The H1N1 flu vaccine has delayed delivery until mid-November.
The Limestone County School System received word today from the Alabama Department of Public Health that the manufacturer of the H1N1 flu vaccine has delayed delivery until mid-November. When plans were originally made for each local school H1N1 flu vaccination clinic; the clinics were going to be open to school related individuals during the school day and then after school dismissed, the clinics were to be open to the entire community. Now with the shortage of H1N1 flu vaccine, the Alabama Department of Public Health has said that if and when the vaccine arrives the shots will be for school related individuals only. We are being updated by the ADPH on the H1N1 vaccination clinics almost daily.
Ideally, we would like to schedule all games in such a manner as to have no conflicts at all.
Your interest in seeing that school age children have a good night's rest and that they are on time for school each day is welcomed. Ideally, we would like to schedule all games in such a manner as to have no conflicts at all.
Having said all of that, I know that we have several Limestone County School Football Games scheduled for Thursday nights this season. On Thursday, August 28, 2008, Clements and West Limestone played each other. Also that night East Limestone played at West Morgan. On Thursday, September 25, 2008, East Limestone will play at Ardmore and then on Thursday, October 30, 2008, Ardmore will play at West Limestone and Madison County will play at East Limestone.
The five games mentioned above are out of the total 50+ regular season games scheduled for the six Limestone County high schools. Often fans of one county school would like to see other county football games - but do not want to miss their "home" team game. Having a few games on Thursday night gives the opportunity to these fans to see other teams play.
Thursday night games are also a chance for coaches and players to "scout out" and see what the other teams are doing. Actually having Ardmore (or West or Tanner) football players as spectators at the Clements vs. Elkmont game has increased the comradery among teams in Limestone County. The sense of pride one gets from standing and watching various county athletes cheering for other teams is a great feeling.
Spending Per Student In Limestone County Schools during the 2006-2007 was $8,065.63.
Spending Per Student In Limestone County Schools during the 2006-2007 was $8,065.63. The sources of school system money are Local, State, and Federal Revenues. While $8065.63 is the average for all the students, a special needs child could have more direct expense than a child in a regular education program.
If you go to the following website (( ftp://ftp.alsde.edu/documents/ReportCard/2007-2008.042.0000.Financial.pdf )) a financial profile report for Limestone County prepared by the Alabama state Department of Education can be viewed. This report gives a picture of sources of revenues and how the Limestone County School System uses these funds. Information also can be viewed that compares local spending per student with expenditures at the state level, and the national level.
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The State of Alabama makes provisions for classroom teachers to obtain a teaching certificate by means other than the traditional approach or route.
The State of Alabama makes provisions for classroom teachers to obtain a teaching certificate by means other than the traditional approach or route. Below is a link to the State Department of Education Websites containing all the provisions for Teacher Certification:
RULES OF THE ALABAMA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (CHAPTER 290-3-2) TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Each person who serves as a teacher in the public schools of the State is required to hold a valid Alabama certificate as prescribed in Ala. Code §16-23-1 (1975). Proper certification is defined as having a valid Alabama certificate in the teaching field(s) in which the person is assigned throughout the school day. There are provisions for Alabama State-Approved Alternative Programs. Applicants for admission to Alternative Programs must meet degree requirements, grade point average requirements, and prerequisite coursework requirements prior to unconditional admission.
Basic Requirements for the Alabama State-Approved Alternative Programs
*An applicant using an alternative approach must have at least an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited senior institution.
*An applicant must successfully complete the requirements of the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program.
*An applicant must complete a criminal history background check.
*An individual may not be employed for more than three years on the basis of holding a valid Alternative Baccalaureate-Level Certificate.
*An individual must hold a valid certificate for all teaching fields or areas of instructional support to which he or she is assigned.
For additional information go to the website listed above, requirements and regulations governing the State-Approved Alternative Program can be viewed.
99.4% of all Limestone County School Teachers hold Class AA/Doctorate, Master's Degrees, or Bachelor's Degrees. The percentage of all Limestone County Teachers with Emergency or Alternative Certification is 0.6%. As you can see from the state website information, in order to be granted an alternative certificate, the individual must have at least an earned bachelor's degree and hold an alternative certificate in the teaching field/area to which they are assigned.
For the 2009/2010 school year, we received a directive from the Alabama State Department of Education. This directive stated that the earliest date for the opening of the school year was Monday, August 10, 2009.
In past years, the opening date of school has been determined by each local school system. For the 2009/2010 school year, we received a directive from the Alabama State Department of Education. This directive stated that the earliest date for the opening of the school year was Monday, August 10, 2009. Each year a calendar committee (comprised of representatives from each school/community) meets to develop the Limestone County Schools Calendar. Certain considerations are reviewed each year in the development of the calendar. School Starting date, Exam Schedule, Holidays, Parenting Day, Thanksgiving Break, and Christmas Break are all penciled in on a draft calendar. Then the committee considers the number of days needed to constitute a full semester. The length of the fall semester is 87 days. Actually two draft calendars were prepared by the committee. One calendar made provisions for a five day fall break, this draft would mean Christmas Break would not begin until Wednesday, December 23, 2009. The second option provided for a two day Fall Break and the last day of school prior to Christmas Break would be Friday, December 18, 2009. After the calendar committee completed work on these two options, the faculty and staff of each Limestone County School voted on which calendar they preferred. The option containing the two day Fall Break and getting out earlier for Christmas Break was the selection by the employees of the school system. This information was given to Dr. Barry Carroll, Superintendent, who presented the information to the Limestone County Board of Education. At the December 1, 2008, Board of Education meeting, the 2009/2010 Limestone County Schools Calendar was adopted by the board.
Thank you for your question. It is a local school decision to view the President's speech on September 8, 2009. The decision has been made by the superintendent that students may "opt out" of watching the video. Therefore, if an assignment or assessment is given in conjunction with this video an alternate assignment will be given for those that choose not to view it.
No person in the employment of the State of Alabama, a county, or a city whether classified or unclassified, shall use any state, county, or city funds, property, or time, for any political activities.. . . ." from the Code of Alabama/1975/17-17-5, (Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §86.)
All local, state, and national elections within the state of Alabama are governed by law. The Code of Alabama/1975/17-17-5 addresses your question. This section of the code states:
Improper use of state property, time, etc., for political activities
"No person in the employment of the State of Alabama, a county, or a city whether classified or unclassified, shall use any state, county, or city funds, property, or time, for any political activities. Any person who is in the employment of the State of Alabama, a county, or a city shall be on approved leave to engage in political action or the person shall be on personal time before or after work and on holidays. It shall be unlawful for any officer or employee to solicit any type of political campaign contributions from other employees who work for the officer or employee in a subordinate capacity. It shall also be unlawful for any officer or employee to coerce or attempt to coerce any subordinate employee to work in any capacity in any political campaign or cause. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of the crime of trading in public office and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined or sentenced, or both, as provided by Section 13A-10-63. (Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §86.)"
As a courtesy, schools have allowed those running for public office to place their political cards in the local school staff mailboxes. Candidates for public office are not allowed to go from classroom to classroom and talk with teachers and students about supporting them. Neither are candidates allowed to stand in the halls and pass out campaign literature.
At public events such as ball games, graduation, and other such activities, candidates or their representatives have been allowed to hand out campaign literature. This action must not interfere with the school activities that are taking place.
It is not the policy of the Limestone County Board of Education to deny enrollment of any child who is a resident of Limestone County. As a public school in the state of Alabama, we do have state law and policies to which we must adhere.
Thanks so much for using our new "Your Voice" questioning/messaging system. We want to be responsive to the questions and the concerns that the people of Limestone County might have about our schools and our procedures.
Limestone County Board of Education Policy File: JBCA, RESIDENT STUDENTS addresses the issue you have raised. This policy states:
"Resident students are defined as students whose parent(s) or person(s) who has legal custody of the student, lives inside the territory served by the School District. All resident students of the School District shall be entitled to be admitted, within policy limitation, to the school serving the zone in which the student's parent or legal guardian resides unless otherwise assigned by the superintendent. Resident students should make application for admission to the principal of the school serving the zone in which the student's parent or legal guardian resides.
NOTE: A student who lives inside the territory served by the School District, but whose parent or legal guardian lives outside the territory is not considered to be a resident student."
So, if a parent or guardian produces the necessary paperwork: Birth Certificate, Guardianship Papers, Proof of Residency, Shot Immunization Form, and if previously enrolled in another school - Withdrawal Papers/Transcripts; we will enroll the child.
Hopefully this addresses your concern. Please feel free to use "Your Voice" in the future to gain information about Limestone County School.
The Alabama State Department of Education has in place the "ALABAMA EDUCATOR CODE OF ETHICS."
While the Limestone County Board of Education does not have a stated policy addressing teachers discussing their political views in class, that does not mean that Limestone County teachers are free to say anything they please in the classroom. The Alabama State Department of Education has in place the "ALABAMA EDUCATOR CODE OF ETHICS." This code defines the professional behavior of educators in Alabama and serves as a guide to ethical conduct. The code addresses the need for all in education to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of students.
This code of ethics addresses the situation brought up in your question. Every teacher in Limestone County should at all times provide an environment that is conducive to what is best for the student. Ethically a teacher must not use his/her classroom as a forum for his/her own political opinions. While a teacher should do their best to provide diverse points of view, they should also take precautions to refrain from expressing personal opinions. A teacher should not use professional relationships with students, parents and colleagues to promote personal political views.
Within Limestone county Schools, we strive to have is a climate where teachers are working to bring about students who can analyze, synthesize, evaluate and communicate information effectively. While all teachers are charged to help foster civic virtues this does not give them an open forum to voice a political party platform or endorse a particular political candidate.