April 6, 2020
In order to protect the health and safety of our families and employees, we are temporarily suspending daily meal pickup and Chromebook distribution.
Food for our children is one of our primary concerns right now. We also have an obligation to ensure we are not putting our students, families and employees at risk. As cases of COVID-19 increase in St. Louis County, you may have seen reports of employees in other school districts who have reported cases of coronavirus and potential exposure of others, specifically employees who work on the front lines of meal distribution in the region.
We regret having to make this difficult decision but know it’s the right thing to do at this time. The temporary suspension of meal services begins today. In order to help our families, we provided four meals (two breakfast and two lunch) per student at meal pickup today. Chromebook pickup will be available this week on Wednesday, April 8 and then will be temporarily suspended. Technology support through our Help Desk will continue for our families and staff on Monday-Friday from 7 am - 7 pm.
Right now, we are working to put additional safety plans and precautions in place to protect our community and employees, including protective equipment. As soon as we have an update on when we might resume services, we will share it with you.
In the meantime, we want to provide resources for access to meals in our community. Please share with anyone you know who may be in need.
St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search will provide drive-thru food pick-up for children from 10 am - Noon at nine branches across the St. Louis area. Participating branches will provide two shelf-stable breakfasts and two lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while supplies last. Meals will be available free of charge for children ages 18 and under. You can also call the Operation Food Search Hunger Hotline at 314-726-5355. Click here for more information.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this situation to provide ongoing support to our communities.
April 2, 2020
We want to provide you an update on what we heard from you related to eLearning so far, as well as our plans for the next phase of this emergency closure.
You will find:
- What we are hearing from you about eLearning, including the results of our community Thoughtexchange.
- Information about grading and expectations moving forward.
- Plans to shift eLearning to a 4-day schedule for students, starting the week of April 13. Students will engage in eLearning Monday-Thursday and Fridays will be a teacher workday. As a reminder, next Friday, April 10, was already a No School day.
March 31, 2020
We are aware that many parents, students and community members want to use Parkway’s outdoor spaces during this time to exercise and stay healthy. Over many years, our facilities have been built and maintained by your overwhelming community support. Typically, we welcome everyone to use and enjoy our facilities. However, at this time, the community is also under a stay at home order from local and state officials and health departments. Yet we continue to see groups of people gathering on the fields to play team sports and other organized activities that are in violation of health department requirements.
Therefore, we ask for your cooperation as we all follow these updated closures for Parkway outdoor facilities.
- Parkway fields are not available for use. There is no way to monitor and anticipate how many people will show up to use our fields at a given time. Therefore, in the interest of health and safety, our fields are closed and we will monitor and enforce field use.
- Parkway playgrounds and tennis courts are closed.
- Parkway high school tracks remain open to walk or run. Please maintain safe social distancing and avoid group activities. Food, drinks and pets are not permitted.
- Please remind your children of the St. Louis County stay at home order and guidance to limit gatherings to 10 or less with safe distancing.
Is Your Device Broken?
If your child’s Parkway device is broken you can swap it out at our Library Media Services office on the Central Campus between 10 am - 2 pm on Monday, Wednesday or Friday (map). Please bring the broken device with you to exchange it.
A large number of technology service providers are experiencing periodic outages due to the massive increase in the volume of users across the nation. In the past week, both Schoology and Google have had short outages that have impacted our students and teachers. Locally, there have also been reports of internet outages from providers like Charter Spectrum and AT&T. We have also heard that other school districts using other tools are having similar experiences.
As we continue to navigate this new online landscape, we will do our best to inform you of outages that may impact eLearning for extended periods of time. Feel free to contact our Help Desk if you have questions, email@example.com or 314-415-8181. You can also monitor the status of our primary services on the following sites.
March 26, 2020
We are aware that many parents, students and community members want to use our tracks and fields during this time to exercise and stay healthy. We are also seeing some health and safety issues with the increased use of our community property. We ask for your cooperation as we all follow these guidelines when using Parkway outdoor facilities.
- Parkway high school turf fields are not available for use at this time. There is no way to monitor and anticipate how many people will show up to use our fields at a given time. We are seeing community group activities on the turf fields that are not aligned with CDC and St. Louis County guidance to limit gatherings to 10 or less and maintain safe social distancing. Therefore, in the interest of health and safety, our turf fields are closed and we will monitor and enforce field use.
- Parkway tracks remain open for community members to walk or run. Please maintain safe social distancing and avoid group activities.
- As a reminder, please be respectful of our community property. Food, drinks and pets are not permitted.
- All Parkway athletic team practices are canceled which includes small, informal team gatherings. Please remind your children of the St. Louis County stay at home order and guidance to limit gatherings to 10 or less.
We want to provide safe, healthy outdoor spaces for our community to use but may need to adjust our plans as needed. We know it is challenging to find ways to maintain physical and mental health during this time, so we want to help provide some resources.
Here are some ideas for healthy and safe family activities:
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Health and Physical Education At Home Activities
Health and Physical Education Activities from Parkway Central High School
Will we have to make up any days or time as a result of the extended closure?
No. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education commissioner recently shared that school districts will not be required to make up any 2019-20 calendar hours or days lost due to extended closures or COVID-19.
What happens to my child's lunch balance?
Meal accounts will roll to the next school year even if students move to different schools in Parkway. There are two other options. You can request a refund or you can choose to donate your current balance to the Parkway Food Pantry. If you would like to request a refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to donate your balance, please email email@example.com. Please include the following information in your email.
- Student name and school the student attends
- Parent full name and mailing address
- How you would like your balance applied
What if I still need a Chromebook or repair?
If your family still needs a device (grades K-5 and 11-12) or your child's Chromebook needs repair, device pickup will be available at Parkway Central High each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am - 2 pm. Parkway Central High School is located at 369 N. Woods Mill Rd., 63017 (pick up map). When you arrive for curbside pickup:
- Follow cones and/or signs when entering the high school parking lot.
- Please remain in your car. Place a sign in your front window with your child(ren) first and last name(s) and home school. Parkway technicians will hand your device to you through your window.
Will the state’s MAP testing and AP testing still take place?
- State Testing: The state commissioner has canceled statewide required assessments for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. This includes all grade level MAP tests and EOC (End of Course) assessments.
- AP testing will take place this year, however, it will look different. Students can take a 45-min online exam at home. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. Click here for more detailed information and updates about AP courses and tests.
March 24, 2020
Daily Meals for Children
- Starting Thursday, March 26 we will expand our daily meal pickup locations to nine locations throughout the Parkway community. Please complete this meal pickup form to request daily meals for children and choose your pickup location. Parkway will provide daily breakfast and lunch for children under the age of 18 for free. Grab and go meals will be available for curbside pickup.
- Meals are also available for children at the following St. Louis City locations.
Meal Boxes for Families
The Parkway Food Pantry will provide meals to any family in the community. We will distribute large food boxes to help sustain your family, every few weeks. The first box pickup is Friday, March 27. Please complete this form by Noon on Thursday, March 26 to order a box. You can sign up and learn more here.
In the past few days, our community has contributed over $30,000 to the Parkway Food Pantry. We cannot thank you enough for your support as we work to provide food to all of our families!
- We know many device and internet requests were not able to be filled last weekend. We will begin deploying devices again on Wednesday, March 25 and Friday, March 27 from 10 am - 2 pm at our Central High Campus. If you picked up a device on Sunday, do not come to get another device. If you have a broken Parkway device or are missing a charger this is also an opportunity to get that fixed.
- Plans are still underway to provide wireless hotspot devices for families that do not have reliable internet access. If you have already requested access, we appreciate your patience. If you have not requested access, please complete the form here.
March 23, 2020
All school districts in St. Louis County are announcing today that our school buildings will remain closed through Wednesday, April 22. This decision is consistent with the St. Louis County stay at home order and guidance from local health and government officials. Therefore, all Parkway schools and district offices will be closed through April 22.
We will continue to evaluate a return date and let you know as soon as possible when school might resume. While no decision has been made, we should be prepared for a potential extension of the school closure. Additionally, all school and district activities and events are canceled through April 30.
While our buildings are closed, our commitment to our students and our plans to support you remain the same. The thought of not seeing our students and staff at school each day is heartbreaking. Yet, I remain hopeful. I am fortunate to have a front-row seat to see the wonderful things students and teachers can achieve together. I look forward to watching our community come together to support one another as we continue to learn and grow.
March 21, 2020
Today, St. Louis City, County and the state of Missouri issued new mandatory stay at home orders, beginning Monday, March 23. Based on this, we have made the following updates to our plans:
- If you indicated a need for a Chromebook and/or charger, your curbside device pickup has been moved to tomorrow, Sunday, March 22. More details below.
- Teachers and staff who need to pick up their essential items can access our school building tomorrow only, Sunday, March 22, during normal school hours. In order to protect the safety of all, we will practice social distancing and limit the number of people in the same areas of the building at the same time.
- If you are ill, been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or symptoms, please do not enter the building. In addition, if you traveled to the following areas within the past 15 days, we are asking you not to enter the building: New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Washington, California, anywhere outside of the continental United States, including cruise ship travel, and any location with known community spread of COVID-19. Please contact your building administrator to discuss essential items and how to retrieve them.
- If you have an appointment to pick up medication, please come tomorrow, Sunday, March 22 at the time you were previously scheduled. If you need to reach someone or cannot make it, please see school nurse contacts here.
- Please continue to visit our parkwayschools.net/updates for the latest information. If you need to reach us, please visit our department or staff directories. We recommend email as the best form of contact as many employees are working from home.
- If you previously indicated a need for a device (students in grades K-5 and 11-12), we are moving your device pickup to tomorrow, Sunday, March 22 at all four Parkway high schools. If your child has access to a personal device at home and/or has a sibling in grades 6-10, you do not need to pick up a device.
- All students in grades 6-10 were asked to take home their Chromebooks prior to spring break. If your child in grades 6-10 left their Chromebook or charger at school, they can pick up one on Sunday, March 22. Click here for more.
Plans are underway to provide wireless hotspot devices for families that do not have reliable internet access. If you have already requested access, we appreciate your patience. If you have not requested access, please complete the form here.
March 20, 2020
Access to Technology
Our goal is to ensure every Parkway family has access to a device and internet at home to support learning.
- All students in grades 6-10 were asked to take home their Chromebooks prior to spring break. If your child in grades 6-10 left their Chromebook or charger at school, click here for more information on how to pick up these items on Monday or Tuesday.
- For students in grades K-5 and 11-12, we will have optional device distribution days next week for those in need. If your child has access to a personal device at home and/or has a sibling in grades 6-10, you will not need to pick up a device. If your child does not have a sibling with a Chromebook in grades 6-10, you have received an email survey to determine if you need access to a device at home. If you indicated that you need a device, you will receive device pickup information later today.
- Wireless access: Plans are underway to provide wireless hotspot devices for families that do not have reliable internet access. If you have already requested access, we appreciate your patience. If you have not requested access, please complete the form here.
Meals for our Families
It is important to us to provide meals for our students and families in need.
- Beginning Monday, March 23, Parkway will provide daily breakfast and lunch to all children under the age of 18 for free. Grab and go meals will be available for curbside pickup at Fern Ridge School (13157 Olive Spur Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141) Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Meals are also available for children at the following St. Louis City locations.
- Please complete this meal pickup form to request daily meals for children. We are working to develop additional pickup locations in areas that can best meet the needs of our families.
- The Parkway Food Pantry will also remain open to provide meals to any family in the community. We will distribute large food boxes to help sustain your family, every few weeks. If you would like to sign up, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have received requests from parents and staff asking how they can help our neighbors in need. Right now, one way to assist is to consider a donation to the Parkway Food Pantry. In the past few days, our community has contributed over $9,000 to the Parkway Pantry. We cannot thank you enough for your support as we work to provide food to all of our families!
March 18, 2020
Your support and outpouring of patience, help and gratitude during this time is greatly appreciated. We are experiencing an unprecedented time in history and one we did not expect. While our school buildings are closed, our commitment to our children, employees and families remains the same. Our teachers, staff and leaders have been working hard this week to ensure we can continue to support our students. I want to provide you with some important updates as we move into this new normal over the next few weeks.
- Please bookmark this new emergency closure website at parkwayschools.net/updates for the latest information during this emergency closure.
- All Parkway Schools, buildings and district offices remain closed through Friday, April 3. If you need to reach us, please visit our department or staff directories. We recommend email as the best form of contact, at this time, as many employees are working from home.
eLearning will begin on Wednesday, March 25
Our teachers will begin to connect with students and support their learning on Wednesday, March 25. Our teachers will work to prepare for eLearning March 23-24.
During this emergency closure, it is not possible to fully replicate an at-school experience within an online learning environment. Parkway will not expect students to follow their normal schedule or be online for a full day of learning. Instead, the vast majority of the work will involve students learning at their own pace and the flexibility to complete assignments at a time that works best for them and their families. Click here to learn more about eLearning days during this emergency closure.
You may be wondering if we will have to make up days as a result of this emergency closure. We are waiting for guidance from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding forgiveness of time for district emergency closures. We expect to have more information to share soon.
Access to Technology
Our goal is to ensure every Parkway family has access to a device at home to support learning. All students in grades 6-10 were asked to take home their Chromebooks prior to spring break. For students in grades K-5 and 11-12, we will have optional device distribution days for those in need next week. If your child has access to a personal device or has a sibling in grades 6-10, you will not need to pick up a device. You will receive an email survey to determine if you need access to a device at home followed by device pickup information.
In order to support you, starting Monday, March 23 our Technology Help Desk will be available from Monday-Friday from 7 am - 7 pm. You can reach us via email at email@example.com or by phone at 314-415-8181 option 1.
Meals for our Families
It is important to us to provide meals for our students and families in need during the closure. Beginning Monday, March 23, we will provide daily meals to all children under the age of 18 for free. Grab and go meals will be available for curbside pickup at various locations in Parkway and in St. Louis City. Please complete this meal pickup form so we can provide meals and pickup locations in areas that can best meet the needs of our families.
The Parkway Food Pantry will also remain open to provide meals to any family in the community that needs food during this time. We will distribute large food boxes to help sustain your family, every few weeks. If you already receive food from the pantry, look for an email with details. If you would like to sign up, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have received requests from parents and staff asking how they can help our neighbors in need. Right now, one way to assist is by making a donation online to the Parkway Food Pantry.
All families who keep medication at school have received an email regarding emergency medication pickup if needed. Parkway nurses will be at school Monday, March 23 from 11 am to 2 pm to deliver medication at the door for families who want to pick it up.
We will continue to provide frequent updates during this closure. We are all doing our best given the challenge we face, but I remain optimistic. Maybe it’s my nature, but I believe each challenge brings opportunity. As educators, we can continue to support our kids. As citizens and neighbors, we can support one another. We may not see it yet, but there will be lessons to learn from this and opportunities to grow.
As always, if you have a need, please reach out to us, your school or teacher and we will work to support you and family.
March 17, 2020
All Parkway Schools, buildings and district offices are closed through Friday, April 3.
If you need to reach someone, visit our staff directory. We recommend email as the best form of contact, at this time, as most employees are working from home. If it's an emergency and you need to reach someone immediately for an urgent need, call the Parkway Security department at (314) 415-8200.
March 15, 2020
Based on guidance and consultation today with the St. Louis County Health Department, all schools in St. Louis County will be closed March 18 through April 3.
What this means for Parkway
- All Parkway Schools will be closed through Friday, April 3
- All athletics, activities, practices, events and school building rentals are canceled starting tomorrow Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3.
- Adventure Club will be open on Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17 and then closed through April 3. All Community Education classes are canceled.
We know that in addition to education, our schools provide vital support to our communities and that this closure will have a major impact on our families. Children count on the reliable routine that a school day offers, from the classroom to the many people at school who know them and care for them. We know our families, too, count on the knowledge that children are cared for and supervised during the school day.
Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions in the best interest of our students through this time. We may be closing our school buildings, but we will remain open to support our students, staff and families.
Over the next few days, we will communicate our plan to support our community including:
- Providing learning support for our students. This cannot be a substitute for classroom instruction but will provide some normalcy, continuity of learning and connection to our students during this time
- Providing meals and other supports for our students and families
- Providing support for teachers so we can help them stay connected to our students
We will also be sending frequent updates with information and resources via our web, email, text messages, and social media channels. Please follow our website at parkwayschools.net for the latest updates.
Parkway is a special place, so I’m confident we will each do our part during this especially unprecedented time. I know the strength and power of our community, so I also know we will work together to help one another in the days and weeks ahead.
Thank you for your ongoing support
March 12, 2020
Planning for eLearning In the event of school closures, the goals of an emergency eLearning model would be to:
- Continue to provide education during a prolonged closure; and
- Provide some normalcy for students through engagement in learning activities and connection to teachers.
- Chromebooks As a precaution, we are asking students who currently take their Chromebooks home to remember to bring them home over Spring Break. In the event that we need to close school following Spring Break, we would notify you as soon as possible with additional, detailed information on our plans.
We recognize not all students in Parkway have access to Chromebooks and/or a reliable home network. We are working on plans for access to technology and internet for all students, in the event eLearning is needed.
- Spring Break Travel As we approach Spring Break, we know many of you will be traveling. Follow CDC travel guidelines for the latest updates which are rapidly changing.
Travel to the following locations, which have experienced community spread of the COVID-19 infection, will result in a 14-day quarantine upon return to the area. This includes international travel to Europe, China, Japan, South Korea and Iran. The CDC also recently issued new guidelines specific to cruise ship travel.
March 11, 2020
- Planning and Prevention Right now, our efforts have focused on planning, prevention and communication. This week, we have also made plans to allow us to quickly implement additional responses and actions as needed.
- Spring Break Travel As we approach spring break, we know many of you will be traveling and we encourage you to use healthy precautions and follow CDC travel guidelines which are being updated frequently.
- Report Symptoms and Reason for Absence As a reminder, please do not send your child to school or come to work if you are sick. If you are sick, please call as soon as possible to report the absence. It is important to report specific symptoms to your school. For example, if your child has a fever, cough or shortness of breath please report those symptoms and share any diagnosis you have received from a doctor.
- Increased Cleaning Efforts We have put additional plans in place to increase the disinfection of schools and buses. Students are being given more opportunities to wash their hands during the school day. Custodians are wiping down high-touch surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, handrails and drinking fountains on a regular basis. We have recently added more disinfection of school buses and cafeteria checkout lines.
- Any calls for basic COVID-19 information should be directed to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The hotline opened and can be reached at 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
Anyone who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 or if they are experiencing symptoms should call the St. Louis County Department of Public Health hotline at 314-615-2660.
For basic questions involving COVID-19, please refer to the guidance and recommendations that are being disseminated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.