Purdy schools on ‘wellness break’

Thursday, January 13, 2022

COVID-19 impacting students and faculty

Purdy schools announced Wednesday that they would be taking a wellness break from Thursday through Monday, with school returning in session Tuesday.

As of 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Purdy schools had 14 students who had tested positive and four positive cases among staff members. There were also 18 students and two staff members out of school due to household contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Students and staff members are being encouraged to quarantine during the wellness break.

“While students are out on student wellness break, we encourage parents/guardians to limit travel and large gatherings to allow for the dissipation of the COVID-19 impact,” Superintendent Travis Graham said in a letter to parents. “Additionally, please monitor your/your students’ health and wellness and should you feel ill and/or develop symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider.”

While students will not be learning in class, Graham said they are being sent home with Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) to keep them engaged and on task with assignments.

Students in Pre-K through third grade were provided with six packets, each representing a day of work; students in fourth through sixth grade will receive six packets and Google Classroom assignments; and students in seventh through 12th grade will receive work via Google Classroom and Google Meet – with paper packets available upon request.

“Students will be expected to engage in the learning activities provided, whether paper packed and/or digital classrooms, as assignments will be graded and attendance will be taken,” Graham’s letter states.

COVID-19 also impacted the school’s homecoming festivities, which were initially scheduled for Friday, Jan. 14. The homecoming game and coronation has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 18, with the JV Game scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and coronation scheduled between the JV and varsity games.

Purdy School Public Relations Officer Susan Funkhouser said the school’s original homecoming opponent, Sparta, had to cancel the game due to COVID-19. A new opponent, Diamond, was identified, and the homecoming game was rescheduled.

Since school began this year, Purdy has had a standing policy that masking is optional for students and staff.

Other area schools, including Cassville, have been impacted by COVID-19 and closed schools last week as well.

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