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DESE Bulletin

April 18, 2019


School Safety Task Force Public Meetings
Earlier this year, Governor Parson created Missouri’s School Safety Task Force. The task force is developing a statewide strategic plan to improve school safety and has been holding public meetings across the state to receive input. There are a few meetings remaining. If you cannot attend, you can also submit your suggestions online.

Notice of Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will conduct a public hearing pursuant to Mo. Rev. Stat. § 162.081 relating to the Normandy Schools Collaborative Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Beyond Housing, 6506 Wright Way, Pine Lawn, Missouri. 

Bullying Issues
Is bullying an issue in your school?  There are resources in place both in your school and on our website to help. If you need help finding where to turn, use these resources.

Patriots Day – April 19
April 19th is Patriots Day, a day to commemorate the "shot heard 'round the world" and the beginning of the American Revolution. The teachers and students of the schools of this state shall observe the day with appropriate exercise and are asked to devote some portion of Patriots Day to solemn contemplation on the selfless sacrifice made by those who fought and gave their lives for our nation's independence.

What is a Paraprofessional?
Paraprofessionals are identified as those who possess, at a minimum, 60 college hours or have passed the Paraprofessional or ParaPro Assessment (MEGA) and who work under the direct supervision of an appropriately certified teacher to provide instructional assistance. The Paraprofessional Assessment is for individuals seeking to be employed as teaching assistants in Title I schools.



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