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School District Seeks Community Input to Develop Strategic Plan

For more information, contact:   Dr. Kevin A. Judy, Superintendent
The Emanuel County School District is embarking on a strategic planning process that requires input from citizens, staff, parents, students and civic leaders. The input will be used to ensure that the resulting plan will reflect the wishes of the district’s citizenry.
There are two opportunities for the community to provide this input. On January 29 at the East Georgia State College, Auditorium, 131 College Circle, Swainsboro from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., all citizens, staff, parents and high school students are invited to participate in small group discussion regarding issues useful in developing the plan. If it isn’t possible to attend the meeting, an online survey will provide another opportunity to weigh in on this important community development issue. A link to the survey will be posted to the school district’s website the day after the meeting.

All of the input will be given to a planning team composed of school staff and community members to assist in their deliberations on crafting a vision, mission, beliefs and strategic goal areas for the district.
 “It is critical to have as many voices at the table as possible so that our strategic plan will truly represent all of our district’s stakeholders,” said Superintendent Kevin Judy.

Blood Drive @ SHS

Shepeard Blood is hosting a blood drive at the Swainsboro High School gym lobby on Friday, January 30 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Please make plans to come donate blood.

Proposed 2015-2016 System Calendar

The Emanuel County School District has presented its draft of the 2015-2016 academic calendar.  This calendar offers full week breaks in October and in February as well as the traditional Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring breaks.  The calendar provides for 180 student days and 190 teacher days (depending on the budget outcome).   

This calendar design is to help with absenteeism and reduce the number of discipline referrals.  Dr. Kevin A. Judy presented to the board that this type of calendar has been used in Screven and Bulloch Counties and is still being used today.  In both of these counties, student attendance rose 31%, faculty and staff attendance rose 29% and student discipline referrals dropped by 33%.  “A calendar is not the total answer to solve some of our problems but I feel that it will be a step in the right direction to help our students,” stated Dr. Judy.

2015-2016 Proposed here

Pre- K Registration

Pre-K Registration begins January 20, 2015.   For more information, contact the school at 237-9593.
Illness Prevention
As you are likely aware, the United States has been experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness that has been especially harmful to children.  At the same time, you and your communities may also have questions about the Ebola virus.  To address both public health concerns, the U.S. Department of Education and our federal health partners have a number of informational resources to share with you.
Almost all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-confirmed cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children.  Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing.  Many parents continue to be worried about the outbreak and want information about what they can do to prevent illness and protect themselves and their families.  The CDC has developed information and resources for parents about EV-D68.  Please help us to address parents’ questions and concerns and make them aware that these resources are available.
Below are CDC resources about EV-D68 developed for parents:
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