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WE are excited to welcome our students back for the start of the 2024-2025 school year! As the new year approaches, we know your questions are piling up, which is why we want to help you find answers and stay on top of your back-to-school to do list.

Whether you are brand new to the Lakota family or returning for another year, take a moment to visit Lakota's 2024-2025 Back-to-School Hub for all the information you need for a successful start to the new school year.

Read More about 2024-2025 Back-to-School Hub Now Open
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The Lakota Board of Education approved the return of student fees for the 2024-2025 school year at its June 27 regular school board meeting. Since 2020, Lakota has been able to waive all student fees by utilizing federal dollars from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Lakota will use a "zero-based budgeting model" for student fees moving forward. 

The approved student fee schedule also includes an increase to junior school athletic participation fees, as well as high school pay-to-participate fees for athletics, marching band and color/winter guard. A slight adjustment to daily breakfast and lunch menu prices, as well as the junior and high school Club Card, was also approved. 

Read More about 2024-2025 Student Fees Return in Absence of ESSER Funds
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In addition to the supplies provided by your school, students in grades K-8 are asked to provide a few additional items before the first day of school. Use TeacherLists, a free new resource, to easily find your list and even shop online for the best prices on all your back-to-school supplies, if desired. High school students will continue to receive supply lists from their teachers when school starts.

Read More about 2024-2025 School Supply Lists Now Available
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Beginning Monday, June 10, ParentSquare is replacing Lakota's current notification system for sending email, phone and text alerts to all Lakota families and staff. The new, more unified school-to-home communication tool was piloted by eight Lakota schools during the last month of the 2023-2024 school year. 

For parents and staff, no action will be required to continue receiving communications, but log into your account via OneLogin to customize your communications experience and get the most out of ParentSquare.

Read More about Lakota Launches New, Unified Communication Tool to All Staff, Parents
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The Lakota Local School District, in partnership with the Faith Alliance, is participating in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program this year. Meals will be provided daily to all children (ages 18 and younger and individuals with disabilities through age 21) - free of charge and regardless of income - beginning May 28 through Aug. 1 (except for July 4). The summer program is funded through the USDA and implemented at no cost to the district.

Read More about USDA Free Summer Food Service Program Begins May 28
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Due to increasing enrollment throughout Lakota Local Schools, especially in grades kindergarten through sixth grade, changes have been made to Administrative Guideline 5113, Inter-District Open Enrollment. Lakota Local Schools will no longer offer open enrollment for any new non-employee students in these grades beginning with the 2024-25 school year.

Read More about Adapting to Enrollment Growth: Lakota’s New Open Enrollment Guidelines
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Beginning Monday, June 10, all Lakota schools will begin using a new, more unified school-to-home communication tool called ParentSquare. The platform, which was piloted at eight schools for the last month, will replace the current notification system for sending email, phone and text alerts to families and staff.

Like our pilot schools, no action will be required from parents or staff to continue receiving communications, but be on the lookout for an invite to log into your account via OneLogin to customize your communications experience and get the most out of ParentSquare.

Read More about June 10: ParentSquare Launches to All School Staff & Parents

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