‘Masked and monitored’ system implemented at New Madrid County School District

The New Madrid County R-1 Board of Education voted to implement a "mask and monitored" system to give parents of healthy students who would otherwise be sent home to quarantine the option to stay in school.

NEW MADRID, Mo. (KBSI) – The New Madrid County R-1 Board of Education voted to implement a “mask and monitored” system to give parents of healthy students who would otherwise be sent home to quarantine the option to stay in school.

Less than 3% of the district-wide student body had tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, August 30. However, more than 22% of students exhibiting no symptoms were sent home to quarantine.

The board of education came up with options for symptom-free students who may have come in qualifying contact with a COVID-19 positive person at school.

  1. Quarantine at home for the specified period of time.
  2. Wear a mask and be closely monitored at school for the same period of time. To be eligible for this option, the parent must sign and the student must abide by an agreement detailing the masked and monitored requirements. Those include, but are not limited to:
    • Daily temperature checks of the student upon arrival at school and periodically throughout the school day as needed.
    • 10 calendar days masked (or per quarantine dates) with not exception.
    • Lunch distanced to every extend possible.
    • Masked if involved in before and after school activities.
    • Classroom teacher monitoring.
    • Elementary classrooms (Pk-5th grades) from which a COVID-19 positive student is quarantined to the home will mask and monitor as a class; and classroom teachers will keep the class away from other students in the school to the fullest extent possible.
    • Masks are still mandatory on all MNCR-1 buses for all passengers at all times.

Students who are currently on quarantine will be provided with both options once contacted by the school.

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