We are TEAMING UP against Bullying! When parents, educators, and students are informed about bullying and cyberbullying, they can be partners in prevention. Don't stand by and let anyone be mistreated! Stand Up! Stand Strong! Stand Together! We can all be part of the solution to bullying! Tomorrow is DECADE DAY! #redribbonweek2020
We are WACKY about being Drug-Free! Choosing to be drug-free is one of the most important decisions that individuals can make! Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug-Free. We can fill our lives with good, positive things instead of drugs. We don't need the physical effects of a drug high or a low to feel good. Remember to wear your FAVORITE TEAM SHIRT TOMORROW! We're teaming up against bullying! #redribbonweek2020
Red Ribbon Week is an annual event to help educate children, families, and communities about drug and alcohol abuse and bullying. Students and staff are encouraged to join us in celebrating this national event by dressing up everyday. You can find the list of dress up day themes below or by clicking on the following link: https://5il.co/mdl3
Students in grades 6-12: Don't forget to order your yearbook before Friday September 18th to get the September Special for $60. There will be a price increase on Monday, Sept. 21st. Nameplates and Icons are available for $5 each. Send the money to school or see Mrs. Farmer during Parent Teacher Conferences to order. Thank you!
LEAPS After-School Applications Due Tomorrow, September 2! Please remember students must be registered to attend because there are a limited number of students who can participate at each grade level!
The LEAPS After-School Guidelines Letter and Application is being sent home with students today! There are new guidelines which have been set forth in order to help us keep students healthy in the after-school program. There are limited spots available, and students MUST have an application on file and be registered for the days which they will attend. Please be sure to read the new guidelines and to return the application by Wednesday, Sept. 2, if you would like for your child(ren) to participate. Applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis, and parents will be notified to let them know if their child has a spot. A waiting list will be created if there are more applications than we have spots available. The LEAPS After-School Program is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 8, from 3:00-5:00 P.M.
Parents: Please be sure to check on your child's health before school each day. Remember, now more than ever, your child should not attend school, if he or she: has high risk COVID symptoms (new cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, or a fever of 100.4 or higher), is vomiting or has diarrhea Parents should also watch for low risk COVID symptoms (congestion, runny nose, nausea, sore throat, headache, or body aches). If these symptoms are not normal for your child due to allergies or other health conditions, it is recommended that you do not send your child to school until they are symptom free for at least 24 hours.
EARLY BIRD PRESCHOOL HAS OPENINGS! Online registration is still open for Van Buren County Schools - Early Bird Preschool Voluntary Pre-K programs. It is not too late to register your child. Visit our school website at www.vanburenschools.org to register online. Click on the "Menu" tab and click the "Pre-K & Kindergarten Online Registration" links.
Please refer to our school website for COVID-19 questions concerning symptoms, positive test results, isolations, and quarantines for students and employees. Our school website address is vanburenschools.org.
In an effort to reduce traffic congestion in front of our schools, we ask all parents that are dropping off their students to enter the schools from Sparta Street by the bus garage. You will be required to exit the schools going south toward the square. If you have elementary, middle, and high school students, please drop off the middle/high school students first. Student drivers need to follow this also. We ask for your patience as we work out our traffic situation. Thank you!!
Information regarding P-EBT Food Assistance can be found by going to the Van Buren County Schools website or by following this link: https://5il.co/jct2 Under the new P-EBT program, families of children who receive free or reduced meals at school or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school may receive financial assistance to replace school meals during the months of March, April, and May due to COVID-19 school closures. The program will provide parents with $5.70 per child for each day that child qualifies for P-EBT. The application period will end on August 14, 2020 at 4:30pm CT. (Parents who already receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits currently, do not need to apply. The funds began arriving on the EBT card they already use beginning June 12.)
Parents as Partners Tip #4 can be found by going to the Van Buren County Schools website or by following this link: https://5il.co/j56n
This a reminder that registration is tomorrow but for NEW students only. Students can pick up their schedule tomorrow at 8 am at the auxiliary gym. Buses will not run tomorrow. Students that plan on riding the bus need to listen closely to this next part. This will take effect Friday, August 7. Before students board the bus, a staff member will step off the bus to check the students’ temperatures. A parent or responsible adult needs to be present at the bus stop until their children have their temperatures checked and cleared to board the bus. If a child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, then that child is required to stay home. Someone from the school will the child’s family as to when the child can return to school. Siblings will be required to sit together whenever possible. Buses will be disinfected daily. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please be patient with us as we try to make returning and staying in school possible.
This weekend is a great time to pick up back to school supplies. The Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday, July 31 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, August 2 at 11:59 p.m. Clothing, school supplies, and art supplies with sales price of $200 or less and electronic devices, including but not limited to, computers and TVs, with sales price of $3,000 or less are all sales tax free this weekend!
Parents as Partners Tip #3 can be found by going to the Van Buren County Schools website or by following this link: https://5il.co/inc0
Remember to drive thru to pick up your FREE backpack and school supplies at this year's BAM event! It's tomorrow, Saturday, July 25, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at White County High School. Children receiving items must be present with an adult with a valid driver's license.
Remember to drive thru the BAM Backpack & Supply Giveaway on Saturday, July 24, at 9 a.m. at the White County High School for White and Van Buren County students! Each child receiving items must be present with an adult with a valid driver's license.
There are a lot of new things to learn for the upcoming school year! Help your child get a head start in understanding our new ways of doing things at school by talking to them about social distancing and how it will affect them at school. Parents as Partners Tip Sheet #2 can be found by going to the Van Buren County School's website or following this link: https://5il.co/igv5
This school year, more than ever, parents and schools will need to partner together to ensure the needs of our students are met. Parents as Partners Tip Sheet #1 can be found by going to the Van Buren County Schools website or following this link: https://5il.co/ierd
VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION PROGRAM (VIP) APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE: Van Buren County Schools will offer an at-home Virtual Instruction Program option for families that wish to utilize it. This program will be free of charge and will be facilitated by Van Buren County Schools teachers and will allow students to remain enrolled within the school district while distance learning at home. Students enrolled in the virtual learning program option will still be held accountable for coursework completion and online attendance. This will be a very structured and rigorous at-home option for students that are accepted. Parents that are interested in enrolling their students in the Virtual Instruction Program (VIP) will need to fill out an application that has been released today, Friday, July 17th. This will be found on the school website, at this link: https://5il.co/icu0 or can be picked-up at the central office. Central office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00am-3:00pm and Fridays 8:00am-12:00noon. Applications are due Thursday, July, 23rd by 3:00pm. Application does not guarantee acceptance into the VIP.