June 26 Update

Good afternoon LKS Families.

In a ‘normal’ year we would consider this to be our final communication of the school year.  As this is not a ‘normal’ year we will make the assumption that you will continue to hear from us over the course of the summer as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year.

On Monday night, we had our ‘live’ Virtual Ceremony for our Grade 8 graduation and I mentioned to them in my speech how tough this year has been on all of our kids.  Everything they considered to be a part of life came to a halt and in most cases has still not returned.  Sports, activities, camps, you name it, are not happening this summer and we still wait to see where things go.  I heard on the news this morning that Prince Edward Island is now entering Stage 4 which includes the return to team sports amongst other essential activities for the mental health and well-being of students.  Let’s hope we too get there sooner than later.  While we thank you, our parents, for your work over the last 100+ days, we really want to send a big thank you out to all of the LKS students. We have been so impressed with your efforts, your focus, and your persistence in what has been an incredibly difficult school year for all of you.  We truly miss each and everyone of you and are looking forward to something far more normal in September.

In this week’s update you will find.

  1. Adapted Learning Models as Communicated by the Ministry for Boards to develop for September reopening
  2. LKS Class of 2020

1. Adapted Learning Models as Communicated by the Ministry for Boards to develop for September reopening

The Ministry of Education is requiring all school boards to develop plans for 3 different models for teaching/learning next September.  They include:

  • Adaptive Learning – Hybrid model involving a combination of face-to-face and online learning.
  • Fully remote learning (at home).
  • Full return to in-school face to face learning.

Boards are to submit these plans to the Ministry in July and depending on the conditions that exist in August, will provide direction to Boards as to how to proceed with reopening in September.

While we have to wait for direction, we are busy preparing for student return including new physical distancing signage, timetabling for adaptive learning which could involve students being at school 2-3 days per week and home the others, and also ensuring we are prepared to implement all public health guidelines and regulations when it comes to bringing staff and students back into the school.

Kimm and I will keep all of you updated as things progress.

2. LKS Class of 2020

As mentioned, on Monday evening we had a ‘live’ virtual graduation ceremony for our grade 8 students.  While it was most certainly bitter-sweet, thanks to some incredible work by our grade 8 teachers and parents, the week of celebrations have all gone off extremely well.  We remain hopeful that we can bring them back as a group in the Fall for one last appearance.

Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2020 and thanking Mr. Rego for his incredible talents in the world of ‘bitmojis’.  The class picture is attached below.

LKS Class of 2020.jpg 

On behalf of Kimm, myself, and the entire LKS staff thank you for all you do and enjoy the summer.  We will keep in touch.

Stay well,

John and Kimm