COVID-19

BOLIVAR R-1 SCHOOLS

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Please utilize this page on the website for vital information regarding changes in the district during COVID-19. 

9/2/20 District Update
The following message contains vital information addressing changes in instructional settings for students, free meal information, and transitioning in and out of AIM learning.


Setting Changes

Bolivar High School - Beginning September 3, BHS will enter Setting 5, Alternative Instructional Methods (AIM) every day, with no in-person attendance for students. This will continue through September 11. On September 14, BHS will transition into Setting 3, blended learning week with two groups of in-person learning (50% of students) and 3 AIM Days. Further instructions will be sent at a later date to families about which group your student is in. Students who attend Bridges will be in Setting 5 as well. Students who attend OTC will still report to classes and the OTC bus will still run at the normal time. Student activities will continue.


Bolivar Middle School - BMS will remain in Setting 2, regular school week, all students attending in-person for 4 days, and one AIM day.


Bolivar Intermediate School, Bolivar Primary School, Early Childhood Learning Center - All will remain in Setting 1, regular school week, all students attending with in-person learning.


We will determine when the next setting transition will be based on the conditions of our district.



Free Meal Information

The USDA is offering a free feeding program to all students in our school district.  Bolivar Schools will transition into this program immediately and will offer free meals to all students who are in-person, AIM, or under quarantine. We will begin a meal pick-up for all (K-12) AIM and quarantined students at Bolivar High School beginning tomorrow and extending through September 11 from 9 am - 11 am. Please fill out this form if you are an AIM student or in quarantine and plan to utilize this program. You must be using a Bolivar Schools email account to fill out this form



Transitioning In & Out of AIM

In light of the current health environment at Bolivar High School, we have discussed the feasibility of allowing AIM students to move back into seated instruction if this format better meets student learning needs during the current semester.  While this is a deviation from our original plan, we are seeing many students impacted by the rise in COVID cases at BHS. A change in settings will allow for more social distancing and will require fewer students to quarantine. Our number one goal is to provide the best possible learning setting for all of our students. Please contact your building principal if you are interested in moving back to seated instruction prior to the end of the semester.


To read the full Return to Learn plan, go here. For an even more in-depth plan, read to the Comprehensive Re-Entry Plan. This plan outlines two learning options for families to choose from when registering their students:

  1. In-Person Learning (traditional classroom setting)
  2. Virtual/Distance Learning or AIM (Alternative Instructional Methods)
   

Should the District need to close a school or the entire District temporarily due to a significant increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases within our learning community, a blend of in-person and AIM instruction will be utilized. The District will consult with our local health department to determine the need to move to different Settings.

As a District, we are working diligently to provide the safest learning environment. Please understand we may need to make changes in the future to further protect students and staff. We encourage flexibility among our entire learning community. If we need to pivot to different settings, we will notify our learning community immediately. We are committed to complete transparency and will provide up-to-date information via email, a school-reach call, our district website, and/or social media.


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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