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MRH COVID Mitigation Measures for Start of School

MRH Families:
 
The MRH School District will require staff and students of all ages to wear proper face coverings indoors for the first two weeks of school, which begins on August 23 for K-12 and August 30 for Pre-K. 
 
Currently, St. Louis County continues to report a high level of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. In addition, the BA.5 variant is much more transmissible, hence increasing the rate of positivity in patients. Because we currently do not have students in our buildings, we lack knowledge regarding how they are engaging within our community or what mitigation measures they are following. 
 
The rationale for masking for the first two weeks is as follows:

  • Ensures safety of students and staff by decreasing the opportunity for transmission
  • Allows the District to monitor building positivity rates for the first two weeks
  • Ensures in-person learning can occur

Returning to some normalcy is important as we work to build community at each of our MRH campuses, but this will not occur at the expense of in-person learning for our students. Our goal, as an educational community, is to minimize the impact and disruption on our vulnerable community members, community resources and our ability to maintain effective in-person learning by keeping students and staff in school. This will require our community’s cooperation and  support. 

Vaccinations remain the best way to minimize the impact on both individuals and the community.  The medical community strongly recommends that individuals take advantage of the vaccinations  available to them. The vaccine has been proven safe and effective, and while it cannot absolutely prevent the contraction of the virus, it can mitigate the effects. Vaccination also reduces the spread of the virus that can ultimately affect both vulnerable populations and community resources. It is highly recommended that all families take advantage of the Federal Government’s opportunity to receive free at-home testing kits. These are delivered to your home and can be accessed here.

In addition to vaccinations, it is critical that you and your children stay home when you are  exhibiting symptoms of the virus. This coupled with the use of available testing helps to reduce inadvertent spread in the school community. 

Thank you for your continued support.
MRH is proud to partner with Chartwells School Dining Services for all food service needs beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. 

Chartwells was selected from among three bidding companies based on a number of criteria:

  • Price/cost
  • Service capability
  • Experience
  • Financial stability
  • Accounting/reporting systems
  • Personnel management
  • Innovation
  • Promotion of the food service program
  • Involvement of students and staff

In issuing the Chartwells recommendation to the MRH Board of Education, District administrators placed heavy emphasis on Chartwells strong program connection to MRH curricula, support of local farmers and vendors, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and focus on health and wellness. 

The decision to move forward with a contracted service was made with careful consideration and reflection:

  • The MRH Food Service Department has been experiencing staffing shortages since 2016-17.
  • MRH worked with temp agencies to keep as many positions filled as possible to maintain the quality which students deserve.
  • The pandemic further stressed the nutrition services department. The departure of workers resulted in consistently unfilled positions.
  • The staffing agencies had not been able to provide temporary workers. This left kitchens grossly understaffed and overtaxed staff.
 
Chartwells representatives touted a number of features of their food service model, including a “Discovery Kitchen” which connects nutrition education and cooking demonstrations with a promotional calendar through monthly themes… giving students a voice in deciding what makes the menu through tasting and voting events… and helping students make a connection between what they eat and how they feel.

Chartwells representatives have toured the kitchens at each MRH building and are proceeding to secure staffing and make improvements to the facilities for the start of the school year. Food deliveries begin the week of August 15.
Fall Sports Coming Soon!

Today, August 8, is the first day of fall sports at MRH. Students must have an up to date physical on file before participating in practices. The physical exam form and the annual participation form can be found on the athletics page of our website.

Prospective student/athletes may contact the following coaches for practice time: Ryan Robertson (boys' soccer); Ryan Rzeszutko and Joe Spinks (cross country - girls and boys); Catherine Krebs (softball); and Cheryl Carmon (volleyball).

August 9: Athletic physicals will be given by Dr. Miller for $20.00 from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. He will be in the nurses' office at the MS/HS. Enter through the track doors.

If parents/students have any questions regarding athletics/activities, they can contact Teron Sharp, MRH Athletic Director. Office: 314-446-1708. Cell: 314-565-2159
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A tip of the hat to those students and staff who volunteered last week to clean up and organize the weight room! It's never looked better.
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What's Happening in Our Community!
Registration Now Open for MRH Youth Sports (MRHYS) Fall Season!

Be sure to register by August 26 for preschool and kindergarten soccer.

Registration takes place at MRHYS.org. Log in to find sports available—new users will need to create a profile. 

MRHYS is a volunteer, parent-run organization that provides access to sports teams for preschool through 8th graders living within the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District area. We hope to provide a fun, athletic experience where children learn good sportsmanship and the skills of the game in a safe environment. We also provide financial assistance to those who qualify. To see the application, please click here.
We are nearly always in need of additional coaching volunteers, particularly for the early ages. Experience is not necessary—but enthusiasm and positivity is a must! MRHYS can provide coaching plans and materials. A background check is required, but at no cost We are in specific need of tennis coaches! 
 
Teams are limited in size to ensure playing time for all kids. If a team is full, the player will be placed on a waitlist until an additional team can be created.
 
For fall sports, register the player for the GRADE THEY WILL BE ENTERING IN AUGUST, not the grade just completed.
 
Soccer details:
 
Preschool soccer will have weeknight practices at Ryan Hummert Park, with two Saturday games towards the end of the season.
Kindergarten soccer will have weeknight practices at Ryan Hummert Park, with four Saturday games in late September and October.

For questions, please contact us at mrhyouthsports@gmail.com 
For updates, please like our Facebook page at facebook.com/mrhyouthsports
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