Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Ray-Pec
*Last update at 12:40 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2020. This page will be updated as information becomes available.
- In-person classes are suspended through April 24, in accordance with a stay-at-home order from Cass County.
- Students will have distance learning opportunities through April 24.
- Schooling decisions beyond that date will be made when more information is available.
- Beginning on Monday, March 30, breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup only in the mornings from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
- Three sites are available for meal pick-up: Eagle Glen Elementary, Raymore Elementary, and Peculiar Elementary.
- While Ray-Pec schools are closed, activities using District facilities are also canceled.
- Ray-Pec High School Prom is canceled.
- Ray-Pec HIgh School Graduation is postponed with a new date to be determined.
- Tuesday, March 24: Students begin remote learning activities. If you have not received email communication from your child’s school, please contact the school.
- More information about learning materials and resources, technology assistance, and free or discounted internet service offered by companies.
Meals during school closure
For families who rely on school meals, to-go breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to any Ray-Pec student Monday through Friday during this period of school closure. For more information on meal service times and locations: Meals during school closure
Panther Pride School-Age Child Care and the Shark’s Den at Shull Early Learning Center are closed until further notice.
We will announce any closures or schedule changes 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.
There may be changes or cancellations of meetings, sporting events, assemblies, or other activities. Watch for communication from your child’s school, or announcements via email or on the District website or Facebook page.
Sign up for email notifications from Cass County regarding coronavirus.
Cancellations and schedule changes
- Scheduled school events, including extracurricular and athletic events, and school-sponsored trips, are canceled until further notice. This includes rehearsals, club meetings, practices, competitions, and off-season conditioning. We will advise when activities may resume.
- PreK Registration, scheduled for March 25, is postponed. Information will be shared when the events are re-scheduled.
- Kindergarten Screening, scheduled for March 31 and April 2, is postponed. Information will be shared when the events are re-scheduled.
- The April 7 School Board election is moved to June 3.
- Ray-Pec High School Prom is canceled.
- Ray-Pec High School Graduation is postponed. Information will be shared when the event is re-scheduled.
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.
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