My name is Samantha Ross and I live in McCalla with my husband (Jason) and our two sons (Caleb and Carson). Caleb is in 2nd grade and Carson is in preschool at LVES. I love spending time with my family and being outside!  In my free time I love to go to church, go camping, travel, and hang out with my family and friends!  I graduated from UAB in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  I have previously taught for ten years, and have taught both third grade and fifth grade. This will be my first year teaching fourth grade and my second year teaching at LVES. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!


    Lake View Elementary Opening Schools Frequently Asked Questions


    As we prepare for the upcoming 2020-2021 School year, there are many unknowns. We are working diligently to make this year as normal as possible while preserving the safety of our students, employees, and families. Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. Please understand that these may change due to state, local, or district orders related to Covid-19.

    Does my child need to wear a face mask?

    • According to the state-wide mandate, children in 2nd through 5th grades MUST wear a mask. Students in pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade may wear a mask if they choose but a mask will not be required.
    • Also, the State Department of Education has purchased washable masks for all Alabama students. Your child may wear the masks provided or wear their own.

    Will my child’s teacher wear a mask?

    • All faculty and staff will be provided with masks as well as a face shields.

    What about buses?

    • Students will have assigned seats and will use the same seat each day.
    • We will practice social distancing when loading the buses.
    • Buses will be sanitized after their final routes for the day.

    How will morning drop off work?

    • Students can enter the building at 7:30 and will go directly to their classrooms where their teachers will be waiting. If your child eats breakfast at school, he/she will eat in the cafeteria operating at half capacity.
    • The tardy bell will ring at 8:00.
    • For the first two days (8/20 and 8/21), Kindergarten and Pre-K will have staggered start times. Half of these students will report to school on Thursday, 8/20 and the other half will report to school on Friday, 8/21.
    • All students will report at regular time on Monday, 8/24.
    • Look for a welcome letter from your child’s teacher which will indicate what day your kindergarten of pre-K child is to report for school.

    How will afternoon dismissal work?

    • Bus riders will begin dismissing at 2:35 and will be dismissed by bus number to lessen the number of students loading at one time.
    • Car riders will begin dismissing at 2:40. Students will be called by name in the order in which your car is in the car line. Social distancing will be adhered to as much as is possible. Parents MUST have the sign which was provided by the school on their dashboards visible from the outside.

    Will my child be socially distanced at lunch?

    • The number of students in the cafeteria at any given time will not exceed 50% capacity. There will be an empty seat separating students as they eat. Hand sanitizer will be available as students enter/exit the cafeteria.
    • Additionally, lunches will be pre-packaged to avoid exposure.

    Will my child get to participate in art, music, and P.E.?

    • Art and music will be available for students who have opted for in-person learning.
    • Students will also participate in physical education daily. When weather permits, students will have P.E. outside and will distanced as much as possible. If the weather does not permit, students will be in the gym and will be socially distanced.
    • Students will have access to hand sanitizer as they go and come from P.E.
    • Coaches will clean equipment between classes.

    Can I come to the school to eat lunch with my child or send cupcakes / cookies on my child’s birthday?

    • Unfortunately, no visitors are allowed in the building at this time. This includes guardians, parents, and grandparents.
    • No outside food can be shared among students.

    What if I need to check my child in or out of school?

    • If you need to check your child into school, you will come to the front entrance and ring the bell. A member of the office staff will meet you at the door and make sure your child gets to his/her classroom.
    • If you need to check your child out of school, you will come to the front entrance and ring the bell. Be sure to have your picture ID available. A member of the office staff will call for your student and walk him/her to the door.

    Can I walk my kindergarten or pre-k child to the classroom?

    • Since no visitors are allowed in the building, you will not be allowed to walk your child to class. Please go ahead now and start preparing your child for this since first days can be a little unsettling to young children.