FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated June 22, 2020

The closing of schools due to a global pandemic is uncharted territory for schools in the U.S. We are relying on guidance from our local, state and federal health department partners to make decisions that will be in the best interest of student and staff safety. Currently, Mehlville School District buildings and campuses are closed to the public at least through July 5. Our year-round staff have returned to work in our buildings, but visits are for grab-and-go meals, curbside pick-ups or by appointment only.

When is the last day of school for the 2019-2020 school year?
The last day of school is Wednesday, May 27. Remote learning concluded on May 27.
 
I need to enroll my child for school. When/how can I make an appointment?
Please call the school to start the registration process. If you're not sure which school to register your child, please call 314-467-5000 for assistance. How to enroll a new student.

How will end-of-the-year events be handled?
Graduation ceremonies for both Mehlville High School and Oakville High School have been rescheduled for Sunday, July 19, 2020. This change is based on the recommendation by a group comprised of MHS and OHS seniors, parents and district staff. The Oakville High School graduation will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Family Arena, followed by the Mehlville High School ceremony at 6 p.m. The group expressed an interest in holding the ceremony before August 2020, when our graduates will move on the next chapter of their lives. For that reason, a virtual ceremony will be held on the July 19 date if we are unable to hold a public event in July.

Decisions about other end-of-the-year events will be made by each school. Schools will consider if events can be postponed or if an alternative or virtual option can take place.

I left something at school I need. Can I come to pick it up?
Our school buildings are currently closed, but you can email your child's principal to make arrangements.

When can students return to school to clean out their desks and lockers?
Each school has communicated student belonging pick-ups. Most of these happened in July. If you missed your child's pick-up date, please email your child's principal to make other arrangements.

Can I be reimbursed for fees I’ve paid to the school?
Most fees for unused services or items paid by credit card through our RevTrak system have been refunded. If you paid cash or check through the office, you can maintain that credit into next year or you can get a refund in the fall. If you would like to refunded sooner, please contact your principal to initiate the refund process.

If my student travels outside of the country or to a high-risk area in the U.S., will Mehlville restrict his/her re-entry into a school building?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides guidance for travel, including visiting places that have experienced community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please review and follow these guidelines as you travel and return from travel. The CDC travel advisories change frequently, so please check back often if you do decide to travel.

I need help with my child’s Chromebook or device. Who can I contact for assistance?
If you need assistance with your child’s Chromebook, please begin by communicating with your child’s teacher. Over the summer, please email the Mehlville School District Technology Department at msdchromebookhelp@msdr9.org for assistance.

Will the state’s MAP testing still take place?
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) canceled Missouri Assessment Program tests in 2020, including End of Course exams.

My child has money in MySchoolBucks. What happens to the balance?
All current student meal account balances will automatically be carried forward for students continuing in any school in Mehlville School District. If a student graduates or moves out of the district, a refund can be requested. Account balances can also be transferred to siblings within Mehlville. The parent/guardian of our students may request a refund or transfer by phone at 314-467-5250 or email chesnekk@msdr9.org. Refunds will be issued by check from the Mehlville School District. Families may also choose to donate the remaining meal account balance to a Mehlville Pay it Forward account to go towards a student in need.  Please send requests to Karen Chesnek at chesnekk@msdr9.org.   

How will remote learning be graded?
During the extended school closure and for the remaining part of second semester of the 2019-2020 school year, grades for students in grades 6-12 were Pass, Incomplete or Fail. These grades will not have any bearing on the student's GPA. High school students, and eighth-grade students taking advanced courses, received high school credit for all passing classes. This practice will only exist for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year. Students in kindergarten through fifth-grade will not receive a final report card in the spring of 2020.

Where can I see the Mehlville School District curriculum by grade level?
The curriculum approved by the Mehlville Board of Education is published on our website. You can look up curriculum by grade and subject. Review the curriculum.

Will the upcoming ACT tests still be held?
ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. All students registered for the April 4 test date should have received an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. For more information, visit ACT’s website at https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html.

Are spring sports and activities canceled?
All after-school and extracurricular activities are currently canceled in Mehlville School District. Sports and certain activities at Mehlville School District are governed by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), which has also canceled activities. For updates on MSHSAA decisions, visit the MSHSAA website at: https://www.mshsaa.org/.

Will proms be held as scheduled?
Proms have been cancelled. This decision was not made lightly. We looked at every possible scenario to hold the prom and realized that there was simply no way that we could enforce social distancing guidelines, meet room capacity restrictions, and create an overall safe environment for students.

How does this closure impact A+ tutoring hours?
We have received updated guidance from the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development on 2020 high school seniors’ A+ Scholarship eligibility.

In response to multiple school closures as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development issued the following guidance for 2020 high school seniors’ A+ Scholarship eligibility. This guidance is temporary and only applies to 2020 seniors. All other high school students will be required to meet the A+ Scholarship requirements outlined in Section 160.545, RSMo and the A+ administrative rule, 6 CSR 10-2.190.
  • Grade Point Average. To be eligible for the A+ Scholarship, students must graduate from high school with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Since school closures may negatively impact seniors’ spring 2020 GPA and thus the cumulative GPA at graduation, 2020 seniors who have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the end of either the fall 2019 or spring 2020 semesters will be eligible.
  • 50 Hours of Unpaid Tutoring/Mentoring. The A+ Scholarship requires students to complete 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring. For the 2020 seniors, the number of tutoring/mentoring hours has been reduced temporarily to 25 to accommodate those students who are unable to complete 50 hours prior to high school graduation. The high school’s A+ policy should outline acceptable methods of meeting this requirement. Schools may add temporary exceptions to their policies, or permanently amend their policies, to allow for a broader range of ways for students to complete their tutoring/mentoring hours. In addition, high schools may utilize the six month exceptional circumstances provision outlined in the administrative rule for 2020 seniors who are unable to complete 25 hours prior to graduation. 
  • Algebra I End of Course Exam. DHEWD is working with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop guidance about how this provision might be affected and will provide that guidance as soon as it is available.

Is Summer Session still happening?
Mehlville Summer Session is happening. Summer Session will be offered virtually in June and July.

Can my child keep their Chromebook for the entire summer?
Students participating in Mehlville Summer Session will be able to keep their Chromebooks through July. Student returning in August to a Mehlville School District school can also keep their Chromebooks through the summer. If you have questions, or if you need to return a chromebook, please email msdchromebookhelp@msdr9.org.

I'm worried about my child falling behind. How will teachers close the gap in August?
Even before a pandemic, large discrepancies in academic achievement existed between kids, and our teachers are great at filling in learning gaps. Next school year, we do plan to conduct pre-assessments earlier in the school year to identify students who need some extra support.
 
What is the district going to do differently in the 2020-2021 school year to prepare for any further closures? 
We have created a Return to School Committee that is charged with planning instruction for a variety of scenarios. These scenarios include in-person school, virtual school or maybe a hybrid approach, depending on guidance from St. Louis County Health. During the week of July 20, we will share more information about our plans to return to school in August.

When kids return, what will be done to disinfect schools and help keep them virus-free?
We are planning throughout the summer to provide a safe environment in August when students return to school. These plans include heightened levels of cleaning, additional times for student and staff hand-washing, physical distancing where possible and the use of personal protective equipment, like face coverings. Student and staff safety continues to be our top priority. Mehlville School District will be closely following the recommendations of the St. Louis County Public Health Department and CDC and will continue to share those recommendations with our community.
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