OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Tiffany Anderson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

November 21, 2014
Dear Jennings School District Parents and Guardians:
Thank you for helping us have a successful first quarter of the school year. Due to the potential Ferguson unrest,
our Thanksgiving holiday break will be extended to include Monday and Tuesday, November 24 and 25, 2014.
As you know, at the beginning of this year Jennings remained a peaceful place during the Ferguson unrest and
we want to thank our families in advance for maintaining that commitment in the weeks ahead. To further
support our students, schools have provided lessons on topics that include safety in the community and Civil
Rights. Jennings Junior High students held a peace march to protest against violence this month. Jennings
Senior High held an assembly entitled Take a Stand to Keep a Seat: Centralizing Change brought to the district
by the Civil Rights activists who were the youngest of the Little Rock Nine. As a district we believe that it is
important we teach students ways to discuss and become involved in matters impacting their community.
However, we also want to remind our students of the importance of becoming involved in nonviolent, peaceful
ways that ultimately uplift the community overall.
Although school will be closed, we are committed to ensuring our students have lunch and breakfast available
on Monday and Tuesday. Breakfast will still be provided on Monday and Tuesday to any student in need from
8:00 - 9:00 AM and lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 PM from two central locations in the district, Jennings Senior High
and Fairview Elementary. Additionally, the district has established a help line for mental health services or
other family resources that will be monitored by Jennings counselors and social workers beginning Saturday,
November 22nd - Saturday, November 29th. The number is 314-653-8000. The local Jennings Civic Center will
be open next week, Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM. Their computer lab will be accessible during
that time for students who would like to access classroom activities online. Additionally, several local churches
will be open during the week, and we will be updating our website as more information is received. As an
additional resource, on the back of this letter is a list of mental health agencies as well as area food pantries.
This information is also posted on the website along with other resources.
Please remember that most textual materials and curriculum items can be accessed through school webpages.
Additionally, all K-8 schools normally provide weekly homework packets to support students when they are
absent and to allow other students to work ahead. The weekly homework packets will continue to be sent home
as they have been throughout the year.
If  you  have  questions,  please  contact  your  child’s  school. While we recognize that closing school may pose an
inconvenience for some families, our philosophy is that we can always make up a school day if it insures the
safety of our students. We do hope that the additional resources provide support to our families while school is
closed. We thank you for your support and cooperation as we make school closing decisions.
Sincerely,

Dr. Tiffany Anderson
Superintendent of Schools

CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION & BOARD OF EDUCATION OFFICE

2559  Dorwood  Drive  •  Jennings,  MO  63136  •  Phone  (314)  653-8000/Fax (314) 653-8030

FAMILY RESOURCES
All Jennings schools have mental health agencies that partner with their school.
Below is a list of resources from many of those partners.

MENTAL HEALTH AGENCIES

CONTACT INFORMATION

Annie’s  Hope
BJC Behavioral Health
Hopewell Center
Catholic Family Counseling
Children’s  Advocacy  Center
Crime Victim Advocacy Center
Community Psychological Services
Great Circle
Jewish  Family  &  Children’s  Services
Lutheran  Family  &  Children’s  Services
Life Crisis Services
Mental Health Services
NCCD
Provident Counseling
Our Little Havel
Safe Connections
United Way of Greater St. Louis
Youth Connection Helpline
Youth Emergency Services
Youth in Need

314-628-2929; 1-877-928-2929
Text 4HLP to 31658
314-965-5015
314-469-6644
314-531-1770
314-831-1533
314-516-5824
314-652-3623
314-516-5824
314-535-7911
314-993-1000
314-787-5100
314-647-4357
314-814-8778
314-477-1246
314-533-8200
314-531-3183
314-531-2003; 314-646-7500, ext. 118
1-800-427-4626, or dial 211
314-628-2929
1-800-899-KIDS
636-946-3771

FOOD PANTRIES

ADDRESS/ TELEPHONE

County Youth Hotline

Hunger Hotline
One Way Ministries
Good News Baptist Church
All Nations Resource Center
Urban League Food Pantry
Metro North Family Ministries
Fortress Outreach
Abundant Life Food Ministries

314-726-5355
10117 Lewis & Clark
314-388-2288
8850 Jennings Station Road
314-868-3312
9735 Halls Ferry Road
314-869-6636
8960 Jennings Station Road
314-388-9840
8850 Jennings Station Road
314-868-3300
9930 Halls Ferry Road
314-653-1500
2140 Chambers Road
314-653-0777

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
24-Hour Hotline
www.annieshope.org
www.bjcbehavioralhealth.org
www.hopewellcenter.com
UMSL
UMSL
www.greatcircle.org
www.lfcsmo.org
www.gracehill.org
Supports housing, jobs, food needs
www.providentstl.org
www.ourlittlehaven.org
Women’s  Services
Information/Referral services

24-Hour Help Line
HOURS OF OPERATION
24 –Hour Hotline
1st Saturday of the Month
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
4th Saturday of the Month
9:30 – 11:30 AM
Fridays 8:30 – 10:00 AM
Monday-Friday 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Please call for Pantry Hours
Tuesday & Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Please call for Pantry Hours