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COVID-19 Resources

2020-2021 School Year Reentry Updates

July 20, 2020

MRH Return to Learning Options in Response to COVID-19

Instructional scenarios include on-site attendance, a hybrid model, and fully virtual.

July 13 SSD Families Forum videoconference. If you missed it, watch it here.

Stringent Precautions in Place as Some MRH Staff Return to Offices

Regional Education Consortium Issues General Guidelines for Reopening Schools

MRH Summer Athletic Activity Resumes in Limited Form with Strict Precautions

Families and Staff Speak Out in Stakeholder Surveys

Summer Meal Distribution Program Temporarily Moves to Sutton Park

July 23, 2020

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has teamed up with LifeWise STL and Maplewood United Methodist Church to continue meal distribution to students throughout the summer.

  • Where: Sutton Loop Park, 2815 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143

  • When: August 10 - August 21; Mon-Fri, 8AM - 9AM for hot breakfast and 12PM - 1PM for hot lunch. (During this time period, meals will not be served at the current MRH sites)

  • Any child 18 and younger can pick up a free meal. Families will pick up breakfast meals during the breakfast hour and lunch meals during the lunch hour. They can pick up multiple meals at the same time (i.e. if one family has three children, they can pick up three breakfasts between 8-9am and three lunches between 12-1pm). Children do not need to be present for a parent to receive meals. 

MRH meal distribution will remain at the 3 MRH sites (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) on the following dates:

  • Monday, July 20 through Friday, August 7

Pick up Locations:

  • MRH Early Childhood Center at the Front Entrance -- AS OF JULY 23, PICKUP LOCATION MOVED TO HIGH SCHOOL INDEFINITELY

  • MRH Elementary at the roundabout

  • MRH Middle/High at the Research and Design Center

Meal pickup is between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
If there are any concerns, please contact Irene Wan at irene.wan@mrhschools.net.

MRH Ongoing Services

Click here for meal distribution pickup times and locations

Click here for technology repair requests

Reaching Us During Our Extended Closure

MRH High School 314-446-3801 kevin.grawer@mrhschools.net

MRH Middle School 314-644-4406  tonya.jonas@mrhschools.net

MRH Elementary School 314-644-4403  cheryl.oconnor@mrhschools.net

MRH Early Childhood Center 314-644-4405 molly.sauer@mrhschools.net

MRH Administrative Office 314-446-1707 facilities@mrhschools.net

Tech Help Line (leave a message): 314-446-3999

MRH Student Services Director Vince Estrada 314-565-7441 vince.estrada@mrhschools.net

MRH Special School District liaison Ben Gleason ben.gleason@mrhschools.net

Helping Families Cope

MRH Community Resources: Covid-19

Healthy Adults for Healthy Kids: Modeling in the Time of COVID-19

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

Food Service

May 22, 2020

MRH will be continuing our curbside pick-up meal service for these dates:

  • Tuesday, May 26 through Thursday, July 2 
  • Monday, July 20 through Friday, August 7

Meals will be provided free of cost for all children and you may visit one location for multiple students (for example, siblings who attend different buildings).
Pick up Locations:

  • MRH Early Childhood Center at the Front Entrance
  • MRH Elementary at the roundabout
  • MRH Middle/High at the Research and Design Center

Meal pickup is between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
If there are any concerns, please contact Irene Wan at irene.wan@mrhschools.net.

May 15, 2020

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school may be eligible for a new one-time Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) of up to $302 per child (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12) to help cover the cost of meals students have eaten at home on days that schools have been closed. Students can receive P-EBT benefits even if they have been or continue to receive meals provided by the school district during the school closure. If your child was not previously eligible for free or reduced price meals, but you have now lost income, you may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits (review the P-EBT Eligibility Criteria document below).

The benefit is placed on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card families use to buy food. If you received Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, do not apply for these new/additional benefits. The full $302 will automatically be loaded to your existing EBT card. If you did not receive Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, you must apply for this benefit by June 30, 2020 (see below).

The most efficient way to apply is to submit your application online at EmergencyMealSurvey.com/MO. You will also likely experience a faster approval process. If you’re not able to apply online, you can follow the link below to the paper application. The fillable PDF document can then be emailed or mailed to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). You will find complete instructions and additional details in the letter to families below.

Please review these important documents carefully:

·       P-EBT Letter to Families

·       P-EBT Eligibility Criteria

·       P-EBT Online Application

·       P-EBT Paper Application (hard copy to fill out and email or mail to DESE if you’re not able to submit the application online)

·       P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions

To request a paper application be mailed to you, please contact our Food and Nutrition Services office at 314-446-1722. Please do not send completed applications to your school; see the letter to families above for application submission information.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) will send families a letter indicating they are approved or denied. If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at mydss.mo.gov or call 855-373-4636. For more information on the EBT card, visit: mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/ebt.

Special Education

Distance Learning:

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 COVID-19 Information

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.

District News/Announcements

Important Announcement: CARES Act Funding for Non-public schools

Superintendent Hall's Message to the Community: May 13, 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020 Message to the Community from Supt. Hall

April 26:

Maplewood Richmond Heights High School Seniors and Senior Parents: Please keep Saturday, July 25th at 7 PM open as a future possible graduation date/time at MRH HS if the quarantine is lifted. If it is not lifted, we will work on alternative options and inform all of upcoming plans as soon as info is available.Seniors and Senior Parents Update #2: Please keep Saturday, July 25th at 7 PM open as a future possible graduation date/time at MRH HS if the quarantine is lifted. Assuming our graduation ceremony is permitted per county ordinance, know our ceremony will likely be "different" as we respect social distancing expectations and there may be attendance limitations. We are also partnering with a SPOT Content Studio Production Company to produce a professionally-made virtual version of our graduation ceremony to share with all seniors and their families on July 25th so everyone can experience, in some way, our class of 2020 graduation.

April 10 The Great MRH School Bus Parade Aerial Video

Additional Bus Parade Aerial Video

April 9, 2020

To the MRH Community, 

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, along with every school system in St. Louis County and City, announces today that buildings will remain closed through the end of this school year. Learning and support services will continue through at least our final scheduled day of school, May 22. 

Friends, this decision was extremely difficult, but it is imperative that we take bold measures to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and help save lives in our community. This decision follows recommendations from local health departments and is in collaboration with government officials, as well. 

Many of you have questions and concerns regarding end-of-year events such as graduations and promotions. MRH teams have been studying alternatives for “virtual” ceremonies; more information is forthcoming. The decisions we ultimately make will be in the best interests of the health and safety of our students, staff, and communities. 

While our school buildings are closed, our commitment to providing support for our students, staff, families, and community remains unwavering.

Please stay safe, and look after one another,

Karen I. Hall, EdD, Superintendent

Maplewood Richmond Heights School District

March 26, 2020

Restrictions in place at MRH recreational spaces 

March 25, 2020

Message to the MRH Community from Superintendent Dr. Karen I. Hall

MRH Joins Districts Countywide in Extending Building Closure to April 22 

Stay Home Order by STL County and City

St. Louis County Executive Order Limiting Public Gatherings 

March Board of Education Meeting Will Be in Virtual Format

Missouri will be cancelling statewide required assessments for this school year.

HS Principal Kevin Grawer's video message

MRH MS Principal Mike Dittrich's video message

MRH Elementary Principal Jason Adams video message

March 15, 2020

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District has canceled classes until at least Monday, April 6. This decision was reached today following consultation with the St. Louis County Department of Health and with administrators of all public, private and parochial school districts throughout the County. The extended closure also includes the city of St. Louis Public Schools and districts throughout Jefferson County. 

The decision - strongly recommended by the Health Department - was extremely difficult, made out of an abundance of caution. We know that closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families, but we also believe that urgent action must be taken to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. In the interim, we will reevaluate that tentative April 6 return date based upon ongoing developments related to the scope of Covid-19 in our community. 

During the closure period, all MRH events are suspended. Those include extracurricular activities such as athletic practices and competitions, clubs, field trips, ceremonies and after-school parent meetings.

MRH administrators are immediately evaluating the status of supplemental programs, including alternative instruction for K-12 students. We will issue details soon.

It is likely that everyday life will continue to be affected by the challenges presented by COVID-19. MRH believes these difficult but proactive decisions will reduce the impact this virus will have on our school community. 

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the St. Louis County Health Line at (314) 615-2660 with their concerns. Those who have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also use that number.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411.

St. Louis County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19, www.stlcorona.com. Please visit that website or the Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov for the most current and reputable information available.

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.

Reliable sources of information related to COVID-19:

American Health Association    

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services    

Centers for Disease Control     

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