Governor Mike Parson ordered all schools closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Earlier this week, Chillicothe R-II Superintendent, Dan Wiebers sent a letter out to parents to update them on grading policies, end-of-year activities and school lunch programs.

First, he addressed grades and the grading system that will be used for second-semester grades.

“Because of possible inequities in the delivery of instruction, Chillicothe R-II will abide by a hold harmless grading policy in that students’ fourth quarter and second-semester grades will not drop lower than their 3rd quarter grades. They may improve, but they will not be reduced.”

There are some exemptions, including high school students enrolled in dual credit college coursework and students completing online lessons through Launch.

Wiebers said instructors of those classes will reach out to students about completion of

coursework.

Since Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 were previously scheduled days off, students will not receive new assignments for those days.

“Please feel free to use these days to catch up on work or spend time with family,” Wiebers said. He also encouraged staff to enjoy the long weekend and not complete virtual hours.

Meals will not be delivered on April 10 or 13, however, students did receive three sets of lunch and breakfast on Thursday,

A limited delivery schedule will begin the week of April 13, in order to protect staff and volunteers. Wiebers encouraged parents to watch social media for the updated delivery schedule.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has received a waiver which states students will not need to take MAP tests or state-mandated end of course exams. Students and teachers are also not required to make up any school days missed days due to the COVID-19 virus. Schools in Chillicothe closed since March 17.

In the letter, Wiebers said end-of-the-year activities, including prom and graduation, but noted they may be held in a different format or different dates,

Last week, on April 9, Governor Mike Parson issued an order stating all public and charter schools in Missouri are to be closed for the remainder of the academic year.

Schools will continue remote learning for their students until the end date previously set on their academic calendars.

The recommendation to close schools was made by several state education leaders and school superintendents across the state.

Anyone with questions can reach the superintendent by email at dwiebers@chillicotheschools.org or by phone at 660-646-4566.

All information in this story was current as of C-T’s afternoon deadline on Thursday, April 9.

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