July 23, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Senior Lunch at noon and practice for Graduation at 1:00 pm
July 25, 2020
2:00 PM 2020 Graduation Ceremony, HS Gym
8:00 PM - 4:00 AM Project Graduation
July 26, 2020
8:00 PM - 4:00 AM Project Graduation
July 28, 2020
August 25, 2020
8:00 AM - 3:40 PM First Day of School
First Day of School-August 25th, 8:00-3:40
Updates on COVID-19, June 29, 2020
Due to the confirmed report today from the Lawrence County Health Department stating that a visiting spectator at the summer baseball games tested positive for COVID-19, we will be canceling this week's games. We are airing on the side of caution, as safety is our number one priority. Coach Craig is currently discussing possible makeup dates for both nights doubleheaders. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this situation.
Click below to view our Summer School COVID-19 Plan and Safety Procedures
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program Information
EMAIL TO FAMILIES
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school may be eligible for a new one-time Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) of up to $302 per child (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12) to help cover the cost of meals students have eaten at home on days that schools have been closed. Students can receive P-EBT benefits even if they have been or continue to receive meals provided by the school district during the school closure. If your child was not previously eligible for free or reduced price meals, but you have now lost income, you may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits (review the P-EBT Eligibility Criteria document below).
The benefit is placed on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card families use to buy food. If you received Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, do not apply for these new/additional benefits. The full $302 will automatically be loaded to your existing EBT card. If you did not receive Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, you must apply for this benefit by June 30, 2020 (see below).
The most efficient way to apply is to submit your application online at EmergencyMealSurvey.com/MO. You will also likely experience a faster approval process. If you’re not able to apply online, you can follow the link below to the paper application. The fillable PDF document can then be emailed or mailed to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). You will find complete instructions and additional details in the letter to families below.
Please review these important documents carefully:
- P-EBT Letter to Families
- P-EBT Eligibility Criteria
- P-EBT Online Application
- P-EBT Paper Application (hard copy to fill out and email or mail to DESE if you’re not able to submit the application online)
- P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions
To request a paper application be mailed to you, please contact our Elementary Office and ask for Natalie at 417-744-2552. Please do not send completed applications to your school; see the letter to families above for application submission information.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) will send families a letter indicating they are approved or denied. If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at mydss.mo.gov or call 855-373-4636. For more information on the EBT card, visit: mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/ebt.
Summer School Information- We currently have 140 students signed up for 2020 summer school. You may call the offices and sign up, or just join us on June 2nd. We look forward to seeing you soon!
May 7, 2020- Tentative Dates for End of Year Activities
Protocol during events are subject to changes, due to the COVID-19 guidelines.
Just a reminder that the Billings FEMA Building will be open during a Tornado Warning. Set protocol will be followed. Be prepared to sign in, take your temperature and keep appropriate distance from others, should we have a critical weather event.
Billings School Information
Updates on school end-of-year activities-Prom, scheduled for May 9th has been canceled and will be rescheduled. The Billings School Board and Administration will be scheduling end of school events as soon as we receive approval for large groups, and it is safe for our students and families to be together. Tentative dates will be discussed after the May 4th Stage 1 reopening. Included in these important events are: Graduation and senior activities, Prom, summer school, etc. Updates will be posted as soon as these dates can be determined. We are committed as a district to reschedule as many celebrations as possible, as soon as it is safe to do so! Please watch the Billing's Website for future updates and details as we move through the next two weeks. As always, thank you for your patience and support during this unusual time for schools.
Final Packet Pick-up this Friday, May 1st, Front Lobby from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. At this time you may also pick up a bag containing all items left in lockers from both Elementary and JH/HS. Please bring your work to turn in for the previous three packets if you have not already done so. Educational Learning Opportunities, and meals to students will be provided through May 15th. Chromebooks and school text books must be returned on May 15th in front of the school, Central Office/Gym Entrance. At the time of return, students entering 7th-12th grades will be given scheduling information.
Posted April 16th-Learning packets will be available for pick-up Friday, April 17th, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in the front of the HS Gym entrance.
Posted April 16th-Gov. Parson extends Missouri's stay-at-home order to May 3rd.
The Billings School will be participating in the nationwide campaign to honor our 2020 senior athletes by turning the lights on at the ball fields tonight (April 10th) from 8:20-8:40 pm. Please help us maintain social distancing by driving by the fields, taking photos and honking in support! We love our seniors!!!!!
Press Release- For Immediate Release
Columbia, Mo- Following Governor Parson’s announcement this afternoon, of in-person school closure for the remainder of the school year, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) announces the cancellation of all remaining post-season events for the 2019-20 school year.
“This decision is very difficult for all involved especially given the impact it will have on our students, parents, coaches, teachers, and administrators throughout the state,” said MSHSAA Executive Director Dr. Kerwin Urhahn. “We thank all of the participants, the coaches/directors/advisors, the administrations, the parents, and everyone else who has dedicated tremendous amounts of time, passion, and effort to these events.”
The biggest impact of this decision will be felt by the seniors, many of whom have exhausted their eligibility without taking the field, court or course.
“To our senior participants- we thank you for everything you have done for your schools and communities and wish you the very best in your bright futures,” Urhahn continued. “While this is a difficult ending, the lessons you’ve learned and friendships you’ve made through high school activities will last your lifetime.”
“The MSHSAA office thanks everyone involved for their patience and understanding throughout this process,” said Urhahn.
The MSHSAA staff looks forward to the resumption of high school activities during the 2020-21 school year, and will continue work on those events at this time.
Missouri schools are ordered to close for the remainder of the academic year, according to Gov. Mike Parson. The Billings School will be closed for the remainder of the school year, but will continue with the delivery of instruction, meals to children, and other related services to the best of our ability.
Updates on the COVID-19
March 16, 2020-Letter to parents
Letter to Parents-click to open
Meal Service Information
The Billings School will be providing meal service, breakfast and lunch with the Grab-N-Go option, beginning Wednesday and Thursday this week. We will not have this service on Friday or Monday, March 20th and 23rd, as these days were scheduled calendar days not in session, under the program guidelines. The service will resume again on Tuesday, March 24th. The process is as follows:
- Pick-up service will be available from 11:00 am-12:00 pm, providing lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning, two separate bags
- Pick-up location will be in the back of the school, cafeteria door area
- Any kid under 18 may participate, and receive these free meals
- Meals will be handed to you through your car window
- You do not need to sign-up, just come through the line between 11:00-12:00 to participate.
If you need assistance, please contact Cynthia Brandt, Superintendent at 417-744-2623.
March 18, 2020-PROM NEWS, Due to current circumstances, PROM has been rescheduled for May 9th, at the Tower Club.
March 19, 2020- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-"There is a time and a place for statewide required assessments and now is not the time. Effective immediately, Missouri will be cancelling statewide required assessments for this school year" said Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven.
March 24, 2020-I hope you are all doing well! As you may know, Greene County is under a 30 day stay at home order, beginning Thursday, March 26th at 12:01 am , with Christian County to vote on the stay at home on Wednesday. We will keep you updated as new information comes in. Stay safe and take good care! Mrs. Brandt
March 25, 2020-The Christian County Commission voted 3-0 to start a 30-day-stay-at home order at 12:01 a.m. March 26 (Thursday). The order largely mirrors orders enacted in Springfield, Green County and Ozark. For the full article, follow the link, Christian County orders residents to stay at home
With the extended closure, we will be sending one Chrome Book home to each of our families for their students to use on assignments and enrichment activities. Paper packets will be delivered by Administration, on buses Friday, to the Preschool-6th grade homes, and to those families without internet. Junior High and High School students with internet access will receive instruction through Google Classroom.They will receive an invitation to join.
Chrome Books will be available to pick up for all grade levels on Saturday from 9:00-12:00 pm. A parent must be present to sign the release form. Remember one per family. If you cannot pick up your Chrome Book on Saturday, send an email to email@example.com, and we can arrange to have it delivered. Our goal is to provide online enrichment activities as well as lessons more specialized to our students.
FEMA Building-Just a reminder that the FEMA building is open with any tornado warning. We have a protocol that we are following during this COVID-19 outbreak. You will come in the shelter as usual. We will take temperatures, provide a way for you to sanitize your hands, ask you to keep distance between you and others, and document your name and contact information.
April 9, 2020-Missouri schools are ordered to close for the remainder of the academic year, according to Gov. Mike Parson. The Billings School will be closed for the remainder of the school year, but will continue with the delivery of instruction, meals to children, and other related services to the best of our ability.
We Welcome You!
The Billings School District serves 383 students in grades K-12. The district has one elementary school and one junior high/high school. We are one of the few schools remaining with all schools located on one campus, which provides a unique opportunity for our students to meet and get to know others outside their particular grade level. Our instruction is excellent, yielding a high ranking APR score of 99.8%. Our motto is "Rich in Tradition. . . Preparing for the Future." Our goal is to create an exemplary school district that is recognized for the caliber of our students, the quality of our teachers and staff, and the excellence of our instruction. We believe in the value of integrity, hard work and quality education.
"The Mission of Billings School District, which is progressive and rich in tradition, is to provide a student-centered educational experience guaranteeing our graduates are prepared, confident, and willing to creatively and effectively meet life's challenges."