Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Ray-Pec
*Last update at 3:30 p.m. July 9, 2020. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
- The Ray-Pec Administrative Services Center is open on weekdays.
- Some school buildings and gyms are open for Summer School, summer athletic workouts, and Panther Pride School Age Child Care.
- Summer athletic workouts continues as part of a phased return to athletic practices. Read more
- Panther Stadium and school playgrounds are open to the public as long as patrons follow social distancing guidelines.
- Ray-Pec High School commencement for the Class of 2020 is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Panther Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, Saturday, July 18, will be the back-up date.
- The District is conducting both online and in-person Summer School classes during July.
- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers guidance on the reopening of school.
State hotline re: COVID-19
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The hotline is operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 877-435-8411.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Ray-Pec Cares, an outreach of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation, has introduced a new program called “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” The program aims to match helpers with people who need assistance.
Ray-Pec Cares has also developed a community resource list that may be helpful to families during the stay-at-home order related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cancellations and schedule changes
School events, including extracurricular and athletic events, and school-sponsored trips, are canceled until further notice.
Panther Pride School-Age Child Care opened on June 8, 2020, with limited spaces available.
We will make announcements through the same channels we use to communicate inclement weather closures. Please be sure your information is up-to-date in order to receive email, telephone calls, and/or text messages. Contact your child’s school if you need to provide an updated email address. Watch for email communication from your child’s school and the District, as well as announcements on the District website or Facebook page.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, Novel coronavirus is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with common symptoms similar to the flu, which include a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus, it has the potential to spread quickly, and it has the potential to cause severe illness in some people.
What the School District is doing to reduce risk of flu or other illness:
- Ensuring our schools are equipped with disinfectants and cleaning supplies.
- Sanitizing classrooms.
- Increasing efforts to clean and disinfect hard surfaces, including desks, doorknobs, computers, tables, and other equipment used daily by students and staff.
- Disinfecting buses.
- Reminding students to cover their mouth with their arm or tissues when sneezing or coughing and encouraging frequent handwashing or use of instant hand sanitizer.
- Sending home sick children immediately when symptoms are evident.
- Sending home sick staff immediately.
- Working with families to minimize any missed learning opportunities.
How you can reduce risk of flu or coronavirus:
While Ray-Pec is taking these steps to reduce the risks of spreading illness, we need families to help! All families are urged to continue the practice of healthy behaviors, which include, but are not limited to:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs;
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects
- Stay home from school and work when you are sick. Children should be kept home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
The Cass County Health Department plans to have staff available at Centralized Registration on July 24 and July 30 to provide immunizations needed for students entering 8th and 12th grades.
2019-2020 Missouri Immunization Requirements (Spanish)
Office located at Shull Early Learning Center
11706 E. 211th St.
Peculiar, MO 64078
Ph: (816) 892-1239
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Health Services staff also:
- Offer CPR classes for faculty and staff
- Coordinate a flu shot campaign for staff
- Participate in the high school's physical night
- Participate in county, regional and national trainings and conferences