This is a message from your Dallas County Schools. Tomorrow, May 9 is the first day of extended hours to make up for our two days of school closure last week. BHS, DCTC, BPMS classes will begin at 7:55 am and dismiss at 3:50 pm. Mallory Elementary classes will begin at 8:05 am and dismiss at 4:04 pm. Mallory drop off time will begin at 7:35 and pick time will begin at 3:54. This will means buses will pick up 10 minutes earlier and drop off 45 minutes later. Have a good evening from the home of the Bison Pride.
Due to the high water over the Hwy 32 bridges, we are canceling school today. The students who have been picked up by buses are being returned home. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this weather crisis.
DCTC Offers Adult Education
Over the last couple of years as we have been planning and building the new Dallas County Technical Center (DCTC) one of the most commonly asked questions is when will we begin offering adult education classes. In the past, when we offered adult classes at the Louisburg facility we were not able to make many of the courses work. Even though 1-5 individuals would have an interest in a class, these numbers did not justify hiring a teacher for the course; consequently, adult education classes at the Louisburg facility did not happen. We continue to maintain a relationship with Ed2Go to offer online coursework for adults; however, the tuition is not set by us, it is set by the vendor.
To answer this request for adult classes we have reevaluated the option of adults taking daytime classes alongside our high school students at DCTC. As a Career and Technical Center, we are able to enroll adults in the classes and those individuals can obtain the same training and certifications as our high school students. The programs offered at our technical center for adult enrollment are: Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Construction Technology, Criminal Justice, Graphic Design Print Technology, Health Science, Teacher Education Preparation, and Welding. Each of these programs are a two year half day program or a one-year full day program except Teacher Preparation which is a one year half day program. At the March meeting of the board of education we set the adult tuition rate at $2200/year for a half day class or $4400/year for a full day class. We are currently working with the Missouri Jobs Center to gain access to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding for adult students. These funds could be applied for by the adult students to assist with their program tuition at DCTC.
Adult enrollment will be allowed in courses with available space after high school student enrollment is complete. Adults enrolling in daytime courses need to complete a program application, take a Missouri Highway Patrol fingerprint background check and be approved by the administration. For more information on each program please visit the program tab on the DCTC website at bisonpride.org/DCTC. For further information on the adult enrollment process, or to complete an application for adult enrollment, please contact Dallas County Technical Center at 417-345-1460 or visit the Community Education page on the bisonpride.org website. Plans for evening adult education classes are being developed and more information should be released next school year. Suggestions for evening classes are being accepted under the community education tab on the school website.
Miss Dallas County Pageant Froms Deadline Extended to March 5
The Miss Dallas County pageant forms have been sent home with all elementary girls and there are forms at the files by the office for middle school and high school girls. The deadline has been extended to March 5th. Forms can be turned into the mailbox at the Alumni building located next to Mallory Elementary. Thank you
PK/Kindergarten Screening Opens
Registration for incoming Kindergarten and Preschool students is now open. Registration will be available online by utilizing the link below. Once you have submitted the online registration, someone from the school will call to set up a screening appointment. Preschool screening will be April 25, May 2, May 9, and Kindergarten screening will take place March 16. 17, 18. Incoming Kindergarten students must be five years of age by August 1, 2017. Incoming Preschool students must be age four by August 1, 2017. A parent or guardian must accompany their student to the screening. Screening will last about one hour.
Please bring the following:
*Birth certificate/Proof of age
*Proof of residency
*Custody documents (if applicable)
CDC Updates Guidance to No Longer Require Masks on Buses
As the CDC has recently updated its Covid-19 guidance, masking will no longer be required on district transportation by students and transportation employees. Masking guidance could change if our Covid-19 count greatly increases. Have a good evening from the home of the Bison Pride.
DCR1 Increases Substitute Teacher Pay
In a response to a shortage of substitute teachers, the Dallas County School District Board of Education voted to raise the pay for substitute teachers to $150 per day. The action was taken at the monthly meeting held Monday, January 24, 2022 and will take effect immediately. The district has been experiencing unfilled substitute jobs on a daily basis throughout the school year. The increase in substitute teacher pay will continue through the end of the school year.
Individuals who are interested in seeking substitute certification can do so online with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (dese.mo.gov). A substitute teacher candidate must have 60 college hours. The DESE is currently accommodating the need for more substitute teachers by offering a 20-hour online training course in lieu of having 60 college hours. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age to substitute in the Dallas County School District. The 20-hour training course is available through the end of the 2021-22 school year. The cost of the course is $180. There is also a $50 certification application fee, as well as the requirement to complete a fingerprint background check, which costs $52.50. For more information on the 20 hour training course and the certification application process, visit the DESE Certification website: https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/substitute-teachers. To obtain a school district substitute teacher application or for questions, contact Haley Weaver at the DCR1 Administration Office, 1323 S. Ash Street, Buffalo, 417-345-2222 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revised Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan
The DCR1 Board of Education reviewed and approved a revised Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan Monday, December13. The revised plan is attached to email sent along with this message and posted on the bisonpride.org website. The changes to the plan include removing any references to DHSS or the local health department, and no longer quarantining close contact students (we will continue to notify their families). Under state statute we are still required to quarantine or exclude from school anyone with a communicable disease including COVID. This is a statute which has been in place for many years. These changes will be effective January 4, 2022.
REVISED SAFE RETURN PLAN
Test to Stay Protocol
If a student is identified to be exposed to a Covid positive, parents will be contacted to determine whether the parent wants to participate in the Test to Stay option. Parents can give permission for their student to be tested three time within the next seven days and stay at school with negative results and wearing a face covering. If a parent chooses to not have their child tested, the student will quarantine for 10 days. Covid tests can be administered in the school nurses offices free of charge. If you have questions, you may contact your child’s school building.
DCR1 Releases Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan
The Dallas County School District Board of Education met in special work session, Thursday, August 12. The Board of Education came to consensus on the implementation of a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan. The current plan could change as the school district continues to monitor the active Covid-19 cases in Dallas County. SRCSP
Coming Soon . . .
Coming soon . . . The first day of classes in DCR1 is Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Families will again be asked to complete back to school registration online prior to the start of school. Registration will open at 8 a.m., Monday, August 2, 2021 and should be completed by Friday, August 6. Students new to the district will complete the New Student Quick Registration. For more information visit the Parent Channel, 2021-22 Back to School Registration section on the bisonpride.org website. BACK TO SCHOOL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
New DCTC Construction Project Video Tour
Check out this video tour of the new Dallas County Technical Center project. We are so excited about the progress of the project. The new center will open Fall 2021. Thank you to the Dallas County community for investing in the career and technical training of students. VIDEO TOUR
DCR1 Increase Substitute Teacher Pay
The Dallas County R-1 School District Board of Education voted to increase the pay for substitute teachers to $100 per day. The district raised the salary to be competitive with surrounding school districts and motivate individuals to pursue the job. The school district is in great need for substitute teachers. The job description can be found on the bisonpride.org website. Qualifications include maintaining an active Missouri Teacher Certification or maintaining an active Missouri Substitute Teacher Certification, requested through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). More information about substitute teacher certification can be found at their website https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/substitute-teachers. The substitute teacher must have a minimum of 60 college hours or be at least 21 years of age. If candidates don’t meet the 60 college hours qualification, they may complete the new DESE substitute teacher online training program. More information can be found at the link provided. You may also, email email@example.com.
Go Guardian and Canvas Parent Apps
Your school has just granted you access to GoGuardian Parent, a mobile app to help keep parents/guardians aware of your children's activity on school-issued devices and provide you with additional controls during out-of-school hours. GoGuardian Parent is a companion to the classroom management and internet filtering tools that your child's school uses for devices issued to students. Through the use of this app, we hope to encourage more open and honest conversations between parents and children that will result in safer practices and responsible browsing habits.
Your school has also granted you access to Canvas Parent App. Canvas Parent App is another app that enhances the potential for parents to engage in their
children's education. Parents can review upcoming or past assignments, check on grades, and receive alerts for student activity. Parents can use the Canvas Parent app on Android devices using Android 6.0 or later and iOS devices using iOS 12.0 or later. GO GUARDIAN AND CANVAS PARENT APPS INFORMATION
School Supply Project
Local Honeysuckle Road Boutique owner, Sammi McCleary and BPMS teacher, Julie Thomas have initiated a project to collect local donations to sponsor classrooms of school supplies. Some classrooms have already been sponsored. The project continues to collect donations to hopefully cover all classrooms from PK-8th grade. You will find a list of classrooms sponsored HERE. Parents will find out their children’s teachers after completing the back to school registration beginning August 3. If you or your business would like to donate to the project, supplies and/or monetary donations can be dropped off at Honeysuckle Road Boutique, 1336 S. Ash Street, Buffalo, MO. CLASSROOMS SPONSORED