BARNARD, Mo. — The South Nodaway R-IV School District has released its plan for reentry this fall.
The district plan intends to create the safest return to face-to-face instruction for students in the district, but allows for the possibility of altering it due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will strive to provide the best educational experience possible for our students while taking precautions to keep students and staff as safe as possible,” the plan noted.
Some of the notable points include the following.
Masks will not be mandatory for students or staff, but may become required in areas of transition.
Hand sanitizer is required of all persons entering the building.
The district will not conduct daily temperature checks of students. Parents are asked to self-check their children every morning and keep them home if they run a fever of 100.4 or higher.
Classrooms will be set up to social distance as much as possible, and will be disinfected daily.
Visitors will not be allowed in the actual building, but limited to the area inside the front doorway, next to the office behind a tape line where they will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening checklist.
The district still will transport students, but buses will be loaded from back to front and siblings are asked to sit together. Wearing a mask is recommended.
Lunch restrictions include students eating in classrooms and the prohibition of food sharing.
Another item of interest is the district’s virtual school option. If a parent is not comfortable sending a child to school this year, the district will offer a virtual option that is available for this year only. It will not involve district teachers in any way.
The option is only offered before the start of school and if the provider has seat room.
The district plans to work closely with the Nodaway County Health Department for contact tracing and cannot disclose the names of anyone who may test positive for COVID-19, due to HIPAA regulations.
“At any point these guidelines can change where they can be more restrictive or less restrictive depending on the recommendation of our local health department,” the plan notes. “Just because we are not requiring our students and staff to wear a mask at this time doesn’t mean we will not require it at a later date. Our goal is to keep school open and not shut down.
“If we all work together to make this happen then the sooner we will get through this.”
To view the full plan visit the district’s website.
Greenhouse project moves forward
The South Nodaway Board of Education approved at its meeting held July 21, a bid for the construction of the district’s new greenhouse. Thanks to voters approving the district’s $1 million bond, the project is kicking off with construction of the new agriculture building and the removal of the old one
The district received three bids for the project, according to meeting minutes. The lowest bid came from Stuppy Greenhouse, of Kansas City, Missouri, at $111,500 and is estimated to take 12 weeks to complete. Winandy Greenhouse Co. Inc, of Richmond, Indiana, bid $119,558 with a 15 week completion time period. Nexus Corporation, of Northglenn, Colorado, offered the highest bid at $160,000 and the longest completion time of 26 weeks.
Next the board discussed plans to remove the old greenhouse building and opening it up to bids. Board members approved a motion to accept sealed bids for the purchase and removal of the greenhouse building in a 30 day period after the board approves the highest bid. Bids are to be accepted until 7 p.m. Aug. 19.
- The board set the district’s tax rate hearing for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19 with the regular meeting to follow.
- Board members approved final budget for 2019-2020 school year with a final carryover of $1,219,372.68.
- The board approved a bid of .215 cents per 1/2-pint of milk from Hiland Dairy. Anderson Erickson bid .296 cents per 1/2-pint of milk.
- Board members approved a fuel bid from McPike Oil for 12 cents over the daily rack cost for gasoline and diesel for the 2020-2021 school year.
- 2020-2021 elementary and high school student handbooks were reviewed and approved by the board.