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Southern Boone School District finalizes its return plan

Southern Boone High School


The Southern Boone R-I School District has finalized its back-to-school return plan for the in-person learning.

The district says it has been consulting the CDC and Boone County Health Department to make its return plan decisions. The return plan includes social distancing, increased sanitation measures and contact tracing.

The plan is set to be reviewed every six months.


The Southern Boone School District will not be requiring masks unless certain COVID-19 stats rise over a certain rate. Students and staff are allowed to wear masks if they wish and the district encourages the use of masks.

Masks are required for students while on school buses per CDC rules. Schools will provide masks for any student who does not have one.

Required if:

  • If a new health order requiring masks is put into place by the health department, the district will follow the order and require masks.
  • COVID-19 cases and exposures reach 15% of a building's population.
  • Local zip code areas of the district have more than a 5%, 14-day positivity rate for children under the age of 18-years-old.

The plan says the Superintendent of the district is monitoring the Boone County MO COVID-19 Information Hub to keep track of the case rates in the area.

The district is also keeping track of COVID-19 case rates on its dashboard which is updated every Monday and Thursday. As of Monday, five students and one staff member have COVID-19. Five students are currently quarantined.

The Southern Boone District returns to school on September 7.

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