Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19
To keep families informed and up-to-date on the latest information regarding the coronavirus, COVID-19, the district has created this website. To access any of the documents and/or websites click on the highlighted link.
What is Meramec Valley R-III doing to prevent the spread of disease?
- MVR-III performs thorough cleaning with a special focus on regularly touched surfaces like doorknobs.
- We are also emphasizing hand-washing and cough etiquette and asking our staff to take extra precautions to ensure young children wash properly.
- We are supplying additional hand sanitizer to all buildings.
- We are staying in regular communication with health officials and following their guidance.
- Over spring break and during the closure, custodial staff will carry out deep cleaning of facilities districtwide.
During school closure, MVR-III staff will provide alternative methods of instruction for students to work on at home. Where do I find alternative methods of instruction?
Use the following link to access Alternative Methods of Instruction.
PARENT F.A.Q. SHEET
March 30, 2020
As we continue to adjust to the COVID-19 situation, we are working to keep our families informed. We encourage parents, guardians, and students to access this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet for general information. Additional FAQ’s will be added and information 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 are the school 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 programming should my child be doing during the current school closure?
Beginning April 6, 2020, teachers will email parents with academic information each Monday for the duration of the closure. This academic information will also be posted on the district webpage at https://www.mvr3.k12.mo.us/o/mvriii/page/covid-19-closure-alternative-methods-of-instruction--2. This information will be sent to the email associated with your child in the district Student Information System. For grades 7-12, the information will be sent to the student through their district-provided email account.
The focus will be on learning activities that promote the essential concepts needed for the next grade while reinforcing content that has been already taught. Additionally, enrichment activities will also be provided to use at your discretion as supplemental learning opportunities.
3. How will students complete this work?
Everything being assigned can be accessed electronically if you have internet access and an electronic device at your home. However, if you don’t have electronic access, or even if you just prefer for your child to complete paper/pencil assignments, packets will be provided each Tuesday from 8 a.m.-Noon. For grades K-6, packets can be picked up at your child’s school. For Riverbend and Pacific High school, please contact the office directly if you need a hard copy of your child’s assignments. All packet pick-up sites will be a drive-thru model.
4. How will my child access their school work?
For those needing/preferring the paper/pencil option, packets will be available for pick-up each Tuesday from 8 a.m.-Noon. For grades K-6, packets can be picked up at your child’s school. For Riverbend Middle School and Pacific High School, please contact the office directly if you need a hard copy of your child’s assignments. All packet pick-up sites 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. Arrangements will be made to get you what you need.
6. What do I do with my child’s completed homework packets?
For those choosing hard copy packets, please drop off the prior week packet each Tuesday when you come in to pick up the new packet. For those completing work electronically, teachers will provide direction on how to submit assignments.
7. 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 been getting district emails, please contact the school office where your child attends so we can make sure your email address is in our system and accurate. If you do not have an email address at all, we ask that you also contact the office to determine the best way to keep you informed.
8. 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 particular subject area. The teacher will coordinate a time and method through which they can provide support.
9. Will the district be issuing Chromebooks?
Currently, students in grades 7-12 already have a Chromebook issued to them. At this time, the district is reaching out to families of 5th & 6th-grade students who indicated the need for a device. If devices are still available after meeting the need at Pacific Intermediate, the district will reach out to 4th-grade families, and then to 3rd-grade families. The district will not be issuing devices for grades K-2.
10. Will the district be providing meals during this closure? For how long? And is there a cost?
Through Friday, April 3rd, both breakfast, and lunch will be provided Monday-Friday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Meals will continue to be served at three locations: Robertsville Elementary, Coleman Elementary, and Pacific Intermediate.
Beginning, Tuesday, April 7th, meals will be served on Tuesday and Thursday only. On Tuesday, two days’ worth of meals will be provided. On Thursday, three days’ worth of meals will be provided. On Friday, April 3rd, students will be given two meals to account for meals not being served on Monday, April 6th.
Meals will continue to be FREE to any person ages birth to 18. Children 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 make it to pick up a meal during the designated time, please contact the school office for your child and we’ll arrange to get the meals to you. At this time, the intent is to provide meals for the duration of the school closure, no matter how long.
NOTE: The district is delivering meals as a courtesy to assist those who are physically or financially unable to pick-up at one of our three locations. For those who are able to pick-up, we ask that you please do so. Beginning, with the week of April 6th, meals will be delivered on Tuesday (2 days of meals) and Thursday (3 days of meals) only.
11. 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, during this closure 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.