Charleston R-I Schools and COVID-19


Effective immediately, Charleston R-I School District will be extending the precautionary school closure through April 20, 2020. Students will tentatively return on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

All school activities, including athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, are canceled during the time school is closed.

The extended closure is a continuation of the District’s efforts to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The health of our students, their families, and our staff members continues to be our highest priority.

Also, effective Monday, March 30, 2020, all District Offices will be closed to the public.

The District will continue to partner with Opaa! Food Management to implement the “Neighborhood Food Delivery Program,” which provides free breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 and under Monday-Friday, consistent with the District calendar. Full menus, dates, and details may be found on the District website.

Charleston R-I Schools fully supports the social and physical distancing guidelines provided by Governor Parson and CDC. We recommend all Blue Jays stay home as much as possible, avoid coming within 6 feet of non-family members, avoid contact with older people and people with compromised immune systems, and avoid crowds of more than 10 people.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has provided new resources, which may be found at

Please visit for more details, resources, and updates.
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Charleston R-I school officials have been working to prepare classrooms and spaces for common health issues like the flu, and additional precautions are being taken to deal with the evolving situation.
As a District, we are:
  • Encouraging students and staff to stay home if they are sick or running a temperature of 100 or higher,
  • Using hospital-grade cleansers,
  • Cleaning classroom desks and chairs frequently,
  • Cleaning and sanitizing buses prior to student use,
  • Closely monitoring the information being provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS), and Missouri Department of Education and Secondary Education (DESE).
As a parent or caregiver, you can:
  • Keep students home if they are sick or have a temperature of 100 or above.
  • Encourage students to wash their hands, cough or sneeze into a tissue, and avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.
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Charleston R-I Schools has published a list of resources for parents to use with students during the school closure. View the PDF list here: Charleston R-I Resources for Students 
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Charleston R-I is beginning a “Neighborhood Food Delivery Program” for students needing free meals during the extended school closure.
The program started on Monday, March 23, and will be available at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday each week until school returns to session.
Parents and guardians can fill out this online form to show school officials they are interested in participating in the program: Survey for Neighborhood Food Delivery Program
The following five (5) locations will be drop points where students can receive breakfast / lunch:
  • Charleston High School - Back of Building Drive-Thru (11:00am to 12:00pm)
  • Bowden Center (11:00am to 12:00pm)
  • Anniston Post Office (11:00am to 11:30am)
  • Bertrand City Hall (11:00am to 11:30am)
  • Wyatt Junction Intersection (11:00am to 11:30am)
The Charleston High School location will operate as a drive-thru option, and will be located at the kitchen doors behind the school.
These meals are for children 18 years of age and under only, but children are no longer required to be present to receive meals.
Administrators would like to thank Opaa! Food Management, Charleston R-I Maintenance team, and Charleston R-I Bus Drivers for handling the logistics and making this possible.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus for 4/6/2020 to 4/10/2020

Monday, April 6, 2020
Breakfast: Cereal, Fruit, Juice, Milk
Lunch: Chicken Patty on Bun, Baked Chips, Baby Carrots w/ dip, Fruit, Rice Krispie Treat, Milk
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Breakfast: Sausage Biscuit, Fruit, Juice, Milk
Lunch: Popcorn Chicken Wrap, Chips, Baby Carrots w/ dip, Fruit, Rice Krispie Treat, Milk
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Breakfast: Cereal, Fruit, Juice, Milk
Lunch: Cheeseburger, Chips, Baby Carrots w/ dip, Fruit, Rice Krispie Treat, Milk
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Breakfast: Mini Cinni’s, Fruit, Juice, Milk
Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Yogurt, Chips, Fruit, Baby Carrots w/ dip, Cookie, Milk
Friday, April 10, 2020
There will be no meal offered on 4/10 due to originally being No School - Good Friday.

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Parents and caregivers wishing to find out more about the national Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak should visit the following sites:

A helpful article for helping explain COVID-19 to students, as published by National Public Radio (NPR):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services (DHSS):

A 24/7 Missouri Statewide Public Hotline for citizens and providers: 877-435-8411
Updated 2020-03-27