Your back to school guide for the 2021-2022 school year

Your back to school guide for the 2021-2022 school year
Posted on 07/30/2021
back-to-school-guide-website.pngMehlville School District teachers and staff are excited to welcome your children back to start the 2021-2022 school year. Below you’ll find all of the information you need before the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Back-to-school events 

Schools are hosting dozens of events leading up to the first day of school including meet the teacher and principal nights, playground playdates and curriculum nights. View a list of all events. 
OES principal Meagan OchoaImage: New Oakville Elementary School principal Meagan Ochoa talks with a parent at a Popsicles with the Principal event.

More information about back-to-school events can be found on your school’s website


Registration/Family Information Update 
It is important that any new students are registered as soon as possible to give staff time to assign their courses and procure Chromebooks and other supplies prior to the start of school. Registration instructions for new families and existing families with new students can be found on the enrollment section of our website. All returning families must complete the Family Information Update. 

The Family Information Update gives you the opportunity to review and update your phone numbers, email addresses and other important information. You will be asked to review our annual notifications, media release, medical records and technology policies. You can begin the process by logging in to Parent Portal

One change for this year is that all families will be required to provide proof of residency in the update. This step was previously only required of new families and those living in apartment complexes. 

Please complete the Family Information Update as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact your child’s school

View a step-by-step process for completing the Family Information Update.

Bell times/Alternate schedules
Mehlville School District operates on a tiered schedule for school start and end times. You can find bell times for regular days, as well as for half/early release days here

Mehlville School District was approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to use virtual instruction for up to five snow days each year. If a winter weather event causes road conditions to be unsafe, we will operate in a virtual schedule identical to their daily school schedule and students will meet with teachers on Google Meet. Parents will be notified via email, text message and phone of the schedule change
OHS custodian plows snow

Image: A custodian at Oakville High School plows snow near the school's entrance during the 2020-2021 school year. 

Transportation
Bus routes for the 2021-2022 school year will be available on the transportation section of our website by Aug. 10. Bus driver welcomes students
Image: A bus driver welcomes Bierbaum Elementary School students as they get on the bus during the 2020-2021 school year.

Note: There is currently a federal mandate for face masks to be worn on public transportation, including on school buses. Face masks are required for all students riding the bus, regardless of vaccination status.

We also allow parents to drop-off their students at school. Your child’s school will communicate procedures for parent drop off. 

We’re still hiring bus drivers for the 2021-2022 school year. View all current openings.

Supplies
Supply lists for Mehlville School District students will be communicated by your child’s school and posted on your child’s school website.
Student works on a Chromebook
Image: A student works on a Chromebook during the 2020-2021 school year. Mehlville School District assigns a Chromebook to each student in grades K-12. 

If your child is a returning student, they should bring their Chromebook with them to school on the first day. New students will be assigned a Chromebook after the first day.

The Missouri state sales tax holiday is Friday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 8. On these dates, clothing, school supplies, computers and computer software, and graphing calculators will be exempt from state sales tax. 

Meals
Mehlville School District offers breakfast and lunch for students each day. We will continue to offer free meals during the 2021-2022 school year. In addition to meals, a la carte options are available for middle and high school students to purchase. Money can be deposited into your child’s account through MySchoolBucks or by sending a cash or check made payable to the school in a sealed envelope with your child’s name.

Lunch menus can be found on the School Food and Nutrition Services section of the website. 
SFNS employee
Image: An SFNS employee serves lunch to students at Summer Session. 

We’re now hiring part-time School Food and Nutrition Services technician positions. View all current openings.

Keeping in touch
Mehlville School District is launching a new communication platform called ParentSquare beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. Parent Square is a simple and collaborative school-home communication platform designed to reach and engage every parent via the communication type and frequency they prefer. 

Parents should have received a text message and email with a link to register for ParentSquare. If you didn’t receive a message or your link has expired, please contact your child’s school. 

Families who attended Summer Session are already registered for ParentSquare and do not need to re-register. 

Obtain your child’s immunizations 
Please contact your family medical doctor, urgent care or the public health department to get your student's immunizations prior to the start of the fall semester. View the list of required immunizations.

If your child has received the COVID-19 vaccine, please report that information to your school nurse. Having this information helps us with contact tracing and may help avoid being asked to remain off campus following a COVID-19 exposure.
Student receives COVID-19 vaccination
Image: Oakville Elementary nurse Kristi Lanham administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a Mehlville School District student at a vaccination clinic in Spring 2021.

If you would like your child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we've posted a list of vaccination locations and times on our website.

COVID-19 
We are currently reviewing the COVID-19 safety strategies we had in place last year, and we’ll be sharing those details in mid-August. We plan to have students attend school in-person five days a week, unless they chose to attend our At Home program. 

Calendars and events
View the 2021-2022 school calendar to see important dates for this school year including holidays, half days and more! 

You can view school events using our Google Calendars. You can filter schools by selecting the dropdown next to “Agenda” and deselecting any schools you don’t want to see. You can also use our app to view events. Just search for “Mehlville School District” in the App Store or in Google Play. 

Follow us on social media
You can also stay in the loop by following Mehlville School District on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube! We’ll share important updates, job opportunities and photos of learning happening in our schools. 

You can also follow your child’s school on social media! Find your child’s school.
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