Dear Rockwood School District Community:
Moments ago in a
press release, St. Louis County, St. Louis City, and Archdiocese of St. Louis school officials announced the closure of schools beginning Wednesday, March 18, and preliminarily ending Friday, April 3, 2020, in an effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). All school activities, including athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, will be canceled during the time schools are closed. This decision was made following extensive consultation with officials from the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and other superintendents in the region.
I recognize that this decision will have a significant impact upon our students, families, and staff members. I believe this assertive action will support the health, safety, and well-being of our community. As we have witnessed the evolution of this public health challenge, we have been preparing for the continuity of educational services for our students.
The Rockwood School District Department of Learning & Support Services has been planning for the possibility of remote/online learning for several weeks. Rockwood is prepared to provide these learning activities for our students. While I do not believe this will fully replicate the daily classroom experience for our students, these educational processes will allow our students to continue to explore, discover, and learn.
To prepare for this, Dr. Shelley Willott, Assistant Superintendent for Learning & Support Services, will be providing information about remote/online learning structures, processes, and procedures to families and staff members later this week.
As part of our emergency plan to address the closure of schools, I have asked Dr. Terry Harris, Executive Director of Student Services, to identify school sites, neighborhood sites, and/or community centers as distribution sites to continue school-based meals for our families. All locations and additional details will be provided on our district website. In addition to meals, our school social workers, counselors, and behavior specialists will be available to continue social, emotional, and mental health services for our students.
This unprecedented challenge before us will require extraordinary efforts on the part of our staff members, students, parents, and community. And I believe our extraordinary staff members, students, parents, and community members will make the very best of this challenging situation. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding throughout the coming days. Please check our district website for ongoing updates.
Mark T. Miles, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Rockwood School District