LAUREL – Just like many other schools across the country, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge students have continued their learning during at-home environments throughout the duration of the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As several important dates in the month of May approach, superintendent with LCC Schools Jeremy Christiansen provided information regarding important dates and year-end procedures.
Christiansen, who is wrapping up his second year with LCC, said the goal of the school was to have as much student engagement and continued contact with the students and families.
“We knew that there would be some significant differences, obviously, but we wanted there still to be some sort of connection with our school and our community,” said Christiansen.
For students in grades 5 – 12, they have connected at least twice a week through Zoom for different classes.
Christiansen added that younger students have seen some challenges but have received a combination of packets as well resources of learning materiel and online resources.
“Then we also did enhance and expand getting devices into all of our family’s homes,” Christiansen added. “So, that even our younger students can connect with their teachers at least on a weekly basis to see how they’re doing and just make sure that they know we are thinking of them and there to support them.”
Some of the challenges along the way included connectivity and device issues but school officials have worked with community members to reduce those issues. Student engagement has been very positive along with positive comments being received from families in parental support of Laurel-Concord-Coleridge students.
Christiansen also mentioned what teachers are reporting to LCC school administration.
“That students really do want to be in school,” Christiansen mentioned. “They’re missing, certainly, the opportunity to see their teachers and learn in a school environment and be a part of activities and see their friends as well.”
The final day of home-based learning and instructional support for pre-K – 12th students will be Thursday, May 7. This also marks the final day of scheduled Zoom class sessions as well as the last date for other scheduled virtual interactions at the class-level. Students with no outstanding assignments will have concluded their school year.
Students in fifth through eleventh grade will also have the week of Monday, May 11 – Friday, May 15 to finish and submit any outstanding assignments and may access individualized support from teachers. All school work should be completed and submitted no later than May 15.
For the 2020 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge senior class, they’ll be expected to finish and submit all home-based learning assignments by Friday, May 8 to receive credit toward course completion and to meet requirements for on-time LCC graduation. Seniors will also be recognized during a Virtual Honor Night on Monday, May 11 at 6:15 p.m. The LCC Board of Education and Administration will virtually recognize senior students meeting graduation requirements, including announcement of honors and scholarship awards that will air on the LCC Striv Channel.
LCC teachers will hold specific trainings in preparing for the next school year working with administration virtually through May 21. Christiansen said they’ll look to dedicate that time to focus on their mission.
“Of really trying to plan for what a return to school may look like and how to identify the unique learning needs that our students are most definitely going to have as we approach the next school year,” said Christiansen said. “Of course, we don’t know exactly what school may look like and so we need to be prepared in a variety of forms.”
Prom is tentatively scheduled for June 27 along with graduation being July 11 pending crowd restrictions.
Students and families are encouraged to contact teachers and principals with any questions as well as for individual support related to technology access, assigned school work and more.
LCC school materials such as textbooks, calculators and more including technology devices, should be returned between Monday, May 18 – Wednesday, May 20. Collection locations will be the high school and elementary in Laurel by using the west main gym doors and the middle school in Coleridge by using the main entrance between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Access to the school buildings will be monitored and restricted to no more than 10 people at a time as appropriate social distancing practices will be expected.
The final day of school meal service program has been extended to June 30. The district is averaging about 380 meals per day that are sent home. The Laurel Area Community Foundation also awarded LCC a $4,800 grant to help defray costs associated with lunch deliver services.