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January 28, 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 sign-up to receive the vaccine from school. If you'd like to receive a vaccine, please sign up by January 29. This deadline allows us to order enough vaccines (when we can) for our employees.
Board of Education Meeting Recap
At the January 21 Board of Education meeting the adoption of the agenda and approval of consent items (found on BoardDocs) took place after the Pledge of Allegiance. In addition, President, Todd Wojciechowski, provided a Board Update.

Brent Blevins with Stifel, Nicholas & Company discussed refinancing of Series 2008 certificates. The Series 800 certificates will be refunded into a tax-exempt obligation (Series 2021 Certificates) and the property refinanced by the Series 2008 certificates.

Lyon Principal, Casey Mitchell provided a building update and showcased a video created to highlight the way Lyon Elementary address the needs of the "whole child." In addition, Superintendent, Dr. Pearce presented a district update. All administrative reports can be found on BoardDocs.

There were no discussion items on the agenda.

The Board took action and approved the following items (Details on BoardDocs):
  • Lease Participation Resolution
  • Bond Resolution
    • The Board adopted the resolution to place a $16 million no tax levy increase bond issue on the April 6 ballot. Initial details about this bond issue can be found in the below infographic. Additional information will be coming in February.
The next meeting is scheduled for February 18 with the regular session beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Republic Named International PLC Community Model District
We have some BIG NEWS to share...Republic School District is the VERY FIRST district in the entire state of Missouri to be recognized as a Solution Tree INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY MODEL DISTRICT!!! This is an accolade that only 23 other districts in the ENTIRE NATION have received...WOW!!!!!!

The work of our amazing leaders and teachers led to this outstanding award, which was achieved through a very rigorous application process. As a reminder, a large part of "professional learning communities" are what happens during Friday Early Release time each week. Our teachers collaborate and dive into student data together to come up with interventions on how to best meet student needs immediately. We couldn't be prouder to achieve this award as it materializes the practices we implement every day to meet our mission to "prepare each student for a successful future!"

Details about our PLC system is available at https://www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/details/id,1743 for other schools to use as a resource. Check it out! A representative from Solution Tree is expected to attend the February Board of Education meeting to present an award to the district. #repmoproud
Full-Time "Floating" Substitute Teachers Wanted
We're looking for a few great additions to our team to serve as full-time "floating" substitute teachers. These individuals will fill in for teacher vacancies in different buildings across the district. For full details and to apply visit https://www.applitrack.com/republic/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff. PLEASE SHARE! #repmoproud
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 four testing locations: RHS, McCulloch, Schofield and Sweeny. 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
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. The first will be WEAR RED DAY on Friday, February 5! Either wear the AHA shirt you ordered or any kind of red!

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. 
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. Although the two candidates that filed will be sworn in as members of the Board of Education in April during a reorganization meeting, their names will still be listed on the April 6 ballot. These two candidates are Anne Buchanan and incumbent, Todd Wojciechowski. 
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.

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!
No School 2/12 & 2/15
There will be no school for students on Friday, February 12th for a scheduled School Improvement Day, which will allow for teacher training and collaboration. School is also not in session for students on Monday, February 15th, as a holiday for President's Day. Families needing childcare can sign up by Wednesday, February 10th at 4:30 p.m. for Cub Care by clicking HERE. Cub Care is available for kindergarten-8th grade students and preschool PALS students on 2/12 only.
District and Community Announcements
Upcoming Dates
January 29: Progress 7 Reports Distributed (RMS & RHS)
February 5: End of Progress 3 (Elementary)
February 11: End of Progress 8 (RMS & RHS)
February 11: Elementary Progress Reports Distributed
February 12: SI Day, No School
February 15: District Closed for President's Day
February 18: Board of Education meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Central Office
February 19: Progress 8 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