Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates/FAQs
Governor Mike Parson announced on April 9, that all Missouri schools are ordered to remain closed through the remainder of the academic year. PCR-3 leadership will collaborate with districts across the Kansas City area to determine our official last day of virtual learning. Our plans will continue as articulated.
School districts, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases and in helping to ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Platte County School District is continuing to communicate with our local Platte County Health Department (PCHD) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MHSS) for their guidance to help ensure the welfare of our community.
We have developed this page to share resources and keep staff, students, and parents informed of our efforts, and to answer frequently asked questions.
For additional up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the following resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
- Platte County Health Department
- Clay County Health Department
What is the coronavirus? What are the symptoms? The COVID-19 Coronavirus is an emerging and rapidly evolving outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which has now been detected in many locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
School Closure Information
At what point might you take additional measures if needed and what does that look like? How will Platte County School District determine when it might be necessary to close school? Governor Mike Parson announced on April 9, that all Missouri schools are ordered to remain closed through the remainder of the academic year. PCR-3 leadership will collaborate with districts across the Kansas City area to determine our official last day of virtual learning. Our plans will continue as articulated.
PCR-3 families and staff would be notified of any closures and updates through the same communication channels as we use to communicate inclement weather closures. As this situation unfolds, we will provide additional updates through our usual channels as well.
Academics/Continous Learning Information
The Platte County School District has developed proactive contingency plans to support continuous student learning in the event of a prolonged school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the Continuous Learning page here to access your student's continuous learning plan, as well as expectations/instructions for staff, students and caregivers.
My student is taking an AP course. What should they do? AP courses will continue with new learning administered by the teacher of record. Students/families will receive guidance from their teachers directly. The AP program is posting updates about their tests on their website.
My student is taking a Dual Credit course. What should they do? Dual Credit courses will continue with new learning administered by the teacher of record. Students/families will receive guidance from their teachers directly.
What will happen with my students' A+ eligibility? In response to multiple school closures as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development is issuing guidance for 2020 high school seniors’ A+ Scholarship eligibility - please visit this page. This guidance is temporary and only applies to 2020 seniors. All other high school students will be required to meet the A+ Scholarship requirements outlined in Section 160.545, RSMo and the A+ administrative rule, 6 CSR 10-2.190.
My student was scheduled to take the ACT in April or was registered for an ACT prep session? What will happen with those? The April ACT National testing day and the district's ACT boot camps have been canceled. Students can register for ACT's upcoming National Test Dates with this link.
Will our students take MAP and EOC state tests this school year? The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education canceled all remaining state testing for this school year.
Will Summer School be delayed? With our school closure for the remainder of the academic year, we are working on contingency plans for our 2020 Summer School. Listed below are our current plans:
We will communicate with our families and staff with updates to our Summer School program once confirmed.
- 9-12 online and credit recovery courses (for incoming and current PCHS students) will take place virtually in June 2020.
- All K-8 and in-person grades 9-12 Summer School will not occur in June 2020.
- We are working on Summer School options (including Driver's Ed) for July, in collaboration with our local health department and the Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE).
Food Service Information
The Platte County School District will provide meals to our school community during the time of school closure due to COVID-19. Details on this process are posted on our Food Service During School Closure page and will be sent out to families. Our meal distribution sites and bus delivery will continue to occur on Mondays and Wednesdays through June 29.
Health Services and Mental Health Information
How can I talk to my child about this situation? What resources are available to help? It’s important to monitor your own health and the health of your family, both physically and emotionally. School Counselors and Social Workers can be contacted via email for additional support. Talking to your student about what is happening is important too, as accurate information can often decrease anxiety. Resources on how to talk to your child about COVID-19 can be found here.
Can I pick up my child's medication that is stored at school? Building nurses are contacting families who keep medication at school regarding emergency medication pickup if needed.
How can my child and family stay well? To help prevent the spread of illness, follow these important tips:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. Children must be kept home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with an elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Child Care Information
Working with Y Club staff, the Platte County School District is offering childcare on a modified schedule (8am-4pm at Pathfinder and Compass Elementaries) to PCR-3 parents whose occupation/situation during this school closure puts a burden on families (i.e. healthcare professionals, emergency responders, law enforcement, military, etc.). Details on this process can be found here.
All students in grades 6-12 were asked to take home their Chromebooks prior to spring break. If your student was not able to bring home their device, please contact your building principal to arrange a pickup time.
In order to support Chromebook functionality issues, our Technology Help Desk will be available from Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm. You can reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 816-858-5791. The Technology Department is also working on some basic ‘how-to’ documents to assist in using some of the tools the District provides, and has compiled a list of possible solutions to home Internet access. Visit this page for additional technology support information.
Events, Facilities, and Operations Information
We are concerned about graduation, prom, the last day of school, summer school or another planned day on the calendar. I am also concerned about athletics and other extracurricular activities. What will happen with these? These are all important parts of the school experience. We are still gathering information to try to answer these questions, while we know this is a fast-changing situation. We will provide answers as soon as we can and will update our calendars with any information on cancelations or postponing of events. At this time, PCHS's prom has been rescheduled for July 24. Northland Career Center's graduation at KCI Expo Center has been rescheduled for July 29, and PCHS's graduation at KCI Expo Center has been rescheduled for July 30. We are planning for alternate graduation scenarios if needed, as well.
Are school facilities open? We have restricted all non-school groups/individuals from using any school district facility effective immediately and until further notice. All school building activities including athletics and extra-curricular activities are also canceled until further notice.
Can I/my family use PCR-3's outdoor facilities? PCR-3 playgrounds are closed until further notice to slow the spread of COVID-19. Stadiums/athletic facilities remain open, with the following guidelines: maintain personal distancing, no groups of more than 10 people, and no team sports. PCR-3 stadiums/athletic facilities will only remain open with public adherence to these guidelines. Your cooperation is critical for public health.
Can I get into the school to pick up learning materials or my child’s belongings? The following arrangements have been made for students to pick-up personal belongings at their school and return any school-owned or teacher-owned property (library books, classroom books, activity equipment/uniforms, technology, etc.). This process will take place May 18 through May 29 following this schedule:
PCHS Seniors only: PCHS Seniors and families have been sent specific checkout instructions.
- May 18 (3-5pm): A-M
- May 19 (3-5pm): N-Z
All remaining students at all schools:
- May 26 (7-11am):Students last name A-C
- May 26 (1-5pm): Students last name D-G
- May 27 (7-11am): Students last name H-L
- May 27 (1-5pm): Students last name M-R
- May 28 (1-5pm): Students last name S-Z
- May 29 (8-Noon): Make-up Day
Elementaries and middle school buildings will be using curbside pick-up of student personal belongings and return of school property. Student locker and desk items will be bagged and labeled for easy pick-up and no entry into the building will be required.
PCHS students will move through stations to turn in items, clean out lockers, and take care of any outstanding fines and fees. It is recommended that parents and students wear their own personal masks during this checkout procedure. Staff members that are assisting in the checkout process will wear masks and gloves. One student and one adult is the maximum allowed during this process, and social distancing guidelines should be followed. Please bring a bag to clean out your locker. Nortland Career Center will be sending specific information to their students and families to pick up items between May 27-29 in the afternoon.
Each building send specific instructions to parents as well. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.
What measures have you taken/are you taking to prevent the spread of illness? Our custodial staff have added additional cycles of disinfecting our buildings, and we have added a disinfection cycle for our school buses. Our schools have taken this opportunity to remind students and staff about good hand hygiene and to cover coughs and sneezes.
What are Platte County School District’s cleaning procedures? Our Facilities Department uses a disinfectant that is known to be effective against COVID-19 and most other viruses. Custodians are wiping down surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, handrails, light switches and drinking fountains on a regular basis. We have recently added more disinfection of school buses as well.
Will my student or I be penalized for staying home from school sick? Absolutely not. We want our students to be at school. However, when they are sick, they should be at home. The same applies to our staff members. We need our staff to be healthy in order to care for our children, so they should stay home when they are sick.
Who can I contact with additional questions? For more information, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact your school principal, District staff member, or the District office at 816-858-5420. A staff directory can be found here. If you are unsure who to contact, use our “How are we doing?” form on the homepage our website.