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October 15, 2020
In This Issue


As a reminder, the Staff Communicator will be distributed each Thursday that school is in session. Archives can be found HERE.
Masking Reminder
Thank you to our amazing teammates for doing a great job of modeling appropriate masking! In addition, our students are doing a great job at the required grade levels. However, we have recently seen a drop in the number of students participating in HIGHLY RECOMMENDED masking for those under 4th grade. Therefore, we're asking our EC-3rd grade teachers to include a masking reminder in your e-newsletters. Feel free to copy and paste THIS MESSAGE and use THIS GRAPHIC in your upcoming parent communications. Thank you!
Student Flu Shot Clinic: DEADLINE TOMORROW
In partnership with Jordan Valley, the district will host a student flu shot clinic (schedule below). There will be no cost for students without insurance, Medicaid (MoHealthNet) or insurance that does not pay for immunizations. Students with private insurance that does pay for immunizations are welcome to participate as well by completing the insurance section on the provided form. Jordan Valley will then submit the form to the listed insurance provider for coverage. Students will receive the registration form at school, but a copy that can be printed and submitted can be found HERE.
The deadline to submit this form to participate is October 16th.

10/20: RHS
10/21: RMS
10/22: Price, McCulloch & Schofield
10/23: Lyon, EC & Sweeny
Hood United Methodist Donates $11K for Literacy Efforts
We'd like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to Hood United Methodist Church in Republic for their very generous contribution! After obtaining a grant to help promote literacy, the church donated $11,000 to our district. These funds will purchase e-books in the RMS and RHS libraries along with additional Chromebooks for elementary schools. Their generosity is so incredibly appreciated! #repmoproud
Positions Needed: PLEASE SHARE
To assist the district in being able to stay in phase 1 of the RepMO Return to Learn plan, we are in need of substitute teachers and bus drivers. The district is taking the following steps to keep students in seated learning during the substitute shortage:
      • Eliminated District trainings for teachers to be absent
      • Eliminated building trainings for teachers to be absent
      • Have other personnel covering classrooms when an absence is not filled
      • Helping PENMAC advertise for Republic substitutes
      • Working with local universities to encourage student teachers to sign up with PENMAC
      • Encouraged new pathways to substitute certification through a 22 hour training course

Please share the below information with anyone you feel would be a good fit!
No School October 30
There will be no school on Friday, October 30 due to Fall Break. Cub Care will be available on these dates for elementary and RMS students. Click HERE for more information. 
**Teachers, please share this with your families.**

 Daily Wellness Check
Each day we are asking all employees and students to do a wellness check before they come to school. Following these guidelines will help everyone stay healthy!   

District and Community Announcements
**Teachers, please share this with your families.**

Upcoming Dates
October 15: Board of Education meeting, 7:00 p.m. at Central Office
October 23: RHS, RMS & Elementary End of Term 1
Week of October 26: Virtual elementary parent teacher conferences (grade cards distributed before Parent Teacher Conferences)
October 29: RHS & RMS grade cards distributed
October 30: District Closed, Fall Break

*Reminder that every Friday 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.

Josey McPhail

Director of Communications
Republic School District