In a letter to parents on Tuesday, the Warrick County School Corporation announced a new safety policy that brings parents' ability to stop by the school and eat lunch with their children to an end.

The letter, written by Dr. Walter Lambert, the Corporation's Director of Student Services stated the decision was made by the Corporation after consultation "with the Warrick County School Safety Commission which is composed of local law enforcement, emergency management, and school personnel." The letter cited the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas in late May and the Corporation's top priority of keeping students safe while attending classes as the basis for the implementation of the new policy.

Our schools discussed this issue at length over the summer and while we will miss the opportunity to see parents enjoying lunch with their children, our safety protocols dictate that we limit the number of people in our cafeterias.
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The letter also states that parents will still be allowed to check their students out during the day to take them to lunch at another location.

New Warrick County Schools Safety Policy No Longer Allows Parents to Walk Students to Their Classroom

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In addition to ending parent-student lunches inside school buildings, the new policy also states that parents will no longer be allowed to walk their children to their classrooms.

At the start of the 2022-2023 school year the corporation has decided that the schools will no longer allow parents to walk their children down to the classrooms on the first day of school. This past practice was only possible if the schools could let everyone through the doors without going through our check-in process. The schools will continue to vet everyone that wants to enter the school past the front office, but that action will be severely limited as well.

While the new policy may be upsetting to some parents, it's clear the Corporation put serious thought into it and felt it was a necessary precaution in order to continue its responsibility to maintain as safe of an environment for all students as possible.

Click here to read the full letter.

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