March 13: Important School Safety Exercise

March 13: Important School Safety Exercise
Posted on 03/09/2020
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March 13 remote education exerciseWith the increasing number of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases being reported, we as a district must be prepared for the possibility of an extended closure initiated by either Lakota Local Schools or the Butler County Health Department.


Having plans in place to continue educating our students during an extended closure is of critical importance and part of our evolving district safety plans. Just as we practice drills in the event of a fire, tornado or lockdown, Lakota will conduct a remote education exercise. The purpose of this exercise is simply to practice remote learning in response to a potential long-term closure and then gather feedback from you and our staff to ultimately adjust our systems to accommodate meaningful learning without physically being at school.  


On Friday, March 13, students at Lakota Local Schools will not report to class, but instead will continue their learning remotely from home. All Lakota staff will report to their buildings and use this day to reflect on what adjustments need to be made to allow for continued learning for all students during a possible extended closure.


Students at our secondary buildings are already accustomed to this learning model through Canvas and their school-issued Chromebooks. For our elementary students and their families, where digital learning may not occur as regularly, we realize this may present a bit of a learning curve. 


By this Thursday, your child’s teacher will be sharing their resources for continued at-home learning during Friday’s exercise. This will come to you and your child in an electronic format using the communication platform your teacher uses most regularly. For grades K-6, where students do not have a 1:1 take home device, in addition to providing the content electronically, it will also come to you in a printed format. For grades 7-12, please remind your child to bring home their Chromebooks so they can complete their work during this exercise.


For assistance with accessing Canvas, Lakota’s learning management system, please refer to Lakota’s parent and student guide to Canvas. 


We know that there will be many questions as we work through this exercise. That’s what we want and exactly why we’re doing it. Your feedback is important to us, which is why we will be sharing a Google form with you, and with our staff, on Friday.


We also wanted to make you aware that over spring break, our custodial department will be completing a regularly scheduled deep-cleaning of shared educational spaces, such as Innovation Hubs. This type of maintenance is completed regularly during extended school breaks. On a daily basis, our school nurses also record the reasons for student and staff absences so that they may track any increases in particular illnesses. When a rise in a specific illness is noted, our custodial staff is alerted so that extra steps are added to the daily cleaning procedures.  


While this is certainly a unique safety exercise, it is one that we believe is crucial for us to practice, given today’s environment. For more information and resources about the novel Coronavirus, please click here to visit our Coronavirus landing page.