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Today: Republic Students Make Up Day From Boil Advisory

REPUBLIC, Mo. – The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) says Republic schools will make up the day missed due to the water boil advisory Monday.
REPUBLIC, Mo. – The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) says Republic schools will make up the day missed due to the water boil advisory today, Monday, June 9.

On Tuesday, May 27, schools were cancelled in Republic after a water boil advisory was issued on concerns of e. coli contamination.

The June 9 make-up day will be a 3-hour day for students. Secondary students will attend from 7:30-10:30 a.m., and elementary students will attend from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Attendance will be kept for state reporting, but absences will not be held against students, according to the DESE.

The make-up day will move the start of summer school to Tuesday, June 10.



Read the notice sent by DESE to parents:

The 2013-2014 school year has been full of tremendous growth and achievements for Republic students and staff. That said, it has also been a year where we have experienced several unforeseen obstacles like the two polar vortexes, and now the water boil advisory. All extending our school year far beyond our originally scheduled dismissal day. However, our community is known for its ability to pull together in difficult situations. Although the following is not ideal, we feel confident that our patrons will help support our district in making the best out of a poor situation.
 
After numerous conversations with State officials at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), we have been informed that we are required to make up missing school on Tuesday, May 27. The water boil advisory did not meet DESE's criteria for the "forgiveness provision" in cases of natural causes (the same provision that allows us to only make up 10 of our 13 snow days). This means we are mandated to host a minimum of a three hour school day. Our leadership team weighed options and collaborated on which would be the best make up day for student support, parents, and appropriate supervision. The team chose Monday June 9, because a significant portion of district staff are scheduled to work this day thus providing the best opportunity for meals, clean environment, health care, transportation and supervision.
 
Secondary students will attend from 7:30-10:30 a.m., and elementary students will attend from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Attendance will be kept for state reporting, but absences will not be held against studentsBreakfast will be served at all buildings, and lunch will be served at the elementaries. Because of the scheduling inconvenience this will cause parents, we will be offering extended care (Tiger STRIPES /TEENS) for all elementary and middle school students at no cost. Students can attend the program at their building site starting at dismissal, and this program will be open until 6:30 p.m. for elementary and 5:30 p.m. for middle school.
 
It is safe to say that we are all frustrated by the mandate to make this day up. However, it was made clear that to have children present on Tuesday without assurance of safe water would have been irresponsible.
 
The below sections include information regarding major topics and building level details.
 
What if students do not attend?
Attendance will be kept for state reporting, but absences will not be held against students. For instance, absences on June 9 will not count against A+ scholarship requirements or perfect attendance awards etc.
 
Why do we have to make this day up?
State statute mandates that our district make up the school cancellation on May 27, 2014 by adding a three hour day to our calendar. Although days are forgiven for natural acts, our district was informed that potential water contamination did not meet this criterion. DESE stated that the district made the appropriate decision to cancel school in order to establish proper health code procedures and secure resources, but could not show leniency in the forgiveness of this day. We were informed that State statute dictates that the district could lose all state revenue if it were to choose NOT to make up this day.
 
Why Monday, June 9?
The choices for make-up days included Saturday, June 7 or Monday, June 9. Obviously, this is not ideal, but it was determined that making up school on Monday, June 9 would be the best of the two scenarios for students, patrons and staff. No district staff are contracted to work on Saturday, June 7. Consequently, it would be very difficult to schedule the appropriate number of classified and certified staff to have school on such short notice. Currently, the majority of classified staff and administration are scheduled to work on Monday June 9. In addition, summer school teachers are scheduled to work on Monday, June 9. This greatly facilitates the staffing issue generated by making up a school day on such short notice.  
 
What about summer school?
The official start day of summer school will now be Tuesday, June 10. The summer school calendar will not be extended, so it will still end on July 2 as previously planned. However, to meet the State mandated hours for high school students, RHS will extend their summer school day by 20 minutes.
 
What about Summer Safari?
Summer Safari will officially begin on Tuesday, June 10. Those who have prepaid for the full summer will receive a refund for a full day of the program ($18).
 
What about students participating in the City of Republic's Summer Recreation Camp?
Students planning to attend school on June 9 that are signed up to attend this program will be transported by the Summer Recreation Camp from their school building to the Parks and Recreation Center upon dismissal. This will impact students at each elementary and also the middle school.
 
Preschool and Early Childhood Special Education
Director of Early Childhood, Misty Kinsey, will be sending out specific communication to our families in these programs. Students in these programs will end their school year on June 6, and those involved in the extended school year will proceed as scheduled on June 9.
 
Elementary
School will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will both be served. A note will be going home with your child tomorrow (5/30) that will help us plan for this short school day. It will ask if your child plans to attend school on June 9, and if so will be riding the bus home, getting picked up or will be attending the extended care (Tiger STRIPES) option. We request that you complete and return this form by Wednesday, June 4.
 
Middle School
Principal, Mike Linehan will be sending home an email to RMS parents with building details. In that email it will request that you notify the school if your child will be taking advantage of the extended care (Tiger TEENS) option. This will help us prepare for staffing needs.
 
School will be held from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served, but no lunch. Attendance will be taken during first block, and absence calls will go out to parents by 9:00 a.m. If you are expecting your child to be at school on June 9 and you receive a call, you can contact the middle school. Otherwise, disregard the call.
 
High School
School will be held from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served, but no lunch. Attendance will be taken during first block, and absence calls will go out to parents by 9:00 a.m. If you are expecting your child to be at school on June 9 and you receive a call, you can contact the middle school. Otherwise, disregard the call.
 
In closing, please be assured that every avenue was exhausted to gain a waiver for the make-up of this day, and that the district is taking every measure possible to make Monday, June 9 a smooth transition to a long awaited summer break. 
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