Massac Unit 1 School District students can expect to be at school every weekday of the 2021-22 school year, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The first day of student attendance will be Monday, Aug. 16, with student dismissal at 2 p.m.

The only students allowed to study at home will be those who have medical exemptions or are mandated to be in quarantine. Documentation will be required from the health department and a form completed for the school.

RegistrationRegistration begins Wednesday, Aug. 4. All students must register for the 2021-22 school year.

• For returning first- through 12th-graders, registration tasks can be completed online this year. This includes all forms and student fees. The online registration instructions are posted on district’s website, unit1.massac.org/registration-information. Physicals are required for all sixth-graders and ninth-graders.

High school students who register online will receive their schedules on the day of in-person registration and can meet with a counselor about schedule changes at that time.

• New students entering kindergarten through 12th grade must first prove residency at the Massac Unit 1 School District office, located at 401 Metropolis St., Metropolis, prior to registering at their school building.

New students will be required to bring a valid, state-issued birth certificate. Physicals are required for all new students, kindergarteners, sixth-graders and ninth-graders. Blood lead screenings are required of children below the age of 6 if they have not been previously screened.

For more information about residency requirements or to establish an appointment to prove residency, contact Lisa Monkman at 524-9376, ext. 101.

• Pre-K is available to children who are 3 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2021, and not 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2021, and not eligible for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. Kindergarten-eligible students should be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2021.

Screening and registration for these students will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at Metropolis Elementary School, 1015 Filmore St., Metropolis.

Pre-K and kindergarten screenings take approximately one hour per child. Parents need to bring a state-issued birth certificate, proof of residence, immunization records and school physical to the screening appointment. To establish a screening appointment, contact Monkman at 524-9376, ext. 101. Pre-K and kindergarten students who were not screened in spring 2021 need to be screened.

The first day of attendance for pre-K students is Monday, Aug. 23.

• Parents of new and returning students who cannot register online should schedule a time to register their students during the following dates:

— In-person registration will be available at Brookport, Franklin, Jefferson, Metropolis and Unity elementary schools (K-6) from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, and from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5.

— In-person registration will be available at Massac Junior High School (grades 7-8) from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, and from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

— In-person registration at Massac County High School (9-12) will be from 8:30-11 a.m. and from 12:30-2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, for juniors and seniors; on Friday, Aug. 6, for sophomores; and on Monday, Aug. 9, for freshmen.

FeesThe registration fee for kindergarteners through eighth-graders is $17.

The registration fee for high school students is $20. The annual parking pass for high school students is $15.

Cafeteria account deposits should be made online at: https://www.myschoolbucks.com or during the first day of school.

Additional information• Freshmen orientation will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Road, Metropolis.

• Parents of Unit 1 students are encouraged to sign up for the free Remind Text messaging service for emergency and non-emergency school communication at unit1.massac.org/text-alerts.

• School bus service will begin Monday, Aug. 16. For more information about the bus service, contact Robinson Transport at 1-855-527-6171.

Emergency preparednessParents are encouraged to plan ahead for emergency situations.

It is not too early to begin thinking about putting emergency procedures in place for your child should there be an early dismissal of students, without advanced knowledge. These dismissals might occur as a result of bad weather, a loss of electricity or water, a bomb threat or excessive heat or cold within classrooms.

Sometimes, the emergency may involve only one school, but most of the time, it will be districtwide.

Later in the winter, weather conditions pose problems that may create a need for an early dismissal. When time allows and where contact with parents can be made, the parents of kindergarten children are notified first. Please ensure the telephone number given on the first day is a reliable number and that numbers are updated with the school office as changes occur.

Students of all ages need to know what you wish them to do if school is dismissed unexpectedly. Please share this information with them regularly and consistently.

In addition to contacting local media outlets, Massac Unit 1 will use the emergency all-call system, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/massacunit1), Twitter (https://twitter.com/massacunit1), Remind (https://unit1.massac.org/text-alerts) and district website (https://unit1.massac.org) to notify parents when school will be closed or have early dismissal due to inclement weather.

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