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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.

First and foremost, the Board of Education earlier this month approved a district recommendation to change the last day of school from May 28 to May 22. The district was able to adjust the last day of school in part because of a state decision to waive snow-day make up requirements. Again, the last day of virtual learning is May 22.

Below you will find plans for end-of-year procedures. Please note that this plan assumes that Jackson County stay at home orders currently extended through May 15 will be lifted. Alternative plans will need to be communicated if stay at home orders are extended.

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 district has rescheduled LSW, LSN and LSHS graduations for 10 a.m. on July 25 at each high school stadium. July 26 will be a make-up date for inclement weather. Summit Ridge Academy graduation is rescheduled for 6 p.m. on July 27. Please note: graduation ceremonies are contingent on social distancing mandates permitting mass gatherings. Seniors will be celebrated virtually if graduation ceremonies are unable to be held.

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.

Summer School: The school district is committed to hosting summer school while keeping students, staff and families safe and healthy to our greatest ability. To that end, the district has made adjustments to its typical summer school plan.

  • Elementary: The district will not start summer school in early June. Elementary’s Summer Learning Institute will run from June 29 to July 23. The elementary Summer Learning Institute Catalog will be electronically shared with families on May 13, and students will be able to enroll from May 18 to June 1. ***Note: The district believes that SLI instruction for elementary students is most effectively delivered in-person. It is possible that social distancing mandates could impact summer school. The district will proactively communicate if it appears the June 29-July 23 window is not feasible, but will communicate any decision to cancel Elementary SLI no later than June 15. For more information about Elementary and Secondary SLI, please click here.
  • Secondary: Summer Learning Institute program for middle and high school students will be held entirely online this summer. Summer school will occur from May 29 to July 3. The secondary Summer Learning Catalog will be available here and students will be able to enroll from 3 p.m. on May 5 through May 22. 


Registration: Kindergarten Round Up presentations can be accessed on elementary school websites. Kindergarten registration is occurring from Friday, April 17 to Friday, May 22. For directions about registering, click here. To register, click here.

For the rest of our R-7 families, 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.

BASS Enrollment: Before and After School Services will be enrolling for our Summer Camp beginning May 18 through June 1.   First day of Camp is June 29 and the last day of Camp will be August 18. BASS will provide care before and after school and all day on Fridays during Summer Learning Institute, 6/29-7/23. It is possible that social distancing mandates could impact Summer Camp. BASS will communicate any decision to cancel or delay Summer Camp no later than June 15. Additional Summer Camp enrollment information will be available online at BASS.LSR7.ORG and updated as we know more.