Winter sports are quickly approaching and the St. James Board of Education have approved safety guidelines for spectators. A lengthy discussion was held during an October 15 meeting of the board about what guidelines the district should follow, as winter sports are held indoors and could be more difficult to keep COVID-19 safety precautions in place.
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Resident Allen Copeland informed the St. James City Council on Tuesday, October 13, he plans to donate pickle ball courts to the city. Where those courts could be located is still being discussed, but Copeland told the council there is an interest in pickle ball in St. James.
The St. James Board of Education approved 10 additional paid emergency leave days to aid teachers who are forced to quarantine this semester and held a discussion on several COVID-19 related solutions last week. Patrick Stites, Phelps/Maries County Department of health Emergency Management coordinator, was on hand to answer questions as the board made its decisions during the October 15 meeting.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) made a request to the city of St. James to adjust speed limits coming into town. During the October 13 meeting of the St. James City Council, the council voiced their concerns about the proposal, which was designed to stagger the speeds coming into the city limits.
A hybrid learning plan has been added to the St. James School District’s COVID-19 plan as an alternative way to teach students should it be needed.
The plan was outlined last month by the board of education, but was deemed to be a bad fit for the district. A month later, the board decided the district is facing new challenges due to coronavirus and wanted to have the hybrid style plan ready to roll out if necessary.