Fall Return to School

As the Hallsville School District transitions into the 2021-2022 school year, ongoing uncertainties remain regarding the future of the pandemic and its impact on our community and our schools. The district’s goal in creating this revised plan is to provide a framework for continued learning while also allowing students to develop the social and emotional connections necessary for their growth. We all want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to our school environments.  

Our plan for a safe return to in-seat instruction and continuity of services is built around the following commitments:

  • Providing environments that are as safe as possible for our students and staff 

  • Ensuring access and equity for all students 

  • Communicating with staff, families, and community partners

The Hallsville School District has developed health-related protocols and a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan created in conjunction with the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHSS), the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The protocols are based on best practices from area schools and businesses, in addition to federal, state, and local health officials. These protocols are subject to change based on revised guidance and orders received by the school district. Accommodations to these protocols for students with disabilities will be implemented as deemed necessary or as mandated by the student’s IEP or 504 plan.

The goal of these protocols is to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other illnesses by reducing the number of personal and surface contacts students and employees experience while at school. While the reduction of risk is the goal, it is impossible to completely eliminate all contact and therefore risk of exposure.

Hallsville School District Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan


Please note: The information and guidelines provided in this document are subject to change at any time based on further guidance received by the district. The plan will be reviewed at least every six months, with input from parents, teachers, administrators, other school staff, and community members, to ensure adequacy in protocols and procedures. (Board Approved August 18, 2021)
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Research, Resources, & Guidance

In the development of this document and reopening plan for the Hallsville School District, the resources and guidance documents below were utilized. These documents along with webinars provided a foundation for the path forward in navigating the journey to reopen schools in response to the pandemic health crisis facing our community. 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Boone County Health Department

American Academy of Pediatrics

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Missouri State High School Athletic Association

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Positive & Close Contact Information for PreK-12 Grade Families (Jan 12, 2022)

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