Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
We are nearing the completion of the first academic quarter of our school year! To ensure a strong finish we have implemented a plan for make-up Monday, which is coming up on October 12. All across the district, teachers will have the same message posted in Canvas accounts on Friday reminding students that they are available to provide individualized guidance and feedback via Zoom and Remind on 10/12/20. (Students who are fully caught up get to enjoy a well-deserved day off from distance learning protocols.)
 
This is a great time to underscore the importance of the expectation that learning can happen regardless of location. Our teachers are juggling seated and distance learning protocols daily because of quarantines. Students are transitioning in and out of classrooms on a regular basis. To state the obvious, this is not the same as school closure in the spring. At that point, we were all doing the best we could on the fly. 
 
The system in place now is intentional, and the expectation is that students will complete their work whether or not they are physically in attendance in a school building. This has clearly taken a tremendous amount of adjustment for everybody. The upcoming parent-teacher conferences will provide an opportunity to collaborate around additional ways to ensure students can meet their potential this year as we continue to prioritize learning even as we navigate various pandemic-oriented hurdles. Please see the notation below regarding details pertaining to signing up for a conference time. Thank you for the vital role YOU are filling in support of your student(s) and their teacher(s). 
 

  • Parent-teacher Zoom Conference sign up, click here
  • This week’s football game was almost canceled when our scheduled opponent bowed out due to pandemic considerations in their district. Our athletic director, Mr. Hague, worked hard with Coach Johnson to get another team lined up. We are all grateful they could keep us in a position to fire up our Friday night lights! That being said, this scheduling situation is a constant issue across the board and puts us in an exciting, and occasionally suspenseful, position as we prioritize keeping students in play. 
  • Please help us keep a safe atmosphere on game night by reminding your student(s) of our home game guidelines: PK-5th grade students must be accompanied by an adult; all students must sit with their guardians or in designated student sections; students are not allowed to play in the lawn area behind the press box; spectators may not bring frisbees/balls into the stadium.
  • Homecoming week is next week. We are working hard to keep as many traditions in place as possible. Click here for an overview of spirit days! Out of an abundance of caution, and because the number of students we have out on quarantine is going up instead of down, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the parade to ensure that we do not create a situation that might break our no-school closure streak. We are working to bring back a long-lost tradition, that of the homecoming mum. 
  • OFP Spirit Wear distribution will take place next week. Items will be sent home with your student. 
  • Here is our updated COVID Dashboard.
  • If you are still having internet connectivity issues, we may be able to help. We recognize that hotspots are not created equally.  We are distributing two different types in an effort to get a working solution going regardless of where your home is in the district. Email [email protected] for more information. 

 
 
Be Well.
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
[email protected] 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or [email protected] 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
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

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