September 11, 2020
Good Afternoon Lakewood families,
On September 11, 2001, America was changed forever. It has been 19 years since the attacks, but the tragic day, which served as true test of the American spirit, will be remembered always. So on this day, we observe Patriot Day and all that it represents – we honor the value of life, those we loved and lost, our country’s resilience, and the strength of the American spirit.
Here in Lakewood we are just completing our second week of school and I am very happy with the transition that everyone has made in this unprecedented school year. Many thanks to our teachers, staff, parents and administration for their hard work in making this transition work well for our Lakewood students.
Last Monday, August 31, over 450 Lakewood students started instruction in the Lancer Virtual Academy (LVA) online. These students are being guided by our own talented Lakewood teachers. These teachers are keeping these students paced and on track, and providing additional subject-specific area support for students at select times. Please check the Lancer Virtual Academy page on the District website for more information.
All of our students in the Maximize In-Person Learning model have started school and are fully integrated. The hybrid model brings Group A students to our buildings on Mondays and Tuesdays. Group B students attend on Thursday and Fridays. These students have made the transition back into our schools very well. We are proud of the attention they are taking to social distancing, face coverings, and other safety precautions.
The District is committed to the hybrid model for at least the first 9 weeks of the school year. We are constantly assessing a variety of factors to determine how our In-Person model should proceed in the future. Those factors include
Current positive-confirmed cases within our school district
Attendance/health of both our students and staff members
The social distancing restrictions placed upon our schools
Current guidance from our Licking County Health Department
All those factors determined the hybrid model was the most inclusive option for our students. We will keep you updated on these decisions.
The school district has been mandated by the Governor to report positive cases to our school community. The Licking County Health Department defines a positive confirmed case as one that is laboratory-tested and doctor confirmed. We will receive confirmation on these types of positive cases from our health department before we notify or report.
Personally, I ask that if you want to contact me, to please do so through the email [email protected]. Unfortunately, I have found that some parents replied to the group emails hoping to reach me. Those emails are sent from our One View system and do not come back to a working email. I am sorry for that, but please use the email above in the future.
Thank you again for your support of your students in this unique school year. We appreciate your monitoring of your child’s health before they come to school.
Enjoy your weekend. It’s Lancer Time!
Dr. Mark Gleichauf