Dear Lakewood Local Schools parents and families,
It is my hope that the Lakewood Schools community is enjoying the summer as much as possible given the unprecedented circumstances everyone is experiencing. I want to reassure the school community that the Lakewood Schools are hard at work on re-opening plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
The work includes assessing the current guidelines and restrictions from the State of Ohio and Ohio Department of Health, following Governor DeWine’s state orders, coordinating with local school districts in Licking County, and developing scenarios that fit within those guidelines. Unfortunately the District is awaiting more guidance from the Governor before final drafts can be developed.
In the meantime there are several considerations the District is filtering these scenarios through. They include the following:
• Educational / Learning – The Lakewood Local Schools realizes our students are most successful when receiving face-to-face instruction from our quality teachers. We are drafting plans to maximize that possibility to the fullest extent possible. The District is also developing a fully remote learning model for those necessary circumstances.
• Health and Safety – The District is committed to providing a safe environment for our students and staff members. We are assessing the latest guidance from ODH, ODE, and the Licking County Health Department in order to do so.
• Social and Emotional – The District must support this aspect of our students learning regardless of the model. The last several months has taught us that our students need the support that comes from regular contact with their teachers and school personnel
• Operational – The District must consider the most appropriate resources for our students in addition to how it will transport and feed them in a manner consistent with the guidance. The Lakewood Schools must prepare our facilities given the circumstances and guidelines provided.
Throughout the entire process, the District is committed to keeping the lines of communication open so that our students, parents and community are prepared for the 2020-2021 school year opening.
Several parent and staff member stakeholders have expressed interest in supporting the Districts efforts during this re-opening process. We will provide draft plans for those interested in order to receive valuable feedback. Stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.
As I begin my time as your superintendent, I am committed to uphold the community’s trust, confidence and pride in its Lakewood Schools. As a District we value your feedback and will continue to communicate with you through this unique summer. We may not have all the answers currently, but we are committed to providing the best possible educational experience for all our students. We hope we get back to do just that in the fall of 2020.
Stay safe and Go Lancers!
Dr. Mark Gleichauf
Incoming Superintendent of Schools
Lakewood Local Schools
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