Secondary Bus Incident
On the morning of November 14, a physical altercation occurred on one of our secondary buses. The severity of the situation warranted medical assistance for one of the students. The administration has conducted an investigation of the incident.
Due to the severity of the event, and the trauma associated with it, our crisis team at the secondary schools met and will be on hand to assist staff and students. A meeting with the students who were on the bus will be held early next week and facilitated by trained mental health professionals.
In this age of cell phones and social media, it is possible that videos of the altercation will surface. Posting about the event on social media causes more harm and can lead to additional trauma. Such an incident can have a profound effect on students, even when they were not on the bus at the time. It would not be unusual for your child to behave and express themselves differently during the next few weeks.
Please feel free to contact the school if you have a specific concern regarding you son or daughter. If you need immediate assistance, Community Mental Health has 24/7 crisis services at 734-544-3050.
It is important that you talk with your son or daughter about this incident. Most importantly, listen to your child and give him/her a chance to tell you how they are feeling.
Sean R. McNatt
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LINCOLN WEATHER CLOSING PROTOCOL
As winter weather is now 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. If the weather cooperates we always attempt to make the call the night before. But more likely the school closing decision won’t be made until the middle of the night, but usually no later than 4:00 a.m.
How is a school closing decision made?
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 then 4:00 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 then 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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