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COVID-19 Resources

This section offers in-depth information on COVID-19 statistics for the MRH region (Data Dashboard), MRH's preparations for return-to-learning and resources for families.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Click here for updates on the status of COVID-19 in the MRH community.

Return to Learning Plans, 2021

January 23, 2021

All bus schedules for the 2nd semester beginning January 25 can be found at this link.

January 11, 2021

All MRH Families,

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Transportation Department urges everyone to complete a survey for each child who needs bus service during the 2nd semester of the school year which begins on January 25, 2021. There are three surveys: one for the High School & Middle School, one for MRH Elementary and one for the Early Childhood Center. Please complete the survey(s) as soon as possible. We hope to distribute schedules early in the week of January 18. 

Use the links below:

High School/Middle School

Elementary School

Early Childhood Center

Questions? Send an email to Cindy Northern or call the Transportation Office at 314-446-1724.

January 7, 2021

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District administrative team and Board of Education have created and unanimously approved a plan to shift into a Tier 2, or hybrid, learning model when the second semester of the academic year begins on January 25, 2021. This decision was issued during a special session of the Board on January 7. Tier-2 is a protective system which reduces the number of students in any building at any one time by providing for both on-site and at-home learning during the week.

The process of returning to classrooms will look different from building to building. We urge all MRH families to review the MRH Semester 2 Family Handbook which was distributed shortly before Winter Break. In it, you’ll find the very latest return-to-learning plans for the Early Childhood Center, Elementary School, Middle School and High School.

Some operational aspects are still being refined, most notably bus transportation. Our principals will be sharing those details in the coming days. In the meantime, teachers will return in larger numbers next week to begin preparing their classroom spaces physically and technologically.

The MRH team is committed to working with families to deliver quality in-person learning while providing a virtual option for those who are not ready to return. We have enjoyed seeing those students who have participated in on-campus interventions since last fall and we look forward to seeing more of your children and our colleagues in a few weeks!

December 22, 2020

MRH Semester 2 Family Handbook

December 7 2020

MRH Families,

The District administrative team knows that this school year has been challenging. As you are aware, the MRH pandemic response plan was designed with three tiers of instruction to allow our schools to meet the needs of students in the constantly changing COVID-19 environment. In semester one, MRH has remained in a Tier 3 all-virtual setting due to high levels of COVID-19 transmission, lack of information about the impact of COVID-19 in schools, and the need to develop strict mitigation protocols to ensure on-campus layers of protection. Despite the extreme difficulties and uncertainty, we are proud of the efforts of our staff and grateful for the hard work of students and the engagement of MRH families during the first semester.

Second semester begins on January 25. Throughout that term, we will continue to work closely with the Board of Education to monitor all available information about COVID-19 in both the community and school settings in order to make good decisions for our students, families and staff. We strive to create safe environments which give families options to meet their unique needs and preferences. To this end, we anticipate a return to learning in a hybrid, Tier 2 setting during semester two as conditions allow. We want to be in school with our students because we know that is where our students thrive, where we are most observant and responsive to each other. Over the past nine months, we have been reminded of the critical role that schools play in ensuring that students feel known, valued, inspired and loved.

Uncertainties exist and regional case rates are very high. Unfortunately, there are too many variables with rapidly changing conditions to create a fixed criteria for reopening schools.  Instead, the District is using core criteria suggested by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to regularly monitor regional and local conditions. According to the CDC, schools should make decisions about reopening based on community data including levels of transmission and their own ability to enact appropriate mitigation steps to protect students and staff. Schools must also consider other aspects of students’ overall wellbeing when classrooms are not open. This includes potential adverse effects on social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health as well as other critical services designed to mitigate health disparities and serve children in need. Both the CDC and our local health department have recently stated that the unique and critical role of schools makes them a priority for reopening and staying open, enabling students to receive both academic instruction and other critical services and support. Health professionals have expressed their support for keeping schools open to the greatest extent possible. 

According to the CDC and local health authorities, the risk of introduction and transmission is greatly decreased if school mitigation strategies are strictly followed. St. Louis county districts which have remained open have reported their mitigation methods to be effective in reducing transmission risk. MRH administrators have been closely following those reports and are encouraged by them. MRH has had students on campus for small group interventions throughout the first semester. We have learned from this direct experience with students and we recognize how impactful those interactions have been. The local health department currently supports schools remaining open despite the high case rates. State education and health department sources have communicated that transmission rates in schools remain low.  While classrooms have been disrupted by isolation of positive cases and quarantining of close contacts, contact tracing and the various layers of protection seem to be effective in minimizing on-campus transmission.

These considerations continue to weigh heavily on our minds as we seek to find the right balance of services. We recognize that transmission can occur in schools, despite best efforts. We also acknowledge that individual families will differ about acceptable risk levels and whether the possibility of transmission outweighs other adverse effects on students and families when schools remain closed. Families have shared with us their perspectives and preferences and the effects of the semester one all-virtual setting. 

Families who would like to return to in-person learning would attend under the MRH tiers plan.  Tier 3 distance learning will occur in the same format as semester one, as conditions warrant. A decision to return to a Tier 2 setting would allow students to return to campus part-time. Our updated plans call for four half-day sessions of in-person learning for students coupled with half-day sessions of distance learning. This tier of instruction allows MRH to maintain strict levels of social distancing and multiple layers of protection. Detailed building plans have been shared previously and you will notice changes as we continue to improve them while we learn more about effective strategies. Please read those forthcoming plans by the building leaders very carefully. Families who opt to remain part of the MRH tiers plan should do so recognizing that students will likely return to campus in a Tier 2 hybrid environment at some point during the second semester.  MRH administration and the Board will monitor regional and local data and lean heavily on the current advice from the CDC and of the local health department. This means that at any point, if local conditions change or that the school cannot sustain the level of isolation and quarantine required to maintain safe attendance, that MRH could switch between a Tier 2 hybrid learning model and a Tier 3 full distance learning model. Transitions from Tier 3 to Tier 2 could happen with two weeks notice; transitions from Tier 2 to Tier 3 could happen with 24 hours notice. 

Families who choose to remain in a guaranteed all-virtual learning setting for the entire semester will again have that option. Specific information will be sent by principals about the MRH Virtual Academy (MOCAP) option. Families are encouraged to sign up early to ensure availability of course selections. We are sincere in our desire to support all of our families and regret that conditions have forced hard choices on us all. Whatever you decide is right for your family based on your circumstances and values, we respect your decision. We acknowledge that due to our district’s small size and staffing, we can’t deliver every learning configuration requested by our families. We understand there are trade-offs in each selection and that the MRH experience will differ based on the nature of the various options and tiers. However, the MRH commitment to students and families remains the same. As an administrative team, we will continue to be responsive to the needs of our students no matter the challenging and changing circumstances. 


Roxanna Mechem, Acting Superintendent; Vince Estrada, Director of Student Services; Mike Wieland, Acting Director of  Buildings and Grounds; Kevin Grawer, High School Principal; Michael Dittrich, MRH Principal; Angela Thompson, MRHE Principal; Cyndi Hebenstreit, ECC Principal; Ben Gleason, Lead Area SSD Coordinator; Chris Hoelzer, Director of Business Services and Technology; Ed Rich, Communications Director

MRH High School Reentry Plan

MRH Middle School Reentry Plan

MRH Elementary School Reentry Plan

MRH Early Childhood Center Reentry Plan

Virtual Learning Options, 2021

Virtual Learning Fact Sheet

MRH Virtual Academy (MOCAP) Request Form

Health screening questions for families.

Reaching Us During Our Extended Closure

MRH High School 314-446-3801

MRH Middle School 314-644-4406

MRH Elementary School 314-644-4403

MRH Early Childhood Center 314-644-4405

MRH Administrative Office 314-446-1707

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

MRH Student Services Director Vince Estrada 314-565-7441

MRH Special School District liaison Ben Gleason 314-446-1714

Video Updates

November 10, 2020

VIDEO: MRH custodians receive training on electrostatic sprayers for disinfecting spaces.

VIDEO: MRH Transportation Coordinator Cindy Northern demonstrates what bus-riding will look like when students return.

Coping with COVID-19; Family Resources

MRH Community Resources: Covid-19

Talking with Children and Parents

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

Student Success Strategies for Virtual Learning

Eliminate Distractions

  • Make learning time a phone-free zone. Have students leave their phone in the other room and allow for breaks to let them check what's going on. 
  • Create a dedicated space for school work. Keep that area free from distractions like TV's, pets, siblings, and conversations. 
  • Ease expectations. Even when you and your child have the best of intentions, it's still so easy to lose focus. Be gentle with them and with you, and help them learn how to shift back on-task when something happens. 
  • Stick with routine. Either way, having a routine -- when learning happens, break times, lunch, etc. -- can make it easier to transition into and out of the school day and keep distractions at bay. 


  • Getting up at the same time each day
  • Establishing working hours
  • Following a routine, like getting dressed, eating breakfast, and using social media for a few minutes on the couch before moving into your dedicated learning space
  • Scheduling in breaks, lunch, and end times (build in time for exercise and physically moving)
  • Write down assignments, stick to deadlines, communicate with teachers when you are missing an assignments

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   

Face Mask DOs and DON'Ts