Laclede Co. R-1 Schools Closure Update
Question and Answer
5-1-20


On April 9, 2020, Mark D. Hedger, Superintendent of Schools, announced that Governor Parson ordered all Missouri Schools to remain closed for the remainder of this school year. Laclede Co. R-1 Schools will remain closed through the last scheduled school day of Friday, May 15, 2020. However, food service and alternate learning will proceed as planned through the remainder of this time.

On April 27, 2020, Governor Parson released new guidelines through the Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan Phase I guidelines: Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan: Phase I which go into effect on May 4, 2020.

This unprecedented situation continues to evolve and questions continue to arise. The purpose of this document is to provide parents with up-to-date, timely information.

The district will also be using Twitter, the district Facebook page, and SchoolMessenger to deliver pertinent information.


School Calendar

How long will Laclede Co. R-1 Schools be closed?
On April 9, Governor Parsons announced that all Missouri Schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. The scheduled last day of school for Laclede Co. R-1 is Friday, May 15.

Will we still have Graduation?
We will still have a Graduation Commencement ceremony. We have officially rescheduled the 2020 Graduation for Sunday, June 28th at 3:00 pm.

Will we still have a Prom?
Mr. Wapp is working with the Prom Committee to reschedule Prom for July in the high school gym. Two potential dates are Friday, July 10th or Saturday, July 11th. We will communicate details as soon as a firm date is confirmed.

How will elementary students get any items left in the classroom and return library books?
Bon Voyage Extravaganza-
Having closure to this very unique school year is so important for students, parents, and teachers alike. Saying goodbye even if it is quick would be helpful to all. Teachers have been working hard to collect all of your students' belongings. They are also creating the last packet which will provide activities to get your student through to the end of the year. This packet and any other student work from the year will be passed out during this event too. On Tuesday, May 5th weather permitting we will have an end of the year goodbye drive-thru. This is where students will pick up all supplies left in the classroom, and drop off library books. The event will start at 5:30 and go till 7:00 pm. Rain dates will be Thursday, May 7th, or Tuesday, May 12th. Teachers will send out reminders the night before.


Community Information

What is the district plan to provide students with access to nutrition services?
In partnership with the Department of Health and Senior Services, the district is able to feed all students 18 years of age and under with free Grab-and-Go meals while the district is closed. The district includes meal pick-up services Monday and Wednesday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Multiple meals are being sent home on these days in order to limit the need for multiple trips to school by parents and to minimize contact at school. This will continue through the regularly scheduled last day of school on May 15.

In addition, we have coordinated for Life360 Community Services to continue service of the afterschool snack program. They will be distributing a grocery sack of food containing 7 breakfast snacks and 7 supper snack meals (14 meals) to everyone 18 years and younger on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 11:00-3:00. All of these services are being provided at the east door of the HS FEMA Cafeteria as a drive through option. They are hopeful to continue through June 30.

In order to help with planning for future meals or if you have a problem picking up the meals, please fill out the form below to register:

COVID 19 LCR1 Meal Registration


Are school facilities still closed for sports and activities?
MSHSAA is very clear in their guidance that facilities and activities for MSHSAA sanctioned activities are to be closed through the remainder of the academic year, which for us is May 15. Depending on guidance from local health department officials, it is possible to that could be extended further. We will communicate that guidance as we get more information. We are not restricting use of outdoor activity facilities for non MSHSAA sponsored activities starting May 4, as long as Governor Parson’s Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan Phase I guidelines are followed.


Teaching and Learning

Will the district provide an online learning curriculum while students are at home?
Laclede Co. R-1 Schools will not be preparing a formal online curriculum based upon the knowledge that many of our students do not have digital devices or internet access. Teachers will be developing consistent and meaningful activities (online and packet form, for those who prefer) and resources to provide the best enrichment activities and alternative methods of instruction possible. Our goal is to exercise and engage students with opportunities for beneficial meaningful learning. This will continue through the end of the regularly scheduled school year, May 15, 2020.


What if my student needs help?
We are here to help! Teachers are communicating with students regularly and have virtual office hours any day we were scheduled to be in session. They are available during this time to assist students any way possible. Feel free to contact your child’s teacher for assistance.

The district plans to send out social media updates on Facebook and Twitter with tips and strategies.

Will we be having Summer School?
Summer School was originally planned to be held from May 26-June 19. We will not be able to have summer school on these original dates, therefore we are looking to postpone summer school until July, depending upon what guidance we get from county health department officials. We are looking at the dates of July 6-30 as potential dates. We will communicate these plans as soon as they are finalized.


Remote Teaching and Learning Resources

Where can I access more instructional resources?
Principals and teachers have been and will continue to share instructional resources. In addition, DESE has developed a comprehensive list of resources on the webpage below:

DESE Remote Teaching and Learning Resources


COVID 19 Resources

Where can I access more information regarding COVID 19?
The following links contain detailed information:

CDC

MO Department of Health

Laclede Co. Health Department

Last Updated May 1, 2020


Laclede Co. R-1 Schools Closure Update
Question and Answer
4-14-20


The spread of COVID-19 in our nation and region has required communities and school leaders to make decisions in the best interest of public health. On April 9, 2020, Mark D. Hedger, Superintendent of Schools, announced that Governor Parson ordered all Missouri Schools to remain closed for the remainder of this school year. Laclede Co. R-1 Schools will remain closed through the last scheduled school day of Friday, May 15, 2020. However, food service and alternate learning will proceed as planned through the remainder of this time. This unprecedented situation continues to evolve and questions continue to arise. The purpose of this document is to provide parents with up-to-date, timely information.

The district will also be using Twitter, the district Facebook page, and SchoolMessenger to deliver pertinent information.


School Calendar

How long will Laclede Co. R-1 Schools be closed?
On April 9, Governor Parsons announced that all Missouri Schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. The scheduled last day of school for Laclede Co. R-1 is Friday, May 15.

Will we still have Graduation?
We will still have a Graduation Commencement ceremony. With the Governor’s announcement of the closure of all schools through the end of this year’s school calendar. We have officially rescheduled the 2020 Graduation for Sunday, June 28th at 3:00 pm.

Will school activities, including MSHSAA activities, continue during the closure?
All spring sports and activity seasons have been cancelled per MSHSAA. On April 9, 2020, MSHSAA released the following statement regarding spring activities:


Following Governor Parson’s announcement this afternoon, of in-person school closure for the remainder of the school year, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) announces the cancellation of all remaining post-season events for the 2019-20 school year. “This decision is very difficult for all involved especially given the impact it will have on our students, parents, coaches, teachers, and administrators throughout the state,” said MSHSAA Executive Director Dr. Kerwin Urhahn. “We thank all of the participants, the coaches/directors/advisors, the administrations, the parents, and everyone else who has dedicated tremendous amounts of time, passion, and effort to these events.” The biggest impact of this decision will be felt by the seniors, many of whom have exhausted their eligibility without taking the field, court or course. “To our senior participants- we thank you for everything you have done for your schools and communities and wish you the very best in your bright futures,” Urhahn continued. “While this is a difficult ending, the lessons you’ve learned and friendships you’ve made through high school activities will last your lifetime.”


Community Information

What is the district plan to provide students with access to nutrition services?
In partnership with the Department of Health and Senior Services, the district is able to feed all students 18 years of age and under with free Grab-and-Go meals while the district is closed. The district includes meal pick-up services Monday and Wednesday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Multiple meals are being sent home on these days in order to limit the need for multiple trips to school by parents and to minimize contact at school.

In addition, we have coordinated for Life360 Community Services to continue service of the afterschool snack program. They will be distributing a grocery sack of food containing 7 breakfast snacks and 7 supper snack meals (14 meals) to everyone 18 years and younger on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 11:00-3:00. All of these services are being provided at the east door of the HS FEMA Cafeteria as a drive through option.

In order to help with planning for future meals or if you have a problem picking up the meals, please fill out the form below to register:

COVID 19 LCR1 Meal Registration


Teaching and Learning

Will the district provide an online learning curriculum while students are at home?
Laclede Co. R-1 Schools will not be preparing a formal online curriculum based upon the knowledge that many of our students do not have digital devices or internet access. Teachers will be developing consistent and meaningful activities (online and packet form, for those who prefer) and resources to provide the best enrichment activities and alternative methods of instruction possible. Our goal is to exercise and engage students with opportunities for beneficial meaningful learning.
We are encouraging families to:

  • Create a schedule for your day.
  • Focus on schoolwork/learning in reasonable increments.
  • Limit your child’s anxiety by managing your own.
  • Link for helping students understand COVID-19
  • Find a way to make some special memories and enjoy quality time together.

How will my students be graded?
LEARNING IS THE PRIORITY. Student grades will not be lowered during this alternative learning. However, students can have the opportunity to increase learning during this time. Teachers are also providing feedback to students during this time

What if my student needs help?
We are here to help! Teachers are communicating with students regularly and have virtual office hours any day we were scheduled to be in session. They are available during this time to assist students any way possible. Feel free to contact your child’s teacher for assistance.

The district plans to send out social media updates on Facebook and Twitter with tips and strategies.

Will we be having Summer School?
Summer School was originally planned to be held from May 26-June 19. We obviously are hopeful we can still have summer school at this original date, however at this point we simply do not know if that will be possible at this time. DESE has assembled a task force to evaluate the possibility of new Summer School Guidelines which might be beneficial to schools to allow flexibility on how and when summer school might be held. We will continue to communicate as we receive more detailed information.


Remote Teaching and Learning Resources

Where can I access more instructional resources?
Principals and teachers have been and will continue to share instructional resources. In addition, DESE has developed a comprehensive list of resources on the webpage below:

DESE Remote Teaching and Learning Resources


COVID 19 Resources

Where can I access more information regarding COVID 19?
The following links contain detailed information:

CDC

MO Department of Health

Laclede Co. Health Department

Last Updated April 14, 2020


Laclede Co. R-1 Schools Closure Update
Question and Answer
4-6-20


The spread of COVID-19 in our nation and region has required communities and school leaders to make decisions in the best interest of public health. On March 31, 2020, Mark D. Hedger, Superintendent of Schools, announced Laclede Co. R-1 Schools will extend the previous school closure and close through Thursday, April 30, 2020.
This unprecedented situation continues to evolve and questions continue to arise. The purpose of this document is to provide parents with up-to-date, timely information.

The district will also be using Twitter, the district Facebook page, and SchoolMessenger to deliver pertinent information.


School Calendar

How long will Laclede Co. R-1 Schools be closed?
In consultation with local and state health department officials, Laclede Co. R-1 Schools is closed through Thursday, April 30, 2020. This will be reevaluated continually and school will only be reopened through guidance from local and state government and health organizations.

Will we still have Graduation?
We will still have a Graduation Commencement ceremony. As of now, we have not postponed the original Graduation date of May 16. However, we are making backup plans just in case the need arises, through communication with the Cowan Civic Center on backup dates. We have reserved Sunday afternoon on June 28th as a backup date. We are hopeful we won’t have to use it, however feel it is better to be prepared.

Will school activities, including MSHSAA activities, continue during the closure?
District closure impacts all extracurricular and cocurricular activities, which include athletic competitions, music programs, practices, after-school programs, etc. All events are cancelled until further notice

On April 1, 2020, MSHSAA released the following statement regarding spring activities:

“The MSHSAA Office has received several inquiries about spring sports and
scholar bowl continuing this year. At this time, we are on hold for making a
decision until we know more what the schools are going to do based upon
their local health department, recommendations from the CDC, and state
government. We are interscholastic activities and sports; therefore, if
schools do not return to session this school year, then we cannot have a
spring season. Right now there is too much unknown to make any decisions
or adjustments, until we are later into April to see what happens with
schools.”


Community Information

What is the district plan to provide students with access to nutrition services?
In partnership with the Department of Health and Senior Services, the district is able to feed all students 18 years of age and under with free Grab-and-Go meals while the district is closed. The district includes meal pick-up services Monday and Wednesday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Multiple meals are being sent home on these days in order to limit the need for multiple trips to school by parents and to minimize contact at school.

In addition, we have coordinated for Life360 Community Services to continue service of the afterschool snack program. They will be distributing a grocery sack of food containing 7 breakfast snacks and 7 supper snack meals (14 meals) to everyone 18 years and younger on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 11:00-3:00. All of these services are being provided at the east door of the HS FEMA Cafeteria as a drive through option.

In order to help with planning for future meals or if you have a problem picking up the meals, please fill out the form below to register:

COVID 19 LCR1 Meal Registration


Teaching and Learning

Will the district provide an online learning curriculum while students are at home?
Laclede Co. R-1 Schools will not be preparing a formal online curriculum based upon the knowledge that many of our students do not have digital devices or internet access. Teachers will be developing consistent and meaningful activities (online and packet form, for those who prefer) and resources to provide the best enrichment activities and alternative methods of instruction possible. Our goal is to exercise and engage students with opportunities for beneficial meaningful learning.
We are encouraging families to:

  • Create a schedule for your day.
  • Focus on schoolwork/learning in reasonable increments.
  • Limit your child’s anxiety by managing your own.
  • Link for helping students understand COVID-19
  • Find a way to make some special memories and enjoy quality time together.

How will my students be graded?
LEARNING IS THE PRIORITY. Student grades will not be lowered during this alternative learning. However, students can have the opportunity to increase learning during this time. Teachers are also providing feedback to students during this time

What if my student needs help?
We are here to help! Teachers are communicating with students regularly and have virtual office hours any day we were scheduled to be in session. They are available during this time to assist students any way possible. Feel free to contact your child’s teacher for assistance.

The district plans to send out social media updates on Facebook and Twitter with tips and strategies.


Remote Teaching and Learning Resources

Where can I access more instructional resources?
Principals and teachers have been and will continue to share instructional resources. In addition, DESE has developed a comprehensive list of resources on the webpage below:

DESE Remote Teaching and Learning Resources


COVID 19 Resources

Where can I access more information regarding COVID 19?
The following links contain detailed information:

CDC

MO Department of Health

Laclede Co. Health Department

Last Updated April 6, 2020


March 31, 2020

Joint Press Release:

The ongoing spread of COVID-19 in our region requires school districts to make difficult decisions. These decisions are being made in the best interests of public health. In consultation with health department officials the following public school districts will extend the closure of schools until at least Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Gasconade C-4
Laclede County C-5 (Joel E. Barber)
Laclede County R-1 (Conway)
Lebanon R-3

The extended closure impacts all extra-curricular activities and other school events.

Our districts understand this is an uncertain time. Please know that our goal in this closure is to assist our community in slowing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. According to health officials, the practice of social distancing is critical to slowing the transmission of COVID-19.

During this time we must continue to support and care for one another. As decisions are made, each district will continue to share information through their regular communication channels.


Laclede Co. R-1 Schools Closure Update
Question and Answer
3-30-20


The spread of COVID-19 in our nation and region has required communities and school leaders to make decisions in the best interest of public health. On March 20, 2020, Mark D. Hedger, Superintendent of Schools, announced Laclede Co. R-1 Schools will extend the previous school closure and close through Friday, April 3, 2020.
This unprecedented situation continues to evolve and questions continue to arise. The purpose of this document is to provide parents with up-to-date, timely information.

The district will also be using Twitter, the district Facebook page, and SchoolMessenger to deliver pertinent information.


School Calendar

How long will Laclede Co. R-1 Schools be closed?
In consultation with local and state health department officials, Laclede Co. R-1 Schools is closed through Friday, April 3, 2020. This will be reevaluated weekly, and school will only be reopened through guidance from local and state government and health organizations.

We have been in dialogue with Lebanon, and other area school districts. We discussed waiting until Tuesday to make any decisions or announcements about extending our closure. There is an Advisory meeting with the Commissioner that day. Unless something changes before the 31st, we plan to wait until then to decide on any extension.

We want to allow staff and parents time to make arrangements.

Will the last day of school be adjusted by the closure?
We received guidance from the Commissioner of Education that attendance hours lost due to COVID 19 school closure will not be required to be made up. If this changes for any reason we will communicate this.

How will the district closure affect Prom?
We have postponed the prom event, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18. We will continue to monitor the COVID 19 situation and follow established guidelines regarding crowd sizes and gatherings. A new date and location will be announced when the crowd gathering guidelines allow.

Will school activities, including MSHSAA activities, continue during the closure?
District closure impacts all extracurricular and cocurricular activities, which include athletic competitions, music programs, practices, after-school programs, etc. All events are cancelled until further notice.

On March 24, 2020, MSHSAA released the following statement regarding spring activities:

While schools are determining the best course of
action during this unprecedented time, the
MSHSAA office staff continues to prepare for
Spring championships. In all likelihood, any
championships that do happen will have a very
different look and feel than those in the past. The
staff continues to find possible venues and back
up venues, as well as continue to develop multiple
variations of what a postseason may look like.


Community Information

What is the district plan to provide students with access to nutrition services?
In partnership with the Department of Health and Senior Services, the district is able to feed all students 18 years of age and under with free Grab-and-Go meals while the district is closed. The district has devised a plan, which started March 17, that includes daily meal pick-up services 7:30-8:30 for breakfast and 10:45-12:15 for lunch for students 18 and under. During the lunch handout, breakfast for the next day is also being sent home.

In addition, we have coordinated for Life360 Community Services to continue service of the afterschool snack program. They will be distributing a grocery sack of food containing 7 breakfast snacks and 7 supper snack meals (14 meals) to everyone 18 years and younger on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. All of these services are being provided at the east door of the HS FEMA Cafeteria as a drive through option.

In order to help with planning for future meals or if you have a problem picking up the meals, please fill out the form below to register:

COVID 19 LCR1 Meal Registration

How can my students get their unused medications?
Nurse Tara was able to send most medications home with students on the 16th. However, Nurse Tara will contact parents to discuss their needs. If the student’s medication is needed, a scheduled pick-up time can be arranged by contacting Nurse Tara tdill@lcr1.org

Will School Board elections still be held on April 7th?
Per Governor Parsons, all municipal elections have been moved to June 2, 2020.


Teaching and Learning

Will the district provide an online learning curriculum while students are at home?
Laclede Co. R-1 Schools will not be preparing a formal online curriculum based upon the knowledge that many of our students do not have digital devices or internet access. Teachers will be developing consistent and meaningful activities (online and packet form, for those who prefer) and resources to provide the best enrichment activities and alternative methods of instruction possible.
We are encouraging families to:

  • Create a schedule for your day.
  • Focus on schoolwork/learning in reasonable increments.
  • Limit your child’s anxiety by managing your own.
  • Link for helping students understand COVID-19
  • Find a way to make some special memories and enjoy quality time together.

The district plans to send out social media updates on Facebook and Twitter with tips and strategies.

Teachers are communicating with students regularly and have virtual office hours from 8:00-3:00 any day we were scheduled to be in session. They are available during this time to assist students any way possible.


Remote Teaching and Learning Resources

Where can I access more instructional resources?
Principals and teachers have been and will continue to share instructional resources. In addition, DESE has developed a comprehensive list of resources on the webpage below:

DESE Remote Teaching and Learning Resources


COVID 19 Resources

Where can I access more information regarding COVID 19?
The following links contain detailed information:

CDC

MO Department of Health

Laclede Co. Health Department

Last Updated March 30, 2020