In preparation for students’ return to school in the fall, Lake County Schools is offering options:
Traditional in-school learning,
Full-time online learning through Lake County Virtual School, and
Modified-day learning, a combination of the two.
The district has launched a new website at lake.k12.fl.us/reopening to explain the differences. Parents are asked to visit the site and by Monday, July 13, indicate on a form which option they prefer. The form for parents to select their choice is available here.The selection of an option on the form does not lock a parent into a decision or enroll the student, but rather gathers information for the district for planning. Once a student is officially enrolled in an option, the district prefers that choice is for the entire school year or semester.
TRADITIONAL IN-SCHOOL LEARNING
The traditional option is a full return to school buildings with teachers delivering instruction in person during the school day. Students will have opportunities to collaborate, communicate and problem solve with each other. This option includes enhanced safety protocols, such as six feet of social distancing in classrooms, hallways, gyms and cafeterias when possible. When social distancing isn’t possible due to classroom space or the setting, the district is still considering whether face coverings will be mandatory or strongly recommended for students and employees.Additional protocols include increased sanitization, limited group gatherings and temperature checks after a student or employee has exhibited COVID-19 symptoms. The district is still developing a final list of safety protocols that will be in effect when school resumes. That list will be provided in the near future.
The full-time Lake County Virtual School option will give students access to a rigorous, fully accredited K-12 online curriculum with interactive teacher-led lessons for select content.
modified day learning
The modified-day option is a combination of the other two. It offers instruction for English language arts and math in a traditional school setting, with other courses (social studies, science and electives) offered through Lake County Virtual School. Students will be assigned either a morning or afternoon session for the traditional instruction. The district will not provide mid-day transportation for students who choose this option.
Lake County Schools purchased additional Chromebook computers so that every K-12 student can be issued a device. Students will not be asked to share a device with siblings. This investment will allow all students access to online curriculum and instruction, regardless of whether they choose the traditional, virtual or modified-day option.
An online survey of parents and students taken last month prior to the rising local COVID-19 cases resulted in 58 percent of parent and student respondents reporting they feel comfortable returning to brick-and-mortar school buildings this fall with unspecified safety protocols in place.
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