Due to the new order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service (MDHHS) on Sunday evening, all LCS students in grades 6-12 will be fully remote starting Wednesday, November 18 through Tuesday, December 8. Lapeer High School, the Center for Innovation, the Zemmer 8-9 Campus, and the Rolland-Warner 6-7 campus will not offer face-to-face instruction during this time but will remain open to support students and staff. Special Education programs and services at the district level will also be available during this time.
The MDHHS order did present flexibility for our middle-level students to receive face-to-face instruction, but the shared staffing structure of the District at the secondary level made this option very difficult to achieve — our secondary schools are more interconnected today than ever before.
The District’s four elementary schools, including our Kids & Company and Early Childhood Special Education programs, will remain open for face-to-face instruction during this period. The elementary day structure will remain the same with existing health and safety requirements in place.
Though minor adjustments are being made to the District’s remote learning plan, students in grades 6-12 can expect a similar educational experience to what they had in September, with Google Classroom and Zoom interactions with teachers and classmates. The daily schedule will be the same as it was in September, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to take home any materials (instruments, study materials, medications, etc.) they will need during the three-week remote learning period.
During the remote learning period, all K-12 extra-curricular school events (including concerts and athletic contests) will not be permitted. Also, all usage of district facilities by outside groups for gatherings are also not permitted.
It is our desire, as a district, to continue to offer face-to-face instruction to as many students as possible during this challenging time. We hope to be able to return our secondary students to face-to-face instruction after the three-week remote learning period. That said, the District will continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 spread both locally and statewide to discern the path forward.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to do what is best for students and staff during uncertain times. We ask that you continue to follow health and safety guidelines to diminish the spread of COVID-19:
- Encourage your students to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.
- Check your students for symptoms daily.
- Keep sick students home.
- Make a habit of wearing masks.
- Keep your distance from others as much as possible.
We will continue to keep you informed of any changes to our operations during this period. We will send out our updated remote learning plan on Tuesday.
Matt Wandrie – Superintendent