March 27 Closure Update

Savannah R3 Schools to remain closed through April 24th

Savannah R3 district administrators have been working closely with the Andrew County Health Department and other area health organizations to continually monitor the latest developments regarding COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. To help ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and staff, and to do our part in trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all schools in the Savannah R3 district are announcing an extended closure as well as cancellation of all school activities.

This district-wide campus closure that began Monday, March 23rd will now extend through Friday, April 24th. All school activities, including athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and community facility usage will also be canceled. At this time, we are planning to reopen schools on Monday, April 27th.

We realize this closure has been difficult for our students, faculty, and families. The district will continue to provide support services to our families in the following ways:

Educational Support

The district will continue to serve our students while we are away from our normal classroom routines. Our students’ emotional well-being and health are more important to us than academics during their time away from school amid the COVID-19 closure.

If you have not heard from your child's teacher yet, we ask that you email the building administrator. Please note that communication from teachers could be in the form of a Canvas announcement or an email. Also, our K-5 Specials have been designated a day of the week to communicate with you starting next week. We are trying to keep your inbox from being flooded!

We have asked the teachers to give our students UNIVERSAL learning activities- we want the students to be focusing on broad concepts and skills that will help in the real-world. All of the lesson ideas supplied by our teachers are simply suggested guidelines for students to follow.

More information about curriculum and learning here.

Grab & Go Meals

In an effort to keep our staff and community interactions to a minimum the district has decided to cut down the number of pick up days however, a week's worth of meals will still be provided.

Grab & Go Meals will be provided from 11 am to Noon on the following schedule:

Monday Pick up will include:

  • Monday Lunch
  • Tuesday Breakfast
  • Tuesday Lunch
  • Wednesday Breakfast

Wednesday Pick up will include:

  • Wednesday Lunch
  • Thursday Breakfast
  • Thursday Lunch
  • Friday Breakfast
  • Friday Lunch

Grab & Go Meals will be provided at any of the following sites:

  • Savannah High School

  • Minnie Cline Elementary (main drop-off line only)

  • John Glenn Elementary

  • Helena Elementary

  • Amazonia Elementary

Picking up your Grab & Go Meals:
  • follow the established pick up/ drop offline for each site

  • please do not exit your vehicle

  • place a large sign in your window to indicate the number of student meals needed

  • an SR3 staff member will bring the meals to your vehicle

  • walking to the site is allowed if necessary

  • Please note:

    • The contents of the meal will vary depending on product availability

    • meals may contain food allergens

A note about Backpack Buddies

If your student(s) participate in the backpack buddies program through the food pantry, these bags will be available on Wednesday but you will need to go to the site where your student attends school.

Social & Mental Wellbeing

To support the social and emotional health of our students and staff the district will also offer:

  • Resources from district guidance counselors

  • Mindfulness activities

  • Interactive video calls when appropriate

  • Uplifting and positive social media content

  • A district-wide Virtual Spirit Week.

We recognize the difficulty that these school closures present for working families. It is important to remember that closing schools is an effort to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between people and to reduce the number of individuals gathered into a given space to prevent the spread of the virus.

We will continue to remain in contact with public health officials, as we monitor this situation. Our goal is always to protect the safety, health, and wellbeing of our students, staff, and families. Our strength as a community is our greatest asset. In making this decision, we are working together to protect each other and slow the progression of COVID-19.

Online homework??

If you haven't heard from your child's teacher yet, you will soon. Our educators are working hard to gather some "work from home" resources for every family in the district.

While these are fantastic learning opportunities to keep your child engaged, please keep in mind that nothing is required from you or your student at this time.

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