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Superintendent's Message: Midlakes Moves to Remote Instruction

JAN. 17, 2022 — As I communicated on January 6, we have been concerned about potential staffing shortages resulting from COVID-19 and the possibility of a shift to remote learning. We have been monitoring our staffing throughout the weekend and have been informed of additional positive cases among our staff this afternoon.

On January 18, Midlakes will not have enough staff to safely open for in-person instruction. Therefore, Midlakes Elementary School and Midlakes Middle/High School will both transition to remote learning for Tuesday, Jan. 18. At this point, this switch to remote learning is for one day only, but I will follow up with another communication tomorrow once I have more information regarding staffing availability for Wednesday and beyond.

Students will follow a synchronous schedule tomorrow, consistent with their regular daily schedule. However, some classes will provide asynchronous (independent) activities while others will provide live instruction via Zoom. Again, all students in grades K-12 will follow the regular daily schedule and sequence of classes. 

The school principals will provide additional details for students and families and teachers will provide information via Seesaw or Schoology. The UPK staff from Our Children’s place will communicate with UPK families. Athletic Director John Lombardi will communicate information regarding athletics. 

The District will transport students to all full-day, off-campus placements as regularly scheduled. However, we are not able to provide transportation to half-day CTE programs at FLTCC. Mr. Bai-Rossi will provide more information.

Also, please be advised that the regular Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, 2022, will be held remotely, due to staffing shortages in the Technology Department.  We cannot adequately staff the technology for an in-person meeting and livestreaming at the same time. More information about the remote Board meeting will be posted on the school website tomorrow, including how to submit public comment.

If you have any questions regarding this one-day switch to remote learning, please reach out to Midlakes Elementary School Principal Chris Moyer (cmoyer@midlakes.org) or Midlakes Middle/High School Principal Frank Bai-Rossi (fbairossi@midlakes.org).

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.  I will share more information regarding in-person or remote instruction as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Matt Sickles, superintendent