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February 18, 2021
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As a reminder, the Staff Communicator will be distributed each Thursday that school is in session, and also distributed as needed throughout the year. Archives can be found HERE.
Board of Education Appreciation Week
Each and every day we are thankful for our Board of Education and their continued support and dedication to our students, employees and community. These members give countless hours of their personal time to invest in our school district. Throughout this week in particular we get to showcase our appreciation for these individuals as it is Missouri School Board Appreciation Week! To our Board...THANK YOU for ALL you do! #repmoproud
Update & Additional Info Needed for Employee COVID19 Vaccines
Republic School District continues to wait for information regarding the distribution of COVID19 vaccines for the employees who signed up to get one. In preparation of the vaccines arriving, we want to remind our employees of a few items AND to gather some additional information from those who have signed up to receive a vaccine through the district:
  • While we hope to get our vaccines soon, we would recommend you sign up through Cox, Mercy, Jordan Valley and/or your local health department based on the phase and tier in which you qualify in case you have the opportunity to get a vaccine before the district gets its supply. As a reminder, those in phase 1A, 1B tier 1 and 1B tier 2 can currently get their vaccine. If you don't qualify for the aforementioned phases/tiers, as a school employee you do qualify for tier 3 when it opens. CLICK HERE for additional details on who qualifies for which phases/tiers.
  • If you HAVE GOTTEN or DO GET your vaccine from another resource and have signed up to get one through the district, please email josey.mcphail@republicschools.org so we can take you off of our list as someone needing a vaccine.
  • To help us follow state mandated protocols on vaccine distribution, please fill out the  form HERE only IF:
    • You are 65 or older
    • You have any of the following conditions: Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD, Heart Conditions, weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity (BMI >40), pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, or individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome.
*As a reminder, if you qualify for the above list you are currently eligible to receive your vaccine and we highly recommend you try to get it through one of the aforementioned resources above in case you can get it before the district has supply for you.

Kindergarten Enrollment Feb 16-March 12
Attention incoming Republic School District Kindergarten families! It's time to complete your child's online enrollment (open February 16-March 12) and schedule a Kindergarten screening appointment for the 2021-2022 school year! Any child who resides in the Republic School District boundaries that will be five on or before July 31 is eligible. Visit republicschools.org/kindergartenenrollment for details. PLEASE SHARE!
Free COVID19 Testing for Employees on Campus
Free COVID19 testing continues to be available to district employees Monday-Friday during school hours that exhibit two or more symptoms OR those wanting to possibly test out of quarantine. 

To schedule a time to get tested, contact the school nurse at the location you wish to test at via email (listed below).

RHS Nurse: Nancy Leonard, nancy.leonard@republicschools.org
McCulloch Nurse: Michaela Moore, michaela.moore@republicschools.org
Schofield Nurse: Char-Marie Jennings, char-marie.jennings@republicschools.org
Sweeny Nurse: Sarah Hanley, sarah.hanley@republicschools.org
Health Services & Wellness Program Coordinator: Natalie Botkin, natalie.botkin@republicschools.org
AHA Heart Health Month
Republic School District is a proud partner of the American Heart Association! During the month of February we will celebrate "heart health month" with various activities. 

In addition, each building will participate in FUN FIT FRIDAYS with building specific heart healthy activities. Elementary students will participate in an AHA program through PE, and we'll also share some important information from AHA in each Staff Communicator during February, like the graphic below. 
CDC, Washington University & GCHD On Campus
In our continued effort to help fight the spread of COVID19 we are working closely with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department on an exciting school-based project with Washington University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This project is a study of our COVID19 prevention strategies and quarantine/isolation procedures. These organizations are working with schools all across Missouri to gain insight on best practices that can be shared with others across the nation. They will be onsite in our schools over the next few weeks.
Participation in this project is completely voluntary! If your student tests positive for COVID19 or was exposed while at school, your student may be offered a free COVID19 saliva test (with parental consent) and asked to answer some questions that will assist us and our public health partners in knowing more about how to keep students safe in our schools during this pandemic.

Innovation Summit PROPOSALS NEEDED!

Innovation Summit: Vision 2021


 

Submit your Breakout Proposal and/or Roundtable Proposal by March 21, 2021, for GOCSD's Innovation Summit. You are welcome to submit multiple proposals on different topics. Presenters will be notified in April, and at the event receive an exclusive Innovator Bag of Swag, that includes a book from a Keynote speaker or an Innovator T-Shirt. 

All proposals will be evaluated by our committee using this Scoring Guide. To get started, review our Proposal Writing Tips and list of Hot Topics. We will be including a MOCanvas Strand in the program, instead of having a separate MOCanvas event. The Hot Topics list includes some Canvas related topics. 

You can use the guides below as a resource when planning your session.


 

  • Breakout Session Planning Guide: These 45-minute sessions are a combination of a lecture, featuring audience participation and interaction with the presenter and/or hands-on activities. They may include multiple presenters. 
  • RoundTable Session Planning Guide: This is a small group of participants with a facilitator, gathering in an informal setting for an in-depth discussion on a particular topic for 45 minutes. 


 

At this point, we are planning for a seated event, but will reevaluate in the Spring if needed. This is a great opportunity to represent your District at a premiere conference and share your innovative and effective strategies, programs and practices.

For questions about the Innovation Summit please contact Michelle Brenner, brennerm@branson.k12.mo.us, or Janetta Garton, janetta.garton@gocsdmo.org
District and Community Announcements
Upcoming Dates
February 18: Board of Education meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Central Office
February 19: Progress 8 Reports Distributed (RMS & RHS)
March 12: End of Term 3
March 12: End of Progress 9 (RMS & RHS)
March 15-19: Spring Break, no school
March 22: Board of Education meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Central Office
March 26: K-12 Grade Cards Distributed


*Reminder that every Friday of seated school (phase 1) during the school year full day preschool-12th grade students are released one hour early for teacher collaboration time.
For questions or comments please contact me via email or by calling 417-732-3605.
  
Sincerely,
  

Josey McPhail

Director of Communications
Republic School District