Jefferson City Public Schools discuss reopening plans

1 month 2 weeks 6 days ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:16:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
By: Liam Garrity, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY - Public school administrators discussed, Tuesday afternoon, the district's reopening plans, as student prepare for the start of a new academic year on Aug. 24.

Superintendent Larry Linthacum said the district has the responsibility of ensuring the success of its students.

“I don't want to look back in five to 10 years from now and then a lot of kids aren't successful,” Linthacum said. “It's like, well you know, there's an asterisk because we had COVID. We still have a responsibility and we believe the best environment is face to face.”

At their board meeting, school officials also said masks will be required for students, except for those in K-5 or children who have a medical condition.

Gary Verslues, assistant superintendent for secondary education for Jefferson City Public Schools, said the district is counting on student leadership for the success of the reopening plans.

"We’ve got to work with our students and say, guys it's not about us against you, it's not about more school rules, it's about keeping everybody including you, me, your families, and the entire community healthy," he said.

Linthacum also said staff will be required to wear face masks, with some exceptions.

“If you’re at your workstation you don’t have to have a mask on, if you leave your workstation you need to put your mask on,” he said.

School officials also discussed having thermal cameras installed in schools, as well as new sanitation devices. Also, administrators discussed consistent ways to work with students who don't wear masks.

On Friday, there will be a virtual "back to school Q&A" available for parents and community members. For more information, go to the district's website

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