Virtual Learning Option

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Lakota is pleased to offer the continuation of the Virtual Learning Option for Lakota K-12 students for the 2021-22 school year. Thanks to the support of current VLO families and staff via their experiential feedback, the VLO will iterate in its second year with improvement, intentional design changes, and eased implementation.
The Lakota Virtual Learning Option is a fully-online curriculum designed, taught and led by Lakota teachers and administrators. Through the program flexibilities, students are able to learn within their home environment while remaining connected to Lakota.




2021-2022 Enrollment

The enrollment window has closed as of April 9. Families must submit the enrollment form for students to be placed in the VLO for the 2021-2022 school year. All students will be placed in-person for 2021-22, unless the VLO enrollment process is completed.

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For a detailed account of current VLO operations, a Handbook for the 2021-22 school year is linked below:
Link to 2021-22 Handbook
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VLO Program of Study for 2021-22
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Informational Videos for the 2021-22 school year:
K-6 - Click here for Video (opens in a new window) 7-12 - Click here for Video (opens in a new window)(opens in a new wind7-12 Four Q&A Sessions for families were held in March. Thanks to all those who participated.

Important to Note: A communication was sent via School Messenger on March 4 to all families in the Lakota District regarding VLO for 2021-22. If you did NOT receive it, please visit this page to update your settings -Lakota Communications (opens in a new window) (opens in a new window) (opens in a new window) (opens in a new window(opens in a new window)

To contact the VLO team, email us at vlo@lakotaonline.com

VLO suggestion box

Please share your suggestions with us. We would like to hear feedback from families on areas for improvement. This could be your ideas on how work could be shared, technical issues you seem to face with specific learning tools, or general tips that have made learning go more smoothly in your household.
Click here to access the suggestion box

A Peek Behind the Curtain: Virtual Learning
04/13/2021
Take a closer look inside Lakota Local Schools with a video series called “A Peek Behind the Curtain.” This time, you’ll get an inside look at the inaugural year of Lakota’s Virtual Learning Option (VLO) from the perspective of students, parents and teachers who experienced it firsthand.
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$145K Grant Aids Virtual Students with Internet Connectivity, Provides District Savings
02/23/2021
Lakota Local Schools was proud to put to work a recent grant that covered the entire cost of 180 new Chromebooks complete with integrated Internet capability. Most of the devices have already been deployed to Lakota’s fourteen K-6 schools for students lacking a device and Internet connectivity to access digital resources while learning at home.
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Lakota VLO Family Takes Learning Cross-Country
01/26/2021
The Piening family likes to think they’ve been “making COVID lemonade” since August. In just five months, the family of five has managed to visit more than 20 cities in 11 different states - all while first-grader Cami, second-grader Daniel and fifth-grader Elle continued their “regular” studies (and then some) at Liberty ECS and VanGorden Elementary. How? They rented their home for a year, replaced their three cars with an RV and hit the road just as their other adventure with Lakota’s first-ever virtual learning option (VLO) was getting underway.
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Project Helps VLO Second Graders Learn More than Economics
01/22/2021
To culminate their recent Economics unit, Lakota VLO students banded together to learn some real-life lessons about needs and wants.
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Lunch and Learn Series Connects ECS Parents, Offers Support
12/13/2020
How can parents stay connected and receive support in these difficult times? “It is definitely difficult not having adults in the school building this year to help build community and connectedness,” said Jen Gillum, counselor at Wyandot Early Childhood School. “The Lunch and Learn Series is helping to bridge that gap.”
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Heritage Debuts StoryWalksⓇ for In-Person and VLO Families
12/01/2020
What can in-person and virtual learning students do to experience the same thing? This is the question that Heritage Early Childhood School Assistant Principal Natalie Jimenez asked herself. The answer? StoryWalksⓇ.
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First Semester Exams Canceled for High School Students
12/01/2020
End of semester exams for students in grades 9-12 have been cancelled for the first semester this school year. Grades for the first and second quarters will be weighted equally at 50% to determine first semester grades.
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Media Design & Communications Project Connects VLO Students
11/27/2020
Hundreds of K-2 virtual learners are having some fall and winter fun, thanks to some Hopewell and Liberty junior high VLO students. Students in Moriah Walker’s Media Design & Communications class recently took on a project to create activity books full of coloring pages, word searches and math puzzles for younger VLO students at Hopewell and Wyandot early childhood schools.
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Fall VLO Celebrations Build Community
11/13/2020
“It was an optional Zoom session, but 90% of my children came to the party dressed in their costumes. What I thought might be a half hour turned into 50 minutes of fun and laughter – talking – sharing – just enjoying being together,” said Wyandot ECS first grade teacher Abigail Detcher.
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