2017-18 Back to School Essentials: Your Questions Answered

2017-18 Back to School Essentials: Your Questions Answered
Posted on 07/24/2017
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2017-18 'Back to School' Essentials

Your Questions Answered: School Supplies, Bus Routes, Teacher Assignments and More 

It’s that time of year again! Summer is coming to a close and beginning Wednesday, August 16, Lakota teachers and support staff will be welcoming back new and returning students. Here is some important information to keep in mind as you and your family gear up for the new school year.

When is the first day of school?

Wednesday, August 16 – Grades 1-12
August 16-18 - Kindergarten phase-in days (vary by building) 

What school will my child attend?

Use Lakota’s interactive map to enter your address and view a listing of all the Lakota schools associated with your attendance zone.

What are my school’s hours?

Click here to view a complete list of arrival and dismissal times for each Lakota school building.

Does my student receive bus services?

Lakota provides transportation to all students in kindergarten and first grade. Eligible students in grades 2-6 who live more than one mile from their school will receive transportation. Eligible students in grades 7-8 will receive busing if they live more than two miles from their school. Lakota does not provide busing at the high school level. Click here to check transportation eligibility by address. Please visit Lakota's Transportation page for more information. 

Every year, Lakota’s transportation department reviews the district’s bus routes for possible efficiencies and opportunities to maximize services and shrink our standard exclusion zones, always working within our financial boundaries. If a student isn’t eligible but will be receiving services this year, they will be contacted by Lakota’s transportation department.

How do I communicate my child’s transportation arrangements?


If your child lives in a transportation exclusion zone, will be opting out of bus services, or will be served by a child care provider at an address other than your home, you must complete a transportation/child care information form. You are not required to submit this form if you 1) utilize Lakota’s bus transportation from your home address or 2) already have one on file and your transportation circumstances aren’t changing this year. 


How do I look up my student’s bus route and teacher assignment?

Bus route information will be available from Lakota’s bus provider on Aug. 10. At that time, you will be able to view bus and ECS/elementary teacher assignments for the 2017-2018 school year on the registration page of Home Access Center (HAC). A link will be prominently posted from the district’s homepage when the information is available. 

What is Home Access Center and how do I access it?

Home Access Center (HAC) is a communications tool to help keep students and parents up-to-date and in contact with their teachers throughout the year. Use HAC to find daily assignments and scores, interim reports and report cards, schedules, attendance, and more.

In preparation for the new school year, HAC will be inaccessible to parents and students. Accessibility to 2017-2018 information will be restored according to the following schedule:

     ECS/Elementary Schools – Wednesday, Aug. 9 @ 8 a.m.
     Junior High Schools – Thursday, Aug. 10 @ 8 a.m.
     Freshman Schools – Wednesday, Aug. 9 @ 8 a.m.
     High Schools – Thursday, Aug. 10 @ 8 a.m.

Families new to the district will receive their usernames and passwords by mail from their schools. Returning families who lost their login information should contact their school’s main office. 

Review this new user guide for more details on how to take full advantage of HAC. 

Home Access Center is also available in a mobile app, allowing you to view all information from any mobile device. Click here for more information about the app or search for "eSchoolPLUS Family" in your app store.

Check out the Parents section of Lakota’s website for a listing of other helpful resources.

I’m new to Lakota. How do I enroll my student?

Visit our Enrollment Center page for everything you need to enroll your child at Lakota, including office hours and required documents. If you are planning to have your student start the first day of school, please have all of your documents to the Enrollment Center by the end of the business day on Friday, August 11.

How do I update my home address?


To update your address, please visit Lakota’s Enrollment Center at 8735 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd. See the Enrollment Center page for office hours and required documents. 


How can I update my preferences for receiving mass communications from Lakota?


Lakota is proud to offer a powerful mass notification system for delivering important school and district news and announcements via email, phone and text message. We encourage parents, employees and community members to take full advantage of the platform, which provides these important benefits:
  • Customize your notification preferences. Choose which phone numbers and email addresses should receive which types of communications – emergency, weather-related or general school/district news and announcements.

  • No more annual updates. For current parents, guardians and staff, the new system automatically recognizes your associated school(s), grade level(s) and even language preference, and will update as this information changes in our databases to ensure you receive information pertaining to those associations. If you wish to sign up for general school communications outside of your immediate school associations, you will want to create a second account through our self sign-up portal.

  • Manage your sign-ups from a single platform. While we still ask that parents and guardians keep their information in Home Access Center updated for one-on-one communication needs, all mass notification sign-ups happen through Info Center. 

    If you are the official parent or guardian of a current Lakota student or a current employee with a valid Lakota email address, please log into Info Center to make sure the phone numbers and email addresses being automatically pulled from Home Access Center (parents) and active directory (staff) are accurate and up-to-date. For your username, use the primary email address associated with your personal Home Access Center account (parents/guardians) or your Lakota email address (staff).

Click here for more information on how you can sign-up, view or change your communication preferences.

How do I check my school’s calendar?

From the Lakota website, click on “Select a School” to visit your school website and view your school’s calendar for open house, orientation and curriculum night dates, as well as other upcoming building events. The district’s online calendar can be used to view district-wide events only. 


What’s for breakfast and lunch?


Breakfast and lunch menus for August, September and October will be available online by Aug. 1. Use EZPay to add to your child's lunch account or check the balance. Learn more about applying for free and reduced price school meals and reporting special dietary needs and food allergies to the Child Nutrition department. 


How do I find my student’s school supply list?


Early childhood, elementary and junior high school supply lists can be found on the district’s supply list webpage. High school students will receive supply lists from their teachers on the first day of school. 

How else can I stay connected to Lakota all year long?

  • Be sure to check out Lakota’s website which presents vital information through sections such as “Trending Now,” “Quick Links” and “District News” as well as video and photo galleries. The homepage also quickly links to school-specific pages, so you can keep up on all the great things happening district-wide and with your student’s school. 

  • Follow Lakota on Facebook. Receive daily updates on important announcements, upcoming events, photos, videos, news stories and more. Be sure to participate in the annual back-to-school photo contest on Lakota's Facebook page, too. Submit your proudest first day photos for inclusion in the official contest gallery. Then share them with your friends to rack up the votes, or "likes," for a chance to win. You may also want to follow Lakota Superintendent Matt Miller on Facebook for his frequent posts. 

  • Connect with Lakota on Twitter and follow Superintendent Matt Miller on his new Twitter account.

If you have additional questions, please contact your school’s main office or the Lakota Central Office at 513-874-5505.