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Update on K-6 e-learning moving forward
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Dear LSA K-6 Parents,

Well, we are wrapping up a Spring Break like none-other experienced.  While I am hopeful that you all enjoyed family time together I wish it would have been under different circumstances.

As I am sure you are well aware, the announcement by Governor Pritzger on Friday afternoon impacts our school return date, in-person instruction will continue to be suspended through at least April 7.

In just a matter of days we all became explorers in uncharted territory.  We know there will be pitfalls and setbacks but we also know we have a great team of teachers, students and parents that will work together to meet the challenge in front of us.

Next week, around Wednesday, you can expect to be contacted by teachers as they check in with students and parents.  They will be asking about the best way to interact with your student online, what technology device(s) you have in your house and available for your student.   As well as if you have access to the internet.  Teachers might even present students with short assignments as we experiment with some new ways to present material online.

We are going to ease into this; right now life is a little overwhelming.  This won’t look or feel like your typical school routine.  Your student won’t have 8 hours of school each day.  For students in grades K-6, 1-3 hours of work (depending on their age) is about what you should be seeing.  However, school is not just about the academic work.  Have them spend at least an hour a day outside; the sun and fresh air are good for the immune system.  Assign chores, everyone can help with something.  Spend time reading with and to each other or listen to an audiobook.  Cook together; there is a lot of math and science in simple kitchen activities.  Above all, try and find a schedule to your day.  There is a sense of peace and safety in routine.

In all these things I am asking for your prayers and patience.  This is a big adjustment for us all.

In His Service,

Joel Witt