Back to School HQ

  School nurse explains when students need to stay home from school

  Carbondale City Hall becomes virtual learning center for children of employees

  Cape Girardeau virtual teacher gets creative

  Tech. support sessions available for Cape Girardeau Public Schools families

  Perry County School Dist. provides free meals to students

Frankfort CUSD #168 to return to hybrid in-person learning

Continued Coverage

  Inside Central Middle School virtual classrooms

USDA extends school nutrition waiver

S7HD headstart releases safety measures, virtual class update

  Scott City School District has smooth first day of school

  Marshall Co., Ky. schools get resource officers

  Cape Girardeau Public Schools kick off first day of school

  Poplar Bluff school district opens new alternative school

Superintendent Dr. Scott Dill said Mark Twain students still learn the same material as the other schools in the district, they just learn a different way.

  East Prairie, Mo. school district delays start of school year

The East Prairie school year will be pushed back two weeks.

Ribbon cutting held for new early childhood center in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

The center is the first preschool age-level specific building in the history of the R-I School District.

  Schools, highway patrol working to reduce school bus crashes

That could increase the chance for more school bus-related accidents.

  Heartland teacher uses his voice to put smile on students’ faces

  Cape Girardeau Public Schools employees earn CPR, AED, first aid certifications

  Cape Girardeau Public Schools create movie for start of school year

  Southeast Mo. State University cancels Family Weekend, Homecoming Festivities

  Contact tracing protocols at Heartland universities

  Challenges of virtual learning during a pandemic

  Southeast Mo. State holds drive-thru move-in day for new students

Southeast Missouri State University staff helped students get ready to move-in by holding a drive-thru.

Kennett Schools to participate in free breakfast, lunch program

All students can receive breakfasts and lunches at no charge.

  Missouri Board of Education loosens restrictions for substitute teachers

The state board of education said the emergency rule will go into effect September 2.

  90,000 masks to be distributed to schools in 3 southeast Mo. counties

Glass said the 90,000 masks will go to 18 schools in Cape Girardeau, Scott and Bollinger Counties.

WGU Missouri grant $1 million in online access scholarships

WGU Missouri is offering a scholarship to help pay for high-speed internet and provide devices for students in need.

  Cape Girardeau restaurants prepare for returning college students

Restaurants like Bella Italia and Muy Bueno are ready to serve students again.

  Murphysboro school dist. begins in-person classes with safety on their minds

Murphysboro School District 186 began their first day of in-person classes on Tuesday, August 18.

  SIUC students share their mixed feelings about first day of classes

The Fall semester is officially underway at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

  Heartland school district answers questions about virtual learning

Cape Public School starts classes on August 24th

  Saxony Lutheran High School implements new technology to stop spread of COVID-19

The thermometers have facial recognition and can tell who you are even with your mask on.

Meal delivery for Cobden, Ill. students to begin Tuesday

Meal delivery for students will start on Tuesday, August 18.

  Southeast Missouri State University students start moving in for fall semester

This was day one of a week-long drive-thru event where students checked in through a series of tents which include a health tent, acquiring parking passes, a face mask kit, room keys and more.

  Murphysboro School District gets set to kick off school year next week

Today, at General John A. Logan attendance center, parents had the opportunity to pick up their child’s remote learning packets.

Calloway Co. schools back-to-school plan includes in-person classes, virtual learning, paper packets

The Calloway County School District released its back-to-school plan, which will include returning to in-person classes on August 24.

  Saxony Lutheran High School creates academic academy

Program helps prepare incoming freshman for the new school year.

Beshear defends recommendation to delay in-person classes as some Kentucky schools defy him

Wednesday, Beshear dispelled “false equivalencies” between students gathering at schools and fans gathering at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.

  Livingston County Schools met to discuss Gov. Beshear’s at-home learning recommendation

The school board meeting will take place on August 12th at 5:30 p.m.

  District 95 partners with Boys and Girls Club for the upcoming School Year

In years past, the District 95, along with their high school, have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois, and this year is no different.

  Carbondale District 95 schools to reopen in full remote learning mode

As the back to school countdown begins, Carbondale District 95 schools plan to reopen in full remote learning mode.

  Students return to SIU campus with move-in modifications

New students moved in on Wednesday, August 12 and Thursday, August 13.

  Jackson R-2 School District cuts down school supply list

Items like tissues, reusable bags and dry erase markers did not make the cut.

  Southeast Mo. State hoping to fight coronavirus with ‘Protect the Nest’ plan

When the students return, they will have certain rules to follow.

  McCracken County Schools postpone in-person classes

Students will still start school on Aug. 24, but will attend classes online through the district’s Virtual/Distance Learning plan.

  Murphysboro starts new school year with blended schedule, new superintendent

Murphysboro Unit School District #186 will begin the 2020-2021 academic year on August 17.

Perryville School District No. 32 releases school plan

How do we get our kids here safe? How do we keep them here?”

  Heartland school starts new program aimed at educational, emotional well-being of its students

One heartland school starts a new program aimed at both the educational and emotional well-being of its youngest students.

  Meal programs at 2 Heartland schools to accommodate all students

Now, meal programs at two Heartland schools will accommodate all students, even those who are not in the classroom.

  School nurses face greater responsibility this year

St. Mary Cathedral plans to have a nurse on staff by the end of this week.

  Cape Girardeau Public Schools add new program to Central Academy

The JAG program prepares students to succeed once they graduate from Central Academy.

  Bus safety during a pandemic

One of the hot topics of going back to school this year in the midst of a pandemic is bus safety.

  Governor Mike Parson speaks with SEMO University officials before school starts

Students will move into dorms starting August 15th.

  Tax-free weekends in the Heartland

Tax-free weekends have become a staple for parents preparing for back to school.

  Children’s immune systems when going back to school

According to one Heartland doctor, hand washing and staying home will not weaken immune systems.

  Mold discovery delays start date for West Frankfort schools

Frankfort Community Unit School District #168 will be starting the 2020-2021 academic year a little later than expected.

  Buying school supplies safely during pandemic

Since she said students will not be allowed to share supplies this year, they will need to have their own individual labeled bags.

Cape Girardeau Public Schools release updated reopening plan

Cape Girardeau Public Schools sent out an email containing an updated reopening plan for the fall semester to students and their families on August 4.

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

The unions say they are negotiating with the university in an effort to reduce risks in the classroom, and report that both sides are negotiating in good faith, and they say that progress has been made.

  SIU is making their own hand sanitizer

SIU is now making its own hand sanitizer inside the McLaffery Annex, where students learn about distilling and brewing.

  Jackson, Mo. businesses prepare for tax-free weekend

Business owners in Jackson said they’re expecting this tax-free weekend to run smoothly like it has in the past.

  Carbondale library to host Homeschool without Borders sessions

The sessions will be Tuesdays; August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3 and December 1; from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  One Heartland Mom is helping other parents learn about home schooling

Allison Staggs has home schooled her sons for 12 years . She said she always offers advice to other parents but with Covid-19 she’s seen a peak in interest.

  School officials say finding substitute help could be issue this year

With all the Covid 19 changes it could be hard to find extra help if a teacher calls in sick. Cape Schools Deputy superintendent, Christa Turner said they anticipate a high demand for substitute teachers with Covid-19 impacting the upcoming school year.

  Heartland school shares ways to teach students virtually

Franklin Elementary Student Interventionist Amber Walker said as soon as students start this upcoming school year, they will be introduced to Google Classroom and learn how to use it first before they get into their regular school work.

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

Fredericktown R-1 school district created a survey to ask parents if they want their children back in school buildings or learning from home.

  Charleston announces back to school plans for Fall 2020

On Monday, July 27, the Charleston R-I Board of Education approved a plan for returning to school in August.

  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

After a board meeting on Thursday night, the final decision was made. The district announced they were going with remote learning.

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

The coalition called for more virtual classes, but understood some classes can’t be held online.

  Jackson and Cape Girardeau educators give summer school update

Teachers and administrators said it seems to be running smoothly in Jackson and Cape Girardeau.

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

This school year, all students grades 6 thru 8 will receive Google Chromebooks to create a “one-to-one” digital learning environment.

2020 Bright Flight Scholarships reduced nearly by half

According to Ann Hayes, director of communications at Southeast Missouri State University, they received notification from the state last week that the Bright Flight award would be reduced from $3,000 in 2019 to $1,800 in 2020.

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

Zeilenga said you can help kids by talking to them about what’s going on.

  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.