LSR7 Update: District shares information about item returns, summer school
As the end of the school year draws nearer, the district has important information to share regarding several end-of-year items, as well as summer programs.
Technology Return: The district will permit families returning to LSR7 schools in August to keep district-issued Chromebooks and chargers over the summer. Only seniors, students with damaged equipment and students who are not returning to our school district next school year will return Chromebooks. The district has plans for students to drop off and retrieve school-issued items through a drive-thru system and these students only will return technology items at that time. (Note: Summit Technology Academy students will receive STA-specific instructions regarding equipment return from STA teachers.)
School Item Returns: Again, R-7 families will keep all technology items this summer unless their students are seniors, will not return to LSR7 or have damaged equipment. At this time, the district will not be allowing access to buildings for students in order to minimize risk of exposure to our families and staff. (Note: Summit Technology Academy students will receive STA-specific instructions regarding equipment return from STA teachers.) The district will collect uniforms, textbooks, library books and any other school-related items typically turned in at the end of the school year through the following procedures:
- Elementary students: Building principals will organize teacher access to classrooms from Monday, May 18 to Wednesday, May 20 to pack up student supplies. Building principals will organize the pick up of student items and supplies on Thursday, May 21, and Friday, May 22 via car rider line. At this time, students will turn in textbooks, library books, instruments, uniforms or any other school-issued items. Students who are moving or have damaged technology equipment only will turn in Chromebooks and chargers at this time. Additional details will be shared by principals.
- Middle school students: Building principals will organize teacher access to buildings beginning Monday, May 18 to pack up student materials from lockers and classrooms. Building principals will send individual communications detailing the pick up of student items and supplies via car rider lines during the week of May 18. At this time, students will turn in textbooks, library books, instruments, uniforms or any other school-issued items. Students who are not returning to LSR7 or have damaged technology equipment only will turn in Chromebooks and chargers at this time. Additional details will be shared by principals.
- High school students: Building principals are organizing a drive-thru senior check out, including the distributions of cap and gowns, specifically for seniors during the week of May 18. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors will also turn in textbooks, library books, instruments, uniforms or any other school-issued items during the week of May 18. Specific schedules for drop offs will be provided by the building principals. Remember: seniors, students who are not returning to LSR7 or students who have damaged technology equipment only will turn in Chromebooks and chargers during this drop off. Additional details will be shared by principals. ***At this time, the district does not feel it can provide a safe, socially distant way to deliver personal items to the large number of high school students who might need to access lockers and classrooms. The district will return personal items or allow access to buildings for students at a later date.
- Summit Technology Academy: Summit Technology Academy students will be receiving specific instructions regarding equipment return from STA teachers.
Senior Cap & Gowns: Seniors will receive their caps and gown on the same days as the senior check-outs, scheduled for the week of May 18.
Graduation: The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will host in-person graduation ceremonies on Sunday, July 26, at Children’s Mercy Park, the home of the Sporting Kansas City soccer club in Kansas City, Kansas, rain or shine.
These in-person graduation ceremonies replace the previous plan for Saturday, July 25 virtual graduations. Representatives from Sporting Kansas City worked with LSR7 leaders to provide a graduation format at Children’s Mercy Park that is in compliance with Kansas public health guidelines.
Because of the size of the Children’s Mercy Park 18,000+ capacity stadium, the park’s comprehensive social distancing plan will allow seniors to graduate on the soccer pitch with 2,500 proud guests in the audience. (That means each student can bring up to four people.)
Venue technology will automatically assign seats for each family group before the ceremony and can ensure that the members of graduates’ party are systemically socially distanced throughout the stadium. Guests will wear masks while entering, exiting and moving around the stadium, but will not be required to wear them at their seats.
Graduates will sit on the park pitch and participate in a traditional ceremony — complete with student speeches and a walk across the stage. The ceremony will be projected on the park’s large video board, utilize in-house sound and will also be live-streamed.
The time of the ceremonies will be as follows:
- Lee’s Summit High School, 3:30 p.m.
- Lee’s Summit North High School, 6 p.m.
- Lee’s Summit West High School, 8:30 p.m.
- Details regarding a Summit Ridge Academy ceremony on July 27 will be forthcoming from SRA leadership.
Yearbook Distribution: Secondary yearbook deliveries have been delayed and will be distributed in the fall. Some elementary yearbooks will be handed out in student supply bags during the planned drive-thrus.
Registration: Registration will open this summer on July 29. The later date than typical years is related to a later start to our school year, and not COVID-19. Families will be sent directions and information about student registration well ahead of the July 29 date.