SOTO News

Superintendent's Update | August 12, 2020

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 

  • Central Registration started TODAY for all students in grades 6-12 and all families new to the district. Visit Osage High School from 12 - 7 pm today or tomorrow, August 13th from 8 am - 3 pm. Safety protocols will be in place to protect all attendees. For more information click here.
  • The Miller County Health Department has extended their office hours every Wednesday until 7:00 pm through the month of August to allow students the opportunity to receive the required back to school vaccines. Scheduled appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome. Check out the Miller County Facebook page for more information. 
  • iPad Insurance is being made available to families K-12 at the discounted rate of $10 per student. This program covers incidental damage such as screen breaks and case damage with a $15 deductible, and lost/stolen devices with a $50 deductible. You can enroll your child's device in this program by paying through MySchoolBucks, or by paying in person at any school office. 
  • Online registration is open and available here
  • Ever wonder what 400 pairs of socks look like? Thank you to the LOTO Idiot’s Club for a wonderful donation of Bombas socks. We’ll have plenty of happy feet around the district!

 
Be Well.
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update for August 5th

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community-  

  • Online registration is open and available here
  • All students in grades 6-12 and all families new to the district need to attend Central Registration on August 12 or 13 to return their school issued iPad, take their school picture, and complete other registration items that cannot be done online.  Safety protocols will be in place to protect all attendees, and students and parents are highly encouraged to wear masks and social distance during this event.  For more information click here.
  • iPad Insurance is being made available to families K-12 at the discounted rate of $10 per student. This program covers incidental damage such as screen breaks and case damage with a $15 deductible, and lost/stolen devices with a $50 deductible. You can enroll your child's device in this program by paying through MySchoolBucks, or by paying in person at any school office. 

Be Well.
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent’s Update 7/29

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 

  • Our Fall 2020 reentry plan is posted to our website. Click here for the full plan. 
  • Online registration is open and available here
  • Today are FREE sports physicals at Osage High School from 3:30-6:30. Click here for the flyer. Remember, you need to have a physical on file to participate, beginning your first practice of the season. Check out our website here for more information. 
  • iPad Insurance is being made available to families K-12 at the discounted rate of $10 per student. This program covers incidental damage such as screen breaks and case damage with a $15 deductible, and lost/stolen devices with a $50 deductible. You can enroll your child's device in this program by paying through MySchoolBucks, or by paying in person at any school office. 
  • The Miller County Health Department will be extending their hours every Wednesday until 7:00 pm starting August 5th. Extended hours will continue through August and allow for parents and students the opportunity to receive the required back to school vaccines. Scheduled appointments are recommended but walk-ins are also welcome. Check out the Miller County Facebook page for more information. 

 
 Be Well.
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update: July 8

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 
Our central office motto these days is be prepared, be observant, be flexible.  We are also in the habit of gauging topics of concern by the calls that we receive in the central office. Lately, the two biggest trends are 1. “We have a second home here. How do I enroll my student(s) in School of the Osage for the coming school year?” And this question has been running neck in neck with #2. “Are you going to require masks for the coming school year?” The first question is pretty cut and dry and can be solved by bringing a few papers to the office.
 
The answer to the second question is more complicated. At the national and state level, the topic of masks has evolved over the past month. We suspect it will continue to do so in the month to come. We have time to let guidance from the state and the CDC (which has changed its tune more than once on what does and doesn’t help regarding masks) continue to play out through July.  As for today, here is where we stand on the topic for summer school: 

  • Students and employees may wear a mask at any time.
  • Students and employees demonstrating symptoms must wear a mask and be quarantined in the isolation room until able to leave the building.
  • Any employee supervising a student demonstrating symptoms must wear a mask and/or other personal protective equipment (PPE). 

We will have additional guidance on our district’s mask stance for the start of the regular year at central registration (August 12 and 13).  What 2020 has taught all of us is that we must be constantly prepared to make adjustments.
 
What we will NOT be adjusting is our long-term commitments to safety, learning, and fiscal responsibility. We survived last spring, but we have big plans to thrive this fall, come what may.  Here are a few additional updates. 
 

  • Seated summer school started this week at the high school for grades 9-12. Starting next Monday, July 13, seated summer school will be at Heritage for grades K-5 and grades 6-8 will be at the high school. For more information email harrrisd@osageschools.org. For more information on how to register your child for Jumpstart Kindergarten Summer School visit our website here.   
  • School of the Osage Summer School Safety Protocols. Don’t hesitate to contact our director of safety, Mr. Bill Altermatt, if you have questions.
  • Click here for the latest information on summer food pick-up.
  • We are so proud of our very own Amanda Wersching who recently saved a life using a Stop the Bleed kit for our partners at Lake Regional. Click here to learn more. 

Be Well.
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update: June 25

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 

  • Seated summer school starts July 6 at the high school for grades 9-12 and July 13 at Heritage K - 5th grade. Grades 6 - 8 will be at the high school starting July 13. For more information email harrrisd@osageschools.org
  • To view graduation photos, click here and to view the video production, click here.
  • For more information on how to register your child for Jumpstart Kindergarten Summer School visit our website here.   
  • Click here for the latest information on summer food pick-up.
  • There will be no community update next week. Have a safe, healthy 4th of July! 

Be Well.
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426

Superintendent's Update June 17

Dear School of the Osage Students, Families, and Community- 
 

  • Summer school registration for July is currently open! We are offering on-line and seated opportunities. Get more information.
  • Kindergarten Jumpstart will be held Monday -Thursday July 13- July 30. JumpStart is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet our staff, become familiar with the building and our routines, meet new friends, and play and learn! Again, check out our website for more information.
  • Graduation is tomorrow! We can’t wait to celebrate our seniors.

Be Well.
Sincerely, 

Dr. Laura Nelson
Superintendent 
nelsonl@osageschools.org 
 
*Indian Support Hotline: 
573-552-8878 or support@osageschools.org 
 
OHS- 573-348-0115
OMS- 573-552-8326
UE-573-348-0004
HE- 573-365-5341
ECC-573-552-8899
 
Additional Community Support Resources:
Hope House Food Pantry at (573) 365-0099
Camden County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 346-6145  
Miller County Community Assistance Hotline at (573) 692-0426