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An Open Letter to Parents, Guardians, and the Lincoln Elementary Community;

Hello Lincoln Lions,

It is our pleasure to welcome all new and returning students to our school for the 2020-21 school year! You have all been in our hearts during this separation and we are so excited to see all of the smiling faces that we have missed during these challenging and unprecedented times. We want to express how grateful we are to all of you for your hard work last spring. You stepped in to ensure that your child continued to make progress in their learning during the school closure. We know that many of you had to navigate your own jobs while making time to help your child learn. You are remarkable!!

We know that this year is going to be a little different, but we can make different great! We are committed to a standard of excellence both with academic integrity and safety, always placing our Lincoln family as our top priority. As the situation with COVID-19 is extremely dynamic, we will continue to make proactive decisions that are grounded in care for our families and staff and supported by the Geary County Health Department. Thank you for your patience thus far, and as we move forward. The staff has been working hard and has a wonderful year planned.

As we anxiously await the first half day of school, there are a few things that I would like to bring to your attention so that we are ready to go on August 31.

  • Our staff has been collaborating to create a re-entry plan that will ensure the safety of all students, staff and family members. Your children are your most prized possession and we will do ALL that we can to protect them and keep them safe. The final plan will be placed on our webpage on August 24. Help your children understand that school may not look like it has in the past and that many things have changed, but our love for them hasn’t (even if they can’t see our smiles 😊😊).
  • In accordance with Health Department Guidelines, we will be requiring that face masks be worn by anyone on school grounds. It is our earnest hope to follow every precaution in order to keep our school open so that we can make up for lost time with our students. Help your child become accustomed to wearing a mask. All masks don’t feel the same, so please make sure your child is comfortable in the type of mask that you have purchased before the first day of school.
  • All students will need to have a water bottle at school with a straw or one that could be used with a straw so that students can stay hydrated while keeping their masks on throughout the day. The district has installed a bottle filler as water fountains will not be in service. Make sure that all school supplies that you send to school are labeled with your child’s name as we will not be able to share materials.
  • As much as we enjoy having the opportunity to visit with each of you, we will not be able to have open access to our building. We will work to respond to your needs through the telephone, email or Zoom. We will always be accessible to you, but just in a different way.

All communication will come to you through Skyward, so please make certain that you have your correct email address listed. We don’t want you to miss any important information.

The first day will be a half day for Grades 1 – 5. The first day of school for Kindergarten will be on September 3 and this will be a full day. Enjoy the rest of your summer. We can’t wait to see you.

Mrs. Kathi Teeter, Principal
KathiTeeter@USD475.org
785-717-4570 xt. 4572

Lincoln Elementary