Health and Safety Precautions

health and safety precautions

We are taking every precaution we can to try to keep our students and our staff safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. The specific details might vary a little between buildings, because of differences in things like layouts, schedules and grade levels.

This plan is likely to change as more information becomes available and as we continue to follow the latest guidance of public health officials. We will notify you when we update our plans.

Last update: August 9

Health and Safety Precautions

screening for symptoms

 

 

If You're Sick:
If a student or a staff member is sick, it is more important than ever that they stay home. Please help us keep our community safe by being cautious and staying away, even if you think an illness could be allergies. The nurse at your school will be happy to help you talk through your symptoms. 

Students and staff should screen for these symptoms each day:  

  • Fever or chills  
    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a fever is 100.4 F or greater.  
  • Cough  
  • Rash  
  • Sore throat  
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing   
  • Diarrhea  
  • Nausea or vomiting  
  • Fatigue  
  • Headache  
  • Muscle or body aches  
  • Loss of taste or smell 
     
masks
  Masks:
The Park Hill Board of Education approved a mask mandate for everyone in district facilities who is three or older. They said they plan to reevaluate the mandate by the beginning of the second quarter.

     
vaccine icon
  Vaccinations: 
We encourage everyone who qualifies for the COVID-19 vaccine to get it. You can find information about vaccinations on the state of Missouri’s site here: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/.  

     
monitoring data
  Monitoring Data: 
We will continue to monitor the data about COVID-19 cases and exposures, as well as community data. If we see a significant increase, we might increase our mitigation strategies. We will also continue to collaborate with our local health departments, following all their requirements. 
     
transportation
 

Buses:  
Buses are considered public transportation, so students and drivers are federally required to wear masks. Please consider taking your child to school instead of sending them on the bus. We will not be able to provide physical distancing on the buses, but we will take as many precautions as possible. 

  • Drivers will wear masks when parked at schools and when students are boarding and getting off the bus.  
  • We will provide hand sanitizer.  
  • We will open windows when possible.  
  • First Student will train drivers about health and safety precautions for COVID-19.  
  • First Student will create assigned seats for students riding the bus, with siblings sitting together when possible. The seat behind the driver will remain empty.  
  • When possible, First Student will assign drivers to a single bus and route.   
     
quarantines
 

Quarantines:
If someone gets exposed to a person with COVID-19, they must quarantine. If they have no symptoms, they may return after 10 days (on day 11), and they should wear a mask and monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days total (since we are currently under Mayor Quinton Lucas’ mask mandate, they will wear a mask anyway). An exposure, or close contact, is someone who was within three feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes.

There are several exceptions to the quarantine requirement: 

  • If the individuals were both were wearing masks appropriately, the exposed person would not need to quarantine, as long as they continue to monitor for symptoms for the full 14-day time period. 

  • If an individual is fully vaccinated, they would not need to quarantine, as long as they monitor themself for symptoms for 14 days following the known exposure. They should wear a mask for the full 14-day time period. 

  • Any fully vaccinated individual who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themself from others and get clinically evaluated for COVID-19.

  • The person would not need to quarantine if they have had COVID-19 within the previous three months, have recovered, and have no more COVID-19 symptoms.
     
testing
  Testing: 
We will still provide free, optional antigen testing for students and staff. Families of students who have symptoms should contact their school nurses, who can help them request and schedule a test. Staff members who have symptoms should contact their supervisors and then call the testing site.  

     
stable groups
  Stable Groups:
We will continue to take precautions like keeping students in stable groups to limit their exposures to other people.  

     
physical distance
 

Physical Distancing:
We will take steps to promote physical distancing, although we cannot keep everyone three to six feet apart.  

This could look different at each school, due to the difference in the spaces, and it could include . . .  

  • Staggering the use of common spaces, including the cafeteria, playground and other areas 
  • Continue to use cohorts and maintain distance between cohorts when possible 
  • Rearranging furniture and equipment to move students farther apart  
  • Modifying passing periods  
  • Changing arrival and dismissal procedures 
     
handwashing   Handwashing:
Throughout the day, we will encourage hand washing, and we will also supply hand sanitizer in every classroom. Students and staff members must wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after meals and recess. We will also teach proper etiquette for preventing respiratory illness, including covering your cough and not touching your face. 
     
cleaning   Cleaning:  
We are cleaning high-touch surfaces and shared objects at least once a day. We will provide wipes and spray bottles with disinfectant in every classroom.  

     
visitors    Visitors: 
During the school day, the only visitors we will allow in our schools are people who are there to work, like substitute teachers and repair workers. We will regularly reevaluate rules like this one, based on the most current guidance. 

If you need to bring something to the school during school hours, you will need to stay in the front office, and we will ask you to follow physical distancing rules. We will also work with families when we need to have meetings for students’ individual education programs (IEPs), 504 plans and individual health plans (IHPs). If you need to drop off medication, please make an appointment with the health room before coming to the school. 

     
outside food   Outside Food: 
If families or teachers would like to purchase birthday treats for their students, please work through our Nutrition Services department.    
     
food service   Food Service:  
The Nutrition Services staff is keeping up with the latest federal, state and local guidelines for preparing and serving meals. To create more physical distancing, each school will work to spread students out and provide meal schedules that allow students to wash their hands before and after eating.
     
sharing supplies   Sharing Supplies:  
We will reduce sharing of school supplies, and we will sanitize the supplies we must share. Each student should have their own school supplies for their own personal use. 

     
water   Water:  
We are asking students and staff members to please come to school and work with a water bottle, if possible. Our water fountains will be on.  

     
large gatherings
  Large Gatherings:  
During the school day, we are not hosting assemblies or field trips, but schools can host certain large events outside. We will host some events inside, if they have an approved safety plan. 

     
special education   Special Education:  
We are including health and safety precautions as we work with each student’s IEP. We also make changes to 504 plans when necessary to meet students’ needs.