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Dear Parents,


This year the district wants to focus on attendance in all our schools. I appreciate Sarah Bench for helping us develop this initiative.  She is a strong part of our school team. Strong attendance is one issue that is a constant in the world of education, but as a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic it has become critical. Chronic absence is taking its toll on our children, and we need your help to address it.
 

So, what is chronic absence? According to attendanceworks.org chronic absence is defined as “missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason. Excused, unexcused absences and suspensions, can translate into students having difficulty learning to read by the third grade, achieving in middle school, and graduating from high school. This isn’t simply a matter of truancy or skipping school. In fact, many of these absences, especially among our youngest students, are excused. Often absences are tied to health problems, such as asthma, diabetes, and oral and mental health issues. Other barriers including lack of a nearby school bus, a safe route to school or food insecurity make it difficult to go to school every day.” To address the needs of all students, North Sanpete School District has increased the staff that are part of our student support team.  These qualified professionals work to support students and families with specific concerns and hopefully get everyone back on track.


In an effort to spread the word to parents and students, the district will be sending out weekly social media posts, flyers and handouts to the schools, and signage for schools and buses. Hopefully with everyone’s help we can cut down on the number of students with chronic absences so they can have their best chance at success!  Thank you for your help.


District nurses will continue to test students and staff for COVID on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Learning Center. Please schedule an appointment and remember to bring a signed copy of the testing waiver, if possible. This will help the process.  The COVID test appointment calendar and test waivers can be accessed on the district website. Please call our office if you have any questions, 435-462-2485. 


North Sanpete School District uses BARK as part of required monitoring of our digital network.  This program allows us to monitor our domain, including student email accounts, for dangerous indicators.  Principals are alerted if there is a concern and have the ability to send those notifications to parents if necessary.  As parents, you can also set up a BARK account to give you an extra tool for monitoring your child’s electronic communication.  You can access more information at https://www.bark.us/.


Utah offers all libraries throughout the state access to an online library of resources. If you get the chance, check out https://onlinelibrary.uen.org/ to preview all the resources this great site has to offer.  Your schools have access to a collection of digital reading materials through Overdrive for students including novels for all reading levels.  If you have a reader in your family, please encourage them to connect with their school librarian for more information.


The health department has sent to me an important notification regarding the increased use of Fentanyl in our region.  It is important for all of us to pay attention.  Please take care and watch out for each other.


The Sanpete Food Pantry has been very busy delivering food to those in need.  They will be at the old fire station Gunnison on September 21st from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and will be in Indianola at the fire station from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on September 30th. You can also find the dates and times on their Facebook page.  Please call them directly if you have questions, 435-462-3006 and feel free to share this information with your neighbors.


Take care,
Nan