Superintendent's Update June 2022 Now Available
To our district learning family,
I have decided to rework the format of the Superintendent Update and beginning with this installment, I am sending it to all Mingo K12 email addresses. I hope you will find helpful information. Please do not hesitate to make suggestions as to the information you would like to see included. Click the link below to view.
2022-2023 Calendar Passed with a Few Changes
Dr. Johnny Branch, Superintendent of Schools has announced that at the April Regular Board Meeting, the Mingo County Board of Education passed calendar option C, with a few adjustments, for the 2022-2023 school year. The calendar has been submitted to the West Virginia Board of Education for final approval.
The school year will begin for 200-day employees on August 23, with the first day for students on August 29, one-week before the long, Labor Day weekend.
There is also a long weekend for students prior to the November election day.
Students will not report the week of Thanksgiving, but there are two professional learning days for staff at the start of that week.
Christmas break for students will begin December 20 and students will return January 4. Staff will report one-day earlier on January 3.
The Spring Break will occur for students March 24 through 31. Staff will have a Professional Learning Day on Friday, March 24, just before the break.
The major change to the calendar was the addition of an out-of-calendar day applied to Good Friday and to the Monday following Easter Sunday. A faculty senate day is scheduled the Thursday before the Easter weekend. This means students have a five-day weekend break for the holiday.
The last day for students will now be June 6, and the last day for 200-day employees will be June 13.
Mingo County School District’s mask requirements will be guided by the current public health guidelines and the West Virginia Department of Education School Recovery and Guidance.
Students who did not attend Head Start/PK, and who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2022, need to pre-register for kindergarten.
If you have a child that will be five (5) years old before July 1, 2022, please click the link below to access the registration form.
Note: A copy of the students' birth certificate from the Vital Statistics Office, current immunization record and social security card will be required prior to the start of the school year.
LATEST COVID-19 GUIDANCE FROM WVDE
New Covid-19 guidance has been released from the West Virginia Department of Education, in cooperation with the WVDHHR. The document can be found on the district home page at mingoschools.com or by clicking this link. It is important to note that staff and students will no longer be required to quarantine if they are contacts of a Covid-positive person. Anyone who begins to experience symptoms or has a positive test result will still be required to isolate. Parents will be notified by email and text messages of Pre-K though 8 classrooms with positive cases. Be sure your contact information is updated at your school, if you are not currently receiving county announcements in your email or text. High School parents should monitor the daily tracker on the website for new cases in those schools. Please be aware that the universal masking policy is still in place.
Superintendent’s Council on Social-Emotional and Mental Health
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.
Mingo Early College Academy Launches
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.
Universal Mask Policy
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.
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.