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 ClosureRepublic School District will be providing free, daily grab-and-go food lunch and breakfast (for the next day) pick-up at Republic Middle School and other designated locations across the community (scheduled/locations below) for any Republic child. This service will be available Monday-Friday. Once we are able to gauge participation and need, we will work to expand offerings.
To assist us in planning for this service, please fill out the form below as soon as possible if you plan to participate.Car line at Republic Middle School: Open 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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) Monday-Friday 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 beginning Monday, March 23 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 will be provided each day. Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24 participants will need to bring their own lunch. However, beginning Wednesday, March 25 the district will provide a free lunch option for students. We do suggest that students with food allergies bring their own meals.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.DETAILS:Location: McCulloch Elementary. 234 E. Anderson. Please enter through the second set of double glass doors on the west side of the building.Contact: STRIPES 360 Office 417-735-3778. On the day of program 417-350-3385Hours of Operation: 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday - FridayActivities: Students will enjoy STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), free play, group games, team builders and other special activities.Cost: This service is being provided free of charge by the Republic School District and STRIPES 360 staff.**Childcare is contingent on children being fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medications. All staff members and children will have their temperature checked prior to entry by a school nurse. In addition, a school nurse will be on site throughout the program day.**We check photo identifications daily. No student will be released to leave with someone who refuses to show identification when asked. This is for your child's safety. Please communicate with anyone on your approved pick-up list to bring identification.
School Closed Through April 24
Per the provided link and in response to the "stay at home" order issued for our area, Republic School District will join the majority of other public schools in our area in closing now through April 3 in an effort to help isolate the spread of COVID-19. This is a decision that was not taken lightly. However, we feel it is the best option at this point to do our part in supporting the healthcare system in “flattening the curve” while also protecting the health of students and employees. Please view the link for full details.
All Events Through April 30 Postponed/Canceled
All district events scheduled to take place through April 30 have either been postponed or canceled. If it's a building specific event, your building will communicate whether or not the event will be rescheduled.
All Athletic Events Canceled
Through April 24 all athletic events have been canceled.
Kindergarten Screening & Preschool Registration Postponed
We have postponed kindergarten screening dates scheduled to begin next week along with preschool registration that was originally scheduled for March 28. When new dates are determined we will get that to you. Thank you!
Youth Volleyball Camp Canceled
The Youth Volleyball Camp scheduled for March 30 & 31 has been canceled. Please contact email@example.com for refund information.
RHS Prom Postponed
The junior and senior prom scheduled for April 11 has been postponed. As soon as an alternative plan is created it will be shared.
Romeo & Juliet Play
The Tiger Theatre will postpone it's production of Romeo & Juliet until further notice.
Speech, Debate & Theatre
Per MSHSAA, all State Speech, Debate and Theatre championships as well as district events that have not yet been completed have been canceled.
Remaining district solo/small ensemble, large group and State solo/small ensemble festivals have been canceled per MSHSAA
The Transition Fair planned for March 26 has been postponed.
DECA State Conference Using Virtual Platform
DECA's State Career Development Conference in Kansas City has been canceled. However, the competition will take place using a virutal platform.
FCCLA State Conference Postponed
FCCLA 2020 State Conference planned for March 15-17 has been postponed.
International Career Development Conference and Competition
The International Career Development Conference and Competition set for 4.28-5.3 in Nashville has been canceled.
ROAR Run Canceled
ROAR Run 2020 scheduled for May 2 has been canceled this year.
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.