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January 21, 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.
COVID19 Vaccine Sign-Up: Deadline January 29
On January 19 the district sent out a sign-up form for ANY employee to use to sign-up to reserve a free COVID19 vaccine when they are available. As this communication indicates, we are still awaiting details regarding the timeline, logistics and brand of the vaccine. As soon as we have that information we will share it.

CLICK HERE to see that communication and a link to the sign-up form. If you'd like to receive a vaccine, please sign up by January 29
Free COVID19 Testing for Employees on Campus
The Republic School District is happy to announce our ability to provide free rapid COVID19 testing for our employees. During school hours Monday-Friday any employee exhibiting two or more COVID19 symptoms OR those in quarantine on day 7 or beyond, can be tested. At this time, only employees are eligible for these rapid tests.

As of right now, we will have three testing locations: RHS, McCulloch Elementary and Schofield Elementary. As future testing locations open we will let you know. 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
Health Services & Wellness Program Coordinator: Natalie Botkin, natalie.botkin@republicschools.org
School Board Election Update
The deadline for candidates to file for the Republic School District's Board of Education election ended on January 19. Two seats were available to be filled, and only two candidates filed. Therefore, an election will not be needed as the two candidates that filed will be sworn in as members of the Board of Education in April during a reorganization meeting. These two candidates are Anne Buchanan and incumbent, Todd Wojciechowski. 
District Internet Outage Friday
On Friday, January 22 there will be an internet service outage across the district starting at 4:00 p.m. This outage is to allow our IT Department to perform some upgrades to the fiber optic line that handles our internet connection. Although there will not be internet service while the upgrade is performed, district phones will still be operable and employees will be able to login to desktop computers and work off-line, if needed. The outage should last 30 minutes to a few hours.
Nominate a RepMO Hero!
Don't forget to nominate a CLASSIFIED employee for the January RepMO Hero of the month! CLICK HERE for the nomination form!
Request to Complete Research Process
The Republic School District encourages educational research by advance degree candidates, agencies and institutions of higher learning. As a reminder, all research projects (including those from external candidates) to be conducted in the schools must have prior approval by the Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services and the Director of Professional Learning and Instructional Support. The document found HERE identifies the forms/documents that must be submitted and describes procedures of the approval process. This can also be accessed by contacting your building administrator. Also, don't forget to submit a final product to Dr. Yonke.
District and Community Announcements
Upcoming Dates
January 22: End of Progress 7 (RMS & RHS)
January 29: Progress 7 Reports Distributed (RMS & RHS)

*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