March 27, 2020
Dear LOCS Families-
We’ve progressed through another week few could have imagined and I’m so impressed with our community. Seeing our students’ creativity at home, our teachers’ remote collaboration and our staff and Board of Education trustees assisting with meals inspires me.
The Orion community, in and around our district, encourages me daily in this process. Each week, I participate in group online meetings with the leaders of the Orion area and the way our community rallies, helping those who need it and understanding the severity of the situation, is rare among cites and townships.
These experiences and seeing your social media sharing remind me why I have enjoyed my time in LOCS over the past decade and it heartens me for when we reach the other side of this trying time.
Though Governor Gretchen Whitmer made a public statement on Friday about her expectation for the school schedule, I would like to remind our families that nothing is definitive. I am aware of her comments, but my understanding is that a conclusive answer will come in the future, not today. As we have previously, LOCS will inform you when we have an official notice of the plans beyond the April 13 expiration of the stay-at-home order.
Due to a previously planned server update, families and staff members will not be able to access Powerschool next week, March 29 through at least April 3. LOCS will send out an email with more information once it is up and running again.
FIELDS, BUILDINGS, FACILITIES CLOSED
LOCS buildings, fields and facilities are closed to the public. As the district complies with the state of Michigan’s stay-at-home order, the goal is to avoid public gatherings. By having our fields and buildings closed, that is one significant way to assist that process.
Thanks to our LOCS Mindfulness expert, Stephanie Harris, students and parents in our district have an opportunity to ease their anxiety in this time of need. She is producing short videos to be released once each week for three different groups – one for our middle and high school students on Mondays, one for adults on Wednesdays and one for elementary students on Fridays – as an opportunity to help community members cope. The videos are available on our Mindfulness page: https://www.lakeorionschools.org/resources/mindfulness
The Teaching and Learning Department has spent the recent weeks creating the next phase of home learning for our students. Following spring break, the LOCS educational program will evolve. Using remote learning capabilities, students will connect with teachers in a designed program with more specific materials than the current padlet. While the padlet will still be available and updated for supplementary resources, teachers will be reaching out with grade and class-specific lessons. More details will be sent to families prior to April 6.
The LOCS Board of Education has suspended the Superintendent Search process during the school closure. President Jim Weidman's letter to the community is available for more details: https://www.lakeorionschools.org/board-of-education/superintendent-search
The LOCS meals distribution program will continue moving forward on the Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the CERC building and Carpenter Elementary site. The process is extremely efficient with our food service, transportation, and administrative staff all playing a role while respecting social distancing. We would like to thank those families who have picked up food for their orderly and respectful understanding of the procedures.
Twitter: If you don't already have a twitter account, you may want to sign up so that you can receive very current information from me and from the district. If you need help setting up a Twitter account, email email@example.com and we can send you instructions. To follow me: @marionginopolis. To follow the district @LKOrionSchools.
Website: I encourage you to frequently visit our district website at https://www.lakeorionschools.org/ and especially updated information about the Corona Virus https://www.lakeorionschools.org/resources/coronavirus-awareness
I wish all of you and your families a safe, healthy modified spring break week ahead. Please follow all directives so that we can get through this most difficult time and unknown future.
Superintendent, Lake Orion Community Schools
During the school closure, beginning Wednesday, March 18, LOCS will provide food to children 18 and under from any community.
Details about all district-related COVID-19 information at LakeOrionSchools.org/coronavirus