The Hollister R-V School District (HSD) is taking action to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and will make reasonable best efforts to minimize risk. Attending schools in-person will introduce a greater risk of exposure, however, Hollister Schools are consulting with the Taney County Health Department and following guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Schools provide safe, supportive learning environments for students and enable parents, guardians, and caregivers to work. The unique and critical role that schools play makes them a priority for opening and remaining open, enabling students to receive both academic instruction and support as well as critical services. Recognizing the importance of providing safe, in-person learning, the Hollister R-V School District began seated, in-person education on August 24, 2020. And while seated, in-person education is the preferred method of instruction for most students, some students require a virtual education option.
HSD COVID-19 OPERATING PLAN OVERVIEW:
The Hollister R-V School District will operate on a tiered level of protocols based upon city, county, and state guidelines and will consider the percentage of site population testing positive for COVID-19 relative to the environment of the school building. Protocols may evolve and change as new information and guidance is received. The tiered level of protocols will be referred to as:
The Hollister R-V School District recognizes that each building has its own unique needs based upon student ages, building layouts, and other factors. Therefore, specific operating plans will vary for each building.
Daily operation level will be communicated on the home page of the district website and a change in operation level will be communicated through the district’s regular communication channels.
8/21/20 – Staff and Student Screenings and Procedures for Exposures updated to state “Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 must be released by the Taney County Health Department and/or their family physician prior to returning to the Hollister R-V Campus.”
9/1/2020 – Staff and Student Screenings updated to state “Individuals must be fever free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours.”
9/23/2020 – Procedures For Exposures updated with a line added to state “The building administrator will call the parents of a student(s) who have been identified as having close contact with a COVID positive individual.” and updated to state “Taney County Health Department will make contact to follow up with individuals who had close contact with the identified case.”
11/04/2020 – Hollister Elementary School COVID-19 Operating Plan yellow level protocol “Specials teachers will travel to cohort groups to do specials when possible” removed and replaced with “Specials locations disinfected after each use”. (On yellow, students will go to special classes. On orange, special teachers will travel to cohort groups to do specials when possible.)