LMS Restart Q3 (Posted 12/18/2020)
As we conclude on a strange and sometimes frustrating 2020 and break for the winter holiday, I want to extend my gratitude to all the families for their months of understanding and support for London Middle School.
As you know, we are ALL going through a demanding period. We face non-traditional teaching and learning and other significant challenges. However, I hope you can take a moment to reflect, not about the storm clouds, but about all the great things you and your students have accomplished over the last several months. I hope you find comfort this season in time-honored traditions and simple joys in friends and family if possible.
Beyond that, have a happy, fulfilling holiday season and all the best in 2021. We will see you on January 5, 2021.
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LMS Restart II (Posted 11/25/2020)
Due to the rise in COVID19 cases across the county, state, and nation, Madison County Health Director, Chris Cook, ordered all schools in Madison County to implement a fully virtual learning model beginning after the Thanksgiving holiday. That said,we are going all virtual starting on November 30 to at least January 1.Click the link below, and you will find a google presentation with information regarding the switch to full virtual learning. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me here at the school.
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LMS Restart II (Posted 11/13/2020)
Due to the rise in COVID19 cases across the county, state, and nation, Madison County Health Director, Chris Cook, ordered all schools in Madison County to implement a hybrid learning model beginning after the Thanksgiving holiday. The order extends until at least February 5th. You may read a copy of the health department order here.
Accordingly, all London City Schools will begin to implement the district’s hybrid learning plan.
- Students with last names beginning with letters A-K will attend on campus instruction on Mondays and Thursdays (Red Days).
- Students with last names beginning with letters L-Z will attend on campus instruction on Tuesdays and Fridays (White Days).
- Wednesday will be a virtual instruction day for all students facilitated through Google Classroom.
By employing a Monday/Thursday, Tuesday/Friday, and Wednesday virtual model, less students may be exposed to a positive case. This should greatly limit the number of students who may need to be quarantined or isolated. For middle school and high school students, this will be a return to how instruction was provided during the 1st quarter.
A few other important reminders:
- Special Education: Students who are receiving special education services will be prioritized for on campus instruction. Special education teachers will notify parents directly if a child’s schedule will be affected.
- Food Service: Three and five day Raider Rack Food Sacks will be packaged for pick up on Wednesday’s from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Families are asked to pull behind London High School to the rear kitchen entrance. Please remain in your vehicle and Food Service Personnel will assist you.
- Transportation: Transportation will not be affected, although with a lower number of students attending school each day, buses may run slightly ahead of schedule.
- Technology (Device Lending for LES): LCS personnel will be contacting all LES families, who borrowed a device during the statewide shut down last school year to determine if this is still a need.
- Technology (Connectivity): Thanks to a recently received Ohio Broadband Connectivity Grant, London City School District has expanded free, outdoor wifi, which is available anywhere on our campus to our community. In addition, our district is continuing our Hotspot Pilot program for any economically disadvantaged family, who does not live in an area with available internet access. Please contact Julia Smith (email@example.com) for more information.
- Raider Remote Students: Current, Raider Remote students are unaffected and will remain in RR until at least the beginning of the 2nd semester.
- Champions Wrap Around Child Care: Child care may be available for PreK-5 students on non attendance days. Please contact our Champions Site Coordinator, Sheri Parquette, at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
- Families with Multiple Last Names: Similar to our procedure during the first quarter for LMS and LHS students, LES families with multiple students, who have different last names, and are scheduled to attend on campus classes on different days are encouraged to complete our LCS Household Survey.
Prior to November 30th, each individual school will be providing additional clarifying information for families.
The district continues to thank families for their continued flexibility and understanding as we work to best serve our students during this challenging time.
LCS Restart Planning Update #1:
Initial Thoughts on 2020-2021 School Year and Options for Parent Input
12 June 2020
Work on the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year at LCS has been underway for several weeks. While state “guidance” and various opinions of what school might look like during the 2020-2021 school year are many (and change regularly), LCS has established the following assumptions and guiding principles for its planning process:
Reopening Plan Assumptions
Coronavirus will be prevalent in society at the onset of the 2020-2021 school year;
State and local mandates will be in place of which schools will be required to follow;
The manner in which the district provides for the educational, socio emotional, and physical needs of students may change quickly based on direction from the Governor, Ohio Department of Health, and/or Madison County Public Health.
Guiding Principles for Reopening
1.Plan to meet the educational, socio emotional, and physical needs of all students by designing and implementing high quality and flexible learning options;
2.Protect the health and safety of all students, staff, and individuals visiting our schools by following best practices and adhering to state and local guidelines;
3.Implement efficient, adaptable, and cost effective methods for operating the school district;
4.Support staff and parents in adapting to new or sudden changes to the educational process;
5.Plan for effective communication and collaboration efforts of stakeholders during planning and implementation.
Although our district plan is still very much being developed, it is safe to assume that it will have several options from full on campus instruction to fully online learning with a blend of options in between. Which option is in place will likely be influenced by how widespread infection rates are in Madison County and the trends in our student and staff attendance rates.
As part of our planning process, we will be asking for your opinions, suggestions, and help. The first ask is for current district parents to complete a quick survey in order to provide feedback on eLearning during the 4th quarter and family plans for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Please take a few moments to complete this Parent Survey.
It is a goal of the district to provide an update on our planning process every two weeks over the summer to help keep our students, families, and community members informed. These updates will be pushed out through district communications including final forms, our district app, posted on the website, and through social media.
A special thank you to our students, families, and community for your understanding and support as we finished last school year and look to plan for next year.