As we kick off the new school year, we are also kicking off a new visitor management system that will help us electronically record and check the sex offender registry for anyone who visits and accesses our school buildings. If you plan to visit our schools for class parties, as a guest speaker, volunteer (additional background check form still needed https://www.republicschools.org/Page/1189), to have lunch with a student, contractor, etc. you'll need to bring with you a state issued picture ID as a way to check in with our front offices. We are excited about implementing this system as it helps us continue our focus of creating a safe and secure learning environment for our students and employees.
At the August 15 Board of Education meeting board policy ADF (district wellness policy) was discussed. The conversation mainly centered around one component of the policy which states that the district will follow USDA Smart Snacks for celebrations and birthdays for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. After much discussion, the Board has asked the district to "pause" on the implementation of requiring that birthday and celebration treats meet USDA Smart Snack requirements. During this time the Board has requested that district administration and health services department investigate what is mandated by the state and federal government regarding this component of policy ADF. Administration will provide the Board of Education with this information and possible alternatives for review. During this review period the district will implement policy ADF as it did during the 2018-19 school year. Therefore, it will not be necessary to consult the USDA Smart Snack requirements until further notice.
REMINDER! Each Friday throughout the school year full day preschool through 12th grade students will dismiss one hour early for teacher collaboration time. Please keep this in mind when planning your student’s afterschool plans. For details visit https://www.republicschools.org/fridayearlyrelease. Also, Tiger STRIPES will be available at no extra cost to families already enrolled from 2:30-3:30 and/or a cost of $3.50 per weekly release day for students needing care until 4:30 p.m. To attend Tiger STRIPES, families will need to sign up in advance. Registration details can be found at https://www.republicschools.org/STRIPES360.
MoDOT has opened the new roundabout near the M Highway entrance to RHS. CLICK HERE to view a brochure provided by MoDOT about navigating a roundabout. In addition, a video they have produced can be found HERE. Please review this information and we ask that parents/guardians share with student drivers. The aforementioned brochures were distributed to students at the August 1 Parking Pass Pick-Up event. In addition, support will be shared during class meetings on the first day of school and additional police presence will be in the area during the first few days of school. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this construction.