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Latest Updates from the District

Superintendent Update — June 21, 2020, 7:00 pm

Dear Lakota Families,

Happy Father’s Day!  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  The question on everyone’s mind is what will school look like next year.  From reviewing the parent survey responses, it is evident the majority of our families wish to have their students return to school following a traditional schedule.  The Lakota Local Schools are working with the Sandusky Health Department and the other school districts in Sandusky County to develop a safe return to school plan for the fall.  We have had numerous meetings and we are in the process of developing plans to return to school.  We are waiting to hear from the state regarding two key pieces of information regarding the number of students we may transport on a bus and social distancing in classrooms which determines class size.  Once we know the answer to these two questions, we will be able to finalize and share our plans for returning to school.

We are also working with the North Point Educational Service Center to determine the best option for distance learning for our families who do not wish to send their students to school at the start of the school year.  I will share specifics of the program and sign up procedures as soon as a decision is made.

I appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Ed. D.

Superintendent

 

 


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Superintendent Update June 7, 2020

Dear Lakota Families,

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!  The Commencement ceremony last week serves as an example of making the best out of a difficult situation.  It was a great afternoon and a day we can all be proud of.

Thank you for the 385 responses submitted for the parent survey.  I appreciate all of your responses and will continue to review your comments as we make plans for next year.  Here are some of the results:

The goal for the next school year is to put safety measures in place to return as many students at once to school as we can.  We are still waiting on the state for the guidelines for returning to school.  As an example, we have not been told how many students may ride a bus.  Once we know the guidelines, we will work as a Lakota team with the health department to put our plan in place.  Please be assured, as soon as we have plans in place, the information will be shared with our Lakota families.

The survey results indicate a number of families who would prefer an online educational option.  We are in the process of providing this option for our Lakota families.  We will provide additional information regarding the program and how to sign up as soon as we can.

I appreciate your patience and support as we plan for next year.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent


Superintendent Update May 25, 2020

Dear Lakota Families,

Thank you for completing the Lakota Survey.  We will use your input to plan for next year.  If you have not had an opportunity to complete the survey, you may do so here: lakotaschools.org/survey.  As we receive more information and guidance from the state, I will keep you up to date with our plans for next year.

Athletics:

We received good news this week that we are permitted to use the school for athletic training.  Any incoming grade 7-12 students interested in fall athletics, should check the Lakota website toward the end of the week for June training information.  

Middle and High School Textbook, Library, and College Credit Plus Book Return & Personal Item Locker Pick up:

All textbooks will be dropped off curbside.  Please take a picture of the textbooks you are returning.  This will serve as your receipt.  If you have not removed items from your locker, a staff member will bring your items to your car.  The middle school will use the front circle and the high school will use the flag pole area in the parking lot.

K – 12 Chromebook Return:  All chromebooks will be returned in the media center. Please enter through the high school entrance.  The chromebook will be checked to make sure it turns on and no damage has been done.  Please remember the power cord.

Key Dates:

May 26 – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM  & May 27 – 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM-  K-11 to submit work (lobby entrance), return chromebooks (Media Center). 

Grades 5-11: textbook drop off (curbside), and pick up unclaimed items from the locker (curbside).

May 28 – Virtual Senior Awards 6:30 PM

May 29 – Links to all Lakota Awards programs will be available to view

May 31 – Commencement @ 2:00.  The Lakota community is invited to view a live stream of the ceremony.  A link will be available on the school web page.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent

 


Superintendent Update May 17, 2020

Dear Lakota Families,

The Lakota Local Schools are excited to announce our 1-1 technology initiative for the 2020-2021 school year.  Each student grades 5-12 who is taking classes in the building, will receive a laptop computer to use at school and at home.  In addition, grades 1-4 will have a chromebook cart assigned to each classroom for use during the school day.  The funding the district received from the Federal Government CARES Act is being used to purchase the additional laptop computers needed to go 1-1 for the next school year.  More details regarding the technology will be shared at the beginning of the next school year.

As you know, there are many uncertainties regarding how the next school year will look.  As we plan for next year, your input is very important.  Please complete the following survey to share your feelings and concerns: 

lakotaschools.org/survey.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent

 


Superintendent Update, May 10, 2020, 7:00 pm

Dear Lakota Families,

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Lakota Moms!

It is very important for our students to complete and submit all of their assignments.  The next assignment drop off is this Friday, May 15 from 7 AM to 7 PM and the final assignment drop off is May 26 and May 27.   Please continue to communicate with your teachers and to check ProgressBook and Google Classroom.  Please return any library books as well.

We will not have final exams this year.  In addition, please be aware of the following dates, timelines, and procedures:

Middle and High School Textbook, Library, and College Credit Plus Book Return & Personal Item Locker Pick up:  All textbooks will be dropped off curbside.  Please take a picture of the textbooks you are returning.  This will serve as your receipt.  If you have not removed items from your locker, a staff member will bring your items to your car.  The middle school will use the front circle and the high school will use the flag pole area in the parking lot.

K – 12 Chromebook Return:  All chromebooks will be returned in the media center. Please enter through the high school entrance.  The chromebook will be checked to make sure it turns on and no damage has been done.  Please remember the power cord.

Key Dates:

May 14 – 5:00 PM -Senior Class Commencement Zoom Meeting – Parents are encouraged to view the meeting with your senior.

May 15 – Seniors drop off/submit assignments (lobby entrance) 7 AM to 7 PM.

May 22 – 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Final date for seniors to submit work (lobby entrance), return chromebooks (media center), textbooks (curbside), and pick up unclaimed items from the locker (curbside).  Senior grades will be determined by all work submitted by May 22.

May 15 – K-11 drop off/submit assignments (lobby entrance) 7 AM to 7 PM.

May 26 – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM –  K-11 to submit work (lobby entrance), return chromebooks (media center). 

Grades 5-11: textbooks (curbside), and pick up unclaimed items from the locker (curbside).

May 27 – 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Final date for K-11 to submit work (lobby entrance), return chromebooks (media center), 

Grades 5-11: textbooks (curbside), and pick up unclaimed items from the locker (curbside). 

May 28 – Virtual Senior Awards 6:30 PM

May 31 – Commencement:  Commencement plans will be shared during the May 14 zoom meeting. 

Stay positive and healthy.  Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent

 


Superintendent Update May 3, 2020, 7:45 pm

Dear Lakota Families,

Thank you for dropping off and picking up assignments last Thursday and Friday.  Also, thank you for your continued support from home as we work to finish the school year.  It is very important for our students to complete and submit all of their assignments.  Please continue to communicate with your teachers and to check Progress Book and Google Classroom.

We will not have final exams this year.  In addition, please be aware of the following dates and timelines:

May 15 – Seniors drop off/submit assignments 7 AM to 7 PM.

May 22 – Final date for seniors to submit work, return chromebooks, return textbooks, and pick up unclaimed items from locker (More details will be provided).  Senior grades will be determined by all work submitted by May 22.

May 15 – Students grades K-11 drop off/submit assignments 7 AM to 7 PM.

May 26 – 28 – Final dates for K-11 to submit work, return chromebooks, return textbooks, and pick up unclaimed items from locker (More details will be provided). 

May 31 – Commencement: The following link is the most up to date guidelines from the Ohio Department of Education:http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus/Graduation-and-Recognition-Ceremonies

As the guidelines state, the recommendation is to not postpone Commencement.  In addition, some of our graduates will begin military, job, and educational requirements and they would not be able to attend a summer ceremony.  I ask for your patience as we are working with the county health department to develop a ceremony that recognizes and honors our seniors and ensures the safety of everyone involved.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent


Superintendent Update April 28, 2020, 12:37  pm

Dear Lakota Families,

Thank you for your continued support from home.  I encourage all of our students to complete their assignment and to continue their hard work.

Packet Drop-off

Packet drop-off does not pertain to all families.  Many of our students have completed assignments online, have taken pictures of their work and submitted to their teachers, or have scanned their work to teachers.  We do have a number of students who have completed assignments that need to be submitted to their teachers. This Thursday and Friday, April 30 & May 1, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, are completed work/packet and library book designated drop off days.  Student work may be dropped off in the entry lobby of the elementary/middle school entrance for grades K-8 and the high school entrance for grades 9-12. Please make sure your student’s name is on all paperwork and all work is in a folder or securely attached together when you drop in off.  Please check with your teacher for clarification of assignments that should be dropped off. Please continue to check Progressbook and Google Classroom for assignment updates.  

Grades K-12 Packet Pick-up: The elementary, middle school, and high school students will have packets available for pick up for those students completing the packet assignments.  Again, this is only for students completing packet work. Please do not pick up a packet if your student is completing their assignments online.  If you are not sure, please email your teacher.

Breakfast/Lunch Pick-up

  • May 4  – Breakfast/ Lunch pick up – 5 meals
  • May 11 – Breakfast/ Lunch pick up – 5 meals
  • May 18 – Breakfast/ Lunch pick up – 5 meals
  • May 26 – Breakfast/ Lunch pick up – 4 meals

* Please email Michelle Guzman at mguzman@lakotaschools.org by 9:00 AM to place your request (if you have been receiving lunches, you do not need to call).  Breakfast/ lunch orders may be picked up from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the front drop off circle.  One person may pick up for a family.  Please let Michelle know if you are a regular pick up and do not plan to participate on any day.

Kindergarten registration will take place at the start of the school year.  We are continuing to look at safe Commencement options to celebrate our seniors.  Seniors, please check your email and web page for updates.

Stay positive and healthy,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent


Superintendent Update April 20, 2020, 5:00 pm

Today, Governor DeWine announced we will not be returning to school and we will complete the school year through distance learning.  First, I would like to thank our students and parents for their support and hard work at home. Next, I would like to thank our teachers who were given little notice to prepare for distance learning.  Our teachers have done a wonderful job of preparing and working with our students to ensure education continues. I also want to recognize and thank our cafeteria staff who have continued to prepare meals for our students.  The entire Lakota School staff has worked in a variety of ways to make the best of a difficult situation.  

I am asking that we continue to work and push to the finish of the school year.  Communication with your child’s teachers is a key to continuing education. Continue to check Progressbook and Google Classroom for assignment updates.   We are continuing to discuss how we will handle the 4th quarter grades, semester grades, and year long grades for courses. We understand this quarter is different and we plan to handle grades in a fair manner that does not penalize our students.

The next packet drop off and pick up day will be April 30 and May 1 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  Please check with your teachers regarding work expectations and what needs to be submitted.

On behalf of the entire staff, our hearts go out to our seniors.  We are working to find ways to honor our seniors while maintaining the safety of everyone.  We have reached out to our seniors today, through email, for their ideas and suggestions. Parents, please include your suggestions with the student’s responses. Our hope is to have some type of Commencement ceremony on May 31, 2020.  We will work with the County Health Department to make sure everyone is safe while recognizing our seniors as best we can. We will also look for ways to recognize our seniors in the summer or fall, once the current restrictions are lifted.   

On behalf of the entire staff, we miss our students.  Please continue to check your email and Lakota web page for updates as we work to close out the school year.

Stay positive and healthy.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent


Superintendent Update April 15, 2020, 4:30 pm

Dear Lakota Families,

Free Internet Update:  Thank you to Amplex for providing free WiFi at the First Church of God in Risingsun.  The name of the network is  “Amplex Free Wifi.” It is directed towards the North parking lot and you do not need a password to access.  A special “thank you” to Pastor Paul Rutledge for permitting Amplex to install the WiFi on the church property.

Students, please remember to follow these guidelines when using Lakota Local Schools and First Church of God Internet:

  • Follow all social distancing expectations and stay in your own vehicles when on the school or church property.
  • The parking lots will be closed at 9:00 PM.
  • Be respectful of the property and each other.
  • Students in grades K-8 are to be accompanied by an adult when visiting these locations.

In addition to the free internet locations listed in Monday’s email, our students in Seneca County have free WiFi access at the PJ Brickhouse restaurant parking lot in Bascom.

We are working with a number of providers in hopes of establishing additional WiFi access locations.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent


Superintendent Update April 13, 2020, 11:30 am

Dear Lakota Families,

I hope you enjoyed the Easter break.  Thank you for your continued support of your child’s education from home.  Also, thank you for dropping off completed work last week. Please continue to check Progressbook and Google classroom for assignments.

Free Internet:  Free internet is now available in the Lakota school’s parking lot in the area between the board office and the stadium press box.  The name of the network is “LakotaParkingLotWiFi” and there is no password required to connect.  In addition, We are working with Amplex to provide free internet in Risingsun. I will send another email once it is available.  The following are additional free wifi locations outside of the district:

  • Pemberville Library east parking lot
  • Genoa Library parking lot
  • Elmore public parking lots near the post office and park
  • Luckey Library – park across street for best reception

Breakfast & Lunch Pick up

  • April 14 – Breakfast/ Lunch pick up – 4 meals
  • April 20 – Breakfast/ Lunch pick up – 5 meals
  • April 27 – Breakfast/ Lunch pick up – 5 meals

Please email Michelle Guzman at mguzman@lakotaschools.org by 9:00 AM to place your request.  Breakfast/ lunch orders may be picked up from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the front drop off circle.  One person may pick up for a family. Please let Michelle know if you are a regular pick up and do not plan to participate on any day.

The April board meeting is cancelled.  The next scheduled board meeting is May 18, 2020.

We will get through this.  Stay positive and healthy!

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent

 


Superintendent Update April 3, 2020, 12:00 pm

Packet Drop-off

Packet drop-off does not pertain to all families.  Many of our students have completed assignments online, have taken pictures of their work and submitted to their teachers, or have scanned their work to teachers.  We do have a number of students who have completed assignments that need to be submitted to their teachers. Next Wednesday and Thursday, April 8 & 9, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, are completed work and packet designated drop off days.  Student work and library books may be dropped off in the entry lobby of the elementary/middle school entrance for grades K-8 and the high school entrance for grades 9-12. Please make sure your student’s name is on all paperwork and all work is in a folder or securely attached together when you drop in off.  Please check with your teacher for clarification of assignments that should be dropped off. Please continue to check Progressbook and Google Classroom for assignment updates.  

Grades 5-12 Packet Pick-up: The middle school and high school students will have packets available for pick up for those students completing the packet assignments.  Again, this is only for students completing packet work. Please do not pick up a packet if your student is completing their assignments online.  If you are not sure, please email your teacher.

Seniors: If you have not turned in a senior picture and baby picture, you may scan and email your pictures to cvelasquez@lakotaschools.org.  You may also drop off your pictures during the packet drop off.  Please have your name on both pictures and place pictures in an envelope with your name on it.

Spring Break April 10-13

Everyone needs a well deserved break.  I have asked the teachers to not have any assignments for students over Spring Break.  

Stay positive and stay well!

Sincerely, Chad Coffman, Superintendent

 


March 31, 2020, 10:30 am

Dear Lakota Families,

Governor DeWine announced yesterday the school closure will continue through May 1, 2020. As we approach May 1, another assessment will be made regarding the remainder of the year. This means we will continue with distance learning for the month of April. Thank you to the Lakota teachers, parents, and students for working together. Please remember to contact your teachers with questions and check Progressbook for assignment updates.

The following are key dates for the month of April:

Breakfast/ Lunch: Please email Michelle Guzman at mguzman@lakotaschools.org by 9:00 AM to place your request. Breakfast/ lunch orders may be picked up from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the front drop off circle. One person may pick up for a family. Please let Michelle know if you are a regular pick up and do not plan to participate on any day.

The following events will not take place during April:

  • Kindergarten screening will be rescheduled for a future date.
  • Prom will be rescheduled if we return to school in May.

Commencement: Commencement is currently scheduled for May 31, 2020. If we are permitted, we will have Commencement as scheduled. If Commencement can not be held May 31, an alternative date or ceremony for our seniors will be determined.

Again, thank you for your support. We are in this together. 

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent

 


March 27, 2020, 5:25 pm

Dear Lakota Families,

Today,  HB 197 was signed into law.  It provides some good news for our students.  First, the distance learning days from home will count as part of the school year.  Therefore, we will not need to make up any days at the end of the school year. Second, there will be no state testing this year.  Third, seniors will be granted a diploma if they are “on track” for graduation. Finally, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee will be determined by the principal and reading teacher.  These are all very positive for our students.

I will continue to keep you updated with information from the state.  As of this time, there has been no announcement regarding an extension of the three week closure for schools.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent


March 26, 2020 10:56 am

Dear Lakota Families,

Thank you for your support in working with your children’s teachers in ensuring the continuation of education.  I encourage you to continue to communicate with your teachers.

The following link is from the Ohio Department of Education and provides talking points and suggestions for parents in discussing the coronavirus with your children:

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus/Supporting-Children%e2%80%99s-Social-Emotional-and-Behavi

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent


March 22, 2020, 4:50 pm

Dear Lakota Families,

Today, Governor DeWine announced a Stay at Home Order in effect tomorrow at Midnight through April 6, 2020.  The Board Office will be open tomorrow from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon.  After tomorrow, the Board Office will be open for telephone calls and emails but will be closed on site through April 6, 2020.  

We are continuing the lunch/breakfast program March 23 – April 3, with pick up two days per week.  We will continue to bring the meals to you in your vehicle.  Triple lunch/breakfast meals will be available Monday and double lunch/breakfast will be available on Thursday.  If you would like a lunch/breakfast for your child, please email or call Michelle Guzman at mguzman@lakotaschools.org or call 419-986-6610 extension 3428 by 9:00 AM to place your request.  Lunch/breakfast orders may be picked up from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the front drop off circle.  One person may pick up for a family.

Thank you for your support with your child’s academics at home.  I encourage you to email your child’s teachers if you have any questions.  The teachers have worked very hard to continue your child’s learning and educational engagement.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent


March 19, 2020, 8:35 am

Dear Lakota Families,

Beginning today, the board office will be operating remotely.  We will answer telephone calls at 419-986-6650 and email during regular scheduled hours.  A limited number of employees will be present in the building Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  If you are in need of assistance, please call the Board Office as the building is now closed except for designated employees.

We are continuing with the lunch/breakfast program March 20 – April 3.  We will now bring the meals to you in your vehicle.  Double lunch/breakfast meals will be available Monday and Wednesday and single serving on Friday.  If you would like a lunch/breakfast for your child, please email or call Michelle Guzman at mguzman@lakotaschools.org or call 419-986-6610 extension 3428 by 9:00 AM to place your request.  Lunch/breakfast orders may be picked up from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the front drop off circle.  One person may pick up for a family.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s assignments or course work, please email the teacher.  The teachers are available during normal school hours. I appreciate your support at home in encouraging our students to continue their academics.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent


March 16, 2020, 8:35 am

Dear Lakota Families,

The building will be open today from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM for students to get their books and belongings. The building will be open March 17 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM and March 18 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. On March 17 and 18, students and parents will need to sign in and out of the HS or MS office. There is no need to call to schedule a time. The only access to the building after March 18 will be for lunch pick up.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman


March 15, 2020, 8:45 pm

Dear Lakota Families,

The building will be open tomorrow from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM for students to get their books and belongings. For the remainder of the week, please call the elementary, MS, or HS office to schedule a time to enter the building.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman


March 15, 2020, 7:43 pm

Dear Lakota Families,

Due to the Governor’s message this afternoon, the Lakota Local Schools will be closed to students tomorrow.  Information will be provided at a later date regarding students having access to their lockers to get their books and belongings.  Lunch and breakfast options will be available for all students starting tomorrow and continue March 16 – April 3. 

Double lunch/breakfast meals will be available Monday and Wednesday and single serving on Friday. If you would like a lunch/breakfast for your child, please email Michelle Guzman at mguzman@lakotaschools.org or by 9:00 AM to place your request.  Lunch/breakfast orders may be picked up from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the school cafeteria.  Please enter the building through the high school entrance. All lunch/breakfast items are “to go” and one person may pick up for a family. 

Please continue to check your email for additional communication.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent


March 15, 2020, 9:00 am

Dear Lakota Families,

One of the tasks we will complete during the school closure is to thoroughly clean and disinfect the school building and the buses.  In order to help with this task, the students will be instructed to take home all of their personal belongings at the end of the school day tomorrow.  It may be beneficial for the students to bring a book bag to take home their books and belongings. We will also have locker clean outs during the day. 

We will continue to share information on our website and will continue to keep everyone informed. Thank you for your understanding as we work together to make sure all our students are safe.

Sincerely,

Chad Coffman, Superintendent


March 14, 2020

Dear Families, 

Thank you for your support.  Our attendance Friday was excellent.  We will be open for school Monday. All schools will be closed, including all extracurricular activities, from March 17, 2020 to April 3, 2020.  It is extremely important that your child attend Monday as teachers will finalize expectations, activities, and assignments for the next three weeks.  All teachers will be available by email, during regular school hours, March 17, 2020 to April 3, 2020 to answer questions and provide support for you and your child as they work to complete their assignments.  Teacher email addresses can be found on the school website or through the following link: https://www.lakota-sandusky.k12.oh.us/staff-directory/

I am pleased to announce Lakota Local Schools will have lunch and breakfast options available for all students March 18 – April 3.  Double lunch/breakfast meals will be available Monday and Wednesday and single serving on Friday. If you would like a lunch/breakfast for your child, please email or call Michelle Guzman at mguzman@lakotaschools.org or call 419-986-6610 extension 3428 by 9:00 AM to place your request.  Lunch/breakfast orders may be picked up from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the school cafeteria.  Please enter the building through the high school entrance. All lunch/breakfast items are “to go” and one person may pick up for a family.

The following information was provided through the news media regarding possible free internet.  If you do not have internet, I encourage you to investigate this offer:

To ease the strain on consumers amid the coronavirus pandemic, Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have Spectrum service up to 100 Mbps.  To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. 

We will continue to share information on our website and will continue to keep everyone informed. Thank you for your understanding as we work together to make sure all our students are safe.

Sincerely,
Chad Coffman, Superintendent


March 12, 2020

Dear Families,

I am writing to update you on the announcement from Governor DeWine this afternoon. In the announcement he required all K-12 schools to close at the end of the school day Monday, March 16, 2020. All schools will be closed, including all extracurricular activities, from March 17, 2020 to April 3, 2020.

The teachers have developed educational activities and assignments which will be shared with the students the next two school days. You may see extra supplies, assignments, and/or books brought home by students. Assignments will also be available through the school website and Progressbook. It is extremely important your child is in attendance Friday and Monday in order to receive assignments and instructions for the next three weeks.

We will continue to share information on our website and will continue to keep everyone informed. Thank you for your understanding as we work together to make sure all our students are safe.

Sincerely,
Chad Coffman, Superintendent