Return to Learn SRCSP

Safe Return to

In-Person Instruction

and Continuity of Services Plan

Original: Jul 2020
Revisions: Nov 2020 / Jun 16, 2021 / Aug 9, 2021

As we enter into the 2021-2022 school year, Bolivar Schools is focused on in-person learning. Having students in school buildings gives us the best opportunity to meet the educational, social, emotional, and nutritional needs of our students. We also take seriously the responsibility of keeping our students and staff safe.

Bolivar Schools will continue to review and collect data on absences, quarantines, positive cases, or COVID-19 impacts and follow the guidelines of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and guidance of the Polk County Health Center.


Welcome Back
Our 2021-2022 school calendar indicates students will report back to school on Monday, August 23rd. All students will attend school five days per week.

Parents who would like to choose on-line learning via a vendor approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education may contact their child’s school and visit with the school counselor(s). Online learning options via outside vendors will be available to all students unless it is determined that online learning is not in a child’s best educational interest.

Local Virtual or Distance Learning
Local Virtual/Distance Learning options or AIM (Alternative Instructional Methods) will only be offered in PreK-12th Grades in the case of inclement weather.

While at School

Home Health Self Screenings
It is important that all families and staff partner with us in monitoring health. We ask that students and staff take their temperature daily at home prior to coming to school or school activities, following the self-screening checklist below. No student or staff with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher may enter the building or attend activities. No fever reducing medication may be taken to reduce fever prior to coming to school or events.


A fever (100 degrees or higher) or chills

New muscle or body aches

Cough, sore throat, headache

New loss of taste or smell

Shortness of breath or breathing difficulty

Congestion or runny nose

Extreme Fatigue

Nausea, vomiting, Diarrhea


Health/Wellness at School
If a student or staff member develops a fever of 100 degrees or higher at school, they will immediately be sent to a safe isolation area. They must be picked up from school immediately or leave (if a driver). They cannot return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication. A licensed school nurse will be at the four main attendance centers and assist with all health-related matters.

The Polk County Health Center offers free PCR testing for individuals who are symptomatic (with a one-day notice). In addition, the Binax-Now Rapid Antigen Test is available for staff and students who are symptomatic, and may be provided by our school nursing staff with prior notification.

Free COVID vaccinations are available for students ages 12 and older at the following locations:

  • Polk County Health Center (walk-ins Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)
  • Stephens Pharmacy (call for appointment Mon & Wed (417) 326-2416)
  • Walmart Pharmacy (walk-ins Mon-Fri during pharmacy hours)

Protective Face Masks
At present, face masks will be required for students and staff. Our goal is to keep students and staff safe and to engage students in high-quality learning & activities. If a student has a documented medical diagnosis and cannot wear a face mask, parents need to contact their child’s school nurse to receive an exemption, and social distancing measures will be an option. During outdoor P.E. and a few classrooms (band, choir, music), social distancing may replace face masking, with the building principal’s approval. Students will be asked to follow proper face masking procedures while at school.

Social Distancing
Teachers will stress the importance of social distancing while at school. Elementary students will maintain a core group of 50 students. This group will go to lunch and recess together. We will do our best to maintain social distancing as much as possible when students are not with their core group. We will arrange classroom desks and common seating areas (including tables) to maximize space between students.

Water Fountains and Water Bottles
Students will need to bring a reusable water bottle to school every day. Water fountains at school will only be used to refill students' water bottles and not to directly provide drinks.

Breakfast and Lunch
Students eating school meals will eat a grab-n-go breakfast in the classroom. During lunch time, students will stay with a cohort group of 50 or fewer students and eat in the cafeteria or commons while maintaining social distances. Parents/visitors will not be allowed to eat lunch at school, and at this time, we continue to ask parents/guardians to not deliver food items from outside vendors to students at school in efforts to minimize possible exposure. Our nutrition staff will wear protective face coverings during meal preparation and serving.

While the District intends to provide transportation, it will be difficult to provide social distance on the bus. The District strongly encourages families to provide personal transportation for their students. Families must designate a need for transportation during registration, enabling transportation to plan routes and ridership. Face coverings are a requirement for all students riding the bus. Buses will seat members of each family together, sanitize busses between trips, and will open windows when weather permits for increased air circulation, following CDC guidelines. Parents at all buildings will release/pick up students from the drop-off and pick- up lines. Staff will be on-site to assist students in the building and help them safely to class.

It is important for all students to learn remotely on days when they have a fever or other symptoms of illness. Students who have a health reason verified by a parent/guardian or medical professional will receive a verified absence.

Cleaning and Disinfecting
Custodial staff will increase the sanitization of high-contact surfaces throughout the school day. Frequent hand-washing and other health protocols will be practiced and highly encouraged for all staff and students. Teachers will teach and review hygiene lessons and social distancing expectations, and hand sanitizer will be easily accessible throughout the building and in classrooms. School buildings will be thoroughly disinfected upon notification of a positive case.

Academic Progress
Teachers will closely monitor student progress and recommend additional academic supports as needed. These supports may include remediation and targeted instruction embedded within the school day, additional time and support in after-school tutoring and credit recovery options for students at Bolivar High school. Should a student be quarantined or miss school due to illness, students will engage in daily lessons via their Canvas learning management system. Teachers, school resource officers, and building administration will continue to carefully monitor student engagement and progress during AIM instruction.


Social, Emotional, and Mental Wellness
Students will be invited to attend a host of school activities including academic performances and athletic competitions. School counseling staff will be available to students, including options for students who need individual counseling sessions. Wellness checks will be conducted by principals, school resource officers, school counselors, and instructional staff during periods of distance learning (AIM).


Contact Tracing
The district will work collaboratively with the Polk County Health Center to assist with contact tracing as recommended by Center for Disease Control guidelines.

Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) for the Bolivar R-1 School District. Teachers will use this platform during in-person and distance learning instruction.

Volunteers and Visitors
At this time, only students, staff, and essential support staff will be allowed in school buildings. Virtual meetings will be highly encouraged. As our health environment changes, these restrictions may change.


COVID Scenarios, Exposure and Quarantine Guidelines
If a Staff Member or Student Tests Positive for COVID 19:
If a current student or staff has a confirmed case of COVID, they cannot return to a Bolivar R-1 facility until they are symptom free and their quarantine time has ended. During recovery, the student will transition to Canvas and their teachers will work with him/her to complete missed assignments. Please contact your school nurse to alert of your absence and health situation.

Exposure and Quarantine:
The District will contact the parents/students and staff to inform them that a positive person was in the building and encourage cooperation with the Polk County Health Center and the school to trace contacts with the individual. The district will not identify the individual in any communications; however, the Polk County Health Department may need to identify in order to conduct selective contact tracing. The Polk County Health Department will advise close contacts on testing and quarantine procedures.

If a Family Member of Staff or Student Tests Positive for COVID:
If any of your in-home immediate family members have tested positive for COVID, do not enter Bolivar R-1 Schools facilities or attend Bolivar R-1 Schools events. This decision is due to the typical family proximity and interactions. Please contact your school nurse to alert of your absence and health situation.





 Arrival and Dismissal
Arrivals: Students at the Bolivar Primary School (BPS) and Bolivar Intermediate School (BIS) may arrive at school as early as 7:15 a.m. BPS students will enter through the front door and BIS students will enter through the back door. Staff will supervise early arrivals in a common space that will allow for social distancing until students are released to go to class. Students at the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) may arrive at school as early as 7:50 a.m. Staff will be on hand to assist children as they enter the building. As an additional safeguard, the school will not permit parents, guardians, and other visitors to enter schools or escort students to class.

Dismissals: The school will direct students to remain in the classroom or designated commons area until their bus number, car name, or daycare is announced.

Student Supplies
Sharing of student supplies such as crayons markers, scissors, and pencils will not be allowed. Students will keep their supplies separate from those of others in individually labeled containers.

Computer Labs/Classroom Devices and Manipulatives
Technical devices and learning manipulatives needed for instructional purpose will be sanitized before shared with another student.

Encore Classes (P.E., Music, Tech, Art)
Students will attend special area classes once per week for 50 minutes. Teachers and students will sanitize equipment and workspaces on a routine basis. Students will follow social distancing guidelines as much as possible when lining up and traveling in the hallways to Encore classes.

Students will attend recess in a constant cohort group of 50. Students will wash their hands before and after recess. Each elementary site will develop a schedule that will allow for daily outdoor playtime. Recess equipment will be sanitized daily and will stay with the cohort group.

Library Media Centers
Library Media Centers will be open for lessons and for checking in/out books. Students will wash hands or sanitize hands before and after visits to the Library. At the present time, book fairs will be virtual.

Bolivar Intermediate School students will be assigned a Chromebook to use and take home during the school year.

School-wide Assemblies
Large group gatherings may take place at the discretion of the building principal in consultation with district superintendent. Each school will develop procedures and protocols to carry out gatherings and assemblies, and may conduct such events through a virtual experience or with smaller groups.

Outside Snacks and Birthday Treats/Parties
In efforts to reduce risks to students, parents and students will not be allowed to bring edible food items or small party favors for birthday treats. Principals may continue to "celebrate" with announcements over the intercom and well-wishes in the classroom.

PTA Events
PTA serves a very important role in our schools. We understand that due to COVID, adjustments will be necessary. All PTA events will be limited to those deemed safe by the building principal.

Field Trips
Principals and the assistant superintendent will assess requests for field trips and approve/deny these based upon the most current information regarding COVID.







Middle School: Bolivar Middle School (BMS) students who need to arrive at school early may be dropped off at the Field House no earlier than 7:00 a.m. Front doors at BMS will not open until 7:30 a.m. Students will practice social distancing during early arrival times.

High School: Bolivar High School students should not arrive at the building earlier than 7:00 a.m. Students will practice social distancing during early arrival times.


Hallways, Passing Periods, and Lockers
Students will walk on the right side of the hall and make efforts to adhere to social distancing guidelines as much possible. Lockers will not be used at Bolivar High School unless specifically requested. BMS students will be allowed to carry backpacks throughout the school day, and lockers will be utilized as needed.

Middle School: Middle School students will be assigned a Chromebook to use and take home during the school year.
High School: High School students will be assigned a Chromebook to use and take home during the school year.


Library Media Centers
Library Media Centers will remain open with adjusted guidance for checking out and returning resources. Books will be sanitized before re-circulation.

All secondary schools will operate with several lunch periods to decrease the number of students eating in the cafeteria. Students will eat with limited seating at each cafeteria table and will practice recommended social distancing guidelines. In efforts to minimize possible exposure, food items from outside vendors cannot be delivered to BMS or BHS students during the school day.

School Assemblies
Large group gatherings may take place at the discretion of the building principal in consultation with district superintendent. Each school will develop procedures and protocols to carry out gatherings and assemblies, and may conduct such events through a virtual experience or with smaller groups.

Athletics and Activities
Our Bolivar R-1 Schools’ athletic director, coaches, and trainers have been instrumental in preparing athletes and families for healthy athletic environments and procedures. Bolivar athletic programs will continue to follow district safety protocols and work closely with the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) regarding practices and sanctioned sports events.

Band, Musical, and Drama Performances and Productions
Band, vocal music, drama & speech teachers will assess programs designed for public performance and make modifications that allow for smaller audiences and the practice of social distancing as needed. The district will consider virtual performances as an option for program alternatives.

Field Trips
Principals and the assistant superintendent will assess requests for field trips and approve/deny these based upon the most current information regarding COVID.

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