Crawford: ‘Not just for four weeks’

Posted 3/27/20

Lone Tree school Superintendent Ken Crawford told the school board that the school closure could last longer than the four weeks that will end on April 10.

“The rumblings I’m hearing …

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Crawford: ‘Not just for four weeks’

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Lone Tree school Superintendent Ken Crawford told the school board that the school closure could last longer than the four weeks that will end on April 10.

“The rumblings I’m hearing is we are not going to be just four weeks,” he told the board during a work session March 18.

He added that the situation changes daily.

“Everything we say tonight only has a shelf life of seven hours,” Crawford said.

One place where the district is getting changing guidance is from the state Department of Education.

On March 18, the state said districts cannot require students to participate in online learning options while the school is closed.

The guidance from the state said that districts can offer online educational opportunities but must do so in “the most equitable way possible.”

Based on that guidance, high school Principal Regan Stone said he advised teachers to proceed with caution.

“I’ve been telling everybody: ‘Slow down; go slow; this is a very fluid situation.”

A couple of big events for seniors – graduation and prom – are in limbo.

The state has left the decision on graduation requirements up to the districts. That is determining if seniors have met requirements for graduation.

Crawford said the canceling the actual commencement exercises has not been discussed.

Lone Tree’s prom is set for April 18. It, too, is in limbo.

“That’s actually been the biggest question – what are we going to do with prom,” Crawford said.

The school food bank – run by the FFA – served six people on March 16.

“The food bank has been phenomenal,” he said.

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