Current Parents & Students

Everything you need to know this school year.

Message from our Executive Director

First off this week, I want to acknowledge that your student may be hurting. We’re in the midst of a crisis and these are challenging times for all of us—especially youth.

Even though our online classes can continue in this crisis, I understand it might be difficult for your student to keep up with their regular workload. Besides the general stress and uncertainty of our time, I also know many students have been disappointed by announcements such as Elevation being canceled (here is a letter from Williamsburg Learning to students about that decision).

If your student is feeling overwhelmed and having difficulty keeping up with their schoolwork, please reach out to your student’s mentors. We will work with you in any way we can to support your children through this uncertain time. We’re so glad to have you as part of the LAU community.

Pete A. Jensen
Executive Director, LAU

COVID-19 Response Update

How to deal with a crisis: We’re hosting a webinar next week where Williamsburg Learning President, James Ure, will share tools and questions you can use to find peace and strength during a crisis. Save the date to join us at 12:00 PM MT on Wednesday, April 8th. We’ll send you a link to sign up in an upcoming email. We look forward to seeing you there!

Is LAU helping you navigate the COVID-19 crisis? We want to know how COVID-19 is impacting your student’s experience at LAU. We also want to spread the word to other families who might benefit from our online program in these challenging times. If you want to share feedback or a testimonial, please fill out this survey.

There are no new changes to our previously-announced response plan:

  • All online classes are continuing on their regular schedule
  • Elevation has been canceled for this year
  • ILC core classes will be held online for the remainder of this school year
  • Outdoor Adventures will be held online or done individually for the rest of this school year
  • All end-of-year state testing has been canceled for this school year
  • The LAU prom is canceled for this year
  • The LAU graduation ceremony will be online-only this year

Action Items

Dixie State University Concurrent Enrollment registration opens this week! Any students  interested in taking Concurrent Enrollment classes through DSU for fall 2020 must apply here and get a DSU number before registration for courses starts on Tuesday, April 7. In order to take DSU classes, students must register with Dixie State and LAU. Find more information here.


Updated completion requirements for LAU Independent Studies courses: If students are working with Cynthia Hampton on an Independent Study course through LAU and need to make adjustments to their class description or goals, please email her for assistance. Please note that for the remainder of the 2020 Winter Semester, parents can now sign all 15-hour reports. To be awarded credit, middle school students are required to turn in a minimum of three reports. High school students are still required to submit all four reports.

Help an LAU family in need: One of our student’s fathers, Alex Carrasco, is suffering from end-stage liver failure and awaiting a liver transplant. In the meantime, he and his family are asking for help via GoFundMe to cover medical bills and other expenses. See Alex’s campaign here and make a contribution if you can.

LAU Graduation: In following CDC and state recommendations, the LAU graduation ceremony will be taking place strictly online this year. LAU is closely monitoring COVID-19 and, if possible, we will host an in person celebration for seniors at a later date this summer. 

Special Needs & Autism Virtual Workshop: The Davis Family to Family Network is hosting this online workshop for parents supporting students with special needs. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 9th at 7:00 PM. See the details and sign up here.

Did your student miss last week’s Inspiration Hour? Check out the list of recordings on the right-hand side of this page, which now includes the “Mentor Olympics” session with the Student Body Presidency and some of your favorite mentors!

Upcoming Events

April 3: High school Inspiration Hour – “Great Leaders: How They Respond or Emerge During Crisis” with Ms. Howard at 1:00 PM MT.

April 3: Middle school First Friday Game Night with Ms. Knighton at 6:00 PM MT.

April 10: No Inspiration Hour – Enjoy your Spring Recess!

April 13: Spring Recess – No classes, office closed.

April 24: Career spotlight with writer and filmmaker, Celeste Chaney, at 11:00 AM MT. High school students can sign up here to join us.

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