Riverbend Middle and Pacific High Schools Move to Remote Learning Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2020
At the Wednesday, November 18th, Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved the recommendation of Riverbend Middle and Pacific High Schools (Grades 7-12) moving to remote learning for one week. This week of remote learning will take place the week following the Thanksgiving Break, Monday, November 30th through Friday, December 4th. The reason for this decision is due to a shortage of staff and substitute employees as a result of the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and required quarantines. All after school extracurricular activities will continue this week (as substitute teachers are not needed for these activities). Meals will also be available for all 7-12th grade students daily at Riverbend Middle School.
The District has maintained the goal of working to keep our buildings staffed and provide face-to face instruction since the start of the school year. In recent weeks, the increase in transmission in our community and staff absences related to COVID-19 have become problematic at multiple buildings. As shared with the Board, we have exhausted all available resources and we simply cannot sustain the staffing and supervision at all buildings. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we ask that each of you consider avoiding large gatherings and take precautions to prevent exposure to the COVID-19 virus. It will take sacrifice from all of us to keep our doors open.
We have prioritized keeping Pre-K through 6th grade students in person as our middle and high school students are each assigned a device and are better equipped to learn virtually without as much supervision. By moving our middle and high school to virtual for a brief time, we will have staff available to deploy to the early learning, elementary, and intermediate buildings to support our efforts to continue in-person learning in grades Pre-K through 6th grade. We anticipate families will have questions about this temporary change. Your child’s teachers will be providing guidance for over the next couple of school days and a remote learning schedule with expectations will be emailed to all parents from your building principal.
Our staff, families, and students have all demonstrated exceptional flexibility since the spring and we commend their efforts. At the same time, we understand that any change presents new challenges for our parents and students, and we don’t take that lightly. As we return from the Thanksgiving Break, we ask that you not send your child to school if they are exhibiting any symptoms of illness, no matter how mild. Thank you for everything you are doing to support your children and our schools. Together, we will work collaboratively to do what is best for kids and our school community.
John Mulford, Ed.D.
Meramec Valley R-III School District