School Closure Update

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