Lansing School District Reimagined Framework
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Lansing School District Reimagined - Return to School Draft Framework
The Lansing School District is planning for a safe re-opening for Fall 2020. We want to share that the pandemic has been challenging for all of us. Our priority is the physical and emotional well-being of our students and their families. Following Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan, we will apply regulations and guidelines provided within the plan and by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Likewise, we are eager to utilize the Return to School Roadmap that will be issued by the governor’s Return to School Advisory Council on June 30th as shared in the recent press conference.
In an effort to prepare for innovative and effective teaching and learning opportunities in the middle of a pandemic, the Lansing School District has established the LSD Reimagined Return to School Planning Team. This team is comprised of members of both the Instructional and Operational Divisions. The team has reviewed the recent district remote learning reflection survey results, several draft return to school plans, and research reports regarding the various scenarios that can take place in a “COVID-FREE” learning and work environment. The outcome of our current work has placed a focus on the following areas:
Curriculum and Instruction
The goal of the Lansing School District is to individualize instruction for each student using the foundation of culturally responsive teaching practices while focusing on the development of the whole child including social emotional learning. Our focus will be grounded in the power of student voice to engage them in their own learning as we work toward closing the achievement gap.
The Lansing School District will support both face-to-face and screen-to-screen remote learning through staff training that is focused on high quality instruction, culturally responsive teaching practices and social emotional learning. Trainings will include how to use technology tools for effective instruction that engages students both in and out of the classroom setting.
This is the Lansing School District’s time to lead in the innovation of instruction. Our goal is to provide protocols and procedures to ensure that all key stakeholders are held accountable for the academic as well as social emotional needs of our students through a culturally responsive framework.
The Lansing School District will provide an appropriate device to each student and teacher for both in class and remote learning opportunities. A technology support plan will be in place for staff and families.
The LSD will support face-to-face or screen-to-screen learning with students through the use of a variety of grade level appropriate learning resources. The district will also identify a list of supported tools that will be used for communication (visual, text, and voice). Students in the Lansing School District will be equipped with the essential school supplies necessary for a robust, positive learning experience whether in or out of our school buildings. Children, having their own school supplies, can improve grades, expand creativity, build positive attitudes towards learning, and strengthen learning behavior, as well as developing a strong self-image. Individual Back to School Essentials kits will also minimize the spread of germs and disease.
The Lansing School District strives to be inclusive and thoughtful when it comes to decisions that directly impact the academic well being and lives of its most precious commodity – our students and their families. We are asking that you stay tuned and be ready to exercise your voice and choice for the educational opportunities that will be offered for the 2020-2021 school year. There will be opportunities for stakeholders to participate in online and virtual community forums beginning the week of July 13th. In the interim, review our resources, www.lansingschools.net/lsdreimagined, share your concerns, and please ask any questions you may have by emailing us at COVID19@lansingschools.net.
We will get through this together!
Re-Opening Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic
An Overview of Guidance for School Districts - Michigan State University Office of K-12 Outreach, MAY 2020
Please ask any questions you may have by emailing us at COVID19@lansingschools.net.