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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.

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 and current quarantines for individuals in our schools via this webpage. These totals include both students and staff. The COVID-19 positive cases are 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 exposed, 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. 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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MODIFIED QUARANTINE FOR STUDENTS & FACE COVERINGS

At a Special Session meeting on Thursday, Oct. 7, the Ste. Genevieve R-II County School District Board of Education approved a motion to approve the implementation of the Modified Quarantine Guidance for students on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. This guidance was created in conjunction with the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department and local county schools. We know that student growth, learning, and social and emotional health are best achieved and supported when they are in our schools. This guidance was shared with families earlier this week, and is linked here

The Board also amended the Face Covering Mandate and transitioned to strongly encouraging face coverings beginning on Monday, Oct. 11, for all students and employees on the campuses of the Ste. Genevieve County R-II School District during school hours. Visitors to these campuses, during school hours, will continue to be required to wear face coverings. Both of these decisions will be reviewed and discussed at the next regular (open) meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.

MASK MANDATE — BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPT. 7

The Board of Education has approved a mask mandate to be implemented on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, for all students, employees and visitors during school hours. This mandate would follow the same parameters used last year: Face coverings will be required at certain times throughout the day (during transitions and when they cannot appropriately socially distance). See more here.

2021-2022 REOPENING PLAN

Dear SG Families:

This evening, the Ste. Genevieve R-II County School District administration recommended, and the Board of Education approved a mask mandate to be implemented on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, for all students, employees and visitors of the campuses of the Ste. Genevieve County R-II School District during school hours. This mask mandate would follow the same parameters used during the 2020-2021 school year:

  • On campus, face coverings will be required at certain times throughout the day (during transitions and when they cannot appropriately socially distance). Classrooms will strive to find creative ways to incorporate safe, socially distanced, additional fresh air and mask-down opportunities.

The district’s first goal is to first prioritize student and staff health and safety, and then decide how to best support in-person learning. Over the past year, we have seen that student growth and learning is best achieved—and social and mental health is best supported—when our students and employees are here on our campuses.

This mandate is being implemented due to the large number of students and employees who are being required to quarantine due to close proximity to a positive COVID-19 case. A mask mandate will drastically reduce the number of needed quarantines and allow students to stay in school. As identified by CDC guidelines, unvaccinated individuals who come into close contact with positive COVID-19 cases will be required to quarantine, unless both individuals were properly wearing face coverings.

The Board held a Public Input Session prior to the vote for approval, which provided stakeholders an opportunity to offer input. The district and Board of Education would like to thank our families, employees, patrons and community members for sharing their feedback. The Reopening Plan and all related documents will be updated to reflect this change.

We anticipate many updates to be made to this plan throughout the school year to reflect changing local conditions and evolving recommendations from the federal and state level. The CDC and DESE have directed school districts to consider local conditions, community transmission, positivity rates, and feedback from stakeholders when making decisions. As the year progresses, SG R-II will continue to collaborate with our local health department and monitor data both at the district and school levels. The District will periodically review and revise our Reopening Plan, and will integrate updates after garnering feedback. We will share all updates with our employees and families as we move forward.

AUGUST 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; school supplies lists; a food service update; COVID-19 vaccination information; reminders for annual sports physicals and immunization requirements; a Get to Know SG R-II page; and the district calendar!

FOOD SERVICE REMINDERS

We are excited to share with our families that we will be able to offer free meals to all students throughout the 2021-2022 school year through the extension of the USDA's Seamless Summer Option Food Service Program! However, families who qualify for free and reduced meals must still complete and submit an application in order to keep their status when this free meal program ends. Free and reduced data is used to maintain meal count system requirements, report to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for funding formulas, and establish eligibility for other benefits, particularly Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) and the Emergency Broadband Benefit. 

Families should have received the Food Service Summer Mailer in July. If you need another Free and Reduced application, or if you have any questions regarding the application, please call 573-883-4500 ext. 2008.

SURVEY: 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

SG R-II Families: We would like to invite all of you to take a few minutes to provide feedback through a quick survey regarding our 2021-22 reopening. Amidst changing guidance from the CDC, we wanted to reach out to our families, students, faculty, staff and community to gather your feedback. Along with recommendations from the CDC and DESE, the District will consider local conditions and survey feedback when making decisions. Be sure to read through the introduction of the survey before answering the questions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KWR29ST.

The link to this survey was also sent in an email to our families, and is located on the COVID-19 page on our website, which you can access from our homepage.


Please complete the survey by Friday Aug. 6, at 5 p.m. Thank you for taking the time to offer your feedback. Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

INITIAL 2021-2022 REOPENING PLAN

In order to comply with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), we made our initial plan available in June 2021. The initial version of the plan followed the current CDC guidance at that time. Many updates were made to the plan throughout the summer, and the updated version was shared in August. This version is linked above.

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.

MENTAL HEALTH & SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPORTS