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Safe Return to In-Person Instruction


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Safe Return to In-Person Instruction


Nell Holcomb R-IV

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan


2021-2022  School Year 


The guidelines and protocols outlined in this document are subject to revision as needed to reflect local, state, and federal guidance.  District officials and the local school board will review the plan quarterly.  

Guidelines and protocols may also be revised as appropriate to reflect the needs of local conditions.


Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Face Masks
  3. Physical Distancing
  4. Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette
  5. Cleaning and Maintaining Healthy Facilities
  6. Contact Tracing
  7. Diagnostic and Screening Testing
  8. Vaccinations
  9. Appropriate Accommodations for Children with Disabilities


  1. Overview:

The safety and well being of Nell Holcomb R-IV students and staff is our top priority in all decisions related to conducting school and providing a quality education to all students we serve. 

Nell Holcomb R-IV worked diligently throughout the 2020-2021 school year to provide in person instruction to our students with minimal interruption.  We plan to build off of this success in the 2021-2022 school year to move back towards a “NORMAL” classroom and building experience for all students, parents, staff members, and community members.  

The content in this document will be updated as additional guidance is provided by state, local, and federal authorities. Please refer to this document often to stay informed about the most current guidelines and protocols our district will be following.  Parents/guardians with questions or concerns are asked to call the Nell Holcomb R-IV Superintendent’s Office at 573-334-3644 to discuss and address those concerns.

  1. Masks

The use of face masks for staff members and students will be optional for the 2021-2022 school year

  1. Physical Distancing

Nell Holcomb R-IV will continue to adjust schedules and release time/start times to provide distancing and minimal congestion in hallways when possible

Nell Holcomb R-IV will return to all students eating breakfast in the cafeteria prior to the start of the school day.  

  1. Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette

Handwashing will be taught and reinforced

Proper handwashing signage will be placed in bathrooms throughout the school

Hand sanitizer will be available to all students and staff

  1. Cleaning and Maintaining  Healthy Facilities

Nell Holcomb R-IV will continue to provide additional cleaning in school buses, classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and on high-touch surfaces

Nell Holcomb R-IV will continue the usage of additional maintenance/custodial staffing throughout the school day to assist with additional cleaning

  1. Contact Tracing

All contact tracing for any illness will be handled by the Nell Holcomb R-IV School Nurse and the LEA

  1. Diagnostic and Screening Testing

Nell Holcomb R-IV will not conduct any diagnostic screenings or testing.  All testing for any illness or sickness will be conducted by the local health departments, physicians, or clinics outside of the school setting

  1. Vaccinations

The Nell Holcomb R-IV School Nurse will continue to keep staff members informed of vaccination opportunities throughout the area.  

  1. Appropriate Accommodations for Children with Disabilities

Nell Holcomb R-IV will provide appropriate accommodations as necessary or as mandated by a student Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Click here to see the printable .pdf version of the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction.