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Jennifer Black Surrounded by Students at Desks

An Open Letter to Parents, Guardians, and the Washington Elementary Community:

Washington Bulldog Families,

WELCOME to a NEW SCHOOL YEAR! We are excited to see our Bulldogs back in the building. We have missed their energy, creativity and sense of wonder. We know that this is where students belong, and we are in the business of education. Our staff has been busy planning how to teach our students and keep them healthy. We have looked at every aspect of our student’s daily schedule to determine how we can mitigate germ transfer. We believe our plans will aid in our ability to keep the school open this year.

The first day of school is August 31st. It is a half-day for 1st-5th grade. Early Childhood and Kindergarten will begin on September 3rd. It is a full day for our Kindergarten and Early Childhood. We will need your help to keep all of our students and staff healthy. We need to be UNITED in our efforts to keep germs out of our school. Only as a COMMUNITY can we make our schools safe. It will take everyone.

We have been working on a Re-Entry plan to begin our school year. Staff and students will be wearing masks at school unless we can distance properly. Please find a mask that works best for your student and practice wearing it. A website that addresses wearing masks can be found here. We want all our Bulldogs to stay healthy; masks are a part of the district’s plan.
We need families to help us with student learning. You know your student the best; as a team, we can create the best learning opportunities. However, family access to the building will be limited this year. We will use the building for staff and students to limit contamination. We will work with families via Zoom or phone. We can make this work; we are only a phone call away.

We will be releasing more information about procedures regarding school opening around August 24th. We will have a re-entry plan that meets county, state and federal guidelines along with organizational needs. Please be watching for more information about drop off, pick up, lunches, recess, and other moments of a student’s life.

I am always available if you should need anything. Please call the office and leave a message if no one answers. We will get back to you. Miss Betty and Miss Karla are also here to help and assist you with your needs. We want to make this a great year. Our theme this year is Bulldogs run in Packs, Bulldog Strong. We have been here for 90 years, and this year will be like no other, but together we will make it happen.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Black, Principal
JenniferBlack@usd475.org
785-717-4690

Washington Elementary Building