It is my honor to welcome our students and their families to the 2018-2019 school year. The first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 8. As this date approaches, staff members of Taylor County Schools have been busy making preparations. School offices are now open and principals and office staff are ready to assist you with anything your family might need to start to the new school year.
This summer, teachers have spent numerous hours in professional development opportunities learning about effective instructional strategies. Our maintenance team and classified staff have completed a host of projects at each of our schools. Our district staff have worked together with community members and first responders to develop safety plans and environmental safety upgrades.
We continue to work closely with local law enforcement and first responders to keep our schools safe. This partnership has resulted in an additional school resource officer, updated/upgraded district and school emergency plans, piloting of a safe-school notification system (MAYDAY), on-site drills and training, additional school safety cameras, and installation of additional door safety systems. We are thankful to Judge Executive Eddie Rogers, the Taylor County Fiscal Court, and Taylor County Sheriff Alan Newton, for their support in funding and securing an additional school resource officer to protect the safety of our students. We now have a school resource officer on duty in all four schools. We are well prepared and excited for a successful new year.
The most meaningful factor to help students be successful is the concern, participation, and involvement of their parents/guardians. To help your children meet their goals, we need your involvement, whether it be through attending parent-teacher conferences, volunteering in your child's school, or most importantly, reinforcing the importance of on-time school attendance, appropriate behavior and class participation, and completion of schoolwork. Thank you for all that you do to support our schools.
The start of school is right around the corner and with it comes increased traffic. We appreciate your patience and caution to keep students, buses, employees, fellow parents, and student drivers safe. Our 2018-19 traffic flow safety maps are posted on our district social media sites.
On behalf of all of the staff of Taylor County Schools, best wishes for a successful school year to you and your family.
Charles Higdon Jr.
Taylor County Schools