COVID-19 Information

April 3, 2020

Good afternoon Eagle Nation. This message is intended for parents of students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade, as well as those families accessing our meal service. High school information came directly from Dr. Gilbreth to students' email today and can also be found here. We understand Mayor Shaw issued a stay at home order, in effect until April 20th. Education is considered essential in the ordinance; therefore, we will still be able to provide meals and learning packets for pick up. Please continue to follow safe social distancing. Remain in your car and speak clearly where staff can hear you in order to meet your meal and learning packet needs through our drive-up service.

Beginning Monday, April 6th, the food service department will be switching up the menu to include a larger variety of items to help battle menu fatigue. Some of these new items will need to be heated in an oven, microwave, toaster oven, etc. If you do NOT have access to one of these cooking methods and need to request special meals of cold-only items, please contact food service at 625-5318 ext 2303.

In addition, meals will NOT be served on April 10th, as school was already scheduled to be out. Therefore, three days’ worth of meals will be provided at Thursday's pick-up.

Additionally, on Monday, April 6th, families with devices and Internet access will start seeing weekly videos and learning opportunities from their child's teacher online. If homes do not have Internet access, most will be able to pick up learning packets each Monday from your child's school between 11 am-12 pm. Your child’s school may also communicate additional pick up times, if needed. Please request the grade level packet you need during pick up. It will provide learning opportunities for the week. We will also make most learning packets available on the district website that any parent can access online.

Joplin Schools wants to first ensure our families are safe and supported, and secondly provide learning opportunities for your home. We realize that each home has different challenges during this time and want you to know that we are here to support the various family needs. Some may find it possible to follow several learning activities each day, while some may just encourage daily reading time.

Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our students. Joplin Schools is here for you and at a minimum, we hope to connect with you regularly to check-in and see how we can help. Stay safe! Stay healthy! Take care Eagle Nation!

Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.


 

Joplin Schools is joining the many surrounding Southwest Missouri schools by extending our “Wellness Break” through April 24th. During this extended leave, please know the district is prepared to offer learning opportunities and continue the current meal service pickups at all locations.

ELEMENTARY:

All grades will be final as of third quarter. Next week, students and parents can expect to be contacted by their child's teacher(s) regarding the platform (i.e. FB page, Google Classroom, Canvas, class website, email, etc.) they will use to communicate and share learning activities. Beginning the week of April 6th, students can expect to find weekly videos and daily learning activities through the teachers' preferred platform. These learning opportunities will continue weekly during this closure period or until the regular school calendar concludes. Teachers have worked collaboratively this week to determine a few essential learning standards so we can best focus our lessons for your child. We want to provide a healthy balance for learning opportunities and family needs, understanding priorities in each home will vary during this unprecedented time.

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

All grades will be final as of third quarter, but students will have the opportunity to improve grades for MSHSAA eligibility and those taking high school courses for placement. Next week, students and parents can expect to be contacted by their child's teacher(s) regarding the platform (i.e. FB page, Google Classroom, Canvas, class website, email, etc.) they will use to communicate and share learning activities. Beginning the week of April 6th, students can expect to find weekly videos and daily learning activities through the teachers' preferred platform. These learning opportunities will continue weekly during this closure period or until the regular school calendar concludes. Teachers have worked collaboratively this week to determine a few essential learning standards so we can best focus our lessons for your child. We want to provide a healthy balance for learning opportunities and family needs, understanding priorities in each home will vary during this unprecedented time.

JOPLIN HIGH SCHOOL:

All grades will be final as of third quarter, but students will have the opportunity to improve grades for high school credit and MSHSAA eligibility. Credit recovery will also continue. 

Departments have chosen essential standards for the remainder of the year. They will push out lessons via Canvas beginning April 6th to enhance what has been learned and deepen understanding of already taught standards. Students will have the opportunity to complete any missing assignments for credit. Grades moving forward can be improved but not go down with the disconnect of not being at school.

Counselors are gathering information about all seniors and where they are with progress toward graduation. We will be making sure that all seniors will be on track to graduate.

Dual Credit and Advanced Placement courses are the only exceptions. These courses are earning college credit and must adhere to the guidelines of the college. Those classes are continuing as normal, but all online. 

DISTRICT:

In addition, we have analyzed phone survey data and developed a plan to deploy devices for homes in need of technology who have Internet access. We will also be prepared to hand out hard copy packets at meal service pickup locations for families without Internet access beginning April 6th. We would ask hard copy packets to NOT return so we can eliminate contact as best as possible. You may use alternative methods (i.e. phone calls, screenshots) to share your child's learning with the teacher for feedback if desired.

We understand during these unprecedented times, learning will look very different. However, rest assured Joplin Schools is here to support your family in any way we can. As a district, we have two main goals: 1. Make sure our students, parents, and employees are safe and supported; and 2. Extend learning opportunities for all students. 

As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters please know Joplin Schools is here to support our community. Stay safe. Stay healthy.


Joplin Schools' Online Learning Resources (versión en español)

Please select your child's grade on the bottom of the spreadsheet for a recommended daily schedule and activities. Teachers will meet virtually to make long-term plans, should we need them. We hope this resource helps provide some structure as we work towards a long-term solution.




Please complete the Meal Request Form to help us better plan on the number of meals needed each day.  Please enter your name, the number of children that you’ll be bringing, and which site you wish to pick up meals.  If you want to be removed from the list at a later date, please contact us at Nutrition Services at 417-625-5315. 

Drop-Off locations 

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