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A MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DR. ALLAN MARKLEY

Please click the link for a special message from Superintendent Dr. Allan Markey
STAY SAFE, STAY STRONG, STAY AT HOME


These next few weeks will be critical in flattening the curve in our area to protect our friends and family and strengthen our community. We encourage all of you to:

  • Stay Safe: Protect us, so we can protect you
  • Stay Strong: Be informed, be positive
  • Stay Home: It takes all of us to get through this together


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SAFETY RESOURCES


If you are having a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

If you need a Safe Place, go to any QuikTrip, Police Department or Fire Department and tell them you are in need of a "Safe Place" and they will help.

  • You can also call 816-741-8700 OR
  • Text the word “safe” and your current location (city/state/zip) to 4HELP (44357).

For mental health support:

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (24 hour access)
  • CrisisTextLine.org or text 741741 (24 hour access)
  • CommCare Access Crisis Intervention 888-279-8188 (24 hour access)

If you are in need of other community resources or assistance, visit 211kc.org or dial 211 (United Way).


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PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT


Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) and Kindergarten enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is currently open.

All Families (new, returning, and Form 2) can enroll online and submit required documents via email to residency@raytownschools.org. New and Form 2 families will receive an email with dates in July and August to visit the Enrollment Center in person to validate documents sent via email.

For more information about Residency and Enrollment, please click here.



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WE'RE HIRING

The Raytown School District is hiring for the 2020-2021 school year. Interviews will be conducted online via Zoom. To view our openings, please visit https://raytown.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx.


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NEW JOB SKILLS PROGRAM
The Truman Heartland Community Foundation, Community Services League (CSL) and other local partners recently released a New Job Skills Program as a way to help those who have lost their jobs and are looking for help. Through this partnership, CSL is offering free training and support to help people find jobs for in-demand and high-wage fields, like healthcare, other medical fields like medical billing, pharmacy tech and phlebotomy and industrial trades. For more information or to apply, please visit newskills.cslcares.org


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VIRTUAL LEARNING RECAP


We are moving into a new phase for Virtual Learning now that we know this will be our method of instruction for the rest of the year. Teachers will be focusing on making sure their students are prepared for the next grade or class. This will mean that we will not be teaching as many concepts as we normally would but will focus on those critical concepts. It also means that we will likely need to go back and reteach some concepts next year. We know there is a limit to how much your students and your family can participate in this instructional model and we will make sure that the lessons we bring are critical for our students.

We appreciate those who participated in the surveys that went out last week. The results are helping us make the adjustments necessary to be sure we deliver a solid education for our students. Here are some highlights.







Parent Survey

  •  945 parents responded
  • 72% of their kids spend less than 5 hours a day on work.
  • Students in grades 6-8 spend the most time with an average of 3.9 hours a day with high school students spending 3.7 hours. Grades 3-5 spend 3 hours and PK-2 spend 2.7 hours.
  • 96% rate their technology as reliable
  • 89% are satisfied with Google Classroom
  • Only 1.7% reported an immediate need for food.
  • 48% reported their children are concerned but functioning well and 2.5% of parents reported their child is disheartened.

Student Survey - This only went to 6th - 12th grade

  • 73% have a neutral to negative view of virtual learning. They miss being in the classroom.
  • 83% report that a teacher has contacted them. This percent gets better as you move from 6th grade to high school.

This is definitely a team effort and a big shift for all of us. There is no way we can do this without strong parent participation. Please contact your teacher if you feel that your student is struggling academically or emotionally. We want to help as much as possible.

Please remember that teachers may try to call you. They will likely be calling from a blocked number since they will be using their personal cell phones. They will also be able to communicate with you through email if you prefer.

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MEALS


This week, the District’s Food Services Department resumed serving meals at 5 sites around the District. The Department served 5,492 meals.

The District’s Food Services Department will resume serving meals to families next week at five (5) new locations. Meals will be served, Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

District Locations

  •  Eastwood Hills Elementary School, 5290 Sycamore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64129
  • Norfleet Elementary School, 6140 S Norfleet Rd, Raytown, MO 64133
  • Robinson Elementary School, 6707 Woodson Rd, Raytown, MO 64133
  • Southwood Elementary School, 8015 Raytown Rd, Raytown, MO 64138
  • Westridge Elementary School, 8500 E 77th St, Kansas City, MO 64138

Below you will find a list of community programs offering support of families who reside within the District’s attendance boundaries.

Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP offers a lunch meal to Raytown community members Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. In addition to offering free lunches, REAP also distributes one (1) free bag of groceries every Friday in April to families in the Raytown C-2 School District from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The groceries will be distributed on a ‘first come-first served’ basis, and for as long as supplies last each week. For more information, please visit https://raytownreap.org/ or email info@raytownreap.org.

Raytown Community Food Ministry
The Raytown Summer Lunch Ministry is working to meet the food needs of children during this time of school closures related to COVID-19.

  • WHAT: Raytown Community Food Ministry—a bag of groceries per week per family (a branch of Raytown Summer Lunch Ministry)
  • WHEN: Weekly on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm
  • WHERE: Raytown Christian Church, 6108 Blue Ridge Blvd., curbside in the parking lot by the ramped entrance (across from Raytown High School)

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/RaytownSummerLunchMinistry/.

Hope Network/Connection Point Church
10500 E.350 Hwy Raytown, MO 64138
Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Families may pull around the circle drive toward the back of the Connection Point Church Raytown Campus and pick up two bags of groceries located just inside the door. Only one family at a time. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/hopenetworkraytown/.

Graceway Church
5460 Blue Ridge Cut-Off Kansas City, MO 64133
Curbside Grocery Pickup Every Sunday from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
If your family is a part of the Raytown School District’s Free and Reduced Lunch Program, a single parent, elderly, or a family with special needs children, Graceway wants to serve you. For more information, please visit https://uniteincrisis.org/.

T.A.G.S. Free Lunch
T.A.G.S. is composed of a group of individuals, business owners, and professionals united to empower the community through resources and guidance. T.A.G.S is providing free lunches to school age children. A typical lunch will include one of the following: a pre-wrapped peanut butter sandwich (with grape jelly, strawberry jelly, honey, or Nutella), a pasta bowl (marinara or cheesy), or a meal of similar value. In addition, children will also be provided with a piece of fruit (apple, orange, or banana), a snack (chips, Goldfish, crackers, fruit roll-up, or pretzels), a veggie bag, and fruit juice. To register for more information, please visit https://tagsfreelunchkc.com/.

Pandemic Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (P-SNAP)
P-SNAP will allow all households currently eligible for SNAP to receive the maximum amount for their household size for March and April. For more information, please call 1-855-FSD-INFO (1-855-373-4636) to speak with a team member who can help.

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TECHNOLOGY RECAP
This week, the District’s Technology Department completed 98 work orders and distributed approximately 180 devices with another 37 already scheduled to be distributed next week. The Department answered over 650 emails.

An updated Technology FAQ can be found at https://www.raytownschools.org/domain/1802.

For questions regarding classroom assignments, students and families are encouraged to reach out directly to their classroom teacher. Teachers will respond to emails as soon as they can but may take up to 24 hours. Staff emails are first.lastname@raytownschools.org and can also be found on each schools website under “staff.” School sites are listed here: http://bit.ly/33prO7l.

For technical support on using your Chromebook or laptop or accessing Google Classroom, please contact studentsupport@raytownschools.org. Please note that student account information will only be provided if you send an email address associated with SISK12 parent portal account. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response. Families can also call the Helpdesk at 816-268-7172. This voicemail inbox is monitored Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please leave a detailed voicemail. This line should only be used for tech-related phone calls, additional contact information is provided in the Communication/District Contact section.

Some internet providers are offering free, low or reduced cost programs and resources for families. Please visit www.raytownschools.org/coronavirus for more information.

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COMMUNICATION/DISTRICT CONTACT


The Raytown School District is maintaining open communication lines with proven and trustworthy sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Jackson County Health Department (JACOHD), and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (Missouri DHSS).

The most up-to-date information is posted on the District’s dedicated website for coronavirus updates at https://www.raytownschools.org/coronavirus.

The Missouri DHSS has created a COVID-19 hotline to provide guidance and answer questions from citizens and healthcare providers. The number is 877-435-8411. This number can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is being operated by medical professionals.



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