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News and Updates

April 8, 2020

April 6, 2020

I would like to begin by thanking the parents, students, staff, and community of the Chillicothe R-II School District. The district has faced many challenges since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but by working together, our students have continued with educational lessons, and meals have been served to many of the children in our community. As school closures continue to occur, many questions have been asked of school employees concerning grades, end-of-the-year activities, and other school-related questions. Though school procedures change each day due to changing local, state, and national policy, I would like to answer some of the questions our district has received:

How will the student work completed at home figure in to the grades for the second semester?

Because of possible inequities in delivery of instruction, Chillicothe R-II will abide by a hold harmless grading policy in that students’ 4th quarter and 2 nd semester grades will not drop lower than their 3rd quarter grades. They may improve, but they will not be reduced. Some exemptions include high school students enrolled in dual credit college coursework and those students completing online lessons through Launch. Instructors of those classes will reach out to their students about completion of their coursework.

Will students receive virtual/mail assignments for April 10 and 13? (These were previously scheduled days off from school)

No. Students will not be receiving new assignments on these days. Please feel free to use these days to catch up on work or spend time with family. In addition, I ask that the Chillicothe R-II staff not complete their virtual office hours on these days. Please enjoy the long holiday weekend.

Will the district and volunteers continue to serve meals during the closure?

Yes, but the schedule will look different. The district will not be delivering meals on Friday, April 10, or Monday, April 13, but those receiving meals should plan on receiving three sets of lunch and breakfast on Thursday, April 9.To protect our staff and volunteers a limited delivery schedule will go into effect the week of April 13. Please pay attention to social media posts for the updated schedule. Even though the district will not be delivering every day, enough meals for the week will be delivered.

Will the district still have graduation, prom, and other end of the year activities?

Yes, but the events may be on a different date or in a modified format. The district is at the mercy of the COVID-19 virus, and when it is safe for our students, staff, and families, to return to school, these activities will be held. Please continue to follow district building’s social media posts and email communication for updates concerning these events.

Some districts in the state have already cancelled the remainder of the school year. Does the Chillicothe R-II School District plan on doing the same?

Again, the district is at the mercy of the COVID-19 virus. A decision about school will be made the week of April 20, about the remainder of the school year. The district will share updates through social media, email, and local media.

Will Chillicothe R-II students need to take state-mandated End of Course exams or MAP tests?

No, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has received a waiver for this spring’s tests. Students enrolled in courses that require these tests will not be required to take the tests this spring or at any time in the future.

Will Chillicothe R-II students be required to make up the days missed due to the COVID-19 virus?

No. The state has waived these days, and students and staff will not be required to make up these days. I know these have been trying times for our country, state, and community. 

I know these have been trying times for our country, state, and community. I appreciate the support provided to the district during the school closure. If we all follow the recommendations from our leaders and medical professionals, the quicker our students can return to our buildings. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at dwiebers@chillicotheschools.org or call me at 660-646-4566. In addition, feel free to reach out to your child's teacher or principal.

Stay Healthy Hornets!

March 27, 2020

The Chillicothe R-II School District continues to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus. After consultation with neighboring school districts, the Chillicothe R-II School District will extend its closures until Friday, April 24, with the hopes of having students return on Monday, April 27. District officials will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation so we can lift our closure as soon as it is safe for everyone.

The meal program will continue in its current form through April 24. Those interested in signing up for meals, should visit the Chillicothe R-II website or call 660-646-4566. Those already signed up for the program will continue to receive their meals.

Chillicothe R-II will continue to the Flexible Learning Plans that were implemented on March 17. If you have questions about the educational offerings, please reach out to your children’s teachers via email.

For our families whose children receive special education services: If your child’s annual IEP meeting was to be held between March 17th and April 24th, your child’s case manager will contact you soon to schedule this meeting via phone conference call or video conference.

All buildings will remain closed until further notice.

Stay Safe Hornets!

March 19, 2020

The district staff appreciates the support of our community at this time.

The district wants to thank the community partners who are helping ensure students have equitable access to the internet.

The district also wants to thank the volunteers who are providing meals for students during the school closure. For further details about the meal program go to: https://www.chillicotheschools.org/o/chillicothe-r-ii/page/covid-19-news-and-updates

Please review the FAQ’s provided for current district updates on COVID-19

When will the district office be open?

  • The district office will be open each day from 8:00-10:00 am.

How will we continue to hold Board Meetings and also meet the CDC guidelines?

  • The district is close to finalizing plans for an online format. News of this format will be shared once finalized.

Will the election date still be on April 7th?

  • NO. Missouri Governor Mike Parsons has signed an executive order moving the April 7th election to June 2nd.
  • The levy issue and board member election will take place on that June 2 election

Will non-contracted/hourly staff still be paid during our absence from school?

  • YES. After consultation with the Board of Education, the district has agreed to continue paying the salaries of these employees.

Will there still be professional development on Friday, March 20?

  • NO. It is disappointing to not have the professional development experience, but the district has canceled those meetings.
  • Students are not expected to do instructional work this day

Can I come in the buildings during the closure?

  • NO. After consultation with the Board of Education, our buildings will be closed until April 3.
  • Custodians will work until Friday, March 20, continuing the disinfection process. It is vital that everyone stay out of the buildings to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • Maintenance employees to walk through the buildings once a day.
March 17, 2020

The Chillicothe R-II School District, community volunteers and the Department of Health and Senior Services will be providing free meals during the COVID-19 school closure. Meals will be served to start Wednesday, March 18th. The current day's lunch and the next day's breakfast will be prepared daily Monday-Friday and are available to any person 18 years and under residing in the Chillicothe R-II School District. Two serving options will be available to families, 1.) Meals may be picked up at either Chillicothe Middle School or Field Elementary School. 2.) Meals may also be delivered to several locations (TBA) throughout the community for those without transportation.

Please follow the link and fill out the form if you are requesting district-provided meals from the dates March 18-April 24th. We will continue to provide updates as needed through the district website and through text alerts. If you have any issues with the form and or questions/concerns, please call the Chillicothe R-II School District 660-646-4566 or email Dr. Zach McMains- zmcmains@chillicotheschools.org. Link to Meal Request Form: https://forms.gle/o4ESpJBQjKMoqZkf9

If you are interested in volunteering to help deliver meals please contact Angie Cool- 660-342-4208 or impact@lifepoint-church.com

Respectfully,

Zach McMains

Assistant Superintendent

Chillicothe R-II School District

March 16, 2020

Dear Parents, Patrons, Students, R-II Staff, Administrators, and Board

With guidance from the Livingston County Health Department, the Chillicothe R-II School District will cancel all classes beginning on Tuesday, March 17. The cancellation of school will last for a minimum of three weeks, with an anticipated return date of Monday, April 6. This action was taken to limit the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

In addition to the school closings, all extra-curricular events, practices, and use of Chillicothe R-II property for social gatherings have been canceled or postponed.

IT is important that our students remain engaged academically during this extended absence from school. School staff has worked to provide learning opportunities for our students. Many of the activities will be provided via Google Classroom (grades 6-12) and SeeSaw (grades PK-5). The district understands that not all families have access to internet services in their homes, and school staff has developed plans for those students to receive activities through home delivery or U.S. Mail Service.

The district is grateful to those who have volunteered to provide meals for students in our community during this extended absence. Look for details on the school web page, email, or local media, for additional details about meal deliveries.

Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. I heard this quote several times in the past few days, and it feels appropriate at thsi time. "In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be quite apparent if we underreacted and did too little."

Stay Safe Hornets!

Dan Wiebers
Chillicothe R-II Superintendent

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents and Patrons of the Chillicothe R-II School District:

I wanted to inform you that the district is evaluating the information we receive relating to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. As Superintendent, I appreciate the support of the Livingston County Health Department, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Educations, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. These organizations have worked to provide the district, and its patrons, information about the virus.

I have asked the high school and middle school administrative team to send students home this evening with their Chromebooks. I am not anticipating a school closure due to COVID-19 virus, but I would prefer that students have the needed technology at home in the event that school is canceled. If a long term absence occurred, the district would have the ability to implement an Alternative Method of Instruction. The district administrative team met today to develop our instruction plans and those will be shared if the need arises. Again, the district is not anticipating an extended school cancellation, but we want to be prepared to meet the educational needs of our students.

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Wiebers Chillicothe R-II Superintendent at dwiebers@chillicotheschools.org.

Dan Wiebers Chillicothe R-II Superintendent 

MARCH 11, 2020

MO DHSS Website: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) COVID-19 webpage contains any and all COVID-19-related information for Missourians, and is updated frequently. DHSS has requested that school districts include a link to this webpage and its resources in any piece of communication they share with families or staff members. DESE officials remain in close communication with colleagues at the DHSS to stay informed about COVID-19 and the current situation in Missouri.

Click here: COVID-19 webpage