Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

LSR7 COVID-19 UPDATES

Lee’s Summit R-7 Schools has taken preventative and responsive actions in collaboration with public health and education partners to proactively address the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Resources, FAQs and links

Scroll down this page for additional information, including community resources, tips for talking to children about COVID-19 and translated factsheets.

Frequently Asked Questions


Virtual Instruction

When will LSR7 families be able to access virtual learning?

The district will hold a staff-only virtual instructional planning day on Monday, March 23. Students will begin accessing virtual lessons starting on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Again, Monday, March 23rd is designated as a virtual planning day for teachers. 

Why is the district providing virtual instruction?

Lee’s Summit R-7 Schools remains committed to providing students instructional activities and connections to the learning environment during this period of unprecedented school closures. We are fortunate to be a 1:1 district in which K-12 students have district-issued Chromebooks and R-7 staff have a platform in Schoology to reach students remotely. While virtual instruction cannot replace time in the classroom, Lee’s Summit R-7 Schools believes it is critical that we stay connected to our students and continue to provide learning opportunities to the best of our ability. The district’s technology department is actively addressing how to meet connectivity and Internet accessibility needs for students and staff. Teachers will leave assignments on their voicemails for students with Internet access challenges.

What will a virtual instruction day look like?

We know that providing learning outside of our schools will look and operate differently for each of our students and staff. We will provide structure and normalcy for our school community by setting clear expectations regarding how students and staff should engage in virtual learning each day, while offering a level of flexibility and autonomy appropriate for the situation we find ourselves in.

  • Every teacher will use the Schoology platform to share lessons, assignments and resources with students. The platform has a video conferencing tool, a parent access portal and ways to organize digital content. Parents/students should plan to download that app if their child doesn’t already have it on their device.
  • Building leaders and teachers will be reaching out to families in the coming days, including what virtual instruction will look like for our youngest learners.
  • Teachers will post assignments and learning opportunities each week day by 9 a.m. Teachers will hold daily office hours to guide and assist students. Teachers will communicate with students via email, Schoology Conferences, Schoology Messaging and voicemail, which will be updated each day with assignments for students without Internet access.
  • Students are expected to access and complete assignments, meet deadlines, engage in the work and communicate with their teachers, peers or parents if they are confused. Lessons will range from 10 to 30 minutes depending on age level. Teachers will decide if assignments are graded.

***IMPORTANT LINKS

For all the links and resources you need to navigate virtual instruction, click here.

For more information about using Schoology, click here.

For an overview of what a virtual learning day includes, click here.

Families looking for information about Internet access, please visit this link for more information. 

Technology questions, concerns or issues, go to this website.

Will the district need to make up the days spent out of the classroom during closure?

We are in close contact with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regarding information about whether LSR7 and other school districts will be required to make up lost instructional time. We expect more information and guidance to come.

What other resources are available for at-home learning?

The Schoology platform will provide multiple resources for students to support learning and engagement via links and other connection opportunities.

What’s the best way to contact a teacher or building leader?

The best way to contact your child’s teacher or a building leader is to email them or leave them a voicemail during this time.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to contact teachers via Schoology messenger.

What are my options for virtual learning/teaching if I don’t have Internet at home?

We are fortunate to be a 1:1 district and all of our students K-12 have district-issued Chromebooks. Prior to the pandemic and as part of its normal protocols, LSR7 issued hotspots to high schoolers who needed them and allowed middle schoolers to check out hot spots from the library. Moving forward, LSR7 is exploring for students and staff who have Internet accessibility and/or connectivity issues at home. Last week, the district issued a survey to students and staff to determine these needs. The district is working directly with students and staff to dispatch additional hotspots and Chromebooks, and/or other solutions, to families and staff members who need them to learn or perform their job remotely. Teachers will leave assignments on their voicemails for students with additional Internet access challenges. Building leaders and teachers will be reaching out directly to students who have indicated they have no or limited Internet at home.

Read more information about Internet options here.

For tips on how to properly charge your Chromebooks, click here. NOTE – lack of charging or improper charging will cause the unit to stop functioning and may result in an issue that can’t be fixed remotely.  It is important to understand the proper way to charge the device.

 

 


Events

What is the impact on events such as prom, graduation, athletics and student activities?

During the closure of school buildings through Friday, April 24th, all extracurricular activities, athletics and school-related events, as well as student and staff travel and Before and After School Services, are cancelled. These events include but are not limited to:

  • Monday, March 23 – “Meet the superintendent, Learn about the bond” at the Missouri Innovation Campus
  • Thursday, March 26 – Kindergarten Round Up at all elementary schools
  • Friday, March 28 – Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony postponed to June 14, 2020. More info here.

In addition, information about Summer Learning Institute courses and enrollment is on hold.

Because of Jackson County executive orders banning gatherings of 10 or more people through May 15, and despite efforts to look for alternative solutions, the district has cancelled prom for all three high schools. We are seeking additional guidance on how CDC and government guidelines and social-distancing mandates could impact our graduation ceremonies and will strive to communicate additional information with families as soon as possible.

What is the impact of novel coronavirus on the April 7, 2020 election?

On Wednesday, March 18th, Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order moving all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020 to June 2, 2020. Only voters who have turned 18 by April 7 will be permitted to vote.

The Governor’s Office also shared the following information:

  • The closing date to register to vote in this election remains March 11.
  • The deadline for filing as a write-in candidate for office remains March 27 at 5 p.m.
  • The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot (Section 115.279, RSMo) shall be May 20.
  • A public test of voting equipment shall be completed no later than June 1.
  • In-person absentee ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. on June 1.
  • The deadline by which absentee ballots must be received by the election authority (Section 115.293.1, RSMo) shall be 7 p.m. on June 2.
  • Military and overseas voters must request a ballot from an election authority by 5 p.m. on May 29, and the deadline for local election authorities to make ballots available to such voters is April 18. Military and overseas ballots must be received by the election authority by June 5.
  • Local election authorities are also directed to post information on their website, use social media if available, issue press release, conduct public appearances, and directly contact stakeholders such as candidates.

What about AP, MAP, ACT and other scheduled testing?

On March 19th, the Missouri Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education cancelled statewide assessments for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We’ll review the impacts of this decision. For now, we’re grateful for this opportunity to provide students and staff the support and grace that they need right now.

We will continue to seek information about AP and IB tests. The spring ACT tests have been cancelled and the district is looking at opportunities to reschedule.


Nutrition/ Social Emotional Services

How will the district support those who rely on the district for food during this summer?

Nutrition Services will provide free breakfast and lunch to all Summer Learning Institute students from July 6-23.

Families who are not enrolled in SLI can use curbside drive-up service at Meadow Lane and Prairie View elementary schools from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is open to anyone 18 and under or if a student is older than 18 and enrolled in a LSR7 school/program.

Monday through Wednesday will include breakfast for the next day and lunch for the current day. Thursday will include two breakfasts and two lunches. There is no service on Friday.

Meals are for students only; not adults. For questions regarding the meal plan, contact Lori Danella at (816) 986-2206 or lori.danella@lsr7.net.


Coronavirus

What should I know about the coronavirus?

  • Novel coronavirus is a virus strain that has spread in people since December 2019 and has caused severe illness and pneumonia. 
  • Symptoms most commonly include: fever with cough or shortness of breath; Some people have fewer or no symptoms at all.  Headache, sore throat, and runny nose also occur with this virus.
  • Spread is most likely from droplets (cough and sneezing)
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure.
  • Most people with this infection will recover on their own. There is no specific vaccine for novel coronavirus infection yet. 
  • For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals with symptoms should call a doctor for instructions before seeking medical care.

What should I do if I feel sick or I have been in direct contact with someone who is?

  • The CDC has outlined specific action steps to take if you feel ill with symptoms of the coronavirus or flu. Find them here.
  • We’ve fielded many questions regarding whether individuals who have had secondary or tertiary exposure to COVID-19 should isolate. While any individual with uncertainty about guidelines should seek the guidance of the local health department, we have been told that individuals who are NOT experiencing symptoms and have had secondary or tertiary contact with someone who has a positive case of COVID-19 are not required to be under isolation. These individuals should monitor themselves closely, including taking their temperature regularly, for the development of symptoms. Only direct, first-person contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, those experiencing symptoms and travelers from specific areas would be required to isolate by health officials.
  • The Missouri DHSS has created a COVID-19 hotline to provide guidance and answer questions from citizens and healthcare providers.  The number is 877-435-8411. This number can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is being operated by medical professionals.

Taking Action

How should I talk with children about the coronavirus?

  • Remain calm and reassuring.  Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
  • Not talking about it can increase anxiety in children.  Children often imagine situations far worse than reality.
  • Keep discussion simple, factual, and concrete.  Here is a resource that provides specific guidelines to parents: Talking to Children About COVID-19.
  • Assure children that adults at home and at school are taking care of your health and safety.
  • Explain that not everyone will get the novel coronavirus. School and health officials are being especially careful to make sure as few people as possible get sick.
  • Review and model basic hygiene practices such as handwashing and coughing or sneezing into elbows.
  • Monitor television viewing and social media.  Try to avoid watching or listening to information that might be upsetting when your children are present.
  • Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible.  Keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring and promotes physical health.

Check out additional resources at lsr7.org/coronavirus.

What can I do to help myself, my family and my community during this time?

  • If you are sick, stay home, stay in touch with your doctor and avoid public transportation. Stay away from others, and call ahead to a doctor for further instructions. More from the CDC here.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette. 
    • Wash your hands frequently using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. You may also use hand sanitizer when it is difficult to wash your hands.
    • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes because the virus can spread when your hands touch surfaces infested with germs.
    • Remember to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing. If a tissue is not available, sneezing or coughing into the upper portion of your shirt sleeve and avoid sneezing or coughing into your hands (which are more likely to touch surfaces and other people and spread the disease).
    • Do not share drinks, water bottles, eating utensils or cell phones with others.
  • Practice “social distancing.” Limit all events and meetings that require close contact. Stay informed. Whether you are ill or not, the goal is to limit the spread of the coronavirus and protect the most vulnerable in our population from exposure.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces everyday. More from the CDC here.
  • Be kind to each other. The novel coronavirus has impacted every race, ethnicity and nationality. Do not perpetuate stigma. Share accurate information. And take care of yourself, your family and fellow members of your school and larger community.

What can I do to support the community?

  • The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation has a Helping Hands fund designed to help families in crisis who cannot obtain help through other local systems already in place. Want to give? Donors can designate Helping Hands Fund in the dropdown menu under 2019-20 donation. Donate online here.
  • Individuals interested in help or those interested in referring others can complete the attached referral form and send it to Dr. Rexanne Hill at rexanne.hill@lsr7.net.
  • Families can also access a Community Resource Guide compiled by LSR7 Educational Therapists.


Technology

What should I do if I’m having issues with a Chromebook or charger, or I’m having other technology challenges?


Prevention

Prevention Measures in LSR7

The district has taken or will take the following steps to ensure student and staff health:

  • The district will continue to communicate closely with county health professionals.
  • District nurses will continue to monitor and track student illnesses, and review CDC and state health department guidance.
  • The district will continue to use both routine cleaning methods and specialized decontamination equipment to provide extra disinfection efforts in classrooms and school buildings that have reported an uptick in illnesses.
  • R-7 Health Services staff members and the district’s Emergency Operations Team have also received pandemic-flu information.
  • To ensure its proactive approach, the district is evaluating its own current crisis and emergency procedures related to health and illness in collaboration with health department and law enforcement partners.
  • The district is continuing to explore virtual school (tele-school) options for a scenario in which the health department recommends school cancellations.
  • The district will reinforce best practices to prevent the spread of flu, influenza and other viruses to staff and students. The number one way to stop the spread of illness remains to stay home if you are displaying any symptoms.

Prevention Measures at Home

Respiratory viruses are transmitted from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or when a person touches something that has the flu virus on it and then touches his or her mouth, eyes or nose. While most of the population is at a greater risk of contracting seasonal influenza than coronavirus, it is essential that we partner to prevent the spread of all illnesses by embracing the following practices:

  • Staying home if you are sick with the flu or are presenting symptoms of the flu to prevent spreading it to others at school and in the workplace. If you believe you or your children are becoming ill with influenza-like symptoms (such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue), contact your local healthcare provider.
  • Practicing frequent hand washing using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. You may also use hand sanitizer when it is difficult to wash your hands.
  • Avoiding touching your mouth, nose and eyes because the virus can spread when your hands touch surfaces infested with germs.
  • Remembering to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing. If a tissue is not available, sneezing or coughing into the upper portion of your shirt sleeve and avoid sneezing or coughing into your hands (which are more likely to touch surfaces and other people and spread the disease).
  • Not sharing drinks, water bottles, eating utensils or cell phones with others.
  • Practicing “social distancing,” especially in the case of a pandemic. Stand at least three feet away from others if you or the other person is infected with the flu.
  • Ensuring that children and adults are fever-free for 24 hours without medication before returning to work or school.
  • If possible, getting a flu shot. How do you tell the difference between the common cold and the flu? If you have a stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and a hacking cough, you probably have a cold. If you have a high fever, extreme tiredness, a dry cough and severe headache, muscle and body aches, you probably have the flu.

Be assured that district staff take health concerns seriously and will be monitoring illness in schools, and that we will share additional information or guidance we receive from county, state and federal health professionals.

If we all work together and follow these important guidelines, we can keep our students, staff, and community healthy.