Remote Learning Extended through May 1

Remote Learning Extended through May 1
Posted on 03/31/2020
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Like all districts in the State of Ohio, Lakota Local Schools will be closed through May 1 per the order of Governor DeWine. Although our buildings will remain closed, our students will continue learning remotely during this time. 


The following information was shared with our families via email on March 31. We encourage you to visit our website to stay up-to-date about remote learning, resources for our families, and ways to help. Information is being updated regularly.


What does this mean for our students?

Although our school buildings are to remain closed, remote learning will continue until we are able to return to the classrooms. We will continue to adjust and administer our remote learning plans and expectations, provide student services and resources to the best of our ability and distribute free meals to our students.


Will school staff be working?

Yes, our school district will continue to provide remote learning opportunities, along with breakfast and lunch distribution to children. Administrators are actively planning and responding to this national health crisis. Teachers are creating lesson plans and engaging with their students remotely on a daily basis.

During scheduled school days, our teachers will be available via email and during scheduled office hours to support our parents and students. Students in grades 3-12 will continue to access their assignments through Canvas. For students in preschool - second grade, teachers will continue to communicate via email and the platforms they normally use, such as Seesaw. Our teachers and building administrators will continue to work with families with limited or no access to email to ensure assignments are shared.


What about food service?

Feeding operations are ongoing despite the stay-at-home orders and will remain in place throughout the remainder of the school closure. Staff will continue to comply with the most current health guidelines.


Lakota’s Child Nutrition department distributes breakfast and lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 locations throughout our community. Please note that there will be no meal distribution on Friday, April 10. Children will receive an extra breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, April 8. The program will return to its regular schedule on Monday, April 13.


For more information about our district’s meal distribution program, please click here.


What about mental health support?

We recognize the importance of consistent and continued care for our students who access our school-based mental health programming through our partnerships with MindPeace network providers. Our professionals are reaching out to families to ensure they have open lines of communication during the closure and to make alternative plans if necessary. Our counselors will be monitoring emails and reaching out to our school families in need.


If a student or parent is in crisis, you can reach out to the following local hotlines for assistance: Butler County Crisis Hotline (844) 427-4747 and our anonymous Safety Tip Line (844)-SAFEROH.


For anyone needing non-emergency help, please contact your school counselor.


What does this mean for graduation?

Our high school administration and teachers will be working together to ensure that students in the Class of 2020 are on track to graduate. The district is waiting to receive more guidance from the Ohio Department of Education. Please know that we will work together to provide assistance and flexibility in the interest of doing what is right for students. 


As for commencement, both Lakota East and West high schools have been in contact with the Cintas Center to plan for alternate dates should that become necessary.


What about state testing?

On March 27, Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 197 which, in part, waives state testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, promotion for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee will be made at the local school district level this year. 


What about services to students with disabilities?
Lakota Local Schools is making a good faith effort to provide such services. If a student with a disability cannot access the alternate delivery models being offered to general education students, then the district will consult with parents and/or caregivers to determine the needs of the student and identify the most appropriate means for meeting those needs during the closure period. Our case managers will continue to work with each individual family.


What about school/district events and activities?

Prior to the Governor’s most recent extension, all school- and district-sponsored events, including school-sponsored travel and extracurricular activities, through April 13 were postponed. That end date has now been moved to May 1. As events during this timeframe are rescheduled, they will be shared via our district and school calendars on Lakota’s website. 


On Thursday, March 26, the OHSAA announced the cancellation of the remaining winter sports tournaments in the State of Ohio. We are still awaiting guidance on the spring season. At this time, all athletic events are postponed per the ruling by the Greater Miami Conference (GMC) and guidance from the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).  


Questions?

For all questions related to your child’s assignments, please email your child’s teacher or the building principal. 


We have also set up a dedicated page on our website for all the latest announcements, resources, and updates on our response to COVID-19. Please click here to visit the Remote Learning page on our website.