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Topic of the Week| Welcome back to school

Welcome Back to school for the 2014-15 School Year at Lonoke Public School District. We would like to welcome all of our returning students as well as our new students. We are glad you are here. The school board, administration, faculty and staff hope that you have had a wonderful summer break, and that you are ready to enter the new school year full of excitement and an eagerness to be an active participant in your child’s education.

Please review the “Topic of the Week” each week in the Lonoke Democrat Newspaper or on the Lonoke District Website’s Homepage. This is provided to help keep our parents and community members informed regarding the school events, activities, and successes of our students, faculty, and staff members. We appreciate all the support we receive from our parents, business and community leaders, and the patrons of Lonoke.

Please contact us during the school year if you have questions or concerns. We have included a chain of command chart provided for your information as well as, it is located on our homepage to help give you guidance and assistance in helping to provide answers to you when needed. Please remember to monitor the district website at www.lonokeschools.org for school updates and information. Please keep the school office informed at to any changes in address, phone contacts, and people that are allowed or not allowed to pick up your child from school.

Thank you to the parents for sending your children to our school system and allowing us to provide the best education possible to them. During the summer months, we accomplish many tasks in preparation for the new school year. This summer, we had the following projects going on around the district and some are still in the completion stages:

-New HVAC (Heat and Air units) are being installed at primary, and a new front entryway (provide a safer and more secure entry) has been constructed with new carpet, flooring, paint, and cabinetry.

-The transportation building has been moved next to the bus shop to accommodate bus meetings and the transportation director. It is currently being updated.

-Gravel is being donated to our school system to help with road situations where vehicles travel as well as other needed areas.

-Currently, our construction crew is taking care of seeking bids, etc., for the paving of the high school parking area to be done soon. They are trying to work in connection with the city/state paving projects around the community that is to begin in the fall.

-The home stadium bleachers are painted to look cleaner, newer, and ready for the football season to begin. Other areas throughout the district have received a new coat of paint as well.

-The middle school is receiving a new ceiling fixture to keep birds from nesting in the ceilings and causing trouble for the entryway there.

-General repairs and maintenance has also occurred to keep the district in good working condition and safe for the students and staff.

Thank you to everyone that has helped prepare for the first day of school at all locations with clean-up, room preparations, yard work, and other general assistance. We greatly appreciate the help and support!

Please remember to watch closely for school buses each morning and afternoon as children are loading and unloading. Also, if you pick up your child each day in a vehicle, please remember to have your car sign visible in the window or you will be required to exit the vehicle and go to the office to show ID (Primary/Elementary locations). This is done for your child’s protection. Thank you for your cooperation in this safety matter.

New Traffic Route for Buses for the 2014-15 School Year

The Lonoke School District will have a new system for picking up bus students at the end of the school day. The high school students will be picked up first at 3:10 p.m. Car riders and walkers will be dismissed afterwards at 3:15 p.m. at the high school. The high school has an eight period schedule this school year to help us provide more ACT prep, enrichment activities, CPEP, AIP remediation, homework and study skills all on rotation as well as helping us to better with our middle school bell schedule.

The buses will then travel to the middle school/elementary school to pick up these students at 3:20 p.m. Car riders and walkers will leave at this time also.

The buses will travel last to the primary school and arrive at 3:30 p.m. for bus students. Car riders will dismiss at 3:10 p.m. Walkers will dismiss at 3:20 p.m.

This new system flow was created to provide more safety for our students. The primary students have difficulty, at times, remaining seated and such when they enter the buses first. High school students normally sit in the back of the school buses, so picking them up first allows for this to happen more easily. Also, keeping the walkers on campus until all motor vehicles have exited the campuses provides for a safer atmosphere for our students that walk home.

We will have a police officer at the 4-way intersection each day to help with traffic control so that our new system can flow the safest way possible for our students.

Parents: Please be sure you give the appropriate address and phone numbers to the school staff and the bus drivers to ensure effective communication throughout the school year. Notify office personnel/bus drivers of any changes in your child’s pick up and drop off busing information.

Primary Construction Progress:

Our primary school construction is getting closer each day to being completed. We will have some temporary air issues while we await all the new units to be delivered and installed. The district will do its best to ensure that the students and staff are comfortable and safe while the construction process is still underway when school begins. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through project completion as soon as possible. We will be inconvenienced for a while. The students will have a safer and more secure entry-way and a cleaner heat and air system that are more efficient. We appreciate the work from Delk Construction and our architect, Mr. Clayton Vaden. You may wish to send a jacket with your child each day to wear to the cafeteria since it is quite cool in there. A huge thank you to all that helped us to be as prepared as possible for back to school at the primary!

Immunization Deadline for Students:

October 1 is the deadline to have all immunization records updated to meet the new guidelines (attached on the website and communicated by school nurses).

We understand there are many who have been unable to get their shots this summer. Lonoke School District is working with our local Health Department to see that our students have extra opportunities to get immunized. We will communicate options we can offer through the Health Department after school starts.

Also we understand many of you have appointments going out into mid-September/October with your PCP. We will also accept those. You just need to make sure that you provide proof of your appointment to school personnel within the first week of school, and then your updated immunization record after the visit.

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