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Moving to Level 3 Instruction

With the increasing local spread of the COVID-19 virus, the District has made the decision to implement our Level 3 instruction plans.

  • Students will not have school on November 9 and 10 while teachers prepare to begin distance learning.

  • Beginning Wednesday, November 11, all students will attend school remotely by following the schedule outlined in our Fall 2020 Return to Learn Plan (included below).

  • Parents whose children receive special education services can expect a phone call from their child’s case manager to arrange intervention times.

  • Teachers will be communicating with students via email, Google Classroom, Google Meet, and will have office hours from 12:30 - 2:00 every day. They will be available via phone, email, or virtual meeting to answer questions or help with school work.

  • We have a limited supply of devices to check out. Please complete this form or call the middle school office to indicate your need.

  • For those without access to wifi, we will have a packet pickup on Tuesday, November 10. More details will be shared next week.

  • Grades will be taken on work given during Level 3.

  • Meals will be distributed to various locations around the community for all students. See information in Meals at Level 3 section below. (Updated 11/7/2020)

Please watch textcaster, the WMMS website, the WMMS Facebook page, and the email address you have on file with us. If you have not updated your contact information with the school, please do so as soon as possible.

Communication is key, so please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Julie Esquivel, WMMS Principal

WMMS Return to Learn: Fall 2020 Plan

Distance Learning Schedule

In order to increase teacher-student interaction, reduce daily screen time for our students, and accommodate various family needs during times of distance learning, we will utilize a day 1/day 2 rotation for classes. All students will follow their regular in-school schedule to participate in classes as outlined in the picture below.

  • Students will be provided with content instruction for each of their classes as scheduled. Instruction will be coordinated through Google Classroom and will include:

    • Teachers will be available on Google Meet during the assigned class period

    • Up to 20 minutes of direct instruction which, if live, will be recorded for those who have any technical difficulties or for students to reference at a later time.

    • Live discussion/Q&A interaction between the teacher and students

    • A check for understanding which will guide future instruction and be used for attendance purposes

    • Independent practice will be expected and may need to be completed after the scheduled class time

    • Grades will be taken to indicate progress toward mastery in the learning objectives

  • Students will

    • Check their school email account and Google Classroom daily

    • Use proper online etiquette

    • Log in to class each day and participate in learning activities

    • Complete assignments as instructed

    • Contact their teacher if they have questions about classwork

    • Be graded based on work completed during any period of distance learning

    • Be accountable for their academic participation and success

    • Be responsible for contacting teachers to make up work missed due to an absence

  • Families will

    • Keep their contact information current with the school office (phone, address, email)

    • Check District/School communication platforms (email, textcaster, website) to stay current on district updates

    • Support a schedule conducive to a distance learning environment

    • Contact the school on any day in which the student is unable to attend online learning

    • Contact the school to troubleshoot barriers to learning

For full details, please refer to our Level 3 Plan that begins on page 5 of this document.

WMMS Return to Learn Fall 2020

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Meals During Level 3

The Kirksville R-III School District wants to be sure during our switch to Level 3 that our students still have meals available for them. The District Food Service along with Weber Bus Service will deliver breakfast and lunch to the listed sites for parents or students to pick up. A school bus will be at each site starting on Monday, November 9 from 9:15 am to 9:40.

Meals will also be available at each of the schools daily at 11:00, please call 660-626-1441 by 9:00 to arrange for meals picked up at any of the Schools to be consumed off-site.

  • YMCA 1708 Jamison Street
  • Jaycee Park 1115 North Osteopathy Street
  • Willard School 701 North Centennial Street
  • Devlin Place Devlin Place Wading Pool Parking lot
  • Memorial Park Corner of East Cottonwood and North Florence
  • Woodwinds Woodwind Court
  • University Apartments 2100 block of South Marion Street
  • Grim Drive Area Look for the bus.
  • Newton/Stinson Mobile Home Courts 1500 North Walnut Street

  • Ray Miller Elementary School 2010 East Normal
  • Kirksville Primary School 1815 East Hamilton
  • William Matthew Middle School 1515 south Cottage Grove Avenue
  • Kirksville Senior High School 1300 South Cottage Grove Avenue

Letter from the Superintendent

Kirksville R-III Pivoting to Level 3

The unprecedented rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Kirksville community is now significantly impacting the Kirksville R-III School District. While there is an increase in the number of positive students and staff, the impact on us is mostly being felt in the very high numbers of staff and students required to quarantine. It is simply not now possible to meet the needs of the students in onsite learning. Beginning Monday, November 9, 2020, District schools will be closed to in-person learning.

Additionally, on Monday and Tuesday, November 9th and 10th there will be a "pause" in all instruction. All Kirksville K-12th grade students will remain at home, but there will not be any planned instructional activities those two days. Staff will use these days to finalize plans for full off-site learning that will begin on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. This pivot to Level III will end on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, with students returning to Level II instruction on Monday, November 30th, assuming that the virus conditions allow.

The District will continue to provide meals for all students. Beginning Monday, November 9th meals will be delivered to various locations around the community, similar to what took place during the spring of this year. Exact locations have not yet been determined but please watch the District webpage and Facebook page for more information. For additional information about each school's Level III Instructional plans please see the District website.

Thank you for the understanding and support as we try to successfully manage these difficult and unsettling times.

CARES Center

The CFM CARES Center, Kirksville R-III's school health center, will remain open normal hours from 7:30 am-4:30 pm daily during Level 3. We have DESE-provided Rapid COVID tests for students and staff of the district at The CARES Center. The CARES Center will remain available for routine, preventative, and sick-related care. Please call 660-956-7011 with any questions, to schedule a COVID test, or for any other need. Virtual care is still available where appropriate.

Kirksville Online Academy

For our students enrolled in the Kirksville Online Academy, your online classes will continue as scheduled. Mrs. Findling will be available via email, phone, or virtual meeting. Students will not be allowed to work on-campus during Level 3. Please contact Mrs. Findling with any questions or concerns. LFindling@kirksville.k12.mo.us or 660-626-1472.