All high school spring sports cancelled through May 4, 2020.
Dear Tiger Families,
We hope the warm temperatures and sunshine have sparked some happiness within your homes. While our schools remain closed, that doesn’t mean our love and support for your family stops. Our cafeteria workers continue to cook nutritious meals. Various district staff members and dedicated community volunteers are serving and delivering those meals. Our maintenance and custodian crews are hard at work disinfecting, cleaning and beautifying buildings and campuses. Principals and teachers continue to provide educational enrichment and emotional support to our students. Other school leaders are in daily contact with local and state officials to ensure the District continues to make decisions that protect the health and safety of our entire school community. While COVID-19 has disrupted our normal routines, it will not break the bonds we have built within our Tiger community. We will continue to serve our families.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are extending our school closure through April 30, 2020. Our tentative return date is now set for Friday, May 1, 2020. Please note, we will continue to make week-by-week decisions on extending the closure based on the latest health information and guidelines that are provided to us from our local and state officials.
We will continue to serve meals at each of our elementary schools, but we are making one small change. We will only be serving meals Monday – Thursday. Students will be given double meals on Thursdays. The serving time will remain the same, 10:00 a.m. to noon. We are extremely thankful to have the opportunity to continue this service to our families during this time.
One quick reminder regarding this week, we will not be serving meals Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13. A food mobile has been set up for Thursday, April 9 at Jefferson Elementary from 10:00 a.m. – noon.
Please know that we are here to support you through these very challenging times. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need anything. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time. You can also call 573-335-1867 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you feel more comfortable talking to your child’s teacher or principal, please feel free to express your needs through them. We care about you a great deal!
We are here for you and no matter how long we have to make scheduling changes due to COVID-19, that will not change.
April 3, 2020
Dear Tiger Families,
We hope this email finds you and your loved ones well. We wanted to share some important updates with you today.
We will not be serving meals on Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13. Those days were already scheduled off on the school calendar for our spring break. Two breakfast meals and two lunch meals will be served to each child on Thursday, April 9.
Aside from that scheduling change, we will continue to provide breakfast and lunch at each of our five elementary school buildings from 10:00 a.m. to noon each day. We have proudly served over 30,000 meals over the last couple of weeks. Your kind words and thanks have kept us going. We are thankful to have the opportunity to continue to serve our families in this way during the time we are out of school.
Please make note of one change to our serving procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are now doing NO CONTACT pick up. Meals will be placed on a table by the curb and an adult will need to quickly exit his/her car to grab the meal from the table. Please do not exit your vehicle until the school worker has stepped away from the table.
One other important home safety note:
You may have heard tornado sirens throughout the Cape Girardeau area Wednesday afternoon. This was a regularly scheduled one-minute live test of the severe weather sirens. We would like to encourage all of our families to revisit your home emergency plan, specifically for tornadoes. With children being out of school right now and this being the beginning of severe weather season, it’s important that your family establishes an emergency plan and practices it. We do emergency drills at school all the time. The same should be done at home. If you need help creating your family’s emergency plan, visit www.ready.gov.
We care deeply about our students and their families and realize you are juggling a lot right now. Please know that we are here to support you. If there is something we are missing, please email your child’s principal or teacher so we can help make the proper connections to resources available in our community.
All buildings remain closed during this time, including our playgrounds. The Board Office at 301 North Clark is open each day from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We strongly encourage you to call 573-335-1867 or email Tiger Help between those hours for assistance.
One last request, your child’s teacher and principal are missing their students. If you get a moment to send them an encouraging email or message, it would mean the world to them. We are a family, and it’s important we continue to lift each other up, and focus on the positives within our wonderful community.
Cape Girardeau Public Schools
Dear Tiger Families,
We hope you are staying well and are paying attention to the important messages our local health department has been sharing regarding COVID-19. Community leaders are asking that we encourage everyone to stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing.
As a precaution, we are extending our districtwide closure due to COVID-19 through April 13, 2020 with a targeted return date of April 14, 2020. We will reevaluate next week to see what the situation is in our community before making any future decisions.
In the meantime, we are providing curbside meal pickup at each of our five elementary schools between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon each weekday. These meals are for any child 18 and under.
We will continue to provide updates to you as we make decisions regarding school closures and share resources on support that is available to families during this time. We are here for you as we work through this situation together.
As we told you yesterday evening, we’re looking forward to the day we can open our schools again. Being away from our students is not easy.
Cape Girardeau Public Schools
GOVERNOR PARSON HIGHLIGHTS LEADERSHIP OF MISSOURI SCHOOLS AND HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
JEFFERSON CITY Recognizing that every school district is different, Governor Mike Parson enabled local school leaders to make the best decisions for their communities as Missouri continues to combat the spread of COVID-19. This approach allowed for local solutions and provided maximum flexibility for leaders to address the effects of closing a school district.
“I’m proud of the hard work and leadership our education leaders have demonstrated during this public health emergency,” Governor Parson said. “Every school district has been impacted differently by COVID-19, and every community has responded in a way that meets their individual needs.”
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), in consultation with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), has several important updates and new guidance to share following last week’s announcement of a statewide social distancing order:
- Per DHSS, schools shall not resume classes before Monday, April 6, unless extended by further order of DHSS. Schools that want to extend closure past April 6 have the option to do so.
- Schools are encouraged to continue to prepare and serve food as they have been doing during the closure.
- Schools may continue to provide childcare when/if possible.
- DESE urges school officials to ensure social distancing protocol is being utilized when staff members are reporting to work. Leaders should evaluate which duties being performed are critical (making copies of educational materials to mail/deliver to students, providing childcare, etc.), and then explore how those tasks could be performed remotely or virtually.
Following Governor Parson’s Executive Order 20-04 easing regulatory burdens during this state of emergency, DESE has removed barriers and provided the flexibility necessary for local school leaders to stay focused on the health and safety of their students, staff members, and communities.
- Missouri is cancelling statewide-required assessments for the remainder of this school year.
- Some graduating seniors eligible for the A+ Scholarship may still need to take an assessment. DESE will be working on these additional details. DESE applied for and received an expedited testing waiver from the U.S. Department of Education on March 20.
- Schools will not be required to make up the days/hours lost due to COVID-19 this school year, and missed calendar hours will not affect the calculation of average daily attendance.
- Districts and charters should make attendance decisions based on the safety and well-being of their students and staff without concern that the low attendance numbers will negatively influence payment.
- Missouri’s foundation formula – DESE’s school funding mechanism – is designed to absorb a one-year attendance irregularity for schools that are paid on the first or second preceding year’s Average Daily Attendance (ADA).
- Basic formula payments will not be interrupted if student attendance is lower this school year. Next year’s basic formula payments can be based on the highest of a district’s first or second preceding year’s ADA.
- DESE has waived the requirements for any remaining student teaching and internship activities that would have taken place in schools.
- Great teachers matter for Missouri, and these future educators have worked hard over the last four years preparing for this important career. DESE will ensure that these new educators get the certificates they have earned.
- DESE Food & Nutrition team members worked quickly to secure the necessary USDA waivers to enable local schools to feed their students during COVID-19 closures as so many students rely on school meals each day.
- Those waivers give schools the ability to prepare and serve meals at their sites even though they are closed and to conduct meal service in different ways, such as grab-and-go style meals or sack lunches delivered throughout the community.
Missouri’s higher education institutions have also been severely impacted by COVID-19.
Many of the state’s colleges and universities have taken action to help prevent the spread of the virus and are exploring how they can use their expertise, technology, and other resources to help during this time of crisis.
Although many campuses have closed down, faculty are still working to meet the COVID-19 challenge by delivering courses and resources in new ways, such as moving to online classes. Institutions have also created their own webpages with details and plans for the upcoming weeks and months.
Due to school closures in response to COVID-19, the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (DHEWD) has temporarily reduced or suspended certain A+ Scholarship eligibility requirements.
Communication to Missouri high schools and college financial aid officers was sent on March 19 outlining the temporary changes to the program for 2020 high school seniors and college students hoping to renew the scholarship for 2020-2021. The U.S. Department of Education has also issued guidance for college administrators, financial aid officers, students, parents, and faculty in the wake of school cancellations and postponements.
- High school seniors working toward A+ eligibility will have a reduced number of tutoring/mentoring hours from 50 to 25. A student with a cumulative 2.5 GPA at the end of either the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 semester will be eligible. DHEWD is working with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop guidance for the Algebra I end-of-course exam requirement.
- College students utilizing the A+ Scholarship were previously required to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for renewal. Due to classes at many institutions unexpectedly moving to online only options, a student must now meet only the school’s satisfactory academic progress requirements, even if the school requires less than a 2.5 GPA. Post-secondary institutions have the option to apply the All Available Hours exception to the full-time enrollment requirement for students impacted by closures and/or alternative delivery methods.
- The changes to the department guidelines for A+ only apply to 2020 high school seniors and college students for the 2019-2020 academic year. Additional guidance may be issued if it becomes necessary in this rapidly evolving situation.
Cape Girardeau School District Shares Information on Low Cost/No Cost Internet Service During Outbreak
We encourage families, where possible, to take the next step, by ensuring students have access to the internet at home. Some internet providers are offering free, low or reduced cost programs and resources for families. Here’s what we know so far:
Charter / Spectrum
Beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:
- Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100/200 Mbps.
- To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.
- Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
- After 60 days, there is a monthly $54.95 charge. However, families may call before the 60-day timeframe elapses, and cancel with no charge.
- For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
- Charter will open its WiFi hotspots across its area for public use (where available).
- Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.
- Cannot have an outstanding balance.
- Cannot have had internet with Spectrum for 30 days before application.
- Emergency Response 1
- Option 1
- $10.00 2GB high speed data then unlimited reduced speed data plan, 50% off a hotspot, 12 month agreement. ($42.00 hotspot) – For the next 60 days this plan will provide 20GB of high-speed data per user.
- Option 2
- $20.00 Truly Unlimited high-speed data plan with a Free hotspot, 12 month agreement.
- Option 1
Access from AT&T
- Speeds and Costs
- 10 megabits per second $10 per month, 5 megabits per second, for $10 per month, 3 megabits per second, for $5 per month.
- No commitment, No deposit, no installation fee, in-home WiFi modem and WiFi access at more than 30,000 AT&T hotspots nationwide – included.
- English: 1-855-220-5211
- Spanish: 1-855-220-5225
- At least one person in your household must be a participant in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
- You must live in one of the 21 states where AT&T provides wireline home Internet service, and at least one of the Access from AT&T Internet speeds must be available at the address where you live.
Comcast Internet Essentials (where available)
- Speeds and Costs
- 15 megabits per second $9.95 per month plus tax.
- No contract, no credit check, no installation fee, in-home wifi.
- You are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others.
- You do not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old.
- Families with outstanding debt more than one year old may still be eligible.
- You live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available but have not subscribed to it within the last 90 days.
- Once becoming an Internet Essential customer you have the option to purchase a laptop or desk computer at a discounted price:
- Comcast Internet response to the coronavirus
- As the country deals with the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect more low-income families to the Internet at home. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, anyone who signs up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service. Comcast is also increasing the speed of the program to 25 Mbps downloads, and 3 Mbps uploads for all new and existing customers.
- After your first two free months expire, you can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer. You will receive an easy to use self-install-kit that includes a cable modem (to receive service at your home) with a WiFi router (to connect your devices without wires). There is no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee for equipment.
- Shop internet service providers and compare dozens of internet options and choose the best one for your home with your zip code.
- Call one of their experts who can make a recommendation based on your needs or take your order by phone. 1-888-209-5085
We are fortunate at the time of this letter that Cape Girardeau County has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. University leaders are committed to doing what is necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, employees and the local community. Public health, which is the health of everyone on our campus, in Cape Girardeau, and in other Southeast communities, remains the highest priority and is at the forefront of all of our planning as we move through this pandemic.
With the actions and plans communicated below that impact faculty, staff and students, we remain committed to maintaining all essential campus functions to the best of our ability and look forward to returning to normal and regular operations as soon as possible.
During these fast-moving times, we encourage all employees and students to continuously monitor their Southeast email addresses and the University’s COVID-19 informational page to stay abreast of changes or announcements related to this situation.
Students – March 23-27
- All in-person classes are suspended for the week of March 23. Faculty will use this time to identify/prepare for alternative delivery of in-person courses beginning the week of March 30.
- There is no change to scheduled online courses. Classes that are already conducted online that are scheduled to resume on March 23 will continue as planned.
Students – March 30 through End of Semester
- Beginning March 30, in-person classes will be provided through alternative means (e.g. online, Zoom, etc.).
- Students should expect to be contacted by their faculty member after March 28 with details for each scheduled course.
- If you don’t have access to a computer or technology for your classes, limited facilities will be available to students. Additional information is communicated below.
- Many companies are working to provide internet and data services at a reduced cost or for free for a period of time due to this outbreak. Students that need such service are encouraged to contact internet service providers in their area to explore if these options are available. While Southeast is not endorsing any particular company, you can find more information about this at: Charter: https://bit.ly/2QmAWnV; AT&T https://soc.att.com/2UfqlfJ; T-Mobile: https://t-mo.co/2we8gGH; and Sprint: https://sprint.co/3d28b9H.
- Faculty have been participating in training offered by the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CSTL), Information Technology and Southeast Online to ensure a smooth transition to alternative delivery of instruction. Those training opportunities are on-going and additional resources will be continue to be shared with faculty to assist them in this transition.
- Faculty members should use the week of March 23 to transition their courses to alternative formats so they are ready when classes resume on March 30. Faculty and other instructors are encouraged to visit the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning webpage, which is frequently being updated.
- We anticipate completing the semester as originally scheduled on May 15, 2020. The last day to drop a full semester class/withdraw from the University will remain April 24. If a student withdraws before that date, the student will receive a grade of W. Per Southeast policy, no refund will be available for a reduction in hours due to individual course withdrawals that occur after the initial drop/add period.
Residence Halls & Dining Services
- Effective immediately, access to all residence halls is restricted and the University will close all residence halls through a tiered process beginning Friday, March 20. The move-out process will be conducted in stages through March 31. Residents will be assigned days to move out to allow for appropriate social distancing in our buildings and to limit the number of people on campus. Residence Life staff will be contacting all students currently residing in residence halls during spring break.
- Modified dining options will be provided and posted on the Dining Services webpage.
- Residence Life staff will communicate additional information to all students via their Southeast email, which will include information for students that may be unable to return home for extenuating circumstances, along with other detail.
- The University is evaluating its ability to offer a reduction in students’ bill because of these changes, and additional information about this possibility will be communicated to students on or before March 27.
Unless otherwise directed, the campuses will remain open.
Kent Library & Computer Labs
- Kent Library will remain open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Kent Library Computer Lab will be open 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All other computer labs on the Cape Girardeau and River Campuses will remain closed.
- The Computer Labs at the Sikeston and Kennett Regional Campuses will be open 9 a.m. –4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Health Clinic, Bookstore, Rec. Center & Other Facilities
- The Campus Health Clinic will close effective end of day Thursday, March 19, and will remain closed until further notice.
- The University Center will remain open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday for University-related business only.
- The Student Recreation Center and Student Aquatic Center are closed until further notice.
- Southeast Bookstore will remain open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday unless otherwise communicated.
- The U.S. Bank branch inside the Southeast Bookstore will close today (March 18) and remain closed until further notice.
- Operations at Catapult Creative House related to Fuel @ Catapult and the retail and exhibit spaces are closed until further notice.
- Information on access and use of facilities such as Catapult Creative House, Rust Center for Media, art studios, practice rooms and other such areas for academic purposes will be communicated by the Provost after March 28.
Events, Meetings and Commencement
- All University events on and off campus are canceled through May 15. This includes rental and use of University facilities by external individuals and groups.
- All student organization meetings and events on campus are canceled through May 15. This includes use of any University facility or venue by groups of students or student organizations.
- Additional guidance will be provided to faculty and staff regarding Department, Council or other meetings by Friday, March 20.
- As of now, Spring Commencement remains scheduled for May 16. However, as the University continues to monitor and respond to this situation, the date and details of the ceremonies are subject to change.
- Information regarding student employment for the remainder of the semester will be communicated to students no later than March 27.
- Student internships and practicums – continuation of your internships and practicums will be directed by your host institution or organization. If it is terminated as a result of precautionary steps taken for COVID-19, please update your faculty advisor or department on the situation.
The University remains committed to ensuring the success of students as we transition to complete the semester in an online/remote format. For in-person services, we are asking students and other visitors not to visit campus service departments in person at this time. If you wish to speak to someone in person, students and others are asked to call the office in advance to schedule an agreed upon location and time for the meeting.
- Academic Advising: Academic advising will use email, phone and Zoom meetings for the remainder of the semester. Further information will be available the week of March 23.
- Career Services: Career Services staff are available by email, phone and Zoom Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Counseling and Disability Services: Appointments are available via phone and email the week of March 23. Beginning March 30, in addition to phone and email appointments, the option for Teleconsult services (via Zoom, Skype or VSee) will be offered on a limited basis and by appointment only. For crisis management, contact Counseling and Disability Services at (573) 986-6191 or email@example.com, or after hours, contact the Department of Public Safety at (573) 651-2911. While Southeast is not endorsing any particular company, students are also encouraged to explore services offered by Sanvello (https://www.sanvello.com/) and other companies for assistance during this time.
- IT Help Desk: The IT Help Desk will remain open as normal to provide technical support via telephone, email, chat, and in-person. In-person services will only be available at Memorial Hall and we ask you to contact the Help Desk to schedule an in-person visit.
- Mathematics Learning Center & Computer Lab: There will be limited accessibility and personnel are working on remote access and support capabilities. Additional information will be communicated after March 28.
- Center for Writing Excellence: remote delivery of services via Zoom beginning March 30.
- Parking Services will be available by telephone from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (573) 651-2310 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Redhawk Food Pantry: The Redhawk Food Pantry, located in Textbook Rental, is open Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m.
- Staff Mentors: While Southeast faculty are working quickly to deliver a high-quality learning experience, several of our staff are training to work with you as Staff Mentors, should you want extra support. Further information will be available the week of March 23.
- STEM Learning Center & Computer Lab: There will be limited accessibility and personnel are working on remote access and support capabilities. Additional information will be communicated after March 28.
- Student Financial Services: Student Financial Services staff are available by email and phone during regular business hours, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Testing Services: Testing Services will remain open; however many of the capabilities may be limited by external testing providers. Additional information will be communicated after March 28.
- Transit/Shuttle Buses and WINGS will not run for the remainder of the semester. Paratransit service, for students with disabilities, remaining in residence halls should coordinate transportation needs by emailing email@example.com. The
- Tutoring: Tutorial services will be available online via Zoom beginning the week of March 30 for high demand courses. Directions to participate in tutoring will be available after March 28.
Public Services & Outreach
- The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum will be closed until further notice. Interested individuals are encouraged to periodically visit the Museum webpage for additional information regarding possible online exhibits or engagements.
- The Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment will continue to have normal hours of operation until further notice.
- The University School for Young Children will continue to have normal hours of operation until further notice.
- The Center for Speech and Hearing has suspended all in-person therapy services until further notice. The Center is working directly with clients on alternative service options.
- The Horizons Enrichment Center will continue to have normal hours of operation until further notice.
Southeast Missouri State University continues to monitor COVID-19 and will continue to take proactive measures to mitigate the potential impact of the virus in our community. Our decisions will continue to be made with the health and safety of all of our constituents in mind and with our understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to monitor the University’s COVID-19 informational webpage as this situation continues evolve.
As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, we would remind you that each of us has important responsibility in managing this public health crisis. To that end, we urge you to follow CDC guidelines for personal health and safety, which can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.
Cape Girardeau Public Schools will be closed from Wednesday, March 18 to April 3. The school board announced they will continue to provide meals for free to any child age 18 or under at the five elementary schools, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This includes Alma Schrader Elementary, Blanchard Elementary, Clippard Elementary, Franklin Elementary and Jefferson Elementary.
All school activities will be canceled during this time.
Scott City R-I School District will be closed starting on Tuesday, March 17 through at least Friday, April 3.
Perry County School District 32 will close all schools from March 18-April 3 This affects all school programming, including before and after school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events. There will be no access to campus buildings until classes resume, with the exception of staff tasked with sanitizing the schools. At this time, they anticipate that they will return to class on Monday, April 6.
In order to promote instructional equity for all of the students, they will not be offering online instruction. However, the schools will share enrichment opportunities through the district website and social media sites.
Jackson R-2 School district has closed school from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 3. For the remainder of this week, March 17-20, there will be no school events or sports practices.
Notre Dame Regional High School is closing all in-person classes as of 2pm Tuesday, March 17. Statements from Bishop Rice, Principal Garner, and Notre Dame Bingo can be found HERE.
All closures related to COVID-19 are until further notice and may be extended.
Scott County School closed yesterday and will not reopen until Friday, March 27th.
Kelso C-7 closed yesterday and will not reopen until Friday, April 3rd.
Century Community Unit School District 100 and Jackson School District are closed today until Friday, April 3rd.
The following schools will be closed from Wednesday, March 18th to Friday, April 3rd:
Bell City R-II
Cape Girardeau Public Schools
New Madrid County R-1
Notre Dame Regional High School
Scott County Central
Sikeston Public Schools
St Vincent DePaul grade school in Cape has extended their at home “on-line learning” through April 24th.