• District Updates

    June 18, 2020

    Thank you for your overwhelming response to our parent and staff surveys as we plan for a return to school in August. We received participation from over 11,000 parents and staff. Your feedback is helping us tremendously as we plan and prepare for the upcoming school year. 

    We have some important updates to share with you today. Below, you will find:

    • Results of the return to school survey
    • Plans for returning to school this fall
    • Plans to begin high school athletics summer workouts and open facilities on July 1
    • Option for virtual learning for the 2020-21 school year

    In addition to the updates below, please watch a video update from Dr. Marty here.

    What we Heard
    Here is a summary of what we heard from the parent and staff surveys. All of the survey results can be found here.

    • Parents differ on preferences for learning next year if social distancing is needed. A blend of in-person and online learning is preferred by 44 percent of parents. In-person learning at school is preferred by 42 percent of families. Online learning for the entire school year is preferred by 14 percent of parents.
    • Teachers and staff shared similar, mixed preferences regarding learning this fall. About 50 percent prefer a blended approach, 35 percent prefer in-person learning and online learning was preferred by 12 percent of teachers and staff.
    • About 14 percent of parents, consistently across grade levels, would choose an option to learn online for the entire school year. Additionally, another 30 percent may consider online learning. About 700 Parkway teachers shared they would prefer or consider teaching online only next year.
    • Parents and staff shared the two most important actions that would make them feel more comfortable at school are increased cleaning and increased health hygiene routines (hand-washing, etc.)
    • Parents and staff were split on preferences for students and staff wearing masks at school. Depending on the group, 37-47 percent would feel more comfortable with students and staff wearing masks at school.

    We recognize that your preferences may change over time so there will be additional opportunities for parents and staff to indicate preferences this summer.

    Return to School Plans
    On July 20, we will share a comprehensive plan for reopening school in August. 

    Using the feedback from parents and staff, a steering committee has been working on plans and options to ensure a safe and caring learning environment for all. The feedback you provided through surveys is leading and informing our work.

    Our plans are designed to be flexible so we can quickly adjust as needed. Again, more information and detailed plans for August will be announced on July 20 when we have the most updated information available. We are planning for multiple options, but want the best information to make decisions about in-person learning for the start of the school year. 

    Virtual Learning Option

    Based on significant interest from parents and staff, Parkway will offer an option for families to choose an online learning experience for the 2020-21 school year. Virtual, distance learning will be taught by qualified Parkway teachers. Online, distance learning will be an improved learning experience from emergency online learning in the spring. This will include more live instruction from teachers for students who choose this option for the school year. In July, you will have the opportunity to choose if you prefer to enroll your child(ren) in virtual learning for the fall. Look for more information and details then, including what school will also look like for families who choose in-person learning.

    High School Athletics and Activities Begin July 1

    • Voluntary summer workouts for high school student-athletes will begin starting July 1. Your high school athletics department and coaches will share more information.
    • Athletic summer workouts will follow the guidelines and recommendations for youth sports outlined by the St. Louis County Health Department and the St. Louis Sports Medicine Task Force in partnership with Mercy, BJC HealthCare/Washington University Physicians and SSM Health/SLU Care.

    Most Outdoor Facilities Open July 1

    • Outdoor spaces including tracks, fields and tennis courts will be open for community use starting July 1. Please be aware we will be using many outdoor spaces for student-athletes to participate in summer workouts with social distancing. 
    • Parkway playgrounds with high-touch surfaces will remain closed through the summer. A few playgrounds will be accessible for Parkway-Rockwood Community Education programs and limited to students in those programs, consistent with St. Louis County Health guidelines.

    Community Rentals

    • Indoor use of schools and buildings will be available to Parkway-sponsored programs and activities only, on a limited basis, through the end of the summer. Indoor facility rentals by non-Parkway sponsored community groups will be unavailable during this time so we can accommodate student activities and allow space for social distancing.
    • Rental can be requested for outdoor spaces, including Parkway fields and tennis courts. Middle and high school fields will be reserved for use by student-athletes for workouts and therefore, not available for rental. For more information, click here.

    As we continue to plan for next year, we will focus on maximizing learning for our students while also maximizing the health of our community.

    Thank you for your ongoing support and willingness to participate in these community conversations on behalf of our students and staff.

    May 29, 2020

    In the past few weeks, we received over 10,000 thoughts from parents, staff and students from our community Thoughtexchange. Your feedback will help us tremendously as we prepare for the future. For example, we have already started planning for improvements to online learning experiences.

    What we Heard
    Learning online during this emergency closure was a challenge for everyone. You shared that it served a purpose given the circumstances. We also know when we use online or distance learning in the future, we can certainly improve. We heard these major themes regarding online learning:

    • More interaction between teachers and students is needed. More than 1,000 thoughts were shared on this topic alone. We need to create more opportunities for students to connect with teachers and peers, including live instruction and recorded lessons to make online learning more like the classroom.
    • Parents and students shared challenges with too many online platforms, resources and websites. 
    • Teachers were concerned with how to effectively engage students in learning online and how to increase student participation and motivation. We heard that grading and expectations for our students should be improved in the future if students are learning online.

    All of the Thoughtexchange results and major themes here. 

    Return to School Plans

    Right now, we are heavily planning for what a return to school this fall will look like for students and staff. It’s too early to know what will be most appropriate based on health guidelines at the time, so we are planning for multiple scenarios, action steps and responses.

    Watch this video for an update on our plans as we return to school this fall. While we continue to plan this summer, what I can tell you right now is:

    • We will begin our 2020-21 calendar, as planned, on Monday, August 24.
    • It’s important to have the most current information to make the best decisions for our students and staff. Therefore, we will make final decisions about school operations in mid-July. 

    What do you Prefer?
    We also want to make sure our plans are consistent with the needs and preferences of our staff, students and parents. So we want to know how you feel about a return to school and preferences for your family. Please complete this important Return to School survey by June 7. We will likely ask for your feedback at additional times this summer as we plan for the upcoming school year. This will include more specific questions as we work to meet the needs of each student and staff member.

    Click here to complete the Return to School Parent Survey

    Our summer work is certainly different this year. Please know that we are working diligently to develop plans that will maximize learning for our students while also maximizing the health of our community. We will stay in touch over the coming weeks and months to share updates and information with you. 

    Thank you for your ongoing support, grace and understanding as we plan for the months ahead. I’m so grateful to be in a community that continues to champion our schools, students and staff. I’m confident we will work together to overcome any challenge ahead in the best interest of our children.

    In the meantime, enjoy your summer!

    Dr. Marty

    May 18, 2020

    We have a few updates today, including:

    • Meal signups
    • Returning chromebooks and library books

    Meals for Students
    Daily meals are provided to students as a means to replace meals that would have been received at school.

    • Families can pick up five days of meals including breakfast and lunch each Wednesday at one of three locations in our community.
    • These grab and go meals will be available for curbside pickup at Fern Ridge, South High, and Park Meadow Apartments. Please complete this meal pickup form to request meals.

    Parkway and the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation have partnered with St. Louis Public Schools to offer free meals to Parkway students who reside in the city of St. Louis. Please click here for more information. In addition, a list of regional food sites can be found here.

    Daily meals will be provided to students through July 29. Please continue to check the meals pages for updates. Signups for meal pickups will close the Sunday prior to pickup each week.

    Meals for Families
    The Parkway Food Pantry provides meals for an entire family in need. We distribute large food boxes to help sustain your family, every few weeks. The next box pickup dates are May 26, June 16, July 21, and August 11. You can sign up here if you would like a box.

    Returning chromebooks, library and textbooks
    Some families may have received an email saying that they should return their chrome books when returning library books. We apologize for the error.

    We will allow students in grades K-11 to keep their Parkway Chromebooks through at least July 2 this summer. We will communicate additional information on the collection process or changes in dates as we progress through the summer. We will also continue to offer technical support and hardware repair services as we head into the summer months. Please contact our Help Desk if you have any technology-related questions or concerns. 

    Check out our guide here on the care and maintenance of your Chromebook.

    Library books and textbooks should be returned according to your school's individual pickup plans.

    May 12, 2020

    It’s fair to say a lot has happened in the past few months. As we close out the school year, we have begun planning for what school might need to look like next year.

    It’s hard to know right now what August or the fall will look like, but we want to be prepared. We know things may need to be different as we ensure the safety and health of our community. These conversations are happening across the country and we are consulting locally and nationally with educators to develop best practices and responses that can quickly be shifted depending on the state of health in our community at any given time.

    You may have seen national news and conversations around things like changing schedules for students to limit the number of people in a school at the same time; combinations of online and in-person learning; and precautions for social distancing during the school day. Again, it’s too early to tell if these things would be necessary or appropriate. But we want to be prepared together.

    Given that we may need some form of eLearning at times moving forward, we can learn a lot from the last few months and are looking for opportunities to improve this experience for our students.

    These are all important conversations and we’re smarter and better together. With that in mind, we are asking you to help us. Join us in this Thoughtexchange anytime in the next few weeks to share your thoughts and questions.

    Specifically, please share your thoughts on the following question.

    What worked well and/or did not work well with eLearning and what else should we be considering as we plan for the next school year?

    Parents: Click here to participate: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/454358355

    Please return at some point to see and rate the thoughts shared by others. The exchange will close on May 22.

    The collective knowledge gathered will help inform our planning efforts as we continue to support each other. Thank you in advance for participating in this conversation.

    Quick Tips:

    1. This exchange is confidential. Your thoughts will be shared with other participants, but not your identity. You will see and rate the thoughts that others have provided based on how much you agree/disagree or how important you feel the ideas are.
    2. Please be polite and respectful as you share and rate thoughts. Thoughts that are rude or hurtful may be removed from the conversation.
    3. You do not need to rate all thoughts in this exchange. It is appreciated and recommended to rate around 30 over the time the exchange is open.

    The feedback you provide will be used to inform and improve our plans. Thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding as we work to plan for the upcoming school year!

    May 11, 2020

    This week, your school will share information about how you can pick up personal belongings or supplies left at school and also drop off materials that belong to your school.

    Student and family drop off and pick up days will be scheduled during the week of May 18. More information and details will be provided by your principal(s) as plans, dates and times will vary by school and grade level. Each plan will ensure safety precautions for families, students and staff following approved health guidelines.

    As a reminder, students in grades K-11 can keep their Parkway Chromebooks through at least July 2, so you do not need to return Chromebooks at this time.

    Please look for more information from your school later this week.

    May 8, 2020

    We have a few updates today, including:

    • Technology updates
    • Meals updates

    Keeping Chromebooks this Summer
    We realize that learning opportunities for our students will most likely carry on into the summer. To support these opportunities, we will allow students in grades K-11 to keep their Parkway Chromebooks through at least July 2 this summer. We will communicate additional information on the collection process or changes in dates as we progress through the summer. We will also continue to offer technical support and hardware repair services as we head into the summer months. Please contact our Help Desk if you have any technology-related questions or concerns. 

    Check out our guide here on the care and maintenance of your Chromebook

    Meals for Students
    Daily meals are provided to students as a means to replace meals that would have been received at school.

    • Families can pick up five days of meals including breakfast and lunch each Wednesday at one of three locations in our community.
    • These grab and go meals will be available for curbside pickup at Fern Ridge, South High, and Park Meadow Apartments. Please complete this meal pickup form to request meals.

    Meals for Families
    The Parkway Food Pantry provides meals for an entire family in need. We distribute large food boxes to help sustain your family, every few weeks. The next box pickup dates are May 26, June 16, July 21, and August 11. You can sign up here if you would like a box.

    Since school has been closed, our community has donated over $100,000 to the Parkway Food Pantry. We cannot thank you enough for your support as we work to provide food to over 400 Parkway families!  If you would like to learn more about the pantry you can check out the website here.

    April 23, 2020
    We know that our message yesterday about summer plans was disappointing news for many in our community. There are so many things outside of our control right now, as an organization and as human beings, while we navigate this challenge. I want to assure you we remain committed to our students and their future now more than ever. We are hopeful and optimistic we can resume some normal operations in the coming weeks and months. We will certainly be ready and tremendously excited!

    We have a few short updates to share with you today which include:

    • How to sign up for student and family meals
    • How to support our community through the Parkway Food Pantry
    • Summer school refunds and lunch account balances
    • Staying calm, managing anxiety and helping our children

    Meals for Students
    In place of the daily meals our students typically receive at school, families can pick up five days of student meals each Wednesday, including breakfast and lunch. Grab and go meals are available for curbside pickup at Fern Ridge, South High, and Park Meadow Apartments. Please complete this meal pickup form by Sunday, April 26 to request meals for next Wednesday.

    Meals for Families
    In addition to our daily meals, in order to support entire families, the Parkway Food Pantry continues to distribute large food boxes. The next box pickup dates are May 5, May 26, June 16, July 21, and August 11. You can sign up here.

    The Parkway Food Pantry provides meal boxes to families as well as hygiene, cleaning and school supplies. Since school has been closed, our community has donated over $40,000 to support our Pantry. We cannot thank you enough for your support as we work to provide food and essential needs to over 400 Parkway families!

    Would you like to sponsor a family?

    • $20 can provide a combination of hygiene, cleaning or school supplies
    • $40 provides assistance to a family of 2
    • $55 provides assistance to a family of 4
    • $70 provides assistance to a family of 6

    You can donate to the Parkway Food Pantry here.

    Summer School Refunds
    We will begin issuing full refunds for all summer school afternoon campers. Refunds will be issued no later than May 15. If you have a specific question regarding summer camp fees, please contact Liza Bangert at lbangert@parkwayschools.net.

    Lunch Balances
    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 sbarks@parkwayschools.net. If you would like to donate your balance, please email mpfeiffer@parkwayschools.net. Please include the following information in your email: student name, school, parent name, mailing address and how you would like your balance applied. Please remember to cancel any auto deposits into your student's meal account.

    Helping our Children Cope
    Today, we interviewed Dr. Erin Schulte, Parkway coordinator of counseling, about how we can cope during this uncertain time. She offered some great tips on mindfulness, how we can stay calm and help our children. Watch Erin’s interview here.

    Thank you for your ongoing support. Stay well,

    Dr. Marty

     

    April 22, 2020

    Elementary and Middle School Update

    High School Update

     

    April 16, 2020
    We have a few updates to share with you below which include:

    • Meal pickup resumes next week for our students. Families can pick up five days of breakfast and lunch meals on Wednesdays. More details below.
    • Online safety and Chromebook care.
    • Update on summer school plans.

    Meal Pickup Resumes
    In the past few weeks, we have been working to ensure additional safety procedures so meals are available for students while also maintaining the health of our families and staff. Starting next week:

    Families can pick up five days of meals including breakfast and lunch each Wednesday, starting April 22. Grab and go meals will be available for curbside pickup at Fern Ridge, South High, and Park Meadow Apartments. Please complete this meal pickup form to request meals.

    Lunch Balances
    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 sbarks@parkwayschools.net. If you would like to donate your balance, please email mpfeiffer@parkwayschools.net. Please include the following information in your email: student name, school, parent name, mailing address and how you would like your balance applied.

    Online Safety and Security
    During this time, we know our students might be spending more time on their devices than in the past. Managing their safety can be very challenging. Here is a list of resources that can assist parents in navigating the online world with children. 

    Chromebook Care
    As we continue to support eLearning, we would like to share some points on Chromebook care to help keep your devices in good functioning health. Below are some suggestions that will help ensure your device will continue to function properly. 

    • Reboot your Chromebook every two days to keep the operating system intact and to install any new updates.
    • Clean your Chromebook screen and keyboard with a dampened soft cloth, like a microfiber cloth. A mixture of half vinegar and half water works very well in cleaning Chromebooks. 
    • Do not set anything on top of your Chromebook. 
    • Keep all beverages at a 3 to 4 feet distance from your Chromebook.
    • Place your Chromebook on a sturdy, solid, level surface when in use. When not in use, place the Chromebook in a secure location.
    • Be sure to plug the charger in your Chromebook on a nightly basis. Only use the charger designed for your Chromebook. Other chargers may fit the power port, but there is a possibility they could damage the system board or the battery. 
    • When carrying your Chromebook, be sure to hold it securely with the lid closed. Place it carefully on a level surface. Please refrain from tossing or throwing Chromebooks.
    • Chromebooks should remain free of any writing, drawing or stickers.
    • Make sure your Chromebook keyboard is free of objects before closing the lid. 

    Additionally, our Technology Help Desk is here for you to troubleshoot any issues you are having with your district-provided equipment. If there is an immediate need to replace or repair a Chromebook, please contact the Help Desk at 314-415-8181, option 1. 

    Summer Plans
    We continue to work on plans for the upcoming summer months that will ensure the safety and health of our students and teachers. We will be back in touch soon with more details on these decisions as we look ahead while also recognizing the challenges of planning during this uncertain time.

     

    April 9, 2020
    Dear Parkway family,

    If you told me at the beginning of this school year I would write this letter, I would not have believed it. While I regret having to send this message, I am also confident this is the right thing to do for our Parkway family of students and staff.

    Based on ongoing guidance from health professionals, and after careful consideration, Parkway and all public schools in St. Louis City and County have decided to continue with eLearning for the remainder of the school year. 

    I have included a video here to share more about our plans for the next six weeks.

    We simply cannot risk the health and safety of our students, families and staff. Based on guidance from the CDC, if we open for the remaining few weeks and have a positive case of COVID-19, we would need to close school for up to a week each time. This would be disruptive for everyone and difficult to ensure the ongoing safety of our students and staff. We are also aware our region is likely weeks away from a potential peak in cases and possibly further from a downward trend. Social distancing is working which is hopeful news.

    We will continue our focus on eLearning through the scheduled last day of school on May 21.  What our teachers have accomplished in the past few weeks with your support is extraordinary. We know this has been challenging for parents and students as well. We are proud of you for all you are doing to support your children at home.

    We will continue to support the needs of our students and families. Our food pantry remains open and we plan to resume daily meal distribution as soon as possible. Please reach out if we can provide your family with additional support.

    I know you’re eager to find out what our plans are for these final six weeks. Each spring, my wife and I enjoy attending so many wonderful activities in our schools including end-of-year concerts, plays, athletic events, field trips and, of course, graduation ceremonies which are the most exciting of all.

    Our school leaders will be in touch with you soon to share more information regarding the plans for each of these activities. Some events may be held in a different format or canceled and some may be postponed until we have more information to guide our decisions and ensure the safety of our community. We also have important decisions to make about our plans for this summer. We are exploring options and will share this information with you as soon as possible.

    We are heartbroken to know there are experiences our students will miss. I also believe there are opportunities for new lessons and experiences. We will certainly be more grateful for and look forward to the time when we are all back together again. In the meantime, continue to look out for one another, and we will get through this together.

    The beauty in a dark time is how clearly you can see the light. It is there. I find peace as we focus our energy on looking ahead to a brighter future together.

    Dr. Keith Marty
    Superintendent
    Parkway Schools

     

    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.

    Click here for the entire update.

     

    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.

    Technology Outages 
    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, helpdesk@parkwayschools.net or 314-415-8181. You can also monitor the status of our primary services on the following sites. 

    Google Status
    Clever Status
    Schoology Status

    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:
    14 1-Minute Challenges
    Health and Physical Education At Home Activities
    Cosmic Yoga
    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 sbarks@parkwayschools.net. If you would like to donate your balance, please email mpfeiffer@parkwayschools.net. 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!

    Technology

    • 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.

    Technology

    • 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 foodpantryrequest@parkwayschools.net

    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.

    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 helpdesk@parkwayschools.net 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 foodpantryrequest@parkwayschools.net.

    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.

    Medication Pickup
    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.