Return to School Plan 2020-2021


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Return to School Plan 2020-2021

The Lafayette County School District will begin the 2020 - 2021 School Year beginning with teachers returning Monday, August 3, 2020, and students returning Wednesday, August 5, 2020. In true Commodore fashion, the year will start in a "Team Effort" by all our students and staff. Our goal for the year is to return to school following the traditional model of school. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Lafayette County School District has created a "Hybrid" phase-in format to assist in maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff. In the first two weeks of school, our student body will be divided into teams, Red and Gold teams. Dividing into teams will allow our students to attend school in smaller groups as they learn new health and safety protocols and procedures. At this time, all students will return to campus on Monday, August 24, 2020. A revised school calendar was adopted by the LCSD School Board to facilitate our return to school (see attachment for the revised school calendar).

LCSD will provide information to families regarding red or gold team assignments later in July. Siblings will be placed on the same team to assist with child care needs. During the first weeks of school, our students will be introduced to new procedures for the year, take benchmark assessments to determine an academic baseline for instruction, and become familiar with Google Classroom, our digital learning management system. Elementary students (grades Pre K - 6) will have a technology device assigned to them throughout the school day. The device will be available for home use in the event the school has to transition to virtual learning. Secondary students (grades 7 - 12) will have a technology device for school and home use. Student device checkout will occur during the first days of the school year.

Parents may select virtual learning as an option for their student's return to school method for the 2020-2021 school year. All students must register for school, including virtual learning students. Registration is an online process, and the link is on the LCSD website www.gocommodores.org. If virtual learning is selected, students will be required to attend in this format for an entire nine-week grading period. Parents must complete a Distance Learning Agreement by July 24, 2020. This form is on the LCSD District website and the Active Parent Portal of SAM. Secondary students selecting the virtual learning option will choose courses for the year from a virtual course catalog.

Health screening protocols will be in place daily. The home is our first line of defense. We recommend that families take temperatures before sending children to school. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher must stay home. Parents are also asked not to send their child to school if they have any symptoms of illness. Student temperatures will be taken each day with a Digital Infrared Thermometer as students enter their homeroom/first-period class.

Below you will find a Question/Answer link that will address frequently asked questions regarding the reopening of schools. As we all know, the COVID19 pandemic has been a time of continual change. The reopening of schools is a fluid situation with the possibility of change each day. 

PreK-6th Grade Transition Information

FAQ About the
Return to School Plan

Distance Learning Agreement Form

2020-21 LCSD Calendar     

Download the Return to School Plan