Reopening Our School
As you know, this past March, The Biome School was closed under the guidance of local health officials and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Since then, we have been working tirelessly to re-open our school. Our goal, supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is to have all learners physically present at the beginning of the school year; however, this is impossible considering the escalating community health issues that we are facing. The Biome School will reopen (Phase II) offering families the choice of 100% Distanced Learning (Virtual ) or Fixed Blended In-Person Learning. Phase II will begin on November 11, 2020. Please note that the reopening date is subject to change based on the best educational interest of students and community safety.
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Key Re-opening Dates:
- Phase II Reopening Meeting for families: Wednesday, October 28th @ 6:00 PM
- Phase II Reopening Date: November 11, 2020
In the COVID era, it is important that all learners are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases, some of which can be life-threatening. There are no changes in the requirements for students to be immunized for the 2020-21 school year. Under the Missouri Code of Regulations, Immunization Requirements for School Children 19 CSR 20-28.010, it is important that families partner with the school to ensure that every learner is compliant.
- Children in Progress – According to Missouri regulation, children who have not received immunizations required for child care and school attendance cannot attend until their immunizations are up-to-date. However, a child is allowed to attend if the required immunization series has begun and an appointment for the next dose is scheduled. This immunization appointment must be documented on an in-progress card and filed with the child care facility or school.
- Religious Exemption – Claiming a religious exemption represents a parent or guardian’s belief that the family’s religious preference does not support immunizing against vaccine-preventable diseases. A religious exemption can be filed for selected vaccines or for all vaccines. Parents and guardians should indicate which vaccines are included on the Religious Immunization Exemption. The Religious Immunization Exemption card must be provided on an original Department of Health and Senior Services’ form Imm.P.11A and shall be signed by the parent or guardian and placed on file with the school immunization health record.
- Medical Exemption – A student shall be exempted from the immunization requirements, upon signed certification by a licensed doctor of medicine (MD), doctor of osteopathy (DO), or his or her designee indicating that either the immunization would seriously endanger the student’s health or life or the student has documentation of disease or laboratory evidence of immunity to the disease. The Medical Immunization Exemption card must be provided on an original Department of Health and Senior Services’ form Imm.P.12 and placed on file with the school immunization health record or child care facility.