Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
Our central office motto these days is be prepared, be observant, be flexible.  We are also in the habit of gauging topics of concern by the calls that we receive in the central office. Lately, the two biggest trends are 1. “We have a second home here. How do I enroll my student(s) in School of the Osage for the coming school year?” And this question has been running neck in neck with #2. “Are you going to require masks for the coming school year?” The first question is pretty cut and dry and can be solved by bringing a few papers to the office.
The answer to the second question is more complicated. At the national and state level, the topic of masks has evolved over the past month. We suspect it will continue to do so in the month to come. We have time to let guidance from the state and the CDC (which has changed its tune more than once on what does and doesn’t help regarding masks) continue to play out through July.  As for today, here is where we stand on the topic for summer school: 

  • Students and employees may wear a mask at any time.
  • Students and employees demonstrating symptoms must wear a mask and be quarantined in the isolation room until able to leave the building.
  • Any employee supervising a student demonstrating symptoms must wear a mask and/or other personal protective equipment (PPE). 

We will have additional guidance on our district’s mask stance for the start of the regular year at central registration (August 12 and 13).  What 2020 has taught all of us is that we must be constantly prepared to make adjustments.
What we will NOT be adjusting is our long-term commitments to safety, learning, and fiscal responsibility. We survived last spring, but we have big plans to thrive this fall, come what may.  Here are a few additional updates. 

  • Seated summer school started this week at the high school for grades 9-12. Starting next Monday, July 13, seated summer school will be at Heritage for grades K-5 and grades 6-8 will be at the high school. For more information email [email protected]. For more information on how to register your child for Jumpstart Kindergarten Summer School visit our website here.   
  • School of the Osage Summer School Safety Protocols. Don’t hesitate to contact our director of safety, Mr. Bill Altermatt, if you have questions.
  • Click here for the latest information on summer food pick-up.
  • We are so proud of our very own Amanda Wersching who recently saved a life using a Stop the Bleed kit for our partners at Lake Regional. Click here to learn more. 

Be Well.

Dr. Laura Nelson
[email protected] 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or [email protected] 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
HE- 573-365-5341
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426