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    Principal Update April 9, 2021
    Posted on 04/09/2021
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    Letter from Principal Talbot

    Dear Dragon Families,

    Wow!  It’s been a big change to shift to having two separate groups of students – one group that comes for a few hours a day and one group that is continuing with remote only education.  Almost every student in our school has had a change in schedule to accommodate our district’s new plan.  It has been wonderful to see some students, challenging to figure out the logistics, and frustrating to lose some synchronous instructional time.  It’s been very frustrating to not have buses for many of our students whose families would like them to come in person.

    Transportation is working hard to hire enough drivers to expand service to all students, but they’re not sure they can do it yet.  We’ve been told that they won’t consider adding buses to Elementary Schools until they know they can meet the legal transportation requirements for Middle and High Schools – that’s transportation for students whose families are served by the McKinney Vento program and students whose Special Education services require transportation.  Once they have a chance to see if they can do all the transportation legally required, they will try to get to the rest of us.  Everyone I’ve talked to in district leadership has affirmed that Lowell will be one of the first schools considered.  I will continue to advocate as I can.

    We are still doing library pick up days between 11:00AM and 3:00PM on Fridays! Come on by and check out books or pick up materials from the sidewalk near the playground during that time.  Our community partners will join us and it will be wonderful to see you.

    If you signed your student up for in-person learning, please do the attestation form each morning.  Even if you know you’re not sending your students to school, it’s an important safety step so that we can contact trace if we have any COVID cases. 

    Lastly, if students are coming in person, we ask that they eat breakfast and lunch at home.  This is safer for them and us. Students can pick up breakfast and lunch on their way out the door each day.

    Thank you all so much for sharing your sweet students with us online and in person.  They are amazing, resourceful, resilient, funny, and brilliant.  They make this work worth doing even when it’s hard.

    Be Well,

     

    Sarah Talbot (she/her)

    Proud Principal of Lowell Elementary