HCR's Rosie Reader
Updates from Questions in the Community
Details about Early Release Days
I am sending you information about the Early Release Days as it is new this year, replacing Late Start Days. The Parkway Board of Education approved early release times for the teacher-directed work of Professional Learning Communities. Early Release Days throughout the school year are 9/15, 10/14, 11/17, 12/15, 2/2, 3,/2, 4/14, 5/4. On these days Highcroft Ridge will dismiss at 2:00 pm.
Questions about Quarantine - Updates from Nurse Hubert
Dear Highcroft Parents,
It has come to my attention that there may be confusion about what it means to quarantine when your child has been exposed to COVID. If your child has been identified as someone who needs to quarantine whether it be modified or full quarantine, your child needs to STAY HOME for a full 10 days. This means no outside-of-home activities. The modified quarantine allows for the student to come to school only. They need to be quarantined away from others outside of the family and have limited exposure to family members if at all possible. They should not participate in any activities that can expose others to COVID. This means vacations, weekends -+getaways where they can come in contact with others. If you have been exposed you have the potential to spread the virus for up to 14 days. St. Louis County has allowed for a shortened 10 day quarantine period. If your child starts to have symptoms within that 10 day period they need to get tested to determine if they have developed COVID or any number of other possible viruses or illnesses. Some of the most common symptoms in elementary school students that I am seeing are headaches, fever, muscle/joint aches and pains, fatigue, allergy and cold symptoms, and sore throat.
If your child or any other family member develops COVID in this time frame then the quarantine and isolation period changes and you will need to make me aware of this so we can adjust your child's return to school date.
If you have a child or any other family member with COVID, that person needs to be isolated from all family members. Meaning separate living quarters where they can’t expose anyone within the house. If your children can’t isolate then the time of isolation and the subsequent quarantine process will be extended beyond the initial 10 days. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.
I know it is hard not to compare notes with other class members and friends. This is where miscommunication comes into play. Kids talk, friends talk, people look at social media posts and hear what you did while in quarantine. For the safety of all students, staff, and family members please follow quarantine requirements. Even fully vaccinated parents and teens can still develop COVID.
I look at each case as to the date of exposure, the start of symptoms, and many outside factors for each individual case. So there will always be some differences in return to school dates. No one can test out of quarantine.
Please feel free to contact me via email or phone if you have any questions. I am always here to help clarify any questions. You can always refer other parents to me for clarification.
Thank you so much for helping to stop the spread of COVID in our school and community.
Cathy Hubert BSN, RN, NCSN
Curriculum Night - We Cannot Wait to Connect
We were hoping that by now we would be able to welcome you all into the building but that is not the case. We will be hosting a virtual Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 9th.
- Sept 8: On September 8th, you will receive information on the curriculum and instruction for your child. There will also be a link for you to ask questions and suggest talking points for the live event.
- Sept 9: On Sept 9, there will be a live Q and A. There will be a session at 6:00 pm and one at 6:30 pm. These sessions will be recorded and sent out to families who either cannot attend or have more than two children at Highcroft Ridge.