A closure by Gov. Doug Burgum's executive order has students, teachers and staff at Bowman Public School still scrambling to keep up with the schoolwork.
According to a letter sent out to parents earlier in March, the district schools are following the guidance and recommendations from the North Dakota Department of Health, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.
In the letter, it provided a series of suggestions to guard against the virus, including washing hands for 20 seconds under clean running water to prevent the spread of germs.
Other suggestions included staying home if you are sick, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, cover coughs and sneezes and clean or disinfect surfaces and objects.
In addition, the district also said the symptoms for COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Although the closure was to last until until March 20, then extended to March 27, it may be extended again, according to Superintendent Wayne Heckaman.
“We really are hoping to see you back in school on Monday, but at this time, we are planning ahead in case this pandemic keeps us all home awhile longer,” the school posted on its Facebook page March 18.
“This situation is something new for all of us. If this school closure continues, please understand that we are all required to continue with school education. There are expectations that all teachers and students must meet. School will continue, just differently than we are used to!”
“I hope this email finds you rested and ready to start school on Monday in our Distance Opportunity format! I am sure that you have lots of questions how this will work, we do too. I do know that your teachers have been working hard to adapt and prepare learning opportunities for you as we transition from “traditional” school to this online format,” another Facebook post explained.
Tyler Senn, the 7-12 principal, is already eager for the closure to end, posting earlier this week on the school website “I hope this email finds you rested and ready to start school on Monday in our Distance Opportunity format! I am ...”
Still, the school is trying to keep connected with the students during the forced closure.
One way is Mr. Mitch Strand reading a children's book on the school Facebook page.
Monday, he read “The Dot” aloud. The book was written by Peter Reynolds.
In addition, the school has added some sidewalk art in recent days, using chalk as a medium to send a message about school in the community.... including “Bulldog Grit” and “You are all missed.”