Board Approves In-Person Jan Academic Calendar

Board Approves Changes to In-Person Academic Calendar
Posted on 12/15/2020
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At the Dec. 14, 2020 Lakota Board of Education meeting, the members of the Board voted unanimously 4-0, with Michael Pearl absent, to make the following changes to the in-person learning academic calendar in January:


  1. Begin the second semester with remote learning through Jan. 11 for our in-person learners and those who are returning to in-person from VLO; 

  2. Similar to August, stagger the return to the classroom by combining in-person and remote learning Jan. 12-15. All students will return to the classroom on Jan. 19; and

  3. VLO students will begin the second semester on Jan. 5 and follow a normal schedule.


Specifically: 


Jan. 4-8:

  • Mon. Jan. 4: Professional Development for staff - no school for students (no change)

  • Tues.-Fri. Jan. 5-8: Remote learning for in-person students; VLO students begin their second semester as normal and continue unless otherwise noted


Jan. 11-15:

  • Mon. Jan. 11: Remote learning for in-person students

  • Tues. Jan. 12: Students with last names beginning with A-L report to school; Students with last names beginning with M-Z participate in remote learning

  • Wed. Jan. 13: Students with last names beginning with M-Z report to school; Students with last names beginning with A-L participate in remote learning

  • Thurs. Jan. 14: Students with last names beginning with A-L report to school; Students with last names beginning with M-Z participate in remote learning

  • Fri. Jan. 15: Students with last names beginning with M-Z report to school; Students with last names beginning with A-L participate in remote learning


Jan. 18 Forward:

  • Mon. Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Day - no school (no change)

  • Tues. Jan. 19 forward: All in-person learning students report to school


The recommendation by Superintendent Matthew Miller was made after reviewing numerous factors, including a survey to parents, staff and students in grades 7-12. “We want to be in school. We know that holding in-person learning for those who have chosen it is best for our students,” Miller said. “However, the increase in positive cases we are seeing throughout our community following holidays has a direct impact on our students and staff attendance,” he continued, referring to the increased number of quarantines throughout the district over the past two weeks.


“We know that the quarantines are not all related to being in close contact with a positive case from school,” Miller continued. “Regardless of why you are quarantined, you cannot come to school. This is a concern.” 


With all in-person learners returning to school on Jan. 19, it moves the district 18 days past New Year’s Day, when social gatherings are likely to occur. “Based on the CDC’s updated guidelines, quarantines as a result of the holidays will most likely be over by Jan. 19,” Miller explained. “This means the majority of our staff and students should be able to return to our buildings health and ready to learn.”