February 11, 2021
Greetings Lakewood Parents,
The challenging 2020-2021 school year has become even more challenging with a treacherous winter season hitting central Ohio. Whether it has been snow, freezing rain, or difficult driving conditions, we have experienced all of it in our winter so far. I know that calamity days or snow days place a burden on families, please understand that we do not take these decisions lightly. Student and community safety is the top priority in these decisions. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
The snow days put an additional challenge on our instructional program. A day or two of instruction, then a snow day, then picking back up creates a difficult teaching sequence. That is one of the reasons we have begun to make our snow days – Remote Learning Days. This allows teachers to provide timely instruction that is relevant to the current studies in our students’ classes. Creating a consistent instructional experience for our students to the greatest extent possible is our goal. Additionally, any snow days beyond the first five would need to be made up per the state of Ohio. Providing Remote Learning Days on these snow days allows Lakewood to NOT have to make up these days in June, which could disrupt family plans for the first week of summer.
As consistency of instructional program is important, our in-person instruction increases to 4 days a week starting next week, which should help us as well. Our Group A students (Monday & Tuesday) will be combined with our Group B students (Thursday and Friday) beginning on Tuesday, February 16. Our Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in-person instructional days do not allow for student congregating and teacher meetings. For those reasons, our Wednesdays will continue to be remote learning days for all students. The teachers, staff and I look forward to seeing more students learning together in our schools.
A reminder that tomorrow Friday, February 12 was a planned day off for our students and Monday is the Presidents’ Day holiday. Please enjoy this break from remote and/or in-person instruction, but stay safe and warm.
Again, I want to thank all parents for your efforts in this unprecedented school year, as I know it has been particularly challenging for you. Your support of your children, their learning in whatever they model are experiencing, and the school staff is greatly appreciated. This year has proven that educating a child is the work of our entire Lakewood Lancer community working together.
Thank you, stay safe and remember it is Lancer Time!
Dr. Mark Gleichauf
Superintendent, Lakewood Local Schools