COVID Update

  • NSD Team & Community,

    Thank you for your support last week. It is always a tough decision to cancel school for any reason but we truly believe that it was the best choice for the health and wellness of our team. We are happy to report that many of our team members are on the mend and ready to roll tomorrow. Additionally, we would be doing a disservice if we didn’t send a huge “Thank you!” to our Building Services Team. They have been hard at work sanitizing our buildings so they are ready for students to return. 

    Please be aware that while we have seen a slight reprieve, illnesses of all natures remain very high right now. We are seeing a combination of Flu, COVID, and a gastrointestinal virus. Please feel encouraged to take the health precautions that you feel are in the best interest of your students and families. If your student does become sick, please keep them home and inform your school’s office. 

    Thank you for your continued support, Wildcat Nation!

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    NSD Parents & Team Members, 

    As of today we are at 123 NSD Team Members absent due to illness across buildings and departments. In order to give our staff time to get back to health, we will be cancelling school for the remainder of the week. Monday is a scheduled day out for students to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so students will return to school on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

    These days will be observed as weather cancellation days so all virtual and in-person classes will be cancelled, along with extracurricular activities. A list of cancellations will be maintained and can be found at the top of the neoshosd.org homepage. 

    We have a team who is working closely with Bright Futures Neosho to ensure food bags are available for students in need during this closure. Bags will be assembled and sent home today.

    Please note that buildings will be closed so they can be sanitized thoroughly during the cancellation period. If you need to reach your teachers, please contact them through email or other communication tools supported by their individual classrooms. If you have illness in your home to report during the cancellation period, please report those via email to your building principals.

    We want to reiterate that while we have not reached the COVID illness percentage outlined in the NSD United Plan to close down buildings/district, there is a significant amount of other illnesses contributing to our staff’s ability to serve students effectively and safely. We are very proud of what our team has done so far to keep operations running. NSD Team Members in our buildings have stretched themselves to meet the needs of our students and community. We believe this is the best option for the health and wellbeing of our team.

    We encourage district families and team members to stay home during this time frame so as not to further the spread of illness. 

    Thank you for your understanding and support,

    NSD

     

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    NSD Parents & Team Members, 

    At this point in time, we are at 94 NSD Team Members absent, spanning across all departments, for illnesses ranging from COVID to Flu. We are very proud of the NSD Team for making the best out of a bad situation by covering classes, routes, and duties. We commend our team for their above-and-beyond efforts. Though we are not at the 7% positive among staff outlined in the NSD United plan, cases are widespread to the point that it is affecting district-wide functionality. We will continue to do our best to avoid building or district-wide closure, however, we want to make everyone aware that we are close to a potential tipping point. Though it is always our intention to provide as much notice as possible, the number of team members and substitutes affected is changing rapidly, so the potential for closure will be assessed on a daily basis. We encourage everyone in Wildcat Nation to prepare a back-up plan to their best ability should we need to close due to staff illness. 

    Should a building or the district need to close due to staffing, the closure would be counted as and operate as a snow day. Snow days are built into the calendar just like last year, so unless we go over the total of extra hours allotted (snow days and illness days combined), they will not need to be made up at the end of the year. 

    One significant area of impact is within our Transportation Department. Since they are integral to various daily operations, please note that there is potential for a change in routes or a doubling of routes according to daily illness numbers. The routes that are most likely to get doubled are the routes in town, as they are smaller and more compact. If an adjustment to a route needs to be made, we will do our best to notify all parents by 6:00am. If a route is doubled, it will mean a delay of pick up and drop off times at the bus stop. 

    Additionally, it is very likely that every member of the Transportation team that is qualified to drive will be on a route. We ask for your patience if you attempt to call the Transportation Office during morning or afternoon routes and cannot reach someone. They will return your call as soon as possible.

    We encourage district families and team members to stay home in the case of illness. Other recommended practices during this heightened time of illness are drinking from individual water bottles, masking, and distancing as much as possible. 

    Thank you for your understanding and support,

    NSD