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A Message from the Superintendent:

This is just a quick update to regarding school openings in August. You are likely aware of a recent increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Adair County. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, we continue to monitor the effects of this on our student age population.

 

For anyone who may have a question at the present time, the District is NOT planning to have any mask requirements at the start of the coming school year.  We had a successful summer school experience (which included some students contracting Covid outside the school setting) and feel a mask mandate is not warranted at this time. The use of some of the previous mitigation strategies will still be very helpful, such as hand hygiene and 3 feet or more of social distance when possible. The one powerful advantage we have now is of course the vaccines, which according to CDC published information, is the single best protection against the spread and ravages of the virus, including the much talked about Delta variant.

 

Students age 12 and older can currently get a vaccine should they choose to do so. Persons not wanting to get a vaccine have options available to them, including wearing a mask themselves. Pursuing online education with one of the nine DESE authorized vendors remains an option. If you feel your child is best served via online instruction, please contact your child’s school principal before August 4, 2021 for more information.

 

We will continue to monitor any further spread and make additional announcements IF any changes to the reopening protocols need to be made.