COVID-19

July 9, 2020

 

Dear Parent,


Yesterday the district received word of a staff member testing positive for COVID-19. The district is working with Cass County Health Department to take all precautions necessary with this situation. At this time we do not believe there was any exposure to students. The last time the staff member was with students was Thursday, July 2nd. 

 

We would like to remind parents to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 in their child(ren). If your child is running a fever of 100.4 or higher, has a sore throat, a dry cough, difficulty breathing, or is short of breath, please call your family physician. Anytime your child is not feeling well and has two or more of these symptoms, please keep your child home and notify the school.

 

We appreciate you working with us to help keep our community healthy.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Steve Meyers

Superintendent

 

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June 25 Communication - Superintendent News

 

Meals - Our last day for serving breakfast and lunch will be next Tuesday June 30th. We want to thank all the volunteers and the food service employees for their efforts to provide an important service for our students and community. Also, this will be the last dinner served by FC Church as well. We owe them a big thank you as well for their volunteers and partnership with Hy-Vee catering.

 

Task Force Meetings - We have held one meeting already to discuss details on our back to school plans and how the community spread of COVID-19 can impact what we can or should be doing in public schools. We have scheduled our second meeting for July 22nd and we plan to be releasing more information by the end of that week.

 

On-line Registration - Parents and Guardians can start this process for their students on July 1st. This will make the centralized registration process go much smoother and eliminate any large wait times. The process has been modified a little this year to help with proof of residency and this will be our second year of receiving on-line fee payments thru Rev-Trak.

 

Summer School -This is our first week of in person summer school for elementary and secondary students. We are running each program a little differently due to challenges with COVID-19. We will be going through July 17th, except for lifetime fitness and drivers ed. If you have any questions for the elementary program Caleb Clawson is the administrator or the secondary program contact Greg Reeves. Thank you to everyone for your patience with these unusual times and having to do things a little differently.

 

Rooster Dads - Here is a way for male figures in our community to volunteer for our K-6 buildings and help contribute to a positive culture in those buildings. If you are interested please go to http://www.RoosterDads.com  to learn more and sign up for the program. This program will require a background check for participants and that will be coordinated in the sign up process.The District would like to thank Chris Kennedy for taking the lead in getting this site set up and willing to provide some leadership for this new program. I am looking forward to this new opportunity for our parents and students.

Transition Day - Please mark your calendar for August 20th as a day we will be trying something new with our 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th graders. We will be providing a transition day in our buildings for these students entering new sites. This will be a 90 minute time commitment in the morning for these students and bus transportation will be provided, if needed. More information to come.

Thank you
We missed a week but I would be at fault if I didn’t thank the high school administration and staff for their outstanding work to put on a graduation for our 155 students. It was great to see the community turn out to celebrate all the great accomplishments in the class 2020. 

Go Chicks! Go Roosters! Go Pleasant Hill!



 

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June 5 Communication - Superintendent News

High School Graduation and Awards Ceremony - This information was sent out to seniors/senior parents this week from Dr. Canaan:

Events

*Times, dates, and plans may be subject to change based on recommended county/state guidelines.

 

June 10, 2020 Senior Awards Assembly @ Eklund Field (Pleasant Hill, Missouri @ 6:30 PM)

  • Graduates should arrive by 6:15 PM and be seated in a chair of their choice on the football field.
  • We request that the students dress appropriately for such an event that recognizes them for their achievement.
    • Pictures of recipients will be taken following each award.
  • In the event of inclement weather, this event will be canceled.
 
June 11, 2020
  • Graduation @ Eklund Field (Pleasant Hill, Missouri @ 7:00 PM)
    • Seniors Need to Arrive @ PHHS at 5:30 PM
    • Please park and enter through the main entrance at PHHS. This will allow guests to park close to the field.
  • Gates to Eklund Field will open at 6:00 PM
  • For additional information, see the Graduation FAQ document that was distributed on Tuesday.
  • In the event of inclement weather, graduation will be rescheduled for Friday, June 12, 2020

 

Rooster Dads - Here is a way for male figures in our community to volunteer for our K-6 buildings and help contribute to a positive culture in those buildings. If you are interested please go to http://www.RoosterDads.com to learn more and sign up for the program. This program will require a background check for participants and that will be coordinated in the sign up process. The District would like to thank Chris Kennedy for taking the lead in getting this site set up and willing to provide some leadership for this new program. I am looking forward to this new opportunity for our parents and students.

 

Transition Day - Please mark your calendar for August 20th as a day we will be trying something new with our 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th graders. We will be providing a transition day in our buildings for these students entering new sites. This will be a 90 minute time commitment in the morning for these students and bus transportation will be provided if needed. More information to come.

 

Thank you

I would like to extend this weeks thank you to the United Methodist Church of Pleasant Hill for their willingness and effort for hosting this year's Prom event tonight. Our Juniors and Seniors will be able to have the Last Dance of the year and help fill some of the voids this year has created. Thanks to the Church and all their volunteers for making this happen.

Go Chicks! Go Roosters! Go Pleasant Hill!

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May 29 Communication – Superintendent News 


High School Graduation

I am happy to announce that our plan is to host a graduation ceremony at Eklund Field on June 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM. However, school district gatherings must still follow social distancing guidelines. The total occupancy will be limited to half of the capacity to allow us to meet these guidelines. Home and visitor bleacher seating will be limited, and standing room only areas will be available. As a result, PHHS will be distributing eight new tickets to this event. Graduation will be broadcast via live stream to allow additional guests to view the event from home.

We are excited to provide an in person graduation for our 162 graduates and their guests. Although the social distancing is restricting some of our in person guests the option of only providing a virtual graduation has been avoided. We thank you for your patience and support over the past three months with the ever changing guidelines and procedures. I am personally excited to see all our graduates walk across the stage.

 

Parent & Staff Survey - Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey, as of Friday morning we have over 650 parent surveys returned and 151 staff surveys. This allows us to get an understanding of individuals' experiences with virtual school, as well as people's perception related to reopening school on August 24th. We are looking at results and using the data to plan for the fall. Thank you for your quick responses and willingness to participate.

 

Rooster Dads - Here is a way for male figures in our community to volunteer for our K-6 buildings and help contribute to a positive culture in those buildings. If you are interested please go to http://www.RoosterDads.com to learn more and sign up for the program. This program will require a background check for participants and that will be coordinated in the sign up process. The District would like to thank Chris Kennedy for taking the lead in getting this site set up and willing to provide some leadership for this new program. I am looking forward to this new opportunity for our parents and students.

 

Transition Day - Please mark your calendar for August 20th as a day we will be trying something new with our 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th graders. We will be providing a transition day in our buildings for these students entering new sites. This will be a 90 minute time commitment in the morning for these students and bus transportation will be provided if needed. More information to come.

 

Summer School (same)

Online, credit courses at the high school will begin on May 26 and end on June 19th. These courses are our normal Personal Finance and Health and have had normal participation numbers this summer.

The dates for the modified in-person program will be June 22nd through July 17th and will be for some credit recovery at the high school and focused curriculum at the elementary. We have been inviting students to the elementary version based on student data from our winter cycle. The slots will be filled by the school district based on priorities for student attendance. Mr. Clawson will be our elementary principal again this summer.

The deadline for enrollment is June 8th so we can plan transportation routes as needed.

 

Immunizations

The national news talks about immunizations regarding children are behind in receiving due to Covid-19.

Parents, please attempt to get your children's immunizations done before August 24th. Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, 8th graders and 12th graders, along with any new students to our district need to get their updated immunization. There can be exemptions (medical or religious) with the immunizations which need to be signed and in place before attendance of a school year. Please get an early start and thanks in advance.

 

Providing Meals (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Thru June 30th

We will continue with the meal times between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.! We have seen a drop off in the past week on meals being picked up. If you have kids at home who can’t get to the high school for pick up but still need meals, contact us and we can work on adding you to our deliveries. These meals are for all community children under the age of 18 (ALL). We want to continue this for as many as possible. Please let us know if you need assistance.

 

Dinner Offer

Fellowship Church of Greenwood is partnering with Hy-Vee and will continue to rotate three types of meals in the coming weeks. Next Tuesday will be Fried Chicken, then the following week will be Lasagna and then back to Pulled Pork the third week. We have served upward of 200 meals per week the last two weeks. Thank you to the Fellowship Church for their partnership.

 

Go Chicks! Go Roosters! Go Pleasant Hill!

 

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PUBLIC NOTICE: (CARES) Act 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020.  This over $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

 

Click on this link to view full document

 

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May 22 Communication – Superintendent News

 

Parent & Staff Survey - We are going to be sending out a parent and staff survey to gain some additional information about your experiences over the last 11 weeks and look at our reopening in August. There is lots of information out there, but we really would appreciate the information on how best to serve our community. The challenges with all this is information overload, but we are working to do the best thing for our students and community, and your input will help. We are working on asking some of our parents and community people to come in at the beginning of June and discuss the information we have gathered by that time. Thanks in advance for taking this survey.

 

High School Graduation

At this time we are doing everything we can to honor our date of June 11th for the Class of 2020 to graduate.

We cannot tell you at this time the location but we are planning for the different scenarios. We should be able to give you details in next week's report. We will share as soon as we can with social distancing guidelines and capacity challenges. Thank you for your patience.

 

Summer School

Online, credit courses at the high school will begin on May 26 and end on June 19th. These courses are our normal Personal Finance and Health and have had normal participation numbers this summer.

The dates for the modified in-person program will be June 22nd through July 17th and will be for some credit recovery at the high school and focused curriculum at the elementary. We have been inviting students to the elementary version based on student data from our winter cycle. The slots will be filled by the school district based on priorities for student attendance. Mr. Clawson will be our elementary principal again this summer.

The deadline for enrollment is June 8th so we can plan transportation routes as needed.

 

Providing Meals (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Thru June 30th (No Meals on Monday)

We will continue with the meal times between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.! We have seen a drop off in the past week on meals being picked up. If you have kids at home who can’t get to the high school for pick up but still need meals, contact us and we can work on adding you to our deliveries. These meals are for all community children under the age of 18 (ALL). We want to continue this for as many as possible. Please let us know if you need assistance, also we will not be serving meals on Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day).

 

Dinner Offer

Fellowship Church of Greenwood is partnering with Hy-Vee and will continue to rotate three types of meals in the coming weeks. Next Tuesday will be Pulled Pork, then the following week will be Fried Chicken and then back to Lasagna the third week. These meals have been well received in the community so if you get a chance and you know a member of this church thank them from our Pleasant Hill Community.

 

Immunizations

The national news talks about immunizations regarding children are behind in receiving due to Covid-19.

Parents, please attempt to get your children's immunizations done before August 24th. Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, 8th graders and 12th graders, along with any new students to our district need to get their updated immunization. There can be exemptions (medical or religious) with the immunizations which need to be signed and in place before attendance of a school year. Please get an early start and thanks in advance.

 

Kindergarten Round-up

Thank you for all your assistance so far, but we want to continue asking your help to find all our 5 year olds for next year. We have identified 143 kindergarten age students and are forming classes for next year. You should have received information this week from the Primary School about kindergarten, along with the name of your child’s teacher for next year. Thank you again for your help. We are looking forward to all our new students next year.

If you have not already registered your child, who will enter kindergarten next fall, and you live in the Pleasant Hill R-III School District, please contact Brenda Koval at bkoval@pleasanthillschools.com . She will then set up a screening appointment. If you know of relatives or neighbors who have children coming to kindergarten next fall and who have not registered their children, please ask them to call. Children must be 5 on or before July 31, 2020 to enter kindergarten in the fall.

 

Thank you

This week I really need to thank the Cass County Sheriff's department for our year long partnership for our SRO, Officer Lewis, program. This has been a great benefit for our community and school district. Also, they have been working with us this Spring to check in on families that we have struggled to communicate with during these difficult times. Thank you for supporting our community and looking out for our students.

 

Go Chicks! Go Roosters! Go Pleasant Hill!

 

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May 15 Communication: Superintendent News

Today is the official and unofficial last day of school. I know this has been the most unusual end to a school year since the Tornado of 1977. We will never forget the Class of 2020 and we will never forget the commitment of students, parents and staff attempting to continue educational goals from their homes. I personally cannot thank everyone enough for their efforts. We are now in the important phase of working towards  classes in the fall and what challenges the presence of COVID-19 brings with it. There are different views all over the world and our focus at Pleasant Hill R-III is going to be on providing educational services for all our students with the guidance from state and local health departments along with the CDC. Our staff is currently looking at several options that may come into play, but the challenge is we really don't know what will be required of us in August. I am attaching to this document the guidelines and recommendations from the Missouri School Board Association and MUSIC (District Insurance provider). These are documents designed to assist schools with ideas that could be adapted in the school setting if they were needed. The local media did not do a good job representing that when they did a story on the MSBA guidelines. Here is a direct quote from Brett Ghan of MSBA:

“The document represents guidance for schools to implement as they see fit and is based on the best thinking and practices from the Centers for Disease Control, the Missouri Department of Health, and many other organizations and agencies. The Missouri School Boards' Association is not a government agency and has no authority to require school districts to take any action.”

We are including these documents so parents can understand the same information we are given and the context that they are shared in. They are all pieces of the puzzle that has become Educational Leadership over the last three months. I hope you find these helpful and please reach out if you have any questions in the future.

Summer School
Mr. Reeves has reached out to most secondary students about enrollment into this year's virtual classes and in person classes.  Online, full-credit courses at the high school will begin on May 26 and end on June 19th. 

The dates for the modified in-person program will be June 22nd through July 17th and will be for some credit recovery at the high school and focused curriculum at the elementary. We have been inviting students to the elementary version based on student data from our winter cycle. The slots will be filled by the school district based on priorities for student attendance. Mr. Clawson will be our elementary principal again this summer. 

The deadline for high school courses is June 8th so we can plan transportation routes as needed. 

 

Kindergarten Round-up 

Thank you for all your assistance so far but we want to continue asking your help to find all our 5 year olds for next year. We have identified around 145 kindergarten age students and are forming classes for next year. You will receive information next week from Mrs. Helus and the primary about the building and your Kindergarten Teachers. Thank you again for your help and looking forward to all our new students next year.

If you live in the Pleasant Hill R-III School District and have a child who will enter kindergarten next fall, please contact Brenda Koval at bkoval@pleasanthillschools.com. She will then set up a screening appointment.  If you know of relatives or neighbors who have children coming to kindergarten next fall, please ask them to call. Children must be 5 on or before July 31, 2020 to enter kindergarten in the fall.

Personal Belongings (same)
Our last day of “Virtual School and Distance Learning” for students is Friday, May 15. As we prepare to end this school year, we would like to have the opportunity for students to collect any items that were left behind when we dismissed them on March 16. 

 

Pick-up days for students’ belongings will be on Friday, May 15, from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. and on Monday, May 18, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  All district buildings will be running the same hours on these days. Each school will be having drive-thru pick-ups and are asking for you to remain in your vehicle. Directions for each school pick-up were emailed out this week from each of the schools. Any items not collected on these 2 days will be kept in the building for students to pick up on the first day of the 2020-21 school year. 

 

We will also be collecting all library books, textbooks, Chromebooks, and any other items that are school property. Staff will collect these items from your vehicle as you pull through the line. 

 

High School Graduation 

At this time we are doing everything we can to honor our date of June 11th for the Class of 2020 to graduate. We cannot tell you at this time the location but we are planning for the different scenarios. If we are unable to have this event at Connection Point Church in Raytown this year we will continue that relationship for future graduations. This will get cleared up in the coming weeks as each area is discussing their own reentry plan. We will continue to keep students and parents in the loop, the loop is a moving target with each county having different guidelines and requirements. Thank you for your patience.

Providing Meals (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Thru June 30th
We will continue with the meal times between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.! We have seen a drop off in the past week on meals being picked up. If you have kids at home who can’t get to the high school for pick up but still need meals, contact us and we can work on adding you to our deliveries. These meals are for all community children under the age of 18 (ALL). We want to continue this for as many as possible. Please let us know if you need assistance, also we will not be serving meals on Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day).

Dinner Offer
Another great turnout out last Tuesday (140 meals served) for the Free hot meal provided by Fellowship Church of Greenwood. The fried chicken smelled great and I heard it tasted as good as it smelled. They have committed to serving dinner provided by Hy-Vee every Tuesday from 4 to 6 pm or until food runs out. Thanks to all their volunteers for making the past Three Tuesday’s excellent. Come out and get dinner on Tuesday, everyone is invited.

Thank you
I want to extend a huge thank you to the City of Pleasant Hill, the Pleasant Hill Police Department, Project Graduation Committee and Senior Dawson Sivils for all the hard work on organizing, promoting and executing the Senior parade for our Seniors and community. This was a great way to acknowledge our Seniors hard work and commitment to the school district and community.

 

Go Chicks! Go Roosters! Go Pleasant Hill!

 

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May 1 Communication - Superintendent News
We are fast approaching the official end of the school year in two weeks (May 15th).. We have not been in session since March 16th, which feels like three years ago, not 7 weeks ago. This is one of those events that will shape our history moving forward and set into motion things we never thought possible. I want to take this time to thank the parents, students, and staff of our great community for doing what it takes to keep students engaged, fed and safe during a time of extreme uncertainty. We will continue to monitor the ever changing situation in the Kansas City metro and the State of Missouri, while continuing making plans for Summer and next year. We are so looking forward to students and staff being back in the buildings and parents not having to be teachers. Please continue to do the great things that makes this district the best secret in the area.
 
Summer School
Due to the current circumstances the district will not be able to run the traditional summer school program. This summer’s program will be limited in the number of students served to accommodate smaller class sizes and lower occupancy rates in the building. The enrollment process will be different this year due to the limited number of students who will be able to attend for safety and the number of staff available. Phone calls will be made to the parents of students who meet established guidelines and parent contacts will continue until the student slots are filled. The dates for the modified in-person program will be June 22nd through July 17th if Cass County, the State of Missouri, and the CDC guidelines allow it at that time. Online, full-credit courses at the high school will begin on May 26 and end on June 19th. Please look for additional information in the coming weeks.
 
Kindergarten Round-up (same)
We need your help to plan for the 2020 – 2021 school year enrollment! We are looking for any kids that will be in kindergarten next year who have not already been signed up with our district.

If you live in the Pleasant Hill R-III School District and have a child who will enter kindergarten next fall, please contact Brenda Koval at bkoval@pleasanthillschools.com. She will then set up a screening appointment. If you know of relatives or neighbors who have children coming to kindergarten next fall, please ask them to call. Children must be 5 on or before July 31, 2020 to enter kindergarten in the fall.
 
Personal Belongings (same)
Our last day of “Virtual School and Distance Learning” for students is Friday, May 15. As we prepare to end this school year, we would like to have the opportunity for students to collect any items that were left behind when we dismissed them on March 16.
 
Pick-up days for students’ belongings will be on Friday, May 15, from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. and on Monday, May 18, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. All district buildings will be running the same hours on these days. Each school will be having drive-thru pick-ups and are asking for you to remain in your vehicle. Directions for each school pick-up were emailed out this week from each of the schools. Any items not collected on these 2 days will be kept in the building for students to pick up on the first day of the 2020-21 school year.
 
We will also be collecting all library books, textbooks, Chromebooks, and any other items that are school property. Staff will collect these items from your vehicle as you pull through the line.
 
Senior Caravan
The Senior class and Project Graduation are partnering to provide the Senior Class of 2020 parade on May 7th starting at 6:30 pm. They have gotten their permit and route approved from the city and will be doing a car caravan/parade next Thursday. 
 
High School Graduation
We are truly at the mercy of Jackson County and the City of Raytown for permission to have a large group by the 11th of June. We will continue to communicate about any changes that will affect our date of June 11th. This will get cleared up in the coming weeks as each area is discussing their own reentry plan. This is the frustration of trying to keep students and parents in the loop, the loop keeps moving on us. Thank you for your patience.
 
Providing Meals (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
We will continue with the meal times between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thank You! We are looking at providing these meals through the month of June. We appreciate everyone helping to make this possible. These meals are for all community children under the age of 18 (ALL).
 
Dinner Offer
Another great turnout out last Tuesday (168 meals served) for the Free hot meal provided by Fellowship Church of Greenwood. They have committed to serving dinner provided by Hy-Vee every Tuesday from 4 to 6 pm or until food runs out. Thanks to all their volunteers for making the past two Tuesday excellent. Come out and get dinner on Tuesday, everyone is invited.
 
Final Reminder
Please plan on supporting our Seniors on May 7th during some portion of the Caravan through town. We have the route attached to this message.. Businesses can join in as well as some portion of the route will come down Hwy 7. Please get out and show your support for the Class of 2020.
 
Go Chicks! Go Roosters! Go Pleasant Hill!
 
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April 24 Communication - Superintendent News

There is some optimism starting as it relates to the Stay-at-Home orders for Cass County. All signs from the county are to be opening things gradually starting May 4th. This simply means that with some precautions we will be able to  get out, while respecting social distancing and using protective masks when in public areas. I have not learned that masks will be required but it is still a recommendation from the CDC. I can share that I am definitely ready for a haircut and will be working to make an appointment at the Barber Shop as soon as possible. Also, we have been working on getting information about summer school finalized and communicated. We have surveyed our staff and are working on setting dates and times for each age group. It appears that we will be able to have summer school later than usual but still be able to work with our students prior to next fall. Please keep your eyes open as we will be asking for parent feedback related to summer school in the coming weeks.

Library Book Collection
The Pleasant Hill School District is planning 3 days next week for the collection of library books. Staff will be collecting library books from anyone who would like to return them. We will be located at the end of the breakfast/lunch pick-up lines in the HS circle drive from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday (April 29), Thursday (April 30), and Friday (May 1). We ask for the books to be placed in a plastic grocery bag with the name of the school (PS, ES, IS, MS, HS) clearly labeled on the bag. If you have books for more than one school, we ask that you place the books in separate bags. There will be a volunteer at the end of the food line to collect these books from your car window. 

Kindergarten Round-up
We need your help to plan for the 2020 – 2021 school year enrollment! We are looking for any kids that will be in kindergarten next year who have not already been signed up with our district.

If you live in the Pleasant Hill R-III School District and have a child who will enter kindergarten next fall, please contact Brenda Koval at bkoval@pleasanthillschools.com. She will then set up a screening appointment.  If you know of relatives or neighbors who have children coming to kindergarten next fall, please ask them to call. Children must be 5 on or before July 31, 2020 to enter kindergarten in the fall.

Personal Belongings
Our last day of “Virtual School and Distance Learning” for students is Friday, May 15. As we prepare to end this school year, we would like to have the opportunity for students to collect any items that were left behind when we dismissed them on March 16. 


Pick-up days for students’ belongings will be on Friday, May 15, from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. and on Monday, May 18, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  All district buildings will be running the same hours on these days. Each school will be having drive-thru pick-ups and are asking for you to remain in your vehicle. Directions for each school pick-up were emailed out this week from each of the schools. Any items not collected on these 2 days will be kept in the building for students to pick up on the first day of the 2020-21 school year. 


We will also be collecting all library books, textbooks, Chromebooks, and any other items that are school property. Staff will collect these items from your vehicle as you pull through the line. 

Senior Caravan
The Senior class has been working to get the route approval from the city of Pleasant Hill and we will be advertising that route next week so we can all get out and show our support and appreciation for the graduating class of 2020. It appears that the Stay-at-Home order will expire by May 7th so please help to make this a memorable moment for our Seniors. We will continue with the Eklund Stadium lights running in honor of our Senior on Fridays at 20:20 PM for 20 minutes.

High School Graduation (same)

Graduation is set for June 11th at the Connection Point Church in Raytown. The High School will distribute caps and gowns on May 6th between 8:30-10:30 AM in the circle drive at PHHS.  The Senior Awards Assembly and Baccalaureate will be held at Pleasant Hill High School on the evening of June 10th. We will continue to update these topics as we move forward. 

Providing Meals (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
We have served over 4,388 meals this week and a total of 17,500 meals since the week of March 23rd. Each student can receive a breakfast and lunch, with milk provided at NO cost to the families. I want to reiterate that this is for ALL children under the age of 18, please share with friends and neighbors. We will continue with the meal times between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thank You! We are looking at providing these meals through the month of June. We appreciate everyone helping to make this possible. These meals are for all community children under the age of 18 (ALL).

Dinner Offer
This past Tuesday the Fellowship Church of Greenwood with the donation from Hy-Vee was able to provide 180 Lasagna dinners to our community.  I can not say how thankful I am that we have this opportunity to provide for our community during difficult times. Please make sure to come by for a hot meal on Tuesday, April 28 at the Pleasant Hill High School circle drive. This is open to anyone and provided by the volunteers of Fellowship Church of Greenwood and Raymore. 

Final Reminder

Please plan on supporting our Seniors on May 7th during some portion of the Caravan through town. We will share route information next week. Businesses can join in as well as some portion of the route will come down Hwy 7.


Go Chicks! Go Roosters! Go Pleasant Hill!

 

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April 17: Communication Superintendent News 

We have now completed the 25th day of not being in session, and we have had many conversations on how to assist with personal belongings, graduation, and just how to attempt to give students some closure. We are trying to get answers from the state on Summer School as well. We will be putting out information about that in the coming weeks. Many things are depending on when and how they allow communities to start gathering again. We are excited about the opportunity to offer summer school at some time. The Governor has extended his order of Stay-at-Home through May 3rd, while most of Jackson County has extended to May 15th. Cass County has not made any declaration at this time.

Honoring Our Seniors
We are working on a plan to recognize the Class of 2020 on May 7th. Preliminary thoughts have been related to a car caravan for the Seniors to drive and community members to line the route to celebrate with them and provide support for such a difficult time. We will put details out once this celebration is finalized. We will continue with the Eklund Stadium lights running in honor of our Senior on Fridays at 20:20 PM for  20 minutes.

High School Graduation 

The alternative date for Graduation is set for June 11th at the Connection Point Church in Raytown. The High School will distribute caps and gowns on May 6th between 8:30-10:30 AM in the circle drive at PHHS.  The Senior Awards Assembly and Baccalaureate will be held at Pleasant Hill High School on the evening of June 10th. We will continue to update these topics as we move forward. 

Providing Meals (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
We have served over 2000 meals this week alone and a total of  9500 meals since the week of March 23rd. Each student can receive a breakfast and lunch, with milk provided at NO cost to the families. I want to reiterate that this is for ALL children under the age of 18, please share with friends and neighbors. We will continue with the meal times between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thank You! We are looking at providing these meals through the month of June. We appreciate everyone helping to make this possible. These meals are for all community children under the age of 18 (ALL).

Dinner Offer
Through the generosity of the good people of Fellowship Church (Greenwood) they are providing a FREE hot and ready meal for anyone in the community on Tuesday at the Pleasant Hill High School circle drive. That means you and anyone from the community can get a FREE Hot & Ready Meal by stopping by the pickup location between 4 & 6 PM or until meals run out. Can't wait to see you! They are providing the same service on Mondays at their Fellowship Church campus in Greenwood and on Thursdays at their Fellowship Church campus in Raymore. This is available to anyone. 

Thank you

The first thank you goes out to the anonymous donor that provided a pound of hamburger and a box of hamburger helper on Thursday during our meal delivery time. The demand was so great we ran out of both by 10:30 in the morning. A huge thank you to the community member for the generous donation to our community. Also, a huge Thank you to the Fellowship Church who is partnering with us to provide such an important meal opportunity to our community. This is great seeing community members taking care of each other.

 

Final Reminder

Please continue to check in on friends and family as mental health is an important issue during these difficult times. We all can use a friendly voice during these stay at home orders.

 

 

Go Chicks! Go Roosters! Go Pleasant Hill!

 

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April 10 Communication - Superintendent News

We have now completed the 20th day of not being in session, and learned that March 16th is going to be known as the last date of in person classes for the 2019-20 school year. It is with a heavy heart we have to announce this information, knowing we will not be able to finish this year and will have to work extremely hard next year to start catching students up based on the loss of these two months. Also, we will not be able to have any Spring activities for our Class of 2020. 

School Closure
Unfortunately, the inevitable happened yesterday at 3 pm when Governor Parson announced all Missouri schools closing through the end of the year based on their original school calendar. This does not mean that we stop teaching and learning. We will continue to provide instruction through May 15th.

Honoring Our Seniors
The PHSD will honor our Class of 2020 for the next four Fridays and the evening of May 7th, by turning on Eklund Stadium lights at 20:20 pm (Military Time) for 20 minutes. This is a small token of appreciation for their 13 years of education and one way for our staff and community to let them know we are thinking of them.

High School Prom and Graduation 

Based on the school closure for the remainder of the school year, we are saddened to announce we will not be able to have Prom this year. The alternative date for Graduation is set for June 11th at the Connection Point Church in Raytown. The High School will distribute caps and gowns on May 6th between 8:30-10:30 AM in the circle drive at PHHS.  The Senior Awards Assembly and Baccalaureate will be held at Pleasant Hill High School on the evening of June 10th. We will continue to update these topics as we move forward. 

Providing Meals (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
We have been providing meals daily at the high school circle drive for ALL children in our community under the age of 18. Each student can receive a breakfast and lunch, with milk provided at NO cost to the families. I want to reiterate that this is for ALL children under the age of 18, please share with friends and neighbors. We will continue with the meal times between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thank You! We are looking at providing these meals through the month of June. We appreciate everyone helping to make this possible.

Thank you

This is one that goes out to all you parents working with your students at home everyday. This is something that we will never forget and also something we all are learning from. Please know the staff at PHSD truly appreciates your efforts, hang in there and please reach out if you need help.


Final Reminder

We miss seeing all our students and please reach out to your building Principal, counselor, or any teacher if you need something during the next five weeks of school. During these difficult times we want to continue being a  resource for our students, staff, and community. Everyone’s schooling is important but so is your physical and mental health during an unusual time in American History.


Go Chicks! Go Roosters! Go Pleasant Hill!

 

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April 3 Communication - Superintendent News

As we wrap up our 13th day of not being in session it is amazing the turbulent amount of information that has been shared, changed, shared again and then reconsidered by all the experts. The best example I can share is the one with do we or don't we wear masks. The CDC and WHO both stated quite clearly two weeks ago that this was a waste as healthy individuals did not need to take that precaution. Today, we have Los Angeles and New York asking all individuals to wear masks for their own safety and the safety of others. Missouri will break the 2000 confirmed cases by the end of the week and more than likely have at least 20 deaths. These numbers are a long ways from some of the losses being felt in other areas of our country. Please stay calm and continue working with your students, as this affects everyone in different ways.
 
School Closure Moving Forward
At this time nothing has changed in Cass County but there is on-going pressure for Governor Parsons to issue a statewide declaration to help slow the spread in our state. I believe you will see districts extend their closure to the end of April, as the President has requested but again it will be hit and miss in our state as each district is deciding for themselves. We will stand ready to come back once the all clear is sounded.
 
Instructional Materials
Thank you so much for all the parents that showed up on Thursday at the primary and the high school for our final K-6 material pick up. We had 95% of our K-6 students receive their information on this day and we will be working with the bus company to get information delivered next week to those that were unable to make it. This was a great turnout and greatly appreciated. We are having our 7-12 pick-up on Monday, April 6th for secondary students who need the paper copies only. Also, our MS students will be receiving their weekly homework email on Mondays for the remainder of the year.
 
High School Graduation and Prom
Information has gone out this week with some of the alternative plans for the Class of 2020 Graduation and the High School Prom. Prom has been rescheduled for May 16th (Location TBD) and we will only be able to hold a Prom if we have returned to school by that date. Let's hope that we get to see all those tuxedos and dresses as the students always look great. The alternative for Graduation is set for June 11th at the Connection Point Church in Raytown. Cap and Gown deliveries are still scheduled for pick up on May 6th, and Baccalaureate will be held on June 10th. We will continue to update these topics as we move forward.
 
Providing Meals (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
We have been providing meals daily at the high school circle drive for ALL children in our community under the age of 18. Each student can receive a breakfast and lunch, with milk provided at NO cost to the families. We have provided over 3000meals this week and hope we can continue to get the word out to our families. I want to reiterate that this is for ALL children under the age of 18, please share with friends and neighbors. We will continue with the meal times between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thank You! We are planning on providing these meals as long as we are not in session.
 
Library Books
This next week (April 6-8) we will be collecting library books from anyone who would like to return them. We will be located at the end of the breakfast/lunch pick-up lines in the HS circle drive from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday (April 6), Tuesday (April 7), and Wednesday (April 8). We will later be checking out new books ONLY to those students, who do not have internet access. The librarians have been in contact with these students. If your child would like to return his/her library books, we ask that you place your child’s books in a plastic grocery bag. If you have more than one child, who has books, we ask that you place the books in separate bags, with a bag for each school. There will be a volunteer at the end of the food line to collect these books from your car window.
 
Thank you
We have had volunteers everyday assisting with meal delivery and prep so thank you so much for helping our families. Also, a great big thank you to teachers and staff for getting packets out on Thursday, April 2. A great turnout to get instructional materials in the hands of our families.
 
Final Reminder
If anyone travels to areas of high infection rates please stay home for 14 days when you return, as this is becoming the number one most irresponsible action that is contributing to the community spread. Please be part of the solution, not the problem.

Go Chicks! Go Roosters! Go Pleasant Hill!
 
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Parental Communication for Printed Material Pick-up
 
 
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March 27 Communication: Superintendent News
Well as all of you know  many things have changed in our worlds since last week's update. The Pleasant Hill School District teachers and staff started into the area of instructional maintenance on Monday, March 23rd and have been working to get materials to all students. Cass County announced on Monday their own “Stay-at-Home” order accept for essential services and the closing of all schools until April 24th. There are starting to be many questions about the duration of the community spread and different philosophies, which continues to make everyone’s lives crazy. The number of cases in the State of Missouri will have more than quadrupled from last Friday. We currently have 7 cases in Cass County as of Thursday night, March 26th.
 
School Closure Moving Forward
We have had many decisions in the last two weeks about information that continues to change quicker than we can communicate the last decision and direction recommended. Our district administrative team has struggled with the indecisions this creates for our students, community and teaching staff. It is at this time we believe the best information to share is we plan to keep buildings closed indefinitely, which means until they recommend it is safe to resume. This does not mean that our high school administrative team has given up on Prom or Graduation and in fact they are working on alternatives. Assuming we can return this year, we will not go past May 21st and we are still waiting for information about summer school. Summer school is scheduled to start May 26 but we will share more in coming weeks.
 
Instructional Materials
Thank you so much for your willingness to be patient and know we are doing everything possible to continue the year under such unique circumstances. There will be one last material pick up scheduled. The Primary and Elementary print material pick up for ALL students will take place at the Primary School front circle drive on Friday, April 3rd, and Intermediate print material pick up for ALL students will take place on Friday, April 3rd, at the High School front circle drive. The Middle School and High School students who need paper copies will be able to pick up their packets on Monday, April 6th, in the High School circle drive. The Middle School and High School packets are only for those who have to have paper copies due to not having any internet access at home. Additional information with more details is attached to this email!

High School and Middle School Grading Change
When the decision to close school was first made, the plan was to return in two weeks and provide ungraded maintenance learning activities for students. However, with recent developments related to the spread of Covid-19, the closure has extended that time. With these changes came the need for our Middle and High schools to begin assessing student work being completed during this time of closure. Beginning on Monday, March 30th and extending until through the time of closure, teachers in grades 7 - 12 will provide all students with the opportunity to improve their current grade. It will be important for students to be in contact with teachers, as they may need to conference about assignments and the level of understanding, since turning in assignments, other than those which can be done electronically, will not be able to take place to keep students and staff safe during this time.
There will be no change to the practices currently in place for K-6 students, as the teachers will continue to monitor and reinforce learning of standards as they have done all school year, as well as during this time of closure.
 
Providing Meals (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
We have been providing meals daily at the high school circle drive for ALL children in our community under the age of 18. Each student can receive a breakfast and lunch, with milk provided at NO cost to the families. We have provided over 1200 meals this week and hope we can continue to get the word out to our families. I want to reiterate that this is for ALL children under the age of 18, please share with friends and neighbors. We are going to modify the times to 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., which is only 1 hour less but 98% of meals have been given out before 11:30 a.m. (see photo attached)
 
Thank You
I want to say thank you to all our teachers that participated in the Teacher Caravan last Monday as our community and many others need some joy during these difficult times. I know the feedback from the community has been outstanding. Also, the Durham bus service has been doing a great job supporting the district Mission of Every Student Every Day by assisting us in getting food, supplies, and learning materials to our community. Last but definitely not least to all our district support and certified staff for going the extra mile to make the best of this unique situation. We have staff doing great things to keep kids connected and hopefully we will see more of that in the coming weeks.
 
Final Reminder
If anyone travels to areas of high infection rates please stay home for 14 days  when you return, as this is becoming the number one most irresponsible action that is contributing to the community spread. Please be part of the solution, not the problem.
 
 
Go Chicks! Go Roosters! Go Pleasant Hill!
 
Please see link below for Parent Material Pickup Letter
 
Please see Video Link below:
https://youtu.be/YYfEeiy5S0c
 
 
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March 23, 2020: District releases statement due to Cass County Stay at Home Order
 
Due to the Cass County Stay At Home Order released today, school will not be in session through April 24th. More information from the district will follow this week. District Before and After School Care will also be closed. 
 
Please remember that FREE breakfast and lunch is available in the High School circle drive from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm this week. This is FREE for anyone 18 years old and younger who live in our community. This is a Curbside Grab and Go. Please do not exit your car, simply drive through the circle drive. We are happy we are able to continue providing this service, because it is an essential service to meet our students’ nutritional needs.
 
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Pleasant Hill R-III Superintendent News
 
The district is currently closed until March 27 with a plan to reevaluate next week once we receive more current information related to the community spread of COVID-19. The district office and many of our buildings are trying to provide assistance between the hours of 10am and 2pm each day during the closure. If you are having issues connecting via phone call, please email, as all staff are monitoring emails during this time. Also, thank you for the great response to our survey on Wednesday night as we are using that information to try to meet the needs of all 2200 students and families in our community. We will make an official decision next week whether or not to extend closure to April 3rd. Many of our neighboring districts have already closed until that date, so it is likely we will make the same decision. Please anticipate a survey in the coming weeks related to this topic as the Governor continues to support the concept of local control, which leaves these decisions up to the district and other community leaders.

Instructional Materials
You will be receiving information through email with directions specific to the building(s) your student(s) attends about student learning materials. Families without internet service or devices at home will be notified about how these materials will become available. Parents of these students can go by the respective school buildings between 10am -2pm on Monday to receive materials for your student. If you have limited transportation, please feel free to call or email us in order to make arrangements to have those materials delivered to you. Our first line of communication will be electronically through email, but we have made plans to communicate with families who do not have this option at this time. Google Classroom and other means of communication through technology are being utilized by our high school staff and will allow students and teachers to share information. We are working diligently to enable all of our staff to communicate with students through Google Meet in the coming weeks in the event we decide to extend school closure. Please review the attachment below from Dr. Lauren Goddard, Director of Student Services, which gives some valuable information to our parents related to students with an IEP or 504 Plan. Our primary goal is to continue to support all students.

Providing Meals
We are set up to start providing meals daily (Monday through Friday) for all individuals under the age of 18 starting Monday, March 23. We will be providing breakfast and lunch at the high school circle drive between the hours of 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. This is a drive up option only. These meals are provided at no cost to all families during this difficult time. There will be a learning curve related to this service, and we will be planning delivery routes for families that indicated a need for meals but cannot get to the high school during the designated scheduled times. The goal is to start this service on Monday as well, with the partnership of Durham Bus Service. However, routes for the delivery will have to be made, which may create a delay. Please know that all staff members are working as quickly as possible to get necessary food and supplies to students!
 
Here is a resource page, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1keIAuYEPSwMeQPeskrn6GSj-LcxI8v_eUBbz-ro95J8/edit?usp=sharing ,to assist our parents and students during this time while school is not in session due to Covid-19. Thank you to our district counselors for putting this information together.
 
 
Sincerely,
Steven T. Meyers, Ed.D.
Superintendent
 
 
Please see link for Youtube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6GbU8BrdDE
 
Please see Letter for parents (SPED-COVID):
 
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Resources for Parents and Students from District Counselors

 
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March 16, 2020

Pleasant Hill Families, 

The health and safety of all of our children continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Kansas City area. We are writing today with a number of important updates for all children and families. To ensure the safety of our students, staff and community, and to provide opportunities for deep cleaning of facilities, Pleasant Hill School District will not be in session Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, March 27.  The district will reevaluate the need for future closings, as more information is received.

Our staff will be planning instructional maintenance for our students during our closure and sharing information after a planning meeting on Wednesday, March 18. Staff will be available via email and/or phone starting next Monday and every weekday during the closure between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to communicate with students or parents who may need assistance.  Also, this Friday we will be sending additional information out about how students and families can receive meals starting Monday, March 23, as a drive-through grab-’n-go option at the high school. We will give more specifics in a Friday update on the situation.

At this time we will plan to use the Spring Break of April 10, 13, and 14, as well as the Professional Development Day on April 22, to make up days lost at school. We believe this is necessary to assist with the curriculum for our students and attempt to recover from the lost days of instruction. We currently would still end the school year on Thursday, May 21.

Upon the return to school, children who are sick should stay home. Families should keep the school informed about the nature of the absence. Anyone who has traveled to Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, or China and returned on or after March 4, 2020, must stay home from school for 14 days after their last day in that country. Also, any staff or student who has traveled to areas within the United States where the infections are considered elevated should also stay home from school for 14 days and will be asked to do so.

It’s important we stay together as a community and support one another during this rapidly changing situation.

 

Sincerely,
Steven T. Meyers, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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March 13, 2020

 

Dear Parents, Staff and Community:

 

There is no higher priority for our entire Pleasant Hill School district family than the safety of our students, staff and community. With potentially two cases of COVID-19 in the state of Missouri, many of our families have questions regarding the virus and the impact on our school community. I want to assure you that we are in close communication with local and state officials and internal teams. as well as continuing to monitor the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) in order to stay on top of this evolving situation.

 

Below are common questions we are receiving from our families and the public, along with our responses.

 

We hope these updates help reassure you that PHSD is taking this situation very seriously, that we are adjusting our practices in response to new information from public health officials and that we continue to prioritize the safety and learning of our students.

 

  • Will PHSD close schools?
    • Currently, Cass County Department of Public Health officials do not recommend closing schools.

  • If schools are closed, how will students continue to access their education?
    • Our entire administrative team is working with each other to develop what options will be available for learning, if needed.

  • Are health-related absences due to COVID-19 concerns excused from school?
    • We want to reiterate that families know what is best for their children and will honor your decision to keep your child home from school. Some children and family members may be at higher risk for severe illness because of underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system. We are asking parents to make the best decision for their families. Please notify your child's school if you will be keeping him or her home so the absence can be verified.
  • How will Pleasant Hill School District keep families, staff and students informed regarding coronavirus?
    • Any district updates will be conveyed through regular district channels-including email and voice messaging, the district website www.pleasanthillschools.com and social media.

  • What is the protocol for cleaning and disinfecting schools and buses?
    • Staff has been directed to prioritize cleaning common and high-traffic areas multiple times a day. Prioritized cleaning includes bathrooms, the cafeteria, common spaces, door handles, emergency bar on doors, etc. Durham has been using disinfectants in district buses since last week and will continue to do so as long as necessary. All efforts will be made to keep students healthy and safe.

  • When should a student or staff member stay home?
    • If students or staff experience fever of 100 degrees or higher, cough and /or difficulty breathing, the CDC recommends they should stay home from school and contact their health care provider immediately.

  • Will school events and travel be cancelled?
    • Out of abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of our students and staff all Pleasant Hill School District trips and events will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Rest assured, we are monitoring this developing situation closely, staying in regular contact with federal agencies, health organizations and other experts. We will continue to adjust our operations according to the recommendations of health authorities as the situation develops. Also, on March 11, the MO DHSS opened a statewide public hotline for citizens needing guidance regarding COVID-19. That hotline is operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The phone number is 877-435-8411.

 

Sincerely,


Steven T. Meyers, Ed.D

Superintendent

Pleasant Hill School District
816-540-3161

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