The 2020 school year is ready to kick-off next week with the first day of school slated for Wednesday, August 26 in the Lennox School District.
The School District is also hosting an open house for students in grades PreK-6 on Monday, August 24 from 5-7 pm. Lennox Preschool will have open house from 4-7 pm.
All of the parents in the District received an email with that information along with a link for parents to sign up for a 10-minute time slot through Signup Genius.
The School District is limiting the numbers to four families per classroom for social distancing reasons. All of those in attendance are required to wear a mask. The open house is voluntary. During each family’s 10-minute time frame, they will be able to see the building, meet one’s teacher, and put supplies in lockers or in rooms.
The school board approved the Return to Learn plan requiring face masks for all 5th and 12th grade students when six feet of social distancing cannot be followed, and face masks for students in grades JK-4 in hallways and lines when six feet of social distancing cannot be followed.
The three elementary and Intermediate principals, Darin Eich, Kim Poppenga-Smith, and Becky Kuyper, signed the letter that read: “We know these are trying times, and we ask for your cooperation as we navigate the school year as safely as we can so students are able to learn and teachers are able to teach.”
At the junior high and high school level, an Open House will also take place on August 24 but it is limited to 7th grade, new 8th grade and new high school students. Information was provided to those students regarding Open House, Dual Credit, Locker Days, First day of School, and Schedule changes.
Families who do not feel comfortable sending children to school this fall, are provided a virtual learning option through Black Hills Online Learning. Students in grades K-8 will be committed to this option for a minimum of one quarter. Students in grades 9-12 will be committed to this option for a minimum of one semester. Registration for the virtual learning option is due by August 21, 2020. Those interested should contact their building principal with questions.
Due to the fluctuation of schedules this year, The Lennox Independent did not publish a School Activities Calendar. The newspaper plans to provide a monthly calendar page within the newspaper to offer a more up to date and accurate reflection of this year’s school activities as schedules may be adjusted. Watch upcoming issues for this feature.