Lakewood City Schools presents plan for possible return to in-person learning

The district will decide on a date to return to in-person instruction after reviewing the latest information from healthcare experts and relevant COVID-19 data.

Lakewood City Schools presents plan for possible return to in-person learning
Lakewood City Schools presents plan for possible return to in-person learning (Source: https://www.lakewoodcityschools.org/Content/21498)

LAKEWOOD, Ohio (WOIO) - In an emergency meeting held Wednesday night, Lakewood City Schools Board of Education outlined three learning plan options for the remainder of the semester.

The board approved an amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Education and the Lakewood Teachers Association (LTA).

The modified agreement allows for the return of in-person learning prior to the end of the semester and permits the district to make changes to the instruction plans as needed.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Barnes sent Lakewood families a letter detailing these three options:

Option #1 – In-person instruction (date to be determined)

Option #2 – Remote instruction (with current teacher for remainder of semester)

Option #3 – eLearning LKWD (students currently in this model will remain for the rest of the first semester)

The district will decide on a date to return to in-person instruction after reviewing the latest information from healthcare experts and relevant COVID-19 data.

The Lakewood Teachers Association released this statement following the emergency meeting:

“The Lakewood Teachers Association urges Dr. Michael Barnes, who has the sole authority to make this decision, to keep the Lakewood City School District in its remote instructional model until an improved public health situation permits a return to our buildings. We believe that the health and safety of everyone in the Lakewood City Schools must be his sole guiding principle. We further believe that his mandating an in-person return in the current public health climate would be irresponsible and would display a reckless disregard for the health and safety of the Lakewood City Schools community on his part. The LTA would like to be clear that we do not oppose conducting in-person instruction. We miss our students and look forward to the day when we can welcome them to our classrooms. However, we are adamant that such instruction must take place only when it is safe to do so. Sadly, the deteriorating public health situation means that now is not that time. The LTA calls on Dr. Barnes to act responsibly and in the interest of health and safety by keeping the Lakewood City School District on its remote instructional model.”
Lakewood Teachers Association statement

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