Covid-19 News as it affects LLHS
All Classes will be conducted via online instruction beginning Wednesday, March 25 at 9 AM.
Please see the log of announcements below for the latest news regarding online classrooms.
Federal Guidelines: "15 Days to Slow the Spread"
Confirmed Cancellations, Re-Schedules, Postponements
Confirmed Cancellations, Re-Schedules, Postponements
WSMA Large Group Band & Choir Fests (April 8 & 15)
Log of Lakeside notifications to families re: corona virus
A running weblog of Lakeside notifications re: corona virus
Each day, there are new developments regarding the coronavirus. First, the date to return to school was delayed until late April or perhaps early May. Then, school sports and music events for April were cancelled. Even academic events like Lakeside’s LES Math Meet, the Aspire tests for freshmen and sophomores, the junior and senior Religion trips, and both Badger Girls State and Badger Boys State are no longer on this year’s school calendar.
Each day, Lakeside’s school leadership discusses all events scheduled for the remainder of the school year in order to make wise decisions for you and your families. In particular this week, we have focused on two large events: May Banquet and Graduation.
The school’s stance is to assist you and your families return to a sense of normalcy as soon as possible. We know that world events have affected every aspect of our lives from social distancing to some not-so-successful trips to the grocery store. It seems every day brings new challenges with job layoffs and other effects of the economic downturn. Yet, as soon as life can resume its formerly normal routine, Lakeside will resume its functions to minister to your bodies, minds, and souls.
At the same time, we must observe government directives and follow the best practices that accompany them. If this means gradually resuming school activities over time, then we will do it. If we are directed to avoid assembling large groups of people for a time, we will do it.
May Banquet is a large undertaking. We realize there are family expenses. The school extensively plans for this event. It contracts with a food vendor and a DJ. Lighting, ventilation, and other school systems must be in place. Moving something of this magnitude to another date is not easy considering the other activities that our building also hosts.
We do not want to cancel May Banquet. We see it as an event to help restore a sense of normalcy for you. So, with the realization that current conditions will not permit Lakeside to plan and execute the best possible May Banquet for you, we are postponing the event from its planned May 2 date to a later date yet to be determined. Our hope is to find a date that will work for the school and as many of you as possible.
Regarding Graduation, it is still scheduled for May 24. As rapidly as conditions have changed over the past month, it would be unwise for us to make a decision now that later may be considered premature or uninformed. Daily, we will monitor many factors, discuss this further, and will announce a decision on graduation as soon as it is made.
A clarification: there are no scheduled classes on Good Friday, April 10, and Easter Monday, April 13.
In closing, take the words of the psalmist to heart: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him” (Psalm 28:7). Know that our God will see you through these difficult times. He is your strength and your shield.--
The first three days of online classes appear to have gone as well as they could. Yet, face-to-face instruction would be the ideal. Thank you for your encouragement and the support that you have given to your Lakeside students. Daily attendance has been strong and the teachers have positively commented on different aspects of their students’ work and learning.
This brings me to the purpose of this email. The Governor’s original directive stated that all Wisconsin schools would remain closed until Monday, April 6th. However, the “Safer at Home” order issued this past Tuesday remains “in effect until 8 am Friday, April 24th, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.” Depending on the course that the Coronavirus takes, it is highly likely that Lakeside will remain closed until that latter date - or possibly beyond. We will plan for online learning through Friday, April 24 - and beyond if necessary.
In closing, we all realize that this is a difficult time for students, families, schools, and our society, in general. If your Lakeside student is having difficulty coping with all that life is currently throwing at him/her, consider contacting your pastor for assistance. You may also reach out to the school. We have Christian Family Solutions (formerly the Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Service) at our disposal. It has counseling programs in place. These services are free through the Member Assistance Program (MAP) and sessions can be done via a student’s chromebook. Contact Mr. Andy Rosenau firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about MAP. Finally, your son or daughter may be comfortable speaking with one of our staff pastors or teachers.
It is important that we, as God’s people, remain strong in his Word. Use the online resources that your congregation or other WELS and ELS congregations provide to hear and study God’s Word. Find comfort in the words that God speaks to you and me that he controls the events of this world to glorify his name. Today, I close with the words of Peter who wrote, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10).
Again, please reach out to us with your questions and concerns.
Serving Christ for you, James C. Grasby
March 24, 2020
Dear Lakeside Parents and Guardians,
After many hours of planning and some Herculean efforts by Lakeside’s faculty and staff, we will begin virtual online instruction tomorrow morning (March 25) at 9 am.
With regard to this, read the following carefully:
- Every day, Lakeside students must check their Lakeside email account for emails from their teachers and other school personnel. This is the most reliable way to communicate;
- By 6 pm this evening, every student should receive an email from each of his/her teachers. This email will lay out some ground rules for class in the upcoming period of online instruction. Some teachers are requesting that their students complete a short survey acknowledging the email;
- Every day of classes, every student must mark his/her own attendance for all 8 periods. Because teachers use different platforms for online teaching, the attendance method will vary. However, one thing is constant: the attendance method for all teachers will be available by 8:45 am each school day and should be marked no later than the end of the class period with that teacher. Teachers will reach out to students who have not marked their attendance following that period. Failure to mark attendance results in an absence for the student. There is no attendance check in for regular study halls or Commons periods. Attendance check in is required for ELC study halls;
- Parents must call the school office if students are ill and unable to participate in online classes for the day. Please do so by 8 am;
- Students are responsible to complete assigned work for online instruction. Just as attendance is being recorded, assignments will be graded as 4th quarter grades and will be used to determine semester grades;
- 3rd quarter grades will be finalized in the near future, once teachers and students have become more acclimated to online learning. This will also allow missing work from the 3rd quarter to be made-up and turned in if possible. More information regarding delivery of 3rd quarter report cards will be shared later;
- For Freshmen: Wednesday, March 25 is an “A” day. The A/B rotation will be shared in the weekly Warrior e-news;
- Full-time Lakeside teachers will maintain “office hours” from 8 am - 2:30 pm each school day. Part-time teachers will have abbreviated hours. They will share those hours with their students. During office hours, students may reach out to teachers through email or other means that the teachers provide;
- Questions about a particular class should be addressed directly to the teacher. (S)he has best knowledge base of course material and set the class expectations; and
- Those needing to retrieve books, chromebooks, chargers, and other items needed for the upcoming period of online instruction, contact me (email@example.com ) to schedule a time to stop at school and get them. If you as a parent do this, please know the specific items that your student needs and exactly where those items are located.
A daily devotional message will also be sent to all students.
Please understand that undertaking online virtual teaching is an art, not necessarily a science. Some methods that teachers try may work. Others may not. Changes may be required as we progress. In any event, trust that we will strive to daily provide our students with a quality Christ-centered education in a very challenging time for everyone. Please continue to pray for us and support us as we move into this new venture. Stay safe and stay healthy.
Serving Christ for you, Mr. James C. Grasby
Thank you for your patience. Gathering people together for meetings during Spring Break is challenging. However, our committee in charge of online teacher training concluded another meeting this morning. We are ready to share more details with you.
Teachers will divide into groups according to their technology use and the platform that they currently use. To most of you, the terms Google Classroom and Moodle may mean nothing. But, your Lakeside students should recognize them. Using our teachers who are best versed in online teaching methods and our available platforms, every teacher will review the use of online instruction, learn new methods to further it, and find out the best practices to carry it out. We are confident that we will begin online instruction in every class in some format on Wednesday, March 25, beginning at 9 a.m.
Although final details are still being ironed out, a typical day of online schooling through Lakeside will begin at 9 am. Classes will last for 30 minute each.
In addition, teachers will have office hours from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each school day. Students may contact a teacher through email or another mutually-agreed method. Many teachers will also be available at other times to answer students’ school-related questions.
Serving Christ for you, James C. Grasby, Principal
Is it A Day or B Day?
Gov. Evers orders "Safer at Home"
Schools Serving Meals During School Closures
- DeForest Schools – yes
- Fort Atkinson school district will be providing FREE meals Monday through Friday
- Jefferson School District – yes. Information should be posted on their website 3/17/2020.
- Janesville Schools – yes. Information should be posted on their website later today.
- Lake Mills School District – yes Information should be posted to their website by 3/17/2020. (No meals served during their spring break.)
- Sun Prairie Area Schools – Drive-thru service 11 am – 1 pm. Locations: CH Bird Elementary, Westside Elementary and Northside Elementary. (March 23 – 27 No Lunches)
- Watertown Unified School District – yes
- Whitewater – yes. No information available yet.
From the Synod
Facing COVID-19 together: A message from our synod president
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
WELS President Mark Schroeder
The first letter from LLHS: March 10, 2020