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January 7, 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.
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 two testing locations: RHS and McCulloch 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
Health Services & Wellness Program Coordinator: Natalie Botkin, natalie.botkin@republicschools.org
Early Retirement or Resignation Notification Incentive, $1000 Deadline January 7
In order to secure the best possible candidate pool, the Board of Education is offering an early retirement or resignation incentive of $1,000 to any certificated professional staff member who submits retirement or resignation notification by the end of the day January 7. The resignation or retirement must be effective for next school year.
 
This incentive is included in Board of Education policy E-155-E on page 33 of the Employee Manual, and will be available annually although the monetary amount is subject to change.
 
No School January 18 for MLK Day
Republic School District will not be in session on Monday, January 18 in recognition of MLK Day. For those needing childcare, Cub Care is available. Visit https://www.republicschools.org/Page/1144 for details. 

**TEACHERS PLEASE SHARE WITH FAMILIES!**

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District Specific Employee COVID19 Leave Resolution Passed
At the December Board of Education meeting a district specific resolution was approved for COVID19 related employee leave. Details can be found HERE.
COVID19 Vaccines for School Employees
During a webinar with DESE/DHSS on January 6 about COVID19, an update regarding vaccine availability for school employees was shared. The state of Missouri has a tiered approach to determine who gets the COVID19 vaccine and when. School nurses are part of the 1A tier (the group currently being vaccinated--we've not received details on this yet) and our understanding is that ALL other school employees are within the 1B tier (the next group). The state will move through the tiers collectively. At this time there is a limited supply of both of the available vaccines which is making it difficult to determine the timeline for when school employees can expect to be eligible. At this time DESE/DHSS along with local health departments are working to create a logistical plan for scheduling and distributing the vaccine to school employees that choose to participate. While we currently do not have details on this, the webinar indicated they hope to have concrete information for us in early February. As the district has details, we will share it. A good resource that has up-to-date information is mostopscovid.com.   
Reminder: Free Meals for ALL STUDENTS Through End of School Year
REMINDER: The grant for FREE breakfast and lunch for ALL students has been extended through the rest of the school year! We're thankful to be able to provide this benefit to our families! #repmoproud
Notice of Annual School Election & Filing Information 
In compliance with RSMo 115.127.5, notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of the Republic R-III School District of Greene and Christian Counties of Missouri, that the Annual Election of said District will be held on Tuesday, the sixth day of April, 2021, beginning at six o'clock a.m., and closing at seven o'clock p.m., of said day, to vote upon school board members. Candidates for school board may file at the central office located at 518 North Hampton, Republic, Missouri. Filing will begin on December 15, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. and will continue during the district's regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Except for the first and last day of filing, filing will not occur on days that the school district's central office is closed due to inclement weather or on the following holidays and breaks when the school district's central office is closed: December 23, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Filing will end on January 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. There are 2 positions available with three-year terms.
 
Ballot placement for candidates filing on the first day shall be determined by random drawing; candidates filing on subsequent days shall be placed on the ballot in order of filing.
RepMO Return to Learn 2nd Semester Update
The district continues to operate in phase 1 of the RepMO Return to Learn plan. As indicated when the plan was released earlier this fall, there are a few items that needed to be reevaluated at the end of first semester, which has arrived. The plan in its current state will continue through the end of third quarter when it will be reevaluated again. Specifically, this means that assemblies and class meetings will continue to be virtual, and that field trips will not be taken off campus and evening PTO events will not take place (all items that were to be reevaluated at the end of first semester). 
Athletics & Activities Guidelines: Winter 2020-21
District and Community Announcements

Upcoming Dates
January 8: Grade cards distributed
January 18: NO SCHOOL for MLK Day
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