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District update: Superintendent recommends online learning

During a board meeting Monday, July 27, KSD Superintendent Dr. David Ulrich made the recommendation that the first nine weeks of school should be conducted entirely online.

Molly Higgins, Olivia Silvey, and Kate Schreiber

July 27, 2020

Update: The school board voted unanimously in favor of KSD Superintendent Dr. David Ulrich’s nine week virtual learning recommendation, Tuesday, July 28th. During the meeting, Ulrich noted that this decision would be reevaluated after around six weeks into the year, as to give families and teachers ...

Breaking News: Coronavirus in Kirkwood

A fourth grade student at Keysor Elementary was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, March 27.

Amelia Hurley, features + in-depth editor

March 30, 2020

A fourth grade student at Keysor Elementary was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, March 27. After returning from a trip to London over spring break, the student developed a 100.9-degree fever for over 24 hours, which led the family to get tested at the Chesterfield Mercy drive-through clinic. The stu...

E-Learning cannot hurt prior grades, and other online learning updates

Olivia Silvey and Kate Schreiber

March 26, 2020

As KSD transitions to online school, the administration decided that grades received during this period of “e-Learning” can only help, not hurt, students’ overall class grades. In a document outlining these grading instructions, teachers are instructed to put all online grades into a certain e-...

COVID-19 update: School cancelation, grading changes, event changes and more

Photo courtesy of Google Creative Commons License from the U.S. Department of State.

Emma Lingo, editor-in-chief

March 23, 2020

As of March 23, KSD has officially closed until Wednesday, April 22. TKC spoke with KHS Principal Michael Havener about updates.  Food provisions  Until school resumes, students and families that qualify for free and reduced lunches can pick up meals from KHS and Nipher Middle School; meals wi...

St. Louis stay at home order Monday, KHS item pickup

St. Louis mandated a stay at home order starting Monday, and KHS will allow families to pick up essential items on March 22.

Olivia Silvey, opinions writer

March 21, 2020

Residents of St. Louis City and County will be under a mandatory stay at home order effective Monday, March 23, announced Mayor Lyda Krewson and County Executive Sam Page Saturday, March 21. Basic needs such as visits to the grocery store and the pharmacy, as well as walking in public parks, will still be allowed. ...

COVID-19 impacts AP exams and statewide tests

The College Board announced Advanced Placement (AP) exams will take place online for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19.

Kate Schreiber and Olivia Silvey

March 20, 2020

The College Board announced Advanced Placement (AP) exams will take place online for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19. The College Board stated on their website Friday, March 20 that students will be able to take a 45-minute test at home through any device, including phones. Exams will only test over content that was covered by early March. Th...

COVID-19 update: First death in Missouri, and news for local business

Photo courtesy of the CDC Newsroom library by Hannah A Bullock and Azaibi Tamin.

Kate Schreiber and Lily Bartin

March 19, 2020

St. Louis City announced its first case of coronavirus after a St. Louis University (SLU) student that came back from abroad tested positive. An employee of the Wuller Hall building on the SLU campus has also been tested for COVID-19 and is still awaiting results. Additionally, Mayor Lyda Krewson announced a ...

Online school to begin Thursday, March 26

Dr. Michele Condon shared more information about online school and more in an email to TKC.

Lydia Cohen, Kate Schreiber, and Olivia Silvey

March 16, 2020

In an email to TKC, Dr. Michele Condon, KSD superintendent, outlined further steps the district will take to ensure stability and health in the coming weeks. There will be two “snow days” on March 24 and 25 to give teachers time to prepare their classes. Online school is scheduled to begin Thursday,...

Spring break, basketball championships and more affected by coronavirus

Seaside, FL, popular spring break destination for Kirkwood students, has closed their beach in response to COVID-19.

Olivia Silvey and Lydia Cohen

March 16, 2020

Seaside Beach, popular Florida spring break destination for Kirkwood families and students, will close to the public March 16 at 5 p.m. Many people have continued their vacation plans even with strong recommendations against travel and social events. Celebrities such as Ariana Grande are making calls ...

Missouri governor declares state of emergency in response to COVID-19

This photo is courtesty of Google Creative Commons License by the Office of Missouri Governor.

Olivia Silvey and Kate Schreiber

March 13, 2020

Missouri Governor Mike Parson declared a state of emergency at a press conference Friday, March 13. He spoke and then took questions from the press for around 20 minutes about changes in state funding regarding the virus as well as testing, public schools and future state actions.   SCHOOLS ...

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