Ford Elementary School

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Welcome to Ford


    Ford Ext        1383 Clara Ave.
           St. Louis, MO 63112
           Office 314-383-0836
           Fax 314-244-1769
           Principal: Michelle McDaniel
           Hours: 8:15am - 3:12pm
           Grades: PK-5

           Click HERE for a map.


Principal's Corner

  • Welcome to the Ford Elementary Principal's Corner

     Principal McDaniel

    Every Child, Every Day, No Excuses, Just Learning!  This is the message that explains what we believe at Ford Elementary School. 

    I am very proud to be Ford Elementary School’s principal.  At Ford, not only do we focus on student’s academic needs, but we also believe students’ emotional and social needs are equally important.  We spend much time and effort teaching life skills, acknowledging character traits, and celebrating success.  A key to Ford’s success will be the collaboration and commitment of the staff, parents, and students and the fact that each one of us views Ford as “my school”.

    Those affiliated with Ford take much pride in working together as a Professional Learning Community (PLC) to meet the needs of our students.  The main pillars of a PLC are to work collaboratively, make data – informed decisions, and focus on student achievement.

    Now that I have described Ford, I’d like to share a little information about myself.  I am a proud parent of three amazing adult children.  I enjoy being a parent and spending time with my children when time permits.  In my quiet time, I enjoy reading, cooking and sewing.

    I truly believe that successful school are built upon strong, trusting relationships.  Therefore, I strive to utilize the experts of all of Ford’s educators (staff, parents, and community members to meet the needs of each individual student. 

    I have high expectations for our students and even higher expectations of our Ford Elementary’s staff, and the highest expectation of myself.  As a parent of three children, former teacher, and now principal, I truly understand the value of a good education and the significance of school, home, and students working together.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.


    Michelle McDaniel
    Ford Elementary School


Mission and Vision

  • Vision

    Ford Elementary will empower students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally - to become contributors to their community and abroad.


    We will accomplish our vision by being – Focused, Organized, Responsible, and Determined



  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

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    • Saint Louis Public Schools continues to monitor and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. At this time, no known cases have been reported in the District. 

      On March 21, 2020, Mayor Lyda Krewson and County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced stay-at-home orders aimed at preventing further spread of COVID-19. In light of these new restrictions and to help ensure the health, safety and well-being of students and staff, all schools in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, including private and parochial schools, have extended their closures through April 22, 2020.

      How is Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS) making decisions?
      SLPS has reviewed and updated its emergency operations plans in collaboration with the City of St. Louis Department of Health, which is the lead agency in our community’s COVID-19 response. SLPS is in daily communication with the health department—along with K-12 superintendents, university presidents, and city, county and state officials—to stay up-to-date on the latest developments and assess and respond to new information. Being a part of that conversation ensures our families' needs are considered and included in decisions that impact all of us.

      How will students get assigments? 
      In order to keep communication lines open while schools are closed, the District's website is being updated with information regularly. Please look to for academic materials for all grades (both virtual online and hard copy). Teachers may also use their school’s web page (see an example) to communicate class assignments to students. Additionally, SLPS may consider sending classroom work to students through postage mailing to the students’ homes. For teachers who have incorporated Microsoft Teams in their classroom, activities, lesson plans and assignments can be shared with the student’s individual login information. The District will follow Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) procedures for pandemic outbreaks. 

      Will the District provide meals to students during the school closure? 
      Yes. In partnership with the City of St. Louis and area charter schools, SLPS and its food services vendor Southwest Foodservice Excellence will provide free breakfast and lunch meals at 36 schools throughout the city. Student ID is not required. The meals are "grab-and-go," meaning students cannot stay at the school to eat the meal because of social distancing guidance from state and local health agencies. Enrichment materials are also available at the meal sites. Details, including a list of all sites with links to maps, are available at A flyer for distribution is available here: English ♦ Spanish ♦ French ♦ Dari ♦ Nepali ♦ Swahili ♦ Arabic ♦ Vietnamese 

      What are the procedures and instructions for students to wash their hands (even while at home)?
      We are encouraging families continue to prioritize student hand washing at home. Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to contain the spread of illness and disease, including COVID-19. Click here for a poster about hand washing and proper technique.

      What conversations should parents have with their children at home?
      We know families, staff and students are worried. We are committed to keeping you informed and working with you to keep our school communities safe. Want resources to share with your children? Here’s an informative graphic resource from NPR.

      What can I do to reduce the spread of COVID-19?
      There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Practice social distancing—keep a distance of at least 6 feet between you and other people.
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your arm.
      • If you use a tissue, dispose it immediately after you cough or sneeze.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      • As you greet people, avoid shaking hands or other physical contact.
      • Stay home when you are sick. Follow pediatrician's orders if you have a sick child.

      What steps has the District taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep students and staff safe?

      • Disinfecting wipes were provided to every classroom districtwide. 
      • Custodians spent extra time cleaning and disinfecting walls, furniture, desks, computer labs, restrooms, doors, knobs, handles, handrails, cubbies and other surface areas in schools. 
      • All school cafeterias provided hand sanitizer for students and staff. Cafeteria staff used an all-purpose, hospital-grade sanitizing solution daily to clean tables, chairs, benches, serving lines, keypads and door handles. 

      • A coronavirus info sheet was provided to all students with reminders about handwashing, following pediatrician’s orders and covering coughs and sneezes. It was translated into six languages: Spanish, Arabic, Bosnian, Swahili, Vietnamese and Nepali. Additionally, information was sent via robocall in 11 languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Bosnian, Swahili, Vietnamese, Nepali, French, Pashtu, Dari and Somali. 

      • Volunteers and other non-essential visitors to schools were asked to stay home for the time being. Parents and guardians who are ill also were asked not to visit schools while contagious.

      UPDATED March 23, 2020, 4:43pm CDT

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