PreK - 12 Grade
Dear Guadalupe Centers Families-
Many of you are following the news and already know that Mayor Lucas has ordered a “Stay at Home” policy for 30 days, beginning on March 24. Additionally, he has ordered that all schools will be closed until April 24. All school building activities including all Pre-K- 12 school day instruction, after school care, athletics, tutoring, enrichment, etc. are canceled until further notice. We understand the difficulty this poses for many families and we will do our best to support you through these unprecedented times.
As of today’s date: March 22, 2020
Guadalupe Center Charter Schools (GCCS) are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. GCCS are now scheduled to be closed until April 24, 2020, with classes scheduled to resume April 27, 2020, unless we communicate otherwise. This is an unprecedented situation, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we respond and work to support our students, families, and staff throughout the closure.
Communication – How to Stay Informed
Please continue to check your email, our school organization website: www.guadalupecenters.org our school Twitter account: @GCI1919 and Facebook page: Guadalupe Centers. These mediums will be our sources for communicating up-to-date information and changes in decisions as this unique situation unfolds.
Student Meal Supports
Earlier this week we communicated the following message regarding meal distribution. We will keep you informed regarding a date extension now that we will be out of school until April 24. More details were sent via email and posted to our Facebook page. Please access our page by clicking https://www.facebook.com/GCISchools/
Two distribution zone sites have been established. This is the schedule we will be using for food distribution to our families:
Monday through Friday until April 24, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Supplemental Learning Opportunities
Your child’s respective principal will be reaching out to you via normal communication means, particularly to provide information regarding student learning in the home. This plan will include online learning and potentially paper/pencil opportunities, designed by your child’s teacher(s). We appreciate our parents being champions of learning while school is not in session. Hopefully these options will provide families a chance to support their child and offer meaningful activities while we are away.
Access to Technology and Wireless Options
Given the circumstances, it is important that our families have access to appropriate technology. This includes WiFi and student devices. If you have devices (computers and/or tablets) in your home, your child will be able to complete the activities issued by their teacher(s). This being said, our district will be prepared to issue devices should your child need one. Your building principal will connect with you regarding opportunities to check out devices. Our technology department also has information for families to access free internet during the time schools are closed.
Supporting Students’ Wellness
As more information is learned and shared about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you may notice your child experiencing a wider range of emotions such as worry and fear. With the closure of schools some children might also experience sadness and frustration about not being able to interact with their friends and school staff on a regular basis. There are many steps you can take to support your child during these uncertain times. Here are some ideas for families:
Again, regular communication and important informational updates will continue through our website www.guadalupecenters.org as well as our School Messenger communication system.
Thank you and take care!
Superintendent of Schools – Guadalupe Centers Charter Schools
ABOUT GUADALUPE CENTERS CHARTER SCHOOLS
Education has been one of Guadalupe Centers’ foundational programs through most of its history. In the late 1980’s, the focus on education moved from providing English classes to adults and preschool programming to addressing the educational needs of young Latino students who were dropping out of the city’s public schools. Alta Vista, now Guadalupe Centers High School, was established as an alternative education program focused on dropout prevention. From the 15 students who started in the basement of a neighborhood church, the program has grown to become one of the established charter school systems in the city, serving over 1000 students in Pre-kindergarten through high school.
Expanding on the success of its High School, Guadalupe Educational System added a middle school in 2010, and opened an elementary program in 2012. The still-developing elementary school is adding a new cohort of 80 kindergartners each year. The 2017-2018 represents a milestone, when GES will serve the full Pre-K grade range. Additionally, in the past year, Guadalupe Centers has undergone a branding initiative to consolidate its image, recasting the schools’ names to Guadalupe Centers Preschool, Guadalupe Elementary School, Guadalupe Centers Middle School, and Guadalupe Centers High School.
Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) was established in 2007 as the state’s online school. It was previously known as Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MOVIP). Currently, MOCAP offers courses for 9th through 12th grade and plans to expand to grades K-12. Students can take courses from any Internet-connected computer, available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. MOCAP’s mission is to offer Missouri students equal access to a wide range of high quality courses, and interactive online learning that is neither time nor place dependent.
Go to https://mocap.mo.gov to learn about Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP)