The Republic School District has developed this page to address practices and procedures regarding coronavirus, COVID-19. In addition, resources from the CDC along with state and local health department are listed below. This page will also serve as a resource for event impacts regarding COVID-19.
COVID-19 Communication Efforts
Below you will find links to the distributed COVID-19 related communiation sent by the Republic School District.
Free Meal Option During COVID-19 Closure: 3 Days Per Week Starting June 1Republic School District will continue providing free, grab-and-go lunch and breakfast pick-up at RMS and other designated locations across the community for Republic children. However, due to a decrease in the number of families using this service, STARTING JUNE 1 we will only be distributing meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Meals for two days will be provided on Mondays and Wednesdays, and meals for three days will be provided on Fridays. Times and locations will not change. Therefore, RMS distribution will be from 11:30-12:30 and remote locations (listed below) will distribute from 11:00-11:30 a.m. Also, please note the district will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observation of Memorial Day so no meals will be distributed on that date.Car line at Republic Middle School: Please follow the arrows on the map to the back of the building for food pick-up. Stay in your car and food items will be brought to you.Mobile Locations: School buses will be delivering grab-and-go style lunches and breakfast (for the next day) from approximately 11:00-11:30 a.m. at the below locations. Simply come up to the bus and a food bag will be given to you. Please avoid congregating in large groups in these areas.Alpine VillageS. Lewis Street in Battlefield near the Prairie Oak Village ApartmentsOld Stone ApartmentsHines Street PharmacyCalvary Baptist Church
Childcare for Healthcare and Emergency/First Responders AvailableRepublic School District will offer free childcare for healthcare workers and emergency/first responders during their work hours who reside in the Republic School District while school is closed. Operating hours will be Monday through Friday of each week between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at McCulloch Elementary. Kindergarten through 8th grade students can participate. Only those pre-registered using the form link below will be accepted.Snacks and lunch will be provided each day. We do suggest that students with food allergies bring their own meals. Additional details can be found at the link provided.This service is designed for those working at hospitals, medical facilities, or blood banks who are directly engaged in the handling of the COVID-19 response during the time they are needed at work. We are asking that individuals refrain from using this service unless they are directly involved in the COVID-19 response actions at a medical facility. These restrictions will allow us to have the capacity to best serve our medical community in fighting COVID-19.
Graduation EventsOur hearts go out to the class of 2020 as the end of their final year of high school has been so disrupted. Over the course of the COVID-19 closure RHS and district administration have worked hard to keep the interest of the class of 2020 in mind when making decisions. Our hope is that the decisions that have been made and listed below allow this class to continue to create as many end of high school memories as possible while also adhering to social distancing requirements to keep everyone healthy. The information below is an overall summary of plans. Specific details were shared with RHS families on April 24. CLICK HERE for that information.Graduation Events: To ensure all 2020 graduates are honored and celebrated, RHS will host two graduation ceremonies. The first will be a Drive-Through Graduation on Saturday, May 9 where families can pile in their car (or several cars) together with their graduate and head to RHS where staff will be waiting (6 feet apart) to greet each graduate, parking lot style! Dressed in caps and gowns, 2020 graduates will drive up to a graduation station set-up in the RHS parking lot complete with a podium to receive their diploma from Board of Education members and RHS administrators. Graduates' names will be announced over the PA system in the parking lot, and FREE professional pictures will be taken.In addition, a traditional graduation ceremony has been scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at JQH Arena on the MSU campus beginning at 1:30 p.m.Baccalaureate and Project Graduation events will also take place. Details are still being determined.WHY are you planning two graduation ceremonies?In these uncertain times, we are unable to get a complete picture of what social distancing requirements will look like in the coming months. While we hope to be able to host the traditional graduation ceremony on August 1, it is not guaranteed. Also, many of our 2020 graduates will be unable to attend the traditional planned ceremony on August 1 due to their new college, military or work responsibilities. The Drive-Through Graduation event gives us an opportunity to celebrate all 2020 graduates while still following social distancing guidelines, and will take place prior to new responsibilities beginning for these students.Senior Awards Night: A celebration of senior awards and scholarships will take place virtually on May 4. Additional details are coming soon.
RHS will plan to host a traditional prom on Friday, July 24 as long as social distancing guidelines will allow. RHS administration continues to work with the student prom committee to determine a location and other details of this event. Once determined, they will be shared.
We have postponed kindergarten screening and hope to reschedule those in late July. When new dates are determined we will share registration details. Thank you!
What Republic School District is Doing
- RSD is following the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control to focus on reviewing response plans and strategies that will be deployed in the event a case of coronavirus is confirmed in the Republic community.
- As we do every flu season, RSD is being vigilant in its efforts to reduce the spread of infectious diseases by educating students and staff about practicing healthy habits and ways they can help prevent the spread of flu and the common cold. These same practices would also help prevent the spread of coronavirus. View tips for ways you can prevent the spread of germs at home.
- RSD custodial staff has an increased focus during flu season on disinfecting desks, door knobs, tables, buses, drinking fountains and other surfaces to help prevent the spread of germs. Deep cleanings are also performed in the evenings at schools that are experiencing high absence rates due to flu-like symptoms.
- We are continuing to monitor student and staff absences related to illness and take appropriate measures if our school sees an increased number of absences.
- RSD will continue to work with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and other appropriate agencies as they monitor and manage the current situation regarding both the flu and coronavirus.
- As we receive guidance from county, state or federal health professionals, we will share that information with you.
What You Can Do
Families can support Republic School District in our efforts to keep students and staff healthy by:
*Encourage HAND WASHING with soap and water for at least 20 seconds along with other healthy hygiene tips.
*Keeping children home if they are showing signs of illness. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 reported are fever, cough and trouble breathing. You can learn more at the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
*Children should be kept home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
*Minimize contact with others who are ill.
*Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill.
*For those who choose to travel, it is advised that prevention tips are followed. Upon return, it is important for individuals to monitor any change in their health and to notify the health department with questions or concerns.