• Frequently Asked Questions

    If you have a question specific to your child or school, please contact your school or principal. If you would like to recommend adding a new question, please email your question to connect@parkwayschools.net

  • How will Parkway determine which plan or schedules to use?

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    Our goal is always to have students in school who are attending according to a traditional schedule when possible. Keeping our school learning environments healthy and safe is our top priority. We recognize that any alternate schedule or school closures have a significant impact on our students, staff and families.

    However, the decision to shift to an alternate schedule or close Parkway schools may need to be made to prevent further spread of COVID-19 or in response to high absenteeism among students and/or staff. The superintendent will make closure decisions in consultation with the Superintendent’s Action Team, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and other school districts in our region.

    Possible School Closure Trigger Points:

    • Student and/or staff absenteeism
    • Spread of COVID-19 in the community
    • Confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 in one or more schools

    Decisions also will be made based on guidance from the CDC and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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  • Planning and Decision-Making Factors

  • Safety and Health

    In order to reopen our schools, we will be implementing new procedures for safety and health. These procedures will impact how we live, learn and work together in the school building.

    Based on guidance from health officials and feedback from parents and staff, these new procedures have been built around the following priorities:

    • K-12 students and staff wearing cloth face coverings at school
    • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces throughout the day
    • Monitoring symptoms and temperatures at home before attending school
    • Maintaining social distancing whenever possible; keeping students in small groups and limiting the mixing of groups; staggered times for movement throughout the building
    • Hand hygiene practices and education, including scheduled time for frequent hand washing and access to hand sanitizer throughout the building
    • Increased circulation of outdoor air when possible
    • Rearranging furniture to allow for social distancing whenever possible  
    • Cleaning buses between routes, wearing masks on buses, opening bus windows to increase air circulation, encouraging driving to school if possible
    • Adjusting large events, activities and gatherings for social distancing
    • Limiting the presence of visitors in Parkway buildings

    The two most important strategies to reduce risk and exposure are:

    • Maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and others
    • Wearing a face covering

    Building these important habits into our routines will be our greatest opportunity to build and maintain a healthy community for our students and staff.

  • If a student is kept home due to illness or sent home, what will be required of them upon return?

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    We will ask that students with symptoms that are consistent with a possible COVID-19 infection to be evaluated by their healthcare provider and get clearance to return to school. Their healthcare provider will make the determination if a COVID-19 test is needed.

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  • What will social distancing look like at school?

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    In the classroom, seating will allow for social distancing. Non-essential furniture will be removed to allow for extra space and seating will be rearranged. Classrooms with group tables will be modified to allow appropriate distancing of students.  Your school will communicate additional details.

    Extra care will be taken to keep students’ belongings separated. Frequently touched items will be cleaned regularly. Additionally, the sharing of materials such as school supplies, electronic devices, books, toys and equipment will be avoided.

    Class time, travel within the building, lunch and recess times will be staggered and/or spread out to alternate spaces to allow for social distancing. When students travel in the hallways, there will be visual aids to direct students throughout the building. These visual aids will illustrate directional traffic flow and appropriate spacing to support social distancing.

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  • Will students have time to wash/clean their hands at school?

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    Students will be encouraged to wash their hands often, including when entering classrooms, before lunch, after recess and after any activity outside of the classroom. We will take extra care to give students these opportunities to wash their hands during the school day. In locations where access to soap and water is limited, alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available. A limited number of students will be allowed in the bathroom at the same time.

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  • How will you ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting of schools and classrooms?

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    Schools will follow safety and disinfection guidelines developed by the CDC and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health for buses, classrooms, workspaces, outdoor spaces and playgrounds. At school, we will be cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces multiple times throughout the day. High-touch areas throughout the school building include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, toilets, faucets and sinks.

    We will adjust custodial staffing schedules to allow for more custodial support during the day to clean and disinfect, while also supporting deeper cleaning at night.

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  • Will Parkway purchase and provide adequate supplies to support health and safety precautions?

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    Yes. Parkway has ordered and will regularly replenish sanitation equipment for protection against COVID-19. These supplies include (but are not limited to) cloth face masks for staff, disposable face masks, N95 and KN95 masks for nurses, face shields, disposable gowns, disinfectant and cleaning supplies for classrooms, hand sanitizer, infrared thermometers, disposable gloves, and signage to communicate safety procedures and precautions.

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  • What happens if a student or staff member who has attended school is diagnosed with COVID-19?

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    Parents and staff will be notified immediately if they have had close contact with anyone who is diagnosed with COVID-19. We will follow the guidance of public health authorities in making decisions to close classrooms or schools, or to quarantine specific groups of students or staff.

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  • Will students or staff who have been in contact need to quarantine? Will the school/classroom close?

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    We will be in close consultation with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health to make decisions about the need for individuals or groups of people to be quarantined or tested for COVID-19, depending on the exposure. The Parkway Health Services team will take responsibility for surveillance and follow-up with parents and staff.

    Our response and subsequent immediate action steps will be dependent on the situation. For example, the Health Department might recommend a school closure for 2-5 days for cleaning, or they might recommend quarantine for 14 days for a small group of people who had close contact with an infected person. Close contact is defined by health officials as an individual who has been within six feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes of time (cumulative) without wearing a face covering.


    We will work with the County Health Department and err on the side of caution to decide when students/staff may need to quarantine and/or a classroom or school should be closed.

    Please read the current guidance for schools from the St. Louis County Department of Health (below):


    When a Case is Identified

    If an individual within a school building is tested positive for COVID-19, schools must work with their local health department but could expect some of these parameters to be put in place:

    • Identify who the individual was in contact with, within a 6-foot space, for at least 15 minutes. If specific contacts cannot be identified, quarantine everyone who was in the same room, bus or other areas. Schools will need to keep room/bus logs in order to assist with contact tracing. 
    • The St. Louis County Health Department suggests that if over 5 percent of the student body in a building or district test positive any day, 4 percent test positive over 2 days in a row or 3 percent test positive for 3 days in a row, then that building or district closes for 10 days (percentages may change when more scientific data becomes available).
    • In the event a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in the building and poses a risk to the staff or students, a school may close for 1-2 days for cleaning and disinfection of that building or exposed area if unable to clean during the nighttime closing.
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  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 when can they return to school or work?

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    If someone is a known close contact to someone with COVID-19, or if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, medical clearance would be required prior to returning to school or work. Quarantines can last 14 days or more, depending on the individual circumstances, and we will be depending on current public health guidelines in each situation.

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  • What health screenings are in place for students and staff?

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    Staff are required to complete a daily health screening prior to coming to work. 

    Parents are asked to screen their child(ren) before they leave for school. We ask that parents check them for fever, a sense of having a fever, chills, a cough, sore throat, headache, new loss of smell or taste, or new muscle aches. Not all children who have COVID-19 will have a fever, so parents should check their children closely for any of the other symptoms. 

    Anyone, staff or student, with a fever of 100.4º F or higher should not attend school

    If any of the COVID-19 symptoms occur, please take the following actions: 

    • Keep your child at home
    • Call your child’s school to report the symptoms your child is experiencing
    • Call your child’s health care provider for advice on managing the illness

    We will not take students’ temperatures when they arrive at school. Taking temperatures at school would be challenging to complete in a safe and timely manner, given the number of students and supervision that would need to be in place. The most effective, evidence-based strategies to prevent the spread of illness are hand washing, wearing masks and social distancing.

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  • Will students or staff be required to quarantine if they travel?

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    We will be following the guidance of the St. Louis County Department of Health and the CDC when it comes to recommended quarantines for travel. Currently, there are no travel restrictions in our area for travel domestically in the US. International travel requires a 14-day quarantine on return to the US. COVID-19 is a very fluid situation and this can change. You can find more information about travel on the CDC website at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

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  • What about those of us that have chronic allergy or sinus issues?

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    More guidance will be coming soon to address questions about the health assessment screening questions. Certainly, the individual who has an explanation for a symptom (e.g. chronic pain from arthritis, or seasonal allergies) does not need to stay home for those particular symptoms.

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  • Accommodating the Needs of All Students

  • What will be done to address the social and emotional needs of students at school and at home?

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    Now, more than ever, Parkway understands that students will need emotional and social support to manage the challenges that life brings. We know that students have come to us with diverse experiences and therefore have unique needs. To that end, we are prepared to provide various layers of support in the following ways.

    We have partnered with Alive and Well Communities in order to gain a deeper understanding of trauma informed care. All staff members will have access to training modules on this topic before and during the school year. Staff at the elementary level will receive additional support from our Social Emotional Behavior Specialists (SEBs). SEBs work with our teachers and school teams to create classroom plans to address the specific needs of individual students, small groups or entire classes. Both of these resources will increase our capacity and ability to respond to the current needs of students.

    School counselors will continue to support all students through the counseling curriculum by providing classroom lessons. They also are available for one-on-one or small group sessions for students, as they normally are. If you suspect your student is struggling and needs additional help outside of school, our counselors can make referrals to outside agencies and are a good first step in getting additional support for your child. Families will receive mental health tips from school counselors via weekly/monthly communications.

    School social workers will be available to help students and families with accessing basic needs that may have been disrupted during the pandemic. They can help with access to food, clothing, shelter, transportation and school supplies. Additionally, they are available to make home visits if necessary.

    Care coordinators will be available to students at all levels in the coming school year. This position is designed to help our students in greatest need. Care coordinators provide one-on-one sessions with students and small group discussions. They collaborate with all staff members to proactively identify students in need.

    District counselors are available to students who reside in the city. They will continue to run various student groups, one-on-one and small group sessions. They will proactively address equity concerns throughout our district and will serve students who are harmed by inequity.

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  • How will students with special needs, IEPs and 504s receive support?

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    Students identified as having a disability under IDEA will be provided with the necessary accommodations and modifications to ensure they can access a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), regardless of the manner in which the education is being delivered. Special education services, including social-emotional supports, included in a student’s IEP will be provided to the maximum extent possible.

    Students identified as having a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act will be provided with the necessary accommodations and supports to ensure they have equal opportunity to access and benefit from public education services, regardless of the manner in which the education is being delivered. For many students, the 504 plan can be implemented as written in a virtual environment. Adaptations to the 504 plan accommodations/supports will be done as needed when a 504 team member (teacher, parent, student, etc.) alerts the 504 case manager to concerns with the student's disability symptoms impacting their ability to access and/or benefit from the public education offerings.

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  • Who do I contact if I have questions about how my child's special school district needs?

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    Please contact your SSD Area Coordinator. A list of coordinators can be found here.

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  • Technology, Equity and Internet Access

  • Will my child be provided a Chromebook for use at school and/or at home?

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    Parkway will accelerate its technology initiatives this year in order to provide students with additional access to devices and internet connectivity. For the 2020-21 school year, every Parkway K-12 student will be provided a Chromebook to support learning. This also will allow us to prepare students for blended or virtual learning, if necessary. 

    • Students in K-2 will have 1:1 Chromebooks in the classroom. The devices will be sent home with these students in the event of alternate schedules or virtual learning.
    • Students in grades 3-12 will have 1:1 Chromebooks they can take to and from school.
    • Students enrolled in Parkway Virtual Campus full-time will receive a Chromebook for use at home.

    There will be a registration process for Chromebooks with the option to purchase device insurance.

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  • If parents need access to reliable internet, how will this be supported?

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    Parkway is working hard to address the needs of students. We use Wi-Fi hotspots to provide connectivity to students who don’t have reliable internet access. The parents of students in need of reliable internet access can contact a building administrator or counselor, or contact our Technology Help Desk at helpdesk@parkwayschools.net or (314) 415-8181 to submit a request. Requests will be filled as quickly as possible based on the availability of resources.

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  • How will technology, devices and/or internet access be supported when children are learning at home?

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    Parkway’s Technology Help Desk will be available to support students, parents and teachers during normal school hours, Monday-Friday. The Help Desk can be contacted at helpdesk@parkwayschools.net or (314) 415-8181.

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  • Lunch and Meals

  • How will breakfast and lunch be conducted?

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    Schools will identify spaces for students to eat while maintaining social distancing. Some students may eat in locations that are not in the cafeteria. Additionally, lunch schedules will be staggered to permit more space between students as they eat. Each school will communicate specific details.

    Meals purchased at school will be “grab and go” and pre-packaged to expedite the lunch line. We will share more information on meals and menus in the coming weeks.

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  • Will meals be provided to students during Distance Learning?

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    It is important to ensure our children in our community have access to meals. We plan to provide a week's worth of lunches and breakfasts for pick up on Wednesdays.

    Parkway will provide "grab and go" meal boxes for children ages 18 and under at Parkway Central High School. The meal boxes will be available for curbside pickup every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 pm at the front entrance of Parkway Central High School at 369 N. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017.

    A box includes five lunches and five breakfast meals for the week. Under the guidelines from the USDA, meals will be provided to Parkway families based on their meal program status.

    For families on Free Meal Status, the meal box is Free.

    For families on Reduced Meal Status, the meal box is $3.50 per week ($.40 per lunch/$2 weekly for five lunches and $.30/$1.50 per week for five breakfasts)

    For families who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch, they can still request a meal box. The box is $28.00 weekly ($3.25 per lunch/$16.25 weekly for five lunches and $2.60 per breakfast/$13 weekly for five breakfasts)

    PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR FREE AND REDUCED MEALS: https://www.parkwayschools.net/Page/1675

    Payment for meal boxes is required online through My SchoolBucks here: https://www.parkwayschools.net/Page/3045

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  • How will lunchtime be handled for students with food allergies?

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    Schools will identify students who need special accommodations due to food allergies and will work to ensure that each student has their own dedicated space for eating (either in the classroom, cafeteria, or other location), and surfaces will be cleaned after each use.

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  • Learning Schedules and Plans

    Parkway has developed three learning plans that could be used during the 2020-21 school year. Using guidance from local and state health officials as well as CDC recommendations, these plans will be implemented depending on the level of community spread of COVID-19 in our region.

  • Will specials and electives be offered? Are there any high school courses that cannot be offered?

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    Yes. Elementary students will participate in art, music and physical education with modifications to maximize health and safety for students and staff.

    The majority of high school and middle school elective courses will continue to be offered.  Some classes will be modified based on our need to maintain social distancing and sanitization practices. A small number of courses, including choir and band, are still under review to determine whether they can be offered while following St. Louis County and CDC recommendations.

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  • Will parents have to sign a waiver in order to allow their children to attend school in-person?

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    No. The only waiver parents will need to sign is one that permits their child(ren) to participate in optional activities, such as sports.

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  • How will lab or studio classes, such as chemistry or art, be handled with the virtual option?

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    Virtual schools, both in Missouri and across the nation, have had full online programs for many years that include these types of courses. While the labs, activities, and other components that are “hands on” when classes are in person look different, students continue to actively engage in the content to learn the same outcomes.

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  • Can I change my child’s learning plan in the middle of the semester?

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    You may change your child’s learning plan only at the end of a semester. Such an accommodation could potentially cause significant disruption to all students and families by causing overcrowding in either in-person or virtual schools, overstaffing in one or the other area, and could lead to students having to change teachers mid-year. As such, we are unlikely to be able to accommodate such requests but they will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • If my child is sick or quarantined at home, will they move to all virtual until they can return?

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    If a child is ill for an extended period the parent or guardian should work with the school principal to determine if moving to Virtual Campus is the best option for the child at that time.  If the principal and parent agree that it would be in the interest of the child to do so, they will be enrolled at that time and they will not have to wait until the end of a semester.

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  • Will Parkway need to hire additional staff and/or teachers to accommodate these schedules?

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    We are planning to utilize our existing staff to carry out both the full online option (Virtual Campus) and each of the learning plans during the 20-21 school year.

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  • What is a block schedule?

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    In a block schedule, students attend half of their classes on a given day and the other half the next day. Using this type of schedule allows students a longer period of time in each class and fewer transitions between classes each day.  For this school year, using a block has the benefit of reducing the number of people a student comes into contact each day.

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  • For my middle and high school student, will my child’s teacher be online during their class?

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    Teachers will be live (synchronous) at the beginning of each class period to take attendance and set the expectations for the day’s learning.  If the learning for that day is synchronous, then students will be with their teacher and classmates online during the class.  If the learning for the day is asynchronous, teachers will continue to be available online throughout the period for student questions, support, and guidance.  Teachers will determine whether synchronous or asynchronous learning is appropriate based on what is most appropriate for the students and the particular learning outcomes students are working on at a given time.

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  • What kind of schedule can students expect when learning in Parkway Virtual Campus?

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    Unlike the emergency shift to eLearning in the spring, students attending Parkway Virtual Campus will follow a defined schedule with more live instruction, interaction with teachers and classmates, and a variety of learning experiences. 

    Parkway Virtual Campus utilizes both synchronous and asynchronous learning. These terms are widely used in education, but may be new for many students and parents. 

    When learning is synchronous, all students are learning together doing the same thing at the same time. Think synchronized swimming when the team is all together. This can include live video conferencing, chatting, and live streaming lessons. Live instruction from teachers will be recorded for students to view at a later time, but the class progresses as a group at a pace set by the teacher.

    Asynchronous learning happens when teachers and students are doing work at different times. During asynchronous learning, teachers provide lessons, assignments, activities, etc., that students will be required to complete at their own pace on their own time. Asynchronous learning permits more independent learning at times most convenient for the student to complete assignments, homework, etc.

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  • Can families move back and forth between Parkway Virtual Campus and other Parkway schools?

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    You may change your child’s learning plan only at the end of a semester. We make staff assignments based on student enrollment in each learning plan. If the enrollment changed during the semester in any learning plan, it could adversely affect our carefully planned distribution of staff. For this reason, your choice must remain in effect for the duration of a semester.

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  • Will students who enroll in Parkway Virtual Campus be on their computer all day?

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    No. While virtual classes have scheduled time, students will not need to be on their computer for the entire school day. Teachers will provide both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for students, including whole class, individual and small group work.

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  • Will students in Parkway Virtual Campus have the same course choices as the other learning plans?

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    Elementary students will still participate in Art, Music, and PE.  For middle and high school students, there may be some electives that require specialty equipment or teacher supervision in the interest of student safety.  These classes may not be available, but we will ensure high school students can access the courses they need to earn credit toward graduation and will make every effort to honor student course requests.  As in all high schools, some courses may also not be available due to low enrollment or availability of staff. 

    For courses a student needs that we are not able to offer the student may be enrolled through Launch, Parkway’s preferred, third-party online provider. 

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  • How will virtual class sizes compare to in-person class sizes?

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    Class size will be very similar in each learning option.

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  • Can Parkway Virtual Campus students participate in athletics and activities at their home school?

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    Yes. Students who choose Parkway Virtual Campus also will be enrolled at their home school, allowing them to participate in athletics and activities there. Please note that transportation to and from school will only be provided for students participating in MSHSAA-sanctioned activities.

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  • Can students who have an IEP or 504 enroll in Parkway Virtual Campus?

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    Yes. When parents choose the virtual learning option for their child, school teams will meet to review the student's IEP to determine how to provide services virtually. A plan then will be created to implement the student's services to the maximum extent possible.

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  • Will students in the Parkway Virtual Campus have access to a counselor or other related support?

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    Yes.

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  • How will teachers manage grading, feedback, and student accountability in Parkway Virtual Campus?

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    As with all fully virtual courses in Parkway, middle and high school teachers will use the Schoology gradebook to keep track of student grades, and parents will be provided information on accessing the Schoology gradebook to view their child’s progress. Students will take assessments, receive grades and have other evidence of their learning reported as grades. Final course grades will be posted to Infinite Campus for inclusion in student transcripts.

    Elementary students enrolled in the Parkway Virtual Campus will receive progress reports at the same time as students enrolled in other learning plans.

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  • What platform will we use to deliver instruction in Parkway Virtual Campus?

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    Parkway Virtual Campus teachers use the Schoology learning management system to engage students with their content and learning activities. Other technology tools will be utilized, but Schoology will be the hub for all instruction for students.

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  • Will live (synchronous) lessons be recorded if my student misses class?

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    Students who are unable to meet during the day may access videos recorded during the synchronous virtual lessons.

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  • In Parkway Virtual Campus, will all the learning be live at a specified time?

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    Instruction in Parkway Virtual Campus is delivered through a blend of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  All Virtual Campus students have a daily schedule to follow for their coursework.  Students will meet with their teachers at their designated times that are live with teachers when attendance will be taken, and teachers will provide direction for the day’s learning.  Whether the learning is synchronous or asynchronous, teachers will be available online to support students throughout the designated class period.

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  • Will attendance be taken in Parkway Virtual Campus?

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    Yes.

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  • Will students who signed up for Virtual Campus be connected with teachers from their home school?

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    We will make a strong attempt to keep students with staff and other students from their home school. However, since class sizes in Virtual Campus will be about the same as in-school classes, our ability to keep teachers and students together will depend on the number of students from each school who are signed up for Parkway Virtual Campus. It is possible that a student who is signed up for Virtual Campus could be in a class taught by a teacher who is assigned to a Parkway school that is not his/her home school.

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  • Can we choose Virtual and still participate in Band?

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    Yes, we are currently working to develop virtual Band, Orchestra and Choir opportunities for students enrolled in the Parkway Virtual Campus.

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  • What kind of professional development have teachers been offered in preparation for Virtual Campus?

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    During the closure last spring every Friday was dedicated to development in virtual learning.  This included hundreds of learning sessions taught by dozens of incredible online educators.  Over the summer, Parkway developed a “Distance Learning Hub” for staff focused entirely around providing a quality online experience for students learning from home. The Distance Learning Hub for teachers focused on the following areas:

    • Building an online community of learners
    • Best practices in synchronous (live) online learning
    • Best practices in asynchronous online learning
    • High quality feedback and assessment in an online space
    • Leveraging Parkway’s online tools

    Professional development around virtual learning for teachers will continue throughout the school year.

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  • What does virtual look like for students participating in special programs such as gifted?

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    Students participating in gifted programming and receiving English Language services will continue to have access to those programs in e Parkway Virtual Campus Specifics as to how gifted and EL services will be delivered in Virtual Campus will be based on student enrollment. 

    Students attending the MOSAICS Academy at Pierremont or West Middle may still select the virtual option and receive services appropriate for exceptionally gifted students.  As with gifted and EL programs, the delivery model for those services will be determined based on student enrollment.

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  • If students receive support from an EL, gifted, or reading specialist, what will this look like?

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    Students participating in gifted programming and receiving English Language services will continue to have access to those programs in the Parkway Virtual Academy.  Specifics as to how gifted and EL services will be delivered in Virtual Campus will be based on student enrollment.  Students attending the MOSAICS Academy at Pierremont or West Middle may still select the virtual option and receive services appropriate for exceptionally gifted students. As with gifted and EL programs, how those services will be provided will be determined based on student enrollment.

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  • What curriculum will be used in Parkway Virtual Campus?

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    Parkway Virtual Campus courses will deliver the Parkway curriculum in an online format with the same learning goals and outcomes as in-person courses.

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  • Benefits of the Blended Learning Schedule

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    • Student and staff exposure is limited to 50 percent of students attending each day.
    • Families are kept together on the same schedules across all grade levels. For example, even if you have a child in elementary and middle school, they are kept on the same schedule attending on the same days. Parents will be notified as soon as possible which group their child(ren) will be assigned to if Plan B is needed.
    • Monday used to outline learning plans for the week and deep clean our schools. Monday was chosen as a virtual day with teachers based on feedback from parents and students indicating a need for students to have an outline of their schedule and assignments on Mondays so they can plan and prepare.
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  • If we choose a blended learning plan, when will I find out my child(ren)’s group?

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    Once the majority of parents have made the decision of whether their child(ren) will attend Parkway Virtual Campus or will follow the in-person plan, the students attending in person will be assigned to a group. Should you choose to follow the in-person plan, you will receive the group assignments for your child(ren) on Wednesday, July 30 by email.

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  • How will my child’s group or schedule be determined?

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    Once parents have selected their option of Virtual Campus or following Parkway’s plan for in-person learning, students attending in-person will be assigned to one of two equally-sized groups and days of in-person attendance determined by their course and class enrollment and keeping families together. We will share additional details as we work to group students evenly.

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  • Will families be kept together on the same schedule?

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    Yes, families are kept together on the same schedules across all grade levels. For example, even if you have a child in elementary and middle school, they are kept on the same schedule attending on the same days.

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  • Can we choose the group that works best for our family? Can we switch groups?

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    As you can imagine, grouping students is a challenging task. Groups have to be balanced so that classes are only half the size they have been in the past. For this reason, we will not be able to accommodate most requests to change groups. If you have an extenuating circumstance your child’s principal will consider a request based on the schedule, course(s), and the impact honoring such a request would have on maintaining balanced groups.

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  • Will class sizes be adjusted to accommodate social distancing?

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    Yes. Under the Plan B blended learning option, only half the students will be in school each day. So class sizes will be approximately half what they normally are.

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  • In a blended schedule, what if my child cannot be online for Monday virtual learning?

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    Mondays will be part of the school schedule, so attendance will be taken on these days. But we also know that some students may not be able to be online live on Mondays due to child care. Teachers will record sessions and make them accessible to students who were absent.

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  • In a blended schedule, when are students interacting with teachers and classmates?

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    On Mondays, students who are on a blended schedule will be online with teachers and classmates. On the two days students attend school on campus, they will interact with teachers and the other students in their group.

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  • In a blended schedule, what should happen on the school days my child is learning at home?

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    When students are learning from home, they will be working to complete assignments, activities, projects, etc. assigned by teachers during in-person days. This may include interaction discussion boards, opportunities to receive support by engaging with staff, and other learning tools.

    On Mondays, students will participate in synchronous learning. On the other two days when they are not attending in person, students will do more independent learning or asynchronous learning because their teachers will be teaching other students in person. See more below on synchronous and asynchronous learning.

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  • In a blended schedule, will students in the same family or household be on the same schedule?

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    Yes. Students in the same household and/or family will be on the same schedule. Families will be on the same schedule regardless of grade level. For example, even if you have students at the elementary and middle school levels, they both would be on the same schedule and in the same group (A or B).

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  • If my child is unable to attend virtually on Mondays, will the lessons be recorded?

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    All live instruction online will be recorded for students to view at another time.

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  • Will students be penalized for absences on Mondays?

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    Mondays are a school day just like all other days of the week.  Any activities that count toward a student's grade will be handled like any other assignment given or due in the same manner as any other day of the week.  If students are absent during a regular class session, they are not penalized for missing a discussion or being unable to participate.  When a student is absent from class they are still responsible for any work missed.  Live lessons will be recorded and will be available to students who were absent.

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  • Can you explain more about the terms synchronous and asynchronous learning?

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    When learning is synchronous, all students are learning together doing the same thing at the same time. Think synchronized swimming when the team is all together. This can include live video conferencing, chatting, and live streaming lessons. Live instruction from teachers will be recorded for students who were absent to view at a later time, but the class progresses as a group at a pace set by the teacher.

    Asynchronous learning happens when teachers and students are doing work at different times. During asynchronous learning, teachers provide lessons, assignments, activities, etc., that students will be required to complete at their own pace on their own time. Asynchronous learning permits more independent learning at times most convenient for the student to complete assignments, homework, etc.

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  • Could web cameras be put in classrooms so students can access instruction when not attending?

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    No. Cameras in classrooms would violate a number of federal laws specific to student privacy rights and protections.

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  • I am concerned about the amount of screen time for my child. How will this be addressed?

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    Because we also are concerned about screen time for students, we will implement measures to limit their screen time.  This includes a shorter school schedule at all levels on the days students are engaged entirely in virtual learning. For younger students, the schedule is broken up into learning blocks in order to provide students breaks away from their screen.

    While there is scheduled time dedicated for particular learning, that does not mean students will always be on their device the entire time. Teachers will provide both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for students including whole class, individual, and small group work.

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  • If students receive support from an EL, gifted, or reading specialist, what will that look like?

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    When Parkway is operating on a blended schedule, students in these programs will participate virtually on the days they are learning from home. This will allow them to continue receiving their Gifted, EL, Reading, or Math learning while maximizing the their time in the general education classroom. At each school, a schedule will be created and communicated with parents to ensure students and teachers can plan appropriately for these courses and students receiving multiple interventions will not have class meetings that conflict with each other.

    In the event of a school or district closure, students will receive these services from their in-person teacher virtually. A schedule will be developed at the school level to ensure students continue to receive these opportunities.

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  • Curriculum and Grading

  • Before and After School Care

  • Will Adventure Club be open?

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    Yes. Adventure Club will be open when Parkway is open on a full or part-time schedule. Adventure Club will follow the same health protocols to promote safe practices. Parkway-Rockwood Community Education which provides the Adventure Club program will communicate additional information which we will share with families.

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  • Recess and Outdoor Learning

  • Will elementary children have recess?

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    Yes! Outdoor physical activity is very important for students. We will be encouraging students to engage in physical activity that allows for physical distancing while playing outside.

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  • Will the playgrounds be open? Will all students go to recess at different times?

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    Yes, our playgrounds will be open for students to use during recess. We will be encouraging opportunities for students to go outside. It will be necessary to stagger groups of students on the playground in order to maintain social distancing whenever possible.

    Frequently touched surfaces on playground equipment will be disinfected by our custodians on a regular schedule and students will be instructed to wash their hands after recess.

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  • Will students need to wear masks while outside?

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    When social distancing is possible, students will not be required to wear a mask outdoors. When students are interacting closely with others, face coverings will be required.

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  • Transportation

  • What are the plans for bus transportation?

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    In order to effectively plan for bus routes that allow for maximum social distancing, families need to request bus service this year. Due to social distancing guidelines, it is highly recommended families provide their own transportation to school.

    If a child currently has transportation written into their IEP plan, the IEP team will work with families to make the most appropriate decision for your student.

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  • How will school arrival and dismissal look with more families driving to school?

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    School arrival and departure times will remain the same. Arrival and dismissal can provide a challenge with large numbers of students congregating, making it difficult to physically distance. Therefore, schools will communicate a plan that allows for multiple entrances that are safe for students to use during arrival and dismissal. Signs will be placed at all entrances and exits reminding students to physically distance themselves from their peers. Students will be asked to walk directly to their homeroom or first class when they arrive each morning. Congregating in communal spaces will not be allowed.

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  • What health precautions will be taken to minimize the risk for my children on the bus?

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    • Bus drivers, aides and students will wear face masks on school buses
    • Seats will be assigned to students with the goal of one student per seat, when possible, and no more than two students per seat
    • Buses will be cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals; high-touch surfaces on the bus such as handrails and seats will be disinfected after every route
    • To limit student contact, students will enter the bus and fill seats from back to front; at school or stops, students will exit the bus from the front to back; students in the same family will sit together
    • Drivers and aides will remind students of safe riding practices; signage also will be on the bus to remind students about safe practices
    • Windows will be open, when possible, to increase the circulation of open air
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  • What can I do to help minimize the risk for my children on the bus?

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    Every student should wash their hands before getting to the bus stop in the morning and afternoon. Hand sanitizer will also be available on school buses. Please ensure your child has a face mask.

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  • How will Parkway Transportation staff establish protocols to disinfect?

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    All personnel will be trained in sanitizing and disinfecting protocols. Facilities and buses will be disinfected multiple times throughout the day.

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  • Will students be able to ride home on buses with their friends?

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    No. Students can ride to and from school only on their assigned routes. This practice will limit exposure and allow us to track who is on the bus each day/route.

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  • Athletics and MSHAA Sponsored Activities

  • What will high school athletics and activities look like this year?

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    Parkway is planning to participate in high school athletic and activity programs this fall while implementing new safety and health procedures. Programs will be offered when Parkway is open in either a full-time or part-time blended schedule.


    Sports medicine and pediatric infectious disease professionals from SSM Health, BJC HealthCare and Mercy have collaborated to create the St. Louis Sports Medicine COVID-19 Task Force. This group has established guidelines for resuming youth and high school sports during the COVID-19 pandemic in the St. Louis region. The group’s most current recommendations are located here.

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  • What health precautions will be in place for athletics and activities?

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    Face coverings and social distancing will be expected. Additionally, a thorough screening will take place prior to activities and include the following questions:

    Today or in the past 24 hours have you had any of the following symptoms:

    • Fever (temperature greater than 100.4º F for children and greater than 100º F for individuals over the age of 18)
    • New or worsening cough
    • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • Sore throat that is different from your seasonal allergies
    • Rhinorrhea (runny nose)/congestion, different than seasonal allergies
    • New loss of smell or taste, or both
    • Diarrhea or vomiting
    • Do you have a household member or have you been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks? (Close contact is defined as prolonged exposure of greater than 10 minutes within 6 feet. Local health departments should be contacting individuals that are close contacts of a positive COVID-19 patient.)
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  • Will spectators be allowed at athletic events?

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    Yes. Spectators will be allowed while following St. Louis County guidelines, including practicing proper social distancing and wearing a face covering.

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  • When will practices start?

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    Mandatory practices will start on Monday, August 10, for all Fall 2020 MSHSAA activities. Please contact your school activity office for practice details, locations and times.

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  • Will transportation be provided so my child can participate in activities when not attending school?

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    Transportation will be provided if needed to participate in Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) sanctioned after-school activities.

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  • If a student athlete or coach tests positive for COVID-19, will activities be canceled or postponed?

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    If a potential COVID-19 exposure is identified, Parkway will consult with the St. Louis County Health Department to determine next steps, which will likely include cancelation of practices and games for a period of time. Families and coaches will be notified of any potential exposure.

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  • Before and After School Activities and Events

  • Visitors, Volunteers and Community Access to Facilities

  • Will Parkway allow visitors and volunteers at school this year?

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    Nonessential visitors and volunteers will have restricted access to our buildings this year. Parkway will closely follow public health advice and communicate any decisions made that affect visitors and volunteers. Plans may vary during the school year, depending on the level of community spread illness. Visitors will be required to wear a mask and to complete a health screening questionnaire.

    Parents/guardians who come to school to drop off or pick up a student will not enter the school building. Each school will communicate the specific procedure for this process.

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  • Will outside groups be able to rent/use Parkway Schools, buildings and facilities?

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    • Indoor use of schools and buildings will be available on a limited basis to Parkway-sponsored programs and activities. Indoor facility rentals by non-Parkway sponsored community groups will be unavailable so we can accommodate student activities, allow space for social distancing and have time for proper cleaning.
    • Parkway-sponsored groups that use Parkway schools, buildings or facilities must follow approved health and safety guidelines
    • Rental can be requested for outdoor spaces, including Parkway fields and tennis courts; middle school and high school fields will be reserved for student-athletes and will not available for rental; for more information, click here
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  • Will community members have access to Parkway outdoor spaces?

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    Outdoor spaces, including tracks, fields and tennis courts, will be open for community use. Please be aware we may need to use many outdoor spaces for student activities. Parkway playgrounds with high-touch surfaces will remain closed for community use at this time. Please be aware that playgrounds are not being cleaned or sanitized at this time.

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  • Will schools be closed on election day this year?

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    Yes. Parkway Schools will be closed on November 3. Schools that are used as polling places will be cleaned and sanitized before school starts the next day.

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  • Are adjustments being made to ventilation in classrooms?

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    This summer, we have changed filters on HVAC equipment and our maintenance staff continues to perform work to ensure the equipment is operating correctly. Systems are being operated within the manufacturer's recommendation to allow adequate outside airflow in each room.

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  • Will students have more outdoor activities and learning?

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    Teachers are encouraged to use frequent outdoor activities and learning to the degree possible.

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  • Mask Wearing

  • Why should students and staff wear a cloth face mask at school?

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    In order to maximize the health and safety of all, staff, students and visitors will wear cloth face coverings at school. The decision to implement mask-wearing includes the following benefits for both children and adults in our schools:

    • Wearing face masks limits the spread of illness, allowing students to be in school and helps keep our schools open. This will help meet our goal to provide maximum in-person learning and schedules in the traditional classroom.
    • Wearing of cloth face coverings is consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), St. Louis Country and the Missouri Department of Health for children ages two and older.
    • Parkway is committed to caring for all students and staff as part of our mission. We show care for others when we wear our mask at school. Wearing a mask helps protect our classmates and teachers/staff who are more at-risk. Mask wearing allows everyone to participate in school.
    • Wearing masks offers an added layer of protection when young students, who are developmentally drawn to each other, do not maintain social distancing recommendations. Children will be able to play together in a more age-appropriate way with this added insurance.

    Mask breaks can be provided by supervising adults when the opportunity exists, such as outside, inside during lunch, or inside when children can be appropriately distanced.

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  • What if a student or staff member is unable to wear a mask?

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    We recognize that some students and staff will be unable to wear a mask due to medical conditions, social-emotional needs and/or when the risk of wearing a mask would outweigh the benefit. We will work with students to educate them on the benefits and proper wearing of masks and/or develop a safe alternative when needed and possible.

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  • Will Parkway provide masks to students or staff?

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    Students are requested to bring their own cloth face coverings to wear at school and on buses. Students who are unable to bring a mask to school will be provided with a mask.

    Cloth face coverings will be provided for all staff and PPE (personal protective equipment) will be provided to staff depending on their position (nurses, custodians, etc). Staff members are also welcome to bring and wear their own masks at school. In addition, masks with a clear covering will be available for some teachers and staff, including those working with students with special needs, English language learners and teachers working with younger students.

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  • Can students or staff wear masks other than cloth?

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    Yes, students and staff can wear any face covering they choose at school. The recommendation for most is to wear a cloth face covering.

    The following information from the St. Louis County Health Department outlines different types of masks:

    Surgical masks (medical mask): A surgical mask is a loose-fitting disposable mask that protects the wearer's nose and mouth from contact with droplets, splashes and sprays that may contain germs. A surgical mask also filters out large particles in the air.

    N95 masks: Actually a type of respirator, an N95 mask offers more protection than a surgical mask does because it can filter out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales. As the name indicates, the mask is designed to block 95% of very small particles. Some N95 masks have valves that make them easier to breathe through. With this type of mask, unfiltered air is released when the wearer exhales, therefore such valves are not recommended. 

    Cloth masks: A cloth mask is intended to trap droplets that are released when the wearer talks, coughs or sneezes. Asking everyone to wear cloth masks can help reduce the spread of the virus by people who have COVID-19 but don't realize it. Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus when they are widely used by people in public settings. 


    While surgical and N95 masks may be in short supply and should be reserved for health care providers, cloth face coverings and masks are easy to find or make, and can be washed and reused. Masks can be made from common materials, such as sheets made of tightly woven cotton. Instructions are easy and can be found here.

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  • How often should cloth face coverings be cleaned?

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    Cloth face coverings should be cleaned at home after use each day.

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  • 2020-21 Calendar

  • Will the 2020-21 calendar need to be adjusted?

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    It’s possible that the 2020-21 academic calendar may need to be adjusted, depending on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) requirements for hours of school attendance. Additional calendar revisions are being considered right now, which include professional development days, early release days and snow make-up days. Any revision to our academic calendar will require review and approval by the Parkway Board of Education.

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  • When is the first day of the 2020-21 school year?

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    The first day of school is Monday, August 24, and is a virtual day for all students.

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