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"The catch-phrase for Boys State is A week to shape a lifetime but that does not even begin to describe the impact Boys State has on you. You walk out of Boys State not only with new knowledge over government, law, and politics, but with friendships and memories to last a lifetime."

-- Brett Dinkins '07
Annapolis, MO

COVID-19 Precautions and Protocols

Updated 6/6/2021

Below are the safety precautions that will be taken at the 2021 session of Missouri Boys State to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All procedures have been created and approved by our Board of Directors. Even with strict precautions and safety measures, there is still a possibility of COVID-19 during Boys State.

Missouri Boys State will be complying with the protocols set forth by the CDC, state, and county along with any regulations established the University of Central Missouri, our host institution.  During the week, we’ll count on all Boys State citizens to exhibit their leadership skills and character by following the established protocols and regulations to ensure the health and safety of themselves and their fellow citizens. Our staff will be doing the same.

By attending Missouri Boys State and signing the COVID-19 Waiver and Agreement, parents and citizens acknowledge they will do their best to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and know that there is always a risk.

     
+ PRIOR TO BOYS STATE

All Boys State participants (citizens and staff) will be required to take a COVID-19 test within 3 days of the program (June 9, 10, or 11) or be fully vaccinated and submit a negative test result OR a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to Boys State by noon on June 11th.

For students in an area with bus transportation, you will be required to present a copy of a negative result or card before boarding the bus to the program.

The Boys State App will allow you to upload these documents securely. (See the Pre-Session COVID-19 Test Results or Vaccination Record section on this page)

To mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, please limit your social activities 14 days prior to arriving at Missouri Boys State.

  • Minimize travel (unless to MBS) within that timeframe.
  • Avoid high traffic transportation such as airplanes, buses, etc.
  • Limit social gatherings of groups more than 15 people.
  • Avoid high risk activities such as eating at indoor restaurants, going to events, etc.
+ MASKS

In accordance with CDC guidance, any citizen or staff member who is not fully vaccinated is required to wear a mask while indoors at Missouri Boys State when in the presence of other participants.

When outdoors, citizens or staff members who are not fully vaccinated may remove their masks, so long as they are not in a crowded environment or in sustained close contact with other participants.

Boys State activities are organized and intended to avoid such situations. Citizens and staff who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks, though may choose to do so at their discretion.

Masks must always cover both nose and mouth unless actively eating or drinking.

Be sure to pack your own masks - at least 8 (enough for each day of Boys State) plus some extras.

Acceptable masks to wear at Boys State:

  • Two or more layers of washable breathable fabric or disposable.  Must cover the nose and mouth completely and be snug on all sides
  • Neck gaiters or buffs with two layers of cotton fabric
  • Face shields worn with a mask

Unacceptable masks:

  • Mask with an exhalation valve or vent
  • Face shields only
  • Offensive words or graphics
+ REASONS TO STAY HOME

We want to see you at Missouri Boys State just as much as you want to be there. But we need to be considerate of our fellow participants, Boys State staff, and University personnel. For that reason you should not come to Boys State if you:

  • Feel unwell in any way
  • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results
  • Have been exposed in the past 14 days
  • Exposure is defined as being with someone who has COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 while you were:
    • Within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes during a 24-hour period
      • Masked or unmasked
      • Indoors or outdoors
    • Had direct physical contact with the individual
    • Shared eating or drinking utensils
    • Coughed or sneezed on

Individuals who are at a heightened-risk for COVID-19 should consult their doctor if there is any concern over the risk of attending Boys State.

+ ARRIVAL AT BOYS STATE

Upon arrival to any Boys State, citizens:

  • Will be screened for symptoms.
  • Will have their temperature taken by an assigned Boys State staff.
  • Are required to provide a copy of the COVID-19 Waiver signed by a parent/guardian.

Parents/Guardians will not accompany the citizen to the City area or registration.  They are encouraged to remain in Warrensburg until their citizen has been screened for symptoms and completes registration.

+ DURING BOYS STATE

Temperatures will be taken of all citizens at the start of each day.

All participants will answer regular questions screening for potential symptoms.

Frequent hand hygiene will be required throughout the day. Ample hand sanitizer will be available at all activity and eating areas. Please feel free to bring your own (containing at least 60% alcohol) to help avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

Where possible, citizens will be separated into groups and kept within those smaller groups to avoid any unnecessary exposure.

When portions of the program may pose a higher risk for contact due to the nature of the activity, preventative measures will be taken and participation in these activities will not be mandatory.

+ HOUSING & MEALS

Each citizen will have his own room which shares a bathroom with another room housing one citizen. No double occupancy will be allowed.

Meals will be provided in the University Ballroom in shifts. Meal areas will be disinfected between shifts. Each Boys State City will be assigned to specific tables for the duration of Boys State. Citizens will eat with their assigned Boys State City and will observe appropriate distancing.

 

 

     
+ COVID-19 WAIVER

A COVID-19 waiver and agreement must be signed by all parents/guardians of citizens and staff acknowledging and agreeing to adhering with all precautions and policies. 

+ CITIZENS AT BOYS STATE SHOWING SYMPTOMS

A citizen with any of the symptoms common to COVID-19 (listed below) should:

  • Inform their City Counselor, or any other Boys State staff member.
  • Remain in their assigned room, isolated from the rest of the citizens. (Do NOT go to the Boys State Headquarters or any other location to have symptoms checked.)

The following symptoms will be cause for concern:

  • Severe nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches coupled with another symptom
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Any flu-like symptoms
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Severe fatigue

Action by City Counselor or other Boys State staff member:

  • Assess symptoms.
  • Report symptoms to Headquarters Staff.
  • Ensure citizen is isolated in his room.
  • Check and record symptoms daily.

Citizens displaying the following will be immediately sent home:

  • Fever if 100.4F or higher.
  • Loss of taste and/or smell.
  • Repeatedly shaking with chills.
  • Shortness of breath.

Parents/Guardians must remain on-call at all times while their son is at Boys State. If a citizen is suspected of having COVID-19, he will be sent home immediately.  Any citizen sent home will not be able to return to the program.

+ BOYS STATE STAFF

Boys State staff will be required to:

  • Follow the same guidance outlined for citizens regarding activities prior to Boys State.
  • All Boys State participants (citizens and staff) will be required to take a COVID-19 test within 3 days of arrival or be fully vaccinated and submit a negative test result or COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to Boys State prior to arrival on campus.
  • Sign a COVID-19 waiver and agreement.
  • Wear a mask regardless of age or whether vaccinated. Masks must always cover both nose and mouth unless actively eating or drinking.
  • Have their temperature taken upon arrival and participate in daily symptom and temperature checks.
  • Follow the same procedures outlined for citizens showing symptoms and will be sent home immediately if suspected of having COVID-19.
  • Adhere to all stated COVID-19 precautions and policies.
+ VISITORS

With the exception of closing assembly on Saturday, June 19th, unfortunately, no visitors will be allowed at Boys State this session. Some activities may be streamed online. A schedule of these events will be posted on our website closer to Boys State. For the closing assembly, parents/visitors will be directed to seating in the multipurpose building.

+ PRE-SESSION COVID-19 TEST RESULTS or VACCINATION RECORD

All Boys State participants (citizens and staff) will be required to take a COVID-19 test (molecular or antigen testing; not antibody testing) within 3 days of the program (June 9, 10, or 11) or be fully vaccinated, and submit a negative test result or COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to Boys State by noon on June 11th. For students in an area with bus transportation, you will be required to present a copy of a negative result or vaccination card before boarding the bus to the program.

Submitting your resuls or Vaccination Record

The MBS App for iOS and Android is now available.

Please use these step-by-step instructions for submitting your documentation:

 

 

 

Updates will be made to these precautions and protocols as needed to comply with the latest directives from the CDC, state and county health departments and the regulations set by the University of Central Missouri.

 

 

 
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