Coronavirus: Prevention, Protection and Next Steps


Share your stories with MNEA
Even though we are not at school supporting Missouri students, members continue to help every day during this crisis. MNEA wants to share your stories as we struggle through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are hearing about members who are continuing to care for their students by

  • volunteering at school district Grab & Go meal distribution centers and food drives
  • providing child care for essential medical staff
  • shopping for the elderly so they don’t have to leave the safety of their homes

Your stories help show that educators don’t stop caring. Please send your stories with pictures to MNEA at, so we can share them. You can post to social media, making sure you tag @MissouriNEA and use the hashtags #MNEAheroes and #MNEAprotects.

Missouri NEA’s top priority is the health and safety of our members, staff and students we serve. The issues surrounding COVID-19 have changed and challenged our lives both personally and professionally, leaving the next several months posing ongoing uncertainty and fear with our members and those they hold dear.

MNEA offices will be open to STAFF ONLY after 5 p.m. March 20
. We want to keep you and our staff safe as we continue to serve you and the education community.

At every level, your union is working to protect you and keep you informed.

As the pandemic affects you, we are here to support you, and provide ongoing communication and resources as we all work through this crisis. If you have specific questions or need general information, send your questions to

Missouri NEA is coordinating bipartisan action at the state level to protect members, their families and students:

  • Ensuring students, teachers and school personnel can count on their schools to receive full funding during extended closures

  • Minimizing disruption for all staff by continuing pay and benefits

  • Calling for employees of Missouri’s colleges and universities to continue to receive pay and benefits

  • Waiving testing requirements in Missouri (Due in part to our efforts, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced this decision last night.)

  • Adjusting student-teacher requirements to allow them to complete their programs

  • Working to pass legislation to allow maximum flexibility for local districts and colleges to address this crisis

NEA is protecting our members, students and families at the national level:

  • Fighting successfully for passage of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, securing free COVID-19 testing, paid emergency sick leave, and food security initiatives both in and outside of schools

  • Communicating with Congress and the U.S. Department of Education to secure greater flexibility for local districts to support students and educators  

  • Providing emergency food assistance to children and families

  • Pushing for federal recovery funds to support local educators, families and students

School Closures, Testing and Nutritional Services:

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Practice Prevention:

Please stay up to date with the latest news. To prevent the spread of disease, follow the government health officials’ guidelines. Click on the links below to stay informed.

    MNEA Cancellations:

    • ESP & Aspiring Educators Conference - Sat., April 4
    • MNEA Capitol Action Days - March 18-May 6
    • MNEA-Retired Annual Meeting and Luncheon - April 24
    • Spring RA at Margarita Lake Resort in Osage Beach - April 25-26
    • Beginning Teacher Assistance Program - April 24

    Virtual Classroom Resources:

    We will be adding resources soon. Check back frequently for updated resources.


    April 7 school board elections have been postponed until June 2. The deadlines for voter registration for this election will not be extended. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is now May 20 or June 1 for requesting in-person. Read More >


    MNEA HOPE Fund helps those in need

    Contribution Form | Request for Assistance

    Through its Humanitarian Outreach Project for Education Fund, Missouri NEA assists students and schools.

    The HOPE fund aids students who have been affected by a natural disaster, hardship or other special circumstance with school-related expenses such as the purchase of school supplies or clothing.

    The HOPE fund also provides financial assistance for educational-related supplies to schools that have been damaged or destroyed by fire or natural disaster.

    Requests for assistance should be directed to MNEA President by completing the application form.

    The HOPE Fund accepts charitable contributions. You may designate your contribution for a special cause or in honor/memory of a loved one. Missouri NEA will send a notice of the contribution to the recipient(s) indicated on the contribution form. You can either choose to contribute online with a credit card or download a mail-in form (pdf). Contributions are tax deductible. 

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    Read to Achieve Contest 

    If your school is within the KCTV5 viewing area (greater Kansas City), teachers at your school are eligible for a chance to win $1,000. The Read to Achieve contest is co-sponsored by Missouri NEA and Kansas NEA.

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