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Alternative Methods of Instruction & COVID-19 F.A.Q.
Alternative Methods of Instruction & COVID-19 F.A.Q.
Ketina Armstrong
Monday, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Closure - Alternative Methods of Instruction

During this time of school closure, we would like all students to review and practice essential skills taught throughout the year. Teachers will be available by email Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for questions about school work. Teachers will also be calling to check on all students weekly. 


The Meramec Valley R-III School District will have a COVID-19 Closure - Alternative Methods of Instruction webpage for parents to access student work for the missed days.  Directions and pertinent information will be included within the Alternative Methods of Instruction link.  Another resource for parents to turn to during this time is our Novel-19 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information webpage.


Lesson Activities and Expectations

Student access to the internet has been taken into consideration.  Access to learning activities will be in multiple formats, online and hard copy, to meet the needs of all students.  Beginning Tuesday, March 24th, paper copies of all learning activities will be available at each of the three MVR-III Food Distribution centers for students in grades Kdg-8th grade. Students in grades 9-12 that need a paper copy of the learning activities will need to pick up those assignments at Pacific High School.   Families in need of delivery of student work and/or meals should contact their child’s school directly for further arrangements. Parents and students may contact 636-271-1402 to reach MVR-III tech support or use one of the following links for assistance;  MVR-III 1:1 Resources, Google Tips & Tricks and Google Classroom for Students


PARENT F.A.Q. SHEET

As we continue to adjust to the COVID-19 situation, we are striving to keep families informed. We encourage parents, guardians, and students to access this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet for general information. Additional FAQs will be updated as needed. If you cannot find your answer below, please feel free to reach out to your child’s school office.

1. What will be the school’s operating hours during the school closure?

As of today, the office at each building will be open from 8 a.m.-Noon, Monday-Friday. Please note, this could change as the circumstances around COVID-19 continue to evolve. In addition, teachers will be available from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on school days. Email is the preferred method of communication, but please reach out to your child’s school office or teacher if an email will not work for you.

2. What academic activities should my child be doing during the school closure?

Teachers will email academic information to parents and students starting on the afternoon of Monday, March 23rd. Information will be sent to the email in our Student Information System (SIS).  Students in grades 7-12 will receive an email to their district-provided email account with academic activities to complete during school closure.

The learning activities focus will be to reinforce content that has been already taught. Additional enrichment activities will be provided for you to use at your discretion for additional learning opportunities.

3. How will students complete this work?

At this time, everything assigned can be accessed electronically if you have internet access and a computer/tablet at your home. However, if you don’t have electronic access, or even if you just prefer for your child to complete assignments paper/pencil, packets will be provided on Tuesday, March 24th.

4. How will my child access their school work?

For those needing/preferring the paper-pencil option, packets will be available for students in grades K-8 starting on Tuesday, March 24 at one of our meal distribution sites (Robertsville Elementary, Coleman Elementary, or Pacific Intermediate) from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Students in grades 9-12 needing paper-pencil packets may pick-up those items at Pacific High school from 8:30-10:30 a.m. This will be a Drive-Thru model.

For those choosing the electronic assignment options, students will use their student login to access the information emailed by the teacher. For the elementary grades, the teachers will also include the student login information in the email to the parent.

5. What if I can’t make it during the designated pick-up time to pick-up a packet?

If you are unable to pick-up a packet, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to the office. We will deliver a meal and/or student work to the student’s home address.

6. The district appears to be communicating with parents primarily by email. What should I do if I’m not receiving those emails? Or if I don’t have an email?

If you have not received any district emails, please contact the school office where your child attends to add your email address to the School Information System (SIS) to make sure the address in SIS is accurate. If you do not have an email address, we ask that you contact the school office to determine the best way to keep you informed.

7. What if my child needs help with the work and I am unable to help them?

Teachers will be regularly available on school days from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Please communicate with your child’s teacher if they need help with a school activity. The teacher will coordinate a time with you and a method to provide support.

8. Will the district be issuing Chromebooks?

Currently, students in grades 7-12 already have a Chromebook issued to them. At this time, the district does not have enough additional Chromebooks to issue for all students in grades K-6. Over the next couple of days, the district will be finalizing a technology access evaluation for all students to determine how many students in grades K-6 do not have a device at home and how many in grades K-12 do not have internet access. Once technology accessibility for the district has been analyzed, a decision will be made regarding if and at what level the district will be able to assist with technology needs.

9. Will the district be providing meals during this closure? For how long? And is there a cost?

Yes. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday-Friday during the school closure, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Meals will be served at three locations: Robertsville Elementary, Coleman Elementary, and Pacific Intermediate. Meals will be FREE to any person ages birth to 18. They do not have to be a student at MVR-III nor do they have to be a resident of the district. The only stipulation is they must be present to receive the meal. If residents of the district are unable to pick up a meal during the designated time, please contact your child’s school office to arrange for a meal to be delivered. At this time, the intent is to provide meals for the duration of the school closure, no matter how long.

10. If school is closed for an extended period of time, how will that impact things like grades, graduation, prom, etc.?

Many of these things will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The district’s intent will be to proceed with as many scheduled events as possible, even if that means rescheduling at a later date. In particular, changes related to high school events such as prom, graduation, etc., will be communicated by the high school principal to students and families. As for grades, teachers will be practicing an increased amount of leniency in grading as we all adapt to a “learn from home model”. In general, we simply ask students to complete assigned tasks, stay in communication with their teacher, and make a strong effort to do their best.