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

Ware Families,

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year!   We are very excited for the upcoming year as it will give us an opportunity to all return together as a Ware Family.  It has been a long time since our school family has been together and we cannot wait to see everyone.  The start dates for school are Monday, August 31st for First through Fifth grade students and Thursday, September 3rd for Kindergarten and Early Childhood. 

In light of everything going on we know that there is a lot of anxiety, stress, and fear of the unknown.  We want to reassure you that as a Ware Staff we are doing everything possible to ensure that we are putting in multiple measures for student and staff safety.  We have been talking all summer that our number one goal of this school year is to get the students safely into our building so that they can learn.  We believe we have the absolute best staff around and we are ready to have our Bears back in the building.

School will look different this year, however the one thing that will remain the same is the dedication to your students learning and their safety.  As we move towards the start of the school year we are asking for your help.

  • Reassure your students about coming back to school.  Let them know that things will be different but remind them how much the adults in their lives care about them and are excited for the start of the school year.
  • Purchase a few masks that your student likes to wear, as they will be required.  Practice wearing that mask now, add additional time that they practice wearing them before school begins. 
  • Students will need a water bottle that is clearly labeled with their name for daily use in the building.
  • Please understand that there will not be open access to our building.  Ware will not allow visitors into the building to include parents and family members.  All visitors will call the school office and the office staff will assist you with your individual needs.   

Now, more than ever, your support, understanding, and cooperation are appreciated by our staff.  We recognize that some of the precautions we put in place everyone may not approve of.  However, in the light of the pandemic we must do everything we possibly can to keep our students and staff safe, as they have been and always will be our number one priority.  As a building we are working on our re-entry plan for our students and staff.  As we move through August, we will present the plan to our staff, and walk through every detail.  We will also be sending families a copy of our plan so that you are aware of all the safety measures being put in place. 

We are thankful for all of you and hope that you have had the opportunity to enjoy some of your summer as a family.  We cannot wait to see you all at the end of August!  Stay safe and look for more information to come.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Scofield and Mrs. Williamson

Alicia Scofield, Principal
AliciaScofield@USD475.org
785-717-4600

Ware Elementary Building