As of Friday, September 17:
Current Confirmed/Known Active COVID-19 Cases within the School Community: 2
Quarantined Cohorts: 2
Total On-Campus Confirmed Cases this School Year: 4
In order to keep families updated with the most current information we have created a running dashboard above, showing the number of positive cases and quarantines within our community. These numbers include only students, faculty, or staff that were attending class or working on campus during the time when a diagnosis impacts the community.
KEEPING THE COMMUNITY SAFE
As a reminder, we employ the following proper protocols. Additionally, in the event of a case, we will immediately contact the Health Department in the City of St. Louis and notify all individuals who are defined as close contacts (6 feet or less for longer than 15 minutes with or without a mask) and advised that students in the affected cohort must observe a 14-day home quarantine. Because we are cohorting, only the cohort and one teacher need to be quarantined. This situation emphasizes the importance of these distinct cohorts, and the need for all cohorts of children to not mix, whether it be in classrooms or on the playground outside. Mixing creates more close contacts, which would then lead to greater numbers of individuals that would need to quarantine. This particular cohort will transition to remote learning starting immediately.
We are doing everything possible to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 in our community but this serves as a reminder to us all of how important it is that we all continue to take the necessary precautions at all times – masks, proper hand hygiene, and distance from others outside of our immediate families.
The identities of any individuals that test positive for COVID-19 will not be divulged to the school community. We will only provide information that a case has occurred. All close contacts will be informed that they were in contact with a positive case and the day this could have happened. As we are a small community, in some cases the identity of the individual with a positive test might be apparent. In all situations, we expect the community to be discreet and supportive. This is not a time for shame, blame or panic. We are a community that prides itself on being a family that supports, loves and cares for each other. Protection of these values are most important during these times.
Thanks to everyone for their support and cooperation. We continue to promote health and wellness and will continue to have families keep their sick children home out of an abundance of caution. Teachers have stayed home or seen a doctor to have symptoms checked out that, in the past, we might have powered through. It is imperative that we all pay close attention to our health and the health of our children, while also being mindful of the activities we engage in outside of school that could put all of our community at risk. That is why submitting honest and accurate information in the daily health screening, for both children and the staff at school is so important, as are masks, proper hand hygiene, and distance from others outside of our immediate families or in the case of school, distance from others outside of our immediate cohort.