Missouri Charter Schools COVID-19 Response

School Sites for Student Meal Support

Guidance for Re-entry to City of St. Louis School Systems

This MAP indicates the sites where St. Louis children 18 and younger can receive meals free of charge. These sites will operate between 8 am to noon, Monday through Friday for the dates listed. No student ID is required. Students must be present to receive the meal. Grab-and-go meals are available for students, but students cannot stay at the school to eat them because of social distancing guidance from state and local health agencies.

This MAP indicates the sites where Kansas City children can receive meals free of charge. Each site has different times and requirements. Please review this page​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ for more information. 

Charter Spectrum Free Services

Charter Spectrum will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Homeless Youth

The St. Louis Department of Human Services is working with housing agencies and shelters to provide housing for homeless families. If you have any unhoused students/families please email Valerie Russell at davisva@stlouis-mo.gov Director of St. Louis DoHS

School House Connection has put together a resource guide for schools to proactively and intentionally incorporate outreach to homeless families and unaccompanied youth.

A variety of resources are available specifically for managing the education of homeless students during the pandemic including:

  • This is a valuable question and answer document from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.
  • The School House Connection has some of the best resources related to homeless students, including checklists, guides, webinars, and other key resources.
  • The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth has a COVID-19 resource page including state-by-state links to key departments and information.
  • The Juvenile Law Center has partnered with other organizations to publish this helpful report.

Resources to Protect Kids From Abuse During COVID-19

​​​​​​​Educating Students Who Speak Languages Other Than English and Refugee, Immigrant and Undocumented Children

Many of you have large populations of English Language Learners, immigrant and refugee, and perhaps undocumented students and their families. Here are a few good resources related to serving immigrant populations in particular and a couple resources for educating children whose first language is not English. 

  • This article in MS Magazine provides a good analysis of implications for immigrant populations.
  • Immigrants Rising has published a detailed document to support undocumented populations here.
  • The National Immigration Law Center has information about health care for immigrant populations here.
  • One America for Justice for All has a page with resources related to immigration and COVID here.
  • Ed Week has published some blogs regarding educating multilingual learners here.
  • ColorinColorado has some resources for English Language Learners and specific issues related to immigrant children during COVID here.​​​​​​​

Educating Students in Foster Care

Children in Foster Care may be at greater risk for trauma during this pandemic. We know these students may lack access to computer technology and the Internet for distance learning no matter their placement setting. Here are some specific resources related to foster children:

  • The American Bar Association has this list of resources for foster children who are remote learning here.
  • The Juvenile Law Center has published this report.
  • A number of state departments of education have created specific information for their state. Here is an example from Colorado.
  • The National Network to End Domestic Violence has created a resource page here.

Student Civil Rights

The US Department of Education has released a webinar and fact sheet for protecting students' civil rights during COVID-19.

Talking with Children About COVID-19

The CDC provides tips on how parents, school staff and others working with children should explain the topic.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provided a guide​​​​​​​ to help families cope with COVID-19.

Education for Students with Disabilities

Educational Equity and FERPA

The Education Trust focuses on educational equity and how to help students during school closures.

The Department of Education offers guidance about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and COVID-19.

Caring for someone at home

Please visit the CDC's website for more information.

Online Learning Resources

Other Resources

What every American can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus

World Health Organization Coronavirus Mythbusters

Center for Disease Control - Coronavirus, What you need to know

Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19​​​​​​​

Please visit DESE's website for additional information, here.

STATE HOTLINE - The State has opened a 24 hour hotline for any and all COVID19 questions.  The number is 877-435-8411.  Feel free to place on your website and send to families.

Stay Safe and Healthy!