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With summer school at the Seymour R-II School District coming to an end Tuesday, the district was pleased with its attendance.

“We had 270 students overall, which was great,” Superintendent Steve Richards said. “We are trying to get back to as normal of a society as we can right now, and this was a giant step in the right direction.”

Those 270 students were spread amongst Seymour’s three school buildings:

• 60 high-school students in grades nine to 12.

• 70 middle-school students in grades six to eight.

• 140 elementary students in the kindergarten through the fifth grade.

Students were socially distanced during 17 days of summer school, which started June 1, with staggered recesses for elementary students and adequate spacing in classrooms for middle- and high-schoolers.

“We wanted to play the safe game during this and be sure that our students’ health and safety was our No. 1 priority,” Seymour Middle School Principal Brian Bell said.

While field trips were uncertain in May when the summer schedule was being determined, many of the trips ended up being held.

“We were able to take our kids to outdoor pools, to parks, a zoo and even over to Branson,” Richards said.

“It was great for everyone, and it really added a sense of normalcy for our students and even our faculty.”

“We wanted our students to be sure to have fun, while in turn also learning about their surroundings,” Seymour Elementary School Principal Leslie Penner-Davis said.

“This was a great year for summer school, despite our challenges,” Richards concluded.

“We were able to come through this and make this summer one that wasn’t directly all about COVID-19, and that was good for our students. I feel that it sets a good tone for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.”

Online sessions through Launch will be available in July, school officials added. For more information or to enroll, call the school at 417-935-2287.

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