Updated April 13, 2020
We want to continue to provide you with the latest information about COVID-19. We are closely monitoring reports and our staff members continue to be in contact with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.
What Valley Park School DIstrict is doing to ensure a safe learning environment for students and staff:
We have put additional plans in place to increase the disinfection of schools and buses. Students are being given more opportunities to wash their hands during the school day. Custodians are wiping down high-touch surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, handrails and drinking fountains on a regular basis. We have added more disinfection of school buses and cafeteria checkout lines.
Any calls for basic COVID-19 information should be directed to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. At 8 a.m. on 3/12/2020, the hotline opened and can be reached at 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
What to do if you have symptoms or think you have been exposed:
Anyone who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 or if they are experiencing symptoms should call the St. Louis County Department of Public Health hotline at 314-615-2660. As a reminder, please do not send your child to school or come to work if you are sick. If you are sick, please call as soon as possible to report the absence. It is important to report specific symptoms to your school. For example, if your child has a fever, cough or shortness of breath please report those symptoms and share any diagnosis you have received from a doctor.
What will happen if school must close for an extended period of time?:
Planning for instruction for all students in the event of school closures to continue to provide education during a prolonged break is nearing completion and will be available as needed.
Guidelines for Safe Travel:
As we approach Spring Break, we know many of you will be traveling. Follow CDC travel guidelines for the latest updates which are rapidly changing.
Travel to the following locations, which have experienced community spread of the COVID-19 infection, will result in a 14-day quarantine upon return to the area. This includes international travel to Europe, China, Japan, South Korea and Iran. The CDC also recently issued new guidelines specific to cruise ship travel.