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Letter to Parents and Guardians
June 17, 2020
Dear Lake George Parents/Guardians,
The 2019-2020 is coming to a close and I wanted to take this time to thank you for connecting with our educators, counselors, and principals. I admire what we have collectively accomplished when partnering with the dedicated LGCSD faculty/staff as we redefined and adjusted to our new “normal.” Thank you for letting us into your homes in Google Chat, Google Classroom and the numerous other platforms we have such as Webex, Google Voice, and Zoom. Over the last three months, the LGCSD teaching and learning work has moved from “Continuity of Learning” to then a shift to new instruction through our “Remote Learning Plan” with the focus of condensing the most important NYSED Learning Standards. I am very appreciative of the personal conversations and the work you have been doing with our teachers regarding your child’s continuing education. Teachers, counselors, and support staff appreciate your partnership to also prioritize wellness, above all else, which we recognized was needed to maintain balance through the COVID-19 remote learning period.
As we are aware, with great challenge comes great opportunity. As we receive more information from the Governor about plans for school in the fall, we will continue to shift our focus to professional development and re-entry planning. I will be sending out surveys to parents/guardians, students, and faculty/staff to help our planning efforts. We are hoping to hear from faculty/staff, parents/guardians, and students through a brief survey that is being created by our Regional BOCES Re-entry committee. Please keep an eye out for these surveys in July.
With all of the disruption COVID-19 has caused, we have learned some valuable lessons. We recognized during the shift to remote instruction, true family engagement was essential. Our principals, faculty/staff increased their efforts to experience a deeper connection with students and families during these past months, and we are committed to continuing these efforts around connection moving into the fall. Partnerships with our LGCSD Families were essential to support student engagement and allow meaningful instruction to take place. I am proud of everyone for doing whatever it takes to quickly shift from one platform of teaching to the present remote learning structure. Finally, we learned that the only way to move forward is to make a genuine commitment to come together with our colleagues, students, families, community leaders, and agencies for the interest of our students; we truly are better together.
In closing, I want to again thank you for your partnership and your time to complete the aforementioned surveys. On behalf of everyone at LGCSD, we wish you a healthy and happy summer. Please also note that LGCSD will be opening our outdoor facilities such as the playgrounds, track, and basketball courts beginning Monday, June 22, 2020. Please abide by the social distancing guidelines that will be posted at each outdoor location.
Superintendent Lynne C. Rutnik