The amount and types of furniture allowed in the rooms seems to be limited only by the imagination and cooperation of the roommates. Obviously, furniture and other items like lamps must be safe and clean. The Dean of Students should be consulted if there is a question about room decor. One lounge chair, in good shape, is permitted with the approval of the Dean of Students.
We do not allow students to have televisions in their rooms. The student union is equipped with many recreational items including televisions. In addition, each dorm is equipped with a recreation area(s) for student use. Many students will bring their stereos with them from home. Because of the dormitory environment there are some simple guidelines for stereo use in the dorm. Each dorm does have a microwave oven for student use. NO APPLIANCES OR HOTPLATES OR POPCORN POPPERS ARE ALLOWED TO BE USED IN THE INDIVIDUAL ROOMS. There are designated places in the dormitory for the use of these items.
LPS has a nurse on duty from 8:00-10:45am each school day. If a student becomes ill before school, he/she informs the tutor in the dorm office from 7:00-7:25am. The tutor may excuse the student from classes for the day and/or send the student to the nurse for further evaluation. Both the tutors and the nurse may dispense non-prescription medications as necessary. If the nurse determines that a student should see a physician, the nurse makes the appointment and arranges for transportation to and from the doctor’s office. If a student is excused from classes due to illness, appropriate meals are delivered to his/her room.
In this day and age with HMO's and other group health care, medical insurance coverage and restrictions vary almost from family to family. If you have some specific questions about your insurance please contact our school nurse using the LPS toll free number.
If a student becomes ill during the school day they need to inform a member of the dorm staff. Sometimes it is determined that a student is too sick to remain on campus. In such cases parents are contacted and arrangements are made to get the sick student back home or some other place for rest and recuperation.
During free class periods students may go to their rooms or other areas on campus to study or socialize if they are prepared for class. There are no study hall rooms during the school day. LPS has a "closed campus" during school hours which means students are not permitted to leave campus without permission from the dorm staff for specific reasons.
During after-school hours students are allowed to leave campus. A sign-out/sign-in sheet is located in the dorm lobby. We trust that students will document their destination on these sheets. While it is a system that has potential for abuse, we have found that one of the great things about our students is that we can trust them, and this system has worked well to keep track of students.
Sextaners (9th graders) are not permitted to go off of campus for the first four weeks of school unless they are accompanied by an 11th or 12th grader of the same gender and they are going for a specific and necessary (not social) purpose.
After school, in the evenings and on the weekends we allow students to go off campus to do shopping, eat, go to the movies, etc. As long as we know where they are going and when they get back, students are free to leave campus during their free time when they wish. We reserve the right to declare some places off limits if they are not in the best interest of our students.
Some of the students go home on weekends. Eventually students who come from farther away may spend time away from campus with friends who live in the area. This is something that we encourage in order that students who live far away might get away from the campus and into a "home-like" setting. Parents have been great in opening their homes to their children's schoolmates and friends for weekend visits.
When students stay on campus during the weekend, there are a number of activities that take place to occupy their time. The weekends are the prime time for many of LPS's co-curricular activities including athletic contests, dramatic productions, and concerts. Fan buses often travel to weekend contests that are held at the opponent's school.
The student union is also a busy place on the weekend as friends gather to watch TV or rent a movie or make use of the game area in the student union. If there are no co-curricular activities scheduled, the gymnasium is often open for personal use. The indoor pool is within walking distance of the campus. It has open swim times that are available for a nominal fee to LPS students.
Other opportunities for student recreation that have happened in the past include: roller-skating, Admirals (hockey) game, Bucks game, Brewers game, shopping trips to Milwaukee or Madison, ski trips, swimming party planned for indoor pool, and the Watertown Aquatic Center rented. These trips and outings are organized and chaperoned by members of the dorm staff and/or faculty.
LPS has an intramural program for students who are not participating in interscholastic sports. The number and type of intramural sports may vary from year to year depending on the interest of the students. Intramural sports that usually happen in a given school year include: softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, floor hockey and bowling.