Dear LOCS Families-
As we conclude another week of Remote Learning, I want to share some more information as we move towards the potential option for in-person learning.
At next week’s Board of Education meeting, I will present the next steps in those plans, sharing details about how the processes and procedures will work with the in-person students and Dragon Virtual option.
We have safely re-introduced some small Special Education groups to the schools with the safety protocols, so we have seen the processes implemented successfully within the classrooms.
In Lake Orion High School athletics, those protocols have operated efficiently since June, allowing LOCS to react to positive COVID-19 tests and exposures and take the appropriate action after consulting with the Oakland County Health Division.
Those are the procedures LOCS followed this week as well with the LOHS football program. When the LOCS administration was informed of the first coach’s positive test on Wednesday, the OCHD was consulted. After investigating, OCHD provided the direction regarding the continuation of the program. On Thursday, when a second positive test arose, LOCS followed its athletics protocols and halted the activity (in this case, tonight’s varsity football game.) The football program’s next steps will be determined in consultation with the OCHD, following its investigation.
This collaboration is an example of how LOCS will treat COVID-19 positive tests during the in-person learning environment as well, if the need arises.
We appreciate the patience and understanding that families have given during the start of the school year.
We have a few updates for this week:
The LOCS technology device insurance provider, Safeware, has extended the policy purchase window to September 30. The extension of the deadline beyond today should allow families to receive answers to their questions and receive a response from Safeware.
The steps to purchase insurance on the district-supplied device and many of the commonly asked questions were also added to the insurance page: LakeOrionSchools.org/device-insurance.
Following guidance from the United States Department of Agriculture, LOCS has expanded the fall food program during the Remote Learning period. As long as LOCS remains in the remote setting, the district will offer food at no charge to all school-age children. The distributions will occur each Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Blanche Sims Elementary and Waldon Middle School. Each distribution will provide enough weekday meals to last until the next distribution.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
As referenced above, the LOCS Board of Education will meet on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. in a remote setting. The meeting will be live-streamed in the usual location at LakeOrionSchools.org/BoardMeeting.
COVID-19 SCHOOL HEALTH ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORM
The Oakland County Health Division is asking all students to complete a health acknowledgment form, to prepare for the period when in-person learning will return. We are asking that families of all students complete the form online, regardless of their plans for in-person learning.
Superintendent, Lake Orion Community Schools