Return to School

Overview: What will school look like in 2020-2021?

What will school look like throughout the 2020-2021 school year? What are my child’s options? How is my child going to be kept safe? We understand that Mehlville School District families and staff have many questions regarding our return to school for the fall semester. Through parent and staff feedback, the work of our Return to School Committee, as well as continued guidance from the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, we are preparing to safely reopen Mehlville schools for the 2020-2021 academic year.
At the start of the school year, Mehlville School District families had two choices to make. They could select on-campus instruction with COVID-19 safety protocols in place or full-time virtual instruction through Mehlville@Home. Parents who choose on-campus instruction should understand that depending on the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community, on-campus instruction may pivot to a staggered attendance schedule with blended learning opportunities (at home and at school) or to virtual learning.
** On Aug. 5, the Mehlville School District Board of Education voted unanimously to start the school year in Plan C: Connected, and authorized Superintendent Dr. Chris Gaines to pivot to Plan B or Plan A when it is safe to do so.
** On Sept. 10, Dr. Gaines announced that preschool, kindergarten, first grade and second grade would start in Plan B on Sept. 22, 2020. Grades 3 through 12 would remain in Plan C.
** On Sept. 24, Dr. Gaines announced that grades 3-5 would start in Plan B on Oct. 6, 2020. Grades 6-8 would start in Plan B on Oct. 8, 2020. High school would remain in Plan C.
** On Oct. 9, Dr. Gaines announced that grades 9-12 would start in Plan B on Oct. 27, 2020.
** On Nov. 12, Dr. Gaines announced that grades 9-12 would transition back to Plan C on Nov. 16, 2020.
** On Jan. 8, 2021, Dr. Gaines announced the following updates for the start of the second semester on Jan. 19: high school students will return to campus in Plan B: Blended; elementary school students will transition to Plan A: At School, and attend school five days a week; middle school students will remain in Plan B: Blended.
** On Feb. 5, 2021, Dr. Gaines announced we are planning to bring middle school students back to campus four days a week starting on Feb. 16, 2021. All middle school students currently in Plan B will attend school on campus Tuesday through Friday starting on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Mondays will be virtual days. Elementary school students will remain in Plan A: At School, and attend school five days a week; high school students will remain in Plan B: Blended.
** On Feb. 25, 2021, Dr. Gaines announced we are planning to bring high school students back to campus four days a week starting on March 9, 2021. All high school students currently in Plan B will attend school on campus Tuesday through Friday starting on Tuesday, March 9. Mondays will be virtual days. Elementary school students will remain in Plan A: At School, and attend school five days a week; middle school students will remain in Plan A: At School, Mondays being virtual days and attending school Tuesday through Friday.

** On March 12, 2021, Dr. Gaines announced middle and high school students would return to campus five days a week on April 19.

Return to School
Please use the links below to explore the two options: on-campus instruction (with contingency Plan A, B and C) and Mehlville@Home. You can also review the entire plan as a PDF.
Learn more about On-Campus instructions.  Mehlville@Home

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