DESE Web Applications Systems Outages
The Department’s web applications, along with the Missouri Comprehensive Data System (MCDS), will be unavailable starting Friday evening on Dec. 19 and throughout the week of Christmas. Expect systems to be available again by Monday, Dec. 29. Some systems or all of the system may become available sooner.
Please note this will not impact the Department’s public website.
Parents as Teachers Survey
The Department has requested a $3.4 million increase for PAT. This is an opportune time for us to reflect on the key objectives of PAT, and what we can do at the Department to better support those objectives. The Department is conducting a survey for all administrators, PAT coordinators and parent educators. Please share this link with your PAT coordinator and parent educators.
Guidance for Schools and Districts about Ebola
The Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control released guidance and resources related to protecting civil rights in connection to responses to the Ebola virus.
Managing the Flu
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that this will be a particularly heavy flu season. Recently, CDC issued a health advisory saying that the vaccine developed for 2014-2015 is less effective than usual; however, CDC encourages everyone, especially school personnel, to get vaccinated because children are among the most vulnerable to the disease. Complete information about the flu and how to contain and manage it can be found using the links below:
- US Department of Health and Human Services
- Centers for Disease Control
- Readiness Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center
- Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan
Conference on the Young Years
The 42nd annual Conference on the Young Years (CYY) will be held March 5-7, 2015, at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach. This year’s theme is Plug In: Teach. Play. Learn.; The CYY supports Goal 2 of the Top 10 by 20 initiative, that all children will enter kindergarten prepared to be successful in school.
Upcoming Parents as Teachers Regional Meetings
The Department is holding regional meetings for Parents as Teachers (PAT) coordinators to address the desired outcome from participation in PAT; how to best support and maintain high-quality; and how resources can be maximized. PAT is an important part of Goal 2 of the Top 10 by 20 initiative, that all children will enter kindergarten prepared to be successful in school. Registration deadline is Dec. 19.
Powerful Learning Conference Registration Open
The Powerful Learning Conference will take place Jan. 26-27 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. There are a number of nationally recognized speakers lined up for this year's event. The PLC supports Goal 3 of the Top 10 by 20 initiative that Missouri will support effective educators.