Health insurance

Local News: NV R-IV Schools Seeking New Health Insurance Carrier (2/25/22)

Neelyville Schools will seek a new health insurance carrier after a proposed 9.3% increase over the current provider.

The school board this month received an update on renewal information from the Education Benefit Association regarding health insurance with Anthem. The broker is Wallstreet Group.

“We’re looking at a 9.3% increase,” said Superintendent Debra Parish, who met with many southeast Missouri superintendents in the EBA Consortium.

The band decided they would seek a quote from the Ozark Schools Benefits Association, which also has Anthem. According to the group’s understanding, the broker, Capstone Insurers, is a sister company of Wallstreet Group.

“We also met with the Missouri Unified Health Plan who have CIGNA,” Parish said, “We’re looking to get information from them regarding coverage costs. So while we hate switching insurance every two, three years, we seek the best possible price for our neighborhood.

COVID Safety Procedures

In other cases, the board is also reviewing COVID-19 proceedings.

The COVID-19 update included five positive cases while one is awaiting testing and five have influenza A. Attendance on February 15 was 88%.

School districts had been advised to have the safe return to in-person instruction and service continuity plan approved monthly.

“We did a thorough review in December with revision,” Parish said. “We then made another update on January 5, 2022 reflecting new information from the CDC. The SRSP can be found on our homepage. These are the procedures if we have a confirmed case of COVID-19. »

The course of action for a confirmed case of communicable disease is: Section 167.191, RSMo sets out a standard regarding communicable diseases and school attendance which includes: “It is unlawful for any child to attend any public school in this State when he is suffering from any contagious or infectious disease, or when he is likely to pass through such a disease after having been exposed to it”.

In the event that a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, the following procedures will be followed in order to comply with this Missouri law:

The school nurse, Chanda Pogue at 573-989-3813 x 125, should be notified if a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19. Any staff member or student who tests positive will be excluded from school and school activities for five days from the onset of symptoms if they are asymptomatic or symptoms resolve (no fever for 24 hours) followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others.

The school nurse will notify, to the extent possible under applicable confidentiality laws, teachers, staff and families of students who were close contacts as soon as possible (within the same day if possible) after been informed that someone in the school has tested positive.

The school nurse will ask teachers, staff and families of close contacts to monitor for symptoms and recommend mask-wearing for a period of 14 days. The school nurse will recommend isolation and seek medical advice if symptoms develop during the 14 day period.

Tips for Positive Athletes:

· Must be asymptomatic after five days.

· Must be released by a doctor before beginning the five stages of return to play.

· Must not allow the participation of any player showing symptoms without testing negative.


Greg Bell of Smith & Company Engineers has also completed the plans and tender specifications for the Hillview Lagoon upgrade. He is moving forward with the bidding process. Tenders will be opened at 10:00 a.m. on March 8 at the Central Office. These will be reviewed by Smith & Company and a recommendation will be made to the board at the March board meeting.

The next board meeting will take place on March 24.