Pulse Journal April 19 2020

Remote Learning Update: Pulse Journal (April 19, 2020)
Posted on 04/20/2020
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computer monitor thought bubblesHere is the latest remote learning updated from Superintendent Matthew Miller as published in the April 19, 2020 Pulse Journal.

I am proud of the way our teachers, staff and students have responded to remote learning over the past five weeks. While there have certainly been challenges to overcome and adjustments to be made, I don’t know of another district in the state of Ohio that has made the transition as well as Lakota.


During the first seven days of remote learning, we had more than 1.3 million hits to the courses in our online learning management system with over 208,000 logins. We had over 10,000 participants in over 1,600 video conferencing meetings...in just seven days. 


We continue to serve meals to our students at 11 sites throughout the community on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Information about pickup times and locations can be found on our website. Meals are provided for children ages one -18.


We are prepared to continue remote learning through the end of the school year, should that be needed. Plans are also in place to celebrate our seniors. We know that this has been particularly challenging for the Class of 2020. The spring semester, especially the fourth quarter, is filled with celebrations. With the closure of school buildings,  there has been much uncertainty about our traditional events celebrating our seniors. 


The culmination of our students’ school years is graduation. After learning that Xavier University has cancelled all events until August, our high school principals and administrators worked diligently to find an alternative location to recognize our graduates. We have recently announced to our families that the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will be held at Lakota East and West high schools.


Not knowing when Governor DeWine will lift the stay at home order and allow large group gatherings, we have scheduled two sets of dates, each with a rain date included. 


If large group gatherings are permitted by June 25, the graduation dates will be:


Lakota West:

Wednesday, July 8 at 8 p.m 

Rain date: Friday, July 10 at 8 p.m.


Lakota East:

Thursday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

Rain date: Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m.


If Governor DeWine announces on June 26, but no later than July 23, that large group gatherings are permitted, the graduation dates will be:


Lakota West:

Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.

Rain date: Friday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m.


Lakota East:

Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m.

Rain date: Saturday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.


If the large group gathering ban has not been lifted by July 23, we will continue to look at future options for graduation. 


Plans are also being made to recognize our seniors who are committing to serve our country in the military after graduation. A special video celebration is being created and will be shared with our families and with our community in lieu of our annual Military Commitment Ceremony. Our Parade of Graduates will also be celebrated virtually. 


Our buildings and classrooms may be empty, but WE are continuing to learn, grow and celebrate.


Matthew Miller is the superintendent of Lakota Local Schools. Follow him on Twitter (@LakotaSuper), Facebook (Matt Miller – Lakota Local Schools Superintendent) and Instagram (lakotasuper).