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June 9, 2020
DESE/DHSS School Reopening Guidance Webinar
Mark your calendars! Officials at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) are collaborating to host a webinar on Tuesday, June 16 from 11:00 a.m. to noon to discuss school reopening guidance for the coming school year with both Missouri school leaders and local public health officials. Participants can view the webinar at: The webinar will be recorded and made available to those unable to attend.

Click here to submit questions in advance of the webinar (the online form will close Friday, June 12 at noon). Questions will also be taken live during the webinar, as time allows.

District Expenses Related to COVID-19 Survey
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has been asked to survey districts to determine the level of spending to date related to COVID-19. The survey is designed to be a very global analysis of the financial impact thus far on school districts and charter schools. Please do not provide expenditures for which you have already received some type of COVID related funding. There may be follow up requests for more specific information, and providing this information is not a guarantee of funding. The survey is simply designed to gather basic information to pass on to the State Budget Director. Please submit your response by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19.
DESE's Task Force for Learning Acceleration
The United States has never faced a disruption of schooling like it has experienced during the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, there is no template for recovery that we might use to guide our decisions about returning to school.

To address this situation, DESE has organized a Task Force for Learning Acceleration with a charge to provide strategic guidance and vision to help schools plan for re-entry in the fall. DESE is facilitating a collaborative platform for idea sharing, a safe place for brainstorming and the development of innovative solutions that can be shared across the state.

For more information, visit our COVID-19 webpage, under the Task Force for Learning Acceleration tab.

School Library Recognition Program to Begin with New School Year
DESE's Recognition of Exemplary School Library Programs begins during the 2020-21 school year.

Section 168.770.1, RSMo, requires DESE to establish a process for recognizing library programs. A team of librarians from across Missouri spent the 2018-19 school year working with DESE by creating a scoring guide and evaluation plan. During the 2019-20 school year, DESE provided workshops through Regional Professional Development Centers, school districts and the Missouri Association of School Librarians to (1) provide guidance to librarians regarding the scoring guide and (2) help those interested in improving their programs meet the indicators on the scoring guide. School libraries are not required to be evaluated by DESE; this is an optional opportunity for libraries wishing to develop exemplary programs to better serve their students, teachers, parents, and communities. Recognition is at the school, not district, level.

The scoring guide and a resource document are available here. The application will be available Monday, August 3, 2020; all applications are due Friday, March 5, 2021. Please email questions to
Perkins V Budgets
The Perkins V Local Application is now available on the DESE Web Applications site. Budgets will be submitted through ePeGs. Local Perkins V grant allocations will be available mid-May.

The local Perkins V application and budget are to be aligned with the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA). DESE will not be collecting the CLNA. While applications may be submitted before or after budget submission, the application and budget will be reviewed together before final approval is granted. As a reminder, the local Perkins V applications and budgets are due to the Office of College and Career Readiness (OCCR) by July 1, 2020.

  • Perkins V Application Guidance Document

    If you have questions, please contact Roger Barnes at 573-751-3500.

  • Missouri Health and Physical Education Summer Learning Series
    All of the following webinars are FREE. Click here to register.
    • June 3: Standards Based Assessments – What Does That Mean? (View the recording)
    • June 10: Building Proficiency Scales and Rubrics That Assure Students Understand and Meet Expectations
    • June 17: SEL (Social and Emotional) Learning – Assessment and Evaluation of SHAPE Standards 4 & 5
    Incorporating Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards into Afterschool Programs

    This three-part series will help afterschool programs implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) for the whole school, the whole community, and the whole child. The Missouri Afterschool Network (MASN) in partnership with DESE will provide resources and communication on the sharing of best practices related to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in out of school time programming. Visit our Missouri Health Schools, Successful Students website, on the PD & Training tab, for more information. 

    The DESE Bulletin and Administrator Update have Merged
    The DESE Bulletin has historically been sent on Thursdays, bringing you the latest in education news, information and upcoming events. With this newsletter, this is changing. The DESE Bulletin is now combined with our Administrators Update, and this new email newsletter, The DESE Update, is being sent to school administrators, school public information officers as well as our DESE bulletin listserv and DESE employees. Your week may never be the same!

    Alternative Method of Instruction - Deadline Extended
    The deadline for the Alternative Method of Instruction (AMI) application has been extended until July 15, 2020. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Shae Walker or Konnie Koenigsfeld at 573-751-4426.

    59th Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators
    Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the possibility that the pandemic could impact school calendars this summer, the in-person Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators has been cancelled. Instead, the conference will be held as a series of webinars. Information will be presented each day from 1:00-2:00 p.m. the week of August 3-7. Please mark your calendars for these events. More information will be shared as it becomes available. If you had already made your reservation at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO, please contact the hotel directly to cancel your room
    Attendance Hour Forgiveness, Summer School Minimum Hour Waiver & Start Date Law Exemption
    To access the 2019-20 Attendance Hours Forgiveness Letter Form, Summer School Minimum Hour Waiver Form and/or Start Date Law Exemption Request Form, school leaders should visit the MCDS Portal and click on the Login button in the upper right corner. After logging in, under State of Missouri, click on Reports and Resources, and then scroll down to COVID-19 Forms (in the Districts, Charters & Schools category on the left side bar).

    The CARES Act ESSER Request for Funds
    Funds that LEAs receive from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund must be for a reimbursement. The Cash Management Improvement Act (CMIA) applies to these funds. CMIA is used to prevent interest earnings on federal funds. Section 31 CFR Part 205 “Rules and Procedures for Efficient Federal-State Funds Transfers” states that methods and procedures for payment must minimize the time elapsing between the transfer of funds from the United States Treasury to the state and, ultimately, to the pass-through entity. Therefore, DESE must ensure that payments to the pass-through entity are for reimbursements only. DESE must monitor payments to ensure that they conform to the federal regulations.

    Please click here to submit your requests for reimbursement.

    COVID-19 & CARES Act Webpages
    DESE continues to update our COVID-19 webpage daily with new information, so be sure to visit the site and expand each of the topic-specific sections for more details. In addition, our new Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act webpage provides all the information and guidance your district may need regarding the CARES Act and the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERS).

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