Access Affton

A Publication of the Affton School District

Update for Families | March 20, 2020

Continuity of Learning

Through April 3rd, our goal is to provide support to Affton families in order to provide enriching learning opportunities for our students.


Expectations of Students & Families

We recognize that working from home, being a parent, and seeking your support in continuing the education of your child is nearly impossible. Everything we’ve done to date is seeking to connect back to our goal during this shut down of providing enriching learning opportunities for students to continue their learning. This a stressful and traumatic time that we recognize we need to care for not only the academic progress of your child but also their mental and emotional health.


We’ve published these lists in the hopes that we’ve erred on the right side of firmness/flexibility and recognize there can never be a ‘one-size’ solution during these trying times.


Early Childhood and Mesnier Primary Expectations

Family Support:

  • I will notify my school counselor or social worker if I do not have wifi access (Assistance is available.)

  • I will support my student’s organization of learning by suggesting a quiet space to learn and a checklist of tasks to complete.

  • When my child’s teacher contacts me, I will respond and help them complete their questionnaire.

  • I will contact the classroom teacher if I am confused about the lesson/activity.


Gotsch Intermediate, Rogers Middle School and Affton High School Expectations

Student Expectations:

  • I will check my email and online learning platform (Google Classroom, Schoology, etc.) after 9:00 am.

  • I will reach out to my peers if I am confused.

  • I will email my teachers if I am confused.

  • I will wash my hands and follow any instructions from my parents and the CDC

  • I will take time to play outside; make art; do something for someone else; read a good book; work on a personal project.

  • I recognize that all work shared is designed for enrichment and to continue my learning and that NO ASSIGNMENTS will be collected or graded.


Family Support:

  • I will notify my school counselor or social worker if I do not have wifi access (Assistance is available.)

  • I will confirm that my student accesses their learning platform after 9:00 am.

  • I will support my student’s organization of learning by suggesting a quiet space to learn and a checklist of tasks to complete.

  • When my child’s teacher contacts me, I will respond and help them complete their questionnaire

  • I will ensure my student contacts the teacher if they are confused with the lesson.


We’ve published two documents (linked above) that outline exactly what we expect of families and recognize there will be varying levels of commitment from day to day and hour to hour based on various conditions. Families, do the best you can and don’t forget to take care of you.

Please Pick Up Your Phone

Every one of our staff members will be making phone calls on Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24. We are attempting to contact every family for every one of our students. You may receive more than one call and we apologize about that. But humor us as we find the best way to support you.


We are attempting to assess your family's access, needs, and general well-being. Relationships are embedded in our core values and we want to know how you are doing, ensure our students are able to continue learning, and what support your family may need. Please, please pick up your phone when we call.

Computer and Internet Access

  • Spectrum is waiving installation fees and providing 60-day Internet access for families during the COVID-19 crisis. Please call 844-488-8395 for details.

  • If your student needs additional technology help at home, please email info@afftonschools.net or call the Affton Schools COVID-19 Helpline at 314-633-5911.

ADDED: SATURDAY, MARCH 21 // Building Pick-Up Schedule for Emergency & Essential Items

NEW DATE ADDED TO HELP MEET THE SCHEDULES AND NEEDS OF OUR FAMILIES: All Affton Schools will offer a pickup from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 and Monday, March 23, to allow families to pick up emergency medications and essential items prior to this extended school closure.


AECC and Mesnier Primary (Grades PK-2)

  • Pickup is limited to emergency medications and essential items following the schedule below.


Gotsch Intermediate (Grades 3-5)

  • Students will need access to a device at home for extended learning that begins Wednesday, March 25. If you do not have access to a computer, Chromebook, or other device at home, families can pick up a Chromebook, charger, and/or emergency medications during the times below.

  • No reservations are needed.

  • Gotsch Intermediate will be DRIVE-THRU-ONLY at the Cafeteria. Please drive to the back of the building and DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE for pickup.


Rogers Middle School and Affton High School (Grades 6-12)

  • Pickup is limited to emergency medications and essential items. If your student left their Chromebook or charger, or has a damaged device that needs to be traded, they can do so at the times below.


To keep our entire community safe and healthy, please do not come to school unless absolutely necessary. If you do need to come, we ask that you please follow this schedule:

  • Last name A-F: 10-11 a.m.

  • Last name G-L: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • Last name M-R: 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

  • Last name S-Z: 1-2 p.m.


In addition, plan ahead and make a list of what you need to pick up. We are asking families to spend as little time as necessary in buildings to pick up items. We will be enforcing social distancing to protect the health of our schools and community. Should you have a question, please email info@afftonschools.net or call the Affton Schools COVID-19 Helpline at 314-633-5911.

Free Meals for Students

Once you complete this form, meal service will typically begin in 2 business days.


We understand that some of our families rely on the availability of school meals for proper nourishment. In order to help with this, Affton School District will be providing "To Go" and delivery meals for all students beginning Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3. At the time of pickup/delivery, a packaged lunch for the day will be provided as well as a breakfast for the following day. Meals will be provided free of cost.


Families can sign up at http://bit.ly/AfftonMeals or by calling the Affton Schools COVID-19 Helpline at 314-633-5911.

COVID-19 Helpline

We know you have a lot of questions and appreciate your patience and understanding as we make difficult decisions amidst these unusual and evolving circumstances. We will continue to communicate with you as more is learned and additional decisions are made.


Please reach out with your questions or concerns at info@afftonschools.net or by calling the Affton Schools COVID-19 Helpline at 314-633-5911.