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Welcome back to school

Posted Date: 08/10/2021

Welcome back to school

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year.  We are excited to have the opportunity to work with your child this year.  While we are all continuing to deal with a global pandemic, we know that now is the time to invest in your child’s education and learning.  We continue to focus on the following priorities that we developed last year.

  • Students come first - They must feel safe and comfortable

  • Safety of all students and staff

  • Focus on academic progress

You can learn more about our district’s Operations Guidelines and Stay to Learn and Play Plan on the district website.  Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with your child.  Our dedicated staff and your positive support of Clearwater Elementary West is what makes our school great!


As of August 10, 2021, wearing a mask in the classroom and around the school will be an individual choice and optional for students and staff.  Our staff will ensure that no students are discriminated against for wearing or not wearing a mask.  Because of federal orders, masks are required to be worn while on a bus.  Depending on federal, state, county, and city orders or mandates, this could change at any moment. 

Meet Your Teacher - Wednesday, August 18, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

We are super excited this year to invite one (1) parent/guardian to come to school with their student on Wednesday, August 18, sometime between 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm to meet their teacher and explore their classroom.  By limiting guests to just one parent/guardian with each student and keeping your stay to ten (10) minutes or less allows us to do this safely.  

School Supplies

We appreciate your help in sending school supplies with your child. You may bring these items to school on Meet Your Teacher night.  If you are unable to attend Meet Your Teacher, please send them with your child on the first day of school.

Tuesday - Friday Start time 7:50 am

School begins at 7:50 am on Tuesday - Friday.  The doors open at 7:30 and breakfast is served from 7:30 – 7:45 for those students who wish to eat breakfast at school.  Students are considered tardy after 7:50 and parents will need to walk them to the front door and complete an admittance form for them to enter the building.  

Every Monday - Late start 8:20 am

Every Monday during the school year we will start 30 minutes late to allow staff to participate in professional development opportunities.  On Mondays, buses will run 30 minutes later and the school doors will open at 8:00 am. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 – 8:15 for those students who wish to eat breakfast at school.  Students are considered tardy after 8:20 and parents will need to walk them to the front door and complete an admittance form for them to enter the building.  

First Day of School - Thursday, August 19

First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade students will start on Thursday, August 19.

For Kindergarten and Preschool students to ease the transition to school, only half the students will attend on Thursday, August 19, while the other half will only attend on Friday, August 20.  All Kindergarten students will attend together starting Monday, August 23, while Preschool will all attend together for the first time on Tuesday, August 24.  Your teacher will communicate with you which one of the first two days your child will attend. 

Preschool start time for the morning session is 7:45 – Dismissal at 11:05.  The afternoon session starts at 11:40 am – Dismissal at 3:00 pm.


While the first week of dropoff and pickup will be very busy, please have patience and help each other to keep all students safe during this time.  Two options are available for you - either park and walk your child up to the front door or pull up in the loading zone from First Street driving south and stay in your car while your child enters or exits from the passenger side of your car.  Pull up as far as possible and let your child out anywhere along the sidewalk.  This allows the line to move more quickly.  

The first 2 days of school, Thursday, Aug. 19 and Friday, Aug. 20 we invite one (1) parent/guardian to walk with their student inside the building to the classroom.  Beginning Monday, August 23 we ask that you walk your child to the front door and we will have staff available to help make sure they get to their classroom.


Our school handbook contains information that can answer many questions.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 584-2081.

Classroom Assignment

Your child’s classroom assignment will be emailed to you by the end of the day on August 13th.  


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101 S. 1st Avenue
Clearwater, Kansas 67026
Phone: 620-584-2081
Fax: 620-584-3523

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