Lakeville Area Schools families and staff,
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate and the State provides us with updated guidance, we’d like to provide you with the latest updates from your school district regarding our transition to Distance Learning 2.0.
Continue to Report COVID-19 Cases to the Attendance Line
Please continue to call your child’s school, even in Distance Learning, if your child is diagnosed with COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health requires us to continue to track lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst students and staff. Using school-specific data in combination with Dakota and Scott County Case rates helps us make informed decisions on learning models. Our goal is to provide as much in-person learning as possible this school year. We need to work together so students can get back to the classroom.
Special Education Limited On-Site Supports
Limited on-site services for Early Child Special Education (ECSE) and K-12 Special Education students will begin the week of Dec. 7. Impacted families will be contacted directly.
Small Wonders Preschool, Wonder Zone, and Early Childhood Family Education
Families participating in Early Childhood programming through Lakeville Area Community Education may choose to continue with Small Group/Hybrid in-person or move to online programming. This is an adjustment from what was communicated to you last week. By providing the choice to continue with in-person classes in the Small-Group/Hybrid Model, we will be able to better meet the developmental needs of our youngest learners and provide families with more learning and child care options aligned with state guidance. More details including start dates, will be provided to these families from their specific program manager. Further information is linked here.
Activities, Athletics and Enrichment Programs
Last evening, Governor Tim Walz issued Emergency Executive Order 20-99 implementing a four-week pause on certain activities. Beginning 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 through Friday, Dec. 18, Lakeville Area Schools will not hold or host in-person youth or adult activities, including high school and middle school sports, other co-curricular activities, games, performances, competitions, and practices. This also includes Community Education enrichment programs. Additionally, the school district will not be allowing general non-district sponsored use of facilities during this time.
Your Activities Directors, Coaches and Community Education leaders will communicate with you directly regarding specific details for your sport, activity or class. Some of these activities and classes may have options for virtual/remote participation. Non-District Sponsored user groups will be contacted directly by the Facilities Use office. Review Activities, Athletics and Facilities-Use details here.
We understand that this pause to activities is disappointing for many of our students and community members. This pause underscores just how important it is for everyone in our community to take health and safety precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19. By sacrificing the things that are important to us for a short time, we can help make a significant impact on the trajectory of this pandemic and hopefully return to in-person learning, gathering and playing quickly and safely.
We will continue to monitor this situation and keep our community informed of any changes. Thank you for your partnership and support as we continue to navigate through this pandemic together.