COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
Update as of April 16, 2020
We hope this message finds you and your family well, both physically and emotionally, as we continue down this COVID-19 road that has become our new normal. Governor Parson announced on April 9, 2020 that all Missouri Public Schools would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 Spring Semester, and Alton R-IV will comply with this directive.
Packets may continue to be deposited at the blue drop box located at the Superintendent's Office at your convenience, including during food pickups on Sundays, but we will not be staffing this location on Sundays.
All academic material from April 20, 2020 through May 14, 2020 will be considered as enrichment activities and educational opportunities for our students. For PK-6 students, weekly newsletters with grade appropriate activities and skills will be provided. For 7-12 grade students, teachers will continue to provide opportunities for students to remain engaged in academic content. We have determined the lag-time between students receiving assignments and teachers being able to grade the material is quite long. Once assigned, work then took one to two weeks for completion before returning of the packets to campus and then a mandatory quarantine time of several days before staff could sort the packets by teacher or subject area. Only then could the grading process even start for teachers. This lengthy process and time delay has led us to reconsider and adjust our strategy for student academic engagement moving forward.
We do want students to be engaged and actively participate in these educational opportunities and enrichment activities! However, no formal grades will be taken for any educational opportunities or enrichment activities provided to students and families between April 20 and May 14, 2020 and there is no expectation of the work to be returned to campus. Teachers will still be contacting students and families on a regular basis and will be available via email or other contact methods to assist as needed with the educational opportunities provided and to check in on the well-being of our students.
We are working on plans and methods for students to return books and other school property to campus in the near future. We are also developing plans to collect and return student items and possessions from desks, lockers, or other locations on the Alton R-IV campus to the appropriate students. Lastly, we are evaluating some alternate dates for HS Graduation, Honors Night, and Prom during the month of June and do plan for the milestone events to occur. More information on all of the topics listed in this paragraph will be provided in the coming weeks as we finalize the plans.
Food pickups will continue this Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 2:00-4:00pm in the same format and location as previous weeks. Any child aged 18 and under is eligible for this meal program and does not have to be in the vehicle to receive the meals. Again, we do ask adults to be ethical and truthful in the meal counts that are requested at the point of service.
Alton R-IV will be extending our closure through April 24, 2020.
The closure will include the formal position that no co-curricular or extra-curricular practices/competitions or events/trips will occur as well as the continued protocol of no public use of campus facilities by members of the community.
In our efforts to keep our students, staff and families informed with the latest information on COVID-19 or Coronavirus, please use this page as a reference for District communications regarding COVID-19 and other helpful resources.
This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow advice provided by public health experts.
The District continues to monitor health warnings and travel advisories surrounding COVID-19. The administrative team has been meeting and communicating regularly to prepare for the impact to our District.
In addition, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service has established a 24 Hour Hotline to answer questions regarding COVID-19. The hotline number is 877-435-8411. The Oregon County Health Department will also be issuing community updates on their Facebook Page.
Student Meal Breakfast and Lunch Pickup Instructions for Alton R-IV.
Alton R-IV Student Meal and Academic Packet Pickup Instructions for Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 2:00-3:30 pm
We will follow the same general format and process as last week for those that participated concerning where and how vehicles drive through campus. Note the change in times to 2:00-3:30 pm. Please do not arrive early and wait, as our staff will not be prepared to begin before 2:00 pm.
Meal & Academic Packet pickup participants will circle the HS Building and receive food at the entrance to the Elementary Building. Requirements mandating the child be in the vehicle to receive the student meals have now been waived at the State of Missouri level. However, we do ask for integrity and ethical conduct from adults when obtaining the meals for children. Academic Packets from the week of March 30 – April 3 can be returned and exchanged for the Academic Packet for the week of April 6 – 10 as you exit campus going up the hill.
Academic Packet pickup and exchange only (no Student Meal pickup) will again occur on the east side of the Superintendent’s Office at the corner of Hodge and Owens streets and run from 2:00-3:30pm. Academic Packet pickup will again be for all students, grades PK-6 as well as select 7-12 students.
Five breakfast meals and five lunch meals along with the corresponding milk will be provided to each eligible child under the age of 18.
DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING COVID-19
All academic packets (PS-6th gr.) that were not picked up yesterday at the school were mailed today. We had several that we could not mail because the address had not been updated. PLEASE make sure that your address, email, and phone number have been updated with us. If you need to make changes, email Holly Reese (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Academic packets are expected to be returned each Sunday during grab and go pickup. If you are unable to return the packet on Sundays we will SOON have a drop box available outside the Superintendent's office. We will make an announcement when it is ready.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience with us as we try to figure all of this out! We appreciate you!
Educational Packet Pickup Sunday, March 29, 2020 on the Alton R-IV Campus
In conjunction with our food pickup option, Alton R-IV faculty and staff will also be providing the opportunity for parents to participate in a “Grab & Go” for academic packets for students on the same date and time, March 29, 2020 from 2:00-4:00pm.
The Academic packets are designed for the week of March 30 – April 3 (and not meant to cover Spring Break, March 23-27). Grab & Go packets will only be for grades PK-6. The work will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis as we move forward with this process. Any packets not picked up on March 29 will be mailed to the parent/guardian address on file.
Grades 7-12 will continue to participate with their teachers in the established online formats (or a paper and pencil format for a select group of students). 7-12 grade students have already been provided work through the April 3 timeframe. The work for grades 7-12 will be evaluated on a graded basis as we move forward with this process.
For grades PK-6 participating in the food pickup portion of Sunday’s events (those that already signed up for the food option via our online form), packets will be sorted by family and available to be picked up after you acquire your food and travel back up the hill to exit campus.
For grades PK-6 not participating in the food pickup portion of Sunday’s events, packets will be available for pickup by grade level on the east side of the Superintendent’s Office by way of Hodge Street directly south of Vine Street and then exiting to the east using Owens Street (toward Alton Motel).
Please remember that no matter the portion of the events (some or all) you are participating in on Sunday, no visitors to campus are to park their vehicles or exit their vehicles at any time during this Grab & Go event. We will have only the minimum staff on hand to facilitate the events as described and we will observe the best practices on hygiene and social distancing as we carry out our duties. While our faculty and staff members are concerned about our students’ well-being in these trying times, Sunday during the Grab & Go event will not be the appropriate time to “catch up and visit” as we are trying to quickly and efficiently move a large number of individuals through the Grab & Go process.
We know parents may have questions concerning what your children should be working on while school is out of session. Some students may have come home with packets, while others may just have books to read. Since we only have two days left this week, and next week is spring break, we didn’t want to overload students during their break. Let your children relax and enjoy their well deserved spring break.
We are all working together to figure this situation out. This is unchartered territory, so please bear with us! Try not to compare one teacher’s instructional strategies to another’s, as we are all learning as we go. We will stay in close contact with parents as updates are available. If your child brought home a lengthy packet, we do not expect students to have these packets completed if we reconvene by March 30th. If school is not in session during the week of March 30th, elementary teachers will be in contact with parents and educational packets will be dispersed to students.
Alternative methods of instruction (AMI) have been developed for all of our students PK-12 to be able to move the academic process forward. This AMI format will include different items and delivery methods based on the age of your child(ren). AMI could be paper copy packets, various academic programs and websites to access online, or email and Google Classroom communication directly between teachers and students.
If you need additional online resources for your child, click here.
Prom, which was scheduled for April 11th, has been postponed.
The District staff and students will not attend any scheduled event. All practices will be cancelled. If you are an outside organization or group and have reserved our MPB or FEMA for anything, you must cancel those events; regardless of the size of your group.
The April ACT has been rescheduled to June 13, 2020.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services developed these Factsheet addressing frequently asked questions.
PRECAUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The District is taking a number of precautions to minimize the risk to our students, staff and families:
- We are asking all of our families to monitor their student’s health, as well as their own. If their child is sick with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough or shortness of breath, we are recommending that parents and guardians seek medical treatment.
- Our custodial staff is doubling its effort to ensure that high-touch surfaces are being disinfected.
We encourage all students, staff and community members to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.