ST. LOUIS — Students picked up homework packets, laptops and personal belongings Monday after nearly all schools in the region announced they would shutter until at least April 6.
In some districts that are on spring break this week, students were briefly allowed inside the buildings. School staff also started handing out free breakfast and lunch, including a drive-through option in Wentzville. Elementary students in Mascoutah will visit their schools Tuesday to pick up laptops and work packets.
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis youth next week can pick up free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches from 33 sites throughout the city while schools remain closed due to the coronavirus, officials announced Tuesday.
The meal sites, which include schools and community centers, will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon to serve anyone 18 or younger, no matter what school they attend, said Dr. Wilford Pinkney Jr., director of St. Louis youth services.
ST. LOUIS • On one school day last month, more than 30 Hamilton Elementary students sat cross-legged on the gym floor, laughing at an episode of the ’90s television show “Recess” that was being projected on the wall.
They were watching TV because they had no gym or art teachers that day, said substitute teacher Janet Burns, who was supervising them. Those teachers were absent.
Missouri public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade could take online courses for free, with their school district or charter school picking up the tab, under legislation that passed the Missouri House and Senate this month.
The main intent of the plan, dubbed the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program, is to expand course access for high school students in small, rural or cash-strapped schools that might lack the money or number of students to justify hiring staff to teach advanced courses, such as chemistry, Chinese or creative writing.
The Pattonville School District has a seemingly simple mantra: All children are capable of high academic performance.
“We really believe every single student is going to be proficient,” said Tim Pecoraro, Pattonville’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. “We know they’re not all going to get there at the same time. But our teachers believe that, our students believe that.”