize Winners
The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners in 15 Journalism and seven Book, Drama, and Music categories were announced on Monday, May 4. A Special Citation was also awarded.
What Would You Like to Read?NPR’s Book Concierge:
Explore more than 2,000 recommendations from NPR staff and trusted critics, from 2013-2019.
Check Out These Activities
Trip Savvy: Virtual Field Trip to the Pyramids
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art: Art Everyday
Virtual Field Trip- Connecticut Science Center
Upper School Robotics Team Offer Activities Booklet
Are you ready for some awesome science experiments? The Upper School Robotics team wants to help. Get the Booklet.
Check out the Lakehill Song-of-the-Day Playlist
Each day, Performing Arts Chair Tracy Herron posts a Song of the Day for students in K-12. Now, you can find all of his selections together on the Song of the Day Playlist on Spotify.
Take time to stay active.
Try these suggestions from Lakehill coaches:
Warrior Fitness BINGO K-3
Warrior Fitness BINGO 4th-6th Grade
Basketball Drills from the Lakehill Warriors Varsity Basketball Team
These organizations need your help. Remember to practice safe physical distancing.
|Be A Neighbor|
Being a good neighbor has never been more important. The Be a Neighbor campaign is looking for volunteers who are willing to help the nonprofits and community organizations that are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis across Texas. Get more information.
Wilkinson Center has started a new remote volunteer opportunity called Wilkinson Well Wishes, where volunteers can write notes of encouragement to clients. These notes are being included in Food Pantry boxes and with food deliveries for seniors.
Letters can be mailed to the following address: Wilkinson Center, c/o Well Wishes, P.O. Box 720248, Dallas, TX 75372-0248
If you have a large batch of notes, you can deliver them to the Pantry (3402 N. Buckner Blvd, Suite 302, Dallas) on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Please be general in your note, as they will be distributed to a wide variety of clients. Suggested salutations include: Dear friend; Hi neighbor; Hello family; etc.
Content should be encouraging in nature: I am thinking of you; Sending encouraging thoughts; Wishing the best for your family, etc.
The notes do not have to be in individual envelopes.
City Square is dedicated to fighting the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. They need volunteers for several unique projects you can complete from home.
Vogel Alcove is looking for volunteers to record videos of themselves reading stories to children. Get more information here.
VNA Meals on Wheels needs hand-made greeting cards for senior citizens.If you would like to make cards, follow these simple steps:
- Cards must be 8 1/2 x 11″ folded in half – either length-wise or horizontal will work.
- Write a simple message in large print, draw pictures, sign with your first name only.
- Please do not place cards in envelopes.
- Please do not attach any decorative items, such as glitter or raised stickers, that can fall off.
- Drop off all completed cards on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.in a marked box located at: VNA Meals on Wheels, 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75247
Catholic Charities of Dallas At-Home Projects: If you are interested in participating in an At-Home project, email email@example.com and they will respond with further details and instructions for ongoing projects.
The SoupMobile is in need of peanut butter sandwiches to help feed the homeless. They also need cookies and chips. They are accepting deliveries any Monday through Saturday from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at SoupMobile Church, 2423 S. Good Latimer, Dallas, Texas, 75215.
The Trusted World Food Drive needs neighborhood captains to collect non-perishable food from porches and help out the community members who are struggling to find essential items. Find out more.
Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-ups
There are no organized Lakehill clean-ups, but Dallas Park and Recreation Department (DPARD) is allowing For The Love of the Lake to make supplies available at their office (1152 N Buckner Blvd #123, Dallas, TX 75218) on second Saturdays, for drive-through pick-up only, beginning at 8:00 a.m. While picking up trash in the park, you MUST practice physical distancing from anyone other than those living in your same household. Please wear your gloves at all times. Note the port-a-lets and water fountains around the lake are not currently in operation. Be sure to bring your own water. Please return the trash grabbers no later than noon.
Donations are being accepted at the Salvation Army locations at 5554 Harry Hines Blvd. in Dallas, Monday – Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., as well as 5900 K Avenue in Plano, Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Furniture donations are limited at this time. Clothing, shoes, electronics, and household items are all being accepted.
Austin Street Center
Austin Street Center is in need of men’s jeans and sweatpants (all sizes) as well as gently used books and magazines. Donations may be drop-shipped or dropped off at 2929 Hickory Street, Dallas, Texas, 75226.
Dallas Animal Services has put together some remote opportunities.Try one of these projects to make enrichment toys for shelter pets.
Donations can be dropped off outside the shelter at 1818 N. Westmoreland, Dallas, TX,75212 – no need to interact with anyone. Just be sure to include a note with your contact info if you’d like a receipt.
Have another idea? Just email to see if it is something they can use!