New Start Date Announced

Board Approves Plan A: New School Year Begins Aug. 17
Posted on 07/31/2020
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The following is an email from Superintendent Matthew Miller to Lakota families and staff following the July 31, 2020 special meeting of the Lakota Board of Education.


Dear Lakota Staff & Families,

 

This afternoon, the Lakota Board of Education met to review the most recent data and recommendations from the Butler County Department of Health surrounding the reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. The Board called today’s special meeting in order to vote on whether or not to move forward with the district’s Plan A, which welcomes back all students for in-person learning with additional safety precautions.

 

After careful consideration, the school board voted unanimously to continue moving forward with the responsible reopening plans outlined in Plan A. Click here for a complete explanation of Plan A. 

 

The board also approved shifting students’ start date to Monday, Aug. 17. The slight change gives our buildings the additional time they need to adapt student schedules to the new demands of this school year, both for in-person and the Virtual Learning Option, and provide additional training to staff as they prepare to help implement our new safety procedures. 

 

The four-day staggered start announced on July 22 will continue for all students in grades K-12, both those attending school in-person and those who have chosen the Lakota Virtual Learning Option. Please note these adjustments to the staggered schedule, based on the revised start date: 

 

Preschool:

Phase-in days for preschool students remain unchanged and will occur on Aug. 17-18. The first day for all preschool students will be Wednesday, Aug. 19. More information will be shared with families from the preschool administration.

 

Grades Kindergarten-12:

  • Last Names A-L will attend school on Monday, Aug. 17 & Wednesday, Aug. 19 (no school on Aug. 18 & 20).
  • Last Names M-Z will attend school on Tuesday, Aug. 18 & Thursday, Aug. 20 (no school on Aug. 17 & 19).
  • No school for all students on Friday, Aug. 21
  • All students will attend school together on Monday, Aug. 24.

 

Virtual Learning:

Students in our Virtual Learning Option will also follow a staggered start and attend school online according to the following schedule:

  • Last Names A-L will attend virtual classes on Monday, Aug. 17 & Wednesday, Aug. 19 (no school on Aug. 18 & 20).
  • Last Names M-Z will attend virtual classes on Tuesday, Aug. 18 & Thursday, Aug. 20 (no school on Aug. 17 & 19).
  • No school for all students on Friday, Aug. 21
  • All students will attend virtual classes on Monday, Aug. 24.

 

As announced previously, families with students who have different last names and would like their students to attend school on the same day should inform their classroom teacher of their preferred day once schedules are released in August.

 

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, the district will be issuing a survey to all parents, students and staff, both attending school in-person and virtually, to gather honest feedback about the start of the new school year. We will use Friday, Aug. 21 (a day off for students) to aggregate the results and begin making any needed adjustments for all students’ return the following week. Survey results will also be used to guide targeted professional development for our teachers.

 

Click here to view a video recording of the school board meeting.

 

As always, the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. We continue to work alongside the Butler County Health Department and other local experts to do what is in the best interest of our students and staff. As the school year gets underway, feedback from our students, families and staff will also be critically important in adapting our plans. 

 

We will continue to communicate any significant changes and updates to our current reopening plan, as well as keep information up-to-date on Lakota’s WE are Prepared back-to-school webpage. The ever evolving Frequently Asked Questions continues to be refreshed with responses to unanswered questions posed in recent information sessions.

 

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate these turbulent times. As challenging as they are, WE are in this together and WE remain committed to serving the educational needs of our students as best as we can. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Matthew J. Miller

Superintendent