Feb. 24-26 Update

Important Update Regarding Feb. 24-26
Posted on 02/08/2021
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Calendar COVID-19 cell syringe for vaccineAt the Feb. 8 school board meeting, Superintendent Matthew Miller announced an adjustment to the school schedule following staff vaccinations on Feb. 24. Read his email here.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you know, our staff will have the option to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday, Feb. 24. As we announced on Jan. 26, all Lakota students will not have school on this day to allow all staff to take advantage of this opportunity. 

While the first dose had very little impact on staff absences, we have been advised that the second dose is more likely to cause side effects that could result in staff members feeling ill for a period of 24-48 hours. This reality has the potential to severely impact our staff attendance on the days following the vaccination. 

This possibility paired with a substitute shortage this year makes it critical to adjust our schedule for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 25-26 as follows:

  • Feb. 24: No school for all Lakota students (including VLO) so that staff can receive the second dose of the vaccine, if needed (no change to original announcement).
  • Feb. 25: Remote learning for all schools and VLO continues as normal.
  • Feb. 26: Remote learning for all schools and VLO continues as normal.
  • March 1:  In-person learning continues for all in-person Lakota students.

Please understand that while it was originally our intent to schedule the staff vaccines on a Friday to avoid this type of scheduling change, the timing was dictated entirely by Kroger and the demand to schedule vaccinations for all our Butler County school employees. 

Our remote learning expectations for these days will align with those from our previous days this year. Teachers will communicate with their classes what the remote schedule will look like for Feb. 25-26. Families who are in need of assistance with technology should contact their building office.

We understand that remote learning is not ideal for many families, but it is my hope that the advance notice will be helpful with your planning. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we do everything in our power to continue offering in-person learning.  

Sincerely,

Matthew J. Miller
Superintendent