• IMPORTANT: Report a positive COVID-19 test for you or a member of your household. Students should contact the school nurse or building administrator of your child’s school. Staff members  should contact your building administrator or supervisor. 

    Everyone must stay home if they are sick. Report normal absences and illnesses as usual. However, positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 need to be reported immediately to allow the schools to take appropriate action. Please report such cases as follows:

    • Students: Contact the building administrator or your school nurse.
    • Staff Members: Contact your building administrator or supervisor.

    COVID-19 Illness Symptoms
    Students and staff must not come to school if they are sick, quarantining or waiting for COVID-19 test results. Do not come to school or work if you have a current respiratory illness and/or symptoms of COVD-19 or a known exposure to a positive COVID-19 case within the past 14 days. If any of these apply, please notify your child's building administrator or, for staff, your principal or supervisor. 

    COVID-19 SYMPTOMS*

    • Fever or chills (100.4ºF or greater)
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    *This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC continues to update this list as it learns more about COVID-19. Find out more at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.


    Daily Health Assessments Required for Students, Staff (Updated 08/3/2020 with clarifying language)

    District staff will complete a daily COVID-19 self-screening assessment online. The content of this self-assessment is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Parents/guardians are asked to review the list of COVID-19 symptoms daily to determine if their child should go to school or stay home. Anyone with a fever of 100.4º or higher should not attend school. Families should conduct a self-assessment for symptoms including a fever, a sense of having a fever, chills, a cough, sore throat, headache, new loss of smell or taste, or new muscle aches. If these symptoms occur, do not attend school and call your child’s school to report the symptoms your child is experiencing. Any staff member or student who is sick or displays symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home to prevent the spread of illness. They must also inform the school of their illness. 

    Important: Students or staff who have had known close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes with or without a mask) with a person who is confirmed to have a case of COVID-19 or who have been advised by the health department to quarantine are not allowed to come to school. If a student becomes ill during the day, they will be moved to a health isolation room and their emergency contacts will be called and given instructions to pick them up immediately and how to do so in a safe manner. Families should ensure their contact information, including emergency contacts, is up to date in PowerSchool. If not, please contact the child’s school office. If a staff member becomes ill during the day, they will be sent home.


    Guidelines for Returning to School After Illness or Suspected Exposure

    I think or know I had COVID-19 and had symptoms.
    You can be with others after:

    • 24 hours with no fever and
    • Respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and
    • 10 days since symptoms first appeared

    I tested positive but had no symptoms.
    If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:

    • 10 days have passed since test

    I have a weakened immune system due to a health condition or medication.
    People with conditions that weaken their immune system might need to stay home longer than 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19. Talk to your health care provider for more information. Testing may be recommended by your healthcare provider. You can be with others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

    For anyone who has had close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes) with a person with COVID-19. 
    It is important to remember that anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 (even if they were wearing a mask) should stay home for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness.

    For non-COVID-19 illnesses.
    Remain home until:

    • You feel better
    • No fever (less than 100º F) for 24 hours without using medication to lower fever

    What happens when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19

    1) School Officials Notified.

    • During the school day - Staff members who become sick with COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home immediately. Students who become ill will be sent to a health isolation room and the student’s emergency contacts will be called to pick up the child immediately. Emergency contacts will be asked to remain outside the school building or in the entrance vestibule to be reunited with their child. Sick students or staff should then contact their health care provider about being tested and keep the school informed of any outcome.
    • At home - Students and staff who become sick with COVID-19 symptoms at home or who have a positive COVID-19 test should stay home and notify their school office or, for staff, their supervisor, about their situation. They must follow their health care provider instructions and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines regarding when it is safe to return to school, as well as keep the school informed about when they have been cleared to return to school.

    2) Contact Tracing Begins.

    • Contact tracing team is activated and county health officials are notified.
    • The contact tracing team works with the health department and school administration on providing communication and guidance to impacted students and staff letting them know what steps they need to take and the potential need to isolate, quarantine, etc.

     3) Impact on School Determined.

    District administrators, working with county health department officials, will determine whether the impacted school will need to close.

    • A contract tracing team will identify who was in contact (within a 6-foot space for at least 15 minutes) with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19. If specific contacts cannot be identified, everyone who was in the same room, bus or other areas may be quarantined according to county health guidelines. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health suggests that if over 5% of the student body in a building or district test positive any day, 4% test positive over two days in a row or 3% test positive for three days in a row, then that building or district closes for 10 days (percentages may change according to guidance from health officials).
    • Local health officials’ recommendations for the scope (e.g., a single school, multiple schools, the full district) and duration of school closures will be made on a case by-case basis using the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the specific cases in the community.
    • If a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in the building and poses a risk to the staff or students, a school may close temporarily for cleaning and disinfection if the school is unable to complete cleaning during its nighttime closing.
    • During school closures, extracurricular activities, school-based after-school programs and other events will also be canceled.

     4) Keep Learning Going.

    • During any school closing, instruction will become virtual for the impacted students or school(s).

    5) Communicating with the Community.

    • The District will communicate with families and staff only about positive cases among students and staff in its schools. The district will NOT communicate if a family member of a student or staff member has tested positive, but will still take appropriate quarantining steps for the impacted student or staff, per CDC guidelines.
    • If a student or staff member has tested positive, schools will communicate its next steps with families and staff and how it impacts regular school operations as soon as the district is able.
    • Due to laws protecting student and staff privacy, no identifying information about the student or staff member who tested positive will be released to the public. Any students or staff who are identified as having been in close contact (as defined by the CDC) with the individual will be notified as part of the contact tracing process and instructed on what steps to take.

     6) Impacted Facilities Deep Cleaned.

    • Impacted schools or specific areas impacted by a positive case of COVID-19 will be thoroughly cleaned by staff or an outside cleaning company, depending on the situation. 

    IMPORTANT: Report a positive COVID-19 test for you or a member of your household. Students Contact the building administrator of your child’s school. Staff Members Contact your building administrator or supervisor. 

    Everyone must stay home if they are sick. Report normal absences and illnesses as usual. However, positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 need to be reported immediately to allow the schools to take appropriate action. Please report such cases as follows:

    • Students: Contact the building administrator or your school nurse.
    • Staff Members: Contact your building administrator or supervisor.