Coronavirus Update & FAQs: March 13

Coronavirus Update & FAQs: March 13
Posted on 03/13/2020
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Coronavirus updateDear Lakota Parents and Guardians,


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted times together and do our part to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 


Lakota Local Schools continues to follow the recommendations and guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health and the Butler County Health Department. District administrators continue to monitor these agencies for updates and to modify our responses to this health crisis. We have created a dedicated page on our website where we will post all updates regarding COVID-19, in addition to sharing information with our parents and staff via email and social media. 


Governor DeWine announced on Thursday that all schools in the state of Ohio would be closed beginning at the end of day on Monday, March 16 for a period of at least three weeks. Lakota schools will be closed through April 3 with students returning on April 6, unless otherwise directed by expert authorities. All district activities, including preschool, athletics and extracurriculars are canceled during this time. 


Knowing that this was a possibility is exactly why we planned a remote learning exercise for today. We will use the feedback our parents, staff and secondary students provide to help us continue educating all of our students during the shutdown in the most effective manner possible. Please share your feedback from today’s remote learning exercise via this parent/student survey. We are gathering staff feedback through a separate survey as well. 


Other related services, beyond teaching and learning, are of critical importance to us and being considered as we navigate this shutdown. This includes everything from emergency food relief and special education support to mental health services and extracurricular activities. Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions to view our current action plan to support our families during these uncertain times. 


The health, safety and wellness of our students and their families is always our top priority. While we certainly understand the burden all these measures are placing on our families, we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work together to make the best out of this challenging situation. 


Sincerely,


Matthew J. Miller

Superintendent