Muscle Shoals City Schools

October 20, 2020

October School Spotlight on Muscle Shoals High School

MSHS 2020
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Top 10 yet again!

Alabama’s best school districts are highlighted in a new list from ranking site Niche. The rankings are based on state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores and teacher quality. Once again, Muscle Shoals City Schools ranked in the Top 10 in Alabama!

To read the full article, click here.

USDA Extends School Lunch Waivers

On October 9, 2020, the USDA extended flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout June 30, 2021. This unprecedented move is part of USDA’s unwavering commitment to ensuring all children across America have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

MSCS October Board Meeting 2020

MSCS October Board Meeting 2020

Board of Education Meetings and Minutes Available on Website

Go to this link anytime to view past meetings of the Muscle Shoals Board of Education or to read the minutes of each work session and meeting.

Help Fight the Flu!

Flu season is around the corner! We would like to encourage you to protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone in your family who is 6 months and older. While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and last as late as May. CDC recommends that people get vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection.

You have the power to protect your family against flu this season. Get yourself and your family a flu vaccine. Fight the Flu!

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Muscle Shoals City Schools and First Metro Bank is Banking on a Kure throughout the month of October!

Banking on a Kure!

October is Principal Appreciation Month

We also thank our awesome assistant principals!

School Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. 2020 National School Bus Safety Week: October 19-23, 2020 and the theme is "Red Lights Mean STOP!"

It's College Application Week

Alabama College Application Week is THIS WEEK! College application fees are among one of the many barriers to postsecondary education. From October 19-23, high school students throughout Alabama will have an opportunity to apply to over 50 colleges and universities in and around the state without having to pay the application fees. Look for more information from the Muscle Shoals High School Guidance Office!

Caryn Hairell to retire December 1st

MSCS offers its congratulations to Caryn Hairell who recently announced her intent to retire on December 1st. Mrs. Hairell has served as the principal of the Muscle Shoals Career Academy since 2016. Prior to that, she worked as assistant principal at Muscle Shoals High School, an education specialist with Alabama's ACCESS distance learning program, and a teacher in both the Muscle Shoals City Schools and Florence City Schools. We wish Ms. Hairell all the best in her retirement.

Congratulations to the new mayor and city council set to take office in November 2020!

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Congratulations to the 2020 DAR Good Citizen for Muscle Shoals High School, Miss Lauren McBrayer

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ADPH Updated Toolkit

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) updated their Back-to-School Toolkit. Changes include updated guidance on major symptoms and close contacts, and 90-day provision for retesting students who previously tested positive, provided they are asymptomatic.

New quarantine rules for Alabama schools means fewer sent home

By Trisha Powell Crain (Published October 8, 2020)

New guidance for schools from the Alabama Department of Public Health should mean fewer students and staff sent home to quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19.

In a training session on Thursday afternoon, ADPH officials said schools no longer have to send home the close contacts--those within six feet for 15 minutes or more--of students and staff showing two of three major symptoms, new cough or new difficulty breathing, for quarantining.

Students and staff showing one of those three major symptoms will still be sent home. That part of the guidance did not change.

Those who have come into close contact with someone who has experienced a new loss of taste or smell or has tested positive for COVID-19, still must go home to quarantine for 14 days.

To read the full article, click here.