Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Information
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school may be eligible for a new one-time Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) of up to $302 per child (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12) to help cover the cost of meals students have eaten at home on days that schools have been closed. Students can receive P-EBT benefits even if they have been or continue to receive meals provided by the school district during the school closure. If your child was not previously eligible for free or reduced price meals, but you have now lost income, you may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits (review the P-EBT Eligibility Criteria document below).
The benefit is placed on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card families use to buy food. If you received Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, do not apply for these new/additional benefits. The full $302 will automatically be loaded to your existing EBT card. If you did not receive Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, you must apply for this benefit by June 30, 2020 (see below).
The most efficient way to apply is to submit your application online at https://www.emergencymealsurvey.com/MO. You will also likely experience a faster approval process. If you’re not able to apply online, you can follow the link below to the paper application. The fillable PDF document can then be emailed or mailed to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). You will find complete instructions and additional details in the letter to families below.
Please review these important documents carefully:
· P-EBT LETTER TO PARENTS
· P-EBT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
· P-EBT ONLINE APPLICATION
· P-EBT PAPER APPLICATION (hard copy to fill out and email or mail to DESE if you’re not able to submit the application online)
* PAPER APPLICATION IN SPANISH
· P-EBT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To request a paper application be mailed to you, please contact our Food and Nutrition Services office at 573-751-3526. Please do not send completed applications to your school; see the letter to families above for application submission information.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) will send families a letter indicating they are approved or denied. If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at mydss.mo.gov or call 855-373-4636. For more information on the EBT card, visit: mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/ebt.
Summer School Dates
Some dates have been selected for summer school in Dallas County. High school remediation virtual courses will begin Wednesday, May 27. Summer school for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will begin June 15. More information will be shared as we get closer to these dates and additional social distance guidance is available. We will continue to share information via phone, email, text, mobile app, and on the bisonpride.org website.
Thank You Teachers and Staff
During this teacher appreciation week, DCR1 would like to thank its AWESOME teachers, paraprofessionals, librarians, counselors, food service professionals, bus drivers and aides, substitute teachers, building and grounds professionals, administrative professionals, technology specialists, and administrators. Thank you for the positive impact you make on our students. BISON PRIDE!
New WiFi Hot Spots and Meal Delivery/Pick-Up Schedule, April 20, 2020
We will implement a new meal delivery schedule beginning Monday, April 20 and continuing through May 20, 2020. Two meals will be delivered on Mondays and three meals will be delivered on Wednesdays. There will be NO deliveries on Fridays. Parents whose children do not ride a bus can pick up five meals on Tuesdays at the BHS cafeteria between 8-10 a.m. The new schedule will allow us to reduce person to person contact a little more.
The DCR1 Technology Department has created WiFi hot spots in the parking lots of Mallory Elementary, BPMS, and BHS. Students can connect to the WIFI with personal devices and school issued Chromebooks. Please see the attachment for more specific information about logging into the WiFi network.
Also, please be watching for information very soon about end of the year procedures for students.
COVID-19 Tech Resources
The DCR1 Technology Department has developed several resources to assist students and parent during this time of school closure. These resources include newly installed WIFI access outside each of the three school buildings in Buffalo. You can access this information in the Quick Links below or CLICK HERE.
Governor Parson Closes Missouri Schools Through the End of the School Year
As you most likely heard, Governor Parson ordered all Missouri schools closed through the end of the school year. We are disappointed that we will not be returning to school and seeing our students, though we realize the importance of following the guidance of the CDC to stay home and social distance. The school district will continue to deliver meals and provide parent pick up for meals and teachers will continue to provide activities, via technology, through the scheduled end of the 19-20 school year. Teachers will still provide assistance through email, phone calls, messaging through CANVAS, etc. Basically, the same procedures for learning activities will remain in place through the end of our scheduled school year. More information about grades and alternative methods of instruction has been sent to your email and linked below. We will continue to communicate as we work together through this unprecedented time. INSTRUCTIONAL UPDATE
Friday Night Lights for the Class of 2020
Starting April 10, BHS will be joining schools around the country by turning on the stadium lights on Friday nights through the end of May, at 8:20 PM, which is 20:20 military time, and leaving them on for 20 minutes to honor the class of 2020. We want all community members to be aware in the event someone is wondering why the lights are on.
At 8:20 PM on Friday look toward BHS to see the glow of the stadium lights to support our graduating class of 2020.
Please, continue to follow CDC guidance and social distance. We ask the no one gets out of their vehicles if you are going to drive by. We need to keep everyone safe and healthy. We miss all of our students and staff. Stay safe, stay positive and stay BISON STRONG.
Meal Delivery Scheduled Change for April 6-17, 2020
A mistake was made on the meal delivery schedule sent last week. Due to the Easter holiday weekend, there will be no meals delivered Friday, April 10. Meals will be delivered Monday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 8. Meals can be picked up by families whose children do not ride a bus, Tuesday, April 7 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The following week, meals will be delivered Wednesday, April 15 (along with instructional packets) and Friday, April 17. Meals and packets can be picked up at the high school cafeteria, Thursday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will not be picking up completed learning packets at this time.
Please complete the attached survey for permission to continue to deliver meals to homes and one question about your access to the Internet.
Finally, the Buffalo AMVETS have donated their Easter eggs to us to include with meals. So, watch for them in meals one day next week. Thank you so much to the AMVETS for thinking of our students and families.
Thank you for your support and patience.
COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020
Thank you so much for the patience you have all had with us throughout this time. As a school district we want nothing more than to have your children (our students) back at school; however, we are going to continue our COVID-19 closure through the 24th of April.
We will be continuing our food deliveries and pick-ups schedule over the next several weeks. Our teaching and secretarial staff will be monitoring messages and questions between 8 am and 3 pm each school day to be able to respond to our students and parents electronically.
Each of our school buildings and the district office are closed to the public through April 24th. District office phones will be answered between 8 and 3 each week day. I do not have any way to predict when we will be able to see our students back in our schools at this time. I will keep our families updated as we proceed. When I have information to share with all of you I will send a message.
Stay Healthy and thank you again, Dr. Tim Ryan
New Supplemental Learning Packet and Meal Delivery Information
New supplemental learning packets for March 30-April 10 will be delivered by school bus routes, along with meals on Monday, March 30. The buses will be leaving Buffalo at 9 a.m. to make the deliveries. If students would like to return completed learning materials, they can give them to the buses on Monday. If your child does not ride a bus or you miss the bus delivery, you can pick up the new learning packets and meals Tuesday, March 31, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Families will receive meals for the week, as we move to pick up schedule for only one day per week. The staff will be exercising social distance. Meals only, will be delivered by bus on April 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8. Families can pick up additional meals Tuesday, April 7 at BHS cafeteria from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
New supplemental learning packets for April 15-24 will be distributed again, by bus routes Wednesday, April 15. Meals will be delivered also, and students can return completed learning packets on the bus. Families can pick up learning packets and meals if they miss the bus or their children do no ride a bus, Thursday, April 16 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and meals only on Tuesday, April 21 at the HS cafeteria. Meals only will continue to be delivered by school bus route on April 17, 20, 22, and 24.
If you send learning packets back, be sure to send them in the envelope or folder already labeled or label the materials with the student name, teacher name and school building name.
Food Only Pick Up March 24 and 26
Food only can be picked up today, March 24 and Thursday, March 26 at Buffalo High School from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. There are no new learning packets to pick up this week. The learning packets included materials for the few days last week and this week. The district will be making a decision by Friday about how and when to create and delivery new learning packets after Governor Parson's announcement that all Missouri schools will be closed until April 6. You will receive this information at the end of this week.
Education and Meal Provisions Update-March 23, 2020
In compliance with Governor Parson's recent directives, all Missouri schools will be closed until April 6, 2020. The district will be evaluating how it provide meals and education to each student and send further information this week.
Meal Deliveries Monday, March 23, 2020
Student meals will be delivered along afternoon bus routes Monday, March 23. The buses will leave Buffalo at 9 a.m. to begin the deliveries. Please be waiting at your bus stop. Meals will be available for pick up for non-bus riders and those who miss the bus delivery Tuesday, March 24, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Buffalo High School. .
FEMA Shelter Will Be Available
The FEMA Storm Shelter located on the west side of Buffalo High School at 500 W. Main Street, Buffalo, MO will be open in the event of of severe weather, even in this time of COVID-19 concerns. The storm shelter is opened to the public when a tornado watch is issued for the area and when a tornado warning is issued or the city sirens are activated. Normally, the city sirens are activated for tornado warnings in the area, but also straight line winds of 75 mph or higher, large diameter hail, or any other life threatening hazard that requires you take shelter immediately. Normal activation will last for three minutes but could continue as long as the threat to life continues.
School Closure Update March 18, 2020
Dear Dallas County R-I Parents/Guardians,
I cannot express enough appreciation for the patience you have all had with us throughout this week. This is an issue that no public school had ever anticipated. This has certainly been the most unique week I can remember in my career. In the State of Missouri 98% of our school districts have closed for this week and next (if not longer). There is a meeting next Thursday afternoon (March 26th) with area superintendents to determine if we will extend the COVID-19 school closure. At this time, I do not believe I will make a decision any sooner.
Yesterday I was in each of the district buildings and I was truly impressed by the dedication of our staff on behalf of our students and families. Throughout this closure our maintenance and custodial staff will be working to ensure our facility cleanliness and may take on some additional projects. Our teaching and secretarial staff will be monitoring messages and questions between 8 am and 3 pm each school day to be able to respond to our students and parents electronically.
Each of our school buildings and the district office are closed to the public through next Friday. District office phones will be answered between 8 and 3 each week day. I appreciate your patience through this unpredictable time. I am confident we will be able to conquer many challenges as we proceed through these next couple/several weeks. Thank you all again.
Tim Ryan, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
Instructional Activities and Meal Deliveries
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THIS ENTIRE MESSAGE.
When school is closed due to unforeseen circumstances, Dallas County R-1 will continue to provide instructional activities through Alternate Methods of Instruction (AMI). AMI includes online learning activities through CANVAS LMS modules (grades 9-12), printed activity packets (AMI folders), and online sites/resources.
Educators are coordinating efforts to provide supplemental educational opportunities, including virtual learning, for their students. Procedures are also in place to provide high school students with online access to classes to ensure they stay on track with their classes.
Online resources will be provided by teachers through CANVAS or online web resources. Teachers will communicate these online options via email or through CANVAS communication. We understand not all students have the ability to work online from home. CANVAS activities can be downloaded and completed offline; these activities can then be uploaded once the student is able to access internet connectivity.
Students in grades PK-8 will receive instructional resources via an AMI folder/packet. This folder contains work to continue learning on days we are unable to hold onsite classes. This folder contains a variety of activities to cover multiple subject areas. We will be providing information about turning in completed assignments in the near future. If you have questions about the assignments, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher through email, or by calling your child’s classroom teacher’s telephone extension (voicemail messages will be sent to teachers via email) as teachers will be monitoring their emails during regular school hours.
AMI Learning Packets, along with breakfast and lunch meals, will be delivered to homes by school buses and staff members, Thursday, March 19. School buses will depart from Buffalo at 9 a.m. and make delivers along their p.m. routes. Families will need to meet the buses at the bus stops to receive the learning packets and meals. Please be prompt and patient, as this is the first time we have attempted such a delivery. You can gauge the time the bus will be at the stop by figuring the amount of time it normally takes the bus to get to your stop when buses depart on a school day which is usually 3:30 p.m. For example, your child usually arrives home at 4:15 p.m., which is approximately 45 minutes after departure in the p.m., so you can expect the delivery bus to arrive at your stop at approximately 9:45 a.m. Families will receive meals for two days. Additional meals will again be delivered by school buses and staff at the same time on Monday, March 23; Wednesday, March 25; and Friday, March 27. If you miss the bus deliveries, or your children do not ride a bus, Learning Packets and meals can be picked up for all grades at Buffalo High School, March 20, 24, and 26 between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. You can park in the circle drive and enter the high school through north side door, into the cafeteria. One thing to caution parents about is that meals could include peanut butter. So please be cautious if your child has and allergy. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience as we make efforts to provide for the health and education of our students. If you have questions, you can contact your child’s school or the district office.
School Closure March 17-27
Dear Dallas County R- 1 Families,
There is no higher priority for our entire Dallas County School District family than the safety of our students, staff and community. As our local, national, and international communities continue to assess the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Dallas County School District receives ongoing guidance from the local and state health departments, the State Department of Education, and the CDC. In addition, the President just announced a prohibition of gatherings of 10 or more people.
Today I am writing to inform you of the closure of the Dallas County R-I School District beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. At the end of next week we will assess the evolving situation and make a determination about re-opening our schools. We will be deciding on extracurricular activities in the near future.
We will not be providing instruction to students until the end of this week, but will be working with teachers to develop alternate forms of instruction in the interim. Learning would continue for students and you will receive further communication from your child’s school.
We realize that closing our schools presents many hardships for our community. Our ability to provide learning during this unprecedented time will require a close partnership between the schools and parents/guardians. Please check your email regularly and be in contact with your child’s school.
The Dallas County School District will continue to work with local and state agencies to develop plans to maintain the critical support our schools provide to students and families. A plan for food distribution will be announced this week or as soon as it is established.
We are committed to sharing these plans with you as they are developed and will communicate consistently as the situation evolves. Updates and information will be communicated by the District via mass notification system, bisonpride.org website, and our district mobile app.
Thank you for your patience and continued support of our efforts to be proactive during this unprecedented time. The Dallas County community is a caring and compassionate place. I am confident our resiliency and desire to support each other will help us through these challenging times. I am confident that information will change consistently based upon governmental mandates. Unprecedented regarding this situation is the greatest understatement of this millenia.
Tim Ryan, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
COVID-19 Update March 16, 2020
The district has been made aware of a report of COVID-19 in Dallas County. This individual was contacted by the Dallas County Health Department over the weekend. They discovered this was not a verifiable claim of COVID-19. If the district and the health department believe there is an elevated risk to our students we will make a joint decision regarding the district holding school. We are both using protocol from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control to make decisions.
DCR1 and COVID-19 Concerns
We know there is a high level of concern regarding the corona virus. The Dallas County R-I School District has been in contact with the Dallas County Health Department and there are no confirmed cases in Dallas County at this time. Our custodial staff have been very busy ensuring our schools are as clean as possible based upon the cleaning guidance from the Health Department.
Any decision to close school would be a collaboration between the school district and the Dallas County Health Department. Any decision made will be based upon the health and educational needs of our students, and at this time there is no need for us to close schools based upon COVID-19 concerns. Students and staff are scheduled to return to classes Monday, March 16.
Dallas County Health Department Website
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet
Keeping the Workplace, School and Home Safe
DCR1 Request For Qualifications: Owner Representative/Project Manager
The Dallas County R-1 School District, hereafter referred to as the District, is soliciting written proposals from qualified firms and individuals to provide professional owner representative/project manager services for the following project:
Dallas County Technical Center construction on the West side of Buffalo High School, totaling approximately $12.0 million in construction costs.
Interested parties may find the Request for Qualifications on the front page of the Dallas County R-1 website: bisonpride.org
Respondents shall submit their proposal via mail or delivery to Dr. Tim Ryan, Superintendent of Schools, 1323 S. Ash, Buffalo, MO no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Proposals received after the aforementioned date and time my not be considered.
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
DCR1 Receives 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant
The Dallas County School District is proud to announce it has been awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant. This is the third 21st CCLC grant the school district has received. The purpose of the of the 21st CCLC is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in the community learning centers that provide academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly student who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards in at least math, reading, and science. A second purpose is to offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities; and finally to offer families of students served by the community learning centers, opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education including opportunities for literacy and related educational development. The services will be free to families during the first year beginning October 21, 2019 and continuing through summer school, June 23, 2019. Programming information can be found on the bisonpride.org website. For more information, you may contact program director, Mrs. Jana Salaki via email, email@example.com or by phone, 417-345-2350 ext. 1001.
School and Student Safety is Highest Priority
The Dallas County R-I School District considers threats to students and school safety the highest priority. If you have information regarding a school safety issue you should contact an administrator in the appropriate building. If school is not in session, you should contact law enforcement officials. When the district receives information regarding possible safety threats, we will act swiftly with the assistance of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office and/or the Buffalo Police Department to identify and investigate the viability of the threat. The school district will never release any individually identifiable information regarding a student or a student situation because the district is prohibited by law from releasing student information. Students or other individuals who make verified threats to school safety will be prohibited from being on or near school property and the district will press charges to the greatest extent possible.
Virtual Courses Policy IGCD
The Dallas County School District provides virtual courses according the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements for Missouri Courses Access Program (MOCAP). For more information about virtual courses available for school district students, please review the Virtual Courses Policy IGCD.
OACAC Sponsors Back to School Fair
The local OACAC office is accepting registration for their annual back to school events. These events are for students grades Pre-K through 12. All students must pre-register and income quality. Call 417-345-7964 to schedule an appointment. The Fair for grades Pre-K through 6th grades is scheduled for August 13 and the REALL for grades 7-12 is scheduled for August 14. Shoe Carnival for all grades is scheduled for August 18. Students must attend their designated event in order to quality for shoes. The deadline to register is August 2.
DCR1 Partners with CoxHealth to Provide Virtual Health Clinic
We are pleased to announce that Dallas Co R-1 Schools has partnered with Cox Health, to provide Virtual Visit services for our staff and students. This is made possible through grant funding from Missouri Foundation for Health and Children’s Miracle Network. Each school building will have access to the virtual clinic through a virtual health cart provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health and Children's Miracle Network funding. MORE INFORMATION
Thank You So Much To Our Voters
Thank you so much to our voters. Over 59% approval for our bond issue.
Our district has a very bright future and our students will benefit from the continued progress in DCR1. The progress that has occurred over the last few years can now continue and we will be able to address our facility needs to give our students the best possible start on their futures. Many of the decision for next budget year have yet to be made, but Dr. Ryan is optimistic about continuing to improve our student achievement, our continued improvements in staff pay, and our continued facility improvements. Thank you voters of the Dallas County R-1 School District.
The district will begin working with the architects on building plans, specifications and plan to bid Project DCTC late fall, 2019. Project DCTC is planned to open for students for the 2021-22 school year.
DCR1 Proposes Lease Purchase Bond for New Technical Center and Ag Facility on April 2 Ballot
On April 2, 2019, the Dallas County R-I School District will be asking voters to approve a Lease Purchase Bond Issue. This issue will be to fund the construction of a new Dallas County Technical Center (DCTC) which will include Agriculture classrooms and shop spaces. If the voters approve this 46 cent per $100 of assessed value 25-year levy it will allow the district to construct, acquire, furnish, and equip this new facility on our high school campus. If approved by the voters, these monies can only be used for the new Technical Center and cannot be used for any other district purpose, and this levy would expire in 25 years or whenever this building is paid off (whichever comes first). For more information, click the LEASE BOND PURCHASE PROPOSAL channel above.
Don't Miss the Alumni Buffalo Gals
Don't miss your chance to see the Alumni Buffalo Gals perform. You can see them perform Tuesday, February 5 at the boys basketball game vs. Fair Grove at the Buffalo High School Fieldhouse. Game time is 6 p.m. They will also perform at the Southwest Baptist University women's game, Saturday, February 23. Game time is 1:30 p.m.
Camp Kesem Available to Kids Affected by Parents' Cancer
Hello from Camp Kesem. We just wanted to reach out and let you know that camper applications are now open for Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University. This year, camp will be at Camp Manitowa in Benton, IL from July 22nd-28th. We would love to be an extra resource for those you work with, so let us know how we can best help you in recruiting campers.
A little bit about us:Camp Kesem is a national non-profit organization that provides a one-week summer camp, completely free to families, for children ages 6-16 who have been affected by a parent's cancer. We have kids all across the board: some have lost a parent, some parents are currently in treatment, and others are in remission. It's a week of fun for the kids, just to get away from the stress of home and meet kids who can relate to their situation. We also do year-round programming to provide support to our families even when they're not at camp.
Feel free to forward our application and flyer on to any potential families or contacts who may know of families who could benefit from Camp Kesem. Please also feel free to send us the contact information for families we can personally reach out to. Our camper goal is 125, and we have about 40 more spots left to fill. Linked below is a document that outlines directions for our new camper applications that can be found at kesem.force.com.
We are working to get a pdf brochure out to you. If you would like hard copy brochures, please let us know if those would be helpful and let us know how many you would like. Thank you so much for continually supporting Camp Kesem. As always, please reach out if you have any questions!!
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DCR1 Launches New Mobile App
The Dallas County School District's new mobile app will keep you connected with the school news you want and need. The app delivers real time school news to your smart-device for fast, up-to-date access. It's FREE . . . to download: from your smart-device, go to the ITUNES APPLE STORE or GOOGLE PLAY; search for Dallas County School District; then select the Dallas County School District app for free download. School news in the palm of your hand, your new Dallas County School District mobile app is just a few taps away. Download it today!
No Late Start Wednesday Schedule
The Dallas County School district will not longer be utilizing Late Start Wednesday schedules. Bus routes will run at their regular times on Wednesdays.