The baseball game today vs. Richland has been cancelled due to wet field conditions.
Don't forget! Tomorrow school will dismiss early @ 1:20 p.m. We will have Parent-Teacher Conferences in all buildings 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. There will be a Freshman Orientation for all incoming freshman to Versailles High School in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) @ 6 p.m.
Today, Wednesday, January 17th, is an early out Wednesday. Also, due to deteriorating road conditions on some secondary routes, buses will be running on snow routes again this afternoon.
November 9, 2017
In light of recent events around the area and the inaccurate information that was released a few weeks ago, I felt it best to be forthcoming with an incident that was reported today. This morning we received a report that some students had felt threatened by another student. Administrative officials investigated these claims and determined that a potentially credible threat did exist. This information was turned over to law enforcement officials and the Morgan County R-II School District is fully cooperating with their investigation. The student in question is not at school.
The Morgan County R-II School District takes threats towards our students very seriously and will not tolerate violent language. We are thankful that students reported their concerns and encourage our families to visit with their children about what are appropriate and inappropriate conversations to have with friends at school. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Dr. Joyce Ryerson
Anna Knoerle Recognized for All District Softball Award & Joseph Pinter and Anonymous Donor Recognized for Donations Towards Outstanding Lunch Balances for Students in Need by BOE.
At the monthly Board of Education meeting that took place on October 16, 2017, Versailles High School junior, Anna Knoerle, was recognized for her All District Softball Award by the Morgan County Board of Education. Pictured are Board of Education President, Hugh Smith and Anna.
Also, Joseph Pinter and a donor who wished to stay anonymous were recognized for donating money to pay for outstanding lunch balances for kids in need. Joseph donated $315 and the anonymous donor gave $200. Pictured are Board of Education President, Hugh Smith and Joseph Pinter.
****Official Statement from Dr. Joyce Ryerson, Superintendent of Schools****
In the past 24 hours there has been a lot of discussion about bullying and how bullying is handled by the school district. In accordance with state law, bullying is defined as intimidation, unwanted aggressive behavior or harassment that is repetitive or is substantially likely to be repeated and causes a reasonable student to fear for his or her physical safety or property; that substantially interferes with the educational performance, opportunities or benefits of any student without exception; or that substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school. By policy, each building principal is the designation individual to receive or investigate reports of bullying. All school employees, substitutes or volunteers are expected to intervene to prevent student bullying. By policy school employees are required to report any incident to the building principal as soon as possible. Students who have been subjected to bullying, or have witnessed or have knowledge of bullying are encouraged to promptly report such incidents to a trusted adult. A copy of the district policy may be found in the student handbook. The Morgan County R-II School District takes complaints of bullying very seriously.
We are constantly trying to improve our processes in eliminating bullying. Two weeks ago we hosted an assembly for students to discuss the harmful effects and the consequences of bullying. We encourage parents to report concerns to administration or to encourage their children to report concerns to administration. We work closely with law enforcement if allegations of bullying result in threats being issued. I wish to thank our city and county law enforcement who worked very hard yesterday evening running down any new information related to an incident at school a couple days ago. We were relieved that they were able to confirm that there was no credible evidence of a threat to our students. As a parent of two children who attend our school district I would assure you that I would never put our students and staff in a situation if I felt it was dangerous for my own children. In order to ease lingering parent concerns about student safety, our city and county law enforcement will have an increased presence on campus next week.
Dr. Joyce Ryerson
Official Statement from Dr. Joyce Ryerson Regarding Claims Made By Student Regarding Possible Threats Made
Yesterday in our High School a student claimed that another student made threats to the effect of “shooting up the school”. This claim was made in regard to an issue that had happened earlier in the day. The high school administration questioned all of the students present during the conflict and it was determined that the claim of a threat of violence was false. Following this investigation a group of students continued to knowingly spread this false rumor. This evening, October 19 several people have shared this rumor on social media.
At the Morgan County R-II School District we take any threat to student safety very seriously. We appreciate all of our families who have let us know of their concerns this evening. Local law enforcement has also looked into these claims tonight and there is no new information at this time. We assure you that we will continue to monitor this situation closely in conjunction with local law enforcement.
Dr. Joyce Ryerson
Morgan County R-II School District Celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month by Sharing Tips For Internet Users
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This month we are sharing various tips and information to help our stakeholders be more cyber aware. The Morgan County R-II School District begins teaching Cyber Security, Cyber Bullying, and Internet Safety in Kindergarten and continues through the student's high school years. In addition, the district uses Internet filtering to help keep students safe while on school computers (this includes Google Chromebooks) and while students are connected to the district's WiFi on their own devices.
Here are a few tips all Internet users can leverage to practice cyber security during National Cyber Security Awareness Month and throughout the year:
- Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
- Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
- Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
- Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
- Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Stay Safe Online has several tools for parents to promote safety online to share with your Students.