LSAT Updates and FAQs

The Lafayette LSAT of 2020-2021 held their first meeting on Wednesday, 10/14.  This elected group of parents and school staff have a primary responsibility to “advise the principal on matters that promote high expectations and high achievement for all students”.   Read on for more specifics about the role of LSAT in DCPS!

Our LSAT members for 2020-2021 are

Parent Members: Jess Adasi, Kalah Auchincloss, Paul Hardesty, Laura Kolar, and Kathryn Young

School Staff Members:  Maura Barry, Kerry Cassidy, Donna Cobb, Alycia Hallock, Lynda Henderson, and Liz Ritchie

HSA Co Presidents:  Bree Cohen and Ann Sun

Community Member:  Tom Martella

All LSAT meetings are open to the public and are advertised on our school calendar.  The next meeting date is November 12th.

Every month, the LSAT is committed to providing our community with an executive summary of the meeting as well as a link to the full meeting notes.  All questions and feedback can be sent to

LSAT (Local School Advisory Team) Meeting Minutes – October 14, 2020

—Executive Summary—

    1. Introductions. All 14 members attended plus two members of the community. Introduced new LSAT Members – there are five.
    2. Reviewed the 2019-20 LSAT recommendations to the 2020-21 LSAT. 
    3. Discussed LSAT Officer Elections for Secretaries and Co-Chairs.  Agreement that parents and school staff should be represented in both positions.
    4. Discussed 2020-21 LSAT meeting schedule and importance of announcing meetings to community.  Meetings will continue to occur monthly on Wednesday mornings at 7:30am.
    5. Re-opening plans. LSAT shared a list of questions for Dr. B to address – answers to these questions and a couple of others will be published online as easily accessible Re-opening FAQs.  The school continues to work on staffing issues (for regular in-school classes and the CARES classrooms).  Dr. B will minimize teacher/cohort changes which is a big concern for many parents.  Dr. B recommends that the school and community continue to focus on improving distance learning. Finally, DCPS has given us the re-opening plan to implement with very latitude for modification/adaption to fit our specific needs – it is a district wide plan.
    6. Complete version of these meeting minutes, available at this link.

LSAT ReOpening FAQ Document

More about the role of LSAT

In the course of carrying out these responsibilities, all directed at improving student achievement,Local School Advisory Teams shall discuss and advise the principal on matters such as:▪Budget decisions; ▪Organization of the school;▪Curriculum options, including special or supplementary course offerings and specialized research-based instructional strategies;▪Allocation of school resources;▪Priorities and considerations for staffing patterns and the selection of personnel;▪Monitoring overall student progress;▪School culture,and▪Family engagement. 

Visit the DCPS LSAT Website for more information