School Start Date for K-12 Pushed Back One Week; Preschool Suspended For Now
The new first day of instruction for Maplewood Richmond Heights Schools K-12 students will be September 1 instead of the originally planned August 25. And, the MRH preschool program will be suspended indefinitely.
Those decisions by the MRH Board of Education on Tuesday, July 28, are designed to increase the amount of time needed to finalize remote learning systems for K-12 learners, and to maintain consistency with the Board's recent decision to launch the new academic year without students in school buildings. The St. Louis County Health Department and the County Executive issued new, stricter guidelines this week designed in part to stem the spread of COVID-19 in hopes of reaching a point at which students may safely re-enter school buildings this fall.
MRH has developed a K-12 instructional scenario allowing for a blend of at-school and in-home instruction in the event community health conditions become favorable. Under that scenario, preschool would also resume under the same set of rigid, layered health protection measures. Currently, all spots in the MRH preschool program are filled. Even though it's been suspended for now, no child’s enrollment status will be dropped unless parents express their intention not to return. For preschool families taking advantage of the Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment system, no tuition deductions will take place during the suspension period. Dr. Cyndi Hebenstreit, principal of the Early Childhood Center, will contact enrolled families to relay more information.
MRH teaching staff will utilize the period between August 26-31 to prepare for remote instruction and to familiarize themselves with virtual teaching mechanisms designed by MRH's technology and curriculum teams during the summer. Instruction for students will begin on Tuesday, September 1. The projected final day of school in 2021 would be June 10, barring additional changes to the academic calendar .
On August 3, 2020, building principals will release messages with overall details on what learning will look like on September 1, and what operational changes might be necessary due to the delayed start.
If you missed the July 28 Board of Education work session, you may view it here.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.