Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information

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Latest Updates from the District

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

 


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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