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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
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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
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 email@example.com.
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 Paper Application (hard copy to fill out and email or mail to DESE if you’re not able to submit the application online)
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.
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.
Weekend on Wheels Operations During Pandemic: FAQ
Who benefits from WOW supports?
During the regular school year, WOW serves previously identified families who would benefit from these additional food supports. However, as a result of the COVID-19 Stay at Home Order, Weekend on Wheels has modified this service model. At this time, WOW is serving all MRH families who come through the lunch service curbside-to-go line on Thursdays.
What’s the best way to donate?
Via check, made out to “MRH School District” with “WOW” on the memo line. The mailing address is MRH Central Office, 7539 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO 63143.
Food donations via Amazon.com can be purchased at any time. This is a link to WOW's wish list for the week.
In-person donations resume on Fridays throughout May. Donors may visit the High School/Middle School Research & Design Center between 11am-1pm, by driving East on Lohmeyer Avenue toward Martini Drive. Donors should pull vehicles up to the curb in front of the Center and wait for assistance. If multiple cars arrive simultaneously, please form a line on the school parking lot on Lohmeyer. Donors will be asked to remain inside their cars. If possible, please have donations arranged in the trunk of the car for ease of access and to minimize contact.
What does the WOW Pantry need most right now?
Our primary need is contributions of actual non-perishable food products.
Our secondary need: monetary donations. At this particular time, we are better able to serve our families using checks rather than gift cards.
We are asking our generous supporters to donate specific, pre-identified items on Fridays throughout May. These structured donations ensure our ability to communicate with families about which foods we can make available on service days. The schedule is:
May 1: Snacks
May 8: Pasta & Sauce, Mac & Cheese, canned tuna/chicken
May 15: Rice, PB&J, Meal Starters
May 22: Hearty soups, kid friendly canned pastas
Can I donate toiletries and personal care items?
Not right now, only out of an abundance of caution. However, a locally-based citizens’ group called MapleGOOD (not affiliated with MRH) has offered to help distribute those types of items to where they are needed. They can be reached at MapleGOODmo@gmail.com
What about fresh produce or other perishable items?
We can’t accept perishables, but MapleGOOD may be able to help you.
I saw the Amazon wish list for WOW, but some of the food items are out of stock. Can I purchase from another store and have them delivered to the high school?
Yes, you can purchase food from other stores, however we do not have personnel regularly in the school buildings to accept packages at this time. So, if you do buy food online, please consider having it shipped to your home, and then contributing your donation on one of the donation dates listed above.
How do I make a monetary donation?
Monetary donations can be made at any time. Please make checks out to “MRH School District” and note “WOW” in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to 7539 Manchester Road., St. Louis, MO 63143, ? Weekend on Wheels. Please do not mail cash or gift cards, as we are only able to visit the office once a week to collect mail and make bank deposits.
If you are a parent in the MRH School District, you can also donate online through the My School Bucks payment portal. Please note that this option is currently only available to MRH families.
Can I purchase gift cards at this time?
Due to logistical concerns, gift card donations are not ideal at this time. Please consider donating non-perishable food items or monetary donations in the form of a check.
I’d like to Volunteer! Can I help with distributing food? Or can I help to organize or package food for families?
That’s so generous! And thank you for offering. However, in order to minimize surface contact on food items and inside the school buildings, WOW intentionally maintains a very small volunteer staff to manage food packaging and organization.
That said, we would love to have the support of our community in the following ways:
Make a donation as listed above
Spread the word about how to donate by sharing with friends and on social media
Other ways to support MRH families = connect with MapleGOOD.
Monday, April 27, 2020
6th Grade and 8th Grade Families,
Promotion from one school to another is an important part of a student’s MRH experience and often seen as a rite of passage to the next academic level. We believe these are moments that should be celebrated despite our current circumstances. After a great deal of thought, consultation with MRH Central Office Administration, and other regional school districts, we are moving forward with a virtual version of both the 6th Grade and 8th Grade Promotion ceremonies. By using this virtual format, we hope to maintain the celebratory and personalized nature of both of these events, while also maintaining safety and honoring the health needs of all participants. In order to accomplish this task, MRH will be partnering with Spot Content Studio to create a professional keepsake that will mark this important milestone for our students and families.
6th Grade Promotion:
The virtual 6th-grade ceremony will include a special “Goodbye from MRHE” message from Dr. Adams, a slide show of individual student pictures, special family messages to each 6th grader, special messages from the MRHE staff, and a final “Welcome to Middle School” from Mr. Dittrich.
In order to make this a special experience for your student, we need your help! We would like each 6th-grade family to send a special, personalized message to their 6th grader. Please follow the link below to share your message for your child. We ask that you keep this message as a surprise for your student, so the first time they read the message is when they view the virtual ceremony. Our team will work to place the messages, video components, and pictures together into the virtual format.
We will be using your child’s “official” picture from this year’s school picture day. If your child enrolled at MRH Elementary after picture day, please send a picture of your child to firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade Promotion:
The virtual 8th-grade ceremony will have a similar format to what we would normally conduct in our district theatre. In place of where students typically walk across the stage, each student has been asked as part of a communication arts assignment to provide a short video on a highlight from middle school. We do not need parents to submit any pictures, etc. If students have completed this assignment then we have all that we need to move forward and include your child in the keepsake. The video will also include a commencement address from Mr. Dittrich and some farewell good lucks from our staff. The video has provided an additional opportunity for two of our high school scholars from mobile journalism to apprentice with SPOT Content Studio to produce this keepsake and receive a valuable internship at the same time.
Both the 6th-grade and 8th-grade video links will be provided on social media, through email, and a downloadable link from SPOT Content Studio on their website. Since we are working with an outside partner to create these important keepsakes, the official dates for the celebrations have changed.
The virtual 6th-Grade Promotion will be shared with families on Wednesday, June 3rd.
The virtual 8th-Grade Promotion will be shared with families on Thursday, June 4th.
In light of the circumstances, we are excited to offer this opportunity to our students and families. We appreciate your continued partnership as we move forward with this project.
Jason Adams, MRH Elementary School Principal
Michael Dittrich, MRH Middle School Principal
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 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
March 25, 2020
March 19, 2020
March 18, 2020
Dear MRH Families,
Administrators of the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District have been making plans this week to ensure that student learning continues in the midst of the current health crisis. We appreciate your patience as we all work through this unprecedented series of events.
This message includes several important updates regarding school operations during the extended closure period through Friday, April 3. Please read this message carefully and watch for additional updates soon from your child’s principal and teachers. In addition, bookmark www.mrhschools.net for resources, updates and information.
Student instruction will resume on Wednesday, March 25 in various remote, alternative learning formats. The District has been surveying families of students in all grade levels to determine which students will carry out their lessons in an on-line fashion and which will work from hard-copy packets. Your principals will be sharing much more specific information via email on Thursday afternoon, March 19.
Also on Thursday, March 19, you will receive specific information about how the District will go about providing free meals to our students. The system will involve curbside pickup sites at each school building during a mid-morning/early afternoon time frame beginning on Wednesday, March 25.
Additionally, your respective principals will be notifying you of times set aside on Tuesday, March 24, to stop by your child’s school(s) to retrieve any necessary lesson packets, electronic learning devices, or medications.
We can not overemphasize the importance of being watchful for MRH emails over the next few days.
Friends, this is not the Spring Break which anyone imagined. Already, we are seeing a tremendous outpouring of support from the MRH community. Our pledge is this: we will not lose sight of our mission to prepare your children as leaders, scholars, stewards and citizens for a diverse and changing world.
Dr. Karen I. Hall, Superintendent, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District
March 16, 2020
MRH District Open House Canceled
The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Open House event has been canceled for Saturday, April 4. Government health authorities have advised against unnecessary public gatherings due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19. The open house event will not be rescheduled during the existing school year.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.
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.