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- Update to recent guidance and Seasonal Reminders -

posted Nov 20, 2020, 3:11 PM by Reese St. Clair

BGR-1 Families and Staff,

As the temperature starts to fall and winter approaches, we want to remind parents how they can stay informed when inclement weather affects school.  School closings, or early school dismissal, will be announced on the district website and sign as soon as the decision is made.  In addition, we will send emails and autodial phone calls and text messages to BGR-1 families.  Our community will also find accurate information about school closings on the following television stations:  WGEM, KTVI (Ch.2), and KSDK (Ch. 5), both TV and online, on the Townsquare Media Quincy/Hannibal KHMO‐AM/KICK‐FM/KRRY‐FM/WLIQ‐AM and KJFM (Eagle 102) radio stations and websites, The Bowling Green Times and Peoples' Tribune online broadcasts, and on our District Facebook page.

When we experience inclement weather conditions, safety is the most important consideration. Parents can help their students and the district prepare. Make plans ahead of time and communicate them with your children so they understand what to expect during an early school dismissal due to inclement weather. Understand that school closings are for the safety of children throughout the district. While the condition of your neighborhood streets may be fine, other areas of the district may be experiencing harsher weather. Please review the information you have listed as emergency contacts and make sure that the numbers are updated in our Student Information System by contacting your building office.

Obviously, we are seeing schools closing through the COVID-19 pandemic at different times, and while our focus is to keep students in school safely, sometimes either teacher coverage issues or guidance from the Health Department from an uptick in cases might cause a building or district to close for a time.  We have an alternative method of instruction plan for this, and it has been approved by our state education department.  Any notification about this type of closing would happen in the same fashion as above.

 

Additionally, we received word yesterday that our state education department and the state health department collaborated and updated their guidance from a week ago regarding the new mask procedures.  Their updated guidance from yesterday states that even though we are not needing to keep people from coming to school if they were a close contact while wearing a mask in a school with a mask plan, we do have to keep them from participating in after school activities and other activities.  So, basically, they are still quarantined, but can come to school.  Obviously, it is frustrating when we get guidance and then it changes a week later.  However, it is what we are required to implement.  We know that our families understand the great sacrifice our teachers and administrators have been making this year.  We all have had to adjust and be flexible when we are directed to an adjusted approach.  It is important through this time to remember that kindness and cooperation go a long way remembering we are all dealing with challenging times.  Our focus is on keeping students and staff safe and in school, and the only way this happens is when we treat others with the same thoughtfulness, cooperation and kindness we would hope for in any situation.

Lastly, rapidly rising coronavirus cases in our community and upcoming holiday travel plans could be the perfect storm to trigger COVID-19 spikes among students and teachers.  We are counting on people to make good decisions to keep ourselves and each other safe.  We do have staff and students who are medically fragile, and it is important to be cautious.  Please remember our mitigation strategies we have sent earlier and help us to keep students flourishing in our learning environment.

Thank you, enjoy Thanksgiving Break, and be well.

Matt Frederickson, PhD

Superintendent

Bowling Green R-1 School District

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