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Lithia Springs Families,

It is with great excitement that I welcome you to Lithia Springs Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school year! Our school theme for this year is “We are Family, we GROW together”, which is a direct reflection of the immense dedication of our staff, families and community that are the heart and core of the Lithia Springs Lynx family.

I am Amber Cronin, and it is my privilege to introduce myself to you as the Principal at Lithia Springs! I have worked in Hillsborough County Public Schools since 2002, serving in the capacity of Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal throughout my 20-year career. I reside in the Riverview community with my husband and two children.

My name is Christina Duggins and I am thrilled to serve the Lithia Springs community as Assistant Principal! I have been honored to serve as a teacher, Reading Coach, Teacher Leader, and now Assistant Principal over the last 11 years. I am originally from Orlando and moved here with my husband 6 years ago. Since then, we have grown into a family of four.

School begins Wednesday, August 10. The instructional day is from 7:40 A.M. to 1:55 P.M., with Mondays being early release days at 12:55 P.M. For the safety and supervision of our students, they may be dropped off beginning at 7:10 A.M. Any student arriving to school after 7:38 A.M. must report to the Main Office with their parent or guardian to receive a tardy pass.

We recognize what a big event the first day of school is not only for our students and teachers, but also our families. The first day of school, you will be permitted to walk your child to their classrooms as they begin their school journey for the 2022-2023 school year. All visitors must be signed in through the Main Office for the safety of our students, families and staff members. Beginning Thursday, August 11, Lithia Springs is a closed campus, which means we will not allow parents to sign in and walk their child to class in the mornings. We have staff members at all entry points, hallways and throughout the building to ensure all students arrive to their classrooms safely in the mornings.

In the event that you need your child to leave school early due to an appointment, you must go to the Main Office and present a valid government issued ID, and your name must also be on the student's emergency card. If you need to pick up your child early, you can pick up before 12:25 P.M. on Mondays, and before 1:25 P.M. on Tuesdays to Fridays. For the safety of students, under no circumstances do we accept transportation changes by phone. All transportation changes must be written in a note to the classroom teacher and signed by the parent or legal guardian.

During arrival and dismissal for car riders, please remain in your car and continue to the designated drop off/pick up point. For student and parent safety, please do not park and walk your child to the entrance in the morning, and please do not park and walk up to pick up your child in the afternoon. Kindergarten students who ride the bus must have a green tag attached to their backpack, and an adult must be at the bus stop in order for the student to exit the bus. Kindergarten students who are not picked up at the bus stop by a parent or guardian will be returned to school.

We look forward to working together to make this school year the best experience for you and your child. Please visit our website at https://www.hillsboroughschools.org/lithiasprings for additional information on the opening of the 2022-2023 school year.

Sincerely,

Amber Cronin, Principal