Frequently Asked Questions
Who is considered a close contact?
Anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for longer than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period with or without a mask.
Will masks/facial coverings be required at school?
Yes, everyone entering the building will be required to wear a face mask. Masks will be off for eating, drinking, PE, recess and when students are in an outdoor classroom area. Social distancing will also be observed, as well as good hand washing and extra cleaning of high touch surfaces.
Who will be doing contact tracing?
Mrs. Ernst, school nurse, will be in close contact with SAR families and the St. Louis County Health Department regarding positive cases. Of course names will not be disclosed to the general public by the school.
Does the school have a plan for virtual learning should the school have to close?
Yes, should there be a need to pivot to virtual learning there is a plan in place for each grade level. Each plan is structured with the grade level in mind. Some levels will Zoom with the teacher, some will have hands on work prepared ahead of time, and some will do both.
What about ventilation?
Our three outdoor classrooms will provide teachers and students the opportunity for fresh air during the day. Extra recesses will be scheduled, and PE classes will be outside when possible. Teachers can open windows when weather allows. Air purifiers have been added to all classrooms to increase ventilation and improve air quality.
If a student becomes symptomatic and is sent home should the entire class go home? For how long? Any requirements for re-entry?
Symptoms of infection with the novel coronavirus in children have overlap with symptoms of other childhood disease which will be much more common. For this reason, we would not recommend excluding the classmates unless the student is diagnosed with COVID-19.
If my child has symptoms or has a positive Covid-19 test will their siblings be required to stay home as well?
Yes, if a student has symptoms and is tested for COVID-19 any siblings will remain home from school until tests results are received. If the student is positive then they will be in isolation and the siblings (and any other household members) will be in quarantine.
What happens if a parent(s) tests positive and is unable to isolate from their minor children?
The positive parent(s) would be in isolation for 10 days, then anyone in the home would then be in quarantine for 10 days AFTER the parent’s isolation time has ended. It could be as long as 20 days that the student would be out of school (or longer if others become sick while in quarantine).
What will recess look like?
There will be more recesses. There will be play “zones” and they will rotate. Each grade will stay in their zone for the day. Handwashing/sanitizer will be used after recess. The play structure will be sanitized.