Rockwood Valley Knightly News

Posted by Dr. Karen Hedrick on 2/7/2022

Knightly News: February 3, 2022

Principal, Dr. Karen HedrickNews from the Principal

We hope this message finds you warm, dry, and safe at home with your loved ones. This has been quite a winter storm we have experienced over the past few days! When we return to school, we will resume our regular day type rotation, making our day of return a B day

When we return to school, we will also be operating under the revised Rockwood Safe Together standards with a mask recommended policy in place as long as our COVID positivity rate and number of COVID contacts experiencing symptoms remains below the 4% threshold. Please refer to the Rockwood Safe Together health indicators by school to monitor COVID levels within each school. As a reminder, students will be required to wear masks while on their buses due to a federal mandate. Please ensure your child has a mask to wear to and from school while riding the bus. 

We remain hopeful that the infection rates remain low and we will be able to continue our progress toward a return to normalcy within our schools. We appreciate your support, cooperation, and partnership as we move forward on this journey. 

With much gratitude,

Karen Hedrick, Ed.D. 


Morning arrival:  As the cold weather has set in, the number of students arriving at school via parent drop off has increased significantly. As a result, the drop off line has become increasingly long and a growing number of students are arriving after the 7:47am start to our school day on a regular basis. I imagine this latest round of winter weather will only exacerbate the issue. Please plan accordingly and adjust your schedule so that students arrive at school by 7:30am allowing plenty of time for them to make it to their first class of the day on time and prepared to learn.

Please let us know if your child has been vaccinated. Since the beginning of the school year, we have been asking employees to voluntarily share with us if they have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and we have been publishing those numbers on our district website. Now that all K-12 Rockwood students are eligible to receive the vaccine, we are requesting that parents voluntarily disclose when their child has been fully vaccinated so we can update their immunization records and have an accurate measure of how many students are vaccinated in our building.

Originally, we asked parents to fill out an online form with the information. If you have already done so, we have that record. If you have not submitted the form, we ask that you take a photo of your child’s vaccination card and email it directly to our school nurse, Mrs. Erin Ridgeway, at Thank you!

Tell us how we’re doing: The Rockwood Heartbeat check-in is an ongoing process to solicit feedback to meet the needs of all members of our school community.  These checkpoints will be used to support re-entry transitions as we identify and respond to the needs of our students, staff and families. As part of these activities, parents/guardians are asked to complete an online questionnaire (3-5 questions) that encourages you to reflect on your own mindsets and experiences connecting with our school (view questions).

  • Complete one form for each middle school student
  • Use this link to access the survey.
  • Make sure to select Rockwood Valley and the grade(s) that your children are currently in. 

Upcoming Events

Mon, 2/7:  PSO Meeting @ RVMS, 9:30am

Thurs, 2/10:  Dine to Donate @ Jimmy Johns (Ellisville), 3-9pm

Fri, 2/11:  Fun Food Friday

Fri, 2/18:  No School ~ Professional Development Day for Teachers

Mon, 2/21: No School ~ Presidents Day

Tues, 2/22: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7pm by appointment

Thurs, 2/24:  Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7pm by appointment