Transcript from the 7/28/2020 Facebook Live Q & A regarding the School Opening Plan.
Which plan will we begin with? And what does that look like?
Social distancing, masks will be required by staff and students when in close contact (meaning closer than 6 feet apart), in passing times, and on buses.
What constitutes a mask?
Students and staff must abide by dress code on masks as well.
No cursing, gang, or hate speech, drug or alcohol references
Will our students still get to take special classes such as gym, art, and music?
Since students are required to bring their own bottled water, will there be filling stations?
Water bottles do not have to be see through.
If parents/guardians are supposed to screen their children, how do we know this is being accomplished by every parent every day?
Do parents/guardians have to fill out and turn in that screener every day?
Is my child going to be sent home if they have a runny nose, sore throat, or cough, which is pretty common during allergy season?
Can students bring their own lunches?
Will the public be notified of positive COVID cases?
If a child begins showing symptoms of COVID in the middle of the day, what will happen to them?
This year, we have partnered with SEMO Health Network to have a physical health clinic in our district, which can test for COVID if a parent/guardian approves it and has signed all necessary paperwork. More information will follow this week regarding this partnership.
Where will students go when they arrive at school in the mornings?
With all the COVID changes, will we still be implementing Early Release Wednesdays?
If we as parents/guardians feel we cannot send our students to school this year, is there another option ?
K-8, the parent/guardian is the primary teacher.
9-12, the student has to self pace, much like an online college course.
Sikeston R-6 Staff, Students, Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:
My hope of sending out a normal “Welcome Back” letter to you all has been diminished over the
summer due to the ever present and ever changing nature of the COVID situation. It is clear we
must reopen school with a new normal. While this is not what any of us wanted, it is what is best
under the current circumstances.
I did not come to this decision lightly or on my own. I have worked with a large committee of
different stakeholders within this school district and the community throughout the summer. I
have taken the results of the parent/guardian and staff surveys into consideration. I have read
through the CDC and DESE recommendations for reopening as well. The COVID-19 Opening of
School Plan is the result of all our hard work to provide the safest environment that still allows
our students to learn and our staff to teach.
I’ve heard and read many comments from parents/guardians expressing concerns over
returning to school this August. While I understand those specific concerns, I must also provide
the opportunity for each of our students to learn equitably. For those parents who don’t feel they
can safely send their children to school during the current circumstances, I completely
understand. Please know there are other options for learning which are spelled out in our plan.
The only option not on the table right now is not allowing our students the opportunity to learn.
We will not fail our students by denying their right to a good education.
I ask each of you to carefully and mindfully read through the entire plan. I’m certain there will be
follow-up questions. I’ve set up a Google Form for anyone to ask those questions. I will be
following up with a Q and A by video early next week to answer those questions which are
I am grateful to work in a district and community where people know how to come together and
work through a challenge. I’m thankful to work in a school district with parents/guardians who
are so involved in their children’s education and lives. I look forward to continuing the rewarding
work of educating our students.
Dr. Tony Robinson, Superintendent
Sikeston R-6 Schools
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