Practice English Speaking&Listening with: COVID-19 Update: July 30, 2020

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- Hello, Blue Springs School District families.

I am Bob Jerome,

Assistant Superintendent of Operations

and Superintendent Elect.

This week, we are wrapping up a successful three weeks

of in-person summer school.

Students at all age levels adapted well

to wearing masks and social distancing.

As educators, we couldn't be happier

to open our schools and welcome our students back in person.

We have some updates to share with you

related to reopening our schools this fall.

After careful consideration

and conversation with local health officials,

as well as our task force committees,

the Blue Springs School District will require

cloth face masks for all students and staff

for the 2020-2021 school year.

We feel strongly that masks will help

reduce the spread of COVID-19

and provide the safest possible environment

for our students and staff.

We've also taken careful consideration

to finalize our COVID-19 symptom guidelines and procedures.

If a student or staff member

is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms,

they will be asked not to return for 10 days,

including being 24 hours fever free,

or they may return before the 10 day window

with a negative test and 24 hours fever free.

At this time, if a student or staff member

tests positive for COVID-19,

the health department will be consulted

and those directly exposed, meaning within six feet

for more than 15 minutes,

will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.

And if on any one day, 5% of a total school building

population tests positive for COVID-19,

the individual school building

will be shut down for 10 days.

Early next week, we will release

a comprehensive reopening guide

as we return to learn for the 2020-2021 school year.

This guide will provide greater details

related to positive case protocols

and expectations for distance learning,

as well as additional safety measures.

As a parent of an elementary and middle school student,

I'm excited about the opportunity for my children

to safely return to in person school.

Enrollment residency verification

will take place virtually this year

with the ability to upload all documents electronically.

Tomorrow at 5:00 PM, enrollment opens for all students

returning to the district

and will remain open until Sunday, August 9th at 5:00 PM.

New student enrollment will open

on Monday, August 3rd at 10:00 AM.

During the enrollment process,

you will be asked once more to designate in-person school

or BSSD distance learning for your student.

If you have any questions,

please contact your school office.

Leading a school district in a pandemic

continues to have its challenges.

As we do everything we can

to maintain healthy and safe schools

while doing what we do best,

educating and caring for our students.

I have no doubt that information and details

will continue to change

between now and our first day of school,

but when, and if they do,

we will update you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and partnership in education.

Together, we will get through this.

Take care.

The Description of COVID-19 Update: July 30, 2020