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LUHS to offer remote learning expectations through April

April 17, 2020 by Kayla Houp

The Lakeland Union High School district’s remote learning expectations are expected to last through the month of April to coincide with an order issued by Governor Tony Evers closing all public and private K-12 schools statewide at least through April 24.

These remote learning expectations began this week and included expectations for students to spend approximately four hours a day, Monday through Friday, completing school work and other learning activities assigned by their teachers.

While the district is currently planning on providing remote educational services through late April, LUHS principal Justin Szews stated the district intended to be “flexible as local, state, and federal health orders get updated.”

“We, admin(istration), student services, and teachers, are in discussions abut how grades are assessed for semester two, with a driving thought behind those discussions being that we know Internet access is not available for some of our students,” Szews said in an email to The Lakeland Times on March 30.

When the district provided an update on the remote learning expectations earlier this week, it also stated families of students without access to the Internet would be contacted to develop a way for those students to receive educational materials remotely during the closure.

For students with Internet connectivity that are in need of a device, the district continues to offer Chromebooks available for pick-up.

According to Szews, 217 Chromebooks had been checked out to students as of March 30.

Szews also addressed how the school closure impacted graduation requirements for seniors, and educational requirements for the other grades.

“As the length of school closure grows, there may be modifications proposed to graduation requirements, but at this point, none have been officially suggested or considered,” Szews wrote. “Regarding the 9th through 11th grade students; in the upcoming year, educators will need to modify their learning activities to ensure that essential learning targets that might’ve been missed are attained.”

According to Szews, the LUHS administration has not yet discussed any extension of the school year once the closure is lifted.

“We always offer summer school programming,” he said. “There certainly is a possibility to expand summer school offerings in order to allow students an opportunity to get caught up if need be.”

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected]

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