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.

Confirmed Cancellations, Re-Schedules, Postponements

The situation is so fluid, this is not an exhaustive list, nor is it guaranteed to be updated more than once a day.
What is listed here is what is sure. If you see something posted elsewhere, feel free tor report it to office@llhs.org.
 
LLHS cancellations that have been confirmed include:
WIAA athletic games, meets and tournaments through April have been canceled.
Tech Ed Makers Camp (March 17-19)
LED Lighting changeover (March 21)
Regional Band Fest (March 20-22)
QPR suicide prevention training (March 24)
LES Fine Arts Fest (March 28-29)
All A Cappella Sundays through April 19
Easter Concert, April 8
WSMA Large Group Band & Choir Fests (April 8 & 15)
Capitol Conference Art Show, April 14-25
State Forensics Fest (April 17)
State WSMA (April 25)
ACT Aspire Test for 9th and 10th graders (April 29)
LES Math Meet (April 29)
Capitol Conference Honors Banquet (May 11)
 
Postponed:
Grand Event moved to Saturday, May 9
All performances of “High School Musical,” April 24-26, alternative TBD
Spring Sports season (see WIAA news release here)
 

A running weblog of Lakeside notifications re: corona virus

listed chronologically from most recent:
 
April 3, 2020

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.

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March 27, 2020
Dear Lakeside parents and guardians,
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.
 
(Please see the list of cancellations and postponements elsewhere on this webpage.)

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 arosenau@llhs.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 (jgrasby@llhs.org ) 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

 

March 20
Dear Lakeside Lutheran Parents/Guardians,
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.
 
Lakeside teachers will meet on Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24, for inservice training in online instruction. Due to the mandates in place, we carefully constructed each day to limit the numbers of teachers together at one time.
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.
 
Devotion Available online at 8:45 am
1 9-9:30 am
2 9:30-10 am
3 10-10:30 am
4/5 or 5/6 10:30-11 am
Lunch 11-11:30 am
6/7 or 7/8 11:30 am-12 pm
9 12-12:30 pm
10 12:30-1 pm
11 1-1:30 pm
 
We realize that there is no perfect way in everyone's opinion to provide a solid, Christ-based education in an alternative format. However, using this unified daily schedule will help create structure for our students during this period of online learning.
 
Teachers will provide instruction in differing ways in their classes. Each teacher will send an initial email or other communication to every student in his/her classes by Tuesday, March 24, to give them an overview of how the class will operate. Students: watch for this. Wednesday, March 25, will be similar to an orientation day at the start of a new semester.
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.
 
Daily attendance will be taken. Each teacher will provide a method for his/her students to check in. It is the student’s responsibility to check in to each class every school day. The teacher will make the check in available by 8:45 am each school day. If a student does not check in by the end of the class period, the teacher will reach out to him/her. If a student does not check in by the end of the school day, (s)he will be marked absent. If necessary, a parent may call in their student as absent by leaving a voicemail in the school’s attendance mailbox or speaking live with the Receptionist. The school phone number is (920) 648-2321. In any event, school absences and missing class work must be resolved.
 
Yes, there are many working parts to this new process. Teachers must learn to adapt their subject matter and teaching styles. Students must learn discipline to do what they are asked without a teacher standing over them. Families are already experiencing changes to their lifestyles and schedules. In the center of all this, remember the words of our God to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). I encourage you to place your trust in those same words and in all the promises of God during these troubling times. They are not hollow words. They come from our God and he has never broken any promise.
 
God bless your day. Please stay safe and God bless you with good health.
Serving Christ for you, James C. Grasby, Principal
 
March 16, 2 PM
As nearly all Wisconsin schools move to online classes, Lakeside is also preparing to transition to virtual teaching. This involves student use of internet resources from home.
We were advised by the Department of Public Instruction to survey our families to determine which ones may not have an internet connection to allow their students to participate. If your student does not have access to a stable internet connection or a mobile hotspot, contact Lakeside’s Director of Technology Andrew Willems, awillems@llhs.org or (920) 285-5852, as soon as possible to discuss alternate arrangements.
 
March 15, 2 PM
Dear Lakeside families,
This is the first of several communications that you will receive from Lakeside in the coming days. Each one will progressively reveal our plans going forward as a result of the mandatory school closing due to the corona virus.
 
First, all student co-curricular activities - athletic practices, musical/music rehearsals, club/team events, etc - are canceled from the close of practice/rehearsal on Tuesday, March 17, through Sunday, April 5. If the governor’s directive is lifted sooner, this may well change and you will be notified. If you have questions about your Lakeside student participating in practices or rehearsals up to March 17, contact the head coach directly.
 
Secondly, Lakeside will commence online instruction as early as Wednesday, March 25. All teachers will attend inservice on Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24. This inservice will focus on methods and best practices. During these inservice days, every teacher will develop a platform(s) to provide instruction for his/her class.
 
Later this week, all Lakeside families will be contacted to ask if their student(s) has access to internet service at home. Our assumption is that a large majority do. You will only need to respond to this upcoming email if you do not. It is important that you let the school know if you do not have internet access since much of our plan assumes that all students do.
 
Further instructions will be shared in subsequent emails.
 
If your student does not have his/her Chromebook, the charger, and/or textbooks, you may email jgrasby@llhs.org to set up a time when those items may be retrieved from the building. Otherwise, the building remains closed to students and families.
 
To Lakeside students specifically: if you are aware of a family with younger children who may need childcare in the coming weeks, would you consider reaching out to them and offering your time - perhaps at no cost? Such a gesture certainly reflects our Savior’s love for us.
To all of you: stay safe and healthy.
Serving Christ for you, James C. Grasby, Principal
 
March 13, 6 PM
Dear Members of the Lakeside Family,
Following the Governor's directive this afternoon, Lakeside Lutheran is closed. Our anticipated reopening date is Monday, April 6.
We are waiting for clarification on this directive to determine what "closed" means (i.e.: no school, no school and no instruction, no school with online instruction, no school but activities may be held, etc). Do expect another communication from us as soon as this is clarified.
At this time, co-curricular activities will go on as scheduled during Spring Break through Tuesday, March 17. However, if you have questions about co-curriculars, contact the head coach or advisor directly.
Serving Christ for you, James C. Grasby, Principal
 
March 12, 7:30 PM
At the end of school today, we asked students to empty their hall lockers. While most students will have two days to do this, we hope that those not attending school tomorrow (e.g.: Operation GO Phoenix, others with pre-plans, etc) heeded our request.
We plan to have school on Friday, March 13.
 
 

Gov. Evers orders "Safer at Home" on March 24

The governor's "Safer at Home" order is 16 pages, accessible by tapping on the above link to an online pdf
 
 
Evers ban 1 of 2
Evers ban 2 of 2
 

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.
 

Facing COVID-19 together: A message from our synod president


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
 
Events of the recent weeks and days surely remind us that Jesus’ words describing the trouble that we will experience in this world are all too true. But especially in times of trouble like these, we will want always to remember the rest of what he told us: He has overcome the world. Our times are still in his hands. He will never leave us or forsake us. No matter how dark the days, he remains our light and salvation; whom (or what) shall we fear?
 
Throughout our synod, various areas of ministry, congregations, and schools have already been affected by the current health crisis and have been taking steps to respond. And, as the situation continues to change, many more decisions will likely need to be made in the days and weeks to come.
 
The synod has taken various actions in response to government recommendations and mandates, and, after much prayer, other decisions have been made based on common sense and an abundance of caution. To do our part in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19, the synod has placed a moratorium on all non-essential foreign and domestic air travel for synod personnel. Meetings at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry have been postponed or canceled. Martin Luther College, Luther Preparatory School, and Michigan Lutheran Seminary have canceled in-person classes through the Easter break.
As the situation changes, WELS congregations will be faced with making difficult decisions about how gospel ministry and congregational worship will be carried out in the coming weeks and months. Here are some important points to consider:
The Fourth Commandment and other words of Scripture remind us not only to show respect and obedience to governmental authorities, but also to remember them in our prayers as they make decisions to safeguard our nation.
 
According to the Fifth Commandment, we have the responsibility not to do anything to hurt or harm our neighbor (or ourselves, for that matter), but to help our neighbor in times of need.
 
God’s Word reminds us of the importance and blessing of worship and encourages us to make faithful use of the means of grace.
 
How do we apply these biblical principles at a time like this? The Centers for Disease Control has recently recommended that for the next eight weeks, public gatherings should be limited to no more than 50 people. Some local governmental bodies have already gone further, issuing an outright ban on public gatherings of 50 people or more. Restrictions could become even tighter than that in the coming days and weeks. What does this mean?
 
While we can make recommendations, the synod does not have the authority to mandate uniform actions by all of our congregations. Rather, congregations will need to make their own responsible decisions about worship gatherings, depending on local circumstances and governmental restrictions.
 
Respect for our government, Christian love for our fellow citizens, and proper concern for our own health may require congregations to alter their worship plans. In some places, services may need to be canceled to comply with government mandates. In other places, congregations may decide to offer more service times to keep gatherings below the recommended or mandated limit. Congregations that cancel services are encouraged to find alternate means, such as live streaming worship, sermons, and Bible classes. Congregations that do not have the ability to do this may want to make their members aware of other congregations that do. In some cases, emailed sermons and devotional materials might be considered. Congregations can also equip parents with resources that can be used in family devotions. Our trust in the efficacy of God’s Word reassures us that his Word works even when public worship gatherings are not possible.
 
Recognize that this is an extraordinary opportunity to let our light shine in the ways that our congregations and their members serve the people in their communities in Christian love.
 
In times such as these, as your local ministry strives to meet these challenges, your continuing and regular offerings are as vital as ever. God’s work must go on.
 
We ask you to be patient with us. We are doing the best we can to provide information and guidance in this difficult time. And we ask for your prayers that God will guide us with wisdom and faith as we make what will likely be difficult decisions.
 
So it is with God’s church in these last days. We know that Satan is doing all he can to silence the proclamation of God’s saving gospel. We know that our enemy from hell tries to use events like this to drive a wedge between God and his people. But we also know that God can and will cause even this crisis to work together for the good of those who love him. He will use this to drive us to the cross of our Savior, where he gave himself to make us his own. And he will lead us to the open door of the empty tomb, where he demonstrated his complete victory over Satan, sin, and death.
 
May our gracious God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Preserver, keep you strong in your faith and confident in his promises.
 
Serving with you in Christ,
WELS President Mark Schroeder