Superintendent Update July 3, 2020

Dear Lakota Families,

Yesterday, Governor DeWine released two documents providing school districts guidance for returning to school.  The documents are COVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance for Ohio K-12 Schools and a Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts.  I have attached the documents and I encourage you to review both documents.  

The guidance focuses on the following five areas that schools are recommended to comply with:

• Assessment of symptoms

• Washing and sanitizing hands

• Cleaning and sanitizing surfaces

• Social distancing

• Face coverings

The governor’s lone directive addresses the requirement that school employees wear facing coverings, with limited exceptions. Students are not required to wear face coverings, but Governor DeWine recommended students in third grade or higher wear face coverings. 

The Lakota School district will meet with the other Sandusky County school districts and the Sandusky County Health Department to develop our return to school plan based on these guidelines and recommendations.  Our district will meet to further review and finalize the plan.  Thank you for your patience as we work to provide a safe return to school for our students. 

I hope you enjoy the 4th of July weekend.


Chad Coffman, Superintendent

Kindergarten and Begindergarten News

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Kindergarten Registration has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Lakota Elementary School.  All students entering Kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year must attend registration in order to be placed into a classroom.

The anticipated first day of school for Begindergarten and Kindergarten will be Tuesday, September 8th.  

Should you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact me at 419-986-6640, Ext. 5102 or by email at


Dana Ward, Elementary Principal


Washington DC Trip Information…

Good afternoon everyone,

I have some important information to share regarding the Washington DC trip.  The trip has been MOVED to June 2-4, 2021.  These new dates are the last three days of school.  We do have a full bus (active list) and everything on the itinerary has remained the same.
These are the new payment dates now: 
Fri., February 21, 2021: 50% of balance due
Fri., April 23, 2021: 50% of balance due (final payment)
I have also changed some dates on the information I went over at the parent meeting.  Besides the dates, all of the information presented is still in place. 
If there are any medical concerns that you have for your child, please notify Mrs. Henry by January 31st, 2021.  


  • Each student/family is responsible for payment of the trip.  The school is not responsible for any payments.  Please do not send payments to the school.  Send them to the company.

  • Make payments on time.  The company is strict about this.  If you cannot make a payment on time, it is your responsibility to contact Prodigy.

  • If your student is not paid in full by Friday, April 23rd, they will be removed from the active list and put on the waiting list.  Students who are paid in full on the waiting list, will be moved up to the active list.  Your child will only be moved back up to the active list if your amount is paid in full and a spot opens back up.

Please take the time to read over the new documents attached.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thanks!

Information Concerning Free/Reduced Lunch Benefit…

Attention families who received a free or reduced lunch benefit:
I wanted to share some information about the P-EBT cards that I have received through emails from the state. First, they are still mailing out cards to families who were on the original eligibility list.  Second, if you did not receive these benefits while we were in session at the school, then you are not eligible to receive the card. So if you were not free or reduced before March 16, 2020, you will not get a card.  Lastly, I have to have a report sent to the state of those students who were missed on July 17, 2020.  If you have not received a card by that week, please contact me so that I can look on the original list to see if you have been missed. I will submit a report of missed students on that date. 
Please contact me at

News from the Lakhi Cafe:

We’d like to thank the cooks and cashiers for all they did during the shutdown. Thanks to them, we were able to provide almost 11,500 meals over the 11 week period. 
There are area schools who are continuing to provide meals over the summer. You can search Ohio School Meal Distribution Map or see the information in the flyer below for locations. You will also see information for the P-EBT program provided as a result of the school closure. 
If you have any questions, please email me, at any time. We wish you a safe summer!
Michelle Guzman

5th Grade Band

Please check out the following link to learn more about being in band as a 5th grader.  Learn about the benefits of music, how to select an instrument, and complete an interest form. 

If you have questions about 5th Grade Band, complete the Interest Form or contact Mrs. Brower.  



This is an opportunity for your son to join the “Raider Top Gun Shot Club.” This program provides an opportunity for your son to become more active and to improve upon his basketball skills. This program runs from April 27st to August 31st.

Here is how you become a member of the “Raider Top Gun Shot Club”: 
• Grades 1-6: Make 5,000 shots (41 makes a day)
• Grades 7-12: Make 8,000 shots (65 makes a day)

Go by what grade you’ll be in next year for the 2020–2021 school year

For more information and a record sheet, see the following documents…

Raider Shot Club Cert 2020  (Information and Certification)

SHOT TRACKER 2020 (Print to keep track of Shots Made)

Open Enrollment for 2020-2021

Attention parents and students of any School District in the State of Ohio wishing to attend Lakota Local School District tuition free.  Lakota will once again participate in OPEN ENROLLMENT.  Anyone wishing to participate in this program may apply online. 

In addition to a completed online application, you must provide a proof of residency, such as a utility bill that can be scanned and emailed directly to

Non-resident students can make application to attend the Lakota Local School District at no cost.

Applications will be accepted from April 1st at 8:00 a.m. thru April 30, 2020. Any student wishing more information on the Open Enrollment process may call the district office at 419-986-6650 Ext. 4302.


Kindergarten Registration Information

If you have a child who will be five years of age before August 1st of this year, he/she is eligible to attend Kindergarten.  

Kindergarten screening has been postponed.

**Note:  Preschool registration does not use FinalForms and is a separate process that will be shared with parents and community members soon. Registering your preschooler using the above link will not register them in the district for preschool.