A statewide COVID-19 vaccination incentive program, MO VIP, is now available to encourage vaccination among all Missourians age 12 and up. Over the next three months, 900 Missourians who have or will choose to be vaccinated will win cash or education savings account prizes in the amount of $10,000.
“We understand that the some Missourians are hesitant towards getting the vaccine, but we must all take personal responsibility and do right by our own health and that of our friends and family by getting vaccinated,” Governor Parson said. “This new program will compliment our existing efforts to educate Missourians about the importance of getting the vaccine. Our current COVID-19 situation is serious. This Delta variant transmits faster than what we have previously seen and is more likely to impact children and the unvaccinated, so now is the perfect opportunity to get vaccinated and earn your shot at $10,000.”
After months of leading the nation with one of the lowest COVID-19 case rates, the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) entered Missouri and, due to its high level of transmissibility, quickly became the dominant strain in the state and nation. The most effective way to be protected from COVID-19 in any form is through vaccination.
The MO VIP incentivizes vaccination for those who have not yet been vaccinated as well as provides an opportunity for rewards for the 2.8 million Missourians who have already made the decision to be protected through vaccination.
Missourians who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are now able to enter to win one of the 900 prizes. The first drawing will be on August 13; drawings will occur every two weeks with the final drawing scheduled for October 8.
Once Missouri residents receive a dose, they become eligible to enter the sweepstakes at MOStopsCovid.com/win. Once entered, their entry will be carried over through all the drawings.
For Complete Details on this Program, see this Week's Weston Chronicle
On Thursday July 15th Frank Atkins received his 50 year award for 50 years of membership in the Weston Masonic Lodge #53. His wife Sue is pictured in that picture with him.
1st row: Alice Wadsworth, Ashley Aune, State Representative for District 14th, David Christian (2nd row): Jamie Johnson, John Kirchmeier, Lucas Kunce, U.S Senate Candidate, and Charles West Candidate for U.S. Congress.
West Platte School Board met July 21 for a short meeting. Only four members of the Board were at the meeting: Board President Ron Rowe, members Ryan Rotterman, Dr. Matt Parker, and Samantha Kinslow.
The Board approved the Consent Agenda 4-0 and listened to Superintendent Dr. John Rinehart's report. Dr. Rinehart attended the KCI Conference meeting and there was discussion on raising admission prices for the 2022-2023 school year. Rinehart said he voted no but thinks it will pass anyway.
There were two items under Unfinished Business. They had a second reading of the Policy/Handbook. Three readings are necessary for approval.
They voted 4-0 to approve the "Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan." The Plan had been discussed at the June Board meeting also. The approval gives the school administration the ability to adjust if situations warrant as long as changes are communicated to the Board.
The first student day at West Platte is Monday Aug. 23. At this time, masks are optional. For those who prefer distance learning, West Platte has an arrangement with LAUNCH Ed out of Springfield, MO. Contact the school for more information.
The Complete Plan is on the West Platte School District website. Some highlights include:
• Parents are asked to check child daily for symptoms and if student is ill not send them to school;
• While school does not require vaccinations to attend school they are recommended;
• District will follow recommendations of Platte County Health Department and stator agencies regarding school closures and the District may keep part of school open while closing affected parts;
• Social Distancing measures will be in place in classrooms and elsewhere in the school as much as possible and use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) will follow Health Department and State guidelines;
• Encourage students to increase hand washing and provide hand sanitizer in classrooms;
•Visitors and parents are asked to limit visits;
•Extracurricular activities and sports will be offered but limited to students who physically attend school;
• Parents are encouraged to take children to school or have them walk as much as possible since there may be limited seating on school buses.
There were two items under New Business. The Board approved 4-0 the 2021-2022 Breakfast/Lunch charges.
Adult - $2.40 Breakfast and $3.20 Lunch
Elementary -$1.65 Breakfast and $2.30 Lunch.
Middle/High School - $1.90 Breakfast and $2.55 Lunch.
The second item under New Business was the Board of Education Retreat was tabled until the August meeting so all Board members could be consulted.
In Executive Session the Board approved reimbursement to Ryan Nichols for his time in Summer School.
The Board offered Brock Dover a contract modification for the upcoming school year. Mr. Dover will also be acting as the District's Public Relations Manager.
Platte Democrats Elect New Vice Chair Jamie Johnson, a 15-year Park Hill School District mother of 3, was elected Vice Chair of Platte County Democratic Central Committee (PCDCC) at the July meeting. Jamie is a small business owner with UMKC Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning & Design and Avila University Masters in Organizational Development Psychology & certification in Executive Leadership Coaching.
She fills the unexpired term of Wanda Park, Kansas City.
Continuing officers are David Christian, Chair, John Kirchmeier, Treasurer, and Alice Wadsworth Secretary. Members are elected by Legislative Sub District, per state statue.
PCDCC meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Platte Resource Center and are open to all.
Getting Started in Missouri Politics Forum will be held on August 5th at 7 pm. It’s open to the public and will take place at Platte Resource Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle. Representative Ashley Aune and others will present.
For more information or to register, visit plattedems.org/events