Information for parents about Safe Arrival

See below for a letter introducing Safe Arrival, our new student attendance and absence reporting system.  Invitations will be going out to parents who have an email address on file in PowerSchool starting on August 29th, 2016.  If you are unsure if you have an email address on file in PowerSchool or would like to update your information you can fill out the PowerSchool information form below or contact your child’s school office.

Safe Arrival Parent Letter


PowerSchool Information form

Goodwill Pass it on Challenge vs Northwood

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It’s time for the Goodwill “Pass it on Challenge” brought to you by 13abc! The

“Goodwill Pass it on Challenge” is a friendly competition each week between two

local high school that battle off the field in a donation drive benefiting Goodwill

Industries of Northwest Ohio.

Each week a Goodwill donation trailer will be placed at each of the selected

schools beginning Monday prior to that week’s game on Friday. During the week,

Goodwill attendants will accept donations of clothing, household items and

computers. Receipts for the tax deductible donation will be available from the


On Friday, the trailers will be weighed and the school that has collected the most

weight will be announced as the winner of that week’s challenge. The winner will

receive a $500 scholarship from Goodwill and 13abc!

The match up will take place the week August 29 – Sept 1. Winner will be

announced game day of September 2 between Lake and Northwood.

Press Release on July 12th fire in Modular 4

At approximately 4:30 p.m. today, one of our coaches noticed smoke coming from the direction of our modular buildings that stand directly east of the bus parking lot.

Upon further investigation, he discovered that Modular #4 was on fire. That particular building houses records and supplies of various kinds on one side and some of the district wrestling mats on the other.

Nobody was hurt and the fire department from Lake Department and surrounding communities responded quickly and then efficiently brought the fire under control. Lake Township PD also aided in securing the grounds.

As more information becomes available, we will share it with you as quickly as possible.

Letter from Dr. Amy Klinger to Lake Community

To the Lake Local Schools Community –

My team and I had the pleasure of observing the recent parent reunification exercise at Lake High School. From the first person we encountered to the last folks we talked to as we left, the staff was well-trained, highly engaged, and unfailingly professional. I was particularly impressed by the meticulous planning and thoughtful implementation of every element of the parent reunification process.

Allocating the time and personnel to “practice” reuniting parents with students might be seen by some as a waste of time and energy. As a school safety consultant and career educator, I can tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth. Bringing together parents and children efficiently and safely in the aftermath of a crisis event is a monumental task that many school districts don’t have the foresight or the leadership to plan for, let alone practice. It is invaluable to have dedicated professionals who don’t just talk vaguely about keeping students safe, but who walk the walk – and actually make it happen.

I only wish I could persuade other school districts across the nation to engage in school safety activities with the same conviction, vigor, and professionalism I have witnessed in my work with Lake Local Schools. Parents and community members should be proud of the dedication of the Lake Local Schools staff and know that students are safer as a result of their efforts.

Congratulations on a job well done!

Dr. Amy Klinger

Director of Programs

The Educator’s School Safety Network

Standard Reunification Method Drill March 24, 2016

Standard Reunification Method

Lake Local Schools Drill March 24, 2016

Circumstances may occur at school that require parents to pick up their student in a formalized, controlled release. The process of controlled release is called a reunification and may be necessary due to weather, a power outage, hazmat, or if a crisis occurs at the school. Because a controlled release is not a typical end of the school day, a reunification may occur at a different location other than the school a student attends.


Parents may be notified in a number of ways. The school or district may use Instant Alert, contact local media, or district social media outlets.

Parent/Guardian Expectations

If a parent or guardian is notified that a controlled release and reunification is needed, they need to be aware of the following expectations. First, bring photo identification. That will streamline things during reunification. Second, be patient. Reunification is a lengthy process that protects both the safety of the student, and provides for a secure change of custody from the school to a custodial parent or guardian.

What if a Parent Can’t Pick­up Their Student?

When a parent can’t immediately go to the reunification site, the school will hold the student until a parent or guardian can arrive.

What if the Student Drove to School?

During a practice drill, once a student has been released to a parent/guardian, it will be the parent’s decision to allow their student to drive home.

Please be advised, that during a real event, there may be instances where a student may not be allowed to remove a vehicle from the parking lot. It will be up to the local law enforcement discretion as to when vehicles can be removed from campus.

How it Works

For students, the school asks that students be orderly and quiet while waiting. Students may be asked to text a message to their parents or guardians. Students are also asked not to send other text messages either in or out of the school or reunification area. Keeping the cellular network usage at a minimum will be important during reunification.

For parents, there are a couple of steps. If a parent is driving to the school, greater awareness of traffic and emergency vehicles is advised. Parents should enter campus from the South (795) if possible, park where indicated and not abandon vehicles. Parents are asked to go to the Reunification “Check In” area and form lines based on the first letter of their student’s last name. During check in, identification and custody rights are confirmed. From the “Check In” area parents are directed to the “Reunification” area. There, a runner will retrieve the students. Once parent and students are reunited, all parties are asked to exit campus as quickly and safely as possible.

Interviews and Counseling

In some cases, parents may be advised that a law enforcement investigation is underway and may be advised that interviews are necessary. In extreme cases, parents may be pulled aside for emergency or medical information.

February 17, 2016 Letter about Reunification drill

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We have a couple of changes with our reunification practice that we want to bring to your attention as you plan for that event.

The date of the informational forum has been changed to MARCH 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. and will take place in the high school auditorium.

Our reunification will take place on March 24 and students will be signed out by custodial parents/guardians beginning at 9:30 a.m.

We have made these changes to allow parents and students to better understand how the entire process works and to give more flexibility on the day of the reunification.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me during normal school hours at 419-661-6672.


Jim Witt



A signed copy of the letter can be seen by clicking here

Statement about the February 8th, 2016 Incident at Lake Middle School


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February 17, 2016

On February 8 a middle school student had the tip of his right middle finger severed in the pinch point of a closing door.

All of us at Lake feel terrible about this accident and we are praying and pulling for a full recovery for this young man.

An investigation has been conducted and documented. That investigation confirms that this was, indeed, an accident that happened without fault.  It also documents that the response was immediate, decisive, and effective.

Some have questioned the judgment of our staff to not call 911.  That is a fair question. That said, the Board believes that a reasonable good-faith judgment was made by those there based on the facts, circumstances, information, and resources present at the actual time and moment they happened.

Unfortunately, there have been those who have seized upon this accident to sensationalize and exploit it for their own benefit and purposes.  They have done so by creating false accusations and fabrications, and then promoted them on various media formats.  Nothing positive has, or can, result from that approach.

That approach has, in fact, only served to insult those dedicated employees who are already distraught over this accident.  It is one thing to second-guess the judgment of those who were there; it is quite another to attack their integrity and dedication.  This Board stands with our outstanding and devoted employees on this.

Moving forward, this Board will review the protocols for responding to injuries to students and staff.  We will also continue our ongoing effort to explore the potential to restore the school nurse position.  That position was one of many the Board was forced to eliminate in March of 2012 to avert a huge operating budget deficit.

Again, we sincerely regret that this accident happened and we wish a speedy and full recovery to our injured middle school student.  GET WELL SOON, NIKOLAS !

Lake School Board

February 17, 2016

Please Vote! Jefferson Awards LEAD360 Project

We need this to spread like wildfire! Our kids need your vote!!

Our amazing Students in Action team has come up with a BIG IDEA to impact students all over the nation, and we need your help to make it happen! Please vote for our project, “You are ‘knot’ alone”.
The easiest way to do this is go to:
Click on the project manager’s vote link (Grace and Maddy’s photo below) where you can read a full description of our project.

You can vote one time every day! Please help us help others!

Information about fake bomb threat January 27, 2016

This morning at approximately 11:15 A.M., while Lake High School Principal Lee Herman was off campus working on class scheduling for next year and unable to access his email account, a bomb threat was sent to his school email address.  Mr. Herman discovered the warning once he arrived at home and checked his messages at approximately 5:00pm.
The threat indicated that something would happen before noon today, which was obviously false.  Throughout the course of this evening the Lake Township Police Department, in collaboration with school officials, found the sender of the threatening message and took appropriate measures.
Additionally, to further insure the safety of our students and staff school officials and LTPD officers agreed to have bomb sniffing dogs go through the middle school and high school buildings. The dogs and their handlers finished at approximately 9:15 p.m. and nothing was found.
Upon finding the email, Mr. Herman’s handling of the situation was exemplary and the positive relationship our schools share with the local safety departments once again paid dividends tonight.