You won't find a town called Lakeshore on a map, but you'll soon feel the Lakeshore community - and LANCER PRIDE - in your heart. We believe all children deserve an engaging and inspiring education - and the opportunity to discover and pursue their own paths. With Passionate educators, the latest technology and unique opportunities, Lakeshore does more than equip our students to succeed in life - we empower them to lead their lives with character and integrity.
Lakeshore Excellence Foundation
Through the generosity of our donors, the LEF has funded more than 70 academic projects, 40 hardware and software projects, and a wide variety of outreach, cultural and aesthetic programs, many open to the entire community. In 2016, we successfully completed our largest infrastructure project to date by investing $600,000 to transform all of our libraries into 21st Century Learning Centers. We are now poised to again reach higher: we’re reaching out for contributors to help us support the implementation of STEM throughout all grades levels at Lakeshore Public Schools.
Parent Update School Calendar
June 30, 2020
Prior to the move to distance learning in March of this year, many discussions were taking place in Lakeshore and other Berrien County school districts about a possible move to a pre-Labor Day start for school in the fall of 2020. The District looked at several options and weighed the pros and cons of each. Then came COVID-19 and the move to at-home learning. As part of our Back-to-School Committee work, we have determined that the move to a pre-Labor Day start made the most sense for the coming fall. With that in mind, the first day of school for Lakeshore Public Schools students will be August 31, 2020.
Key Dates on the 2020-2021 Calendar:
August 25-26, 2020 - Teachers Report
August 31, 2020 - First Day of School for Students
September 4-7, 2020 - Labor Day Break
November 25-29, 2020 - Thanksgiving Break
December 19, 2020 - January 3, 2021 - Winter Break
January 18, 2021 - Dr. Martin Luther King Day - no school
February 15, 2021 - President's Day - no school
April 2-11, 2021 - Spring Break
May 31, 2021 - Memorial Day - no school
June 10, 2021 - Last Day for Students/Staff
We will share a more detailed calendar in the coming weeks.
June 30, 2020 Update
Governor Releases Return to School Roadmap
Today at 3:00 PM, Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference where she was joined by members of the Return to Learn Advisory Council to unveil the Return to School Roadmap to help guide districts toward a safe reopening of schools in the fall. We are encouraged by knowing that we anticipated much of what was laid out in the Roadmap and are optimistic that our ultimate plan will support the safe return to school.
Here are the key take-a-ways from the release:
The Roadmap provides required and strongly recommended safety protocols to keep school communities safe. These protocols are based on the status of each region as described in the MI Safe Start Plan. (find link below)
Depending on the status of MI Safe Schools, there are three scenarios for school opening in fall 2020.
Schools open for in-person instruction with minimal required safety protocols (MI Safe Start Phase 6).
Schools open for in-person instruction with moderate required safety protocols (MI Safe Start Phase 5).
Schools open for in-person instruction with more stringent required safety protocols (MI Safe Start Phase 4).
Schools will not open for in-person instruction and instruction is provided remotely if a region continues to be in phases 1-3 in the MI Safe Start Plan.
Our region is currently in Phase 4 according to the MI Safe Start Plan.
As you might expect, it will take some time to digest the multiple components of the Governor’s plan for reopening schools in the fall. We feel well prepared to take on the challenges presented with reopening schools in the fall because of the work that has been taking place in committees charged with developing contingency plans for several scenarios. With the Return to School Roadmap now in place, we will be able to focus our efforts on finalizing the plans to educate our students safely in the fall. This work will continue to be done in collaboration with area Superintendents and the Berrien County Health Department.
Thank you in advance for your patience! Your support through this pandemic has been nothing short of incredible. We will continue to work in the best interests of our stakeholders as we develop plans for a safe return to school!
June 10, 2020 Update
As we conclude what has become the most unusual of school years, I would like to express my personal gratitude and sincere appreciation for your partnership and support as we managed the challenges created by this global pandemic. We recognize the impact this has had on our staff, students, and their families and empathize with the struggles faced as we shifted into an emergency remote learning plan. Together, we have all faced challenges head on. Teachers found new ways to teach and connect with students and parents. Our students found new ways to learn and engage with their teachers and classmates. Our parent community took on new roles and worked tirelessly to support their children and schools. I applaud all involved for their effort and resilience through this final quarter of school.
Please click on the link below to view a fulll update that includes a Message to Our Seniors, Information on Our Work Toward Opening School in the Fall, and a brief update on Budget Concerns Due to COVID-19.
June 10, 2020 Update (link)
In a further effort to promote a positive school community, we have launched an official school district Facebook page. Please search for Lakeshore Public Schools to access and LIKE our new page.
Resources for Families
The two documents, linked below, offer resources for families.
The first was created by our Healthy Minds - Healthy Lives team. In the document, you will find resources that support mental health and wellness.
The second document provides educational enrichment activities including learn at home resources, links to virtual field trips, activities to disconnect from technology, and resources to use when talking to children about COVID-19.
We hope you find them useful.
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