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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — This month, Waynesville R-VI and other surrounding school districts will begin the 2021-2022 school year. Around 75 percent of Waynesville school district’s students have parents who work on the installation, so partnership and mutual support are critical to our shared success. Educating our children is a collaborative effort requiring engaged parents and families.

As we prepare for the school year, keep health protection at the forefront of your minds, and be safe. If you travel locally or outside the area for back to school shopping, manage risk; properly prepare your equipment and yourselves while also adhering to speed limit and safety belt laws. In all you do, adhere to COVID-19 ordinances, general orders, policies and guidelines that apply to you and your area.

Whether on or off post, expect an increase in morning and afternoon vehicle and pedestrian traffic when school starts. Expect an additional security presence and be vigilant and safe while driving in neighborhoods, near crosswalks and in school zones. Be cautious and courteous to other drivers and vehicles, especially school busses.

I have authorized delayed reporting for all employees: military and Department of Defense civilian — up to 59 minutes for civilians — on Aug. 23, the first day of school for Waynesville R-VI school district. All employees can work with supervisors to adjust dates if needed. For resources or questions about support for your family’s educational needs, please contact our School Support Services office in Bldg. 470. The team has the skills and willingness to set your children and your family up for success.

For the past 18 months, students, parents, educators, staff, administrators and school boards have risen to every challenge in the COVID environment. We are extremely proud and appreciative of their agility and we wish them the very best as they embark on the upcoming year. We are very proud to serve with each of you!

Victory Starts Here — Victory Through Skill!