Superintendent Updates: Ensuring Student Success
  • Welcome back, SSD families!

    Posted by Janaca Scherer on 8/18/2021 7:00:00 AM


    Dr. Elizabeth Keenan, superintendent of Special School District of St. Louis County, welcomes students and families back for the 2021-22 school year. Students will return to the classroom 100% in-person learning. For more information about back-to-school guidance, please visit the Back to School page of the District website.

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  • Plans for 2021-2022 School Year

    Posted by Dr. Elizabeth Keenan on 5/18/2021

    As the 2020-2021 school year comes to an end, many students, families and staff have questions about the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The District has spent the last several months monitoring student engagement, communicating with public health officials, consulting with partner districts, reviewing options, and building a plan for next school year. Beginning in August 2021 the plan for the 2021-2022 school year is outlined below for SSD’s Schools, Programs and Technical High Schools. If you have questions or concerns after reviewing these plans, please contact your student’s school or program.

    Special Education Schools and Programs

    • This plan begins in August 2021 and applies to SSD Schools, Bridges Program, Vocational Skills Program and Courts Program.
    • All students return to school to 100% in person five days a week. We will not provide a virtual option.
    • Students who are medically fragile that cannot attend school in person will utilize the homebound application process.

    Technical High Schools

    Junior & Senior Programs

    • Beginning August 2021 North and South Technical High Schools will only offer an in-person option for the 2021-2022 School Year for Junior and Senior programs.
    • Students will attend five days a week and follow the traditional bell schedule.
    • If a family does not want their student to attend in-person, then that student would return to their home high school to offer a virtual option there if one is available.

    Sophomore Exploration Program

    • The Sophomore Exploration Program at North Technical High School will offer the option for students to attend 5-days a week in-person or choose a limited virtual option.
    • Due to logistical challenges, North Technical High School is only able to offer a virtual option to students who are also participating in a virtual program for their academic classes at their home high school.
    • If a student is participating virtually and has on-going issues with attendance or engagement then that student would have the option to either switch to in-person or return to their home high school.

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