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  Buying school supplies safely during pandemic

Cape Girardeau Public Schools release updated reopening plan

  SIUC graduate assistants call for remote learning this fall amid growing COVID cases in Jackson County

  SIU is making their own hand sanitizer

  Jackson, Mo. businesses prepare for tax-free weekend

Continued Coverage

  Carbondale library to host Homeschool without Borders sessions

  One Heartland Mom is helping other parents learn about home schooling

  School officials say finding substitute help could be issue this year

  Heartland school shares ways to teach students virtually

  Fredericktown R-II school district officials ask parents input on school plans

  Charleston announces back to school plans for Fall 2020

  Bollinger Co. Health Dept. holds drive-thru immunizations for back to school

The students didn’t have to walk in to the clinic to get their shots for school, instead they got them while sitting in the car.

  Three Rivers College to require face covering starting July 27

Information will be provided to all students, faculty, and staff on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.

  Southeast Mo. State’s move-in process changing for upcoming semester

As Southeast Missouri State University students prepare to move back on campus soon, they can expect a new process for move in day.

  Extracurricular activities look different at Saxony Lutheran High School during pandemic

Principal Mark Ruark said these activities will still go on, but students should expect some changes.

  Carbondale School Dist. 95 announces plans for the upcoming school year

  Illinois Teachers Coalition calls for the state to rethink their school opening plans

  Jackson and Cape Girardeau educators give summer school update

McCracken County now a “one to one” district for 6 to 12 grade

2020 Bright Flight Scholarships reduced nearly by half

  Health expert: talk to your child about COVID-19 before school starts to ease anxiety

  Kids adjusting to wearing masks in schools

Most parents would agree, getting kids to wear masks is a challenge and elementary teachers know it too.

  Drop in calls to Missouri’s child abuse and neglect hotline during the pandemic

According to Missouri's Department of Social Services, calls decreased 44 percent in April 2020 compared to April 2019.

  Notre Dame Regional High School releases reopening plan

He said his school will do what’s required to keep the students and faculty safe.

United Way of Paducah-McCracken Co. to hold digital Stuff the Bus event

The annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive will be digital this year.

  Gov. Mike Parson clarifies comments concerning children contracting COVID-19 at school

Governor Mike Parson clarified comments concerning children contracting COVID-19 at school following widespread backlash.

  Sikeston schools release back-to-school plan

Thompson said the school district has four structured plans in place if coronavirus cases should appear at the school.

  Southeast Mo. State unveils ‘Protect the Nest’ fall reopening plan

The university announced “Protect the Nest” on Monday, July 20.

  Carbondale Public Library offering virtual reading contest

They have a virtual reading challenge that participants can win prizes weekly and a grand prize at the end.

  Back-to-school fair turns into a drive-thru

Cape First Marble Hill turned its annual event into a drive-thru.

  Scott City, Mo. teacher makes masks for students, staff

A Scott City R-1 elementary school teacher is going above and beyond to help protect the health of her kids this upcoming school year.

  SIU announces plan for student housing in the fall

Jim Hunsenker, director of housing for SIU, is ready to have students back on campus for the fall.

Parents could spend more than $100 billion on back-to-school items this year due to COVID-19

The survey of 7,481 consumers was conducted July 1-8.

  Shawnee Community College released plans for fall semester

Shawnee Community College announced their plans for the fall semester.

  SIU responds to ruling from Trump Administration on international students

The SIU system is joining universities across the country in opposition to the Trump administration rule.

  Shawnee College offers in-person, online, hybrid courses for fall 2020

The semester is scheduled to start on August 12.

  All Jackson R-2 students to return to class

Dr. Link answered parent’s questions in a live Facebook Q & A video earlier this week.

  Graves County schools offering virtual classes

Graves County, Kentucky schools offer students a virtual learning experience this fall.

Mo. officials address questions on school reopening guidance

They aimed to clarify and provide consistency for Missouri school leaders and public health officials as they make decisions about reopening schools.

  Cape Girardeau Public Schools re-entry plan for fall 2020 includes online, in-person learning

School leaders said parents and guardians should look for more information from individual buildings as it gets closer to the first day of school, which is set for Monday, August 24.

  Cape Girardeau Public Schools will hire a contact tracer

The contact tracer will notify students and staff who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

  Bus driver shortage for Cape Girardeau schools

Finding bus drivers for Cape Girardeau public schools is a struggle every year, according to one local transportation manager.

  In-person classes recommended this fall

When the pandemic closed schools a few months ago classes went online. The adjustment didn't come easy to all students.

  Southern Ill. schools discuss reopening plans

With the school year beginning in about two months, districts statewide are wondering what is the right move.

  Jackson School District prepares for in-person summer school

Jackson R2 Superintendent Dr. John Link said more students are enrolled in summer school now than in previous years.

  Louisiana teen surprises younger brother in silly costumes every day at bus stop

In a hilarious display of sibling love, one big brother is making memories before heading off to college.

Forbes releases its list of top colleges for 2019

Murray State University and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale make Forbes' America's Best Colleges 2019 list.

WalletHub releases 2019’s Best & Worst Community Colleges report

WalletHub compared 710 community colleges nationwide using 19 key indicators of cost and quality.

Back-to-school illnesses parents need to watch for

School is now in session for germs, viruses and bacteria that cause illnesses that can make your child or you sick.

  Jackson students go to International Science Fair, eager to learn more

Two students at Jackson High School took their science project all the way to the International Science Fair, but they aren't stopping there.

Students returning to campus at Murray State

Activities are in full swing with the University’s Great Beginnings programs.

  First day of school in the books for new therapy dog

Students meet their new therapy dog on the first day of school.

  Testing Heartland kindergartner readiness

Every year, kindergarten teachers from across the state take data for the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey. KIDS, for short.

Union City, Tenn. schools recognized as one of the best in the state

The school system has been designated as district-wide composite Level 5 in Tennessee by the state Department of Education reflecting growth and performance.

Lemonade stand raises $100 for each teacher at school

A group of Missouri students put such a squeeze on their lemonade stand customers that they were able to raise enough money to give each teacher at their school $100

Jackson School Resource Officers head back to school along with students

SRO assignments for the school year

  Southeast Missouri State University welcoming students back for fall semester

Southeast Missouri State is set to welcome its newest Redhawks for the 2019-2020 academic year. A full slate of opening week festivities will begin on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Picking the right instrument can boost your child’s education

With students back in the classroom, they may be taking that passion for music and learning to play an instrument. Choosing the right one can be difficult and pricey.

  Southeast Mo. schools use #Clearthelist movement to unite cross-town rivals

It’s no secret that most teachers dip into their own pockets to pay for supplies in their classroom every year. Now, a social media campaign is trying to ease the burden teachers feel.

  Drivers don’t just pick up and drop off, but are responsible for checking the bus

Bus drivers don't just have the job of picking up and dropping off your children.

  All Missouri students will have access to online courses

Missouri School Districts will be providing new opportunities for students .

B2S Life Hack: Create a ‘homework box’

Take out the pre-work of homework time. Create a “homework box” equipped with everything your kid needs to get their homework done (pens, pencils, erasers, etc.).

B2S Life Hack: Break in shoes with hair dryer

Break in new shoes with a hair dryer.

B2S Life Hack: Color code folders, notebooks to certain classes

Here’s a back-to-school tip that will help your older students keep their classes straight and lighten their load to class.

  Back to School Lunch Hack: keeping meals fun

If you're looking for something new or different to put in your child's lunch box, consider this lunch hack.

Back to School Lunch Hack: money saving ice pack

It's no secret that kids sometimes lose things. This lunch hack is convenient and saves you some cash!

35 filled backpacks to be donated to students in Shawnee College’s district

The organization collected and filled 35 backpacks in 2019, and will distribute them among 23 different schools in the its district.

  Helping kids cope with back-to-school anxiety

The final countdown is on. The morning alarms will once again be going off bright and early as so many more kids around WAVE Country will be going back to school. With that comes so many emotions.

  National educational speaker visits with 5 Heartland schools to kick off school year

Todd Whitaker speaks to hundreds of thousands of educational leaders around the nation spreading the importance of having confidence.

  School bus safety tips for drivers and kids

If you aren't already, you'll soon see school buses on the roads.

Southern Ill. company gets in front of school bus driver shortage

“There is a dire need for drivers, not only in Carbondale, but around the region. Everyone is having a shortage of drivers right now."

Back-to-School Bash in Richland canceled

There will be an open house from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. for anyone wanting to meet their teachers.

School district offers students attendance incentives, includes a car

Union City School leaders said the incentives are being offered to combat chronic absenteeism.

  Cape Girardeau Public Schools find the root of problems in class

Cape Girardeau Public Schools handle problems in the classroom with a new approach.

  11 ways to have a great back to school day

Back to school is a special and exciting time for most kids. With that day upon dozens of districts throughout The Heartland here are some tips to make this day even better.

SIU activities welcome students to campus for fall semester

The semester starts on Monday, August 19, but the fun starts earlier.

Sikeston schools unveil new way to check menus

Now you can check the menus for each day for each meal at each school, you can look at pictures of the meals and nutritional information.

  “Blue Jay Bus Bash” in Charleston, Mo.

Staff said community members were invited and encouraged to attend.

Students eat free at McCracken County Public Schools

Student participation is important for the school to continue to offer free meals.