March 27, 2020
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. After consulting with state and local officials along with area school districts the Gasconade County R-II School District will be extending the current school closure through April 24, 2020. Students and families will receive more detailed information from their respective teachers and principals regarding continued learning opportunities.
I know 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 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.
The Gasconade County R-II School District continues to be dedicated to 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 11:00 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.
Again, the Gasconade County R-II School District will be extending the current school closure through April 24, 2020.
Chuck Garner, Ed.D.