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.
April 2, 2020 Update
Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Suspending Face-to-Face Learning at K-12 Schools for Remainder of School Year
Executive Order sets guidelines for remote learning, ensures teachers, school employees will be paid for remainder of school year.
Dear Lakeshore Families and Community,
This morning, Governor Whitmer announced that all Michigan schools will remain closed to students through the end of the 2019-20 school year as a result of increased COVID-19 cases throughout the state. The extension of school closures parallels the Governor’s recent request to extend Michigan's existing state of emergency and new state of disaster by 70 days.
As I noted in my correspondence yesterday, the Governor’s order will raise many questions for our students and their families. We will work over the course of the next several days to examine the order and attached guidelines and do our best to provide answers to questions that will arise as we develop a plan for submission. Please be patient with us as we review these documents and assess what adjustments may need to occur to support both teachers and students as we move forward.
Please click on the link below for the full update.
We will continue to provide meals at our 4 sites through this week and the week of spring break. The vans will arrive at 11:30 and stay until 12:15.
One sack contains breakfast and lunch. We will not be doing meals for the weekends at this time.
All children 18 and under can take a meal. Parents or children can pick them up. Please do not pick up if you are ill and remember to stay 6 feet apart.
Please call Pam Greiffendorf at 428-1400 x 2965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We care about you!
Pam Greiffendorf, Food Service Director
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.
April 1, 2020 Update
First of all, let me thank you for your continued patience during these unprecedented times. This pandemic has presented a challenge like no other in the history of public education. We have learned quickly that flexibility and adaptability are vital. The goal of our evolving plan continues to be supporting educators in minimizing, to the extent possible, any negative impact these circumstances have on our students, staff, and communities.
At this time, we do expect Governor Whitmer to sign and release an additional Executive Order regarding public schools on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Please remember that this is a very fluid situation across our state, and that timeline could change. I want to assure you that district administration has been planning for all possible scenarios that might come out of this Executive Order. We anticipate that the Governor’s announcement tomorrow will be followed by specific guidance for districts. We will provide updates as soon as it is practicable after reviewing and interpreting these guidelines.
Please click on the link below for a full update.
March 27 Update
“Reset your baseline. We're all operating in the shadow of a global pandemic, and it is disorienting and limiting. Business as usual is unrealistic.” - Stephen Merrill (Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment: edutopia.org. March 19, 2020)
These are wise words during a time when we are all seeking some sense of normalcy. These are unprecedented times, and there simply was no experience or specific training that could prepare us for what we are now facing. We continue, however, to use all of our resources to support ongoing student learning. We understand that this is not “business as usual” and appreciate your continued patience as we navigate forward. Hang in there. I am sure that everyone is doing the best they can.
Information from State Senator Kim LaSata’s office was shared with area superintendents yesterday that an announcement was forthcoming early next week that would bring clarity to the length of the school closure. In a radio interview this morning, the Governor responded to the question, “Will it be the end of the school year right now?”
March 26: Frequently Asked Questions
Our preparation for a possible pandemic began weeks ago when the Center of Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) asked that schools create Pandemic Response Plans. Utilizing resources gathered from many sources, we developed a comprehensive plan that included strategies for mitigating the spread of illness. Even with this preparation, the situation continues to evolve quickly. In order to give you the most recent information we have, we have developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please be patient with us as we continue to update this list. The information provided could change quickly.
The best way to stay informed about how the COVID-19 closings are impacting families in Lakeshore is to:
This information will be updated often as needed to provide the most current information available.
March 23 Update
“LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.
Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.”
What does this mean for Lakeshore Public Schools?
March 22 Update
I have stated often over the past several days that we are faced with more questions than answers during these unprecedented times. I wish that I had easy answers (or, at times, any answers at all) to the questions that I receive. Friday’s flurry of communications from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Governor’s Office did little more than to add to the confusion surrounding remote learning, instructional time, and “forgiven” days. This has raised one BIG question:
“Why should we do remote learning if it doesn’t count?”
Below, I have prepared two responses. The first is a simple answer. The second is a bit more complicated.
March 20 Update
This morning the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) published a memo that is now the focus of several social media and news outlet posts. In the memo, MDE explains that “there is no mechanism to earn instruction time during a period of school closure.” This statement is causing many to ask why Lakeshore Public Schools and other area districts are providing educational opportunities to our students online or otherwise.
What does that MDE decision mean for Lakeshore?
Please read the update below.
March 18 Update
Our preparation for a possible pandemic began weeks ago when the Center of Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) asked that schools create Pandemic Response Plans. Utilizing resources gathered from many sources, we developed a comprehensive plan that included strategies for mitigating the spread of illness including:
This preparation put us in a good position on Thursday, March 12, 2020 when the Governor announced that schools across the State of Michigan would be closed for an extended period of time. For example, we had already established regular communication with the Berrien County Health Department for guidance. Specific maintenance standards were established and carried out. Communication about COVID-19 and our plans to mitigate its spread were ongoing. Our teaching staff was already in the process of developing home learning opportunities. Finally, a plan was developed for the distribution of breakfast and lunch for the students in the community.
Please click on the link below to read a full update.
March 18 Update (link)