Earlier this year in January, the Seymour R-II Board of Education approved its 2020-21 school calendar with the first day of the upcoming school year set for Aug. 25.

That plan still is in place.

“We are starting school here in Seymour as planned on Aug. 25, which is a Tuesday,” Superintendent Steve Richards said last week.

For Seymour students in pre-school classes through the 12th grade, it will look like a typical first day of school.

“The only exception is we will practice social distancing when we can and have several safety measures in place,” Richards explained. “We are going do to everything we can to enhance student safety concerning COVID-19, but at the same time, we want for our students to have the full experience of attending school in as normal a routine as possible.

I don’t want for our students’ learning experience to be distracted while they are here.”

Richards said the district will have a list of safety measures in place when school starts on Aug. 25.

“That list will be released very soon ... sometime late this month or very early in August,” he noted.

He cited two examples of the safety measures.

“We’ll have temperature checks, when needed,” Richards said. “There will be an abundance of hand sanitizer. It’s very likely that we’ll add more lunch periods at the middle and high schools, which will lower the number of children congregating together in the lunch room.”

He added that the Seymour R-II School District plans to hold its regular schedule of fall sports for middle- and high-school students. All games scheduled will be played.

“At the high school, we’ll play fall baseball, fall softball and fall golf,” he said.

“At the middle school, we’ll play our regular boys’ and girls’ basketball seasons.”

All other extracurricular programs — ranging from FFA to band — will proceed as usual.

“I guess the statement that explains it best is that we’re planning on following the 2020-21 school calendar already approved by the board with seated instruction for all of our students in all grades,” Richards concluded.

“For parents and guardians preparing their children for the upcoming school year, plan on Seymour holding its regular classes and regular programs, just like any other school year. The difference will be that safety measures related to the virus will be in full effect to protect our children.”

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