Free Meals Through Summer School 2021
The United States Department of Agriculture has extended the Summer Meals Program through the end of the 2020-21 school year. All students will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch through the end of the school year and summer school, regardless of qualifications.
Go Guardian and Canvas Parent Apps
Your school has just granted you access to GoGuardian Parent, a mobile app to help keep parents/guardians aware of your children's activity on school-issued devices and provide you with additional controls during out-of-school hours. GoGuardian Parent is a companion to the classroom management and internet filtering tools that your child's school uses for devices issued to students. Through the use of this app, we hope to encourage more open and honest conversations between parents and children that will result in safer practices and responsible browsing habits.
Your school has also granted you access to Canvas Parent App. Canvas Parent App is another app that enhances the potential for parents to engage in their
children's education. Parents can review upcoming or past assignments, check on grades, and receive alerts for student activity. Parents can use the Canvas Parent app on Android devices using Android 6.0 or later and iOS devices using iOS 12.0 or later. GO GUARDIAN AND CANVAS PARENT APPS INFORMATION
No School October 22-23, 2020
There will be no school Thursday, October 22 for Parent Teacher Conferences. Parents need to contact their child's teacher(s) to schedule a conference which will be conducted by phone or video conference. You can email your child's teacher from the parent portal or find their email address in the staff directory on the bisonpride.org website. There will also be no school Friday, October 23.
Just another reminder that school will be in session Monday, November 2 to make up for the school closure on September 15.
Miles for Smiles
The Miles for Smiles Mobile Dental Clinic will be in our district October 27th through November 6th.
This program is available to students that fall into one of these categories of dental coverage:
• Private Dental Insurance
• Uninsured or underinsured, sliding scale fee upon request
If you are interested in this program for your student, the form is available on the district web page at bisonpride.org under Departments, then select Health Services; or you can call 417-345-5702 and request a form to be sent home with your child.
Appointments are limited, priority is given to students who return the completed paperwork promptly.
DCR1 Shares Revised Reopening Plan
As we work through COVID-19 this school year, we realize the spread of the virus is not occurring at school; however, with our current phase in the reopening plan the hybrid model is having a negative impact on student academic progress. With our current safety measures and the recently installed additional plexiglass dividers in classrooms where social distancing could not be maintained, we have reached a higher level of safety. With all of our safety measures and the knowledge that any spread of COVID is not occurring in our schools, we will be changing our reopening plan beginning Monday, October 19th. We will be in the Orange phase of this new plan which has similar protocols to our current Orange phase with one primary change. The revised plan has an Orange phase where all students are present in school Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays where school is scheduled to be in session. Instruction is to continue via AMI-X/ Virtual on Wednesdays. The challenge we are facing this year is to find a balance between the safety of our schools and the academic progress of our students. OCTOBER 13, 2020 DCR1 REOPENING PLAN REVISED
Reopening Plan Update-October 5, 2020
Over the last several weeks in the Orange Phase we had seen no significant change in our numbers within the county. Our trend has been consistently between the mid teens and mid twenties, until this past weekend when our numbers spiked up to the 50s. We do know through contact tracing, we have had no students or staff members test positive due to their contacts at school. In my opinion, the worst thing we could do for the education of our students is to go into a complete AMI-X model (Red phase). We know that many students are not performing well academically in our current Orange phase, and a change to red just does not make educational sense.
This week we will be looking into modifying our reopening plan to reflect what we now know about the spread of COVID and the numbers or trends we should be following. IF we update the plan, all of our stakeholders will be notified.
Miles for Smiles
Miles for Smiles Dental Clinic will be at our school October 22nd through November 6th. It is a mobile dental clinic that provides onsite dental services to eligible school children, in an eleven county area of southwest Missouri.
This program is available to students that fall into one of these categories of dental coverage:
- Private Dental Insurance
- Medicare and Medicaid
- Uninsured or underinsured, sliding scale fee upon request
- Private Pay
Students who qualify will be given an initial exam and dental treatment will be provided as determined by the examining dentist. Details of the exam and care given will be available for parents to keep for their records.
If you are interested in this program for your student, the form is available on the district web page at bisonpride.org under Departments, then select Health Services; or you can call 417-345/5702 and request a form to be sent home with your child. Make sure you complete all information, front and back, which includes a consent agreement and statement that must be filled out and signed by the parent/ guardian. The form is in a return mailer format and is postage paid. If your child was recently seen by Miles for Smiles, a new consent form still needs to be filled out because it will be a new school year.
Appointments are limited. Priority is given to students who have the greatest dental need, as well as those who return the completed paperwork promptly.
Sincerely, School Nurse
(If you would like a copy of Patient Rights and Responsibilities it is available on request at the school health offices.)
Reopening Plan Transition
As we monitor the active COVID cases in our school district and county, we feel it is necessary to transition into the Orange phase of our Reopening Plan. School will continue to operate under the Yellow phase with students attending school Friday and Monday, September 11 and 14. School will be closed for seated and virtual learning Tuesday, September 15. Students will not physically attend school on Wednesday, September 16. It will be an Alternative Methods of Instruction Extended (AMI-X) day. Teachers will be available by email and phone. Each Wednesday, students will participate in AMI-X during the Orange phase. School will reopen in the Orange phase Thursday, September 17 as a B Day, with students attending Thursday and Friday, whose primary guardian’s last name begins with the letters L-Z. Monday and Tuesday, September 21-22 will be A Days with students attending whose primary guardian’s last name begins with letters A-K. Students at BHS and BPMS may still participate in activities with mask and social distancing guidelines. More information about the Reopening Plan is attached to the email sent along with this message.
Please complete a survey in the parent portal from a web browser as it will not work in the mobile app. The survey will allow parents to request meals be sent home with their students on Tuesdays and Fridays. Milk will not be sent home with students but parents may pick up milk at the BHS south cafeteria door on Fridays, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. beginning September 18. You will also review your child’s attendance days and method of instruction which was selected during the back to school registration process of virtual instruction or physical materials instruction. PARENT PORTAL
Finally, we ask parents to help reinforce to their students that wearing a mask is required on the school bus. Please be sure your child has their mask on when it’s time to board the bus and they must wear it at all times on the bus. This requirement is for student safety. If students are not wearing their masks, they may not be allowed to board the bus or be addressed as a discipline issue. Thank you in advance for helping the bus drivers enforce this requirement.
DCR1 REOPENING PLAN ORANGE LEVEL AMI-X PLAN
USDA Extends Summer Meals Program
USDA has extended the summer meals program from August 31 through December 31, 2020. All students will be able to eat breakfast and lunch free of charge, as long as USDA funds are still available. Starting January 1, our school will return to full pay, reduced, and free meals program, based on eligibility, unless a new waiver is issued.
Buffalo Bison Senior Nights
Buffalo Bison Football senior night is scheduled for Friday, September 4 vs. Forsyth. Kick off is 7 p.m. and senior night activities begin at 6:30 p.m. This senior night will include athletes from football, boys and girls cross country, band, and cheerleading. Lady Bison Volleyball will be Tuesday, September 1 vs. Warsaw. Game is 5 p.m.
Buffalo Bison vs Ava Bears, 7 pm, Aug. 28
Buffalo Bison vs. Ava Bears. Kick off is 7 p.m. The follow protocol has been established for football games. Go Bison!
2020 Football Spectator Protocols
* Covid 19 Safety Precautions:
- We will practice social distancing at all times. (including restroom and concession stand facilities)
- Every other row will be taped off and be restricted from seating. 3. There will be standing room areas on both ends of the track.
- There will be a grass area for lawn chair seating at the north end zone area (behind the long jump runway.)
- Absolutely no chairs will be allowed on the track surfaces.
- We are highly recommending the wearing of masks.
- There will be hand sanitizing stations by the concession stand and restrooms.
** Parking Information:
Due to the construction of our new Dallas County Career Center, our parking areas are limited this year. Parking will be on a first come first serve basis in the available parking lots around the campus.
*** Ticket information:
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Pre-K children and Adults 62 and over will be admitted free. Students below the 9 th grade level must be accompanied by their parents to be allowed in to the game.
Anyone wishing to pre-purchase tickets for this Friday's game versus Ava can stop by the high school office and purchase them there. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. As a reminder there is no reserved seating.
We look forward to seeing you at the game and ask you for your patience and cooperation with our protocols as we do everything we can to provide a safe environment for you to come out and enjoy Friday night football.
Tom Stokes, Athletic Director
Fidelity Offers Discount Internet
Through December 2020, Fidelity is offering $15 per month Internet within the city limits of Buffalo.
DCR1 Opens August 25 in Yellow Level
DCR1 will be starting school, Tuesday, August 25 in the Yellow Level of the district reopening plan. The reopening plan and health and safety protocols are attached in the email sent with this automated call. The Yellow Level includes limiting numbers in hallways, recess, and specials; students grades K-8 will eat breakfast and lunch in the classroom while high school students will add extra lunch shifts and social distance for meals; hand sanitizing and washing; temperature checks for students and staff upon arrival; district employees will wear face coverings; students will wear face coverings on the school bus and students grades 5-12 will wear face coverings entering and leaving the building and in high traffic areas; students will go straight to classrooms when entering the building. Please review the full document for more information.
There will be five buses (swan, camel, butterfly, frog, dinosaur) that will deliver their out of town riders to the buildings in the morning and then pick up the in town riders. After school these buses will deliver the in town riders and then load out of town students at Mallory for delivery. If any bus pick-up times have changes more than five minutes, the drivers would have already contacted the families. If students are not enrolled by noon today, August 21, they will not be able to ride their bus the first day of school. Parents will need to contact the transportation office on Tuesday, August 25.
The district and building offices will be closing today at noon and will also be closed Monday, August 24.
Be sure to utilize the bisonpride.org website and Dallas County School District mobile app for information updates and cancelations. The website and mobile app have been updated with sports schedules and menus. They will continue to be updated with information through Monday.
We are looking forward to seeing your students back in school. Have a great day from the home of the Bison Pride.
Saturday Aug 22nd from 9-noon the Dallas County Health Dept will be doing Back 2 School Immunizations at 1011 W. Main Street, Buffalo, MO. Appointments are REQUIRED and shot record/letter from school have to be presented with child. They will accept MoHealthnet and most (not all) major insurance and for uninsured they charge a nominal fee based on which vaccine they need. Call 345-2332 for an appointment.
DCR1 Reopening Plan
DCR1 is releasing its reopening plan. This plan has been sent to your email and posted on the bisonpride.org website. It can also be accessed in the district mobile app. This plan is designed with multiple levels to allow us to determine the current status of COVID-19 within the district and the community, and to allow us to respond with appropriate safety measures for our students and staff. We cannot predict what phase of this plan we will be at in the future because it is determined by current conditions. We will continue to update our families and students as this situation evolves. These notification will be on our website and will be pushed out through our notification systems. DCR1 REOPENING PLAN
Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Information
We are excited to share that Dallas County R-1 School District has been granted approval to offer “Alternative Methods of Instruction” or AMI days during the 2020-2021 school year. This plan will allow the opportunity for all Dallas County R-1 students to be engaged in meaningful learning on inclement weather days or emergency days when conditions prevent district schools from being in session. Parents will be informed when an AMI day has been scheduled. Access the complete information here. AMI INFORMATION
School Supply Project
Local Honeysuckle Road Boutique owner, Sammi McCleary and BPMS teacher, Julie Thomas have initiated a project to collect local donations to sponsor classrooms of school supplies. Some classrooms have already been sponsored. The project continues to collect donations to hopefully cover all classrooms from PK-8th grade. You will find a list of classrooms sponsored HERE. Parents will find out their children’s teachers after completing the back to school registration beginning August 3. If you or your business would like to donate to the project, supplies and/or monetary donations can be dropped off at Honeysuckle Road Boutique, 1336 S. Ash Street, Buffalo, MO. CLASSROOMS SPONSORED
Material Testing Statement of Qualifications
The Dallas County R-I School District is requesting proposals (RFP) for Construction Materials Testing and Special Inspections. This request is for the construction of Dallas County Technical Center.
If your firm is interested in the possibility of providing professional services for the
District, please submit your Statement of Qualifications. In order to better evaluate each firm's qualifications, the following factors will be reviewed and may be considered in the selection process. It is asked that you provide your qualifications in the following order to help in this evaluation.
- List what discipline of services your firm provides. If your firm offers several
disciplines, please be specific as to the type and qualifications of each discipline.
- Please list the key personnel of the firm. This listing should include each individuals
educational background and experience. The length of service with the firm should also
- Experience the firm has with educational facilities. Experience with facilities of a similar scale and types of construction. This experience will not be mandatory for selection but preference may be given in certain instances when the individual project may dictate.
- General experience of the firm. Please list examples of the firms work for the past 5
years with the personnel responsible for the projects listed.
- Please list three to five references we may contact. Please give the person's title along
with their relationship to either a particular project or how they are acquainted with the
firm. Addresses and telephone numbers should be listed.
- Additional information. Any additional information you would like to present may be
- Provide an office location from which the project will be serviced from.
- Provide projected costs for Materials Testing and Special Inspections
In addition to the qualifications provided, selection of a firm will also include their past
record of performance with respect to such factors as control of costs, quality of work, and
the ability to meet schedules. The firm's proximity to and familiarity with the area may also
be a consideration in the selection process.
Please submit your RFP by July 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm to Dr. Tim Ryan, Superintendent of Schools, to the District Office at 1323 S. Ash Street, Buffalo, Mo 65622. If you have any questions concerning this request, please feel free to contact the District at 417-345-2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TESTING MATERIALS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Youth Tackle Football
This is a message for all students going into 3rd-6th grade next year interested in playing tackle football. Registration will be held two nights, Friday June 26th and Tuesday June 30th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Registration will be held at the new city park in the lower picnic area. Registration costs are $75 and your child will need to be present to be fitted/sized for equipment.
Fun #StuckAtHome Resources
During this time when we’re #StuckAtHome and finding unique ways to make our own fun, DESE and the Department of Health and Senior Services have collaborated to provide resources for Missouri families. Visit the Missouri Healthy Schools website to view short videos about healthy snacks and easy “recess” ideas to keep families active and healthy.
Summer School Registration
Summer school for incoming kindergarten through eighth graders; and a few high school enrichment classes will begin June 15 through July 14, with no school July 3-6 for the Fourth of July holiday. Summer school will vary slightly between buildings and will be noted on the registration form for each building. There will be no district provided transportation at this time due to social distance requirements. K-4 grades will be held at Mallory Elementary and 5-12 grades will be held at Buffalo Prairie Middle School and possibly Buffalo High School. Breakfast will be served at 7:45 a.m. at Mallory, 7:50 at BPMS, and lunch at 11:30 a.m. All children living in the school district may eat breakfast and lunch, free of charge at the elementary or middle school at these times. Before school programming will be available at the elementary and middle school beginning at 7 a.m. and after school programming, Primetime at the elementary and Bison Academy at the middle school, will be provided from 2:30-6 p.m. There will be no charge for before and after school programming. Students participating in after school programming will receive an after school meal free of charge also. To enroll in before and after school summer program options, please access the paper forms attached and return to the locations indicated on the forms. To enroll in summer school, access the electronic forms at the links below. We encourage parents to complete the summer school forms at their earliest convenience as seating is limited.
Mallory Summer School Registration Link:
MALLORY SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORM
BPMS and BHS Summer School Registration Link:
BPMS AND BHS REGISTRATION FORM
Summer school and before and after school programs will be following the guidelines of local and state Departments of Health and the CDC. A few of those guidelines include class size limited to 12, students will eat meals in their classrooms, recess and restroom time will be limited to one class at a time. Hand sanitizing and washing stations will be available to the students and designated times will be part of the daily routine. Building maintenance staff will sanitize the classrooms prior to students arriving and during the day when they are out of the room for recess, etc.
If you have questions, you may contact
Mallory Summer School Administrator: Mrs. Ginnings email@example.com
BPMS and BHS Summer School Administrator: Ms. Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Before and After School Program Director: Mrs. Jana Salaki email@example.com
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Information
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school may be eligible for a new one-time Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) of up to $302 per child (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12) to help cover the cost of meals students have eaten at home on days that schools have been closed. Students can receive P-EBT benefits even if they have been or continue to receive meals provided by the school district during the school closure. If your child was not previously eligible for free or reduced price meals, but you have now lost income, you may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits (review the P-EBT Eligibility Criteria document below).
The benefit is placed on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card families use to buy food. If you received Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, do not apply for these new/additional benefits. The full $302 will automatically be loaded to your existing EBT card. If you did not receive Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, you must apply for this benefit by June 30, 2020 (see below).
The most efficient way to apply is to submit your application online at https://www.emergencymealsurvey.com/MO. You will also likely experience a faster approval process. If you’re not able to apply online, you can follow the link below to the paper application. The fillable PDF document can then be emailed or mailed to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). You will find complete instructions and additional details in the letter to families below.
Please review these important documents carefully:
· P-EBT LETTER TO PARENTS
· P-EBT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
· P-EBT ONLINE APPLICATION
· P-EBT PAPER APPLICATION (hard copy to fill out and email or mail to DESE if you’re not able to submit the application online)
* PAPER APPLICATION IN SPANISH
· P-EBT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To request a paper application be mailed to you, please contact our Food and Nutrition Services office at 573-751-3526. Please do not send completed applications to your school; see the letter to families above for application submission information.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) will send families a letter indicating they are approved or denied. If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at mydss.mo.gov or call 855-373-4636. For more information on the EBT card, visit: mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/ebt.
Summer School Dates
Some dates have been selected for summer school in Dallas County. High school remediation virtual courses will begin Wednesday, May 27. Summer school for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will begin June 15. More information will be shared as we get closer to these dates and additional social distance guidance is available. We will continue to share information via phone, email, text, mobile app, and on the bisonpride.org website.
New WiFi Hot Spots and Meal Delivery/Pick-Up Schedule, April 20, 2020
We will implement a new meal delivery schedule beginning Monday, April 20 and continuing through May 20, 2020. Two meals will be delivered on Mondays and three meals will be delivered on Wednesdays. There will be NO deliveries on Fridays. Parents whose children do not ride a bus can pick up five meals on Tuesdays at the BHS cafeteria between 8-10 a.m. The new schedule will allow us to reduce person to person contact a little more.
The DCR1 Technology Department has created WiFi hot spots in the parking lots of Mallory Elementary, BPMS, and BHS. Students can connect to the WIFI with personal devices and school issued Chromebooks. Please see the attachment for more specific information about logging into the WiFi network.
Also, please be watching for information very soon about end of the year procedures for students.
COVID-19 Tech Resources
The DCR1 Technology Department has developed several resources to assist students and parent during this time of school closure. These resources include newly installed WIFI access outside each of the three school buildings in Buffalo. You can access this information in the Quick Links below or CLICK HERE.
Governor Parson Closes Missouri Schools Through the End of the School Year
As you most likely heard, Governor Parson ordered all Missouri schools closed through the end of the school year. We are disappointed that we will not be returning to school and seeing our students, though we realize the importance of following the guidance of the CDC to stay home and social distance. The school district will continue to deliver meals and provide parent pick up for meals and teachers will continue to provide activities, via technology, through the scheduled end of the 19-20 school year. Teachers will still provide assistance through email, phone calls, messaging through CANVAS, etc. Basically, the same procedures for learning activities will remain in place through the end of our scheduled school year. More information about grades and alternative methods of instruction has been sent to your email and linked below. We will continue to communicate as we work together through this unprecedented time. INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATE
Meal Delivery Scheduled Change for April 6-17, 2020
A mistake was made on the meal delivery schedule sent last week. Due to the Easter holiday weekend, there will be no meals delivered Friday, April 10. Meals will be delivered Monday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 8. Meals can be picked up by families whose children do not ride a bus, Tuesday, April 7 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The following week, meals will be delivered Wednesday, April 15 (along with instructional packets) and Friday, April 17. Meals and packets can be picked up at the high school cafeteria, Thursday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will not be picking up completed learning packets at this time.
Please complete the attached survey for permission to continue to deliver meals to homes and one question about your access to the Internet.
Finally, the Buffalo AMVETS have donated their Easter eggs to us to include with meals. So, watch for them in meals one day next week. Thank you so much to the AMVETS for thinking of our students and families.
Thank you for your support and patience.
COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020
Thank you so much for the patience you have all had with us throughout this time. As a school district we want nothing more than to have your children (our students) back at school; however, we are going to continue our COVID-19 closure through the 24th of April.
We will be continuing our food deliveries and pick-ups schedule over the next several weeks. Our teaching and secretarial staff will be monitoring messages and questions between 8 am and 3 pm each school day to be able to respond to our students and parents electronically.
Each of our school buildings and the district office are closed to the public through April 24th. District office phones will be answered between 8 and 3 each week day. I do not have any way to predict when we will be able to see our students back in our schools at this time. I will keep our families updated as we proceed. When I have information to share with all of you I will send a message.
Stay Healthy and thank you again, Dr. Tim Ryan
New Supplemental Learning Packet and Meal Delivery Information
New supplemental learning packets for March 30-April 10 will be delivered by school bus routes, along with meals on Monday, March 30. The buses will be leaving Buffalo at 9 a.m. to make the deliveries. If students would like to return completed learning materials, they can give them to the buses on Monday. If your child does not ride a bus or you miss the bus delivery, you can pick up the new learning packets and meals Tuesday, March 31, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Families will receive meals for the week, as we move to pick up schedule for only one day per week. The staff will be exercising social distance. Meals only, will be delivered by bus on April 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8. Families can pick up additional meals Tuesday, April 7 at BHS cafeteria from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
New supplemental learning packets for April 15-24 will be distributed again, by bus routes Wednesday, April 15. Meals will be delivered also, and students can return completed learning packets on the bus. Families can pick up learning packets and meals if they miss the bus or their children do no ride a bus, Thursday, April 16 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and meals only on Tuesday, April 21 at the HS cafeteria. Meals only will continue to be delivered by school bus route on April 17, 20, 22, and 24.
If you send learning packets back, be sure to send them in the envelope or folder already labeled or label the materials with the student name, teacher name and school building name.
Food Only Pick Up March 24 and 26
Food only can be picked up today, March 24 and Thursday, March 26 at Buffalo High School from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. There are no new learning packets to pick up this week. The learning packets included materials for the few days last week and this week. The district will be making a decision by Friday about how and when to create and delivery new learning packets after Governor Parson's announcement that all Missouri schools will be closed until April 6. You will receive this information at the end of this week.
Education and Meal Provisions Update-March 23, 2020
In compliance with Governor Parson's recent directives, all Missouri schools will be closed until April 6, 2020. The district will be evaluating how it provide meals and education to each student and send further information this week.
Meal Deliveries Monday, March 23, 2020
Student meals will be delivered along afternoon bus routes Monday, March 23. The buses will leave Buffalo at 9 a.m. to begin the deliveries. Please be waiting at your bus stop. Meals will be available for pick up for non-bus riders and those who miss the bus delivery Tuesday, March 24, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Buffalo High School. .
FEMA Shelter Will Be Available
The FEMA Storm Shelter located on the west side of Buffalo High School at 500 W. Main Street, Buffalo, MO will be open in the event of of severe weather, even in this time of COVID-19 concerns. The storm shelter is opened to the public when a tornado watch is issued for the area and when a tornado warning is issued or the city sirens are activated. Normally, the city sirens are activated for tornado warnings in the area, but also straight line winds of 75 mph or higher, large diameter hail, or any other life threatening hazard that requires you take shelter immediately. Normal activation will last for three minutes but could continue as long as the threat to life continues.
School Closure Update March 18, 2020
Dear Dallas County R-I Parents/Guardians,
I cannot express enough appreciation for the patience you have all had with us throughout this week. This is an issue that no public school had ever anticipated. This has certainly been the most unique week I can remember in my career. In the State of Missouri 98% of our school districts have closed for this week and next (if not longer). There is a meeting next Thursday afternoon (March 26th) with area superintendents to determine if we will extend the COVID-19 school closure. At this time, I do not believe I will make a decision any sooner.
Yesterday I was in each of the district buildings and I was truly impressed by the dedication of our staff on behalf of our students and families. Throughout this closure our maintenance and custodial staff will be working to ensure our facility cleanliness and may take on some additional projects. Our teaching and secretarial staff will be monitoring messages and questions between 8 am and 3 pm each school day to be able to respond to our students and parents electronically.
Each of our school buildings and the district office are closed to the public through next Friday. District office phones will be answered between 8 and 3 each week day. I appreciate your patience through this unpredictable time. I am confident we will be able to conquer many challenges as we proceed through these next couple/several weeks. Thank you all again.
Tim Ryan, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
Instructional Activities and Meal Deliveries
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THIS ENTIRE MESSAGE.
When school is closed due to unforeseen circumstances, Dallas County R-1 will continue to provide instructional activities through Alternate Methods of Instruction (AMI). AMI includes online learning activities through CANVAS LMS modules (grades 9-12), printed activity packets (AMI folders), and online sites/resources.
Educators are coordinating efforts to provide supplemental educational opportunities, including virtual learning, for their students. Procedures are also in place to provide high school students with online access to classes to ensure they stay on track with their classes.
Online resources will be provided by teachers through CANVAS or online web resources. Teachers will communicate these online options via email or through CANVAS communication. We understand not all students have the ability to work online from home. CANVAS activities can be downloaded and completed offline; these activities can then be uploaded once the student is able to access internet connectivity.
Students in grades PK-8 will receive instructional resources via an AMI folder/packet. This folder contains work to continue learning on days we are unable to hold onsite classes. This folder contains a variety of activities to cover multiple subject areas. We will be providing information about turning in completed assignments in the near future. If you have questions about the assignments, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher through email, or by calling your child’s classroom teacher’s telephone extension (voicemail messages will be sent to teachers via email) as teachers will be monitoring their emails during regular school hours.
AMI Learning Packets, along with breakfast and lunch meals, will be delivered to homes by school buses and staff members, Thursday, March 19. School buses will depart from Buffalo at 9 a.m. and make delivers along their p.m. routes. Families will need to meet the buses at the bus stops to receive the learning packets and meals. Please be prompt and patient, as this is the first time we have attempted such a delivery. You can gauge the time the bus will be at the stop by figuring the amount of time it normally takes the bus to get to your stop when buses depart on a school day which is usually 3:30 p.m. For example, your child usually arrives home at 4:15 p.m., which is approximately 45 minutes after departure in the p.m., so you can expect the delivery bus to arrive at your stop at approximately 9:45 a.m. Families will receive meals for two days. Additional meals will again be delivered by school buses and staff at the same time on Monday, March 23; Wednesday, March 25; and Friday, March 27. If you miss the bus deliveries, or your children do not ride a bus, Learning Packets and meals can be picked up for all grades at Buffalo High School, March 20, 24, and 26 between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. You can park in the circle drive and enter the high school through north side door, into the cafeteria. One thing to caution parents about is that meals could include peanut butter. So please be cautious if your child has and allergy. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience as we make efforts to provide for the health and education of our students. If you have questions, you can contact your child’s school or the district office.
School Closure March 17-27
Dear Dallas County R- 1 Families,
There is no higher priority for our entire Dallas County School District family than the safety of our students, staff and community. As our local, national, and international communities continue to assess the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Dallas County School District receives ongoing guidance from the local and state health departments, the State Department of Education, and the CDC. In addition, the President just announced a prohibition of gatherings of 10 or more people.
Today I am writing to inform you of the closure of the Dallas County R-I School District beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. At the end of next week we will assess the evolving situation and make a determination about re-opening our schools. We will be deciding on extracurricular activities in the near future.
We will not be providing instruction to students until the end of this week, but will be working with teachers to develop alternate forms of instruction in the interim. Learning would continue for students and you will receive further communication from your child’s school.
We realize that closing our schools presents many hardships for our community. Our ability to provide learning during this unprecedented time will require a close partnership between the schools and parents/guardians. Please check your email regularly and be in contact with your child’s school.
The Dallas County School District will continue to work with local and state agencies to develop plans to maintain the critical support our schools provide to students and families. A plan for food distribution will be announced this week or as soon as it is established.
We are committed to sharing these plans with you as they are developed and will communicate consistently as the situation evolves. Updates and information will be communicated by the District via mass notification system, bisonpride.org website, and our district mobile app.
Thank you for your patience and continued support of our efforts to be proactive during this unprecedented time. The Dallas County community is a caring and compassionate place. I am confident our resiliency and desire to support each other will help us through these challenging times. I am confident that information will change consistently based upon governmental mandates. Unprecedented regarding this situation is the greatest understatement of this millenia.
Tim Ryan, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
COVID-19 Update March 16, 2020
The district has been made aware of a report of COVID-19 in Dallas County. This individual was contacted by the Dallas County Health Department over the weekend. They discovered this was not a verifiable claim of COVID-19. If the district and the health department believe there is an elevated risk to our students we will make a joint decision regarding the district holding school. We are both using protocol from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control to make decisions.
DCR1 and COVID-19 Concerns
We know there is a high level of concern regarding the corona virus. The Dallas County R-I School District has been in contact with the Dallas County Health Department and there are no confirmed cases in Dallas County at this time. Our custodial staff have been very busy ensuring our schools are as clean as possible based upon the cleaning guidance from the Health Department.
Any decision to close school would be a collaboration between the school district and the Dallas County Health Department. Any decision made will be based upon the health and educational needs of our students, and at this time there is no need for us to close schools based upon COVID-19 concerns. Students and staff are scheduled to return to classes Monday, March 16.
Dallas County Health Department Website
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet
Keeping the Workplace, School and Home Safe
DCR1 Request For Qualifications: Owner Representative/Project Manager
The Dallas County R-1 School District, hereafter referred to as the District, is soliciting written proposals from qualified firms and individuals to provide professional owner representative/project manager services for the following project:
Dallas County Technical Center construction on the West side of Buffalo High School, totaling approximately $12.0 million in construction costs.
Interested parties may find the Request for Qualifications on the front page of the Dallas County R-1 website: bisonpride.org
Respondents shall submit their proposal via mail or delivery to Dr. Tim Ryan, Superintendent of Schools, 1323 S. Ash, Buffalo, MO no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Proposals received after the aforementioned date and time my not be considered.
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
School and Student Safety is Highest Priority
The Dallas County R-I School District considers threats to students and school safety the highest priority. If you have information regarding a school safety issue you should contact an administrator in the appropriate building. If school is not in session, you should contact law enforcement officials. When the district receives information regarding possible safety threats, we will act swiftly with the assistance of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office and/or the Buffalo Police Department to identify and investigate the viability of the threat. The school district will never release any individually identifiable information regarding a student or a student situation because the district is prohibited by law from releasing student information. Students or other individuals who make verified threats to school safety will be prohibited from being on or near school property and the district will press charges to the greatest extent possible.
Virtual Courses Policy IGCD
The Dallas County School District provides virtual courses according the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements for Missouri Courses Access Program (MOCAP). For more information about virtual courses available for school district students, please review the Virtual Courses Policy IGCD.
OACAC Sponsors Back to School Fair
The local OACAC office is accepting registration for their annual back to school events. These events are for students grades Pre-K through 12. All students must pre-register and income quality. Call 417-345-7964 to schedule an appointment. The Fair for grades Pre-K through 6th grades is scheduled for August 13 and the REALL for grades 7-12 is scheduled for August 14. Shoe Carnival for all grades is scheduled for August 18. Students must attend their designated event in order to quality for shoes. The deadline to register is August 2.
DCR1 Partners with CoxHealth to Provide Virtual Health Clinic
We are pleased to announce that Dallas Co R-1 Schools has partnered with Cox Health, to provide Virtual Visit services for our staff and students. This is made possible through grant funding from Missouri Foundation for Health and Children’s Miracle Network. Each school building will have access to the virtual clinic through a virtual health cart provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health and Children's Miracle Network funding. MORE INFORMATION
Thank You So Much To Our Voters
Thank you so much to our voters. Over 59% approval for our bond issue.
Our district has a very bright future and our students will benefit from the continued progress in DCR1. The progress that has occurred over the last few years can now continue and we will be able to address our facility needs to give our students the best possible start on their futures. Many of the decision for next budget year have yet to be made, but Dr. Ryan is optimistic about continuing to improve our student achievement, our continued improvements in staff pay, and our continued facility improvements. Thank you voters of the Dallas County R-1 School District.
The district will begin working with the architects on building plans, specifications and plan to bid Project DCTC late fall, 2019. Project DCTC is planned to open for students for the 2021-22 school year.
DCR1 Proposes Lease Purchase Bond for New Technical Center and Ag Facility on April 2 Ballot
On April 2, 2019, the Dallas County R-I School District will be asking voters to approve a Lease Purchase Bond Issue. This issue will be to fund the construction of a new Dallas County Technical Center (DCTC) which will include Agriculture classrooms and shop spaces. If the voters approve this 46 cent per $100 of assessed value 25-year levy it will allow the district to construct, acquire, furnish, and equip this new facility on our high school campus. If approved by the voters, these monies can only be used for the new Technical Center and cannot be used for any other district purpose, and this levy would expire in 25 years or whenever this building is paid off (whichever comes first). For more information, click the LEASE BOND PURCHASE PROPOSAL channel above.
Don't Miss the Alumni Buffalo Gals
Don't miss your chance to see the Alumni Buffalo Gals perform. You can see them perform Tuesday, February 5 at the boys basketball game vs. Fair Grove at the Buffalo High School Fieldhouse. Game time is 6 p.m. They will also perform at the Southwest Baptist University women's game, Saturday, February 23. Game time is 1:30 p.m.
Camp Kesem Available to Kids Affected by Parents' Cancer
Hello from Camp Kesem. We just wanted to reach out and let you know that camper applications are now open for Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University. This year, camp will be at Camp Manitowa in Benton, IL from July 22nd-28th. We would love to be an extra resource for those you work with, so let us know how we can best help you in recruiting campers.
A little bit about us:Camp Kesem is a national non-profit organization that provides a one-week summer camp, completely free to families, for children ages 6-16 who have been affected by a parent's cancer. We have kids all across the board: some have lost a parent, some parents are currently in treatment, and others are in remission. It's a week of fun for the kids, just to get away from the stress of home and meet kids who can relate to their situation. We also do year-round programming to provide support to our families even when they're not at camp.
Feel free to forward our application and flyer on to any potential families or contacts who may know of families who could benefit from Camp Kesem. Please also feel free to send us the contact information for families we can personally reach out to. Our camper goal is 125, and we have about 40 more spots left to fill. Linked below is a document that outlines directions for our new camper applications that can be found at kesem.force.com.
We are working to get a pdf brochure out to you. If you would like hard copy brochures, please let us know if those would be helpful and let us know how many you would like. Thank you so much for continually supporting Camp Kesem. As always, please reach out if you have any questions!!
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DCR1 Launches New Mobile App
The Dallas County School District's new mobile app will keep you connected with the school news you want and need. The app delivers real time school news to your smart-device for fast, up-to-date access. It's FREE . . . to download: from your smart-device, go to the ITUNES APPLE STORE or GOOGLE PLAY; search for Dallas County School District; then select the Dallas County School District app for free download. School news in the palm of your hand, your new Dallas County School District mobile app is just a few taps away. Download it today!
No Late Start Wednesday Schedule
The Dallas County School district will not longer be utilizing Late Start Wednesday schedules. Bus routes will run at their regular times on Wednesdays.