Board of Education Statement on Return to Learning Plans
OCTOBER 2021 - BOARD ACTION TO IMPLEMENT UNIVERSAL MASKING
On October 11, 2021, the Lakeshore Board of Education voted to approve updates to our Return to Learn Plan that will require indoor mask wearing for all staff, students, volunteers, and visitors in Lakeshore facilities, effective immediately. The universal masking requirement is being implemented to ensure we provide as normal an experience as possible for our students and staff, while also providing a safer environment for staff and students who are unable to be vaccinated, and who are immunocompromised. A letter from the district has been emailed to families.
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AUGUST 2021 - BOARD OF EDUCATION RETURN TO LEARN PLAN
The Lakeshore Return to Learn (RtL) plan is consistent with other local area district plans and is a product of an ongoing, collaborative effort among Berrien County schools and the Berrien County Health Department. This plan is designed to provide a safe, secure, in-person learning environment for all students and staff by mitigating the spread of COVID-19, while also providing the best educational environment for our students. The plan also provides flexibility to adapt to changes in our local conditions, as well as changing recommendations, laws, orders, or mandates from local, state, and federal agencies.
A key feature of this year's Return to Learn Plan will be “flexible mitigation” meaning that additional mitigation measures may be implemented as transmission rates increase. As transmission rates decline, so too would mitigation strategies. Below are some specific details of the plan that would be implemented if transmission rates remain low.
As a public school district and as educators, it is our responsibility to ensure staff and student safety, while also providing the best educational practices for the highest level of learning. Our decisions and actions have and will always reflect these important responsibilities. Regardless of one’s individual beliefs, please understand that Lakeshore Public Schools continues to recognize COVID-19 as a public health crisis. We will continue to partner with our colleagues. There are synergies to our collaboration and, thus, we will continue to align our actions where and when appropriate. As such, we must follow the guidance, laws, and recommendations of medical experts and local, state, and federal agencies.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Superintendent Greg Eding or your building principal.