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October 23 , 2014 Vol. 1 Issue 13 Obamacare: Round Two Buckner Clarion PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL Local Postal Customer The The Fort Osage School District has a district-wide policy in effect to tackle bullying. The district defines bullying as the intentional action by an individual or group of individuals to inflict physical, emotional, or mental suffering on another individual or group of individuals. These actions can result in a minimum consequence of principal/student conference with a one-to 10-day suspension. The maximum consequence is a 10-day out-of-school suspension with possible referral to the superintendent for further disciplinary action up to and including a 180-day suspension or expulsion. Notification will also be made to authorities if necessary. Students at Fire Prairie Upper Elementary School are taking their prevention methods one step further through a bullying prevention program called Bully Busters. Tess Kinney and Shannon Jeffries, both students at the school, designed a plan for an after school program. The young ladies approached their principal, Cody Hirschi, under the direction of their school counselor, according to an article in The Examiner. Bully Busters was started in the 2013-2014 school year. The two students and student counselor, Janelle Veith, attended the Safe Schools conference and came back armed with bullying prevention and intervention strategies to teach their peers. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimates 10 percent of all school age children or young adults nationwide are victims of bullies. One in 10 older students will quit school because of excessive bullying. (Continued on page 5) By Tonia Wright Missouri reached 129 percent of the federal goal set by enrolling just over 150,000 people in the Health Insurance Marketplace during the first open enrollment period. Only 13 states, including state and federal run exchanges, enrolled more people than Missouri. Overall, 7.3 million Americans purchased plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Now, Missouri gears up for round two. The second Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period runs from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015. With the computer glitches, missteps and political rancor that muddied the first round, the Obama Administration promises the system will be ready this time. Even if online signups run smoothly, there are still looming challenges. Lack of awareness The administration, ACA advocates, navigators and certified application counselors (CACs) will need to get their talking points in order. And, they only have three months to get it done. Data from the first round revealed that many consumers were not aware that they may be (Continued on page 4) By Jessica Mauzey Fort Osage Students Launch 'Bully Busters' Program

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