Meal & Instructional Support Request Form Link

  • If you are needing to request meals or instructional materials, or make a change to your previous request, please fill out the online form.

Update 4.30.2020

  • Eagle Family -

    We hope that this finds you and your family doing well and staying healthy.  We appreciate all who are staying engaged and connected with us through virtual learning, social media, and meals.

    There have been many questions regarding retrieving items from the school buildings as well the ability to return district equipment and books. Here is the plan:

    Elementary families will be able to pick-up personal school supplies and items in a drive-thru format on Thursday, May 21 (1-8pm) & Friday, May 22 (8am-3pm). Please use the 3-5 pick-up line that passes the front doors. Teachers will have bagged up all items in student desks and around their classrooms. Families are asked to post their student name(s) in their car window when they come and to remain in their vehicle. Staff members will bring the bags to the pick-up spot for you. There will be a box for you to return chromebooks, chargers, & library books. If we do not receive these items, fees will be added to your account. These fees can be reversed once we receive the items.

    Middle School and High School families, appointment times will be available Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22. Students will be allowed to enter the building to clean out their locker; other items, gathered from classrooms, will be given to the student by office staff. Bags will be provided. Please do not bring backpacks or reusable bags with you. Large items such as shop projects will need to be picked up, during your appointment time, from the back of the school. Chromebooks, Macbooks, chargers, textbooks, sports equipment and uniforms, and library books will be collected in specified boxes. If we do not receive these items, fees will be added to your account. These fees can be reversed once we receive the items.

    Sign Up Links
    Middle School:
    High School:

    We want to emphasize safety for you and our staff. Please follow all directions provided in this email and from staff on site. These pick-up/drop-off events are not to be “gathering” events. If you do not sign-up or come at a different time than your designated appointment, you will not be allowed to enter the building.

    Please note that Chromebooks will be “turned off” on May 22nd.

    If you have questions about the pick-up/drop-off process, please email your building principal.


    Holden R-III Administration Team

Meal Delivery Update 4.25.2020

  • Good afternoon Holden families,
    Beginning Monday, April 27 and continuing through Friday, May 15, breakfast, lunch, and supper meals will all be delivered during the morning routes. There will be no afternoon routes for supper delivery. There are no changes for families who pick up meals at the school buildings.

Update 4.15.2020

  • Holden R-III COVID-19 Grading/Reassessment Procedures

    Through the school closure the Holden R-III School District will utilize the following guidelines regarding grades and reassessment.

    Kindergarten-5th grade

    • Instructional resources will continue to be available to support continued student learning.
    • 3rd quarter grades will be counted as final grades.
    • Students will be promoted to the next grade level unless parents have already been notified.

    6th-12th grade

    • Instructional resources will continue to be available to support continued student learning.
    • Grades for second semester will be recorded on a pass/fail basis. Letter grades will not be issued. Students with a passing grade (D through A+), as of our last day of attendance March 13, will receive a P (passing grade). Students with an F will have the opportunity to reassess in order to achieve a passing grade. The improvement of grades can be achieved online or through the use of printed materials, depending on the need of the student.
    • Teachers will be contacting families and students who are eligible and have chosen to take reassessment(s).
    • First reassessments must be completed and turned in by May 1. This will allow time for teachers to grade and provide feedback to students. After May 1, any additional reassessments will need to be coordinated with individual teachers. Please share reassessment responses with teachers electronically (pictures, email) when possible. If you are providing hard copy responses, those items may be dropped off at the appropriate school or sent with staff on food delivery routes. For the safety of staff members, paper copies will be held for 48 hours before processing.
    • Pass/Fail grades will not affect a student’s grade point average (GPA) or class rank. GPA and class rank will be determined by first semester grades only for the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Athletic eligibility may be impacted by a failing grade.
    • Academic promotion in grades 6 through 8 may be impacted by failing grades.

    You should have received an email with your child’s report card.

    If you have questions, please contact your child’s school.

Letter to Families 4.9.2020

  • Dear Holden families,

    The Holden R-III School District, in response to Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s announcement today, will remain closed through the end of our 2019-2020 academic year.
    Instructional supports will continue through the originally scheduled last day of school, Friday, May 15. Please continue to watch for emails from teachers with guidance on how to access those resources. Paper copies, if you had requested them, will still be available or delivered on Wednesdays.
    Meal distribution will continue to operate as it has until further notice. If you would like to sign up for meals or make a change to your previous request, please do so at

    The 2020 graduation ceremony originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17, has been canceled. An alternate plan is being developed and will be communicated with graduating seniors and their families by April 17.
    We continue to monitor and follow directives, including social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders, from our local, state, and federal government officials.  For the safety of students and staff, we are working on plans to allow families to collect personal items from the school buildings. In addition, we have important decisions to make about our plans for summer school. We are exploring options and will share this information with you as soon as possible.

    Though we are disappointed our students and staff will not be together to conclude this school year, the district is committed to providing instructional and nutritional support for our families during this challenging time.


    Dr. Mike Hough
    Holden R-III School District

Update 4.5.2020

  • While our school buildings are closed, our commitment to students, employees and families remains the same. Seeing the smiles on kids across our community fuels us!

    We wanted to share a few important updates for the next couple weeks:
    Starting tomorrow, Monday, April 6, the supper meal delivery will be moved up a half hour. Our buses will start loading and leaving the schools at 3:15pm instead of 3:45pm.
    Also, Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 were originally scheduled as No School days, therefore meals and instructional materials will not be delivered or available for pick-up on those days. Meals for Friday, April 10 will be included with the meal packages prepared and delivered on Thursday, April 9. A new menu has been posted on our website.
    Instructional materials are still available and will be gathered weekly; they are available for delivery or pick-up on Wednesdays.

    If you need to sign up for meals or instructional materials, or make changes to a previous request, please do so here:

    We hope you are finding your new routines and staying healthy and safe!

Letter to Families 3.24.2020

  • Dear Holden Families,

    Based upon the public health emergency order issued by the Johnson County Community Health Services on March 19, 2020 (, and the mandatory stay-at-home orders issued by surrounding counties (we have many staff members and students that reside in surrounding counties), the Holden R-III School District, along with other Johnson County schools, will be extending the current school closure until April 24, 2020.  Instructional support, as well as meal service, will continue during the extended closure. Parents/Guardians should begin receiving emails from teachers regarding how to access instructional materials for their children. We encourage parents to utilize these resources to help the students avoid academic regression during the extended closure.

    If you did not sign up for meal service or instructional materials prior, or if you need to revise your previous choices, please fill out the form at  If you do not need to make changes, or you have chosen to receive resources throughout the whole closure, the services will continue and no additional action is necessary.

    If your child needs items from his/her classroom or locker, you may sign up for an appointment to enter the building and retrieve items at  The building will only be open for item retrieval this week.  All buildings will be closed to the public after Friday, March 27th.  

    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has cancelled all state assessments (MAP, EOC) for this year, and we will not be required to make up any lost school days due to COVID-19.  All school activities through April 24 have been postponed or cancelled. You may access the district calendar at

    If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to communicate with the school district at  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this unprecedented and challenging time.


    Dr. Mike Hough
    Holden R-III School District

Update 3.23.2020

  • You can still sign up for meals! It's not too late to receive FREE meals for your children during the closure. Please fill out the following form and our kitchen staff will add you to the counts!
    If you do not have internet access, you may call the Holden Opaa! Food Service Hotline at the following number, (816) 850-4444 Ext. 7317.

    Teachers have been working diligently to create educational resources that you may utilize with your child to encourage continued learning. These resources, in both online and paper form, will be available this Wednesday, March 25. You may choose which type of materials you prefer by filling out the survey mentioned above along with your meal choices.

    Sign-ups are underway for appointments to retrieve student items from the school buildings they may need during the closure. If you are needing to pick up things such as chromebooks, musical instruments, or medication, please sign up here:

    Bright Futures Holden and our District Social Worker are available to help should your family have basic needs during the closure. You can access those services by emailing or calling (816) 345-0269.

    Again, we hope both nutritional and instructional resources are helpful to all our Eagle families as we go through the district’s unprecedented school closure. If you have any questions, please email the district at

Letter to Families 3.19.2020

  • Dear Holden Families,

    We hope our letter finds you and your family doing well during our scheduled Spring Break.  With the recent announcement of the closure of our schools, programs, and activities through April 3 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are sharing information regarding resources available to our families during the closure.  Resources will include meal/nutritional services, appointments for picking up student’s personal items, and instructional resources for parents to utilize while children are at home.

    The Holden R-III School District administration has been working with the Department of Health and Senior Services to provide FREE meals to ALL children ages 18 and under in our community during this unanticipated emergency school closure.  Children do not have to be enrolled in the Holden R-III School District to receive the free meals. Throughout the closure, our food service provider, Opaa!, will be preparing breakfast, lunch, and supper daily. The free meals are available at no additional cost to the school district or our families.

    The following information regarding meal pick-up and delivery has been developed to meet federal regulations for the appropriate delivery of the free meals.  A menu for the next two weeks is attached. Parents/Guardians can request the free meal service by filling out the google form at this link:  If you do not have internet access, you may call the Holden Opaa! Food Service Hotline at the following number, (816) 850-4444 Ext. 7317.  If you call the hotline, you will need to provide the following information:

    1. Parent/Guardian Name and Contact Information (phone #)
    2. Number of children needing meals (ages 0-18)
    3. Dates and meals you are requesting (Ex. March 24, Breakfast/Lunch & Supper)
    4. Indicate if you are picking up meals at the school or if you would like them delivered
    5. Delivery address

    Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following morning will be delivered by our school buses from Apple Bus Company, beginning at 10:15 a.m., or offered in drive-thru fashion at our grades 3-5 cafeteria doors at Holden Elementary (see map) between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  Supper will be delivered by our buses, starting at 3:45 p.m., or offered for pick-up at the concession stand behind Holden High School (see map) between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Delivery services will follow normal bus routes, therefore, deliveries should be made to your bus stop or the end of your driveway within one hour of the delivery start time.  In order to meet federal regulations, your child(ren) need to be present at pick-up or drop-off sites to receive the meals.

    We realize there are students who may need items from the school, such as chromebooks, musical instruments, or medication during the closure. In response, and with everyone’s safety in mind, we will take appointments for Tuesday, March 24, and Wednesday, March 25, for the student to retrieve those items.  One parent/guardian may accompany the student for this appointment. Support staff will be on-hand to offer assistance, including access to lockers or classrooms. The Holden R-III Band Director, will contact band students with instructions on an additional opportunity to pick up musical instruments. If you have items you need to pick up, please sign up for an appointment time at this link:
    Appointment times are school building specific. Parents/Guardians with children in more than one building will need to sign up for a separate appointment time to visit each building.

    Instructional support materials are being developed by Holden R-III staff, which can be utilized by parents during the closure.  Materials for the week of March 23 through March 27 will be available on Wednesday, March 25, and materials for the week of March 30 through April 3 will be available on Monday, March 30.  The materials will be made available through virtual sources (online or email) and hard-copy printouts. You may choose which type of materials you prefer by filling out the survey mentioned above along with your meal choices.  Hard-copy resources can be picked up at the meal drive-thru locations and times, or they can be delivered to the bus stop or driveway with meal delivery.

    Please fill out the survey and/or the appointment links (above) prior to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, to assist us in planning and organizing the services.  We hope both nutritional and instructional resources are helpful to all our Eagle families as we go through the district’s unprecedented school closure. If you have any questions, please email the district at


    Mike Hough
    Holden R-III School District

Letter to Families 3.18.2020

  • March 18, 2020

    Dear Holden Families,

    The Holden R-III School District administration along with the other Johnson County School Districts, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and state and county health officials continue to monitor the latest developments regarding COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.  To help ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff, and to do our part in trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Holden R-III will join schools in Johnson County and others around the state and will be closed beginning March 23, 2020 through April 3, 2020.  

    This closure affects all programming at our schools, including athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, weekend events, and facility use by outside groups.

    Classes are set to tentatively resume on Monday, April 6.  However, as we continue to monitor and assess this situation, we will reevaluate the status of school closures as we get closer to our tentative return date.  

    We understand that extended closure will create hardship for many of our families.  Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of our students, teachers, staff members, and families through this time.  This is a dynamic situation that has led to frequent changes and updates.  

    Over the next few days, we will communicate our plan to support families during this unprecedented health crisis, which will include:

    1. Providing daily meals for those who count on our school nutrition services.
    2. Providing educational support and learning opportunities.

    We will be sending updates with information and resources via email, text messages, our website, and social media channels.  We will communicate directly with staff members regarding specific roles and responsibilities.  

    We are grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation.  We will get through this challenge together.   


    Dr. Mike Hough
    Holden R-III School District

Update 3.16.2020

  • Eagles Nest and Day Plus will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, but will close Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20.
    All events and practices have been canceled for the remainder of the week, through Sunday, March 22.
    Due to the MSHSAA requirement that all athletes must have 14 days of conditioning under the supervision of the coach before any contest, the following events will be postponed or canceled:
    3/23 JV/V Baseball @ Sherwood
    3/23 HS Track @ UCM
    3/26 HS Track @ California
    3/26 C Team Baseball @ Harrisonville
    3/26 JV/V Baseball @ Holden vs. Higginsville
    3/27 MS Track @ Butler
    With student, staff, and community health and safety in mind, we continue to monitor local health department recommendations daily and will communicate any change to school district schedules as they are made. We appreciate your support as we navigate this together!


Letter to Families 3.12.2020

  • March 12, 2020

    Dear Holden R-III Families,


    Along with schools across the country, we are actively monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation. We look to local and federal health authorities, such as Johnson County Community Health Services, the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, for facts as more is learned about this newly emerged disease.

    Currently, there is one positive case in Missouri. 

    Our routine cleaning schedule in our schools and on our buses consists of using hospital-grade cleaning agents to address areas prone to the spread of viruses, such as Influenza and novel coronavirus, on a daily basis. We will continue to be vigilant in our practices and have plans in place should further steps need to be taken to protect our staff and students.

    As always, the safety of our students, staff, and families remains a top priority and any action we take is done so to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing. If we receive word of a case in our area or are directed to take more drastic precautions, we will communicate that with our staff, students, and parents through our website, phone and email messaging system, and social media.

    We encourage you to continue to follow normal routines of healthy habits at home by:

    • Washing hands frequently, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
    • Trying to not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
    • Staying home when sick.
    • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home and vehicles.
    • Not sharing drinks, water bottles, eating utensils, or cell phones with others.

    For more about exactly what COVID-19 is and what symptoms to look for, we recommend going to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at:

    There is also a fact sheet available on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website here:

    For suggestions on how to discuss COVID-19 with your child, the National Association of School Psychologists has a great resource here:

    Should you have further questions, The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. You may call 877-435-8411 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals.

    Thank you for helping to keep our Eagle families and community healthy!

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