The Rambler family at Callahan Middle School would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your family. The middle years are an exciting time when children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. Each year will provide important transitions and the acquisition of new skills that will enhance each student’s ability to apply learning in many ways. Callahan Middle School is committed to providing a challenging and rigorous curriculum that helps each student progress at a developmentally appropriate rate and provides a safe environment for all students.
Please click on our school calendar above to see the dates for FSA testing. Be sure your child arrives to school on time! Students who are late will not be permitted to start the test that day.
Message from Superintendent Kathy Burns...Dear Nassau County School District Parent/Guardian,The school district is in the process of planning for the return of students to our campuses August 10th. The unprecedented closing of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on our community, state, nation, and world. Students, parents, teachers, support personnel, and school leaders have all shown a tremendous amount of resiliency and perseverance throughout this event. However, we know that everyone is eager to get back to school and return to some sense of normalcy.The Florida Department of Education recently provided recommendations on how schools should prepare for students returning to campus. The two overarching constants of this guidance are 1) keeping our education community safe, and 2) ensuring that students receive a first-class education. These guiding principles will be at the core of the district’s plan to reopen.I have put together a task force of school and community stakeholders including teachers, school district leaders, parents, medical professionals, elected officials, law enforcement officers, emergency operations personnel, business partners, and union leadership, to provide input and suggestions for reopening schools. The task force includes several work groups who are developing plans for health and safety, academics, social and emotional needs, technology, and operations. The groups have already begun their work and we anticipate a detailed plan will be ready by early July.In preparation for the upcoming school year, it is important for the district to have an accurate count of the number of students who plan to attend our schools in the fall. Based on the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate parents may have concerns regarding their student(s) returning to campus this fall. In order to better prepare for the upcoming school year, the district will release a survey the week of June 29th – July 3rd for parents/guardians to let us know their intent regarding their student(s) returning to campus this fall. To assist parents in making this decision, the district will provide a document outlining the safety guidelines that will be in place when school starts.The first day of school, August 10th, is only seven weeks away. The district is committed to bringing everyone back to a safe, nurturing, and healthy learning environment. Your assistance in providing the information concerning your intent for your student(s) to return to campus will greatly enhance our ability to prepare for the upcoming school year.We are Nassau!
Callahan Ramblers LOVE Dr. Fields!!
Nassau County School District is proud to showcase our marvelous mental health team in the month of May! From school social workers to school psychologists, our team works tirelessly to support our students with their behavioral health needs. During this uncertain time, Nassau County schools wants families to know that support is just a phone call away. You may reach one of our mental health team members assigned to your child’s school at the numbers listed below. They are available from 8:00am - 3:30pm, Monday-Friday.
For support outside of these hours, please contact one of these resources:
- Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare at 904-225-8280
- NCSO non-emergency number 904-225-5174
- Crisis Text Line to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
You will also find Mental/Behavioral Health Resources on our Nassau County School District website. Information is updated regularly.
Click this link to access Nassau County Community Resources.
For in-school mental/behavioral health support through May 22, 2020 between the hours of 8:00am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday, please contact:
Mental Health Support Staff
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A Message for all NCSD Stakeholders from Superintendent Dr. Kathy Burns
Dr. Kathy Burns, Superintendent of Nassau County School District (NCSD), has directed several actions to help prevent
the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID‐19. These actions include guidelines for re‐entry of students and employees to
school after travel from high‐risk areas, new student registrations from high‐risk areas, sanitization of school facilities,
school attendance, and school‐related employee and student travel.
This is an emerging situation that the district will continue to monitor and update the public with information as it
becomes available. We will continue to rely on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to provide us with the most up‐todate
and accurate information available. NCSD remains in close communication with the Florida Department of Health‐
Nassau and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to make appropriate operational decisions.
Re‐entry of Students Traveling from High‐Risk Areas
The Nassau County School District requests for all parents and guardians to inform their schools by telephone if people
in their household have traveled to areas that the CDC has deemed to be high‐risk for widespread sustained
transmission of the virus. Upon notification, schools will work with district and community health officials to determine
the appropriate action regarding re‐entry of those children into the school.
Registration of New Students from High‐Risk Areas
Any new families arriving to Nassau County from high‐risk areas are also requested to telephone the school for
instructions prior to registration. School officials will work with district and community health officials to determine the
appropriate registration and attendance plan for those students. Families arriving from high‐risk areas are asked not to
visit the school(s), but to interact with the school by telephone.
Sanitization of School Facilities
NCSD will begin a process of sanitizing and disinfecting all schools.
Students who provide written documentation from their healthcare provider advising them to refrain from attending
school due to COVID‐19 will be excused. Families of these students are asked to coordinate with their school principals
to develop an appropriate education plan on a case‐by‐case basis.
Employee and Student Travel (School Sponsored and District Sponsored)
Currently planned school‐sponsored or district‐sponsored out‐of‐state travel for students and employees may be
allowed if a trip is to an area which is not on the CDC’s list of concern. District administration will review each trip on a
Until further notice, new out‐of‐country travel requests will not be approved.
Until further notice, new out‐of‐state travel requests will not be approved.
The district is proceeding with caution regarding in‐state travel. All in‐state travel must be approved by the
Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent.
There are currently no restrictions for in‐county field trips. The district will continue to work with the Florida
Department of Health‐Nassau and monitor any potential issues in our local community.
We are currently working with Florida High School Athletic Association regarding regional and state athletic events and
will provide guidance to schools once that information is received.
Parents and guardians are urged to ensure their phone numbers are correct in Focus. Please login to Focus and click My
Child and then Addresses & Contacts to verify the phone number(s) on file. Please contact your child’s school if your
information needs to be updated.
Staff returning from any location the CDC recommends “avoid all nonessential travel” will be required to “selfquarantine”
for 14 days upon return to the United States.
Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health
Notice countries) and practice social distancing. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
The district requests for all employees to inform their supervisor by telephone if people in their household have traveled
to areas that the CDC has deemed to be high‐risk for widespread sustained transmission of the virus. Upon notification,
the supervisor will work with district and community health officials to determine the appropriate action regarding reentry
of the employee to the school or facility.
CMS DRESS CODE
Clothing and accessories are required to reflect neatness, cleanliness, and good taste. Students are expected to be modestly dressed and groomed. Students who fail to comply with dress code policy will be assigned lunch detention and will be required to change clothing before returning to class.
Dress Code Requirements:
- Students shall wear shoes at all times. Closed toed shoes are recommended. Athletic shoes are required for P.E.
- Students’ pants shall be worn at the waist and pants may not have holes, in the upper thigh area. Undergarments should not be exposed. Form fitting pants such as yoga pants or leggings should have appropriate coverage.
- Students shall be permitted to wear shorts. Short or extremely tight shorts or skirts are not appropriate. Shorts must be the length of the fingertips when standing straight up with arms fully extended on the thigh.
- All students shall wear full coverage shirts or blouses reaching the armpit area. Shirts must cover midriff area and may not have spaghetti or thin straps less than 3 inches. NO racer back cut tank tops or see through clothing. Undergarments should not be exposed.
- Clothing displaying profanity or inappropriate material may not be worn at school.
- Distracting jewelry and hair styles are prohibited.
- Masks, face paint, disguises, and costumes are prohibited.
- No head coverings, including, but not limited to: caps, hats, bandanas, or hoods shall be worn at school. (Exception: Knit caps may be worn outside during cold weather.)
- Students are required to wear a PE uniform when participating in gym.
- Pajamas and slippers are not acceptable school attire.
**Please note dress code must be followed on special event or dress up days. **
Please refer to Nassau County Code of Conduct for a more extensive explanation of the Dress Code.
STUDENT CELL PHONE POLICY
Cell phones are a distraction to the learning environment. Therefore, cell phones must be turned off and kept in backpacks (not in the pockets of clothing) at all times. If cell phone is visible, it will result in the phone being confiscated by school personnel. Parents will be required to come to the school to pick up the cell phone. Smart watches are not to be used as communication devices while on campus. Wireless earbud accessories are also prohibited.
Any student, educator, parent or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com.
The Florida Legislature directed this tool’s development in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.
The app, which is available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices, is critical to ensuring all Florida schools are safe environments where students and educators can experience and share the joy of learning without fear.
Low Cost Internet
Families who qualify for free/reduced lunch also qualify for low cost internet services from Comcast. Visit the link below for more information:
June 24, 2021
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM School Board Workshop - Adult Education Program
6:30 PM School Board Meeting
July 8, 2021
6:30 PM School Board Meeting
July 20, 2021