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Invitation to Bid

In accordance with §165.211, RSMo., the Spokane R-VII School District, Spokane, Missouri will accept sealed bids for the Spokane R-VII School District bank depository services until 10:00 a.m.(central standard time), June 9, 2020.  Bids to be forwarded by United States Mail should be mailed at least three (3) working days prior to the scheduled proposal opening date to assure delivery in time for the bid opening.  Bids are to be prepared at no cost to the Spokane R-VII School District and will remain the district’s property.  Bids must be delivered sealed and marked, “Bank Depository Services Bid” in the lower left hand corner of the envelope.

The district reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and to waive any irregularities.  Bidders are asked to respond to all items.  Bid packets, clarification or questions may be addressed to the district’s superintendent, Dr. Della Bell-Freeman 417-443-2200.

COVID-19 Grading

As communities across the nation face COVID-19, all organizations including schools are modifying practices to meet the needs of students during this crisis.  One of those practices involves the grading of student work. As this crisis has persisted and progressed with the virus spreading, we recognize the stress this puts on families.  We understand that our students and their current home lives look very different than only a few short weeks ago. Our staff has been providing feedback since remote learning began, and they have tracked completion of assignments; however, we recognize that not all students have been able to complete the assignments and activities we have given them.  We believe that grades should allow for equitable opportunities for students to show what they know and can do, and COVID-19 has created some situations of inequity. Because of the inequities, we are going to base grades for this semester on the grades we had in the gradebook as of March 13, 2020 when students last had access to quality face-to-face instruction in school.  

Grades for this semester will be marked as a pass or fail.  A “P” or pass will equate to 60% or higher as of March 13, 2020.  For students whose grade was not a P before March 13, the remainder of the semester will be used to allow the student to work to earn a P. This can be done through the completion of work not previously handed in, if allowable by the teacher’s retake policies, engaging in re-teaching and review, and showing mastery of the concepts presented and assessed prior to the March 13, 2020.  These assessments can be determined by the teacher and could include, but not be limited to online quizzes and tests, oral quizzes and tests, writings, or other evidence of learning.

We understand that many of you will be concerned by the elimination of letter grades this semester and apprehensive about the implications this may have for college admissions.  We, too, wish that our students were in an equitable situation to maintain or improve cumulative GPA in pursuit of higher education admission, scholarships, honors, and awards. The COVID-19 Pandemic has abruptly changed education in our state and nation creating barriers to valid grading practices.  Across our country and state, we are seeing schools make decisions to eliminate letter grade reporting and focus on providing feedback to improve performance for the remainder of this school year. The decision to eliminate letter grades will allow students to be on a level playing field throughout this crisis.  Colleges and universities nation-wide have stated they will be monitoring and adjusting admission requirements in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are all in this together.  

Additionally, you are probably wondering what the expectation is for course engagement after the student has a P in any course. Some students will gain credit for the course and determine they will no longer engage. Some will continue to engage. It is our expectation that students remain engaged with their teachers and school until the end of the semester as they work towards college and career readiness goals.  We see a benefit to students continuing to work to avoid learning gaps or slumps and to ensure that once we return to class there is a more seamless transition to completion of course goals. There is no punitive action for those who choose not to.

If we are able to return to school before the end of the school year, the current grading plan will remain in place with students earning a pass or a fail based on work the students complete.  If you have questions beyond the scope of this document including but not limited to OTC classes, dual credit classes, or credit recovery, please contact your counselor and building administrator.  

SPO Hearing Notice

Spokane R-VII has scheduled a public hearing to allow a staff member at the Highlandville Elementary School campus and the Spokane campuses to be designated as a School Protection Officer.  The School Protection Officer would receive 120 hours of training to learn the basic skills needed to respond to a life threatening weapon event.  The training meets the requirements outlined in statute.  The hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. on June 11, 2020 at Highlandville Elementary School in the FEMA Shelter room at 223 Kentling Ave, Highlandville, MO. 


April 9, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians: 

We just received word that Governor Parson has ordered that all public and charter schools remain closed the remainder of this school year.  We will be continuing to offer remote learning opportunities through May 21, 2020.  We will also be offering FREE meals for all children under the age of 18.  We will continue to be here to support families and students.  

Just like many of you, we, too, wanted to return to our normal school routine.  We want to see our students.  We miss them.  When we are allowed to return to school as normal, you can be assured that our students will be welcomed back with open arms. 

I know this announcement/order creates many questions.  What about Senior Week?  What will that look like?  There will be a Senior Week, but I don’t have those details right now.  We have some ideas, and we will begin working out details.  Once we have details, we will communicate.  Seniors, we have not forgotten you.  You’re a special group, and we will strive to give you a celebration to remember.  You can be assured your Senior Week activities will be unique and something to talk about for years to come! What about 8th grade recognition?  I don’t have those details yet either, but we will get those to you once we have an organized plan.  What about summer school?  I don’t have that answer at this point in time. I am hopeful we will receive guidance from DESE in the coming days/weeks regarding summer learning opportunities. 

The list of questions could go on for pages.  Please remember we have not experienced a closure of this nature before, so we ask that you show grace and be patient as we work to meet the needs of our students and families.  We know that the solutions we come up with won’t likely please everyone, but I can say with confidence that the Spokane R-VII team will put forth great effort to end our school year in the best manner possible!

Take care and stay well.  We will be in touch!

Dr. Bell-Freeman

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


CARES Act: Please click on the link to learn about the Coronavirus Aide, Relief, and Economic Security Act 

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

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 to guide every student to reach their utmost potential and help them become who they dream to be.

Spokane School District

Helpful Links

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 2019-2020: Please click on the link for Information about inclement weather procedures. 

2019-2020 Bus Routes: All the Bus Routes for the district

FEMA Shelter Letter to Community: FEMA Shelter Letter to the Community 2019

2019 - 2020 School Calendar: Board approved 2019 - 2020 school calendar

Get Connected!: Spokane Public Schools Communication Outlets

SwiftReach: Christian County Mass Notification System

Chalkable Parent Portal: Login page to the Student Information System

Library Program: Login page to the district-wide library program

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

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

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