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Valley Park School District School Closures FAQS: Updated May 1, 2020 12:45PM
How long do you anticipate schools will remain closed?
School buildings in our District will remain closed through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.
Distance Learning Opportunities will continue throughout April and May, grab-and-go meals will be provided on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and virtual counseling services are still available to support our students socially and emotionally.
What should a school day look like during Distance Learning? Is there a schedule to follow?
Students should set a daily schedule that works for them. There is not a defined schedule (as in regular periods, meeting times or transitions to specific subjects.) Students/families will need to designate time to work on different activities.
Lessons are posted every Monday by grade level on our distance learning website. Most of this work will be lessons and activities structured so students can complete their work at any time of the day or night, depending on a family’s schedule.
For a complete guide to distance learning, please visit our At-A-Glance.
How can my child reach their teacher if they need learning assistance?
Students should use email to communicate with their teachers if they have questions. All teachers will be checking their email on a daily basis and are also available three (3) days a week for 90-120 minutes for virtual office hours to support students academically. If necessary, the teacher may elect to contact students or families using the district approved communication platforms such as TEXTNOW (phone calls) or ZOOM (video conferencing) in addition to email correspondence.
How long will free meal service continue?
The Valley Park School District will continue to provide free student meals throughout the school closure period. Beginning on April 6th the district is making two days’ worth of grab and go breakfasts and lunches available from 10 am to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
We are excited to share that we are planning to provide an opportunity for families to pick up free summer meals for children under the age of 18 throughout the summer. To ease the burden on Valley Park families, our school district has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) that provides flexibility for schools and organizations distributing meals through the Summer Food Service Program during the COVID-19 outbreak. Our meal service program that many families have found helpful during the school closure period will continue during June, July, and parts of August. We are finalizing the details with our foodservice team and local nonprofits. We will have more information in the coming weeks.
Will Early Childhood tuition be refunded for the period of the closure?
Our district’s business office is working diligently to provide tuition refunds for the time away in March and April due to the school closure. Staff are working as quickly as we can with the goal of processing refunds in the next two weeks. No new payments will be accepted or charged at this time.
Are spring sports and activities canceled?
All after-school and extracurricular activities are currently canceled through the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, sports and certain activities in Valley Park are governed by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), which has also canceled activities for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. For updates on MSHSAA decisions related, visit the MSHSAA website.
Are athletic fields and playgrounds still open?
No. All school playgrounds, play spaces, and athletic fields are closed and not available for public use as long as the district is closed.
What is the status of any field trips that were scheduled for the rest of this year?
All scheduled field trips have been canceled for the remainder of the school year. Families who have already paid fees associated with a field trip will be contacted by their school office or the district’s business office with an update on refunds.
Will prom be held as scheduled?
We recognize that prom is an important milestone in a student’s life and we are exploring many possibilities to give our juniors and seniors an opportunity to celebrate prom this summer, if possible. We will communicate any necessary changes of plans if needed as soon as possible.
What about graduation for seniors?
The May 15th graduation ceremony for the VPHS Class of 2020 has been temporarily postponed. We are asking families to tentatively plan to attend our commencement ceremony at 7 PM on July 17th in the Valley Park Field House . It is important to keep in mind that this date could be changed to a later date if the pandemic is still requiring social distancing or if St. Louis County ordinances limit large group gatherings. Our administration has thought through many scenarios, and while we hope to hold a traditional graduation ceremony on July 17th, we are prepared to enact alternative plans if necessary.
Which spring events/activities are canceled?
All school and district events, activities and performances not previously mentioned in this correspondence that were scheduled are canceled with no current plans for rescheduling.
Will days missed due to the emergency closure need to be made up?
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has stated that districts and charter schools will not be required to make up FY 2019-20 calendar hours lost due to COVID-19. As such, the last day of school is scheduled for May 28th. We will communicate on any necessary change of plans if needed as soon as possible.
Will the state’s MAP testing and EOCs still take place?
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced on March 19th that it is canceling statewide required assessments (MAP testing and end-of-course exams).
Will the upcoming ACT tests still be held for juniors?
Due to the current health guidelines and the closure of the buildings for the remainder of the school year we have postponed ACT testing for the class of 2021 until the fall. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Eagan.
I need to enroll my child for kindergarten or preschool. When/how can I make an appointment?
The district has developed an online registration system for families to register their students. Students enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year will still be able to complete the majority of the pre-registration process online. Families with questions about kindergarten or preschool enrollment should contact Karmen Crader at firstname.lastname@example.org or Melinda Coates at email@example.com. If a family doesn't have internet access, we will work with the family to complete the registration process differently prior to school starting in August.