Teutopolis Unit 50 School District is moving ahead with reopening schools on Aug. 14 with plans to prevent COVID-19 infection.

Teutopolis school board members on July 20 approved the in-person and remote learning plans for the fall semester. The plan covers various safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus among students and school employees. Superintendent Matt Sturgeon was also authorized to make modifications as needed by the school district, this region of the state or any statewide changes made on COVID-19 safety measures. Parents were surveyed online to offer input on the in-person and remote learning plans.

The first day for student attendance is Aug. 14. Dismissal will be early that day.

The board also received updates on the Teutopolis High School building project, which has renovations underway in the gym area. The 1929 & 1949 sections were demolished this summer. The new westside addition opened to classes at the start of the year. The renovation work is Phase II of the THS building project.

The board members made two changes to the school calendar. The September regular board meeting was changed to the night of Sept. 21. Election Day on November 3 is a state holiday for the school district. This will push back the end-of-school date by one day in spring 2021. Of course, the end of school date is also dependent on school closures for weather conditions or other emergencies.

In financial matters, the board members authorized the Superintendent to prepare a tentative budget for the 2020-21 Fiscal Year. The Revolving Fund was also re-established for the current fiscal year, which is an annual procedure.

Regarding personnel matters before the start of the school year, the board hired Jeffrey "Todd" Stewart as a full-time bus driver; Morgan Mette as Teutopolis High School cross country aide; Craig Toler as driver’s education teacher, Leighton Lark as THS basketball volunteer coach; and Crystal Tipton as Teutopolis Junior High School softball assistant coach. Karl Thompson’s resignation was accepted at school counselor.

Other facility updates included reports on the Teutopolis Grade School heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, the TGS freezer alarm, and the grade school playground mulch, plus the kitchen freezer at TJHS and the air conditioning unit for the junior high library.

The board also discussed student handbooks, board policies and action on closed minutes records.