Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Parkway Parents Regarding Emergency Closure March 23 - April 22
Note: These FAQs will be updated as more information becomes available, so please check back frequently for answers to your questions.
The closing of schools due to a global pandemic is uncharted territory for schools in the U.S. We are relying on guidance from our local, state and federal health department partners to make decisions that will be in the best interest of student and staff safety. As a precaution, Parkway is working on contingency plans to extend closure if needed. If that were to occur, the district would communicate with families and staff as quickly as possible.
Will days missed due to the emergency closure need to be made up?
We know 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 (DESE) regarding forgiveness of time for district closures due to COVID-19. We expect to have more information to share soon. We also expect to receive information on graduation requirements and additional impacts on our students and staff. Our goal will be to limit any negative impact on students and staff as a result of this national emergency.
I need to enroll my child for school. When/how can I make an appointment?
Families who wish to enroll their child(ren) in Parkway should email Cindy Wester (email@example.com). There will be no registration appointment as everything can be handled online. If a family doesn't have internet access, we will work with the family to complete the registration process differently, but still with no in-person appointment.
I left something at school I need. Can I come to pick it up?
Our school buildings are currently closed and unable to be accessed by the public. Buildings will not have anyone answering the phones, but staff will be answering emails, so this will be the best way to reach someone if it’s an emergency. If you need to reach someone, visit our staff directory. 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.
If my student travels outside of the country or to a high-risk area in the U.S., will Parkway restrict his/her re-entry into school?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides guidance for travel, including visiting places that have experienced community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please review and follow these guidelines as you travel and return from travel, as some areas with a high risk of transmission may require you to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon your return. The CDC travel advisories change frequently, so please check back often if you do decide to travel.
I need help with my child’s Chromebook or device. Who can I contact for assistance?
Parents and staff can email the Technology Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-415-8181 from 7 am - 7 pm.
Will the upcoming ACT tests still be held?
No. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date received an email regarding the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. For more information, visit ACT’s website at https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html.
Are spring sports canceled?
All after-school and extracurricular activities are currently canceled in Parkway through April 30. A determination beyond that will be made at a later date. In addition, sports and certain activities at Parkway are governed by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), which has also canceled activities. For updates on MSHSAA decisions related, visit the MSHSAA website at: https://www.mshsaa.org/.
Which spring events are canceled?
All Parkway school and district events scheduled through April 30 are currently canceled.
What happens to my child's lunch balance?
Meal accounts will roll to the next school year even if students move to different schools within the Parkway School District. If you would like to request a refund from your child's meal account, please send these requests to Sbarks@parkwayschools.net. You can also choose to donate your current balance to the Parkway Food Pantry. If you would like to request a refund or donate your balance, please include the following information in your email:
- Student name
- School the student attends
- Parents full name
- How you would like your balance applied
What about graduation for seniors?
Parkway has not made decisions yet regarding graduation or other end-of-the-year events to date. We know these are important milestones in a student’s life and the district will communicate on any necessary change of plans if needed as soon as possible.
My child is a senior. How does this impact my child’s ability to graduate and access transcripts, teacher recommendations, scholarship applications and other support?
Information regarding these various areas impacting seniors will be determined based on when students can return to school and future educational programming. High school principals and administrators will provide families with updates regarding these matters as information is available. Teachers, counselors and school administrators will be responding to emails during this closure.
Will the state’s MAP testing and EOCs 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 (Missouri Assessment Program) assessments and EOC (End of Course) assessments.
- AP testing: 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.