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September 23, 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.
RepMO Hero Nominations Open!
The Republic School District looks forward to honoring staff members who go above the call of duty through the RepMO Hero program! 

Classified employees will be honored for the month of September. Between now and September 30 use the link below (form link also under the "Staff" tab on the website) to nominate a classified employee for RepMO Hero.
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!

American Fidelity Visits
American Fidelity Assurance Company representatives will be in the district to provide the yearly employee benefit package review. This review is provided annually to all employees who work 20 hours or more, which include voluntary benefits offered through payroll deduction, plus the benefits of Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan. Open enrollment for ancillary products will begin September 21 and run through October 16. This is the window of opportunity for employees to change or add American Fidelity products for an effective date of January 1, 2021.

Each employee who qualifies (20 hours or more, double route bus drivers, and part-time retirees) for the 125 benefit program must sign off that they have been given the opportunity to view available products offered. Please know that no one should feel pressured to sign up for any product. This is the only opportunity for individuals who want added insurance to sign up for these benefits/services. The Individual meetings are mandatory to eligible employees in order to keep the district compliant with the legal IRS guidelines.

Your building/department will share the date(s) in which American Fidelity will be in your building/department and also directions on how to sign up for a time slot.
RepMO Return to Learn Plan
The RepMO Return to Learn plan is in full swing! The district's goal is to remain in phase 1 as much as possible throughout the school year. Below are links to several resources we've shared previously that will assist with how to navigate the COVID19 situation. (Includes a case tracker that's updated weekly)
SI Day October 2
There will be no school for students October 2 for a scheduled School Improvement Day, which will allow for teacher training and collaboration. Families needing childcare can sign up by Friday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m. for Cub Care by clicking HERE. Cub Care is available for kindergarten-8th grade students and also preschool PALS students.


Board Meeting Recap
BOE meeting At the September 17 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.

Mr. Overstreet and Mrs. Coursey presented a CSIP update. Superintendent, Dr. Pearce presented a back to school update which included a recap of the district's response to COVID-19. All administrative reports can be found on BoardDocs.

This month's building spotlight was from RHS. New principal, Mr. John Thompson presented beginning of the school year successes at RHS.

There were no discussion items and only one action item: the approval of the Greene County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Plan. (details on BoardDocs):

The next meeting is scheduled for October 15 with the regular session beginning at 7:00 p.m.
 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

Upcoming Dates
September 25: Football Homecoming (6:25 p.m. crowning, 7:00 p.m. game time)
October 2: RMS & RHS End of progress 2
October 2: SI Day, No school for students
October 2: Elementary progress 1 reports distributed
October 9: RMS & RHS progress 2 reports distributed
October 12 & 13: RMS parent teacher conferences
October 13: RHS parent teacher conferences
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