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HSD COVID-19 Operating Plan


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.


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:

Picture of tiered levels of protocols definitons

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.)

11/23/2020 – 

  • Face covering replaced with face mask and defined as disposable or cloth masks with two or more layers, that completely cover your nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Student and Staff Screenings: Line added to say, "Individuals with a known close contact with COVID-19 in the educational setting where both the COVID-19 positive individual and the close contact, as defined by CDC guidance, are wearing face masks appropriately throughout the duration of the exposure period, will be allowed to attend school as long as they remain symptom-free, are appropriately masked at all times, and as long as they are closely monitored for symptom development. Parents of students who have been identified as a close contact still reserve the right to quarantine their student if they deem that to be in the best interest of their student and their family."
  • Procedures for Exposures: Line one changed to say, "Each Friday, Hollister Schools will release an updated dashboard of the total number of active cases of HSD students and staff to parents and staff in our Tiger e-News." (In the event that an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 has been identified as being on the Hollister R-V Campus, parents of close contacts will still be notified, however, a district-wide email will no longer be sent.)

12/14/2020 – 

The Taney County Health Department has adopted new guidelines, effective December 14, 2020, for asymptomatic individuals only (not applicable to long-term care facilities & nursing homes). In accordance with these new guidelines, students and staff on modified quarantine will now be on modified quarantine for 10 days (not 14).

TCHD Quarantine Guidelines:

  • Follow the CDC guidance and end quarantine after the completion of ten full days for asymptomatic individuals outside nursing home and long-term care facilities.
  • Individuals released from quarantine after ten full days must continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a face covering for 14 days. 
  • Continue to advise citizens to engage in preventive measures at all times.
  • Point exposed individuals to TCHD’s online COVID-19 Exposure Self Reporting Tool.
  • At this time TCHD does not recommend the seven day test out option due to high rates of transmission and access to testing options, and will re-evaluate TCHD’s stance once Taney County has reached the MODHSS Category 2: Critical Risk and maintained this status for seven days.
  • Continue to recommend 14-day quarantine for those that are able.

1/11/2021 -

HES Yellow Level “Recess will be in cohort groups in various locations”, changed to say “Recess will be in combined cohort groups of 2 or 3 classes in various locations. Masks will be utilized.”


HECC Yellow Level "Only one class at a time in the cafeteria to get grab-n-go lunch. Cleaning after each grade.", changes to say, "Students eating in the cafeteria during lunchtime with reduced seating at each table and wearing face masks when not eating."


HES Yellow Level "Only one class at a time in the cafeteria to get grab-n-go lunch. Cleaning after each grade.", changes to say, "Students eating in the cafeteria during lunchtime with reduced seating at each table and wearing face masks when not eating."

3/12/2021 Updates Click HERE