The Superintendent’s Council for Social-Emotional and Mental Health conducted their first meeting on September 30, 2021. Representatives from district and school administration, school counselors, behavioral and metal health providers, law enforcement and other agencies were in attendance. Participants had the opportunity to share their views and observations regarding the wellness of students, staff and those in our community as they have been impacted by many months of the pandemic.
A tool was implemented to allow Council participants to contribute ideas for action steps that would directly impact the social-emotional and mental well-being of children and adults in our school district.
Among ideas shared was the expansion of the school-based services and poster series to inform students and staff of available support. Continued support for PBIS and a web-based repository of resources was also suggested.
The council will continue to work over the next three years to respond to these needs.
Twelve Students from Mingo Central and Tug Valley High Schools are participating in the first cohort of the Mingo Early College Academy, a collaboration between Southern WV Community and Technical College and the Mingo County School District. Students who complete two years in ECA have an opportunity to earn an Associate’s degree in University Transfer, or general studies courses. Students attend classes on the Williamson campus of SWVCTC Monday through Thursday mornings, and return to their high schools for more course work.
The Mingo County Board of Education, in consultation with the Mingo County Health Department, has implemented a universal masking policy in response to current public health conditions. Below are links to a guidance document, as well as medical exemption forms for students and employees.
The Mingo County Board of Education is dedicated to the health and safety of all students and staff members and has partnered with the Mingo County Health Department to make informed decisions regarding the reduction of exposure to Covid-19. In the August 17th Board of Education meeting, members adopted a Parent Choice Option for wearing masks on school buses and in school buildings. The Board, district administration, and county health officials highly recommend wearing masks by students, staff members, and visitors.
Signs will be posted on school property with the recommendation. There is no current government mandate for face coverings. Families will decide whether or not their students will be masked at school and on buses. Parents will be provided a Mask Choice Form to complete, sign, date and return to the school. They will be required to select one of the following options: I want my child to mask at all times during the school day, except when eating; OR I do not want my child to be required to wear a mask during the school day. Students will be required to wear a mask unless a form is submitted indicating the family choice not to mask. Masks are available on buses and at schools. Parents may choose a different option at any time by completing a new form. This district protocol is subject to change by any governmental mandates.
More detailed information can be found in the Health and Safety Plan document at the link below. The Mask Choice form may also be downloaded. Paper copies of the form are available at the schools.
AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN
ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS
EMERGENCY RELIEF FUNDING
Mingo School District is seeking public comment and feedback on how to utilize the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Funding (ESSERF). After reviewing the presentation, please answer the following questions; we will be using this information to finalize our plan.