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Superintendent's Message

Lafayette School District

“Our students are creative thinkers and problem-solvers and are prepared to become responsible, ethical, and productive citizens.”

March 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians in the Lafayette School District:

Due to the rapidly changing environment of federal, state and local guidance in response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and in light of today’s Order from Contra Costa Health Services and the County Health Officer to shelter-in-place through April 7th, the Lafayette School District must once again adjust its plans to meet student needs. 

As a reminder, on Friday, March 13, our Governing Board took action to dismiss our students and to return no earlier than April 6.  Today’s announcements will require us to re-evaluate our plans for closure.  However, we want to take advantage of the work that we have been doing to prepare for potential closure and make new resources available to you at this time.

We have developed answers to Frequently Asked Questions, although we want to provide a caution that our situation has been changing frequently and with little notice over the past week, and these answers may change over the coming days. 

Protecting public health requires a community-wide response, and we need the help of all Lafayette families to help remain united in our response and follow today’s Contra County Health Service Orders.  We hope you will follow all the advice in these orders immediately as well as earlier guidance on protecting your health with frequent hand-washing and social distancing among other important strategies.

Educational Plan

Mary Maddux, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, has worked with our classroom teachers to develop a District remote learning plan.  These plans are recommended to support student learning but not required.  Our goal is to maintain prior learning rather than provide instruction on new information during the next two weeks. These learning opportunities will provide reinforcement to previous classroom learning.  With the possibility of a longer closure presaged by today’s shelter-in-place announcement, we are also devoting ourselves to plans for a longer school closure and will update you as those plans evolve.

You will be receiving information from your child/ren’s teacher with details of the learning plan.  These plans focus on the following content areas: reading, writing, mathematics, science and physical education at the elementary level, and by subject at the middle school level.  

Chromebooks may be available for families to check out during the school closure.  If you are in need of one, please contact superintendent@lafsd.org and specify the school, student’s name, and the grade level of your student(s). The new shelter-in-place direction from Contra Costa Health Services may impact our ability to provide the chromebook.

The remote learning plans can be found on the Lafayette School District website or by clicking here. Important note for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students: though you can access lesson plans through the District website, the expectation is that all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students should access the lessons through their existing Google Classroom accounts.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or your principal by email.

All School Offices will be Closed

All schools and the district office will be closed to the public during this time.  

The Lafayette School District web site is the best source for information during the closure and we will continue to be in touch by email with you as we gather new information. We also seek your understanding, as we are not in a position to respond to individual inquiries at this time. Our website has a Coronavirus information where you can find resources and District communications. If you are not receiving our emails and want to check the status of your email in our system, please email scarman@lafsd.org. 

I appreciate the efforts of our District staff and our community during these unusual times.  Thank you for your efforts to protect the health of your families and our community.

Sincerely,

Richard Whitmore, Superintendent