Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-
It’s with great relief that we have moved from the challenge of getting schools open to keeping them open. But as you probably know too, planning for extra sanitation, extra mask use, and social distancing in theory feels really different from practicing them vigilantly for a real cause.
We’ve had quite the time this past week navigating all the things we need to do as a school community committed to slowing the spread of COVID19. Certainly collaborating with our local health officials (bless them all!) has taken on new weight as we all learned about the nuances of close contact identification. As a tool to clear up some of the confusion, we developed a notification form and a glossary. You can check it out on our website where we also posted additional reminders and a dashboard of sorts which we will be updating weekly. This will allow us to provide you with ongoing updates without spamming your in-box every time something changes.
I’m aware of the fact that I am a “glass half-full person.” But I am also very committed to ensuring that you have the information you need to understand what is going on with your school district. Therefore, I will be clear: it is NOT business as usual. We did not expect that it would be. I am also sure we did not expect that by this day, the majority of our teachers would already be using the distance learning plan we developed for Mondays to be supporting students every day of the week. Today alone, 88 were learning from home due to official quarantine from one of the local health departments.
We are going to keep fighting the good fight to keep our buildings open as much as possible. But if we do need to pivot to distance learning for an entire class, grade, or school we have several back-up plans that we can use where conditions warrant them. The information on our website will help you stay in the loop on these conditions. Thank you for all you are doing to help us keep schools open. It’s a team effort, and we are all in it to win it!
- Great News! Starting today, breakfast and lunch will be free for all students at School of the Osage through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This was the same program that allowed us to provide meals during school closure last spring and summer. This program does not erase any previous outstanding balances in meal accounts, so please continue to pay those off. According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) this program is scheduled to run through December, or until funding runs out - whichever occurs sooner.
- Osage Parent owned businesses have sponsored water bottles for every student at Heritage. They will be sent home every night for cleaning and refilling. Please send it back each day along with their iPad. If your child loses, misplaces, or if you’d like a second water bottle you can purchase one from the office for $5. All profits will go directly to the Osage Family Partnership (OFP).
- Annual title meetings are scheduled for Heritage Elementary Thursday, September 17th, 7:00 pm via zoom meeting, Upper Elementary Wednesday, October 7th, 2:00 pm, and Osage Middle School will be sending information through the MS October Newsletter.
- The Osage Family Partnership is taking orders for Osage spirit wear. Click here to order online. If you have questions, email [email protected] or visit the OFP Spirit Wear Facebook Page here. Orders are due by September 25.
Dr. Laura Nelson
*Indian Support Hotline:
573-552-8878 or [email protected]
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