Continuity of Education Plan

Goal of the Plan

To develop a framework that will provide continuing education to all students of the School District of Lancaster during the mandated closure that meets the basic educational needs of all students.  

Overview of the Plan

The School District of Lancaster will implement the Continuity of Education Plan in two phases.

Phase 1 Enrichment and Review

  • Informal activities that reinforce or extend students’ prior learning
  • New standards and skills are not addressed through Enrichment and Review

Phase 2 Planned Instruction

  • Planned instruction is formal teaching and learning similar to that which occurs in a classroom. 
  • Within this process, teachers use planned courses of instruction of new concepts/skills aligned to grade level standards.

Expectations of Students: Enrichment and Review

Elementary Students

At home enrichment and review planned for each week:

  • 30 minutes INDEPENDENT READING – 5x/week
  • 30 minutes ELA/SOCIAL STUDIES – 2x/week
  • 30 minutes MATH – 3x/week
  • 30 minutes SCIENCE – 1x/week
  • 20 minutes UNIFIED ARTS/SPECIALS/ELECTIVES – 1x/week each (minimum)

Secondary Students

At home enrichment and review planned for each week:

  • 30 minutes INDEPENDENT READING – 5x/week
  • 45 minutes ELA – 2x/week
  • 45 minutes MATH – 2x/week
  • 45 minutes SOCIAL STUDIES – 2x/week
  • 45 minutes SCIENCE – 2x/week
  • 30 minutes UNIFIED ARTS/SPECIALS/ELECTIVES – 1x/week each (minimum)

Technology Access

The School District of Lancaster is working to ensure that each family has access to a device for online learning at home. XFINITY has assured us that all students will have free access to a hotspot to secure online connectivity. Like the two phases of learning at home, device deployment is occurring in a similar manner.

Phase 1: Enrichment and Review 
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTSMonday, March 20 - Thursday, April 2
Wednesday, April 8
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTSWednesday, April 1
Monday, April 6
Phase 2: Planned Instruction 
ELEMENTARYMonday, April 20 - Thursday, April 24

Please Note: At this time, we are only able to provide one device per family of elementary students

Attendance and Accountability

Student attendance will be monitored through a student’s completion of assignments. The district expects students to be fully engaged in learning and complete the activities for their grade level and classes as designated by their teachers.

Attendance will be monitored beginning on the initial date of planned instruction.

  • Weekly engagement is required by all students
  • Teacher contacts parent/guardian to check in if a student does not engage for the week
  • Teachers will document contact in Synergy
  • Teacher will notify the school designee
  • In the event a student has not checked in online or has not submitted assignments, after a combination of three occurrences, the school designee will attempt to reach the family to check up on their student. (Are there challenges that make it difficult for the student to get online? Do they need more academic assistance to complete the assignment?)
  • Students will have an opportunity to make up missed work

Learning Accomodations

During the extended school closure, the School District of Lancaster provides the following accommodations for exceptional children and English Language Learners.

Special Education

In these unique circumstances, the U.S. Department of Education is affording public schools “flexibility” in the provision of a “free appropriate public education.” However, you and your child continue to have the same rights provided to you under federal law.  For more information about those rights, including your right to dispute these proposed changes, view the Notice of Procedural Safeguards:

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At this time, we plan to make temporary, pandemic-related changes to your child’s educational program and placement. Specifically, we will provide virtual and remote learning for special education and related services. As much as possible, education and services will be based upon your child’s needs, given the limitations of the virtual platform and other available learning resources.

We will work with you to make up any services requiring direct contact that are missed, including speech therapy, occupational/physical therapy and counseling, upon return to the school setting.

These changes are temporary and will not change or affect the programming specified in your child’s current Individual Education Plan (IEP). That programming will resume once schools reopen. All IEP meetings will continue as scheduled via teleconferencing. A phone number with a personal identification number (PIN) will also be provided for those who would prefer to participate by phone.

We recognize that some students will not be able to participate fully in, or will gain only limited benefit from, the services we can offer virtually. We will be discussing at IEP team meetings whether your child might require additional programming or services once our schools reopen to address any learning challenges the period of school closure might have caused.

If you have any other questions regarding your child’s IEP/GIEP and the implementation of services either during this time or upon return to school, please do not hesitate to contact your case manager or John Moslander, Supervisor of Special Education and Gifted Services by email:

Email Mr. Moslander

English Language Learners

As part of our educational continuity plan, we will ensure that your child continues to receive English Language Development services. The English Language Development Department is creating activities that support the development of language for all students at all proficiency levels.  We are also working to ensure all classroom teachers are planning with the language needs of your child in mind.

As a reminder, all district communications are posted on our website, which can be translated into multiple languages using the drop-down menu at the top of every page.

If you have any questions regarding the language support for your child and the implementation of English Language Development services, please contact your child’s ELD teacher or Shannon Smith, Coordinator of English Language Development and Secondary World Language by email:

Email Ms. Smith

Section 504

In these unique circumstances, the U.S. Department of Education is affording public schools “flexibility” in the provision of a “free appropriate public education.” However, you and your child continue to have the same rights provided to you under federal law.  For more information about those rights, including your right to dispute these proposed changes, view the Notice of Procedural Safeguards:

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For existing accommodations easily applied to the virtual setting, your child’s teacher(s) will be responsible for implementation of those. For other accommodations, because it may be difficult to determine what your child may need at home to meet their educational needs, we are available to assist in developing a temporary plan, if needed. These changes will not impact the current 504 which will remain in place when school resumes.

We will work with you to make up any services requiring direct contact that are missed, including speech services, occupational/physical therapy and counseling, upon return to the school setting.

Please contact your child’s school counselor or school nurse with any questions or concerns regarding your child’s Chapter 15, 504 Service agreement.