Boone Central sets ‘Return to School Framework’

After a special board meeting Monday night, Aug. 4, Boone Central Public Schools released a 19-page “Return to School Framework” covering most aspects of school operation for 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The framework is structured using nine tenets as a structure to guide decision-making, as well as the state’s “tiered model” of green, yellow, orange and red to determine levels of response. The red tier is the most restrictive.
The plan is intended to foster the overall health of students, staff and community members. Policies and procedures are based on available evidence of the pandemic, which can change rapidly.
The plan is structured with the health and safety of students in mind, and it is available on the school’s website,
As of Aug. 7, the East Central District Health Department (ECDHD) ranked Boone County in the least restrictive “green” tier with a risk assessment level of .38. Nance County was also ranked in the “green” tier, with Platte and Colfax counties ranked in the “yellow” risk assessment level.
Mask Wearing Not Required
There will be no mask-wearing requirement at Boone Central, but masks are strongly encouraged for students and staff, especially in situations where physical distancing measures cannot be met.
Masks will not be supplied by the school, but may be available upon request. Student mask-wearing will be documented for contact tracing purposes.
Complete story in the Aug. 13 Albion News and Petersburg Press, print and e-editions.