MAAA Superintendent Association
March 15, 2020
Dear Families and Staff:
The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges to the world community. Although our area counties have no known COVID-19 cases, we have made the decision—with the recommendations of local health authorities—to close our schools to safeguard the health and wellness of our students and staff, decrease the burden on the healthcare system, and protect the most vulnerable in our community.
All MAAA schools, as well as our preschool programs, will be closed beginning this Wednesday, March 18. We are in uncharted territory while planning for the spread of COVID-19. It is difficult to predict where we will be in two days, much less two weeks from now. With that being said, we tentatively plan on welcoming students and staff back on April 6. We appreciate your understanding. If that date changes, we will communicate all updates with our families.
Our decision was made after consultation with local officials about the need to practice social distancing, to limit gatherings of large groups in order to decrease the risk to our most vulnerable populations, and to reduce the burden on the healthcare system. Our decision aligns with similar actions being taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by our neighboring school districts, including those in Jefferson and St. Louis counties.
Although we know that this will create a hardship for many of us, we are now at the point where the closure of our schools is the best decision to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our students, families and employees healthy. During the break, we will be performing cleaning and disinfecting above and beyond our established practices at all schools and district offices.
We are waiting for guidance from MSHSAA related to athletics and activities. We will share information as it becomes available.
We know that you have many questions, and we will do our best to address your concerns. Currently, it seems that there are more unknowns than answers, including questions about kindergarten registration, graduation and summer school, among others. We are working on how to address these and other questions and will continue to keep you informed. We appreciate your patience and support as we move forward together.
Thank you for your patience, your support, and your understanding.
Arcadia Valley R-II School District Bismarck R-V School District
Central R-III School District Farmington R-VII School District
Fredericktown R-I School District Kingston K-14 School District
North St. Francois County R-I School District Potosi R-III School District
Ste. Genevieve County R-II School District Valley R-VI School District
West County R-IV School District St. Paul Lutheran School