2020-2021 School Year Reentry Updates
The MRH Board of Education will be holding meetings every Friday morning at 9:30 a.m., indefinitely, to review tracking data related to COVID-19. Click Here to Watch
September 18, 2020
A Message to the Community from the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Board of Education:
The MRH Board of Education (BOE) is keenly sensitive to the complex and emotionally wrenching circumstances which the COVID-19 threat has thrust into every aspect of our lives for half a year now. Today, as school districts all across the region grapple with the decision-making process behind bringing kids back into school buildings, the MRH BOE would like to share insights with all community members related to data and timing for reaching such a decision in the future.
The tier change question is taken extremely seriously by the BOE. Any tier transition would not be immediate and would likely take up to four weeks to implement due to the necessary preparations. During that time, the District would continue to monitor conditions very carefully.
No tier change will be considered until BOE members complete a thorough analysis of the following factors:
COVID-19 tracking data (trends, demographics, etc.) from the St. Louis County Department of Health
Guidance from EducationPlus, a support agency for public school systems in our region
Input from building principals; staff sentiment
Availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and usage by staff and students
Transportation plan for children on District buses
Environmental safety review for re-occupied buildings/classrooms
Tier-change approaches by nearby Districts
Plan for handling a positive case or potential outbreak in a building
Superintendent’s recommendation to the BOE for action to be taken based on this input
The BOE is meeting in open sessions weekly with Central Office administrators to review up-to-the-minute data as part of the tier change consideration process and we commit to clear communication with the community on when a vote to change tier would take place. No matter how instruction is delivered to our students, we remain a strong MRH community that is making the best of the current situation and is planning proactively for a hopeful future.
Throughout the course of this crisis, District staff, students and families have demonstrated remarkable resilience, adaptability and patience. The effort to build effective remote learning systems has been monumental in scope. Our stakeholders have responded with optimism, faith and trust in MRH leadership. The BOE could not be more grateful for this outpouring of community support.
Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Board of Education
July 20, 2020
Instructional scenarios include on-site attendance, a hybrid model, and fully virtual.
Reaching Us During Our Extended Closure
MRH High School 314-446-3801 firstname.lastname@example.org
MRH Middle School 314-644-4406 email@example.com
MRH Elementary School 314-644-4403 firstname.lastname@example.org
MRH Early Childhood Center 314-644-4405 email@example.com
MRH Administrative Office 314-446-1707 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech Help Line (leave a message): 314-446-3999
MRH Student Services Director Vince Estrada 314-565-7441 email@example.com
MRH Special School District liaison Ben Gleason firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping Families Cope
We all recognize that for many of our families, this pandemic crisis is making a difficult home situation even worse. As part of a regional response, there has been a coordinated effort by area school districts to simplify the search for resources for those in need. Please click on this link Family Resources Flier
During this extended closure of school buildings, Special School District case managers are creating Distance Learning Plans for each student who receives special education services. The plans are a summary of each child's goals and accommodations and also include information about how the child's special education services will be provided during the closure. MRH general education staff and SSD staff are working together to ensure all students have meaningful access during this time of remote learning. These Distance Learning Plans will serve as a reminder to staff about what each student needs. The plans are also shared with parents and guardians so they know what to expect.
April 21: A message from SSD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Keenan: “While we’re all still adjusting to this new learning environment, we want to be sure to take moments to celebrate the things that are going well and the achievements of our students.”
SSD FAQ During Pandemic
Whom do I contact if I have questions about my child's special education services?
Contact your child's special education Case Manager.
Where do I find my child's special education lessons?
They are located within each child's MRH itsLearning account.
My child is eligible for Extended School Year (ESY) services this summer. Will the district still be offering ESY?
Yes, ESY services will still be provided. Due to the ongoing health crisis, the format for ESY is yet to be determined. How ESY services will be provided will be determined, in large part, based on health department and county government guidance with the top priority being the safety and well-being of students and staff.
March 26, 2020
March 25, 2020
Recommended Actions at Home
Wash your hands and have your kids wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day.
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Do not come to school if you have flu-like symptoms (elevated temperature, cough, shortness of breath).
Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces in your home frequently.
If you are unsure whether your contact information is up to date in MRH systems, contact your school office. This is necessary to receive timely messages via email, texts, mail, and phone calls.
How to self-report:
Anytime you believe you have been in contact with a person who is later quarantined, were in close proximity to confirmed cases of COVID-19, or believe you are exhibiting symptoms you should seek guidance from health professionals immediately. The local department of public health hotline number is 314-615-2660. The state of Missouri hotline number is 1-877-435-8411.