Rolla 31 School District buildings are closed for the remainder of the academic year following Governor Mike Parson's order on April 9.
The order does not end the academic year for students. The order states that schools should continue with remote and alternative learning for students until the last day of classes listed on their academic calendars.
Rolla 31 School District’s last day of classes for the academic year is May 21, 2020. All co-curricular practices and other after school activities during this time are canceled as well.
Rolla 31 School District is continuing to have teachers, support staff and principals develop plans for distance learning and support, Superintendent Dr. Aaron Zalis stated in an updated health and safety statement for the district.
Zalis said teachers from each building would continue to plan for a “week at a time,” and communicate plans with their principals, students and parents.
There are currently three tentative dates for graduation. Zalis said that Dr. Jim Pritchett, the principal at Rolla High School, and the Rolla High School Leadership Team, have been working on the issue. Zalis said there would only be one graduation with tentative dates set for the ceremony in June, July or August.
“These contingency plans are being put in place so we can respond to any extensions in social distance and gathering parameters responsibly,” Zalis stated. "Our plan is to keep the event as normal and traditional as possible, at least as far as location goes, but please know we anticipate some audience restriction guidance as we move forward.”
Zalis said students at Rolla High School still want a prom of some sort, and the district will use the same approach as graduation with tentative plans for a June, July or August event.
Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten
Director of Early Childhood, Laura Brown, is planning the placement process for each Pre-kindergarten student, Zalis stated. Brown and her staff will work individually and communicate directly with each family with provisional plans pushed to the last week of July or the first week of August for Kindergarten registration.
Zalis said plans are in the works to continue with summer school. Currently, a state education department committee is working to provide further guidance to school districts, he said.
Meals distribution plans continue through the end of the year. Rolla Public Schools will have updates on meal distribution plans on the website of the district https://www.rolla31.org/district.
For the current week, Rolla Public Schools on-site pick up will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday at the main front entrance of Truman Elementary School and the main front circle drive at Rolla Junior High School.
On Monday and Wednesday, Rolla bus drivers will have food available at the following mobile sites:
•15035 US Hwy 63
•10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
•15795 Missouri Highway 72
•11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
•10450 State Route V
•10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Vichy Road and Woodcrest
•11:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
•Lower Lot at 1575 Westside Drive
•12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Each child will receive two lunches and two breakfast “grab and go” style meals on Monday, and three of each meal on Wednesday. Each site will serve the same meals that can be picked up at whichever location is more convenient regardless of the attendance zone, according to the district’s Community Food Resource page.
People should remain in their vehicles at all locations.