On June 8, NSD received a subpoena for records related to a survey we gave our students and staff. The survey is produced by Panorama Education and aids our Student Services team in social-emotional and mental health curriculum.
Parents were notified and given an opportunity to opt their student out of participation prior to any surveys being administered.
Two separate surveys were given to students; one for students in grades 3-5 and the other for students in grades 6-12. We have posted the student and staff surveys on our website along with the notification provided to parents. The areas of focus in the student surveys were Growth-mindset, Self-efficacy, Self-management, Social Awareness, and Grit.
Information from these surveys is combined with student grade, attendance, and discipline data to help us identify students who might be at risk and need additional support from NSD team members.
In a completely separate issue, the Attorney General’s office sent a sunshine law request on April 15, 2022. The request specifically asked for any correspondence between school board president, Jonathan Russell, and the Missouri School Boards’ Association regarding Critical Race Theory. Critical Race Theory is not a part of NSD curriculum. NSD personnel responded to the Attorney General’s office on April 19, 2022. To date, the district has not received further correspondence from the AG’s office related to the sunshine law request.
Neosho School District will continue to support and protect our students. Any questions regarding curriculum and student support should be directed to NSD Central Office.