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At Monroe City R-1 School the teachers and staff stood ready for the new year with masks on, as each child was temperature screened before entering the building.

Area students experienced a different atmosphere as they headed back to school. Health precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic were in place as students were welcomed to the new year. At Monroe City R-1 School the teachers and staff stood ready for the new year with masks on, as each child was temperature screened before entering the building. Several students were seen wearing masks to continue their education for the new school season.

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The 2020-21 school year began promptly at 8 a.m. on August 24 at the Monroe City R-1 School. The school year started out with an enrollment of 752 students, of which 269 are elementary students, 197 are middle school students and 286 are enrolled at the high school. Students were seen eager to arrive and ready to begin, while others needed a kind nudge to start the academic year.

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One little boy was excited to show off his new shoes for the first day of school.

Kindergarten parents walked their eager little ones to the door, along with a few reluctant moms, dads and children who had first day jitters. Happy tears flowed from the faces of several, as they took in the moment, hugging and sharing loving embraces, while others bravely waved good-bye excited for their new journey.

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At 3 p.m. school was dismissed. Eager parents were waiting at each school to pick up their children ready to listen to their child’s experience of their first day of the 2020-21 academic school year. Others rode buses and several walked with friends to their after-school destinations.

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The first day also included being proactive against COVID-19. Just shortly after school was dismissed, Superintendent Tony DeGrave released the following information concerning students who had been exposed to COVID-19. The release stated, “Due to the recent confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case involving one High School Student, Monroe City R-1 School District has implemented COVID case contact tracing protocol.

The potential exposure occurred during our FFA Fall Trap Shoot team meeting on Thursday, August 20. The positive case and all of the close contacts (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) were isolated to one specific area of the building.

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School nurse, Cyndi Cheek helps parents with last minute signatures.

As soon as the District was notified of the potential exposure to a positive case, we collected contact tracing information from our employees and asked individuals who were primary contacts to self-quarantine until they are contacted by local health officials.

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Jaccie Colston drops off her son, Jacob, for his first day of Kindergarten, snapping a selfie to capture the moment.

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Last minute hugs and kisses were an important part of the first day of school. Briahna Battle shares words of encouragement with her daugther, Gracyn and Grandmother Lori Ann Summers.

Please be assured the Monroe City R-1 School District is fully committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff. HIPPA and FERPA regulations to protect personal privacy are a must in such situations. All close contacts have been contacted by the school district.”