September 13, 2020


Dear Parents/Guardians of Bakersfield R-IV School District Students,

Due to the rapidly increasing number of students required to quarantine, large number of students exhibiting illness and positive cases of COVID-19, the Bakersfield R-IV School District will be going virtual for the next two weeks.  All in-person classes, extra-curricular activities, sports, practices are postponed.  Vo-tech students will not attend SCCC in West Plains for two weeks.  School will resume on Tuesday, September 29. 

Parents of students in grades 4-12 may pick up chrome books in the high school office Monday after 1 PM until 7 PM and anytime on Tuesday between 8 AM and 7 PM.  Virtual classes will begin at 8 AM on this Wednesday, September 16.  Students will simply need to check their school email for directions.  If you do not have internet at home, you will be able to pick up a flash drive of all lessons.  Please contact your building principal for more information on the flash drive option.  Mr. Byrd is available at the high school office at 417-284-7333 ext. 403.  Mr. Hollis is available at the elementary office at 417-284-7333 ext. 408. Both will be dispersing materials/chrome books so if they don’t answer, please leave a message and your call will be returned. 

Because we are still waiting on over 130 chrome books that are back ordered, Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be receiving packets with books they need to complete their work.  Mr. Hollis will be overseeing the delivery of needed materials to each elementary child’s home beginning Tuesday.  If you are coming to pick up materials or chrome books for older children, please let Mr. Hollis know by sending an email to or calling 417-284-7333 ext. 408 so this can be coordinated with the pickup of the chrome books. 

Teachers will be checking in with students. Please feel free to email or communicate with your child’s teacher with any questions about assignments.  As soon as the chrome books are delivered, we will let everyone know when they can be picked up.

This is the last thing we wanted to happen this year.  We had high hopes that the mitigation measures we implemented would make this unnecessary.  We reached a tipping point over the weekend with so many additional cases of illness and quarantines. At this time, it makes sense to go virtual for two weeks to deep clean the facility and hope that the virus in any asymptomatic students or staff would run the two week course. It is our goal to quickly get back to a healthy school environment for everyone! 

Your partner in education,


Dr. Amy Britt