Lincoln Community Update
July 29, 2020
Hello Lincoln Families,
We are so excited to begin another school year with you and your children, even under unique circumstances! We hope that all of our Lincoln Lions have had a wonderful summer! The goal of this newsletter is to provide you with an update after last night's Board Meeting. As you have probably heard, our school start date has changed to August 10, 2020. Our previously scheduled "Meet and Greet" event scheduled for July 31, 2020 has also been postponed.
Lincoln will be mailing student placement letters on Friday, July 31, 2020. We encourage you to check your mailbox soon to find a letter from your child's teacher and other important school-related information.
We invite you to join us for a "Back to School Orientation" for our Face to Face (F2F) learners on Thursday, August 6, 2020. This is not a drop in event like we have had in the past. Instead, we are conducting an orientation session to support families in accessing KCS’s virtual learning content in the event we are asked to attend school virtually. We also want to make sure that all students who chose F2F have time to meet their teachers and see their classrooms.
We are asking families to plan on arriving at the time below that matches your last name. Families of children in multiple grade levels should choose one grade level to attend the orientation session. The teacher will lead a short orientation and allow time for questions. After participating in the orientation session, families may visit the classrooms of other children in the family and meet those teachers as well. Please see the schedule below divided by alphabet (last names). We have carefully divided the number of students/families to limit group size. With this in mind, we are requesting that only one adult per family attend this event. It is important that families adhere to the designated times below for your visit. Each designated time will start and end promptly so we can have time to disinfect before the next alphabet group arrives. We suggest arriving 10 minutes prior to the session start times to allow time for the check in process and temperature checks.
Last names A-C 8:30-9:30 AM
Last names D-J 10:30-11:30 AM
Last names K-Q 12:30-1:30 PM
Last names R-Z 2:30-3:30 PM
***Please note per the Sullivan County Mayor until August 12, 2020, masks are required.
More details about our back to school processes will be included in your placement letter that is being mailed on Friday, July 31st. We look forward to partnering with you this year as we work together to support our students' return to school!
Thank you for your continued support,
Information for Remote Choice Learners
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! Soon, you will be contacted by a Kingsport City Schools teacher who will be the advisor for your online learning journey using the online platform called Odysseyware. The curriculum will be divided into learning modules curated by the KCS advisor and will allow for both weekly and self-paced progress. The advisor will be available for questions, check ins, and feedback during scheduled office hours, which will be communicated to you at a later date. As you know, your support in setting high expectations for your child’s daily attendance and timely completion of lessons will be key to his/her success. Soon, you will receive more specific instructions for accessing the platform. In the meantime, here is a link to some parent information on Odysseyware: https://www.odysseyware.com/training-resources/parents.
On Friday, August 7, each Remote Choice Learning student is invited to come by Lincoln between 9:30am and 3:30pm to pick up any device you requested in your survey response to enroll in Remote Choice Learning and turn in any necessary paperwork. This will be a drive through service. We will be located on Waverly near the corner of Waverly and Summer street.
As the year moves forward, please look for school communications to keep you informed about events, changes, and new updates. We are so glad you will remain an Lincoln Lion, even from a distance. We wish you the best as you begin this new school year.
Lincoln Precautions and Safety Measures
As you review the plan for opening schools this year, I want to point out a few highlights for implications at the school level as we support the health and safety of our students, staff, and Adams’ Families.
All will be Temperature Checked - All students will have a temperature check upon entering the bus or building. If a temperature is over 100, we will attempt a second read after a few minutes. If the second read is over 100, the student will discreetly be guided to the nurse’s office. Students with a fever may not return to school until they are fever free without medication for 24 hours.
Assigned Seats and Places in Line - As students travel and participate in their classes, they will be in assigned seats and order throughout the day. Knowing where students are located in proximity to each other is very important in the identification of those considered contacts by the Sullivan County Health Department. A contact is defined as someone who is within six feet for more than ten minutes without a mask.
Cafeteria - Students will eat in classrooms.
Recess - Classes will be assigned designated zones on the playground and other areas around the school that will rotate throughout the week to keep students among their classroom “family” groups.
Masks - Until August 12, 2020 or until we are aware of different guidance by the Sullivan County Health Department, students and staff must wear masks. After August 12, 2020, depending on guidance from Sullivan County Health Department, we may be able to return to strongly recommended wearing of masks.
No Visitors - We will not be allowing visitors during the school day until further notice. Meetings will be scheduled by appointment as needed.
Shared Supplies - Students will not be sharing supplies this year. If you have purchased supplies, please bring them to the Back to School Orientation or on the first day.
Info for Kindergarten Parents
Welcome to Lincoln! On July 31st, we will be mailing placement letters for your child along with additional school information. We are currently creating a Kindergarten Parent Orientation Video that will be emailed to you on Wednesday, August 5th. Please watch the video prior to our Back to School Orientation so you can ask any additional questions you may have.