Spokane Parents and Guardians:

Returning to school is important to all of us---our staff, parents, community members, and most importantly, our students. Providing a safe environment for our return has been of utmost importance as we have worked to develop our re-entry plans. Through a collaborative planning process, our team has spent hours researching and creating a plan. Input from our administrative team, area superintendents, and the Christian County Health Department were utilized to create a plan to meet the unique needs of our district.  I say unique because our plan is designed to reflect input from our parent and staff surveys, feedback from a review panel of teachers and support staff, the needs of our students, and the human and financial resources we have available to address reopening school in the middle of a pandemic. 

To prepare for the fall, we have focused on two priorities, safety and meeting the educational needs of our students.  We have purchased many supplies to help us fight the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, we have purchased electrostatic sprayers and COVID-19 compliant disinfectants.  We have built some plexiglass guards to provide barriers in high use areas.  We have purchased additional thermometers to ensure each bus is equipped and buildings are ready for health screenings. Despite all we have done, it won’t be enough for everyone to feel comfortable.  Unfortunately I have no magic wand to make COVID-19 disappear and to make this all okay for all of our students, their families, and our staff. 

I know you will have questions about your child’s building and issues unique to his or her experience.  Those will be addressed at the building level in the coming weeks. 

Though we have attempted to address all areas and situations in our plan, I am confident we have fallen short of this goal as the situation with COVID-19 is ever changing.  I do ask for your patience and grace as we work together as a team to make this fall a successful experience for all involved.  I ask that you refrain from negativity and be supportive of our schools and staff.  We want the best for our students and are working to provide a solid educational path forward during a very uncertain time.  We will set the tone for our re-entry.  From our examples, both staff and parents, our students can learn to be resilient, empathetic, and flexible. 

Please see our plan below. Thank you in advance for your grace and support.


Della Bell-Freeman

Superintendent, Spokane R-VII

Della Bell-Freeman, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Spokane R-VII
PO Box 220
Highlandville, MO 65669

“Who you are is defined by the next decision you make, not the last one.” Rachel Hollis

Downloadable Links:
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Re-Entry Plan 2020-21





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Virtual School Clinic


Bringing the Right Care to Our School

Several health conditions can be treated through our Virtual Clinic without your child leaving school.
These include, but aren’t limited to:

• Bug bite         • Pinkeye

• Congestion • Rash or skin irritation

• Ear infection • Sinus infection

• Head lice • Stomach flu

• Minor injuries • Strep throat SPONSORED

We’ve partnered with CoxHealth to bring a Virtual Clinic to our school. With Virtual Clinics in Schools, your child has access to great health care without leaving campus when they get sick during school hours.

During your child’s visit, they’ll meet with a licensed physician or nurse practitioner using state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment at school. If you can’t be with them during the visit, you can join the conference using your mobile device, minimizing disruptions to your daily schedule. 

To participate, complete the Consent to Treat form and return it to the nurse’s office or your child’s homeroom teacher.

The first Virtual Clinic is housed at the Spokane Middle School. We hope to have a second one housed at Highlandville Elementary in the future. Parents can transport their elementary children to the Middle School for services.

We can begin seeing patients at the Virtual Clinic on January 27th

The hours of the clinic are: 8:30am to 3:00pm

Click on the link to learn more about Virtual Clinics in School FAQ

Informational Video Link - https://youtu.be/WgIJdeIhL6s

Courage to Report

Courage2Report Tip Recipients:


The below video (about 16 minutes long) was created to bring awareness to your middle and high school students on the use of Courage2Report for school safety concerns.  Please consider providing the link to all students and staff.  This link may be displayed on your website and provided to parents.


This video is the culmination of conversations with tip reporting experts with input from students.   Courage2Report staff created and narrated the presentation and the production team from Missouri School Boards’ Association put the final touches on the video.  Later this year, we will provide you a shorter/refresher video for mid-year viewing.


Special thanks to the staff and student councils from Fulton Middle School and Jefferson City High School, as well as C2R call takers Alex, Shelby, Nick an Courtney.  We appreciate the help from everyone involved.





Cindy Klausner

Criminal Intel Analyst II

Missouri State Highway Patrol-MIAC DIV






In the event of circumstances requiring the closure of school, the district may implement its Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) plan to meet instructional requirements.

 The goal of the AMI plan is to embed learning activities focused on reinforcement of critical learning standards, enrichment activities, or support for further skill development.  Consistent practice and exposure to skills without interruption is the most effective way to ensure student understanding and that mastery of content knowledge is achieved. 

 All teachers will create grade/class appropriate lessons for students to work on at home. AMI materials will also meet the needs of students with IEP's.  Materials will be shared with students electronically or through paper packets.  Packets will be distributed per each building’s plan.  We will not hand out packets the day of a closure..  Students in grades 5-12 will be issued a Chromebook.  Wifi is available in the parking lots of HES and SHS; however, if a closure is weather related parking lots may not be cleared and safely accessible.  Teachers will communicate due dates for all work to be completed using AMI.  Completion of work is required for students to be counted as in attendance on an AMI day.  Work that is incomplete will result in an absence.    

All information related to AMI and closures will be communicated with district patrons using our Lumen notification system and social media for Spokane R-VII.

New Student Information Program

Lumen Touch is our new school information program starting with the 2020-2021 school year! 

Click on the links to read about how to use the parent portal and to watch a short video .

The school district is excited about the new program and eager for parents and staff to start learning and using the program. 

Parents, if you haven't registered, please let us know and we will send you the registration information to help you get started. 

Send your request to:
Little Owls Learning Center: Michele Shuman: shumanm@spokane.k12.mo.us
Highlandville Elementary: Kristi Stults: stultsk@spokane.k12.mo.us
Spokane Middle School: Laura Poor: poorl@spokane.k12.mo.us
Spokane High School: Janet Sportsman: sportsmanj@spokane.k12.mo.us

District Events

We believe every student deserves encouragement, resources, and respect as they attempt to summit their life's peak. At the Spokane Public School District, our mission is:  Building our legacy one student at a time

Spokane School District

Helpful Links

Student Handbook: Student handbook for 2020-2021 school year.

LumenTouch: New Student Information System starting with the 2020-2021 School year.

2020 - 2021 School Calendar: Board approved 2020 - 2021 School Calendar

Courage2Report: Have the courage to report and make a difference!

Inclement Weather 2020-2021: Please click on the link for Information about inclement weather procedures. 

FEMA Shelter Letter to Community: FEMA Shelter Letter to the Community 2020. During the pandemic, individuals will be admitted to the shelter, asked to distance as much as is feasible, assessed for symptoms and symptomatic individuals will be isolated from others and encouraged to wear a mask.  We have a limited supply of masks available.

Get Connected!: Spokane Public Schools Communication Outlets

SwiftReach: Christian County Mass Notification System

Spokane School Policies:Online access to Spokane School District  policies and procedures

Missouri School Board Association: Online access to the Missouri School Board Association website

The Spokane R-VII School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex,. disability, or age in its program and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

PO Box 220
Highlandville, MO 65669
Phone: 417-443-2200