COVID-19

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Coronavirus, Bolivar Schools will be closed until at least through April 24. We are closely working with the Polk County Health Center for their guidance. We are also monitoring developments from state and federal governments, DESE, and MSHSAA. For the full order on school closure by Governor Parson, click here.

During the closure, we will continue to disinfect our facilities and buses. When classes resume, students will be given more opportunities to wash their hands during the school day. In places where access to soap and water is limited, alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available. Classrooms and buses will be disinfected daily. High-touch surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, handrails, drinking fountains, and keyboards will be disinfected on a more frequent basis. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is it true that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will not allow students to move on to the next grade level for the 2020-2021 school year, due to the school closures caused by COVID-19?

No. There was a fake letter circulating on social media that is not true. The letter is fake and unfortunately, part of an insensitive and disappointing April Fool's day joke.

Will Bolivar close schools?

Bolivar Schools will be closed until at least through April 24. We are continuing to stay in close contact with the Polk County Health Center, DESE, and MSHSAA.

If schools are closed, how will it affect the last day of school?

At this time, we do not know how DESE will decide to handle school closures due to Coronavirus.

If schools are closed, how will students continue to access their education?

Schools are closed until at least through April 24, 2020. Parents will be notified regarding alternative methods of instruction.

If schools are closed, will students receive meals?

We will begin delivering breakfast and lunch via bus routes March 23. For more information, go here.

Are health-related absences due to COVID-19 concerns excused from school? 

We want to reiterate that families know what is best for their children and we will honor your decision to keep your child home from school. Some children and family members may be at higher risk for severe illness because of underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system. Do not send your child to school if they are running a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher. Please notify your child’s school if you will be keeping him or her home, so the absence can be excused. 

How will the Bolivar School District keep families, staff, and students informed regarding coronavirus?

Any district updates will be conveyed through regular district channels including email, voice and text messaging, phone app, social media, and district website (bolivarschools.org).

What is the protocol for cleaning and disinfecting schools and buses?

During the closure, all facilities and buses will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. When classes resume, classrooms and buses will be disinfected daily. High-touch surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, handrails, drinking fountains, and keyboards will be disinfected on a more frequent basis.

When should a student or staff member stay home?

If students or staff experience a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough and/or difficulty breathing, the CDC recommends they should stay home from school and contact their health care provider immediately.

Will school events and travel be canceled?

All events and activities scheduled at Bolivar Schools' facilities are canceled until at least through April 24.

What conversations should parents have with their children at home?

We know families, staff and students are concerned. We are committed to keeping you informed and working with you to keep our school communities safe. Here’s an informative graphic resource from NPR.

Where can I turn for more information?

 

Any calls for basic COVID-19 information should be directed to the  Polk County Health Center at 417-326-7250 or Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline (877-435-8411) for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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