Lakeville Area Schools to Begin Year in a Hybrid Model

Hybrid Model Announcement
On Thursday, August 6, 2020, Superintendent Michael Baumann announced Lakeville Area Schools will start the school year in a Hybrid Model, which will be a combination of learning at school and from home in distance learning. This is in accordance with the state’s Safe Learning Plan.

Lakeville Area Schools Safe Learning Plan: Hybrid Model Overview

This model will allow each K-12 student to attend school in person at least two days a week at 50 percent room capacity, wearing face coverings and social distancing. Students will learn from home on days when they are not in school. 

Parents of students who do not want their child to participate in the hybrid model of learning in school buildings, may opt to enroll their child(ren) in full time distance learning through LinK12-Lakeville. More details on that are further down in this article.

Over the course of the year, Lakeville Area Schools will be prepared to remain flexible and shift between three learning scenarios (hybrid, in-person, distance learning), depending on the trajectory of this pandemic. Lakeville Area Schools will provide timely communication to families and staff when a classroom, school or district-wide shift between scenarios needs to be made. 

Regardless of the model, Lakeville Area Schools will continue to provide daily meals to students. In hybrid and distance learning models, child care will be offered for students age 12 and younger of Tier 1 essential workers on the days they are not attending school in person.

“I believe this is the safest option and will provide students and families the most stability as we continue to monitor the case data. Ultimately, this is the first step toward bringing all of our students safely back into our buildings full time. As we move forward we will continue to rely on local public health data and guidance from the state to provide the safest learning environment for all students, teachers, staff and families,” said Superintendent Baumann.

Learning Model Dial Points to Hybrid Model

“By implementing a Hybrid Model district-wide with safety measures like face masks and social distancing in place, we are ensuring the safest learning environment possible while also giving all students the opportunity to be with their peers and teachers in the classroom at least a couple days a week,” said Baumann.

“We are in this together. Our goal, as always, is to provide the most predictable, safe, equitable and high quality education possible for your children,” said Baumann.

Equitable Distance Learning Option for All – LinK12 Lakeville Online

Families who do not want their students to return to school buildings and would prefer to enroll in a full time distance learning option can enroll now in LinK12 Lakeville Online, our comprehensive, state certified online school.

You can enroll now by filling out this LinK12 Registration form.

Given the significant amount of reorganization of staff needed to accommodate new enrollments in LinK12 Lakeville Online, we encourage families to please enroll by August 21. However, we will still accept registrations after this date. If you would like to learn more about LinK12 Lakeville Online, please see this LinK12 Lakeville FAQ document.

Next Steps

We know you still have many questions. The final hybrid plan will be presented to the Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, August 11 at 8 p.m. You can watch a live stream of that meeting at this link. We will publish the plan in full detail shortly after, no later than Friday, August 14. 

Additional details regarding student scheduling, transportation, child care, meals and more will be shared the week of August 10. 

Updates will be communicated with the community and be posted on our COVID-19 information page.

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