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Superintendent Message
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Dear Families,


The weather certainly hasn’t been kind to us this week.  We want to express our sincere gratitude for your understanding as it relates to school cancellations due to inclement weather.  


As we look ahead to next week, the forecast certainly is not encouraging. If we receive the snow they are forecasting, there is a good chance we will miss most, if not all, of next week. With that, we want to be prepared to implement remote learning for next week if we are unable to attend in person. Below is a summary of our inclement weather contingency plan for each grade level. We want you to be informed so you are prepared in the event inclement weather occurs.


We recognize that not all families have internet connectivity. Thus, if you fall into this category you will find directions of what to do to obtain a hard-copy of the work if needed


Meal Distribution – With school not in session since Monday, we recognize the hardship this might cause for some families as it relates to food. As such, we will have a meal distribution tomorrow from 2 – 5 pm. Each student will be provided 3 days’ worth of meals (breakfast & lunch) per student. Meals will be free of charge and the children are not required to be present at the time of pick up. Families may pick up the free meals at Pacific Intermediate on Friday, February 12th between 2-5 p.m.


Reminder:  No school Friday and Monday due to previously scheduled school breaks. Friday is teacher professional development and Monday is President’s Day. School will resume on Tuesday.


IF school is cancelled next week due to inclement weather……………..


Grades 7-12: Students in grades 7-12 will continue classes using the same remote learning format we used at the start of the semester.

PLEASE NOTE: If your child left any books or supplies needed for learning, the school building will be open during regular hours tomorrow, Friday Feb. 12, 2021.  Additionally, if you do not have internet access at home, please contact your building office to coordinate an alternate plan.

  • Students will follow their normal class schedule at the designated times

  • Students will access the Zoom link provided in Canvas to join their class

  • Teachers will provide direct instruction during the first 20-30 minutes of class

  • Students will be allowed to leave the Zoom session following direct instruction and upon the teacher’s direction

  • The teacher will remain available via Zoom for the remainder of the class period for students who have questions or need additional support

  • If a student experiences issues joining the class, they should attempt to email their teacher and also contact the school office to let them know


Grades K-6: Students in grades K-6 will focus on learning activities that reinforce already learned material and provide enrichment for that content.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you do not have internet connectivity for your child, a paper copy of the work will be available tomorrow, Friday Feb. 12, 2021, from 2 – 5 pm at your child’s school. If you can’t make it by during that time, please contact your child’s school to make arrangements to pick up the material.

  • All work will be available through Google Classroom

  • Work can be completed anytime throughout the day, providing flexibility for working parents

  • Teachers will host “optional” Zoom sessions to provide academic support for students

  • For grades K-4, each teacher will send a Zoom schedule for their class

  • For grades 5 & 6, the principal will send a building-wide email containing the Zoom schedules


DHELC: Each teacher will communicate with their families to provide “optional” learning experiences


Again, your understanding during this time is appreciated as we work to make the safest decisions for our students and staff while continuing to support families with resources.

John Mulford, Ed.D.


Meramec Valley R-III School District