Public Information

Pursuant to Missouri Senate Bill 638, Section 161.1050, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has established the “Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative.”

For the purposes of this initiative, the following terms are defined as follows:

“Trauma-informed approach” -an approach that involves understanding and responding to the symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma and traumatic stress across the lifespan

“Trauma-informed school” -a school that:

a. realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery

b. recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in students, teachers and staff

c. responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into its policies, procedures and practices; and

d. seeks to actively resist re-traumatization

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:

  • 800-273-TALK(8255) click *1 for Veterans Crisis Line
  • Kids Under Twenty One- KUTO is dedicated to providing youth focused crisis prevention, suicide prevention, suicide intervention and post-vention support to the community through awareness education and outreach. KUTO’s philosophy is teens helping teens help themselves.
  • Toll- Free Phone: 888-644-5886 (4-10pm Sunday- Thursday and 4- midnight Friday and Saturday)

Marquand-Zion R-6 Schools is participating in a Free Breakfast and Lunch Program for the current school year 208-2019. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision. All students enrolled at this school may participate in the breakfast/lunch program at no charge. Household applications for free and reduced price meals will not be collected.

Studies have shown that children who are not hungry perform better in school. By providing breakfast/ lunch to all children at no charge, we can create a better learning environment for our students. The school breakfast and lunch that we serve follows U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for healthy school meals. The Free Breakfast and Lunch Program cannot succeed without your support. Please encourage your children to participate in the school meal programs.

All meals will be served to all students at no charge.


Scott Blake

The Marquand-Zion R-VI School District’s backpack program will be starting soon. This program is to help provide wholesome food for our students on days when school is not in session. If you are in need of this program please complete the bottom portion of this letter and send it back to school with your child. One form per family is all that is needed. Backpacks will be sent home on Fridays, or the last day school is in session. Please return the backpack on Monday or the next day school is in session. If you have any questions feel free to call, 573-783-3388.