COVID-19 Pandemic School Closing Information

We are very aware of the many concerns and questions our parents and students have about how the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is impacting our school district. On this page, we will share information on topics we are asked about most frequently. In addition, we will share our plans and procedures for helping to keep our Ladue Schools community as physically, emotionally and mentally healthy as possible, during this challenging time. 

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please talk to your
child’s teacher or principal (if your concern/question is class or building specific)
or send
your question to input@ladueschools.net and it will be answered by
the appropriate person as quickly as possible. 

Current Status (3.10.20):

The Ladue School District, along with all other school districts in the State of Missouri will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Our primary goal is to keep our Ladue Schools community as healthy as possible while providing opportunities for continued learning as best we are able during this challenging time.

Almost all of our staff members are working remotely but remain focused on ensuring our students are served as best they can be. Please do not hesitate to send an email directly to teachers and other staff members with your questions. If your question is very general in nature, or you don’t know who is in the best position to answer it, please send it to input@ladueschools.net and we will route it to someone who can help you. 

While we realize we cannot replicate having students in our schools through online learning, it is our hope that it will allow some continuity until we can all be together again.

(Added 5/7/20) This is a stressful time for our students, their families and our staff. Staying mentally and emotionally well during this time is just as important, and often just as difficult, as staying physically well. Please refer to these Mental Wellness Resources to find the help you and your family need. Included are resources for mental health emergencies, financial assistance, other mental health services, parenting, regulating emotions during difficult times and how to be a smart consumer of media on this topic. Of course, we’ve also included information on how to reach the Ladue Schools counselors and

(Added 5/4/20) Extension of closing for activities and athletic facility usage through June. The Ladue School District has decided to cancel activities and athletic facility usage through June in the best interest of our students and the Ladue Schools community. This will include all high school activities, athletic contact days, camps, and facility usage. Athletic facilities will continue to be closed to the public through June, as well.

The decision to cancel activities and suspend the availability of district athletic facilities is extremely difficult but necessary to protect the health and safety of our students and their families.

We will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with public health officials in making decisions impacting activities beyond June.  Please contact Nick Gianino , the Director of Activities, through email (ngianino@ladueschools.net) with any questions or concerns.

(Added 4.30.20) The Distance Learning Website is your centralized resource to find assignments, links to other online resources, teleconference schedules and much more. This website is broken down by grade level groups, making it easy to find exactly what you need.

(Added 4.16.20) How are the Ladue School District and Special School District (SSD) collaborating during this time? As always, the partnership between Ladue School District and SSD remains strong. On April 15, 2020, this letter was sent to the families of all students who receive services from SSD to outline how SSD will be working with and supporting teachers and students while schools are closed.

(Updated 04.10.20) Why was it necessary to close schools? On Sunday, March 15, leaders from St. Louis County school districts, the St. Louis Public School District (including charter schools) and the Archdiocese of St. Louis met with St. Louis County Department of Health officials and were advised that it would be in the best interest of our greater community for schools to close through April 3. On Monday, March 23, the decision was made for all St. Louis County public school districts to remain closed through at least April 22, 2020 based on the county’s Executive Order dated March 21, 2020. On April 9, 2020, the decision was made for all districts in the State of Missouri to close for the remainder of the school year.

(Updated 04.10.20) Did you miss a communication?  We realize there have been a lot of communications on this topic during the past month. We want to make sure you can find them easily, so please feel free to click here for a listing of all communications sent by the Ladue School District about COVID-19.

(Updated 04.10.20) Need help with meals for your child while schools are closed? If your child would benefit from breakfast and/or lunch being provided while students are not in school, please complete this survey. (Due to the overwhelming response to our request for volunteers, we have removed that portion from the original survey. We now have more volunteers than we could possibly know what to do with! Thank you, Ladue!)

(Updated 3.15.20) What plans are being made to ensure learning continues with the schools closed? As you might imagine, the approach will vary by grade level. Following is an overview of what you should expect:

    • For students in kindergarten through fifth grade, your school will recommend online resources and other activities for you to make available to your child. Many of these are already used in the classroom and familiar to your child. 
    • Many students in middle school already utilize Google Classroom and this provides an excellent platform for issuing assignments, collaborating on work and grading, without the students and teacher being in the same location. (Middle school students took their Chromebooks home prior to Spring Break.) 
    • The vast majority of teachers at the high school use Google Classroom and this will be the platform used for teaching and learning until school is back in session. The various departments are already identifying what upcoming assignments are essential, which can be modified for remote learning and which can be easily eliminated without changing student outcomes.

(Updated 3.15.20) Will the district be canceling events, field trips, games or large group meetings? As long as school is not in session, all activities, games and events will be canceled.  

(Updated 4.10.20) What is being done to disinfect district facilities? First, we want to assure you we have ample cleaning supplies and access to more when we need them. Although supplies may be gone or limited at area retailers, our supplies come in bulk from wholesalers and there is no concern that we will not have access to whatever we need.  

While schools are closed, access to buildings is extremely limited and we have taken this opportunity to clean and disinfect, using special equipment and products that are specifically designed for large and/or public facilities. Prior to opening our schools again, we will require a minimum of 14 days with absolutely no entry to any facility. 

(Updated 4.10.20) What consequences will there be if my child is out of school for an extended period of time? None. Obviously, when the district has made the decision for schools to be closed, there are no consequences for your child. However, it is important to remember that even when school is in session, the decision about whether or not you send your child to school is always yours. If you choose to keep your child out of school due to a health concern, even when school is in session, your child’s teacher will work with you to ensure they have the ability to keep up with their coursework just as they would anytime your child was sick for an extended period of time.

(Added 3.10.20) Do administrators and teachers pursue leads, rumors, overheard comments about people potentially being infected with COVID-19? Yes. We pursue all of these, including those on social media, that we see or hear ourselves or are reported to us by others. To this point, the vast majority of these are groundless, but we do not take any chances. Calls are made home to parents as soon as one of these incidences is reported.

How do I talk to my young children about COVID-19?  This article that provides tips on how to discuss the virus with your children.

Will the schools’ drinking water supplies and swimming pools be safe? Yes. Current recommended disinfection practices are sufficient to inactivate the COVID-19 virus in chlorinated drinking water and swimming pools.

For information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and measures you should be taking
to protect yourself and your family at this time,
we recommend visiting the website of the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.