Greetings from the Superintendent's Office
I would like to share with you exactly what happens if a positive case of COVID is identified among staff or students within a school system. If we receive notification that someone associated with the school has tested positive, we immediately begin working with the Dunklin County Health Department. The health department asks us to determine what students or staff were within six feet of the person for longer than 15 minutes. Those people are then identified as a close contact and will be notified by the health department of the length of time they will need to quarantine and monitor their symptoms. Simply passing someone in the hall who may be positive does not constitute a close contact and that person is therefore not quarantined. This procedure follows CDC guidelines and is prescribed by the local health department. This is not up to the individual school districts. Also per federal and state law, we are not allowed to share with you identifying information of anyone who has tested positive. Each person is entitled to a right to privacy where their individual health information is concerned. I realize this may be frustrating but please know that if you or your child has a need to know, either the school or the health department will contact you. That being said, I would like to remind everyone that just because we are out or on an alternative schedule, it is not necessarily COVID related.
I hope we can return to our new normal soon. We have many fun activities planned for students throughout the month and cannot wait for all of them to return to campus when the situation allows for this to happen. If at any time you have concerns or questions, please feel free to call the office. I am happy to talk to you at any time. Together, we will get through this and take care of the needs of all our kids.
New to Our Staff
Elementary Art Work
Title I School Services
Upcoming ACT Test Dates
October 10, 2020
October 17, 2020
October 24, 2020
October 25, 2020
Registration Deadline: October 5; If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Ms. Jones.
Counselor's Corner by Paige Medlin
If you’re anything like me, you’re sick of hearing about these “unprecedented times”, but the mental health crisis going on across the nation during the pandemic is targeting a specific group of people more than any others - our students. Uncertainty about school and the ever changing policies, fear of loved ones or themselves contracting COVID, and a new social normal of keeping distant has lead to young people needing mental health support more than ever. The simple fact is that our children have been traumatized by what’s going on around them, as a global crisis has changed their everyday lives and continues to do so.
A brain at rest can take many challenges and keep going on, but when a student faces trauma small situations can seem overwhelming. The emotions that are associated with trauma - shock, confusion, fear, numbness - are normal but all encompassing. Our children’s sense of security is being actively attacked and while we strive to keep consistency and safety in our students’ lives, many students are not able to actively be in our buildings at this time, and because of that I’d like to offer some at-home and community resources for students and parents.
Zoom counseling can be arranged with school counselors
Even when students are virtual, they are welcome to schedule a time to come meet with the school counselors in person
FCC offers small group and individual counseling
Practicing mindfulness via guided meditation is a great way to help kids self-regulate, youtube and apps like “Headspace” are a good place to start with this.
Allowing children opportunities to identify and express their emotions helps lead to self-regulation
Being honest with your children about fears and stresses that you are facing while relating how that might affect them as well helps to build trust and decrease conflict
Provide plenty of opportunities for your child to have imaginative play
This Month's Activities
October 5--HS Volleyball @ Portageville 5:00
JH Basketball @ Home v. R3 6:00
October 6--JH Basketball @ Home v. Twin Rivers 6:00
October 9--HS Volleyball @ Bloomfield
October 12-16--Tri-County Volleyball Conference Tournament
October 13--JH Basketball @ Cooter 6:00
October 15--Great American Shakeout Earthquake Drill
October 19-23-Bus Safety Week
October 19--HS Volleyball @ Campbell 6:00
JH Basketball @ Home v. Southland 6:00
October 20--HS Volleyball @ Richland 5:00
JH Basketball @ Risco 6:00
October 21--End of 1st Quarter
October Board Meeting
October 22--HS Volleyball @ South Pemiscot 6:00
October 26-29--Red Ribbon Week
October 26--JH Basketball @ Home v. Holcomb 6:00
October 27--JH Basketball @ North Pem 6:00
October 29--Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30-7:00
JH Basketball @ Home v. East Prarie 6:00
October 30--No School