Bunceton R-4 School District will remain closed through May 4. This date is tentative Superintendent Kathryn Anderson said in a message to parents.

“We want to assure you that student and staff health remains our top priority,” she said.

Anderson also reminded parents about the continuing distance learning and packets used to educate students. Parents of students without laptops should call the district to make arrangements to pick one up. High school students are conducting online learning and must check in with teachers to receive credit for coursework.

Packet work can be turned into a teacher’s crate Tuesdays and Wednesday in the foyer of the south side front doors.

The district requests those dropping off packets to be mindful of social distancing and to not enter until the hall is clear. Stop requests in the foyer should be observed. Students receiving special education services will be provided access to learning. If individualized education plan goals can’be met through alternative instruction, the district will provide compensatory services when school resumes. IEP teams are working to make the best decisions for IEP students.

All athletics and activities continue to be suspended. The district is working on an alternate plan for graduation. A notification will be sent when a decision is made.

The grab-and-go or delivered meal option for students continues without interruption. Parents or guardians should contact the school district to be added to the meal delivery.

Sewing masks

Seamstresses and quilters have come together to make face masks to help guard against the spread of COVID-19.

Those with interfacing, one-quarter- or one-eighth-inch elastic sitting around should find someone who is making masks, since they are unavailable in stores. Bias tape, long shoe strings, and cording can be used as ties when the elastic is gone. Non-woven interfacing is used in the masks. Blue Walmart tote bags and other bags made of the same material can be used like interfacing. Tutorials are available online.

Farmers start planting

Planting season is in full swing with farmers busy getting equipment ready, applying anhydrous to some fields, and inserting drainage pipe into fields. Motorists should be patient and courteous to the farmers on highways.

Grass turned green quickly this year. Lawn mowers already are out to tame the grass before it gets out of hand.

Historical society reschedules event

The Cooper County Historical Society program April 19 about the Don Carlos Homestead has been rescheduled for Sept 13. Christine Boston will present her research 2 p.m. at Prairie Home United Methodist Church.