Ozark Tiger E-News

First Day of School is Aug. 20

From Superintendent Dr. Bauman

We know this has been a very difficult time. Our goal moving forward is to create an environment as normal as possible for our students. We miss their smiles. We miss their aha moments. We miss their creativity. We miss their laughter. We can’t wait to see them on the first day of school, Aug. 20.

COVID-19 is a very serious situation and these last months we have been working hard to make sure our schools are as safe as possible to re-open so we can see our students.

Ozark School District's number one priority is the safety of our students and staff. Our safety plan follows local and state guidelines regarding social distancing and sanitation to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are making decisions based on the information we have in front of us currently. Unfortunately, there are no absolutes and this is often a rapidly changing situation. These procedures are based on the most recent recommendations and will likely evolve as information is updated from state and federal health agencies. Our goal is to remain transparent in our plan to return to school and explain what our reopening will look like:

  • Students and staff will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering, but at this time it is not required.

  • To help minimize cross contamination, students will be grouped together with the same staff throughout the day as much as possible.

  • Procedures are modified so social distancing can occur within the classrooms and other areas of the school, such as the cafeteria.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available and regular hand washing will be emphasized.

  • Facilities and buses will continue to be disinfected with deep cleaning slated for buildings every two weeks, as seen on the school calendar.

  • All staff will monitor their health; parents must monitor the health of their students, keeping them home if they exhibit symptoms.

All of us — school staff, students and families — have a role in keeping our schools safe. We are committed to doing everything we can to have a safe school year. We can’t wait to see you!

Dr. Chris Bauman, Superintendent

Ozark School District's number one priority is the safety of our students and staff. You'll find our full Returning to School Plan here. There is a large amount of information, so we created a fact sheet to help address some of the major topics.

Full Returning to School Safety Plan

Returning to School Fact Sheet

We strive to provide students with access to a wide array of learning opportunities to help them succeed and be safe. Children have unique learning styles, and we are here to adapt to your child's and family's needs.

Learn more about your educational options for the 2020-21 school year here.

As the school year begins, we want to be transparent in our decision-making process regarding COVID-19 school closures. Closure decisions are dependent upon the situation at hand and will focus on two areas - what is happening within our school district and what is happening within the community.

School Closure Decision Making Process

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Parent Portal is now open to fill out back-to-school forms for existing families and begin the student registration process for new families. This includes all incoming kindergartners.

At this time, the mobile Parent Portal app (called Student 360) cannot be used to fill out back to school information forms or register a new student.

If you do not have internet access: Computers are available District Office from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 8 a.m. - noon Fridays, and will be available at each school building beginning July 28. You must have a Parent Portal account to access the forms.

Find instructions on how to access those forms here.
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