Students back on campus for Hollister Summer School

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HOLLISTER, Mo.– The district understands that not all families will feel comfortable with sending their students to campus for seated summer school.  Therefore, both sessions of summer school will be offered virtually and seated.  Session #1 of summer school will be from May 27 to June 23 and session #2 runs July 6 to July 31.

“Once they get here, we are going to adhere to the social distancing,” said Dr. Brian Wilson, superintendent of Hollister Schools. “We’re going to have small class sizes, smaller than we ever have had during summer school. And then we’re going to keep them in those cohorts.”

During this unprecedented time, parents have stepped up in a big way to help educate their children. 

“We don’t have any fears at all in sending our kids,” said Julie Kauffman, a parent. “We know they’ve taken the steps and precautions that they need to keep our kids safe. So our kids were excited to come. We were super excited to send them here. We know that they’re safe here.”

The administration and staff at Hollister want to step up and help parents by providing a safe environment for their children while they are at work.

“We’re going to have our custodians wiping down every hour in the building,” said Dr. Dallas DeWeese, a 6th grade teacher. “We’re going to be wiping down ourselves, making sure we’re not cross contaminating anything. And making sure our hands are nice and clean when we go out or if we’re going to eat lunch.”

During summer school, the district offers free breakfast, free lunch, and free transportation to and from summer school. 

We spoke with the Superintendent of Hollister Schools, Dr. Brian Wilson. He says having his students back in the classroom feels like a holiday. “Hey, this is like Christmas, and I think whenever you reflect back on when you were a young child, how excited you are about Christmas. That’s what we are. We’re very excited to have our students on campus. We do understand that it is going to be a little bit different from when we left, but we’re excited to have them back on campus.”

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