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Craig Wall , about 20 hours ago

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Football Players, Coach Shamley would like to meet with you at 5:00 pm on Monday, August 10 at the stadium. Bring along your parent if you'd like. He wants to let you know what to expect and get ready to get started winning. It's a Great Day to be a Valliant Bulldog!

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Craig Wall , about 21 hours ago

Help Needed! The Valliant High School Football Team is looking for HS students (boys or girls) that would be interested in serving as a Manager this year. If you are interested, please contact Coach Ken Rhoten at (580)478-8128. It's a Great Day to be a Bulldog!

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Craig Wall , 6 days ago

Students and Parents, For several months now, your administrators and I have discussed and debated the proper course of action concerning return to school, plans for that return, and timelines for return. Throughout our discussions, there has been a consistent theme present, what is the right thing to do for our students, our staff, and our community. We have been extremely concerned with the continued unchecked spread of the virus in our own community. 4 weeks ago, the state unveiled a color coded mapping system to represent the spread of the disease in new cases per capita, and McCurtain County has consistently been listed in the Orange status which is the most severe. When the SDE released their plans and recommendations last week, McCurtain County was listed in the Orange 2 status. The recommendations that come with that status are very limiting. Our color status has not changed for the better in the last week. Those recommendations are that we start school using distance learning and that we limit our capacity of kids to no more than 25% on campus at any one time. The state also recommends the wearing of masks for all students at all times, restrict visitors, and curtail extracurricular activities. We have studied these recommendations and have consulted with other Superintendents and Principals at other county schools. We do not believe that starting the school year in Distance Learning is practical, although it will likely be necessary throughout the year. Many of the supplies that we need to start school have not yet arrived. Much as the supply chain has affected everyday items, it has affected items such as computers, disinfectants, and PPE. After much debate, we decided to take the following actions: 1. We will delay our Staff Development by 1 week. Staff Development will now begin on August 10 and continue through the 14th. HS Teachers may have to meet with the K20 Center as originally scheduled. 2. We will be notifying students and parents that classes will begin on August 24, but will be limited to 25% of the student population each day at the HS, MS, and in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. In the lower elementary, appointments will be made for the students and one parent. Teachers will reach out to parents to make these appointments and to notify students on their days for attendance. 3. Face to face instruction with all students will begin on August 31. Masks will be required for all students, teachers, and staff while we remain in the Orange 2 status and will be reevaluated as the status changes. 4. Virtual only students will begin instruction on August 24. 5. Extracurricular activities will continue however, additional safety protocols may be required. 6. Students attending KTC at Idabel will be attending virtually. Students attending KTC at Hugo will be attending in person currently. I am extremely saddened to be making this announcement today. However, we feel it is the most prudent decision we can make. Craig Wall

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Brandon Frazier , 9 days ago

About Valliant Virtual Academy Although we did the best we could in the time we had to prepare, we know that the distance learning model we had in the spring needed much improvement for our students to have a successful experience. We were very particular about looking for a program to fill the need for a virtual learning environment knowing some students would not return in the fall for various reasons. As we were researching programs the focus was as follows: Meet the education requirements and needs of our students Easy to use and navigate for both student and parent Does not require the parent to be the teacher (minimal parent involvement) Allows our staff to monitor the progress and intervene if necessary Student Oriented / individualized instruction Acellus is the program that we chose that best addressed those concerns. Acellus is a learning accelerator. It uses video-based lessons with cutting-edge technology to accelerate learning, elevate standardized test scores, reduce dropout rates and transition more students into careers and college. Acellus has been providing a virtual setting for some time and has had great success. Here is a link that explains their program. https://www.acellus.com/for-your-school/ There are many options for virtual instruction out there but I recommend, if virtual is for your child, you give this a shot. This is the only option that keeps your tax dollars in our district - This program is free to our students. Your child will remain a Valliant student and have options to participate in extracurricular activities such as athletics, Etc. There will be a Certified teacher assigned to only virtual students allowing them to focus all of their attention on monitoring, providing intervention, and answering questions to our virtual students. Our traditional students will be using the same program on a regular basis and times when school cannot meet in person. This will allow virtual students to easily transition back into a normal classroom post covid if that is desired. We know that this is not an easy decision. If you would like more information or have further questions, please contact the building principals. Cpanell@vpsd.org - Elementary bfrazier@vpsd.org - Middle School rsmith@vpsd.org - High School

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