The Exeter-Milligan school board met in a special meeting on
July 30, 2020 in the Exeter-Milligan gymnasium.
The meeting was also available for interested parties to watch on STRIV.
The primary purpose for the meeting was to discuss reopening
policies for the upcoming school year.
Superintendent Paul Sheffield presented a blueprint plan for
reopening. The plan was formulated by a
committee made up of Sheffield, Principal Laura Kroll, business manager Jackie
Yound, elementary teacher Laura Steuben, secondary teacher Amy Tomlison, maintenance staff /bus driver Steve Briske,
school nurse Marilyn Pribyl, and school counselor Denice Kovanda.
The committee report showed four levels of response to the
pandemic in order to keep students learning at school as long as it is safe.
The district emailed the information to each school family
and also placed them on their website.
All students will be required to wear masks on school
transportation (no exceptions). Parents
may option their students out of wearing a mask but if a student contracts
COVID 19 all students in the same school
group (K-2, 3-6, or 7-12) who are not wearing masks will be required to
quarantine for 14 days.
There are a few exceptions to the mask rule. Students under 5 will not have to wear a mask
nor will students be required to wear one at recess, during PE and for
activities like welding.
Temperatures will be taken before students enter school
transportation or enter the school building.
Students who display any symptoms will be asked to stay at home.
Principal Laura Kroll added that they are adding an option
for a zoom absence in their attendance records, ‘they will have to be on the
zoom to be counted.”
Sheffield explained that no field trips are being planned
for the 20-21 school year, “I truly think we will have to go to e-learning at
some point. We want to get as much
school time as we can.”
No non-essential visitors or volunteers will be allowed in
the school. Parents wanting to drop
something off for their students will be asked to bring it to the office.
The district cancelled the open house before school starts
but kindergarten, third and seventh graders have been invited to an
Lunchtimes will be staggered and additional space for eating
will be opened up to spread out the upper grades.
The district is following the guidelines set out by the NSAA
for athletic and academic activities.
Their committee has recommended that entrance fees are waived for all
sports activities. No programs will be
distributed but will be available for viewing online. Safe precautions are being outlined for
Sheffield praised the staff at Public Health Solutions,
“They have been so easy to work with.
This is all going to be a work in progress. I can guarantee there will be some hiccups
along the way. It’s a group effort, we are going to rely on everyone. We want
to keep kids in school as much as we can.”
School Board President Adam Erdkamp.asked, "From the committees recommendation we are not going to offer
online learning as an option?"
“If e-learning was the way to go we would be doing it 100
percent of the time,” explained Sheffield.
One patron asked if they considered going to a staggered
schedule like Lincoln has proposed.
Sheffield explained that the number of the students in each
class allows the district to socially distance but they did have one parent who
planned to homeschool.
The other item on the short agenda was a discussion on the
Wednesday, Aug 5 meeting in Geneva with the Fillmore Central school board about
the feasibility study. The boards will
meet at 7:30 p.m. in the media center.
Erdkamp added that he would, “Make a recommendation to use
the same people we used in the study with Friend. It would be easier to go through and compare
The board passed the reopening blueprint resolution