Update on campus lockdown September 21, 2020

During mid-morning today, we received a call from Chief Hummer alerting us that local, state, and federal agents were investigating a suspicious incident across the railroad tracks from the softball field. Two people were in custody and were being interrogated at that time.
 
School personnel decided at that time to keep all employees and students inside our building to ensure the safety of all. Not long after that information was conveyed to our staff, Chief Hummer called me again and told us to lockdown the campus. He also informed us that local, state, and federal agents would be searching our campus with dogs and drones after the suspects were taken away from where they were being detained across the railroad tracks from our campus and after it was determined by the FBI, Secret Service, Ohio Highway Patrol, and Lake Township Police, and perhaps other agencies that it was safe for our students and staff to move into the stadium while they searched our buildings as a precautionary act. It is important to share with all of you that once any law agency comes onto our campus where a potential crime or incident could occur, that agency is in charge and we react to their directives. Those directives are all given and followed to ensure the safety of ALL who are on our school grounds. 
 
Upon receiving the green light that it was safe to move into our stadium, we proceeded to take all of our students out in a very orderly and efficient manner just as our safety plan dictates. I am very proud of our students and staff for the way this happened. Once the dogs cleared all of our buildings, we were told by Chief Hummer that everyone could proceed back into the buildings and our day could proceed on its normal schedule.
 
We know that going into a lockdown causes anxiety and concern for parents. The overwhelming majority of school personnel are parents as well and we respect your concerns. However, when we are in situations like the one we just encountered we have to be very careful with the information that goes out if there is an ongoing crime investigation and we also need “all hands on deck” to ensure our safety protocols are implemented to 100% efficiency so that we can protect all of your children as well as our employees. We hope that you understand that our first responsibility is safety and sometimes the time involved in that process does not allow us to contact parents as quickly as they would like for us to do.
 
We appreciate your patience and we appreciate the work of our local police department in handling this situation in a most professional, efficient, and safe manner.
 
Superintendent
Jim Witt

September 21 Update

Per local,state and federal law enforcement -we are currently on lockdown. At this time no one is permitted on or off of campus. Everyone is safe, we are just following protocols set forth by law enforcement.

September 11, 2020 update

Dear Flyer Nation —
 
The first week of school is coming to a close and your kids have just been outstanding. We have not had any issues with the new mandated protocols and that is a real credit to our students, our staff, and our parents. 
 
Some other information to share:
  1. Starting today, we will post weekly updates of any cases involving our students or staff. This information was mandated by the Governor on September 3, 2020. 
  2. The September 3 Order also states, “Within 24 hours of becoming aware of a student, teacher, staff member, or coach who has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19, a school shall notify parents or guardians of students of the existence of the case in writing and share as much information as possible without disclosing protected health information.” This information will be sent out via email, social media, and our Remind app.
  3. An updated school calendar will be coming out next week pending board approval. Please pay attention to the adjusted ending (June 4) and also the “Virtual Days” we have planned for the rest of the year. These days will allow our teachers to implement online lessons, evaluate our infrastructure, and work out any potential problems we might encounter if we would be forced to close one or all of our buildings. The first Virtual Day is tentatively planned for Friday, October 2, 2020.

Superintendent

Jim Witt

School Year start changed to September 8th, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 5, 2020

Based on Governor Dewine’s mandate on August 4, 2020 that all K-12 students must wear masks to school, coupled with Lake Elementary School’s lack of air conditioning, the start date of the Lake Local School District will be pushed back to TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2020.

While we look forward to seeing our students as quickly as possible, we think it is in the best interests of approximately 600 of our youngest Flyers and the 85 staff members in the elementary school to wait the extra time so, hopefully, the weather will cool down and the building will be more comfortable. 

Thank you to the people who offered last night to buy additional window air conditioners to install in Lake Elementary classrooms. Unfortunately, there is not enough electric capacity in that building to handle the additional load, but your generosity is much appreciated.

Additional information will be forthcoming from each building in the next several days. Once again, we appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work through this crisis.

Superintendent
Jim Witt

Lake One to One Chromebook handout for grades 7-12

Parents of students in grades 7-12 for the 2020-2021 school year:
 
The program guidelines for our one to one Chromebook initiative are now available to be signed in FinalForms.
 
Device handout for current Lake students is scheduled on the following dates:
  • August 12th 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • August 13th 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • August 14th 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
The process for picking up the device is as follows:
  • One parent and the student picking up the device will enter through the main HS entrance.
  • Proceed straight down the runway to where there will be stations set up to: collect device insurance money, sign forms and device handout.  Please bring a check or cash with you to device pickup.
  • To ensure a quick process please sign the program guidelines in FinalForms before arriving.  There will be devices available if you need to fill out the forms.
  • After picking up the device you will exit the building through the marked door.
As a reminder, masks are required when in the building and please practice social distancing while you are in the building. 
 
If your student is new to Lake or you are opting to not pay the device insurance, you do not need to attend one of these device hand out times.  Your student will get their device during the first week of school.
 
If your student borrowed a device this past spring for remote learning, please return the device when you come pick up their new device or on the first day of school.
 
A FAQ for the one to one program can be found at the link below:
 
The program guidelines are available below or in FinalForms
 
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.
 
Thanks,
 
Wes Bartlett
Technology Director
Lake Local Schools
419-661-6686

August 4th, 2020 Update

With today’s mandate that requires masks for all students in Kindergarten through the 12th Grade, our administration is meeting tomorrow to discuss how to best serve our kids in the elementary school early in the year due to a lack of air conditioning in that building. Please be patient with us as we work through this situation. Any decisions will be shared in a timely manner. Thanks for your understanding.

Application for Flyer Aviation Academy – due by August 14th.

Flyer Aviation Academy Application
Please fill out this application by August 14, 2020, if you would like your student to attend school virtually for a minimum of one semester or the entire school year. You will be contacted by the school with more details and information after this application is completed.
 
The Flyer Aviation Academy is part of Northwest Ohio Virtual Academy (NOVA), a consortium of schools in Northwest Ohio that is striving to provide opportunities for student achievement through shared instructional services. The goal of student success is not merely completing the required course of study, but to put the students at the center of learning while assuming ownership of their educational choices.
 
– Students wishing to participate in the Flyer Aviation Academy may do so at the beginning of a semester, and must complete the entire semester. A student may also sign up to complete the entire school year.
 
– Students who participate in the Flyer Aviation Academy are students of Lake Local Schools, and may participate in all extracurricular clubs and activities.
 
– Students taking courses through the Flyer Aviation Academy are held to the same academic standards as outlined in the student handbook, including attendance (virtually) and graduation requirements.

Flyer Aviation Academy Application

July 8, 2020 Update

July 8, 2020 update:
 
Good morning.
 
A group of approximately 20 parents met with school administrators, board members, and union leaders to discuss our plans for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Tonight the board of education will have further discussion on the matter at its workshop after a brief board meeting.
 
In the next ten days we will have an outline ready for the public. There are still details to work out but there will be two options for kids this fall. The first option is to have students attend classes on campus. We intend to implement as many of the guidelines suggested by the Ohio Department of Education as we can in a practical manner. Parents who do not feel comfortable sending their children back to school can choose an online option that will be monitored by staff from our district and still allow the kids to be Lake students. The details of both plans will be explained in full when we release the entire set of guidelines in the next week and a half.
 
We know that, as a district, flexibility and communication are going to be very important as we navigate these next several months. We ask for the same in return.
 
On a different topic, please see the following message from our Food Service Director:
Attention Flyer Parents and Guardians -School year 2020/2021 National School Lunch and Breakfast Applications are now available. Applications are available at Lake Local Schools website http://www.lakeschools.org/ or in the school building offices during summer office hours. Households are encouraged to complete the application process early. Original applications are to be returned to Chris Wilson 28090 Lemoyne Rd, Millbury OH. 43447. You can make an appointment for help in completing your household application by emailing cwilson@lakeschools.org. It is required for the household to complete an application each school year to be determined if eligible for meal benefits. Any household with a student they would like to be considered for fee waiver with certain programs must complete and return an Eligibility Release form each school year.
 
Thanks,
Superintendent
Jim Witt