In general, Lakota’s possible “Plan B” would have grades K-6 attending in-person classes five days a week but students in grades 7-12 would be on alternating day schedules – determined alphabetically - to reduce the number of teens in school buildings and classrooms. Non-school attendance days would require them to learn from home.
“Plan C” would kick in if state officials again order all schools closed. It would largely resemble the at-home, digital learning Lakota officials installed in March when all Ohio K-12 schools were shuttered in reaction to the coronavirus. Officials, said however, this method will be much improved this time around.
And school parents will also have a fourth, “virtual learning option,” which parents could sign up their children for and the students will learning entirely from home at least through the first half of the school year.
But Matt Miller, superintendent of Lakota, said Plan A is the district’s primary plan for now unless health officials later say otherwise.
“We know it’s not perfect but we are trying to get our kids back to as much as a regular routine as possible,” Miller told the school board, which meet in a board work session broadcast on Zoom as a coronavirus precaution.
Board member Julie Shaffer said given the lack of state directives at this point “we might have to pivot.”
But she added “I’m glad we hoping for Plan A but also ready to go to Plan B or C.”