Amid uncertainty about the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, Columbia Public Schools is providing food, technology, and academic support.
Eight buses will operate hop-on hop-off routes on weekdays with stops at specific times. Students can meet the bus at the designated stop and at meal times.
The Central and Northeastern Missouri Food Bank provides a list of all partner agencies providing food, including many community and faith-based groups, to help fill the gaps.
To practice social distancing, The Food Bank Central Pantry is changing from an open store to a drive-in service.
*Columbia and Boone County are coordinating mass care/social services and community volunteer/donation management response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Get Help: For up-to-date information about social services and health care resources for Boone County residents, visit Get Help (Covid-19).
To help: CoMoHelps is a joint effort of Heart of Missouri United Way, the City of Columbia, Boone County, and the Community Foundation of Central Missouri to coordinate monetary donations and volunteers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic .
The first shipment of student Wi-Fi hotspots arrived and was sent to students last Friday. The district also expects an additional shipment early this week to meet remaining student and staff demands.
The hotspots will work with all district devices in the household, both iPads and laptops, with filtered internet access. Instructions on how to connect the hotspots are included and a multilingual connectivity video is available on the district website.
For students requiring internet access, Spectrum and Mediacom offer options. In addition, CPS-filtered Wi-Fi is available from all school car parks.
As classes move online, the district is implementing alternative teaching methods and academic resources are available online. Teachers also communicate directly with students and families.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that state assessments will not be administered this year.