CJ Fridays: Every Friday is CJ Day! Everyone is encouraged to wear Red & White or CJ gear to show their Bulldog pride. CJ Days are also early dismissal days. Kindergarten - 6th Grade are released beginning at 2:10 pm and Junior High and High School students are released at 1:55 pm.
Cause of illness identified: The cause of the illness outbreak that closed Carl Junction Schools last Thursday and Friday has been identified by the Jasper County Health Department. At least one specimen received by the Health Department was confirmed positive for the norovirus. Other specimens are currently processing.
We are thankful for the diligent work and guidance provided by the Jasper County Health Department in assessing and following up with our students and staff to assure their health and recovery. We are also thankful for our parents’ understanding and for the cooperation of families who experienced this illness in collecting the samples needed for testing.
We believe the proactive measure of closing our schools helped to contain the spread of this outbreak. This also allowed our maintenance staff to thoroughly disinfect our buildings and buses with the appropriate protocol to minimize the effect of the norovirus outbreak. Since we have returned to school this week, attendance has returned to normal levels.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed. This leads to symptoms of stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. These symptoms can be serious for some people, especially young children and older adults.”
“The Jasper County Health Department’s quick onsite assessment last Wednesday was so important to minimizing the effects of this outbreak,” said Carl Junction Lead Nurse Stacey Whitney. “They quickly ruled out food or water contamination so that we could focus on the decisions that needed to made for the health of our students – isolating affected students at home and the proper protocol for disinfecting surfaces.”
We will make up these days on May 24 and May 25.
Gifted and Talented Program referral deadline is April 6. Click here for more information about this program. If you would like your child tested, please contact his/her classroom teacher.
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A new, exciting opportunity for CJ students to explore creative technologies is now being offered at the STEAM Exploration center located in the ISC building (formerly K-1 North). Many hands-on, age appropriate technologies in subjects such as 3-D printing, robotics, video production, and computer coding, and also less modern creative arts (building with cardboard, wood, etc) stock the room for children to experiment with and enjoy.
The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MoASSP) has selected Theresa Wilson, assistant principal at Carl Junction High School, as the 2017 Missouri Assistant Principal of the Year. Mrs. Wilson was awarded the recognition based on her impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and her personalization of the learning environment.
The Missouri School Boards’ Association has selected the Carl Junction Board of Education as one of Missouri’s Outstanding Boards of Education for 2017.