Superintendent Updates

Updates and Information from Dr. Brendan Lyons, Superintendent

  • Lakeland Community Update October 23 ( Spanish Version) - As the holidays and seasonal breaks quickly approach and families seek to gather together to celebrate, please keep in mind the evolving NYS official travel restrictions by state.... 
  • Lakeland Community Update October 21 (Spanish version) - It has come to our attention that there are some questions or concerns regarding a positive COVID case that was reported on the New York State Department of Health web site at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School...
  • Lakeland Community Update October 16 (Spanish version) - There are changes to our District Reopening Plan, that you should be aware of related to COVID positive individuals in our schools. These changes resulted from continued communications from the state and county health departments and implemented under our district physician's supervision...
  • Lakeland Community Update October 7 (Spanish version)- Earlier today (Oct. 7), we were notified that two students were identified as COVID-19 positive, one at Walter Panas High School, and one at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School. Students and staff who were in contact with these students are being notified and will be informed that they will need to quarantine for 14 days. If you do not receive a call by tomorrow morning, your child is not affected. We have notified the Department of Health (DOH) and have shared student and staff contact information with them...
  • Lakeland Community Update October 6 (Spanish version) - Today, two students attended school at Walter Panas High School in person instead of remaining at home in isolation as instructed by a school staff member. As a result, a number of other students and staff were in contact with these two students. While the students who came to school without authorization are not currently known to be COVID positive, this is a very serious situation. Initially, students and staff who had contact with these students were notified they must isolate for 14 days. After further consultation with our District Physician and the Department of Health, it was determined that this was not necessary. This latest decision is consistent with the Department of Health guidelines for a “contact of a contact.”...
  • Lakeland Community Update October 5 (Spanish version) - Regarding today's switch to remote learning due to a positive COVID test at Walter Panas High School, the parents/guardians of all students who may have had contact with the affected student have been contacted by a school nurse today. The Department of Health (DOH) will conduct contact tracing with the assistance of the District. If you have not received a call from your child’s school nurse today, your child is not a contact and you do not need to take any action. If you received a call from your child’s school nurse today that your child is a contact, the DOH will directly follow up with you. Walter Panas High School will return to hybrid learning tomorrow, October 6, which is designated as a “B” day...
  • Lakeland Community Update October 4, 2020 (Spanish version) - Walter Panas High School received notification late this evening from a parent that their child had tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in school on Thursday, October 1. The district will be contacting the Westchester Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate contact tracing efforts. In order to complete this process, it will be necessary to have Walter Panas High School switch to a fully remote learning model for Monday, October 5. We will be updating the community as soon as we have further information...
  • Lakeland Community Update October 1, 2020 (Spanish version) - I wanted to follow up on my message from last evening in regards to the positive COVID-19 case at Lakeland High School. As of this morning, we notified all families impacted by the positive COVID-19 case at Lakeland High School. In addition, Lakeland High School has been thoroughly cleaned per CDC guidelines and will open tomorrow. Students in Cohort B should be in attendance...
  • Lakeland Community Update September 30, 2020 (Spanish version) - Lakeland High School received notification this afternoon from a parent that their child had tested positive for COVID-19. The student had not been in school since Thursday, September 24, of last week. The district contacted the Westchester Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate contact tracing efforts. However, the Westchester DOH reported that they only contact trace for contacts back 48 hours from the testing date. Since the student had not been in attendance during that window of time, the Department of Health has declined any contact tracing...
  • Lakeland Community Update September 23, 2020 (Spanish version) -  We are excited to welcome many of our students back to school in the hybrid learning model! As a reminder, tomorrow, September 24, students in Cohort A will physically attend school. All other students, including Cohort B, Cohort A (remote), and Cohort B (remote), will virtually join the classroom. The A/B calendar for the school year can be found at this link http://www.lakelandschools.org/calendars/hybrid_learning_model_calendar.php ...
  • Lakeland Community Update September 16, 2020 (Spanish version) - Since the opening of school, we have collectively been working hard to create the necessary conditions for a transition to the hybrid model. We are excited to announce that schools will open in the hybrid model on Thursday, September 24. This is a change from the previously announced date of October 13...
  • Lakeland Community Update September 11, 2020 (Spanish version) - Today marks the 19th anniversary of the horrific attacks on our nation that impacted and continues to impact so many in our local community and nation. Please join me in reflecting on the 2,977 lives lost that day and keeping them and their families in our thoughts. We shall never forget...
  • Lakeland Community Update August 27, 2020 (Spanish version) - As September 8 rapidly approaches, I want to update you on Lakeland CSD’s Reopening Plan. As you know, we were looking to open using a hybrid learning model. However, in the last few weeks, we have received numerous requests for leaves of absences for medical and other personal reasons such as childcare from all of our schools and departments...
  • Lakeland Community Update August 21, 2020 (Spanish version) - We want to provide you with several important updates to the Reopening plan. After careful consideration and discussions with our staff and families, we have made changes to the Special Education and English as a New Language (ENL) sections...
  • Lakeland Community Update August 14, 2020 (Spanish version) - Due to the complexities of preparing for the opening of school, the district has decided to move back the opening day to Tuesday, September 8 for students. Also, the March 5 and May 27, 2021 Superintendent's Conference Days are now days of instruction...
  • COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, and 100% Remote Learning information - August 14, 2020
  • Lakeland CSD Family Reopening Survey Responses
  • Community Update August 12, 2020 (Spanish version) - After reviewing all of the feedback since the posting of our District Reopening Plan, I want to provide you with some very important updates and additional information...
  • Community Update August 7, 2020 (Spanish version)I hope you are doing well in the aftermath of the storm that impacted our region so severely. Also, thank you for your ongoing feedback via email after the posting of the District Reentry Plan...
  • District Reopening Survey August 5, 2020 - Now that our plan has been released and the District continues to plan for a safe and successful return to school in September 2020, we would like your input as we move forward with the potential reopening.
  • District Reopening Plan August 3, 2020 - The purpose of this document is to provide an initial framework for families and staff to plan for the fall.
  • Community Update July 24, 2020 (Spanish version) - As of today, the Governor has indicated that schools in regions that are in Phase 4 will reopen in September...
  • Community Update July 13, 2020 - The District is well into plans for September’s potential reopening...
  • Community Update July 6, 2020 - We are using the Thoughtexchange tool to capture a broad range of perspectives and to gain a better understanding of what is important to those in our school communities and throughout our region about reentry...
  • Thoughexchange Results - The exchange captured a broad range of perspectives to gain an understanding of what is important to those in our school communities and throughout our region about reentry.