HCR's Rosie Reader
Special Edition, Health and Safety of our Students
Hello Amazing Highcroft Community!
I hope you are all safe and well. We certainly continue to enjoy your children.
We have seen an increase in community spread of COVID - 19. We all have so many emotions, fears, and questions as we send our children to school. I am hoping to assuage any fears you have and provide information for your consideration.
I also want to draw some attention to things we've identified as changes we can make to improve safety and health as we are always looking to do better.
Layers of Protection
What we're doing to improve health and safety!
Upgraded HVAC system to keep kids safe
What happens if my child is a close contact with a positive case at school.
Properly wearing a mask, regardless of vaccination status, will decrease quarantine and avoid disruptions in learning.
How will families be notified of a postive COVID-19 case?
Quarantine and Isolation
- Modified -The St Louis County Health Department has added an option for K-12 students attending school to have a modified quarantine in some cases. A modified quarantine applies to students who attend K-12 schools and are exposed to COVID-19 in the classroom setting. Modified quarantine is allowed in schools because mitigation practices like masking and other health practices are in place.
- Modified Quarantine Looks Like: Students may come to school as long as they don't have symptoms, wear a mask, maintain six feet of social distance for lunch and wear their masks during recess. Students may not attend after-school activities including Adventure Club.
- Standard Quarantine - student was either exposed at home or was in three to six feet depending on the situation. Also included are unvaccinated adults who were exposed.
- Isolation - students positive for COVID - 19
What determines if a quarantine is modified or standard?
St Louis County Health requirements for quarantine are used when exposure occurs in the classroom and masking and health mitigation practices like social distancing are in place. St Louis County Health determines, based on the requirements, if the quarantine is modified or standard.
The determination of which cases qualify for a modified versus standard quarantine takes into account the following:
- Masking practices of the positive individual and the close contact
- Social distancing of three feet or greater
- Whether the positive case has respiratory factors at the time of exposure
- Length of time of exposure
- Number of secondary cases from the contact
Instructional Delivery Models
If an entire class needs to quarantine, but the teacher does not, students will be instructed using a combination of Schoology and live zoom instruction including core academics and special areas.
How can you help?
- Keep your child at home if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they have had recent exposure, or if you are awaiting test results.
- If your child tests positive, notify Nurse Hubert immediately.
- Help your child understand the importance of following health and safety protocols
- Activities of students and families in the community can significantly impact student health and the health of classmates.
- Send your child with extra masks.