March 30, 2020
Dear Pirate Family:
As you know, District 32 has been closed since March 17 to help prevent the further spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. After confirming several cases of novel coronavirus in the county, on March 26, 2020 the Perry County Health Department and Perry County Commission issued a shelter in place order. That order is in effect until April 24, with a review this Thursday, April 2. Yesterday, the president urged all Americans to continue social distancing until at least April 30. These factors make it impossible for us to return to school on April 6.
The current plan is to keep schools closed through April, with teachers to return on May 1 and students to return to class on May 4. This one-week buffer will give us time to ensure that all buildings are fully sanitized, stocked and safe for our students and staff. This extended closure will continue to affect all Perry County School District 32 programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular activities, and all special events.
If additional orders are issued by local, state or national officials, we will review that new information/timeline and make necessary adjustments to our plans.
I want to offer my personal thanks to this amazing community for the support and appreciation you are giving our teachers and staff. We miss our students and our colleagues but trust that the best thing for everyone in our community is to continue to follow the orders and advice of our medical and emergency officials. We want to see everyone back at school after this crisis ends, safe and healthy.
Our teachers and staff are still hard at work providing enrichment activities and engagement opportunities to students. If you have any questions about these activities, please contact your child’s building principal.
Our leadership team will continue to provide you with updates as they become available, through our automated messaging system and the District website at http://perrycountysd32.apptegy.us/o/district-32
Once again, thank you.
If I am suspected/presumed/confirmed to have coronavirus, who do I contact to let the school know?
You must call Perry County Health Department at 547-573-6564 to report your suspected/presumed/confirmed case of COVID-19. The District’s official notification comes from Perry County Health Department. If you live in another county, you should also report to that county’s health department. You can also contact the CDC COVID-19 24-Hour Hotline at 877-435-8411.
Do students have to make up the school days that will be missed during this closure?
The short answer is “We aren’t sure.” This is an unprecedented situation for Missouri schools and District 32. To be safe, we are asking D32 families to make preliminary plans for some of these days to be added to the end of the school year as make-up days. We are in constant contact with Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and our leaders in Jefferson City. We expect some relief to come in the form of forgiven days, but have not yet received details. As those decisions are made at the state level, we will share new information with District families via the District website at www.perryville.k12.mo.us.
If I have a question during the closure, how do I contact my child’s teacher or school?
Your child’s teacher has reached out to you with information about how to stay in touch. If you can’t access that communication, you can reach out to our staff by email. You can see a directory at http://perrycountysd32.apptegy.us/o/district-32. (In general, staff email is FirstInitialLastName@pcsd32.com.) Be sure to visit the District website throughout the closure for updates.
I don’t have internet access at home. How can my child access enrichment activities?
Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-FI access for 60 days to households inside Perryville city limites with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100Mbps. To enroll 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Are activities canceled during the closure? Will there be a make-up date?
Yes. All school-sponsored activities are canceled throughout this closure, through at least April 6, 2020. This includes meetings, athletic and club events, and performances. The purpose of the closure is to allow social distancing to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). While many events will be canceled, some may be rescheduled. As that information becomes available, it will be posted on the District Website at http://perrycountysd32.apptegy.us/o/district-32, and shared through our automated messaging system.
My child left something in their classroom. How can I get it during the closure?
You cannot. The campus has been closed to mitigate the spread of novel coronavirus. As areas have been sanitized by our custodial staff, they have been sealed for safety. We anticipate resuming classes on Monday, April 6.
I need to pick up my child’s medicine from the health office. What should I do?
We realize that some students may have needed medications in our school health offices. Those medications can be picked up by appointment this week only, March 17-20, between 8 am and 3 pm.
- Call your child’s health office at 573-547-7500 to make an appointment to pick up your child’s medication.
- Come to the main entrance door with your photo ID and a pen to sign the pick-up form. You will remain outside the school building, and will be asked to follow the CDC’s social distancing recommendations by keeping 6 feet between you and other persons waiting.
- Your medication will be brought to the door, where you will show your ID and sign the form.
- Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented school closure.