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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 Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

This Update Center serves as an ongoing, reliable resource for the entire school community, in order to communicate proactively and transparently. It is our mission to keep you informed on how we are preparing to cope with COVID-19, and hope you'll find it useful.

INITIAL 2021-2022 REOPENING PLAN

In order to comply with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), we are making our current plan available below, though many changes may be made to reopening plans by the time school starts in August. It is important to note that this initial version of the plan follows current guidance from the CDC. We anticipate many updates to be made to the plan throughout the summer to reflect changing recommendations form the CDC and DHSS.

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

Last year, we included face coverings and water bottles in our school supply lists for the 2020-2021 school year. The most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended and encouraged districts to finish the school year with face coverings for students and staff when they were less than 6 feet apart without barriers in place. While we anticipate updated recommendations from the CDC throughout the summer, we do not yet have guidance regarding face coverings and social distancing for the beginning of the fall semester. Please note that our school supply lists may be updated as our reopening plans evolve. We will keep our families informed throughout the summer.

JUNE 2021 — DRAGONS DIGEST

Check out the latest edition of the Dragons Digest! This edition includes: an update from the superintendent regarding the next school year; photos of our recent graduates; an overview of priority learning; retiree and employee recognitions; an update on our facility planning; student recognitions; a warm welcome to our new administrators; reminders for annual sports physicals and immunization requirements; a food service update; and information on FREE community developmental screenings for all students ages 3 months — 5 years old!

P-EBT PROGRAM READY FOR ELIGIBLE FAMILIES

Starting June 15, 2021, families who qualify for free or reduced price meals can once more apply for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to help cover food costs they experienced while their student was not doing in-seat learning due to the pandemic. However, the P-EBT 2020-2021 program is very different from last year’s program.

  • All families must apply for the P-EBT benefit, regardless of whether or not they receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamp benefits.

  • A child may be eligible for P-EBT only if the school was closed, not doing in-seat learning, or had reduced attendance or hours at least five school days in a row due to COVID-19 (in most cases, this includes hybrid modes of learning).

  • P-EBT benefits are available for the months of September 2020 through May 2021.

  • The P-EBT benefit is based on the school’s report of how much of the month was not in-seat learning. If most of the school’s month was not in-seat learning, the monthly P-EBT benefit amount is $129.58. If only some of the school’s month was not in-seat learning, the monthly P-EBT benefit amount is $77.75.

Families must directly email or mail the P-EBT application to the Family Support Division address listed on the application by July 31, 2021.

  • Families must not submit the application to the school district.

  • Each eligible student will get an EBT card in his or her name with the lump sum P-EBT benefit amount for the 2020-2021 school year. Ineligible families will receive a denial letter.

The application can be found on the https://mydss.mo.gov/website. See this letter from DSS regarding this program. If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at mydss.mo.gov, or call 855-373-4636.

EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals

  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands

  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. To receive the connected device discount, consumers need to enroll in the EBB Program with a participating provider that offers connected devices (not all service providers offer device discounts). The service provider will provide the discount to the consumer.

The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

At SG R-II, we continue to monitor the health and well-being of students and staff in our schools. In an effort to be transparent and to avoid confusion, the district will now publish the current positive COVID-19 cases for individuals in our schools via this webpage. These totals include both students and staff, and represent individuals who have been confirmed positive through lab results. These numbers do not mean that each of these cases were in one of our buildings at the time they were positive or contagious—just that they are a student or staff member.


The district will notify the parents or guardians of students and employees who are identified as close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case on our campuses. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, when mitigating measures, such as face coverings or plexiglass barriers, are not in place during the time of exposure. The Ste. Genevieve County Health Department will follow up with an official quarantine notice to ensure the safety of the student or staff member, as well as those teaching and learning around them.

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MENTAL HEALTH & SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPORTS