COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update from Dr. Marriott
Posted on 11/12/2020

November 11, 2020


Dear Pirate Families:

I hope this letter finds you and your family well.  With the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in our county and closure of many local schools, I felt a Boonville School District health update would be appreciated by our families.


As a District, we continue to monitor local health conditions.  The Cooper County Health Department provides frequent updates to the District and the District shares information with the County Health Department regarding school health conditions.  The District implements several measures to identify those who may be impacted through possible COVID-19 exposure including conducting contract tracing measures for each confirmed case of COVID-19 in a student or staff member and thorough cleaning and disinfecting of work and/or learning spaces. Additional mitigating measures continue to be implemented such as daily staff and student temperature checks, required mask use by students in grades 6th-12th, required mask use for all staff, and physical distancing when possible.  Despite all these measures, we do have students and staff who develop COVID-19.  Below are current District statistics, as of 11/11/2020:


Building

Number of students positive for COVID-19

Number of staff positive for COVID-19 (including support staff, administrators, teachers, kitchen, and custodial staff)

Hannah Cole Primary

1

1

David Barton Elementary

0

1

Laura Speed Elliott Middle School

1

0

Boonville High School

3

3

Boonslick Technical Education Center

0

0

  

While each positive identification of COVID-19 in a student and/or staff member is notable, currently the District can adequately provide coverage for all classrooms and support positions.  We do not consider the number of positive cases in each building, at this time, significant enough to warrant a change in instructional delivery methods.  My primary focus is to maintain in-person learning for our students if it is safely possible to do.  I feel it is imperative for students to have social interaction with peers and adults, receive instruction from a classroom teacher, maintain positive adult connections, and have access to mental health resources, food, and other basic needs.  If our situation changes, we will provide notification of instructional changes as far in advance as possible.


Finally, I want to sincerely thank each of you for your continued efforts to keep our students and staff healthy.  We sincerely appreciate parents/guardians monitoring student’s health status, keeping students home when not feeling well, and practicing good hygiene habits.  I also wish to thank our custodial staff for maintaining safe, clean, and healthy environments for learning and work.  It certainly is a team effort and your efforts as parents do not go unnoticed.


I hope this letter relieved some anxieties and/or answered questions you may have had regarding our school district.  We anticipate additional obstacles in the future but will diligently work to maneuver through them as a team.


Thank you for your continued support of our school district and for sharing your students with us during the week.


Sincerely,


Dr. Sarah Marriott

Superintendent of Schools