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Welcome to the Update Center

Welcome to the SG R-II COVID-19 Update Center, a dedicated space on our district website designed to keep parents, staff, and the community informed about the potential effect of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. We created this centralized hub of updates and links to additional resources, such as links to the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department and the CDC.

This Update Center serves as an ongoing, reliable resource for the entire school community, in order to communicate proactively and transparently. We will continue to include updates as further information becomes available. It is our mission to keep you informed on how we are preparing to cope with COVID-19 and any other potential health-related or time-critical topics. We hope you'll find it useful.


APRIL 3

Message Regarding SG R-II Food Services — Week of April 6

See the NEW information about SG R-II FREE Food Service for April 6 - April 8 below! We will serve meals Monday through Wednesday due to Easter break. We will resume Food Service on Tuesday, April 14, when we return from break.

  • We ask that you please sign up by 9 a.m. on the day you would like the meal(s).
  • We hope to continue serving hot meals; however, supply limitations and delivery constraints may force us to transition to sack lunches at some point next week. 
  • If at some point we are directed to close down or are unable to continue our operations, we would inform our families regarding the last day we would be able to provide meals.

Sign up for the Week of April 6 here: bit.ly/SGR2FoodServiceWeekApril6

MARCH 30

Message from the MAAA Superintendent Association — School Closure Extension

Dear Families and Staff:

As the past week has shown, the COVID-19 pandemic has begun to spread through most of our counties. We have been diligent in our decision-making process when asking how our school districts can make a difference in slowing the spread of this disease. At this time, we feel that returning to school next week would be detrimental to the efforts of our local health authorities and healthcare providers as they work to battle and slow the progress of the virus.

Therefore, we have made the decision to extend school closures for all MAAA schools through Thursday, April 30. During this time, all school events, including extracurricular activities, competitions, clubs, field trips, ceremonies, parent meetings and committee meetings are postponed. This decision was made following President Donald Trump’s announcement on Sunday that he would extend federal social distancing guidelines to Thursday, April 30, and after consulting local health authorities. As circumstances continue to fluctuate, it is difficult to predict what our situation will be a month from now. With that being said, we tentatively plan on welcoming students and staff back on Friday, May 1.

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See the full letter here.

MARCH 27

Message Regarding SG R-II Food Services — Week of March 30

See the NEW information about SG R-II FREE Food Service for the week of March 30 below! We have made a few updates, so please read through these before signing up for meals.

*UPDATES:

  • The Grab & Go service at the two elementary schools will now be from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We removed the Goose Creek Pick-Up location and added a Pick-Up location at Lake Seven Falls. We also ask that you please sign up by 9 a.m. on the day you would like the meal(s).
  • We hope to continue serving hot meals; however, supply limitations and delivery constraints may force us to transition to sack lunches at some point next week.
  • This week, the state of Missouri requested that school districts continue to offer food service programs for students during closure. However, if at some point we are directed to close down or are unable to continue our operations, we would inform our families regarding the last day we would be able to provide meals.

Sign up for the Week of March 30 here: bit.ly/SGR2FoodServiceWeekofMarch30

MARCH 23

Message from Superintendent Dr. Julie Flieg — Offices Closed to the Public

Hello, Ste. Genevieve R-II families,

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, the Ste. Genevieve R-II offices—school offices and the district office—will be closed to the public. New guidelines from the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department and approved by the Ste. Genevieve County Commissioners were released on Monday, March 23, and prompted this decision. The food service options will continue as planned.

We want you to know that we are still available to our families. If you have any questions, please call your building office or send an email to your teachers or administrators. We monitor our messages and will get back to you in a timely manner.

District Phone Number: 573-883-4500

● Bloomsdale Elementary: ext. 4

● Ste. Genevieve Elementary: ext. 3

● Ste. Genevieve Middle School: ext. 2

● Ste. Genevieve High School: ext. 1

● District Office: ext. 0

Our elementary schools have requested that parents hold onto completed student work for the time being. As this situation evolves, we will develop a plan to deal with completed student work. Thank you for your patience, your support and your understanding.

Dr. Julie Flieg

Superintendent of Schools

Ste. Genevieve R-II School District


MARCH 20

Internet Service Providers Offer Consumer-Friendly Policy Changes As Response to COVID-19 

According to ConsumerReports.org, the following internet providers are making updates to their policies in order to provide free or low-cost internet service to households with students or low-incomes households. See specific information below:

AT&T: 

  • Will suspend data caps for its fixed internet service and offers a $10-a-month Access From AT&T program for qualifying low-income households.

Charter Spectrum: 

  • Will offer free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with students K-12 or college students who don't already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps.
  • Installation fees will be waived for new student households. To enroll, call 844-488-8395.
  • For eligible low-income households without school-age children, Charter offers Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps. Spectrum doesn't have data caps or hidden fees.

MARCH 20

Message from Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven

Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven announced that Missouri has canceled statewide testing (MAP test, End-of-Course exams, etc.) for the remainder of the year due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, schools will not be required to make up calendar hours lost due to the COVID-19 and missed calendar hours will not impact the calculation of average daily attendance, which is used to calculate state aid payments. 

‪“There is a time and a place for statewide required assessments and now is not the time. Effective immediately, Missouri will be cancelling statewide required assessments for this school year,” said Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven.

MARCH 20

Message Regarding SG R-II Food Services — Week of March 23

During our extended closure, we recognize that many of our students receive important meals every day while in school. In an effort to make sure our students continue to eat healthy meals while we are away from school, Ste. Genevieve R-II School District will provide the following FREE meal options for ANY child in the community ages 3 to 18 years old:

  1. Grab and Go service where meals can be picked up outside of either Bloomsdale Elementary or Ste. Genevieve Elementary from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Families can request breakfast items for the following morning.
  2. Off Campus Pick-Up Location options starting Monday, March 23. We will deliver meals to the following 12 pick-up points: Kinsey Fire House, OO/DD Commuter Lot, Goose Creek Bus Stop, Lawrenceton Catholic Church, O Road Commuter Lot, Breeze Hill Bus Stop, Weingarten Catholic Church, Zell Catholic Church, Staabtown Road, Robinwood Drive Bus Stop, Ozora Catholic Church and the Old Bank Parking Lot in St. Mary. The buses will arrive at each stop near the time listed  in the form, and they will stay at each stop for about 10 minutes. Please keep in mind that these are new routes, and the times might vary a little until we have settled into a routine. Please be patient, and please include your phone number below in case we need to contact you regarding your meal(s).

Please fill out the form to let us know which of these two meal options you would like to use, and which days of the week you will need the meals. Please sign up by 9 a.m. on the day you would like the meal(s).


MARCH 17

Message Regarding SG R-II Food Services — Week of March 18

During our extended closure, we recognize that many of our students receive important meals every day while in school. In an effort to make sure our students continue to eat healthy meals while we are away from school, Ste. Genevieve R-II School District will provide a FREE hot meal for lunch for any child in the community ages 3 to 18 years. Meals can be picked up outside of either Bloomsdale Elementary or Ste. Genevieve Elementary from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. beginning Wednesday, March 18. - A "Delivery to Pick-Up Points" option will begin on Monday, March 23. A breakfast option will also be offered starting next week. More information is coming soon.


MARCH 16

Message from Superintendent Dr. Julie Flieg — School Closure & Event Postponements

Dear Families and Staff:

As you know, all Ste. Genevieve R-II schools, as well as our preschool programs, will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 3. There will be no practices or games for any of the teams involved in MSHSAA athletics and/or all other school activities during this time. Our facilities will also be closed to outside groups and/or teams. As this pandemic has been unpredictable and updates roll in quickly, we do not know what our situation will be in two weeks. With that being said, we tentatively plan on welcoming students and staff back on April 6. We appreciate your understanding if that date changes, and we will communicate all updates with our families.

Keeping our kids, educators, families and communities safe is our top priority. Although Ste. Genevieve County has no known COVID-19 cases, SG R-II made the decision to close schools based on the recommendations of regional health department authorities and in conjunction with Valle Catholic, the MAAA school districts and many other regional schools. These closures were made to safeguard the health and wellness of our students and staff, decrease the burden on the healthcare system, and protect the most vulnerable in our community.

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See the full letter here, which includes information on virtual student learning, counseling resources and how to stay up-to-date on communications from the district and our schools.


MARCH 15

Message from the MAAA Superintendent Association — School Closure

Dear Families and Staff:

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges to the world community. Although our area counties have no known COVID-19 cases, we have made the decision—with the recommendations of local health authorities—to close our schools to safeguard the health and wellness of our students and staff, decrease the burden on the healthcare system, and protect the most vulnerable in our community.

All MAAA schools, as well as our preschool programs, will be closed beginning this Wednesday, March 18. We are in uncharted territory while planning for the spread of COVID-19. It is difficult to predict where we will be in two days, much less two weeks from now. With that being said, we tentatively plan on welcoming students and staff back on April 6. We appreciate your understanding. If that date changes, we will communicate all updates with our families.

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See the full letter here.


MARCH 13

Message from Superintendent Dr. Julie Flieg — Event Postponements

Hello, Ste. Genevieve R-II parents and guardians,

Yesterday evening, we received an update regarding county precautionary measures. The Ste. Genevieve County Health Department has recommended that all social gatherings held throughout the county that would bring people in from other communities be postponed; therefore, all SG R-II events held outside of the school day scheduled for the next two weeks will be postponed.

SG R-II has made the decision to extend this recommendation to include the postponement of all student trips and the cancellation of all scheduled professional development for staff during this same timeframe. Any SG R-II events planned between now and Sunday, March 29, will be rescheduled for a later date.

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See the full letter here, including how to receive push notifications and text messages from the district.


MARCH 12

DHSS Launches Toll-Free Hotline Number for COVID-19

In an effort to provide current and accurate information about COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services created a toll-free hotline to answer any questions the public might have on the subject.

The DHSS hotline, staffed by nurses and other health care professionals, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at (877) 435-8411.


MARCH 9

Message from Superintendent Dr. Julie Flieg — Preventative Measures

The 2019-2020 cold and flu season is well underway, and the past few weeks have seen an increase in the number of cases throughout our school and community. The district has shared information with families about flu prevention, which you can view here.

To complicate things further, a new strain of coronavirus termed COVID-19 has emerged, prompting advanced planning and preparation throughout communities. So far, this outbreak has only affected a limited number of people in the country. As you are likely aware, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Missouri was reported this weekend in St. Louis.

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See the full letter here, including FAQS and steps families can take to help prevent COVID-19.