Attention Parents, If you have a child who is attending Rutherford School this year and must take medication at school, you must obtain the health care providers signature on the medication form prior to any prescription medication being administered. We will not fax forms this year. There is also a place for parent /guardian signature and phone number. Also, due to the new mandates and protocols being implemented at our schools, it is highly encouraged that all morning medications be administered at home prior to arrival. Medication sheets are available for pickup outside the entrance doors of the school. The same paperwork with a parent signature is required for any “Over the Counter” medications to be administered. Example: Tylenol, Benadryl, Ibuprofen, etc. A health care provider’s signature is not needed for over the counter medications unless dose is different than that on the bottle. Medication Guidelines: 1. Prescription Medications require a doctor’s signature on the proper medication sheet or the medication will not be administered. 2. All prescription/over the counter medications have to be brought in by a parent/guardian only. 3. Once you arrive at the school with the student’s medication please ring the door bell and ask for the nurse. The nurse will then meet you at the door and accept the student’s medication. The medication will be counted by the nurse in front of the parent/adult. 4. If your student’s prescription medicine is a suspension/liquid then please provide enough for at least two weeks to a month of doses. This way outside contact will be limited between parents/staff. 5. Prescription Inhalers will also require new medication sheets with directions and a doctor’s signature. 6. Prescription Epi-Pens require a medication sheet and a doctor’s signature. The school does have Epi-Pens available for Emergencies only. 7. All prescription medications must be brought to school in the properly labeled container from the pharmacy. Ask the pharmacist to label a medication bottle for home and school if you will need to keep some medications at home. 8. All prescription medications must be up to date. We will not administer medications from last school year. 9. All Over the Counter Medications require a parent’s signature. Students can’t bring any meds to the nursing office. 10. Over the counter medications must be brought to school in an unopened bottle with the label attached and visible. Write your students name on the bottle or box. We do not administer adult doses to children so be sure you purchase the correct dosage. Medication must be in date. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org I will be glad to help you in any way possible. I’m excited for a new school year and I look forward to seeing all the kids. Thanks, Amanda Callins, LPN
The Digital Learning Academy Handbook is now available for DL students and parents to review. Please click the link below to access. A timeline is available within the document to ensure all DL students are ready to begin August 17, 2020! https://5il.co/j8et
Digital Learning Academy Device Request: A limited number of devices are being provided for DL Academy students who do not have access to a device. The devices are to be used to engage in learning activities provided by teachers. If your student needs a device in order to participate in the Digital Learning Academy please contact Kary Parchman at email@example.com by Monday, August 10 at 12:00 noon and include the information below within the email. Devices will be loaned out for Digital Learning Academy students only and priority will be based according to the students meal eligibility status for the 2020-21SY. All aspects of District Policy 4.406 and the Responsible Use of Technologies applies to the use of the device and Internet access. Forms will be signed upon pickup to ensure guidelines are being followed when using the equipment along with a digital learning release permission form. Information to include in Digital Learning Academy device request email: - Student first and last name - Student enrolled school - Student grade - Other students in the household that are Digital Learning Academy students
Digital Learning Academy students will pick up textbooks and consumables on 8/12 from 10:00-2:00.
Amid growing concerns with rising COVID-19 positive cases, the GCSSD Board of Directors voted to postpone all 8th Grade Graduations scheduled for July 30, 2020. This decision was made due to the inability to proceed with groups of less than 50 and with the health and well-being of our students, staff and families being of utmost importance. A meeting will be held in the near future to discuss rescheduling of the events.
Tonight the GCSSD School Board decided to delay the first day of school to August 17, 2020. Below is a link to the new 2020-21 School Year calendar to reflect the delayed start. We hope delaying the start of the school year will help to support the decline of COVID cases in our area and allow us to start at a level that is as normal as possible. However, in order to achieve this, we need your help. Please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after any activity. Maintain social distancing. Avoid large gatherings. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid unnecessary travel and wear a mask or cloth face covering. We will continue to work with local health officials weekly to determine the start of school operating level and will inform you as soon as a decision is made so adjustments can be made if necessary. As a reminder, the Digital Learning Academy Registration closes this Wednesday, July 29. Click Menu > COVID-19 Information for details. Link to calendar: https://5il.co/io7m
Tonight the GCSSD School Board decided to delay the first day of school to August 17, 2020. Below is a link to the new 2020-21 School Year calendar to reflect the delayed start. We hope delaying the start of the school year will help to support the decline of COVID cases in our area and allow us to start at a level that is as normal as possible. However, in order to achieve this, we need your help. Please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after any activity. Maintain social distancing. Avoid large gatherings. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid unnecessary travel and wear a mask or cloth face covering. We will continue to work with local health officials weekly to determine the start of school operating level and will inform you as soon as a decision is made so adjustments can be made if necessary. As a reminder, the Digital Learning Academy Registration closes this Wednesday, July 29. Visit www.gcssd.org under COIVD-19 Information for details. Link to calendar: https://5il.co/io7m
The new 2020-2021 school calendar. It was approved by the School Board this evening.
GCSSD will be extending the Digital Learning Academy registration to July 29, 2020. Our Director of Schools, Eddie Pruett, will be addressing potential district plan changes this afternoon during his District Update. Below are a few questions we have had about the DL Academy and wanted to go ahead and address those as you make your decision on which learning environment fits for you and your student: Before the start of school: - Registration closes for the first 9 week Digital Learning Academy on July 29, 2020. However, we understand that these are fluid times and that things change daily. If you need to sign up or cancel Digital Learning Academy registration, please try to do so before July 29th. After July 29th you will need to contact your school to sign up or cancel your registration. A final decision on your child’s learning environment must be made before the first day of school so plans can be adjusted and made to ensure your child receives excellent education, no matter the learning environment platform. - If you change your mind and want to attend on-campus but have already signed up for Digital Learning Academy, please contact your school BEFORE July 29th to remove your student from the registration. After the start of school: - DL Academy registration is for 9 weeks. We will open DL registration one week before the end of each nine weeks to register your child for the following 9 week period unless there is a level change (see below). - If your student starts on-campus and we change levels, you will have one week to sign your student up to transition to the DL Academy. The student will continue to participate in on-campus instruction for five (5) days while we transition the student. Once you transition to the Digital Learning Academy, you will remain a DL student till the 9 week period is over, even if the district changes levels. Please understand that we are working tirelessly to bring you the best options that are available for you and your student while thinking about the education, mental health, physical health and safety of all students. We appreciate your support during these times.
Virtual Family Nights Kindergarten Orientation- Ms. Shelby will host a virtual online orientation for parents and students with a power point presentation and video on July 31st at 5:30. Open House- We will do a virtual open house this year on July 31st at 6:00. This will be for K-8.
NEW Substitute Teacher information for the 2020-21 SY GCSSD. If you are interested in becoming a NEW substitute teacher, please click this link https://jobapps.lgccloud.com/GibsonSSD/login.aspx to fill out an application. Once submitted, click on this link http://appgarden1.app-garden.com/subtraining/gibsontn.pdf to complete the NEW substitute training course. The cost to take the course is $29.00. Please send the certificate at the end of the training course to Mr. Brad Garner at GCSSD. Also, for more information contact Mr. Garner. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (731)-692-3803
NEW Substitute Teacher information for the 2020-21 SY GCSSD. If you are interested in becoming a NEW substitute teacher, please click this link https://jobapps.lgccloud.com/GibsonSSD/login.aspx to fill out an application. Once submitted, click on this link http://appgarden1.app-garden.com/subtraining/gibsontn.pdf to complete the NEW substitute training course. It will cost $29.00 to take the course. Please send the certificate at the end of the training course to Mr. Brad Garner at GCSSD. Also, for more information contact Mr. Garner. Email: email@example.com Phone: (731)-692-3803
District Update: 1 In addition to normal COVID-19 meetings, the District team will set aside time weekly to discuss the COVID-19 spread within the community, information gathered from local and state health officials, and TDOE guidance to decide if the current operating level will change. Each week, if a level change happens, all GCSSD stakeholders will be made aware of the change by Friday to prepare for the following week. By Friday, July 24, GCSSD will announce the reopening level of operations. Additionally, based on recommendations from the regional health department, GCSSD will require masks for all staff and students regardless of the level as we begin school. (We understand there will be case-by-case exceptions.) If you need to review the GCSSD COVID-19 Levels, please see our Reopening Plan located at https://www.gcssd.org/o/gcssd/page/information-updates
Digital Learning Academy plans have been finalized and are posted on the district website under District Updates within the COVID-19 Information section. As a reminder, DL Academy registration closes Friday July 24. All students, no matter what learning environment is chosen, must fill out the GCSSD registration through PowerSchool Parent Portal. A District Update from our Director of Schools, Eddie Pruett, will be posted later today to address current GCSSD plans and reopening. Link to COVID-19 Information: https://www.gcssd.org/o/gcssd/page/support-resources
The Digital Learning Academy Registration is now open. Students choosing the off-campus learning environment for the 2020-21 SY first 9 weeks must fill out this registration form by Friday, July 24, 2020. See the News section for more information As of July 13, 2020, Gibson County Special School District is going to start school at a Level 3. Our goal as a district and community is to keep students and their families as safe as possible while providing exceptional education for your student. We understand that COVID-19 cases have risen lately and are monitoring and gathering new information daily from local, state, and national sources. We will alert all parent/guardians if the level changes. Please see the News section for COVID documentation about the 20-21SY
Take a look in the News section for the GCSSD reopening plan for 2020-21SY. We are currently planning on starting at Level 3 but will coordinate with health department officials weekly to determine the appropriate level. Click here to view the full document. https://5il.co/i73l
In working with our district administration and GCHS, we WILL be having our 8th Grade Graduations. They will all be held at GCHS to allow for maximum ability to social distance. All will be held July 30 at the following times: Yorkville-5 p.m. Rutherford-6 p.m. Dyer-7 p.m. Spring Hill-8 p.m. All students will be provided a mask for their procession into the stadium. Otherwise masks will be optional unless a mandate is issued between now and the graduations. The stadium will be cleared after each ceremony. Families are asked to adjourn to your vehicles immediately after leaving the stadium. Each Rutherford student will receive 6 tickets for family and friends. Families will be seated by staff as to insure required social distancing. Seating will be determined via a lottery system. For more information contact your individual school.