The following is a message for parents from LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie:
As we move closer to the start of the 2020-21 school year, we wanted to send you additional information regarding the first week of school, starting September 8. As you can imagine, we learned a lot in the spring when we had to quickly transition to full-time virtual learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak in our state. As we approach our interim period of virtual learning, we want to ensure students and parents are prepared and supported to begin the school year with a positive mindset.
To accomplish this, we will use the first week of school (September 8-11) for on-boarding of students.
Here’s a breakdown of what that week will look like:
- All buildings will be open during normal school hours
- All students will be assigned a day to report to school in person based on their last name. It would be a normal school start and end time (example: Turrill, 8:44 a.m. until 3:44 p.m.) This means we would not have more than 25% of our students in a building at a time. (See information above)
- Students will receive virtual learning information, procedures, expectations, course materials, access to technology, logins, etc.
- Students will have the opportunity to establish a relationship with their teacher
- On days in which students do not report, they will complete coursework in Google Classroom (no Zoom sessions in first week)
- Transportation and food service will be provided
Full-time virtual learning will begin for all students on September 14 (including Zoom sessions) from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. each school day. The District will make accommodations for students who do not have adequate access to technology during this time.
During on-boarding week, all requirements under the Phase 4 Return to School Roadmap will be in force, including those related to masks and frequent of our schools. Further, extra-curricular activities will be allowed based on local and staff guidance (including the MHSAA for athletics).
As a reminder, the goal for the District remains undeterred: We want to return our students back to the classroom. Because of this, everything we do in the next five weeks will be focused on giving students the best possible experience online while preparing for a return to face-to-face instruction.
We will have more information regarding our phased-in return to the classroom in the coming weeks. As always, feel free to contact the administrative office or your building principal for more information.
We are looking forward to an exciting 2020-21 school year!
Matt Wandrie – Superintendent