By Clay Coleman
LADDONIA—Community R-VI School District has closed its doors because of the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), yet it will continue operating remotely, starting Thursday, March 19. The district said it would resume normal operations, pending recommendations by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Friday, April 6. The suspension includes all extracurricular activities.
The district said it would provide students with classwork during the recess by utilizing the students’ email, smartphone, or Skype on their iPads.
Correspondence between students and teachers would happen online, with teachers posting office hours, so students and parents can contact them about classwork assignments.
Elementary students will take home a Chromebook laptop after parents fill out a request form brought home by the student. The Chromebook allows students access to Google Apps for education and educational web-based materials.
For those families without internet access, the district will set-up Wi-Fi hotspots so students can go online, and upload and download their assignments.
Wi-Fi hotspots are located at the Laddonia Fire Dept., outside the St. Joseph Catholic School in Martinsburg. Rush Hill and Benton City will have a Wi-Fi hotspot situated in a community school bus, located in the center of town.
The district will also provide free breakfast and lunch for those students whose parents signed up for meals. Food deliveries will take place from Monday through Friday, between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meal pick-up points will be located at Benton City Community Center, Rush Hill Community Church, St. Joseph School in Martinsburg, and the First Baptist Church in Laddonia.