• Information and guidelines about the novel coronavirus continue to change on a daily basis. The District continues to work with our partners at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Lincoln County Department of Health as they monitor and manage the current situation with both the flu and novel coronavirus. The Missouri DHSS has developed this helpful fact sheet  and has a website dedicated to information about this new illness.  The Center for Disease Control also provides resources and information about the coronavirus. Below find the correspondences sent to staff and families regarding this ongoing situation. 

  • September 22, 2020

    LCR3 Families, 

    As a reminder, your current selection for in-person or virtual learning will be in place for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester. At this time, the District is planning for the spring 2021 semester. In doing so, we would like to ask our families for feedback on their learning experience during the first quarter of 2020 and a preliminary selection for the spring 2021 semester.

    It is understood that there could still be a number of changes surrounding the COVID19 pandemic prior to the end of the semester. Therefore, the responses you provide at this time will only be used to serve as a guide for the District in staffing, curriculum, and classroom planning. A final selection form will be distributed in mid-November for families to choose if their child(ren) will be attending school in-person or virtually for the spring 2021 semester. 

    Please complete this short survey by the end of the day on Wednesday, September 30th for each child in your household that is enrolled in the LCR3 District. 

    Thank you!

  • August 24, 2020
     
    LCR3 Families, 
     
    We are excited to see your student in-person or online tomorrow for the first day of the 2020-2021 school year. Here are a few notes for the first day: 
     
    - Log in information for our District Learning Management System was sent to all email addresses on file on Friday, 8/21. You will not be able to see your child's courses in Canvas until the first day of school, tomorrow. However, it is helpful to go ahead and get logged in to the system now and pair your parent account. Instructions on this process were also included in Friday's email. 
     
    - Teacher information and class schedules can be viewed via the Parent Portal at https://sdm.troy.k12.mo.us/TR360x3/login
     
    - Face masks will be required for all students and adults while on District campuses. Please provide your child with a face mask to wear and a spare. 
     
    - Water fountains will be closed for use at this time. However, water bottle filling stations are open, where available. Please send a closeable water bottle with your child. 
     
    - Drop off and pick up procedures may look different this year. Any changes should have been sent to you from your child's building through their regular communication channels. 
     
    - All Wednesdays will follow an Early Release schedule (with the exception of the Early Childhood Education Center, which has one early release per month). You can find schedules for all buildings here: https://www.troy.k12.mo.us/domain/32
     
    - Please reach out to your child's teacher with questions. 
     
    We know that the start of this school year will not look like any other to date. We appreciate your continued patience and partnership as we work to provide your student with the trusting relationships and superior instruction that they deserve! 
     
    Thank you!
  • August 14, 2020

    LCR3 Families, 

    As you know, the District extended the deadline for families to choose in-person or virtual learning for their students through the end of the day this past Wednesday. Prior to this extension, we had hoped to have all teacher assignments and class schedules out to families on August 17. However, with the increase in virtual learners, the District now has a need for additional time to finalize staffing, scheduling, and classroom assignments. This information will now be set to follow the below schedule: 

    • K-5 families with students attending in-person will receive e-mail correspondence on Monday, August 17 with teacher assignments. Access to Parent/Student Portal will be available on Thursday, August 20.
    • 6-12 families with students attending in-person will receive e-mail correspondence and access to the Parent/Student Portal on Thursday, August 20. 
    • Information on assignments and schedules for virtual learners at all levels will be forthcoming. 

    Thank you for your continued patience and partnership. We look forward to seeing all of our students, virtually or in-person on Tuesday, August 25. 

  • August 6, 2020

    LCR3 Families, 

    As you are aware, the situation around the COVID19 pandemic continues to be ever-changing. This morning, the Lincoln County R-III Board of Education met to discuss the Lincoln County Health Department’s most recent recommendation that all Lincoln County schools should implement as much virtual learning as possible for the beginning of the school year.  

    The Board of Education and District administration continue to be dedicated to providing trusting relationships and superior instruction in an environment that is conducive to learning and is as safe as possible for all. We are thankful for the continued partnership and guidance provided by the Lincoln County Health Department. The Board had considerable discussion regarding the health department’s recommendation and the Return to Learn Plan. The main areas of discussion included social and emotional well-being, physical well-being of staff and students, and prior selection data. 

    After weighing the various aspects of the recommendation, the Return to Learn Plan has been updated to indicate that all students will be required to wear face coverings while on district property including buses, when social distancing is not feasible. Additionally, the District will plan to provide personal hand sanitizer for students and staff. With these changes, the Lincoln County R-III School District plans to move forward with Tier 1, at this time, and provide a full-time in-person option and a full-time virtual option for families. 

    As always, the District understands that this decision has numerous different considerations for every family and child, and encourages families to make the choice that they believe is best for their situation. Therefore, in light of the new recommendation, we are re-opening the Selection Form for those families that would like to update their selection. The form will be open through the end of the day on August 12. If you are not making a change and have already submitted your selection, we ask that you do not submit a new form.  

    Thank you for your continued support and flexibility as this situation continues to be fluid. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as available. The District’s full Return to Learn Plan and any updates can be found at www.troy.k12.mo.us/returntolearn

    Thank you and be well, 

     

    Mark S. Penny

    Superintendent of Schools

  • July 13, 2020

    Dear LCR3 Families: 

    Thank you to all who participated in last month’s survey requesting feedback for the spring semester and opinions for the fall. We received nearly 2,500 responses, and your input has helped us continue to plan for the upcoming school year. At the time, 62% of respondents indicated that they would feel most comfortable with in-person instruction in the fall, and fewer than 10% indicated that they would be most comfortable with all virtual instruction.  

    We feel strongly that having students in our schools for instruction is best for them academically, socially, and emotionally. With that being said, the health and safety of all must also continue to be top of mind. At this time, our plan is to resume school with a full-time schedule for all students in-person on August 25. As has been the case throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, information and attitudes continue to change. Therefore, we understand that each family will need to make the decision that is best suited for each of their own children. We also understand that all are eager to know the details of our reopening plan. 

    On July 22, following the presentation, review, and anticipated approval from the LCR3 Board of Education (to take place at the regularly scheduled July 21 Board meeting), the complete LCR3 “Return to Learn” plans will be distributed to all District families.  

    In collaboration with the Lincoln County Health Department, LCR3 will implement and encourage best practices to slow the spread of COVID-19 when classes resume August 25. The most important thing you can do to support us in this effort is to keep students home if they might have been exposed to COVID-19, if they have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, or if they are otherwise ill.

    Due to COVID-19, LCR3 is committed to providing a quality online student learning option for the 2020-2021 school year. This option will look significantly different than the emergency programming that was put in place in the spring. Moving forward, virtual programming will be comprehensive, and assessments and grading practices will be consistent with those of the in-person classroom. This option will be available for students K-12. 

    Included in the July 22 communication, families will find a link to an enrollment selection form. This form will ask families to indicate if their child(ren) will attend school in-person for the 2020-2021 school year, or if they will request a virtual option (by semester) provided by the Lincoln County R-III School District. Responses are requested to be submitted no later than the end of the day on July 29. This selection tool will allow the District to make appropriate final preparations in regards to staffing, curriculum, transportation, before and after school care (Latchkey), and meals.

    The Superintendent’s Task Force continues to collaborate with the Lincoln County Health Department and plan for the safest situation possible for all families and employees upon the return to school on August 25 and throughout the school year. Going forward, we are continuing to plan for varying scenarios that are possibilities for the upcoming year. However, our goal for the entire 2020-2021 school year is to offer full-time, in-person instruction unless we are otherwise mandated.

    Thank you for your continued patience and partnership. I hope you and your family are finding time to enjoy the summer sunshine.

    Sincerely, 

     

    Mark S. Penny, Ed.D. 

    Superintendent of Schools 

  • June 1, 2020

    Dr. Penny updates the community on LCR3's planning process and asks for feedback

  • April 27, 2020

    LCR3 Families,

    As we enter into the final weeks of our 2019-2020 school year and wrap up our distance learning for the year, I would like to provide you with the following updates. 

    When will the final pick up of printed materials be held?

    Our final round of distribution for printed academic learning materials to cover May 4 - May 20, will be held on May 4. Students in grades 6-12 should reach out to their school building to make an appointment. Seniors will not have any further assignments after May 1, and should plan to return their iPads and any other school property on the 4th along with any remaining completed assignments that have not otherwise been submitted. Students in grades K-5 may come between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Specific communication will be sent from each building on any variations or further instructions for picking up printed materials. 

    When can I pick up my child’s personal belongings?

    Families with students in grades K-11 will be able to pick up personal items from school buildings between May 11 and May 14. (Boone, Lincoln, Hawk Point, and Main Street families will have an earlier date due to construction projects at these locations.) Seniors’ items will be available on May 4. Specific communication will be sent from each building on any variations or further instructions for the collection of personal items.

    All items have been removed from classrooms and lockers, including PE lockers, bagged, and labeled with the student’s name. Bags will be retrieved by designated school personnel upon arrival. Students nor family members will be allowed to enter the school building at this time. 

    What items should be returned at this time? 

    Please return any text or library books that your child may have on May 4th. Per building level instructions, your child may also be able to return any completed printed materials that have not otherwise been submitted electronically. At this time, iPad’s will not be collected.

    Where can I go to find out about reschedule dates for events and activities? 

    As new plans are made and events are rescheduled, we will keep a log of the details under “Updates” at www.troy.k12.mo.us/COVID19

    As always, we are incredibly grateful for your continued partnership, and further updates will be shared as available. Please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) or building administrators with building specific questions. 

    Sincerely, 

    Mark S. Penny

    Superintendent of Schools

  • April 16, 2020

    LCR3 Families, 

    Last week’s announcement regarding the closure of schools for the remainder of the year was tough to hear. Even though our buildings are closed, our enthusiasm for educating and connecting with our students has not diminished. LCR3 educators are working diligently to prepare materials for students for the remainder of the school year, through May 20. While this correspondence is lengthy, I want to be sure you have the most up-to-date information on all critical items pertaining to our closure. Details on these materials and other frequently asked questions can be found below. 

    April 21 Printed Material Pick Up (9-12 only)

    TBHS, NGC, and NHHS will have their next round of printed instructional materials pick-up on April 21 from 11:00 - 12:30 and 4:30-6:00. This will be an opportunity for students in grades 9-12 to return any completed assignments that have not already been submitted electronically and receive printed instructional materials in paper form for the period of April 21 through May 1. Kindergarten through 6th grade printed instructional materials for this time frame were included in the last round of pick up on April 7.

    Jostens will also be available at TBHS from 11:00-1:00 for seniors to pick up graduation orders. Class rings are not available at this time as the production facility, in Texas, that produces the rings is currently closed. NHHS will communicate to seniors once caps and gowns are available.

    April 30 Electronic Distribution and May 4 Printed Material Pick Up

    The final round of instruction and assignments will be distributed by teachers on Thursday, April 30 via email, Google Classroom, or Canvas. These materials will be for the time frame of May 4 through May 20. The end of our 2019-2020 school year will be on May 20, as originally outlined in our school calendar.

    All schools, K-12, will have a final materials pick-up on May 4 from 11:00-12:30 and 4:30-6:00. These packets will include printed instructional materials for May 4 through May 20. Any completed assignments, that have not already been submitted electronically, may also be returned at this time.

    Student medication that is held by the building nurse will be available for pick up by appointment during the above times on May 4. Please call or e-mail prior to May 4 to confirm pick up.

    Final Exams and Grades

    No final exams will be administered for this semester. The exception to this will be any courses that are dual credit, AP, or administered through Launch. These entities will communicate information regarding exams for their courses.

    As a reminder, the District is utilizing a hold harmless grading option for the fourth quarter. This means that a student’s grades will be based on the end of the third quarter. Students will have the opportunity to improve their grades, but grades will not go down.  New learning will be used for feedback, not a grade. 

    For New Horizons High School students that are beginning new courses during the fourth quarter, grades will be transcribed as pass/fail. 

    At this time, the ACT and SAT organizations have not announced a make-up date for junior testing. 

    Graduation and Prom

    We are excited to celebrate our seniors! The TBHS and NHHS administrative teams have been working diligently to secure new dates for 2020 graduation and prom. At this time, TBHS graduation is planned for 7:30 PM, Friday, July 10, at the St. Charles Family Arena. NHHS will hold their graduation at 6:00 PM, Thursday, July 9, at the Hungate Performing Arts Center. 

    Prom is currently planned for Saturday, June 13, at The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. A backup date is planned for Saturday, June 27, at TBHS, if needed.

    Additionally, a senior recognition night is being planned for Friday, April 24. More details to follow as available from TBHS administration. 

    The District will continue to monitor and comply with all public health guidelines. As this situation continues to evolve, we will provide any necessary updates or changes as pertains to the above, as available. It is our most sincere hope that we will be able to celebrate and honor our seniors on these dates. 

    Collection of Personal Items

    At this time, our buildings remain closed for the duration of Governor Parson’s closure order. Buildings are currently working on plans to allow students and parents to retrieve personal items from classrooms and lockers in a safe and organized manner. Once the stay at home order is lifted, correspondence with specific times and dates will come from your child’s building.

    Summer School

    The District relies on State funding to support our summer school program. At this time, we are in limbo waiting to hear if that funding will be available this year. If we are able to receive state funding, summer school will be held Monday - Thursday, July 6-30. Further information will be shared on enrollment and summer school options as soon as they become available. 

    Thank you for your patience and partnership as we move through this very fluid situation together. Wishing you good health. 

    Sincerely, 

    Mark S. Penny

    Superintendent

  • April 9, 2020

    Good afternoon,
    We are reaching out to touch base on Governor Parson's 3:00 pm announcement that all Missouri schools are ordered to remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We are supportive of the Governor's decision to continue helping to fight the spread of COVID-19. However, our hearts are heavy as we were looking forward to wrapping up our school year with our students face-to-face.

    At this time, there are a number of questions regarding what ending the school year through distance learning looks like for Lincoln County R-III. While we do not have all of the answers right now, here is what we do know. Buildings will remain closed, distance learning will continue through May 20th, and our grab-n-go meal program will continue.

    As we are able to digest this new information and solidify the unknowns, we will communicate with you. Please look for further updates throughout the next week. We appreciate your patience and partnership as we continue to navigate this ongoing situation together.

    Sincerely,

    Mark S. Penny
    Superintendent of Schools

  • April 6, 2020

     

    Dear parents/guardians, 

    Tomorrow, from 11-12:30 and from 4:30-6:00, administrators will be on hand for families to pick up paper packets of assignments and iPads (K-5) for those in need. During these times, the District will be taking a few extra precautions to increase the safety of our employees and our families. 

    For elementary, middle school, and ninth grade center families: 

    • Pull up to the entrance of your child’s building, 
    • Share your name and request with the LCR3 team member, 
    • Open your trunk from inside your vehicle for the employee to deposit your requested materials, 
    • Close trunk from inside your vehicle, or 
    • Pull forward to a designated parking spot to exit your vehicle and close your trunk (or move items from a truck bed to the cab). 

    The iPad check out form is attached for your review. If you check out a device, a copy will be provided to you with your materials. A separate copy with a notation of your verbal agreement will be kept on file at your child’s school.

    For TBHS and NHHS, if you have not already done so, please reach out to teachers/building to indicate your need for materials. Pull up to the curb, and send one individual to pick up materials from the table in the front of the building.

    Your child’s administrator may communicate further details specific to your building, if necessary. 

    Keep in mind, while our buildings are closed, we are still here for you! All district level and building offices are operational and are receiving voicemail, returning calls, and checking email.  Please contact us with confidence that your message will be received and responded to throughout our closure.

    Thank you and stay well!

  •  April 1, 2020

    Dear LCR3 Families, 

    As noted in our most recent communication, the district is hopeful that we will be able to return to campus on Monday, May 4. Our year would then end on Wednesday, May 20 (early release Wednesday schedule). Seniors will also be asked to attend during this three week period. While we know that we can’t make up for lost time in a three week period, we do know that this time back on-site would allow for closure to the school year, normalcy to our schedules that have been recently turned upside down, and for much-needed services to be provided to many including meals, mental health services, and in-person educational support. 

    At this time, families should have access to learning materials from their child’s teachers through Friday, April 4. Following Monday’s announcement of extended closure, our administrators and educators have been working on materials to provide to families for April 6 through May 1. These materials should be delivered to families electronically through e-mail or Canvas no later than the end of the day on Tuesday, April 7. 

    What if I need paper copies?

    Paper copies of learning materials will be available at each building location on Tuesday, April 7 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM as well as 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM. If your child is in grade K-5, there is no need to make a request; packets will be prepared and ready. If your child is in grade 6-12, please reach out to your child’s school building to request materials.  

    How will my child be assigned a grade? 

    The district will be utilizing a “hold harmless” grading option for the fourth quarter. This means that a student’s grades will be based on the end of the third quarter. Students will have the opportunity to improve their grades, but grades will not go down.  New learning will be used for feedback, not a grade. 

    For New Horizons High School students that are beginning new courses during the fourth quarter, grades will be transcribed as pass/fail. 

    How much student work should be expected? 

    Our learning environment looks vastly different. It is not reasonable to expect the same amount or level of work to be completed virtually that is normally provided in the classroom. Here are some tips for helping your child continue to succeed at home. 

    • School assignments are not meant to fill an entire school day. 
    • If your child is feeling overwhelmed or you find that they are looking for extended learning, reach out to their teacher. 
    • Incorporate learning into household activities, such as cooking, fixing things, or gardening. 
    • Let your child make choices on how and when they would like to learn. We all learn better at different times and in different ways! 
    • Find a spot in your home, if possible, that you can designate for learning. A daily schedule can also be beneficial to students. 

    What if my child needs a device? 

    In an effort to support K-5 families who do not have access to devices to use for schoolwork at home, we will have devices available for parents to check out for the duration of this virtual learning time period.  Due to the number of devices on hand, parents/guardians may check out one iPad per family at your child’s building on Tuesday, April 7 between 11:00 AM -12:30 PM or 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Device availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis and collected at a later date. 

    Parents/Guardians will be asked to turn in a memorandum of understanding for device usage form at pick up. The form is attached for your review prior to pick up. Usage fees will be waived at this time; however, damage fees will still be applicable.

    If you have a child in grades 6-12 that is designated as a day user and was unable to check out a device previously, please reach out to your building administrator for pick up options. 

    Where can we access wifi? 

    Wifi has been extended to the parking lot at each of our 13 campus locations. District issued devices will connect automatically, no credentials are required. Personal devices can connect to TroyK12-Guest with the password schoolwifi. You can find a list of our campus locations at www.troy.k12.mo.us/locations to find the campus nearest to you. 

    We are currently working with our Homework Helpers locations, found on the district website, to confirm if wifi is available in their parking lots as well.  Keep an eye out for updates on the district website and social media for these locations as well.  

    We ask that you continue to respect social distancing guidelines and stay in your vehicles at all locations.

    Who can I contact for tech support? 

    Our district employs three Instructional Technology Facilitators (ITF) to support the use of technology in our classrooms. If your child’s teacher is unable to assist with your technology-related question, please reach out to our ITFs as listed below. Remember to add your child’s name and building in your e-mail. 

    Grades K-5 - Dr. Bertels bertelsj@troy.k12.mo.us

    Grades 6-8 - Mrs. Horner hornerl@troy.k12.mo.us

    Grades 9-12 - Mr. Hoskins hoskinsj@troy.k12.mo.us 

    Are we going to be able to hold graduation?

    The district recognizes the importance of the graduation ceremony for our New Horizons and Troy Buchanan seniors and their families. It is a celebration of hard work, the ending of a chapter, and the beginning of the next. Unfortunately, at this time, it does not seem prudent to hold graduation on May 8 (NHHS) or May 10 (TBHS) for the well being of our students, families, and staff. As this situation continues to evolve, we are yet unable to set a new date. However, our high school administrators are working diligently for alternative dates and ways to celebrate this momentous occasion. As more information becomes available, it will be communicated. 

    Update to Grab-N-Go Meals

    In an effort to limit opportunities for exposure, beginning on Monday, April 6, the Grab-n-Go meals will have the following changes: 

    • Hours will be limited to 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Pick up will only be available on Monday and Thursday
      • Monday will include breakfast and lunch for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
      • Thursday will include breakfast and lunch for Thursday and Friday, as well as Buddy Bags
    • Meals will be placed on curbside tables, not delivered directly to cars to help with the proximity of individuals. Please designate one person from your car to get out and pick up your meals from the curbside tables.  

    District Public Use Access

    As an additional measure of caution, all district public use areas will be closed until further notice. This includes all playgrounds and track facilities. The only exception will be the use of parking lots for wifi as noted above. 

    It can not be said enough, thank you for your continued partnership through this unprecedented situation. Wishing your family the best of health. 

    Sincerely, 

    Mark S. Penny

    Superintendent of Schools

  • March 30, 2020

    Dear LCR3 Families, 

    At this time, the Lincoln County R-III School District will be extending our closure through May  1, 2020. Following guidance from the Lincoln County Health Department, we feel it is necessary for our continued effort to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

    Providing quality education, a safe environment, and exceptional services for our students, staff, and community has always been our top priority. While we know this closure is in the best interest of our community as a whole, we are aware it certainly creates many challenges for our students, families, and staff. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our district families as we know that you are working through these unprecedented times alongside us. Your day-to-day looks different and so does ours. We appreciate all that you are doing to support your children, your personal workload, and your household.  

    We will continue to have educational opportunities for our families throughout the duration of our extended closure. Students and parents should have access to materials through April 4th and additional information will be sent in the coming days. Free meals for children and teens through 18 will continue to be provided at Hawk Point Elementary, Cuivre Park Elementary, Main Street Elementary, and Ninth Grade Center from 10:30 - 1:00, Monday through Friday.

    As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be mindful of the following:

    • wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing (cough/sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue)
    • follow the stay at home order issued by the Lincoln County Health Department
    • avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

    Please continue to refer to the Lincoln County Health Department (www.lchdmo.org), the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (www.dhss.mo.gov), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) for up-to-date and accurate information on the coronavirus.

    As noted above, LCR3 is committed to continuing to provide exceptional services to our community. While these services look vastly different than business as usual, do know that we are here to support our students, families, and staff.

    Yours in Education, 

    Mark S. Penny, Superintendent

  • March 20, 2020

    The following are the latest updates regarding the coronavirus as they pertain to our district. 

    Statewide Assessments 

    The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced yesterday that Missouri will be canceling statewide assessments (MAP and EOC) for this school year. ACT and SAT testing has also been postponed at this time. We will communicate a reschedule date as soon as it is announced. 

    Make-Up Hours Waived

    DESE also announced that schools will not be required to make-up hours missed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. As of today, our last day of school will continue to be Wednesday, May 20, and will follow our regular early release Wednesday schedule. 

    Student Medications and Personal Items

    School administrators and nurses will be on-site at all locations from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24, by appointment, for families to retrieve their student’s medications and/or necessary personal items. Please call your child’s building on Monday, March 23 during regular school hours to set an appointment. 

    COVID-19 Test Results

    We have been informed that the COVID-19 test result of an LCR3 family member has been received and has been confirmed as negative. We are appreciative of the family and the Lincoln County Health Department for their partnership and prompt action in mitigating the potential spread of illness in our area. 

    District Visitors

    While the District is observing the recommended extended closure, all buildings will be closed to visitors. If you need to visit a District campus, please call ahead to make an appointment. 

    We also ask that you continue to follow social distancing guidelines as recommended by the Lincoln County Health Department, including the updated recommendations for travelers. Any person that has traveled internationally, via domestic air, via cruise ship, or to/through states with community spread of COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days. Further guidance can be found on the CDC website www.cdc.gov.  

    Virtual Spirit Week

    During this extended closure, LCR3 would like to stay connected by hosting a Virtual Spirit Week. Find the details and join the fun by visiting the District’s Facebook page @LincolnCountyR3Schools. #RIIICares

     

  • March 18, 2020

     

    LCR3 Families, 

    First and foremost, thank you for your patience as we continue to work through this constantly evolving situation. We have a strong and resilient community, and I have been heartened by the generosity that is already being poured out for our students and families. The following are updates that we have available at this time. 

    We are committed to lessening the burden on our families as much as possible. As mentioned in our previous communication, meals will be offered for children and teens through age 18 beginning March 23. Meals can be picked up at Cuivre Park Elementary, Main Street Elementary, Hawk Point Elementary, and Ninth Grade Center Monday through Friday between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm at no cost. Individuals will not be asked to exit their vehicles as service will be delivered curbside in a grab-and-go style. Any child through age 18 is eligible for a meal regardless of school status and household income. As a requirement of the Federally funded Seamless Summer Meal Program, the child receiving the meal must be present. The district will not be delivering meals at this time but will monitor the need for this service. 

    Following spring break this week, our educators will be collaborating on Monday, March 23, to prepare alternate methods of instruction for students. Information will be provided through Canvas (grades 6-12) and e-mail (grades PreK-5) no later than Tuesday. At this time, all instruction will be a reinforcement of essential skills that have been taught previously. No new learning will be introduced. 

    If you are unable to receive or send communications online, please reach out to your building on Monday, March 23, to request paper copies. Upon request, hard copies will be available to pick up at your child’s building between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm Tuesday, 3/24. Building administrators and nurses will be available at this time for families to collect medications and needed personal items from their child’s building. Additional communication from your child’s building will be sent next week as well. 

    Third-quarter grades will be distributed during the week of March 30. 

    Our District is continuing to work very closely with the Lincoln County Health Department regarding all restrictions and closures. Fortunately, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County at this time. 

    Currently, we are still planning to return on April 6. However, should a long-term closure become necessary, we will communicate through our regular channels. All school events including, but not limited to, sports, extra-curricular activities, Prom, and ACT/SAT testing have been postponed. Community usage of our facilities has also been discontinued until further notice. 

    It is our goal to provide all experiences and opportunities to our students that we can through the remainder of this school year. However, there are still many unknowns. For example, we are still waiting to receive updates from District partners regarding graduation, Missouri State MAP and EOC testing, and the potential need for make-up dates. As information becomes available we will be sure to communicate with you. 

    As this situation continues to develop, we urge families to stay up-to-date through resources provided by the Lincoln County Health Department, www.lchdmo.org, and the Centers for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov. All District communication can also be found on our website at www.troy.k12.mo.us/health. Thank you again for your patience and partnership. 

     

    Wishing you good health, 

    Mark S. Penny

    Superintendent of Schools

  • March 16, 2020

    Dear LCR3 families and staff:

    Following this morning’s meeting with the Lincoln County Health Department regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), it has been decided that it is in the best interest of our students, staff, and community to close all LCR3 schools, including Early Childhood and latchkey services, March 23 through April 3, 2020. At this time, classes will be set to resume on April 6. All extracurricular activities and facility usage will also be canceled until further notice. 

    As you know, the safety and security of our students and staff are a top priority, and we feel that these measures are necessary. We are a learning institution, and providing a quality education to every child in our district is also at the top of our list. We recognize the hardship this places on families and will do our best to provide structure, learning, and community support through this time of uncertainty.  

    There are many questions about the next steps, schedules, and support. I assure you that our team is working diligently to prepare and move forward in the best way possible. As we continue to plan, information will be forthcoming. 

    We are working on at-home activities and the processes available to put these in the hands of each student. In addition to the alternative methods of instruction, the District is working on ways to make take-out meals available. More information will be provided in the next few days. 

    Our amazing custodial and maintenance staff are already at work deep cleaning our buildings and buses to prepare for when our students and staff return. 

    Throughout our closure, we ask that students and staff follow the CDC guidance - practice social distancing, stay at home, wash your hands, and practice good respiratory hygiene. Contact the Lincoln County Health Department with questions or concerns specifically related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), www.lchdmo.org/covid19.   

    Thank you for your continued patience and partnership as we work to slow the spread of the coronavirus and keep our families safe. 

    Thank you, 

    Mark S. Penny

    Superintendent of Schools

  • March 15, 2020

    Good evening LCR3 families and staff: 

    As you are most likely aware, concerns around the coronavirus continue in Missouri and around the country. Today, many districts in the St. Louis and St. Charles counties announced extended closures. Tomorrow morning I will meet with fellow Lincoln County superintendents, Emergency Management, and the Lincoln County Health Department to discuss the next steps for the schools in our county. I assure you that the safety and welfare of our students, staff, and community will be top of mind. Fortunately, we are on spring break this week. However, we have begun planning in anticipation of an extended closure. We will continue to work through plans for alternative methods of instruction and meal opportunities for those in need. 

    As we move forward with planning, we will provide updated communications as they become available. Please continue to monitor the CDC and Lincoln County Health Department for updates regarding social distancing and prevention methods. We are grateful for your patience and partnership during these unprecedented circumstances.   

     

    Yours in Education, 

    Mark S. Penny

    Superintendent

     

    All games, practices, open gyms, weights, extracurricular activities & events for the Lincoln County R-3 School District are canceled until further notice. We will provide updates when information becomes available.

  • March 13, 2020

    Dear Lincoln County R-III Families,

    As you are aware, information around the coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly changing. We are working closely with the Lincoln County Health Department as we move through this unprecedented situation. As I write this letter, there have been no positive cases in Lincoln County. In regards to the communication sent earlier this week, we are still waiting for results and may not receive them until early next week. Updates will be provided as available. It is important to note, no students have been tested at this time.

    I wanted to share with you what the district is planning and some guidance from local, state, and federal health officials for moving forward. At this time, classes will resume as scheduled following Spring Break, on March 23. We are working closely with the Lincoln County Health Department and they have not advised the closure of any county schools at this time. If there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Lincoln County R-III School District (LCR3), the health department will guide us on what actions need to be taken and determine if a school(s) should be closed. Any closure directive from the state of Missouri or the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education would impact LCR3, and we are working on Alternative Methods of Instruction that we will be able to put in place. Information regarding this is outlined below. 

    Maintenance and custodial staff will be working through Spring Break to disinfect all schools, support facilities, and buses in an effort to create the safest, most comfortable environment possible for students and staff. With that being said, as we go forward we all must heed the recommendations of medical experts at the local, state, and federal levels.

    In the case of closure, teachers will contact students and families through e-mail regarding assignments. If you do not have access to e-mail, please contact your child’s school following Spring Break (March 16-20) to make arrangements for communication and pick-up of assignments/resources. Teachers will begin preparing the alternative methods of instruction plans on March 23rd. It is important to note that we are not foreshadowing a closure, rather preparing for the possibility. 

    Families of students and staff who have or plan to travel overseas or within the United States are advised to check the Centers for Disease Control website for the most current list of locations that could put you at risk due to identified cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Contact the Lincoln County Health Department (636-383-3231) before returning to school or work.

    • Should health officials require a student to remain at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or recent travel, absences will be excused and will not affect perfect attendance or A+ status.

    As always, our school nurses will be monitoring students and staff. In conjunction with the Lincoln County Health Department, they will refer students or staff exhibiting symptoms to the proper medical officials. Please understand that this heightened awareness is likely to increase the number of students who are sent home by our clinics. We suggest that, as a family, you build a plan for how your child would be picked up quickly should the nurse send them home or in the case of a school closure. Parents can also help us monitor the situation by providing specific information if you are calling your student in absent. Together with teachers, custodians, and secretaries, our nurses work with students daily to reinforce the healthy habits put forth by experts as the best tools to prevent cold and flu, which are also the best tools to prevent coronavirus:  

    • Wash hands often with soap and water 
    • If not available, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol content higher than 60 percent
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home while you are sick
    • Avoid close contact with others
    • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing 

    Finally, I would also refer you to the National Association of School Psychologists website where you can find some resources on talking to your children as we move through this unprecedented and fluid situation. Feeling safe, comfortable and welcome at school is one of the most important factors in our children’s well-being and in their learning. I hope this resource helps you open a line of communication with your children and supports those who are feeling anxious. I would like to encourage you to check your email often, as well as our website (www.troy.k12.mo.us/health). We will provide updates as information is available.

    Yours in Education, 

    Mark S. Penny

    Superintendent of Schools

  • March 11, 2020

    Dear LCR3 Families,

    We were informed today that a family member of two Troy South Middle School students and one Troy Buchanan High School student has been tested for COVID-19. At this time, the test results have not been received. The family has taken precautions and is currently self-isolated. Furthermore, they and the district continue to work closely with the Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD). As soon as the results are received, LCHD will be in contact with district administration.

    If the case is positive, LCHD will work closely with our staff to identify and notify any potential contacts that may need to self-isolate. Additional cleaning protocols remain in place for all locations.  

    As the potential for the virus to spread in our region continues, it is possible that there will be positive cases in our county or even in our district. The district will continue to follow our Pandemic Plan that can be found on our website at www.troy.k12.mo.us/health. Previous communications and resources are also available on this site. The best resources on the COVID-19 can be found on the LCHD and Centers for Disease Control websites, www.lchdmo.org or www.cdc.gov.    

    If you or your family choose to travel in the coming weeks, we encourage you to monitor the CDC website for travel precautions and general preparedness information, as it continues to evolve every few days. Please contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Hotline with concerns of illness, 1-877-435-8411.

    The Lincoln County R-III District remains committed to the safety and welfare of all students and staff. We appreciate your understanding and partnership as we navigate this constantly evolving situation.

    Yours in Education,


    Mark S. Penny, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

     

  • March 9, 2020

    The District continues to closely monitor the situation regarding the coronavirus and administration remains in close contact with the Lincoln County Health Department. As of this past weekend, one presumptive positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in St. Louis County, Missouri. 

    Increased disinfection protocols for our schools remain in place. LCR3 is also taking this opportunity to remind students and staff about good hand hygiene and to cover coughs and sneezes. Students are being given opportunities to wash their hands during the school day. In locations where access to soap and water is limited, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also available.

    Our Facilities Department uses a broadcast disinfectant that is known to be virucidal and effective in killing most viruses. Custodians are wiping down surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, and drinking fountains on a regular basis. We have recently added more disinfection of school buses as well. 

    Resources and updates, as available, can be found on this page. If you have any questions or concerns, you can also call the Lincoln County Health Department at 636-528-6117.

  • March 3, 2020

    LCR3 Families and Employees, 

    Should the situation arise that your children/students are worried, concerned, or asking about the coronavirus, below are some talking points and resources to help guide your conversations. 

    Currently Known Facts

    • Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that has been found to cause respiratory illness in humans. The signs and symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 
    • It can be spread from person to person.
    • The greatest risk of infection is to those that live in China or have been around someone who has recently been to China.
    • There are cases in the US. However, there are NO cases in Missouri or, more specifically, Lincoln County at this time. Furthermore, the CDC is still stating that the risk of contracting the Coronavirus in the U.S. is low.
    • There is currently NO vaccine.
    • At this time, the only treatment is to treat the symptoms that patients are experiencing.

    Prevention

    • The best way to protect yourself against any virus is to
      • Avoid those exposed to the virus, 
      • Practice PROPER HAND WASHING often and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water,
      • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose with unwashed hands, and
      • Use hand sanitizer with 60% or more alcohol only when soap and water are not available.
    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Dealing with Emotions, Bullying, or Uncaring Behaviors

    • Diseases do not discriminate, and neither should we. Individuals of Asian descent or heritage are no more likely to contract the Coronavirus than anyone else. 
    • If students are feeling concerned or worried, encourage them to talk to a parent, teacher, or another trusted adult.  Remind kids of the things they can control to help decrease the risk- wash hands, cover sneezes and coughs.
    • Be aware of your own behaviors. It's important for parents and teachers to understand the effect their own behaviors and emotions can have on children. If you're visibly upset or react in a way that suggests you're fearful, they'll take their cues from you. Just remember to stick to the facts that we know. Be honest and communicate at a developmentally appropriate level.
    • Ensure you are using credible sources for information like the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Lincoln County Health Department. Additional resources are listed below.  

    Resources

  • February 27, 2020

    Dear Lincoln County R-III Families,

    As the cold and flu season is in full swing, all schools throughout our District have seen an increase in the number of students with influenza-like symptoms in the last couple of weeks. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling sick. If your child is sick, please keep them home until he/she is fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, adhering to the District’s Student Illness Exclusion Guidelines. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe illness. Symptoms of influenza can vary, but generally include a high fever, headache, chills, body aches, sore throat and cough. Additional, helpful information about the flu can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website

    Unfortunately, the 2019-20 flu season has been complicated by recent reports of a novel(new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with common symptoms similar to the flu, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Fourteen confirmed cases have been reported within the United States. At this time, there have been no positive cases confirmed in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has established a dedicated website which also links to information from the CDC, for those seeking more information about this novel coronavirus.

    We urge all families to continue the practice of maintaining healthy behaviors necessary during any cold and flu season, including the below:

    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing and sneezing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and moth to prevent the spread of germs.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.

    The District will continue to work with local and state partners at the Lincoln County Health Department and DHSS as they monitor and manage the current situation with both the flu and the novel Coronavirus. Please be assured that District staff will continue to keep an eye on illness in our school, as is our standard policy. As always we will share additional information with school communities as needed.

    Thank you for your help in keeping our students, employees, and community healthy during this cold and flu season.

    Mende Kemper, RN, BSN

    LCR3 District Health Coordinator

    636-462-6098