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Lincoln Commitment to Safety
Dear LCS Family,
I hope this message finds you well.
As we experience the anniversary of the Oxford High School shooting this week, our community and our children are inundated with reports in the media that may trigger different emotions and reactions. Our schools are special communities that should spark inspiration and cultivate the joy of learning, and this tragic act of violence shook us to our foundation, especially given its close proximity to home.
We understand that reactions to this tragedy, even a year later, look and feel different for every student and adult, and you may notice changes in the behaviors of those around you as we collectively grieve, reflect and react. Help and support is available to you and your family:
- Here are tips and an infographic for parents, guardians and caregivers on talking with your student about violence from the National Association of School Psychologists.
- For younger children, Sesame Street provides these resources on violence and trauma.
- Washtenaw County’s Community Mental Health 24/7 Crisis Line: (734) 544-3050
- Ozone House’s Youth Emergency Services and 24/7 Crisis Line:
- Call: (734) 662-2222
- Text “Ozone” to (734) 662-2222 M-Th 10 am-5 pm and Friday 10 am-4 pm
- Click here to chat M-Th 10 am-5 pm and Friday 10 am-4 pm.
Please know that safety will always be a top priority for LCS. In accordance with Board Policy 6002 and 6004, every building conducts multiple safety drills throughout the school year and has personnel trained to conduct effective threat assessments. Threat assessment is a fact-based, systematic process designed to identify, inquire, assess, and manage potentially dangerous or violent situations. A key goal is to distinguish between an individual who makes a threat versus one who poses a threat. Please look for details on an upcoming parent information session on threat assessments/cyber safety in collaboration with the Washtenaw Sheriff and Washtenaw Area Council for Children.
We have close relationships with law enforcement agencies and have worked together for many years behind the scenes to keep our schools safe. This includes consultation on Emergency Operations Plans and safety infrastructure and technology, partnering on grants from the Michigan State Police to secure additional safety-related resources and technology, annual county-wide coordination meetings, on-site ALICE training, and regular safety planning for individual schools. LCS is currently in the process of conducting safety audits in all of our buildings with the cost covered by a grant through the state of Michigan.
Using bond and grant funding, LCS has enhanced many of our safeguards for the safety of our district, including:
- Front door cameras, buzzers and vestibules at buildings
- Background checks for all volunteers
- Lockdown doors in all classrooms
- Washtenaw County Sheriff contracted School Resource Officer on site
- Photo ID required for child pick up
- Security cameras throughout the district, and on all school busses
- Regular review of Emergency Operations Plans (EOP)
- Trained district and building level crisis teams
- Partnership with RAHS (Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools)
Every threat, no matter how big or small, is illegal and investigated by our schools and law enforcement. Threats against the safety of our schools are never a joke, and law enforcement and school leaders will take action to protect our community, including and up to expulsion and prosecution. We ask all families to speak with their students about the seriousness of making or sharing threats, and report any threats seen on social media, through text messages or other platforms to authorities through the statewide confidential reporting tool OK2SAY:
- Submit a tip online
- Call 855-565-2729
- Text 652729
- Email OK2SAY@mi.gov
- Download the app for iPhone or Android
In addition to educating students, ensuring our schools are safe is our number one priority and a shared responsibility. Communication is key between home and school. If you hear something, say something.
LCS is committed to meeting the social emotional needs of our students. Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) helps students learn who they are, how to manage their emotions, and achieve their goals. LCS is working with the Michigan Department of Education through their SEL Community of Practice grant to create a systems-wide and sustainable framework so that all stakeholders can use the CASEL 5 competencies in their everyday interactions. The CASEL 5 competencies are: self- awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision- making.
We are deeply saddened that these events continue to touch schools, and we will do everything in our power to prioritize the safety of our students, staff and families. We continue to lean on the close relationships and clear channels of communication we have among our school district and law enforcement authorities to keep our schools safe. We will continue to keep you informed and as always, thank you for your continued support of our school community.
Jennifer Czachorski, President
& Lincoln Board of Education
2022-23 Continuity of Learning Plan
Congratulations to Rebecca Nowak, LMS Art Teacher, who was nominated as Employee of the Month for November. On behalf of our entire LCS Family, we thank Rebecca for her dedication, hard work, and the great care she gives our kids each and every day.
James and the Giant Peach
Volunteers/ Building Access
District visitors, including parents/guardians, will only be able to enter buildings by appointment only. The District limits visitors to the buildings, and as a result, visitors and volunteers will only be permitted when necessary.
Following these procedures will ensure the safety of all of our children.
We are following the CDC/health department color system, the current protocol level/color will be determined and communicated by the district.
Taking Care During the Holidays
The Lincoln Consolidated Schools staff are caring professionals who want to see our students thrive in their personal, educational, and life pursuits. We remain committed to providing a quality education in a safe environment and hope you find these resources helpful.
Mental Health Resources
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has Tips for Coping with Traumatic Events.
- The American School Counselor Association maintains updated Resources to Support Students after a school shooting.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers searchable resources that focus on how adults can identify and respond to traumatic responses in young people.
- Facing History and Ourselves created Teaching in the Wake of Violence, a guide for teachers to navigate conversations with their students after news of a mass shooting, terrorist attack, or other violent event.
- JED’s Mental Health Resource Center provides tools to help teens and young adults navigate life’s challenges.
- Seize The Awkward has tips and resources for maintaining mental health and fostering stronger connections with friends and family during challenging moments.
- JED’s and MTV’s Press Pause includes animated PSAs and an online hub with simple mindfulness techniques — like breathing exercises, meditation, perspective checks, music, and movement — to deal with common stresses and challenges that can make young adults feel overwhelmed or hopeless.
Below are suicide and crisis line numbers;
- Ozone House Crisis Line: 734-662-2222
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
For emergency treatment services, the county crisis line is available 24/7 at 734-544-3050 for assistance if needed.
SEL: Relationship Skills
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) helps students learn who they are, how to manage their emotions and achieve their goals. We will be sharing ways to promote Social-Emotional Learning skills at home throughout the year.
This month the SEL competency we will be focusing on is Relationship Skills.
Lincoln Consolidated Schools is Now Accepting Preschool Students for the 2022-2023 School Year!
To see if your child qualifies fill out the form at www.michiganpreschool.org If you do not have internet access or need assistance filling out the application call 1-800-777-2861.
If you have additional questions please call the Lincoln Early Childhood Office at 734-484-7043.
Weather Closing Protocol
Lincoln Weather Building Closing Protocol
With winter weather upon us, it is important that families and staff are notified of school closings as soon as possible so plans can be made for an unexpected no-school day. With our district-wide remote learning in place, it is likely some school closings will be changed to remote instruction days. Depending on the severity of the weather, we could see partial or fully remote learning because of cancelling or reducing bus routes due to impassable roads, especially in our most rural areas of the district.
As of now, if severe weather conditions are anticipated and we can prepare for a closure by ensuring students have their devices at home, instruction will be moved from in-person to remote. If we experience unexpected weather or conditions, a traditional “snow day” will be called. District messages will clearly communicate student and staff expectations for the school day.
How is a school closing decision made?
If the weather cooperates we always attempt to make the call in advance. But more likely the school closing decision won’t be made until the middle of the night, but usually no later than 5:00 a.m.
When bad weather is anticipated, members of Lincoln's Transportation Department are out driving the roads and assessing road conditions. The Lincoln district covers 72 square miles, many of these in rural areas. Considerations include road conditions, amount of snow, will sidewalks be cleared and safe for walking, and is the temperature safe enough for students to walk to school or bus stops? A recommendation based on all these factors is made to the Superintendent. This includes a discussion with neighboring districts. A decision is usually made no later than 5:00 a.m.
How are families informed?
Because our middle and high school students catch their bus as early as 6:20 a.m., we plan to notify all families no later than 5:30 a.m. This will include an automated phone call to all Lincoln students and staff. We know this is early, especially for elementary only families, but we also know many families need to make plans for a day off of school. We also notify local radio and television stations. You can always find the closing list on Channels 2 (Fox), 4 (NBC), 7 (ABC) and 62 (CBS) as well as all major radio stations in the Ann Arbor and Detroit area. We also post a notice on the district website (LincolnK12.org), and use Facebook and Twitter.
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EARLY RELEASE is scheduled on Friday, December 9th for staff to attend Professional Development.
* Lincoln High School will dismiss students at 11:54 am
* Lincoln Middle School will dismiss students at 12:43 pm
* Childs Elementary will dismiss students at 12:44 pm
* Brick and Bishop Elementary schools will dismiss students at 1:44 pm
If you have a kindergarten student, please have someone listed on your student's emergency card at the stop approximately two hours and fifteen minutes earlier than their regular drop-off time.