As we continue into the 2022-2023 school year, our Return to Learn Plan will stay active and updated. This ongoing planning effort from the Lewis Central Community School District will continue to evolve based upon information and guidance provided by the State and Federal levels along with our local Department of Public Health. Decisions pertaining to this plan will be dependent upon the ongoing guidance we receive. We ask that all families and staff members realize this is a fluid situation, and various details will finalize as we approach the start of the 2022-2023 school year.
The Lewis Central Community School District remains committed to our students, families and staff, and it is our goal to continue maximizing to the best of our ability. We will continue doing our very best at being responsive to the needs and concerns of our community. As always, we are sure to expect challenges, but we will do all that is within our ability to ensure a safe beginning to the school year and a continuation of learning for all LC students.
We are hopeful for a "return to normalcy" this school year. In the spring of 2021, the State of Iowa removed local control regarding decisions pertaining to extended school closures due to COVID. We will continue to rely on our Department of Public Health for guidance and recommendations to ensure our students and staff remain safe while in our buildings.
We are again primarily focusing on in-person learning for the 2022-2023 school year. We will have a remote learning option for High School students or families with documented health concerns. We no longer offer online services for PK-8 students unless necessitated by a 504 medical plan. We will also be prepared with a robust, online continuous learning mode if at any point we are ordered closed for the COVID-19 pandemic or any other potential matter. If our schools were to experience ordered closures, the online continuous learning mode would be required for all students. The utilization of our online continuous learning is discussed later in this document regarding the potential for a complete school closure and for students unable to be in attendance in our schools.
One important key to keeping schools open is keeping sick students home. If your child(ren) exhibit one or more of the symptoms listed here by the CDC, please keep them home. You may also refer to guidance posted here from the Iowa Department of Public Health on Evaluating Sick Students and Staff.
We cannot express enough that we will be responsive to the needs and concerns of our families, and we will work hard to meet the individual needs of all our students.
- Can a superintendent or the local Board of Education decide to keep their school district closed to start the 2022-2023 school year?
- Is online learning an option for Lewis Central families who do not want to send their children back to school in-person and on-campus?
- How does a family notify the district of their intent to pursue an online option for their child?
- Will face coverings be required for students and staff in LC when the school year begins?
- Will all students be kept 6 feet apart at all times throughout each school day?
- How often will schools, classrooms and buses be sanitized?
- Will all students be socially distanced on LC school buses?
- Will students and staff who are showing illness symptoms remain in attendance at their LC school?
- If a child develops symptoms during the school day, what will happen?
- If a staff member develops symptoms at any time, what will happen?
- Will LC continue to communicate changes to the plan as more guidance is provided by local, state and federal authorities?
- If the district is forced to change school models, will students be familiar with the tools they are expected to use at home?
- How would families get technology support while LC is in a continuous online learning mode?
The Lewis Central Community School District remains committed to our students, families and staff. We plan to do our very best at being responsive to the needs and concerns of our community. We look forward to our continued efforts to create the best possible experience for our students and staff. Please know we will remain committed to communicating any and all relevant information pertaining to the start of the 2022-2023 school year.