Ozark Tiger E-News

Weekly News Highlighting Our Students & Staff

As we are beginning to see COVID-19 cases within our schools, we are doing everything we can to keep our students and staff safe and our buildings open.

The cases we are seeing so far are community spread (the transmission is occurring outside of school) causing additional quarantine situations. We would like to ask our staff, students and families to be mindful of your exposure outside of school.

If someone within your household has a pending test, please keep your student home until you receive results. If the test is positive, your student will be placed on quarantine and our teachers will work with your student regarding coursework. Please notify the school anytime your student is absent.

Our current procedures regarding COVID-19 cases and quarantine situations are based on CDC quarantine guidelines. Please review this information as it explains the quarantine period when an individual or someone within the household has tested positive. We are working with the Christian County Health Department and assisting with contact tracing for students.

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be out of school for 10 days from the test date or the onset of symptoms. This time frame is based on the contagion period.

  • If a student has had a high risk exposure (less than 6 ft for longer than 15 minutes), they will be out of school for 14 days.

    • The reason this time frame is longer is because it includes both the incubation and the contagion period.

  • If a student has a family member in the same house who has tested positive, they will be out of school for at least 24 days.

    • The reason this time frame is longer is because it includes potential exposure (10 days) plus the incubation and contagion period (14 days).

Chris Bauman, Superintendent

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How are we handling positive cases?

Here is an updated FAQ about how we are handling positive cases.

School, COVID-19 & Quarantine FAQ

No School on Election Day

School will be in session Monday, Nov. 2. There will be no school Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Due to many of our buildings being used as polling locations for the presidential election, the Board of Education voted Thursday night to move the Nov. 2 deep cleaning day to Nov. 3. This is because the county will need to use additional areas of the buildings in order to comply with the required social distancing regulations.

All school buildings will be deep cleaned on Nov. 3. Areas of the polling locations not being used during the election will be deep cleaned during the day. Once polls close, crews will deep clean the areas that were used for the election.

View the school calendar here.

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First Day of School for Preschool!

Aug. 24 was the first day of school for our Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center students. They are going to have a SUPER year as they are superheroes in training! They are already learning about colors, shapes and letters. We are so happy to have them (and our teachers) back in our classrooms!

Note: Tiger Paw students are not required to wear masks.

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Tiger Cub Club

Families involved in Parents as Teachers met for Tiger Cub Club in the park where they worked on sorting shapes, colors and counting.

Here is more information on Parents as Teachers.

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Gold Star School

On Aug. 20, the first day of school for the 2020-21 school year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced that Ozark West Elementary School was one of seven Missouri Gold Star Schools for 2020.

Craig Carson, Ozark School District Assistant Superintendent of Learning, said this is a great honor and speaks volumes to the quality of education Ozark offers district wide.

“We are grateful for the Gold Star recognition for West Elementary,” he said. “The staff has worked extremely hard toward equity to make sure each child succeeds academically, socially and emotionally.”

Read the full release here.

OMS Welcomes New Assistant Principal

There's a new face at OMS! Zeb Wallace is the new assistant principal.

“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve Ozark Middle School as assistant principal,” he said. “The admin team and teachers at OMS welcomed me with open arms and we have hit the ground running!”

Read the full story here.
What are you hopeful for?

What are you hopeful for?

What are you hopeful for this year? OMS sixth graders in Ashley Haupt’s class share their hopes this school year.
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Stop the Press!

Introducing the OHS Publications Staff! The newsroom may look different this year, but these students are excited to make the 2020-21 yearbook.

The Great Outdoors

Thanks to the Agriculture classes, the courtyard at OHS is cleaned up and ready to go for outdoor classes.

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Trading Masks for Math

South fourth graders took a digital math break outside on Wednesday. Teachers are taking students outside and spreading out as often as possible to allow students an opportunity to remove their masks. Now they just have to figure out these math problems!

Pay increases for Substitutes

The Ozark Board of Education approved a new pay schedule for substitute teachers and substitute paraprofessionals, increasing pay to $100. The pay also increases incrementally the more days worked:

  • Work 25 days - $105 per day
  • Work 50 days - $110 per day
  • Work 75 days - $115 per day

Due to how payroll works, the rate increase becomes effective on the first day of the month following the month the tier was reached. For example, if you subbed for the 26th time on Nov. 14, your pay would continue at $100 through the month of November. Starting Dec. 1, your pay will increase to $105 per day.

Ozark retirees receive $115 per day no matter how many days worked.

Click here for more information on requirements to be a substitute and the application.

Job openings

Ozark School District is hiring for various positions including nutrition services, bus drivers and custodial staff.

Click here for the list of job descriptions and application information.

Who's behind the mask?

Before the real fun begins — cooking and baking — OJH students in Mrs. Brockmeier's Foods 1 class got to know each through a fun game.
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Surplus Property

We are currently accepting bids for our Transportation Surplus.

Find more information here.

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