Academic Calendar Change: November 2-4, 2020

Academic Calendar Change: November 2-4, 2020
Posted on 09/28/2020
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Lakota has made an adjustment to our academic calendar for Nov. 2-4. Traditionally, Lakota’s teachers and staff participate in professional development on Election Day. This decision is part of our safety and security guidelines because 18 of our schools are used as polling locations in our community.

This year, we must consider the impact of having thousands of people pass through our buildings in the middle of a pandemic. As you may know, every other day our buildings are closed to visitors as a safety measure to help stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have strict cleaning protocols that are followed in our buildings every evening. These protocols are part of the reason why we are finishing our sixth week of in-person learning.

In order to ensure that our buildings have been adequately cleaned after Election Day and use this as an opportunity to continue educating our students while practicing remote learning, we have decided to adjust our schedule the week of Nov. 2 as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 2: Professional Development day for staff; No school for all students;
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3: VLO continues as normal and in-person students and staff move to remote learning;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4: VLO continues as normal and in-person students and staff learn remotely; and
  • Thursday, Nov. 5: VLO continues as normal and all in-person staff and students return to school buildings.


First and foremost, this will give our custodians extra time to make sure that our buildings are cleaned and sanitized before our staff and students return. Additionally, to better prepare for any possibility of a shift to remote learning this year, it is important to designate two days of practice. This is especially important at our secondary buildings, where a student’s full schedule is spread over two days, commonly known as a block schedule. Students should have the opportunity to experience remote learning with every one of their classes. This is why we have moved our professional development to Monday.

When we return to school on Nov. 5, our students and staff will be better prepared for any unexpected change of plans because of COVID-19. While we certainly hope this is not the case, it is important that we do everything we can to be prepared. 

We realize that some of our families will need to find childcare for the two additional days in November. It is our hope that by announcing this decision now, five weeks early, this concern will be eased.

We want our schools to be safe for our students and our staff. That is always our number one priority. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate these turbulent times. As challenging as they are, WE are in this together and WE remain committed to serving the educational needs of our students as best as we can.