August 30, 2007

Elementary School Opens With New Faces, New Safety Rules

The school year at Scotland County Elementary began very smoothly on August 20th. Some changes in the personnel and in procedures have been made. Mrs. Sharon Triplett is teaching second grade this year since the third section of first grade was eliminated due to smaller class numbers. Mrs. Angie Wentworth will be changing roles this year. She is the districtís special education process coordinator and part-time speech implementer. Mrs. Lori Bish is teaching sixth grade and Mrs. Heather DeJong Whitney is the special education teacher for grades four, five, and six. Mrs. Lynnette Dyer is teaching primary special education students as well as working as a part-time speech-implementer. Another new face in the building is Mr. Lance Campbell. He is teaching remedial math in grades three and four and teaching PE in grades four, five, and six. Mrs. Kim Small is back this year teaching PE part-time in the elementary and the second half of her day is spent teaching high school PE.

Some changes in procedures have been implemented to promote school safety for the students and adults in the building. These changes were made in order to ensure that all students and adults are accounted for in the event of a disaster or an emergency. These rules emphasize safety and security.

The elementary building is not open until 7:45 a.m. There is no adult supervision until that time. Breakfast now begins at 7:50, which is a little earlier than last year. This was initiated in hopes that more students will participate in the program and to give students a little more time to eat.

All parents, visitors, and guests are asked to register with the office when entering the building. For those picking up students, they will be released from the building only through the office. Parents, visitors, and guests are asked not to go to an individual classroom without checking into the office. This change will promote safety and keep our halls quiet and orderly.

If elementary students are not riding a bus home, they will be released from the front doors of the elementary building. Cars are asked to stay behind the buses and pull forward when the buses have finished loading and are leaving the lot. Students will then be released to those vehicles. Children walking or riding a bicycle will be released when all buses and cars have left the driveway. With this process students will not be at risk by entering the traffic patterns of buses, high school students leaving, or other vehicles.

If there are questions or concerns, please address them to the elementary principal at (660) 465-8532. Parents, visitors, and guests are welcome in the building, but are encouraged to follow the safety procedures.

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