George M. Southard Elementary School

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Mission Statement

  • We believe: All people can learn. Schools create conditions for success academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and aesthetically. Teaching and learning are the shared responsibilities of home, school, and the community. Our mission is to assure comprehensive learning for all so that each person will be a lifelong learner.

George Southard Announcements

  • NYS mandated immunizations are required for new entrants to the district and students entering Kindergarten. Physicals performed by a physician are mandated for new entrants to the district and students entering Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 3, and Grade 5. Immunization requirements and physical forms can be found at Mail or fax completed documentation to the school nurse. Please call your school nurse with questions.

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District Announcements

  • School Board Election and Budget Vote: Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.26. Included within this executive order is the announcement that all school elections are scheduled to be held on June 9, 2020. From the executive order: The school vote will be conducted entirely by absentee ballot; school districts will send an absentee ballot to all registered voters in the district; the minimum threshold of signature requirements for Board of Education candidates has been eliminated. You must be registered with the Niagara County Board of Elections to vote on the school budget and trustee positions. Voter registration deadline is May 23rd. Not sure you are registered to vote? Visit the Voter Information Portal or call 716-478-4828 for information.

    LSCD 2020-21 Budget NewsletterPlease be reminded that voting this year is by absentee ballot only for all school districts in New York State. The Lockport City School District (LCSD) encourages all eligible voters to participate in the District vote, and LCSD residents should contact the District Clerk ( with any questions regarding the voting process. 

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  • For the remainder of the academic year we will continue to provide weekly, online learning experiences on the Learning at Home section of the District’s website or through the mobile app. Families are encouraged to contact their teachers directly with questions or for additional feedback on student performance with the learning at home activities. In addition to academics all students could benefit from adequate rest, exploring creative tasks, performing physical activity, engaging in acts of kindness, and assisting with household chores. Parents should continue to monitor their child’s work at home on a daily basis and use the following as a recommendation:

    • Grade K-6 students - 90 minutes/day of academic work
    • Grade 7-12 students - 2 hours/day of academic work 

    Last day of remote learning for Grades K-8 and LHS West is Thursday, June 11. Last day of remote learning for LHS is Friday, June 12.

    If you do not have internet access to meet online academic requirements, please call 716 478-4845 and leave a message with a call back number for assistance.

    All Lockport student households may qualify for a substantially discounted rate for internet access as part of the Spectrum Internet Assist Program. Additionally, Lockport City School District student households signing up as new subscribers may also qualify for 60 days of free internet access with any previous outstanding balances waived by calling 1-844-488-8395 or visit Charter Spectrum online.

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  • Report Cards: Fourth quarter report cards will be posted to Parent Portal on Friday, June 19 at 2PM.

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  • UPDATE ON SCHOOL CLOSURE May 1, 2020: On Friday, May 1, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced that public schools in New York State will be closed for the remainder of the academic year. The Lockport City School District will continue to provide distance learning until the end of the year, along with providing meals to children and offering a childcare program to essential workers. The Lockport City School District is in the process of finalizing a plan for students to retrieve items in lockers and desks.  

    Although schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, it is important for students to continue completing assignments. Teachers will continue to provide feedback to students and parents on a regular basis.  A plan for fourth quarter grading will also be finalized in the near future. Special events for the Class of 2020, including the commencement ceremony, are under review.

    Finally, the Lockport City School District will begin to develop a school reopening plan for the Fall of 2020.  There will be a focus on safety measures for all, identifying essential learning standards for students, and addressing social emotional concerns that arise. Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, stay safe, be well, and continue to keep up on school work. 

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  • This is a reminder that due to COVID-19 all district buildings, playgrounds, and athletic facilities are CLOSED for usage by the community and students until further notice.

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  • Coronavirus resources and information can be found at

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  • The Lockport City School District has begun Kindergarten Registration for all children who will be 5 years of age on or before December 1, 2020. Children must be registered in order to attend school in September.

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