Thank you to our local Winn Dixie for your floral donation to Horace O’Bryant’s Art Class. With your donation, the middle school art students engaged in an art form linking them to artists and artworks through the ages. They learned how to create and analyze the uses of lines while creating beautiful still-life floral artwork.
Monroe County School District Press Release September 23, 2021 The Monroe County School District is aware of the new Emergency Rule issued by the Florida Department of Health Wednesday afternoon regarding changes to quarantine rules for students. The rule, which can be found at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/64DER21-15.pdf, gives parents a choice whether or not to quarantine a student exposed to Covid-19 who is not exhibiting symptoms of the disease. MCSD will comply with the Emergency Rule, signed by State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo. The district urges all parents, particularly those with students who are known to have been exposed to Covid-19, to continue to monitor those students closely for symptoms of Covid-19 and to keep them home if they show any symptoms at all. "Our main goal is to keep students and school staff safe from disease so they can continue to attend school every day," said Superintendent Theresa Axford. "We need everyone to work together toward that goal. We encourage everyone to continue to wear masks while indoors, practice safe-distancing, cleanliness and to be vaccinated if eligible. These are the steps we know will help us to reach our goal of keeping our schools healthy and operating at their full capacity."
As we deal with the Covid pandemic and the changes it has made to our day to day lives, remember: we must all work together to beat the virus. One way to make our community safer is for all of us to wear masks when we are inside or plan to be around other people who are not our family members. When I wear my mask, I protect you; when you wear your mask, you protect me. We are all in this together!
A big thank you to Jill Campbell with the Autism Society of the Keys, a local nonprofit 501c3 that help children and families locally affected with autism, who provided autism sensory boxes to HOB classrooms!
If you or someone in your family is feeling sick or tests positive for Covid that means everyone who has had close contact with the infected person may very well be carrying the virus. It is important for those who are symptomatic, or who have been exposed to the virus to stay away from others until the danger of spreading the virus is over. This means staying away from school until the danger of infecting others is past.
There are a number of vaccine clinics coming up in the Florida Keys, sponsored by the Florida Department of Health. Just a reminder for students - missing school to get a Covid vaccination is an excused absence. Just bring a note to attendance from a parent or guardian specifying the reason for your absence.
The Pfizer vaccine will be available at the location below. **Pfizer is the ONLY Covid19 vaccine recommended for the 12-17 y/o age group, and these PODs (point of distribution) will have this vaccine type available so we encourage parents that want their child vaccinated to take advantage of this opportunity. A parent must accompany a minor to receive the vaccine. A student who is out of school due to receiving the vaccine will be excused for that time period with a note from the parent. pe available so we encourage parents that want their child vaccinated to take advantage of this opportunity. A parent must accompany a minor to receive the vaccine. A student who is out of school due to receiving the vaccine will be excused for that time period with a note from the parent.
The Monroe County Health Department is working to procure doses of the Pfizer vaccine to vaccinate all interested Monroe County youth ages 12 and up. If you have a child ages 12 and older, please complete this survey by August 20 to provide information on the interest in getting vaccinations for school age children.
In addition to the standard supply list, masks are optional for all students. K-8 must have their own headphones or earbuds and need to bring a non-glass water bottle with a lid. All middle school students will need a backpack which will be stored in lockers throughout the day.
Starting Immediately! All HOB and MCSD communication will be going ELECTRONIC!! In fact, you will already find the mandatory, Impact Aid Survey on the portal dashboard awaiting your attention. Parents, please ACT NOW and don’t miss a beat! Join the FOCUS Parent Portal to see up-to-date student grades, assignments, and absences as well as being able to read and return important information from the school and district.