Parents – As we have communicated on numerous occasions, our goal throughout this pandemic has been to remain open for in-person instruction until local conditions dictate a course correction. Unfortunately, we have arrived at that point.
Due to the continued increase in positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines, the District will transition to remote learning for all students (E5K-12, GSRP, Tuition Preschool, and ECSE) starting Thursday, April 22. Students will return to in-person instruction Thursday, May 6, 2021. Students will utilize Google Classroom and Zoom sessions during this time.
Since April 5, we have experienced a total of 87 positive cases of COVID-19 in the District. Making matters worse, as of today, we have more than 900 students in quarantine – about 20 percent of our student body. As an example, Zemmer has nearly 40 percent of its student population quarantined. A similar percentage are quarantined at Rolland-Warner. This number of students on quarantine makes the challenge of balancing in-person and remote instruction very difficult for our staff.
The impact of cases and quarantines are not limited to a particular grade level or building. Unfortunately, all our buildings are feeling the strain of the virus and the reality of the moment is unavoidable.
Athletics will remain in place during this time and will follow the existing schedule for practices and competitions, as well as mandatory health and safety guidelines. Any changes to athletic scheduling will be communicated at a later date.
We will have transportation for students who participate in Ed-Tech programming, AP testing, and make-up testing for PSAT, SAT and M-STEP. That information will be communicated to parents directly. Chromebook distribution for students in grades K-5 will take place at the building level as needed.
It is our hope that this two-week pause of in-person instruction will allow the District time to get our numbers under control and shore up our staffing in order to have a successful final two months of school for all students.
Please continue to wear masks, especially while indoors and ensure students aren’t gathering in large groups, unmasked, during this pause. It is vitally important for students to adhere to this guidance so that we can return to in-person instruction as soon as possible.
In the meantime, please ensure that your student takes home anything they will need during the two-week pause, including course materials, instruments, technology, etc.
We will continue to evaluate the status of the virus locally as we prepare for our return to in-person instruction on May 6.
Thank you for your continued support and patience.
Matt Wandrie – Superintendent
Important Information for Pause Period
• Testing Information: You will receive information regarding testing (AP, SAT, M-STEP and make-ups) from your child’s school. Students in quarantine cannot attend testing make-ups next week. Transportation next week is only for students needing to make-up tests.
• Special Education Programs/Services: These will be available and arranged by the Special Education Case Manager and/or Service Provider as outlined in the students Contingency for Learning Plan and/or IEP.
• Kids & Company Childcare: Childcare for current Kids and Company students as well as LCS Staff will be available. Please contact Kids and Company at 810-667-2454 to make arrangements.