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2021-2022 Student Calendar
The student calendar for the 2021-2022 school year was approved by the Lake County School Board on Dec. 14, 2020. Highlights include:
- First Day of Classes: Aug. 10.
- Labor Day/Student Holiday: Sept. 6
- Teacher Work Day/Non-Student Day: Oct. 8
- Veterans Day/Student Holiday: Nov. 11
- Thanksgiving Holiday: Nov. 22 - Nov. 26
- Teacher Work Day/Non-Student Day: Dec. 17
- Winter Break: Dec. 20 - Jan. 3
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Jan. 17
- Presidents' Day/Student Holiday: Feb. 21
- Teacher Work Day/Non-Student Day: March 11
- Spring Break: March 14-March 18
- Last Day of Classes: May 27
See the full student calendar at this link.
2021-2022 Bell Schedule
High School: Instructional Day -- 7: 20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Elementary School: Instructional Day -- 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beverly Shores Elementary Only: Instructional Day -- 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Rimes Early Learning Center Only: Instructional Day -- 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Middle School: Instructional Day -- 9:20 am. to 4:00 p.m.
Lake Pointe Academy Only: Instructional Day -- 8:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
***Remember, Wednesdays are early release days. Schools will dismiss one hour early on Wednesdays.
See full list of Safety Protocols HERE.
COVID 19: Masks are optional, air filtration system upgraded
The Florida Commissioner of Education sent a letter to school districts a few months ago stating that school boards should make masks optional for the new school year. As of today, masks are encouraged in Lake County Schools but are optional for students and staff.
We are upgrading the air filtration systems in every school as a strategy for mitigating the spread of the virus. We are also working to keep class sizes as small as possible. We have made extensive efforts to get eligible students and all staff vaccinated, and will continue to encourage vaccinations.
See our safety protocols HERE.
We will follow COVID-19 guidelines for quarantining students and staff as recommended by the Lake County Department of Health.
We will continue to monitor our local positivity rates. Should anything change regarding our safety protocols, we will let everyone know through our usual modes of communication -- email, phone calls, notifications to local media and updates on our websites and social media pages.
District to offer more frequent communication with parents
In an effort to improve direct communication with families, Lake County Schools is launching a weekly video series called “Super Sunday with Superintendent Diane Kornegay.” The first video, “The Top 5 Things You Need to Know for Back-to-School,” will be shared on Aug. 1. New videos will be shared every Sunday afterward. A link will be emailed directly to parents and will be posted on the district’s social media pages.
Future topics include a welcome back message for the first week of school, tips for parental engagement, budget highlights and a peek into Lake Pointe Academy, the district’s newest school.
“There are so many good news stories coming from our schools, and we want to do a better job of making sure parents are aware of them,” Kornegay said.
Along with the “Super Sunday” video series, the district plans to start a speakers bureau to present district news face-to-face with community groups, share more written pieces with local media, and launch a podcast for a deeper dive into local education topics and to highlight student and staff achievements.
"We work best when we work in partnership with parents and other stakeholders, and the strength of any good partnership is communication,” Kornegay said. “I’m excited about sharing our good news with parents, helping them learn more about what’s happening in our schools, and working together to do great things for the students of Lake County.”
Health Department offers Back-to-School Immunization EventsThe Florida Department of Health in Lake County, in collaboration with the Lake County School Board, will conduct school immunization events from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 7 and 14 at the Clermont Health Center, Leesburg Health Center and Umatilla Health Center. See details HERE.
Free breakfasts and lunches continue for Lake students
Lake County students will continue to receive free breakfasts and lunches this school year, regardless of household income. However, because of a nationwide shortage that impacts our food supplier, menus may be subject to change more frequently this year.
The free meals are a result of a waiver from Food and Nutrition Services to allow the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to operate when school is open during the regular school year, through June 30, 2022. Students still have to purchase snack foods and additional menu items with cash or on their account.
The School Nutrition Association says that serving all students for free, which started in 2018-19 for Lake, ensures children will have access to healthy school meals every day and eliminates the stigma for those who rely on free school meals as a key source of nutrition. Additionally, the association says that having all students share the same meal together in the cafeteria helps strengthen a sense of school community and fosters healthy eating habits.
SSO allows a safe provision of meals by eliminating the need to collect meal payments, including cash payments, at meal sites. This will eliminate concerns about negative lunch account balances and will give the cafeteria staff more time to focus on planning and preparing healthy meals.
As an added benefit, eliminating the payment process speeds up the lunch line, giving students more time to eat their meal. The free meals also may draw more students to participate in the school lunch/breakfast programs, and that means more funding that can be used for food, labor and equipment.
No texting and driving in school zone
Every year, as students head back to school, we issue reminders to motorists to drive carefully:
- Be alert and watch for children, especially near schools, bus stops school buses and in school parking lots;
- Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards;
- Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop off or pick up children at school; and
- Stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arm extended.
We added a new reminder to the list a couple of years ago. No texting and driving. It's against the law. In fact, the law prohibits drivers from even holding a wireless device while in a designated school crossing, school zone or an active work zone with workers are present. So, if you’re near a school, please put down your phone.
Hands-free use, such as through a Bluetooth device, is still allowed.