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story.lead_photo.caption The South Callaway R-II Board of Education discussed back to school information, breakfast and lunch prices, the tax rate hearing and new policies during its July meeting. Photo by Paula Tredway / Fulton Sun.

MOKANE — The South Callaway R-2 Board of Education discussed back to school information Wednesday night during its July meeting.

The re-entry plan has been updated. The district will continue with increased cleaning and sanitation procedures. There is no longer a limit on outdoor activities this year, and the building is open for groups to have meetings outside of the school day. But for the upcoming year, the CDC is requiring masks at some levels where it didn't last year, and it is now a social distance of 3 feet instead of 6. If someone is a close contact and is vaccinated they will not have to quarantine, but if they are not vaccinated they will have to be quarantined.

"My worry is COVID leave time," said Superintendent Kevin Hillman. "It is not here this year. So if someone gets caught up in close contacts, it's going to come out of their time. So we plan on handling that as it comes."

The board approved breakfast and lunch prices to remain the same for the 2021-22 school year, unless the federal government requires an increase.

They also set the public hearing for the South Callaway R-2 Schools tax rate hearing for the 2021-2022 school year for August 11 at 6 p.m. in the South Callaway School board room.

Members had a first reading of the Missouri School Board Association policies. The MSBA policies 21A and 21B are in regard to illness and injury response and prevention, student transportation services, prohibition against illegal discrimination, harassment and retaliation, board officers, hazardous materials, animals on district property, student discipline, use of tobacco and vaping products, payment process, and programs for homeless students. Council will give it a second read next month.

They also discussed a new human resources policy working on language and any legislative or legality issues dealing with things such as vacation time, sick days, non-certified buyback time, vaccination records and new hires in non-certified positions.

The board accepted Hillman's request to get bids for painting the metal on the sides of the high school with a 6-1 vote. The colors would be "gallery blue," which is the metal color that has been used in recent projects.

They also got an update from Navigate on summer projects. At the high school, the window replacement project us underway and a coating has been put on the exterior of the building to make it more waterproof in the future. The middle and elementary school has all new windows and metal panels in place, and the early childhood center is complete minus a few minor things around the building.

The next regular board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 11 in the high school

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