Of all Thanksgiving celebrations of our past, this year may be a season when many of us can more empathetically relate to a few of the challenges of the first settlers. Those settlers had to overcome continuous hardships, illnesses, and movement away from the familiar luxuries of their past as they navigated settlement in the new world. I hope this Thanksgiving season that you are all able to take from their example a moment to find reasons to celebrate, relax, and count the blessings that life has brought this year.
During this pandemic, we are thankful and encouraged that the school district continues to be one of the safest places for students and adults to spend their time. We will continue to work hard to ensure that the health practices encouraged by public health are being followed. While we know that COVID cases will happen, we also know that we are providing some of the best working environments within the community for safeguarding our staff and students.
As we experienced this past week, moving to remote learning provides challenges for the educational experiences we offer. Remote learning encourages community intermingling while parents and staff work to make adjustments for this modality of school that may differ day to day. Therefore, Lake County School District looks forward to welcoming our students back on November 30th as we will continue to operate in a yellow-hybrid mode until local public health informs us that this is no longer the best step forward.
A movement to “red or remote” learning may be necessary in the cases of specific quarantines or significant absences that require a temporary movement to this type of learning for set groups of students/staff. We will continue to notify our families of these changes as they arise.
On November 30th we will not have staffing available to run the 2nd day support Project Dream program for West Park Elementary school. Lake County Intermediate School is not impacted and will have Project Dream programming on November 30th. All other programming in the district will resume as regularly scheduled on Monday November 30th.
Additionally, each school has been working on improved hybrid plans. The proposed hybrid plans consider the feedback of the listening tour and will include proposals that reduce the need for substitutes and quarantining for the second semester as well as work to improve academic and social experiences for students.
Over the past week and a half we have continued to work to increase our substitute pool. Our application to recruit substitutes will remain open and available on the district website. Future substitute training sessions will be hosted as needed as we wish to continue growing our list of available subs. Please help us to recruit additional substitutes to grow our sub pool. Reach out to Bunny Taylor at 719-486-6805 or email@example.com for more information.
We thank you for your own efforts during the past week and half to support your child’s learning experience. We hope that you enjoy the much deserved break from Google classroom, class meets, and online submissions that you have all earned.
With warm wishes for a restful Thanksgiving,
Lake County School District Superintendent