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March 27, 2020 SAvannah r3 closure update

March 27, 2020

Savannah R3 district administrators have been working closely with the Andrew County Health Department and other area health organizations to continually monitor the latest developments regarding COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. To help ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and staff, and to do our part in trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all schools in the Savannah R3 district are announcing an extended closure as well as cancellation of all school activities.

This district-wide campus closure that began Monday, March 23rd will now extend through Friday, April 24th. All school activities, including athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and community facility usage will also be canceled. At this time, we are planning to reopen schools on Monday, April 27th.

We realize this closure has been difficult for our students, faculty, and families. The district will continue to provide support services to our families in the following ways:

Educational Support

The district will continue to serve our students while we are away from our normal classroom routines. Our students’ emotional well-being and health are more important to us than academics during their time away from school amid the COVID-19 closure.

If you have not heard from your child's teacher yet, we ask that you email the building administrator. Please note that communication from teachers could be in the form of a Canvas announcement or an email. Also, our K-5 Specials have been designated a day of the week to communicate with you starting next week. We are trying to keep your inbox from being flooded!

We have asked the teachers to give our students UNIVERSAL learning activities- we want the students to be focusing on broad concepts and skills that will help in the real-world. All of the lesson ideas supplied by our teachers are simply suggested guidelines for students to follow.

More information about curriculum and learning here.

Grab & Go Meals

In an effort to keep our staff and community interactions to a minimum the district has decided to cut down the number of pick up days however, a week's worth of meals will still be provided.

Grab & Go Meals will be provided from 11 am to Noon on the following schedule:

Monday Pick up will include:Monday Lunch, Tuesday BreakfastTuesday Lunch, Wednesday Breakfast
Wednesday Pick up will include:Wednesday Lunch, Thursday BreakfastThursday Lunch, Friday BreakfastFriday Lunch

Grab & Go Meals will be provided at any of the following sites:

  • Savannah High School
  • Minnie Cline Elementary (main drop-off line only)
  • John Glenn Elementary
  • Helena Elementary
  • Amazonia Elementary

Picking up your Grab & Go Meals:

  • follow the established pick up/ drop offline for each site
  • please do not exit your vehicle
  • place a large sign in your window to indicate the number of student meals needed
  • an SR3 staff member will bring the meals to your vehicle
  • walking to the site is allowed if necessary
  • Please note:
    • The contents of the meal will vary depending on product availability
    • meals may contain food allergens

A note about Backpack Buddies:

If your student(s) participate in the backpack buddies program through the food pantry, these bags will be available on Wednesday but you will need to go to the site where your student attends school.

Social & Mental Wellbeing

To support the social and emotional health of our students and staff the district will also offer:

  • Resources from district guidance counselors
  • Mindfulness activities
  • Interactive video calls when appropriate
  • Uplifting and positive social media content
  • A district-wide Virtual Spirit Week.

We recognize the difficulty that these school closures present for working families. It is important to remember that closing schools is an effort to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between people and to reduce the number of individuals gathered into a given space to prevent the spread of the virus.

We will continue to remain in contact with public health officials, as we monitor this situation. Our goal is always to protect the safety, health, and wellbeing of our students, staff, and families. Our strength as a community is our greatest asset. In making this decision, we are working together to protect each other and slow the progression of COVID-19. 


SUPPORTING STUDENTS AND FAMILIES THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Q: Will Meals be provided for students?

In an effort to keep our staff and community interactions to a minimum the district has decided to cut down the number of pick up days however, a week's worth of meals will still be provided.

Grab & Go Meals will be provided from 11 am to Noon on the following schedule:

Monday Pick up will include:Monday Lunch, Tuesday BreakfastTuesday Lunch, Wednesday Breakfast
Wednesday Pick up will include:Wednesday Lunch, Thursday BreakfastThursday Lunch, Friday BreakfastFriday Lunch

Grab & Go Meals will be provided at any of the following sites:

  • Savannah High School
  • Minnie Cline Elementary (main drop-off line only)
  • John Glenn Elementary
  • Helena Elementary
  • Amazonia Elementary

Picking up your Grab & Go Meals:

  • follow the established pick up/ drop offline for each site
  • please do not exit your vehicle
  • place a large sign in your window to indicate the number of student meals needed
  • an SR3 staff member will bring the meals to your vehicle
  • walking to the site is allowed if necessary
  • Please note:
    • The contents of the meal will vary depending on product availability
    • meals may contain food allergens

A note about Backpack Buddies:

If your student(s) participate in the backpack buddies program through the food pantry, these bags will be available on Wednesday but you will need to go to the site where your student attends school. 

Q: How will students receive supplemental learning supports?

Due to issues of equity and access, we will not provide digital learning opportunities in lieu of in-classroom instruction. We understand this time away from school makes it difficult to keep up with our academic pace and flow of learning.

You and your student should be receiving information from your child's teacher with educational activities.  

Please know that educational resources made available are intended to provide support and continue our learning as we are away from our schools during this time. Learning is retained when students consistently practice. The district hopes you enjoy “practicing” while you are home. Thank you for being partners in this work – we appreciate your dedication to helping our students succeed.

Q: What about MAP/AP Testing? 

The Missouri Department of Education (DESE) has canceled all spring state testing. 

AP testing will be done online, with instructions from the teacher. 

Q: Will the District office be open during the closure?

All School Offices, as well as the District Office, will be closed to the public. However, someone will be available to answer questions via phone Monday - Friday from 8 am to noon.

Savannah R3 District Office  816-324-3144    Open 8 am to 2 pm.     communications@savannahr3.com

Savannah High School      816-324-3128

Savannah Middle School   816-324-3126

Amazonia Elementary       816-475-2461

Helena Elementary            816-369-2865

John Glenn Elementary     816-279-4533

Minnie Cline Elementary    816-324-3915

Q: Will graduation be impacted? What about Prom? MAP/AP Testing?

The district is in close contact with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). There are a number of decisions that need to be made to support our students. More information will be coming as it is made available.

Q: What about Field Trips and other spring activities?

Every effort will be made to reschedule trips and activities as appropriate to do so.

Q: Are all sports, activities, and practices canceled?

Yes, at this time all campuses are closed for any activities, including community gym rentals and usage to minimize the impact of COVID-19