Is Learning Still Optional?

posted May 1, 2020, 1:44 PM by Brad VanDyne
May 1, 2020

Hello Loon Lake Families,

As always, I hope this message finds you all healthy and well.  Today, I would like to answer a very good question that was asked of us here at the school.  Here it is, “At the beginning of this closure, Brad, you said school work was optional.  Is it still optional?”  Great question.  At the beginning, when this closure was going to be 5 weeks long and there were so many unknowns, the state guided districts to make work optional.  But now that we’re closed for the rest of the year, the state’s guidance has changed.

We now have very clear guidance that all school districts must keep learning going for all kids, so we can longer call work “optional.”  

That being said, please understand that here at Loon Lake Elementary, we try to live on earth.  We’re pretty sure that most of you did not go to school to become a teacher, so it would be unfair to place all of your child’s education on your shoulders.   The good news is, you don’t need to be your child’s teacher.  Your child has a teacher, and she is available and ready to help, guide, and support in any way she can.   All we ask of you is to stay in communication with your teacher, make sure your child has the learning materials we are providing (and send them back when done), and provide your child the same structure and support you would if you were just doing homework on a regular school night.    

Also, when June arrives, our teachers will be required to give grades and complete report cards, so they need to gather as much information as possible.  We know that learning will look different for each family, so communication is key, whether it be through phone calls, emails, Google classroom, a Zoom meeting, or through sending the work packets back.  All of this will help our teachers get the information they need.  

One last thought, and that is, how much time should your child be spending each day on their learning?  The state recommends about 30 minutes a day in preschool, 45 minutes a day in kindergarten and 1st, 60 minutes per day in 2nd and 3rd, and 90 minutes a day in 4th, 5th, & 6th.   

In the coming days, we will provide more information on our website about grading and expectations.  And, of course, please reach out with any questions you may have.

Have a great day, and we’ll talk again soon –