April 6, 2021
Good Afternoon Lakewood Parents and Families,
We are now into the last quarter of this unprecedented school year. Once again, I want to thank you for your hard work and partnership during these challenging times. Your attention to the learning needs of your children, as well as the safety protocols, have allowed our students to make the best of this truly unique school year. Please continue to monitor your child’s health in these last two months, so we can finish the year strong.
This year, we offered a remote learning option, the Lancer Virtual Academy, for all of our students. Because of the varied health concerns of students, families and staff members, this model provided remote learning through Edgenuity and Edmentum software. Recently, we have surveyed parents, students and staff and reviewed the performance data of our remote students from this past year. All of this information has helped us determine our remote learning options for the 2021-2022 school year.
Grades PreK – 5:
In the 2021-2022 school year, we will not be offering a formal remote learning option for students in grades PreK-5. Our youngest students, who are working on developmental skills in reading and math, need as much in-person instruction from their teachers as possible. The repetition of literacy and numeracy skills, led by our highly skilled teachers, has shown to be the best instructional model for our students through grade 5. If students have documented health concerns, an alternative learning plan will be developed. Those parents should contact their child’s building principal.
Grades 6 – 12:
For students in grades 6-12, there will be a formal application process for Lancer Virtual Academy in the 2021-2022 school year. The application will review the reason for the request and the student’s success in a remote setting this past year. Students who have shown to be unsuccessful in a remote learning setting may not be allowed to participate in LVA this coming school year. Students admitted into LVA for next year will be assigned specific Lakewood teachers in the core areas of English/language arts, math, science, and social studies. Students may be required to meet at an assigned time for these core classes.
In closing, we encourage our students to be in person for their instruction in the coming year. We understand that there may be personal desires or circumstances that do not align with in-person instruction. In those instances, please contact your child’s building principal to discuss. Please read the forthcoming Lancer Virtual Academy information, expectations, and application closely if you are considering LVA for next school year.
Thank you for your continued partnership with us in supporting the learning needs of your child.
Dr. Mark Gleichauf
Lakewood Local Schools