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March 4, 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.
It's Time for Health Risk Assessments (HRAs)
We kicked off HRAs this week, and there's still time to sign up!!!

A Health Risk Assessment (HRA) helps you identify personal strengths and weaknesses. It explains current risks and outlines preventive steps to improve your health. The Biometrics screening includes an assessment of your blood pressure, height, weight, waist and hip measurement, body mass index (BMI), venous blood test for total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood glucose. Participant results are confidential.

Participation is FREE with the option to add additional tests for a fee. You MUST SIGN UP ONLINE using your CoxHealth Express account. Please read all of the details from the district at https://conta.cc/3qKOz0o on how to sign up.

No Tax Levy Increase Bond Issue, April 6, 2021

To address the upcoming growth in our community, academic needs of our youngest learners and the safety of our students and employees; Republic School District is proposing a no tax levy increase bond issue on the April 6, 2021 election ballot. The following projects are part of this proposal:


  • A new Republic Early Childhood Center (EC) with attached high wind shelter on district owned land at the corner of Hines and Hampton.
  • A gymnasium/high wind shelter at Schofield Elementary, the only building that does not have a gym.
  • Funds to acquire property for a future new school building in 4-5 years.
These projects are estimated to cost $16 million and to be completed in the fall of 2022.

Regardless of the bond issue passing or failing, the tax levy will not change from its current rate of just over $4.15.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS!

We'd love your help in sharing this information! Here are a few ideas:
1. Share the district's posts on social media with your followers.
2. Share the facts about the proposed projects with your friends and family.
3. Text republicschools.org/bondissue to 10 family and friends reminding them to vote April 6.
4. Getting to the polls and VOTING ON APRIL 6!
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!
Preschool Enrollment March 27
Republic Early Childhood Center will register preschool students for the 2021-2022 school year on Saturday, March 27th starting at 8:00 a.m. We will be registering students on a first come, first serve basis using an online form.

Details about class offerings, securing your spot, payment details, and the registration form can be found at this link.
Update & Additional Info Needed for Employee COVID19 Vaccines
Governor Parson shared the news that all individuals in phase 1B tier 3 would be eligible to receive a COVID19 vaccine beginning March 15. This includes school employees. He also indicated that vaccine supply should increase over the coming weeks.

This is great news for those planning to get the vaccine, and we are hopeful with this announcement that we will soon be receiving specific details about the supply for our employees. 

Below are a few reminders for those who have signed up to receive a vaccine through the district:
  • 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.

Spring Break March 15-19
The Republic School District will be closed March 15-19 for Spring Break. Families needing childcare can sign up by Tuesday, March 9th at 4:30 p.m. for Cub Care by clicking HERE. Cub Care is available for kindergarten-8th grade students.
**Teachers, please share this information with your families.**
Summer School Details Coming Soon!
We're beginning to get a few questions about summer school 2021, and we're EXCITED that you're asking! While we can tell you that we WILL have seated summer school, we're still working on the details. 

Summer school leaders will begin communicating with teachers about applying to teach classes soon, and student enrollment information will be distributed the week after spring break! 

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
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
HR Update: 1095 C Forms Now Available Online

The 1095 C form provides information regarding insurance coverage through Republic Schools for filing tax returns. 

                                Directions to print form
  • Log on to benefitsolver
  • From home screen select Personal Documents
  • Select 1095 C Employee Statement 2020
  • Print 

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires organizations to file an informational return with the IRS about the offer of health coverage made to you, your spouse, and dependent children (if any).

Please use the 1095 statement for informational purposes when filing your taxes.

You will not be issued a form if you did not qualify to be offered insurance coverage through Republic Schools.

Employee Children Enrollment

Employees who...
reside outside of the Republic School District (non-resident) boundary that would like to enroll their student(s) in our district. A new form needs to be submitted every school year.

OR

live within the Republic School District boundary, but desire their student(s) to attend an elementary site other than the building boundary in which you live. A new form needs to be submitted every school year.
 
 If either of these situations applies to your family, please complete an Employee Student Enrollment Request form found HERE. Send the request form to the Department of Federal Programs and Student Support Services who will then notify you once your request is processed. Please note the review process could take up to a week.

District and Community Announcements


 
Save the date! The visit will be in August this year.

 
Upcoming Dates
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