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    Back to School information for the 2021-22 school year will be released during the summer of 2021. Check back then!

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Return to Learn
    We are looking forward to another great school year in Republic! The 2020-21 school year officially begins with the first day of classes on Monday, August 24. Please review the below information regarding additional back to school details!  
      
     
    Health Related Protocols
    The Republic School District has developed health-related protocols which were created in conjunction with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The protocols are based on best practices from schools and businesses around the globe and recommendations from DESE and our community. They are subject to change moving forward. 
     
    The goal of these protocols is to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other illnesses by reducing the number of personal and surface contacts students and employees experience while at school. While reduction is the goal, it is impossible to completely eliminate all contact and therefore risk of exposure. 

    Phase 1 is summarized in the infographic below. A full "handbook" can be found HERE.

    phase 1 protocols

     
    Online Back to School Forms Deadline August 12

    Starting July 20, nearly all back to school forms will need to be completed online through the SISK12 Parent Portal by August 12. As a reminder, the Parent Portal is a tool that parents can use to monitor items like meal balances, grades, attendance, etc. We recommend using it throughout the school year!

     

    This tool makes the back to school form process as easy and smooth as possible for our families. Please login to the Parent Portal and complete the needed forms by August 12. ALL students (preschool through 12th grade) must have a parent/guardian complete these required forms. Take note that specific forms must be completed for students to participate in various activities, including technology usage.

     

    To find the Parent Portal CLICK HERE or simply visit republicschools.org and click on the "Parent Portal" icon. This can also be accessed through the district's free mobile app. As a reminder, to login use the email address you have provided to the district and enter the password you have created. If you’ve forgotten it, simply click on the “forgot password” button and follow the prompts.

     

    TAKE NOTE: Do not choose "Register New Family" if your student has attended Republic School District in the past or is registered to attend EC or kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. This option is for new to Republic families only. 

     

    If you're returning to Republic, you're able to login to the Parent Portal per the directions above using your former login credentials and re-enroll your students by selecting the "re-enroll student" button near the top of your home screen.

     
    EC and Kindergarten Families: We appreciate you completing the online forms when you enrolled your child for preschool or kindergarten screening. However, there are additional forms to complete so please plan to access the Parent Portal by August 12 to fill those out. Thank you!
     
    TROUBLESHOOTING: If you are having issues or are receiving errors, we recommend trying the following:
    1. Changing your browser- the system operates best on Google Chrome. 
    2. Clearing your cache. On the screen in which you are having issues, hold the shift button and press refresh. Keep the shift button held until the refresh button is done spinning.
     

    Online Form Tips:

    • Your username is the email address you have provided to the district.
    • If you do not know your password, simply select "forgot password" on the login screen, follow the prompts and a new one will be emailed to you.
    • At the bottom left of each form you must select the "completed form" statement in red to move forward. 
    • You can only submit your forms to the district one time each school year. Once they are submitted you cannot go back and change them. 
    • Once all forms are "complete" select "save" ---> "list" and a pop up screen will appear asking if you are ready to submit to the district. If you are, select "ok" and a congratulatory pop up will appear. 

     

    There is a toolbar at the bottom of each form that should be used. Here are a few items to note: 

    1. Only use the arrows in this toolbar to navigate through the forms. Do NOT use your internet browser arrows.
    2. Click the "list" button at any time to return to the full list of forms.
    3. The "save" button can be used to save your work if you need to logout and come back later to complete the forms. 

     

     B2S Online Form Video

     

    Click on the image to the left to view a training video to walk you through the online form process. 

     
     
    Details & Dates to Remember
     
     
    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Monday, August 24  

    On the first day of school students are encouraged to ride the bus to school or to be dropped off using the car line if they are not drivers. In an effort to limit the number of visitors in our facilities, we are asking that only incoming kindergarten students be walked in to school if they choose not to use the bus or car line. Kindergarten students can have one adult escort them, but these adults must be masked and symptom free. Kindergarten families wanting to participate should arrive at 8:40 a.m. on the first day as this will allow all other students to be in classrooms and out of hallways. This will also help with traffic congestion. This will only be permitted on the first day of school. 

     
     
    Early Childhood Center: 

    **Class lists will be posted as in the past on the front doors of each building on August 14 by 4:00 p.m. Teacher assignments will also be available on the Parent Portal.

     

    Open Houses:

    Republic Preschool and ECSE open houses will be in person, divided by the alphabet (last names) to ensure social distancing guidelines are being met. Only one parent may attend and he/she must be masked. We will also provide a virtual open house option.

    • ECSE
    • August 20th 
    • There will be three sessions on that night that will be split by alphabet:
      • A-G: 5-5:45 p.m.
      • H-O: 6-6:45 p.m.
      • P-Z: 7-7:45 p.m.
    Families will enter the main entry at EC. One parent can attend with their student and must be masked. You will be able to come in, go through a few stations and meet the teacher.
     
    ECSE Families: We ask that you bring in your plastic supply box to open house so we can set up for the first day of classes.
     
    • McCulloch Full-Day 
    • August 19th 
    • 5:30-6:15pm last names A-M and 6:30-7:15pm last names N-Z

    Families will enter the first set of doors in the front of McCulloch and we will have staff directing them to the classroom and then back out so that they are limited to that hallway area. One parent can attend with their student and must be masked. We will do a "station" approach where they come in, we give them a sheet with the areas they are going to rotate through and then at the end is a surprise bag so we can have them just flow through and not congregate in the room.

     

    • Sweeny Full-Day and Half-Day, EC Classes 
    • August 20th 
    • There will be three sessions on that night that will be split by alphabet (last names):
      • A-G: 5-5:45 p.m.
      • H-O: 6-6:45 p.m.
      • P-Z: 7-7:45 p.m.

    One parent can attend with their student and must be masked. We will do a "station" approach where they come in, we give them a sheet with the areas they are going to rotate through and then at the end is a surprise bag so we can have them just flow through and not congregate in the room.

    Sweeny families will enter and exit the outside classroom doors and we will block off the playground equipment. They will not be allowed in any other parts of the building.

     

     

    Virtual Open Houses:

    virtual open houses In an effort to reduce the number of people together inside our school buildings, the district has decided to implement fully virtual open houses for the upcoming school year for students in 1st grade and older. While we are disappointed, we feel this is the best option at this time. That said, we will continue our plans to host in-person, socially distanced open houses for our EC students, kindergarten orientations, Tiger Up for 6th grade students and Freshmen Orientation. The only change will be that the Freshmen Orientation will be for students only and the parent meetings will be replaced by a video that will be distributed before school begins. Individual buildings will be sharing details about these events.

     

    Your student’s 1st grade through 12th grade teacher(s) will be sending an e-newsletter on the date listed below for your school. That e-newsletter will include a link to a video to help families get to know the overall school building and also a video from the classroom teacher. In addition, elementary families are invited to virtually pop into their classrooms on the dates and times listed below for their school through Google Meets. Teachers will send directions on how to participate in the e-newsletter previously mentioned.  

     

    Date of Virtual Open House and Communication:

     

    Lyon & McCulloch: Teacher communication will be sent August 17th by 4 p.m. The Virtual Open House will be August 18th at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

     

    Schofield, Price & Sweeny: Teacher communication will be sent August 18th by 4 p.m. The Virtual Open House will be August 19th at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

     

    RMS: Teacher communication will be sent August 17th by 4 p.m.

     

    RHS: Teacher communication will be sent August 18th by 4 p.m. 

     

    Also, students new to the district are welcome to contact the school office to set-up a time to do an in-person individual tour.

     

    Elementary: 

    **Class lists will be posted as in the past on the front doors of each building on August 14 by 4:00 p.m. Teacher assignments will also be available on the Parent Portal.

    Kindergarten Orientation:

    Hosted August 12 and 13 in all elementary buildings.

    Each building will host half of the kindergarten families on each night. The timeline and details will be determined and communicated at the building level.

      
    **Incoming kindergarten students must be up to date on the required vaccinations before school begins. Proof of immunizations must be on file with your school's nurse prior to August 24. For questions contact your child's school nurse (CLICK HERE for a directory). 
     
     
     
    Middle School:
    6th Grade Tiger Up Event: 
    RMS distributed details in July and the deadline to sign up was August 9. Below are the following session dates and times for those who registered.
    Tuesday, August 11, 8:00-9:30 a.m.
    Tuesday, August 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
    Thursday, August 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
     
    Class Schedules Posted on SISK12 Parent Portal: August 14 by 4:00 p.m.  
     
    **Incoming 8th graders must get the Tdap and meningococcal vaccines before school begins. You will need to bring proof of immunizations to your school's nurse prior to August 15. For questions contact RMS at 732-3640. CLICK HERE for a list of required vaccinations.  
     
     
     
    High School:
    Parking Permit Pick-Up Day for grades 10-12: Eligible students will identify if a parking permit is needed when online registration is completed. Student parking permits will be pre-assigned based on grade level and cumulative attendance percentage. Parking permits may be picked up from the main RHS office beginning Wednesday, August 12. Students will need to bring a valid driver's license and $10 (cash or check) when they pick up their permits. Once again, the permits will be pre-assigned and can be picked up August 12-21.
     
     
    Class Schedules Posted on SISK12 Parent Portal: August 14 by 4:00 p.m.  
     
    Freshmen Orientation: August 13, 3:00-6:30 p.m.
    *This is a student only event. However, an informational video for parents will be shared electronically by RHS. 
      
    **

    All incoming 12th grade are required to have their Meningococcal vaccine up to date as well as all other required immunizations (CLICK HERE for a full list of required vaccinations).  Proof of these vaccinations must be provided in order to attend school.  Please contact your physician or primary care provider for an appointment to vaccinate your child if not already done so.

     For questions contact RHS at 732-3650.
      
     
     
    Accidental Damage Protection Plan
     
    ADPP Every student in grade 6-12 will be issued a take home technology device as part of the RepMO Ready plan. Our goal is to provide a digital learning device to all secondary students for use both at school and at home. Students are responsible for the care of their assigned device at all times, both at school and home. The district strongly encourages families to purchase an Accidental Damage Protection Plan explained in the online form found on the Parent Portal. Students will not be allowed to use school technology resources until the appropriate online form has been completed. To purchase the ADPP follow the link: https://republicschools.revtrak.net/protection-plan-1/ or payment can be made at open houses or in the building office. The deadline to purchase is August 22. Take note that any damage that occurs without ADPP payment will incur the full cost for repairs or replacement of the device.
     
    School Supply Lists
     

    Republic School District is pleased to partner with Teacher Lists to make your school supply shopping easy. By visiting https://www.republicschools.org/schoolsupplies you now have the option to use one click online ordering or to print supply lists and go to the store directly for purchasing. Local vendors will also have these lists available, just as in the past.  

    Additional supplies for high school students will be presented the first week of classes in course syllabus documents. 
     
     
     
    Weekly Schedule and Friday Early Release Information
     
    Monday through Thursday school hours will be the following:
    Elementary: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    RMS: 7:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
    RHS: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
     
    EVERY Friday students will be released one hour early to provide teachers time to collaborate for student learning. This impacts all day preschool students through 12th grade students. Partial day preschool students are not impacted. On Friday Early Release days start times will not change, but release times will be as follows:
    Elementary and All Day Preschool Classes: 2:30 p.m.
    RMS: 1:40 p.m.
    RHS: 1:30 p.m. 
     
     
     
     
    Traffic Flow Maps
     
    Here are a few things to keep in mind when dropping off or picking up students:
    • Only let students out of your car in the designated drop-off sections of the traffic route.
    • Be aware of potential pedestrian students along the traffic route.
    • Please follow the arrows on the maps.
    • Deviating from the provided traffic route can be a potential safety hazard for pedestrian students, and can cause other drivers frustration. 
    • Do not park along the traffic route at any time.
    • Be courteous of other drivers.
    • When picking up, do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to dismissal as that creates traffic congestion.
    • From the time of dismissal, it will only take 13-15 minutes for every child to be picked up. 
     
    Select the below links to see traffic flow maps for each building:
     
     
     
    Tiger STRIPES, TEENS and PALS Information
    The Republic School District offers quality and affordable student programming during non-school hours through STRIPES 360. Care is offered before and after school daily and during days that school is not in session. The Tiger STRIPES, TEENS and PALS programs will be using online enrollment only for registration, which begins July 20. As a reminder, each year students must re-enroll in this program.

    Registration for Tiger STRIPES, TEENS and PALS will require a $30 registration fee along with the first two weeks of tuition. Online or in-person payment is available. A STRIPES 360 staff member will be available at all open houses and orientations to answer questions, but no payments can be accepted at that time. To register for Tiger STRIPES, TEENS and PALS and to learn more about STRIPES 360 programs, visit republicschools.org/STRIPES360

      
     
    Transportation Information
     

    Starting this year, students who selected they will be riding a bus this year during online registration will need to login to the Parent Portal to see bus information. Bus letters will no longer be mailed out. For those who have completed online registration by August 12, bus information will be viewable on August 18 in the Parent Portal. Those who have not completed online registration by this date will experience a lag in being able to view transportation details in the Parent Portal. 

     

    Additionally, those needing to utilize the shuttle buses from the high school to the middle school can find information at https://www.republicschools.org/transportation beginning August 18. 

     

    If you do not see any bus information in the Parent Portal August 18, 2020, please call the Transportation Department at 417.732.3680. Information is updated nightly in the Parent Portal.

     

    Due to the volume of students being routed, bus stop locations and times need to be adjusted, so please check the day before school starts for the most up to date bus stop information. Questions regarding transportation can be directed to 417-732-3680.

     
    The safe transportation of our students is a top priority for the Republic School District. To ensure that each route and trip provided to our students is safe and pleasant, it is imperative that a safe, clean and controlled environment is provided on the bus. In that regard, we ask that all bus riders and guardians review the bus riding expectations listed HERE.  
     
     
    Food Service Information
     
    The district Food Service Department offers daily breakfast and lunch options. Meals may be prepaid by submitting cash/check to the school office in a sealed envelope with the student(s) name and amount enclosed on the outside of the envelope. Another option for payment can be done through a secure system, ConnexPoint, accessed via the SISK12 Parent Portal. Like other online payment systems a processing fee is applicable. ConnexPoint charges a 3.99% processing fee for transactions. To make an online meal payment simply login to the SISK12 Parent Portal, select the Meal Service Balance icon and follow the prompts.
     
     
    As a reminder, to find the Parent Portal simply visit republicschools.org and click on the "Parent Portal" icon. This can also be accessed through the district's free mobile app. As a reminder, to login use the email address you have provided to the district and enter the password you have created. If you’ve forgotten it, simply click on the “forgot password” button and follow the prompts. The Parent Portal is the same system used for back to school registration forms and to view student information like grades and attendance. 
     
     
    Also, the Free and Reduced Meal application is available HERE. A new application must be completed each year.
     
    Meal prices for the 2020-21 school year are below:  
    ELEMENTARY    
    Breakfast $ 1.15 Reduced: Free
    Lunch $ 2.40 Reduced: $ .40
         
    SECONDARY    
    Breakfast $ 1.30 Reduced: Free 
    MS Lunch $ 2.60 Reduced: $ .40
    HS Lunch $ 2.60 Reduced: $ .40
         
    ADULTS/VISITORS    
    Breakfast $ 2.10  
    Lunch $ 3.60  
    Extra Milk or Juice: $.45
     
     
    Learning Options
     
    There are three learning options available for the 2020-21 school year, which starts August 24. Please CLICK HERE for all the details. We ask that our families determine what option will work best and commit to that learning option for at least one semester by August 5 at 3:00 p.m. 
     
    For those wanting to participate in the hybrid or 100% virtual options, they will need to contact their individual school building to get enrolled properly.
     
    Take note, these learning options are applicable for phases 1 and 2 of our plan. Should the district need to operate in phase 3, all students will be moved to an online learning platform and assigned district technology devices to do so.
     
    Online learning is a unique opportunity that is not for everyone. If you are interested in this for your student, the Republic R-III School District will walk you through the steps to determine if taking an online course would best meet the needs of your student. For details about virtual learning visit https://www.republicschools.org/virtuallearning
     
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