August 20, 2021 Update
August 20, 2021
Dear Lake George Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members,
It is my sincere hope that this correspondence finds you well rested and filled with excitement as we move closer to starting the 2021-2022 school year. The VERY good news is that we are teaching and learning in-person from Day 1 this year, and all co-curriculars are moving ahead as planned – this is truly something to celebrate considering where we were one year ago.
The Reopening Plan 2.0 was created in collaboration with a broad spectrum of LGCSD Stakeholders who provided valuable input and feedback. The committee used the updated guidance documents and information listed in the Resources Section on the last page as well as conversations with and guidance from the Warren County Public Health Services; conversations with and feedback from the Lake George CSD District Physician; and conversations and planning with the WSWHE BOCES Superintendents. The plan is flexible and supports the goals outlined below:
- Keep our students, faculty/staff and families healthy and safe
- Maximize in-person teaching and learning
- Minimize disruption to continuity of education and extracurricular activities
- Be responsive to student needs
- Follow CDC Guidelines
Please click here for a Summary of the 2021-2022 Reopening Plan 2.0
- To read the full plan in greater detail, please click here.
Major Changes from Last Year:
There will be no virtual learning option for students.
Remaining the Same as Last Year:
Masks will still be worn by students and adults inside the buildings, with mask breaks throughout the day.
We understand that there are differing schools of thought concerning masks, and we appreciate and respect everyone’s perspectives and situations. With the due diligence of our Reopening Committee, we have reached consensus on all items set forth in our Reopening Plan 2.0. The resulting decisions support the goals of maximizing in-person teaching and learning and minimizing the disruption of education and extracurricular activities, and I would ask that the school community continue to work together in this endeavor. As a reminder, LGCSD was one of a handful of school districts that was able to continue teaching and learning in-person last year because we adhered to strict mask protocols inside the buildings. The Reopening Plan 2.0 has built-in flexibility should community transmission rates of COVID-19 decrease. Our mitigation efforts worked last year and we want to keep the momentum going.
The district held a Community Information Session regarding the Reopening Plan 2.0 on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 5 p.m. in the Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium. Please click here to see the presentation.
If you have questions/concerns about the Reopening Plan 2.0, please email your questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing, I respect everyone’s opinion on masking. I am asking for the same mindset when you read and digest our Reopening Plan 2.0. Let’s all work together to remind each other that we have more in common than not – we want to return to safe in-person learning and extra curricular activities. While we cannot eliminate risks, we learned that masking indoors eliminated the need for long term, large scale quarantine when in contact with a positive case.
Thank you again for joining our mindset and supporting our collaborative process as we transition back to school.