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Vinton County Board Of Education will hold a Special Meeting on October 5, 2020

The Vinton County Local Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on October 5, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. in the Vinton County High School Media Center.  The purpose of the meeting is to conduct interviews for and take action to appoint a public official for the Board vacancy.  Board members plan to attend in person, but the option remains open for this meeting to be a remote meeting in case any Board member needs to attend remotely.  The public may observe and hear the meeting discussion and deliberations.  Should the meeting be held remotely, the information will be made available on our district web site on the day of the meeting at
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Homecoming Picture Opportunity scheduled for September 26th has been canceled

The planned Homecoming picture set-up for Saturday, September 26th has been canceled. A student body survey was sent out and only seven students said they were attending. As much as we would like to provide this opportunity for those seven students, that number is too low for the opportunity to be cost-effective. We appreciate those who were interested and hope we are able to have similar opportunities in the future
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COVID-19 Update

Rick Brooks, Superintendent
307 West High Street
McArthur, OH  45651
Telephone:  (740) 596-5218
Fax:  (740) 596-3142
September 23, 2020
Dear Vinton County School District Family,
We are very pleased that students remain in school and learning.  We sincerely appreciate all efforts to follow district procedures to maintain staff and student health.
We want you to be informed about COVID-19 cases without violating privacy rights of students and employees.  This letter is to let you know that a staff member at South Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19 and the staff member is quarantining at home.  We have been in communication with our local Health Department, and we are following all Health Department recommendations.  The Health Department is engaging in contact tracing, and any student or staff member who is required to quarantine will be notified by the Health Department.
Please be assured our district is cleaning and sanitizing our buildings per Health Department guidelines.
We expect to have staff and students who will self-quarantine at various times as required or as a precaution due to being in close contact or around a person who has tested positive.  This will likely occur regularly as we work through the next several weeks and months.  We will be posting regularly on the district website information about COVID-19 numbers of staff and students.
You can help us by following mask and social distancing requirements.  Research has shown that our best defense against viruses is avoiding transmission.  Physical or social distancing, wearing a face covering, and practicing good hygiene, when layered together, provide a defense against the virus.
Please remind children of the following important health habits:
  • Wear a mask when in public and at school.  Masks are required on school buses and in school buildings.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Use an elbow if no tissue is available.
  • Do not share personal items – pens, pencils, cell phones, electronic devices, laptops, water bottles, drinks, food, or unwashed utensils.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  If your child has had close contact with a person with COVID-19, keep your child at home.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth whenever possible.
  • Abide by the district’s physical distancing procedures.
If your child is experiencing signs/symptoms listed below, please keep your child at home and contact your health care provider.   We appreciate your efforts to help us keep staff, students, parents, and our community healthy.

Rick Brooks
Vinton County Local Schools
COVID-19 Symptoms:
  • Fever or chills
  • Sore Throat          
  • A cough
  • Loss of taste or smell      
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting                     
  • Fatigue                             
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
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Statement Concerning Non-VCLSD Gatherings

JJ MillikenPrincipal, Vinton County High School
63910 US 50, McArthur, Ohio 45651
(P) 740.596.5258 | (F) 740.596.3003
[email protected]

September 8, 2020

Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

We are appreciative of the support and understanding you have shown during the beginning of the year
adjustments we have made due to the pandemic. Students have been great about wearing masks,
maintaining 6 feet of social distance, and cleaning their hands. These steps are essential in keeping
COVID-19 out of the school and continuing extracurricular activities.

We also are appreciative of your support at these extracurricular activities. Please continue to be
leaders and good role models for our students: wear masks when attending these events, remain 6 feet
apart whenever possible, and wash your hands. As necessary as it is for students to do these, it is even
more critical that you model these expectations and emphasize their importance.

Additionally, please be mindful before and during gatherings that are not on school property nor
promoted or sanctioned by Vinton County Local Schools. Several supporters of the football team
attended a gathering on the private property adjacent to the football field during our first home game.
This support is invaluable, and so is the continuation of our students’ seasons. Please remember to
social distance (6 feet or more), wear masks, and keep your hands clean. What we do off of school
property significantly affects everything and everyone within the school. We must do everything we can
in the community as well as the school to keep this awful disease at bay.

Once again, please be mindful when leaving your home. Wear a mask. Maintain 6 feet of distance from
others. Wash your hands. What we do in the community protects our schools and sports. Thank you
again for your continued support.

JJ Milliken, Principal

Vinton County Local School District’s mission is to provide diverse learners an academic and social roadmap to success.
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Vinton County Local School District COVID-19 Statistics

The Vinton County Local School District has developed a district dashboard to notify the school community of the number of COVID-19 cases within our district and the number of students and staff quarantined. You can access the dashboard from the administration tab of our district website.  It is also available under quick links or by using the following link

This dashboard will be updated regularly as we are made aware of cases.
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September Breakfast and Lunch Menus

September Breakfast and Lunch Menus are available for viewing or download. Please note:  Menus are subject to change without notice.
Breakfast and Lunch are offered free of charge to all students.
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VC Online Academy Student Orientation Webinar Recording

K-5 presentation will go to 39 minute mark and then the middle/high school presentation begins.
1. Topic: Student Orientation Vinton County (K-5 10am; 6-12 11am)
Meeting Recording:
Access Password: [email protected]
2. Additionally, here is the link to the Student Tutorials page. All parents/students should save this link and reference as needed.
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We envision the Vinton County Local School District as having a united staff providing a comprehensive and meaningful education for all students.

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