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Missouri students can now ‘test to stay’ to remain in classroom after COVID exposure

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri students and teachers identified as being exposed to a coronavirus case in school may now be permitted to remain in class if they continue to test negative for the virus and properly wear a mask. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) updated its school reopening guidance Friday to include the new […]

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Summer School in Gallatin for 2021-2022 school year to have its own curriculum

The Gallatin R-5 Board of Education on October 13, 2021, approved having the school district complete summer school for the 2021-2022 year using its own curriculum. Activity Director Barron Gann presented a report on summer school for the 2020-2021 year. Family and Consumer Science Teacher and Family Career and Community Leaders of America Sponsor Becky […]

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Caldwell County Cares Coalition receives $100,000 grant to address alcohol and substance abuse issues

The Caldwell County Cares Coalition has received funding to address alcohol and substance use issues. The group received a Mega Grant Award for $100,000 from Preferred Family Healthcare Prevention. The 3C Power in Prevention project will be a joint effort of sectors of Caldwell, Daviess, and DeKalb counties. It will implement a three-fold initiative that […]

Pleasant View R-6 School

Pleasant View Board of Education approves field trips, Superintendent reports on building projects

The Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education on September 14th approved field trips. Third through fifth grades will attend the Lathrop Heritage Festival on October 8th. Preschool through fourth grades will attend Grundy County R-5’s Agriculture Day on September 29th. Superintendent Rebecca Steinhoff went over building projects, including new paint in the sixth through eighth […]

Trenton R-9 school district hires new staff members

Trenton R-9 School Board hires several during executive session

Actions taken during the closed session of the Trenton R-9 School Board include the hiring of Michelle Hixson of Trenton as the districts’ financial secretary, hired as para-professionals were Carly Carlton, Kaylynn George, and Jane Cooksey. Extra Duty assignments include Emma Novak and Amber Sprague as the Rissler School Yearbook Sponsors and Chris Parks as […]

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Dorris Rider Art Gallery featuring “Local Artists Showcase 13” is now open

A collection of works by area artists has begun the 2021-2022 exhibition schedule in the Dorris Rider Art Gallery at North Central Missouri College in Trenton.  “Local Artists Showcase 13” is now open and runs through October 8. The show includes 38 artworks by 21 different artists, seven of which are showing in the gallery […]

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Study: Saint Louis University face mask policy reduced quarantines, COVID cases

(Missouri Independent) – Tying quarantine requirements to the Saint Louis University face mask requirement successfully reduced the number of students sent to isolation and helped cut COVID-19 infections this spring, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the university’s rules, students without masks who had close contact […]

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Audio: Mask requirement in school triggers Pleasant Hill School Board meeting to turn violent

To mask or not to mask is a question that many local leaders have had to decide, including Tuesday night in Missouri, where that question fueled a rowdy response from some parents. Fights broke out, and one person was handcuffed after a school board meeting in western Missouri’s Pleasant Hill. KMBC-TV in Kansas City reports […]

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Talking and trusting are key to easing back-to-school stress for teenagers

With new teachers, classmates, and expectations, back to school is full of uncertainties and anxieties. Stressful transitions increase the chances that a teen will turn to drugs or alcohol to cope. Geena Crosby, prevention coordinator for youth and young adult services with the Prevention Action Alliance, said there are many ways to support teens during […]

Trenton, Missouri Middle School

Protocol for Trenton Middle School students who are quarantined

Information has been released for Trenton Middle School students who are quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure. Principal Daniel Gott says those students are asked to check Google Classrooms on a daily basis. They will receive attendance credit when assignments have been submitted. Students who have not received an invite for their Google Classroom should contact […]

Audio: New partnership launches to regularly test Missouri teachers and students for COVID-19

A new partnership has been launched to test Missouri teachers and students for COVID-19 on a regular basis.     The Missouri Departments of Health and K-12 Education have partnered with a company called Ginkgo Bioworks to provide pooled testing through the new school year. The company will provide all the training and testing materials, […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Trenton R-9 School District begins new school year with 1031 students

Classes began for the Trenton R-9 School District on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Opening day enrollment is 1,031 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, which is a decline of one student from the 2020 first-day enrollment.  Student totals include 401 students in kindergarten through fourth grade who attend Rissler Elementary School, 297 in fifth through […]

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As Missouri students head back to class, state launches new COVID testing program

(Missouri Independent) – Monday marks the first day of school for thousands of students across Missouri and it’s also when schools can begin enrolling in a new federally-funded testing program aimed at helping facilitate a safe return to the classroom. The Department of Health and Senior Services announced Friday evening that Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc., a […]

Coronavirus Update

Sullivan County Health Department reports new cases of COVID-19, seven breakthrough cases

The Sullivan County Health Department August 17th reported two additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,086. Thirty-eight of the cases were active. Health Department Administrator Deborah Taylor reports about .6% of the total cases have been breakthrough cases. She says cases are milder for vaccinated residents than those who were not vaccinated. The health […]