WElcome to Blair Community Schools

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The Foodbank for the Heartland Mobile Food Program
is offering children within Blair Community School District,
FREE MEALS every Thursday at North Primary School.

This is a drive through mobile food pick-up.  Please enter at 14th & Jackson and exit at 14th & Park.
Each student will receive five (5) breakfast & lunches for the week.  


DATES: Thursday, July 9, 2020 thru Thursday, August 6, 2020 
WHO:
Any child within Blair Community School District
WHEN & TIME: Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

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Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for taking time to complete the survey sent to you on July 25, 2020.  1,215 Parents responded representing 2,141 of 2,164 or 99% of 2020-21 Preschool through 12th Grade Blair Community School students. Your input will be used to guide BCS in planning for the 2020-21 reopening of school.


87.3% of parents surveyed said they are comfortable sending their child to school in the fall.  Some of the common reasons parents were uncomfortable were very understandable.


I will strongly advocate that all policy considerations for the coming school year will start with a goal of having 100% of students physically present in school every day beginning on Wednesday, August 19

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), evolving research supports the importance of in-person learning for the educational, social, emotional skills, safety, substantial impact on food security, reliable nutrition, speech, mental health therapy, and physical activity for children among other benefits. I will be recommending to the school board that reopening plans have Flexible Attendance Policies and practices to accommodate at-risk students and support parents who do not feel comfortable sending their children to school due to the COVID-19 virus. Plans will include universal access to the internet and related educational technologies for those engaged in distance eLearning.  

Policies in the plan will be designed to mitigate but can't guarantee eliminating risk.  They will be designed to balance the mitigation of risk, while ensuring students have in-person learning to reduce the harms not being in school can cause.  As a result, I will not push to require face masks be worn. BCS will recommend universal face coverings be worn especially when middle and high schools students or staff are unable to maintain a 6-foot distance, but understand for some students masks aren't developmentally appropriate, safe, and the use may impede the education process.

37% of BCS parents do not feel comfortable requiring students to wear masks and according to the American Association of Pediatrics in a publication released on June 25, "although ideal, universal face covering use is not always possible in the school setting for many reasons. Some students, or staff, may be unable to safely wear a cloth face covering because of certain medical conditions (eg, developmental, respiratory, tactile aversion, or other conditions) or may be uncomfortable, making the consistent use of cloth face coverings throughout the day challenging." BCS will provide four (4) two-ply cloth face masks for each student and staff member and encourage, but not require them to be worn.


Throughout July, BCS will have a Reopening Planning Team (RPT) who will continue to gather input and consider research to develop a plan that will address the following:

  • Reopening scenarios and contingencies to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all students and staff.
  • A reopening infrastructure aligned with changing scenarios.
  • Ensure Students and Families equitable access to technology Required for Virtual learning.
  • Provide Continuing Support to Students and Adults to Address Their Immediate and Long-Term Physical, Psychological, Social and Emotional Needs.
  • Ensure All Schools Are Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Skilled.
  • Including procedures for temperature checks and assurances that students or staff exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms do not enter buildings. 
  • School Closure and Quarantine Procedures: Contingency plans for closing classrooms or schools in the event that students or staff contract COVID-19. Policies will address efficient health screening procedures, quarantine protocols, and clearly articulated criteria to determine if school closings are needed. This process will involve a multi-faceted communication plan that ensures all staff, families and community members are informed of closures and quarantines. 
  •  Social-Distancing Protocols: Both the CDC and the World Health Organization suggest keeping individuals at a six-foot distance from one another and reducing the number of people with whom an individual interacts directly. Key issues to focus on include: (1) arrival protocols; (2) mealtimes, recreation, and transportation; and (3) unique challenges in classes and programs requiring a high degree of student interaction and proximity as well as experiential learning (e.g., art activities, physical education, music, Career and Technical Education).
  •  Hygiene and Cleaning Procedures: In addition to reinforcing hand-washing as a key priority, school and district staff must ensure that there is ongoing cleaning and sanitation of commonly touched surfaces to mitigate the virus. 
We will be sending information to parents throughout July about the Reopening Plan. If you are interested in joining planning efforts on an Ad Hoc committee please email Dr. Gilson at randy.gilson@blairschools.org.  
Dr. Randy Gilson Superintendent

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Click HERE to view the BHS Novel Coronavirus Disease website.

Blair Community School's response to the Novel Coronavirus.


Additional Novel Coronavirus Resources
Superintendent Weekly Message Text
CDC Guidance for Schools
Local Health Department Info & Contacts


 

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Blair TeamMates Coordinator

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Blair Community Schools Building Phone Numbers

Blair High School:  402-426-4941
Otte-Blair Middle School:  402-426-3678
Arbor Park Intermediate:  402-426-2735
Deerfield Primary:  402-426-5123
North Primary:  402-426-3835
South Primary:  402-426-2229
Transportation/Bus Barn:  402-426-4509


Blair Community Schools Administration Office Hours


Monday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm

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