Today's Pulse May 3 2020

Remote Learning Update: Pulse Journal (May 3, 2020)
Posted on 05/04/2020
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computer monitor thought bubblesHere is the latest remote learning updated from Superintendent Matthew Miller as published in the May 3, 2020 Pulse Journal.

As we had anticipated, Gov. DeWine has continued remote learning through the end of the school year for our nearly 17,000 students. While this certainly did not come as a surprise to us at Lakota, it was helpful to have the decision announced so that we can now move forward with finalizing plans for the end of the school year and look ahead to August.

The end of this academic year will remain May 21. We have announced this week that our seniors will receive no new assignments after May 8 and all other students will receive their last assignments on May 15. All students will have through May 21 to complete and submit their work.

During the final week of school, our teachers will continue to be available for their students through email, as they have been since remote learning began in March. Our staff will also participate in professional development during this time. Part of this endeavor will include working in teams with their peers to reflect upon remote learning - what worked, what improvements are needed - in order to be better prepared should some form of remote learning be required in the fall.

While it is certainly our hope that we will be able to begin the new school year as we always do, we must be forward-thinking and prepare for several different scenarios. This would include continuing remote learning similarly to what we are currently doing, as well as a hybrid approach where remote learning takes place but our students are also brought into buildings on a staggered schedule in order to follow physical distancing guidelines. The bottom line is that we just don’t know what August will look like, but we will be prepared.

As we look to the end of this most-memorable year, we are saddened that our students will not be able to participate in traditional celebrations. This applies to every grade from our youngest learners in preschool to our seniors. From field day to award recognition programs; choir concerts to state competitions; and, of course, prom and graduation.  

We know that our parents, students and community members continue to have questions and our teams are working diligently to provide answers. I encourage you to visit our website, lakotaonline.com, for all of the latest information. Our frequently asked question list is being updated regularly. 

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we work through these challenging times.

 

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