Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

December 8, 2020

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Kali Lindsay, a 2020 graduate of CHS, was recently featured in the Washington Post article found here. In this article, Kali shares how the CSD's partnership with the rootEd Alliance and Ayers Foundation made all the difference for her and her future.

The Clinton School District is one of only a few districts in the nation to be a part of rootEd Alliance, a collaborative philanthropic effort committed to clearing a path to a stronger future for students after high school. Clinton High School alum, David Steward played a pivotal role in bringing rootEd Alliance to the district.

Last year's graduates were the first CHS students in the district to be a part of this unique program. Lindy Johnson, CHS Access Counselor, oversees the rootEd program for the District.


Health Occupations high school students at Clinton Technical School have been perfecting personal care skills. During this unit of study, students worked on oral care and nail care, as well as shaving, bathing and bed-making. These hands-on activities help prepare students to care for patients in a healthcare setting.

Students enrolled in Health Occupations can receive Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification, as well as life support, first aid and dental varnish certifications.

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For a decade, the Practical Nursing Program at Clinton Technical School has proven to be a successful post-secondary program for our community.

On December 5th, the district graduated another 15 students from this program. First introduced in 2010, the Practical Nursing program has graduated over 200 students. This eleven-month program hosts students from Clinton and surrounding communities.

Congratulations to all students, as well as their instructors, Marla Gaston (PN Program Director and Instructor), Tanya Snethen (PN Instructor) and Melissa Bedwell (PN Instructor).


The Clinton FFA Chapter is excited to report that they have two students headed to the state public speaking competition!

Both Lauren Bailey and Olivia Kiely placed first in their respective categories at the district public speaking contest.

Congratulations ladies, and way to represent the Clinton School District and the Clinton FFA Chapter!


Clinton High School JROTC instructor, Major Ed Fiora has been awarded the VFW Post 1894 and District Level VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

This award is given to teachers who instill a sense of national pride in students, and who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism.

Major Fiora has a lifetime of both military and life experiences that he shares with students on a daily basis. He was chosen out of 22 others who were nominated for this award and will be formally presented his award in the near future by the local VFW Post.

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Clinton Schools will not be in session from December 19-January 3rd for winter break.

School will resume on Monday, January 4th.

We wish all of our students and their families a relaxing, safe and memorable Christmas holiday.


As of today, there are roughly 100 children left on the Bright Futures Angel Trees. The deadline to participate and turn in gifts is this Friday, December 11th.

If you would like to help make sure that all children have a magical Christmas morning, please stop by one of the following locations to "adopt" a child off of the Bright Futures Clinton Angel Tree.

Ben Franklin’s



Premiere Tanning

Simple Pleasures

Blue Bird Mercantile

Bread of Life

Integrity Flooring

Nutrition Trail

No time to shop? No problem! You can make a monetary donation to the Angel Tree program, and someone will do the shopping for you! To donate, please visit,


Do you know of a 2020 graduate who took classes at Clinton Technical School or Business, Marketing or Agriculture classes at Clinton High School? If so, please share the survey below with these students.



The district's Return to Learn Plan has been updated with several new pieces of information. This plan can be found on our website, at this link.

Recent updates that are included in the plan are below.

New Mask Guidance--On November 12th, Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced that the state would be making changes to quarantine guidelines for schools.

  • Please be aware that this new guidance only applies to quarantining guidelines at school. Exposure to COVID-19 outside of school is not exempt from quarantine. If a student is allowed to remain at school under this guideline, they will still be quarantined outside of school and they will be quarantined from all activities until their 14 days are up.
  • According to this guidance, schools will be allowed to use a modified quarantine when an exposure occurs at school and both parties are wearing face coverings. Face coverings are defined as masks and gaiters. This means that if both individuals at school, the person diagnosed with COVID-19 and the person exposed to the positive case, have face coverings on and are wearing them correctly, the individual exposed does not need to quarantine. The use of a face shield will not exempt a student from quarantine.
  • The graphic at this link provides a visual explanation.
  • The key to this new guidance is when face coverings are worn properly. The district will continue the current quarantine process for students and staff anytime face coverings are not being worn (PE, sports, band, meals, etc.) or not being worn correctly (both mouth and nose must be covered). Again, please be aware that while the district will still allow staff and students to wear face shields, these new guidelines do not apply for students wearing a face shield.
  • The district will not utilize these guidelines until the county positivity rate is below 15%.

Antigen Testing-The District is now offering the BinaxNow Antigen test that detects the presence of SARS-CoVs, the virus that causes the COVID-19 infection. This rapid test is only available to Clinton School District staff and students.

  • The voluntary test will only be administered to individuals who are symptomatic and exhibiting at least two symptoms (fever of 100.4 or greater, chills, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat, headache, and muscle/body aches) or one high risk symptom (new cough, difficulty breathing or new loss of taste or smell).

  • The district does not intend for these tests to replace the medical professionals in our community who have the ability to administer COVID-19 tests. The district prefers for staff and students to first contact their healthcare provider when experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. The tests from the school should only be used when someone is unable to get a test scheduled through their health care provider.

  • Parents/guardians must complete a permission form before testing can take place.

  • All results are provided to the Henry County Health Center.

  • To read more details about the testing, please visit our Return to Learn Plan at the link above.

  • If you have additional questions, please contact your child's building nurse.

Winter Sports/Activities Expectations-To learn about the safety protocols being put in place at winter sporting events and activities, please visit this link or our Return to Learn Plan.


How about a little fun leading up to winter break?

Students and staff in all buildings are encouraged to participate in the "12 Days of Christmas" spirit days listed below.
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At the November school board meeting, the board approved raising the substitute teacher pay rate by $25 per day. Substitute teachers will now be paid $115 per day for the remainder of this school year.

Also, Bright Futures Clinton understands the crucial need for positive adult role models in children's lives, and the critical need for substitute teachers to provide continuity of instruction during this global pandemic.

In an effort to reduce the substitute teacher shortage, Bright Futures Clinton is partnering with the Clinton School District to offer a reimbursement of substitute teaching certificate fees to qualifying substitute teacher applicants.

To be considered for reimbursement of fees associated with receiving a substitute teaching certificate, a substitute teacher would need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Individuals with 60+ college hours are able to apply for a substitute teaching certificate. The $50 fee associated with this certificate would be reimbursed to the applicant after three (3) full days of substitute teaching in the Clinton School District.
  • Individuals with a high school diploma or GED, are able to apply for a substitute teaching certificate by completing 20 hours of online training. The $225 fee associated with this certificate would be reimbursed to the applicant after seven (7) full days of substitute teaching.
  • Individuals who apply for their substitute teaching certificate after November 4th, are eligible to be considered for reimbursement of fees.

VISIT THE LINK BELOW OR CALL 660-885-2237 TO LEARN MORE!…/substitute_teachers_nurses