COVID timeline

March 6, 2020 -- Students, staff leave for spring break.
March 15, 2020 -- St. Charles County Department of Public Health, St. Charles County government and the superintendents of the county’s five school districts close schools until April 6.
March 17, 2020 -- Curriculum & Instruction posts comprehensive educational resources for families. Working with all 27 principals, schedules are built for drive-through pick-up lanes at schools for teachers and families to retrieve essential items.
March 18, 2020 -- Technology Department launches help desk for parents, teachers and students.
March 19, 2020 -- Student Nutrition Services begins distributing meals at two locations to families on the free-and-reduced price meal plans. 
March 23, 2020 -- Staff and families are able to drive through our schools by appointment and pick-up materials required to continue teaching and learning during the closure.
March 24, 2020 -- County Executive Steve Ehlmann issues stay-at-home order, closing schools until the order’s expiration, which is unspecified.
March 25, 2020 -- Return to class postponed to April 24.
March 30, 2020 -- Federal approval allows Student Nutrition Services to expand services to families in need. A third daily pick-up location is added.

Throughout March and April technology needs are assessed. Devices and hot spots are distributed to families. Wifi buses are parked at the high schools, helping students who can’t access the internet at home. Qualifying families are connected with free internet access during the closure.

April 1, 2020 -- In collaboration with public health and local park districts, all FZ playgrounds, tracks, tennis courts and fields are closed.
April 7, 2020 -- Fourth-quarter coursework begins online. Streamlined curriculum and modified grading expectations are shared with teachers and families.
April 9, 2020 -- Gov. Mike Parson closes schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. 
April 28, 2020 -- Graduations postponed.

May 4, 2020 -- Gov. Parson announces phased reopening plan for the state of Missouri.
May 21, 2020 -- Last day of instruction Pre-K through 8.
May 22, 2020 -- Last day of instruction high school.
May 26 through June 2, 2020 -- Staff streamline classrooms, allowing for as much physical space as possible between each student desk. Canvas training opportunities open for teachers. Canvas, an online learning management system, will be the platform  that allows FZ teachers, students and families to connect online in their various roles to assign, complete and monitor classwork. In its basic role, Canvas will allow for Alternative Methods of Instruction days, rather than snow days where students miss instructional time. In light of the pandemic, Canvas allows the district to be more nimble and consistent in the face of any emergency closure.

Throughout spring and summer, teams of building and district administrators review return-to-school guidelines from Centers for Disease Control, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri School Boards Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and others. Together with curriculum coordinators, teachers, transportation, maintenance, support staff and educators from across the county, they build a return-to-school plan that fits each of our 27 unique learning communities.

June 3, 2020 -- Parent survey indicates about 10 percent prefer virtual learning to start the new school year.
June 16, 2020 -- Tracks, fields and playgrounds reopen.

July 6, 2020 -- With guidelines in place, high school students in activities report for workouts/practices.
July 6, 2020 -- Follow-up parent survey indicates about 12 percent prefer virtual learning to new year.
July 20, 2020 -- District releases Return 2020 plan. See the plan online:
July 22, 2020 -- Registration for the 2020-2021 school year opens. Families register each student for their choice of online or in-person learning. 
July 31, 2020 -- Fall registration closes with more than 20 percent of families opting for virtual learning, almost double what was indicated in earlier surveys. The district must reconfigure scheduling for all 27 schools, reassigning teacher responsibilities, then reconfigure schedules for all students grades 6  - 12.
July 31 - Aug. 2, 2020 -- Class of 2020 graduations.

Aug. 3, 2020 -- The Curriculum department assembles a team and begins converting Fort Zumwalt curriculum to a virtual platform for all students K - 8. This work allows FZ teachers to teach FZ curriculum online, rather than contracting with an outside provider.
Aug. 10, 2020 -- The Board of Education postpones the start of the school year five days, allowing time to complete the re-scheduling process. The Board also approves the hiring of 16 elementary teachers to minimize class sizes.
Aug. 14, 2020 -- Summer meal service closes. Students in need were served 93,654 meals since March.
Aug. 23, 2020 -- High school athletic competitions start. Tickets are only available through a voucher system.
Aug. 27, 2020 -- Student Nutrition begins weekly meal distribution at four locations to families of virtual students on the free-and-reduced price plans.
Aug. 31, 2020 -- Classes resume.

Sept. 21, 2020 -- Fort Zumwalt School District application to the USDA is approved. Meal fees for all students are waived until federal funding runs out or the Seamless Summer Option extension expires Dec. 31, 2020.

Sept. 25, 2020
-- Midpoint First Quarter.

Please note: Fort Zumwalt School District’s ability to reopen in a fashion that serves students both in-person and online is only possible because of our community. Thanks to voter approval of Prop K in 2016, we had the technology we needed to move online last spring. Thanks to the commitment of our staff and families, we are able to continue our mission to help all reach their potential. Thank you.