On Monday, November 16, LOCS announced it would close its school buildings to in-person learning beginning Tuesday, November 17, and shift to remote learning for students.
The increase in COVID-19 positive cases and students and staff in quarantine creates an inconsistent learning environment for many of our students. With positive test results now taking up to 3-5 days, it is becoming more challenging to determine positive cases and quarantine situations in an adequate time period.
Returning to the remote format will hopefully prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide our students with increased consistency.
On November 16, LOCS had 62 staff members and 310 students in quarantine, along with 14 full classrooms across the district in quarantine, due to at least one positive test. Beginning Monday, the entire Stadium Drive Elementary school was closed, due to a large increase in students and staff placed in quarantine over the weekend.
While we have successfully put several safety practices in place, public health officials support that moving to remote learning at this time is the best way to protect our students and staff.
All in-person classrooms will return to the remote model, similar to the learning process followed from the start of the 2020-21 school year. All schools (except Stadium Drive, which already began this process) will follow the plans below.
Tuesday, November 17:
- All Dragon Virtual elementary and high school students will continue with classes as scheduled. Dragon Virtual middle school students will have asynchronous (independent) work from their core class teachers.
- All remote (formerly in-person) students will do asynchronous (independent) work provided by teachers.
Wednesday, November 18-Tuesday, December 8
REMOTE LEARNING BEGINS FOR ALL GRADES
- DRAGON VIRTUAL: Continues as previously scheduled for middle level and high school. Elementary Dragon Virtual will follow the elementary schedule below.
- ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Elementary students will return to Zoom classes, using Seesaw for their lessons and work. Classroom teachers will provide more specifics. Students will follow the in-person schedules of their buildings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, in the remote setting.
- Times -- Stadium Drive, Paint Creek, Webber from 8:35 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Times -- Carpenter, Orion Oaks, Blanche Sims from 9:10 a.m.-3:35 p.m.
- Wednesday – Every Wednesday will be a half-day for students.
- Wednesday morning (8:35-11:35 a.m. for early start schools and 9:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. for late start schools) will feature synchronous (live teaching) in the core subjects.
- Wednesday afternoon will not have any live learning for students, but electives/specials will be available as recordings.
- MIDDLE SCHOOL: Middle school students will return to using Microsoft Teams to meet with classes for daily live lessons and assignments/feedback. Students will continue their class times from in-person learning, beginning with 1st or 4th hour. There will be no STAR class.
- The 4th through 6th hours will meet on Wednesday, November 18.
- The daily schedule will follow the in-person times: 8:27 a.m.-2:10 p.m. Office hours will be provided from 2:15-3:05 p.m. each day.
- HIGH SCHOOL (LOHS and Learning Options): High school students will return to using Microsoft Teams to meet with classes for daily live lessons and assignments/feedback. The daily schedule will follow the in-person times: 9:40 a.m.-2:35 p.m. All students will attend remote sessions daily, Monday through Friday (no Green/White teams). Student support/Office hours will be provided 8-8:45 a.m. daily.
- SPECIAL EDUCATION/PINE TREE CENTER: Special Education programming from early childhood to post-secondary will be remote, as outlined in the student’s IEP and/or contingency learning plans.
- EARLY CHILDHOOD: The Early Childhood programs will remain on the in-person schedule with the current safety and health precautions. Pre-K classes may move to remote learning if necessary. The Early Childhood Department will communicate to parents if that situation arises.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION: The LOCS Food Service Department will continue to provide meals for students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., during the remote learning period. The distribution will have one more date at Lake Orion High School, this Wednesday, November 18.
Beginning Monday, November 23, the distributions will be held at the CERC Building and Waldon Middle School. There will only be a Monday distribution during the Thanksgiving week, and each student will be given five days of meals. The Monday and Wednesday schedule will resume the following week.