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Academic Calendar:

2023-2024 District Calendar

Arrival/Dismissal Times

Belle Elementary

Arrival Time: 7:30 am

Dismissal Time: 4:00 pm

Middle School

Arrival Time: 7:20 am

Dismissal Time: 3:50 pm

High School

Arrival Time: 7:30 am

Dismissal Time: 4:00 pm

Back to School Events:

Open House:

August 17, 2023

4:30 - 7:00 in all buildings

Freshman Orientation:

July 25, 2023 at 6:30 in Belle High School Gym

New Student Enrollment:

New student enrollment will be held on August 11 for any student who did not attend Maries Co. R 2 last year. You may register your child in the office of your child's building.

Please bring with you an address/telephone number/fax number for your child's previous district. You will also need to bring proof of residency. Proof of residency includes a utility bill with a physical address (not a PO Box) or a tax bill.

Medication at School

Does your student take over-the counter or prescription medication? If so, get updated medication orders from their physician that include the name of the student, name of the drug, dosage, frequency of administration, route of administration and the prescriber's name. Drop both the physician orders and medication off at your child's school for the nurse prior to the start of the school year.

Do not send the medication to school with your child.

Athletic Meeting

For any Middle School or High School student participating in athletics during the 2023-2024 school year, there is a required parent/athlete meeting being held on July 25 at 7:00 in the Belle High School gym.

Supply Lists

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Please schedule immunization and physical appointments with your healthcare provider as needed. Missouri law requires children enrolled in Kindergarten through 12th grade to be immunized against certain preventable diseases. Required immunications include: DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) or DT (Diphtheria and Tetanus); IPV (Polio); Hepatitis B; MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella); and Varicella (Chickenpox). Two additional vaccinations are required for students in grades 8th -12th: Tdap (pertussis) and Meningococcal (Meningitis). Updated immunization records are required for students entering Kindergarten, 8th grade and 12th grade.

Emergency Information Forms

Please review your emergency information in the parent portal on Lumen. Make sure that we have the latest emergency information including new telephone numbers and addresses entered on your childs emergency information sheet. Review those people that are allowed to pick-up your child at school. If an adult is NOT LISTED ON THE EMERGENCY SHEET - they will not be able to pick your child up from school.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Please complete the free/reduced price meal application. Maries Co. R 2 students will no longer receive free meals as our Elementary and Middle School no longer qualify for the CEP program. A copy of the application was mailed to all current students. A digital application will also available on Lumen in the parent portal for you to complete without having to send the paper documents to school after August 1, 2023.

Check meal balances for your child(ren)'s lunch account if you have a Middle School or High School student. Students may only charge up to $10.00. Alacarte will not be available to any student who has a lunch balance over $10.00.

P 5550 Meal Charges


The purpose of this policy is to maintain consistent meal account procedures throughout the District. Unpaid charges place a financial strain on District finances. The Food Service Department is responsible for maintaining food charge records and for notifying the District’s accounting department of outstanding balances.


  1. Student Groups:

    • Elementary students will be allowed to charge a maximum of ten ($10.00) dollars.

    • Middle School students will be allowed to charge a maximum of ten ($10.00) dollars.

    • High School students will be allowed to charge a maximum of ten ($10.00) dollars.

  2. No charges will be allowed for ala carte foods and beverages.

  3. Parents/guardians of students with negative balances will be contacted electronically, by correspondence, by phone call by the District Accounting Office, or by the Food Service Department.

  4. On May 15 annually all charging will be cut off.

    • Parents/guardians will be sent a written request for “payment in full.”

    • All charges not paid before the end of the school year will be carried forward into the next school year.

    • Graduating seniors must pay all charges in full.Failure to do so may result in the delinquent student being denied participation in graduation ceremonies.

  5. If a financial hardship is suspected, families will be encouraged to apply for free/reduced meals at any time during the school year.

  6. Each building principal will send a letter to all parents on or before the first day of school notifying them of the requirements of this policy. This policy will also be published on the District’s website.

Discrimination Clause

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Bus Information

Please meet with the bus drivers during Open House if you have moved and have a new pick-up/drop-off location for students who ride the bus. Bus routes for the 2023-2024 school year are set based on how a student ended the prior school year. If transporation preferences for the upcoming school year the exact same as the 2022-2023 school year, additional action is not required.

  • If your child rode the bus in the spring, they will automatically be assiged a bus route for the upcoming school year, no action is required on your part.

  • If your child did NOT ride the bus last spring, or only rode one-way, and you require something different this year, you must contact the school to request changes by August 22.

Student bus information is available in the Parent Portal.