R-2 District extends school closure until April 27

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 4/1/20

Students in the Gasconade County R-2 District will have to wait a little while longer to return to their respective school buildings.

After consulting with state and local officials along with …

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R-2 District extends school closure until April 27

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Students in the Gasconade County R-2 District will have to wait a little while longer to return to their respective school buildings.

After consulting with state and local officials along with area school districts, the Gasconade County R-2 School District is extending the current school closure through Friday, April 24.

As area superintendents continue to navigate this historic COVID-19 health challenge, nothing is more important than protecting the health of students, employees and the communities they serve.

Students and families will receive more detailed information from their respective teachers and principals regarding continued learning opportunities.

This extended closure will generate many questions, especially for families with students who are seniors.  On March 19, Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven shared, “There will be details that need to be worked out for graduating A+ seniors who may still need to take an assessment.  We will share information and updates as soon as they come available.”

The Commissioner also shared that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is currently analyzing what additional exceptions to graduation requirements should be approved for graduating seniors, with anticipation of releasing any changes within the next couple of weeks. School leaders ask for your patience as they work through many of the details.

One thing that the district will continue is the free breakfast and lunch program for all students. These meals will continue to be distributed from Owensville High School and Gerald Elementary School. You may pick up the weekly meals on Monday from 11 a.m. to noon. If you have not signed up, we ask you do so at https://bit.ly/GCR2mealrequestform. You may also find this information on the district website under the “district” tab.

Meal numbers increase in Week 2

Week two of the district’s meal distribution program continued Monday with an increase over the first week.

District nutritional services staff and administrators on Monday handed out 2,376 breakfasts and 2,970 lunches to 594 students across the district. There were 392 students receiving four breakfasts and five lunches at the high school and 202 receiving services at Gerald Elementary.

There are no income requirements, or limitations, to receive this service. The district receives reimbursement from the federal government for each student served.

The district distributed meals to 446 students on March 23 in the first week of the program.

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