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
Graduation EventsOn May 9 a drive-through graduation took place. 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.WHY are you hosting 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 gave us an opportunity to celebrate all 2020 graduates while still following social distancing guidelines, and took place prior to new responsibilities beginning for these students.
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 to late July. Details can be found at https://www.republicschools.org/kindergartenscreening.
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.