School Starts September 8
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th.  Pre-K through 5th grade students will be in-person. Students in grades 6-12 grades will begin the school year in the Hybrid Model. Please visit the GrainValleySchool.org for more information on our Instructional Models and Safety Protocols.
Help With Internet Access At Home

Wireless hotspots are available for families who need devices to help with internet connectivity at home. A wireless hotspot uses cellular data to broadcast a wireless signal to allow a computer to connect to the internet. Click the button below for more information and to request a device. Families who borrowed devices last spring will need to request a device again this fall if needed.



Hot spots will be distributed the week of August 31. More details about picking up a hotspot device will be emailed to those who request one.

Allergies vs. Cold vs. Flu vs. COVID-19

From the Jackson County Health Department: As we move into cold and flu season, it’s important to be able to recognize the differences between cold, allergy, COVID-19, & flu symptoms. However, these four ailments have similar symptoms. So how can you know whether you are dealing with allergies, a common cold, the flu, or COVID-19?

The biggest difference between the flu, cold, or allergies and COVID-19 is shortness of breath. The flu or cold does not cause shortness of breath unless it progresses to pneumonia. Other symptoms of COVID-19 are fever and dry cough.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Common cold symptoms include sneezing, stuffy nose, sore throat, mild to moderate chest discomfort, and cough.

Flu symptoms include fever or feverish/chills, cough, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, runny or stuffy nose, and sore throat.

Allergies are typically chronic conditions presenting with symptoms off and on depending perhaps on the season or your environment. Those suffering from allergies deal with itchy eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion.

Check out our symptom guide:.


Fall Activities Season Will Continue, with Safety Measures and Restrictions
Member schools of the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference, representing 27 schools in the area, have decided unanimously to continue with participation in the fall activities season. See press release from GKC Suburban Conference linked here.

Fall activities include the following sports governed by the conference: Boys and Girls Cross Country, Football, Girls Golf, Boys Soccer, Softball, Boys Swimming and Diving, Girls Tennis, and Volleyball. All member schools cited the importance of implementing recommended health and safety guidelines while participating in upcoming practices and contests.

Roster and attendance limitations will be enforced along with mask use and physical distancing requirements. We are finalizing our event attendance limitations and will follow up with communication outlining guidelines for all events in the next few days.

We will be offering live streaming of our home fall sports events through YouTube.
Missouri Changes Requirements to Become a Substitute Teacher
Grain Valley Schools are looking for substitute teachers for the upcoming school year.  We keep our substitutes busy during the year.  

Substitutes are no longer required to have 60 hours of college credit.  To be eligible, substitute teachers must now hold a high school diploma, complete a 20-hour online training course and pass a background check.  

If you are interested in becoming a substitute, please visit the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website for more detailed information.  

To apply with Grain Valley Schools to be a substitute teacher, please visit the GrainValleySchools.org website.
Important Dates

August 27
Freshman Orientation

August 28
Elementary teacher assignments emailed to families at 4:00 pm

September 1
Meet The Teacher
Middle School schedules will be available at 8:00 am on PowerSchool

September 8

First Day of School
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