Bolivar High School suspends in-person learning until Sept. 14, will return hybrid
Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, Bolivar High School has temporarily suspended all in-person learning starting Thursday.
The Polk County district notified parents of the move Wednesday.
High school students will learn through alternative instructional methods through Sept. 11.
On Sept. 14, in-person learning will resume as part of a hybrid model with roughly half of students attending in-person Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. During the other three days, they will learn through alternative instructional methods.
The district plans to notify parents "at a later date" regarding which days students will be expected to attend in-person.
According to the notice, student activities will continue and students enrolled at Ozarks Technical Community College will still be able to attend those classes.
Students at Bolivar Middle School are attending in-person four days a week, each day except Wednesdays.
At this point, students at Bolivar Intermediate School, Bolivar Primary School and Early Childhood Learning Center are able to attend in-person all week.
The district explained in the notice that due to the "current health environment" at the high school, the district may allow students who signed up for alternative instructional methods to return to in-person learning if that is a better fit for the student.
The district stated: "We are seeing many students impacted by the rise in COVID cases at BHS. A change in settings will allow for more social distancing and will require fewer students to quarantine. Our number one goal is to provide the best possible learning setting for all of our students."
Claudette Riley is the education reporter for the News-Leader. Email news tips to email@example.com and consider supporting vital local journalism by subscribing. Learn more by visiting News-Leader.com/subscribe.