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Health and Safety

Students and Staff

Throughout the process of developing the Ladue Schools 2021-22 Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan, the health and safety of our students and staff has remained at the center of our work. Regarding the universal and correct wearing of masks the district’s responsive steps for adhering to the health and safety considerations are consistent with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Student Health Screening

Parents will be asked to screen their child(ren) for various symptoms related to coronavirus and take their temperature(s) daily. Additional information will be shared about the process and expectations for these screenings as the start of the school year approaches.

After screening and daily temperature check, if your child(ren) exhibits any of the symptoms below, do not send your child(ren) to school and contact their  physician and the district’s lead nurse, Ann Body, (annbody@ladueschools.net) or (314) 983-5560 for additional guidance.

✔ A fever 100.0 or higher, or a sense of having a fever.

✔ A cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition.

✔ Shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition.

✔ The recent loss of any sense of smell or taste.

✔ Muscle aches or pains that cannot be attributed to another health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise).

✔ A sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition.

✔ Chills or repeated shaking with chills.

✔ A headache that cannot be attributed to another health condition.

In addition, keep your child(ren) at home and contact their physician and Ann Body (annbody@ladueschools.net) or (314) 983-5560, for additional guidance if any of the following scenarios apply to your child(ren):

✔ An immediate member in your household has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or demonstrated any of the symptoms.

✔ Your child(ren) has had any close contact with a person that has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or demonstrated any of the symptoms.

✔ Your child(ren) has tested positive for COVID-19.

✔ Your child(ren) is awaiting test results for COVID-19. ✔ Your child(ren) has traveled inside or outside of the United States by air, bus, train, or cruise ship in the past 14 days.

Staff Health Screenings

Before reporting to work, all staff (including substitutes) will conduct a daily self-check to screen for various symptoms related to coronavirus. The staff screening will include the same considerations as the student screening outlined above.

If a staff member is exhibiting any symptoms, they will be required to stay at home and follow up with their physician and the district’s lead nurse.

Social Distancing

Social distancing protocols for all building spaces have been developed, including the use of floor decals to indicate appropriate distances.

  • We utilized capacity studies conducted by an architectural firm to establish social distancing protocols as outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Teachers will be encouraged to use atypical learning and/or outdoor spaces for instruction as appropriate

Face Coverings

All students and staff members will be required to wear a face covering.

If there is a medical reason your child(ren) cannot wear a face covering, you will need to contact the building nurse for additional guidance.

Facility Enhancements

  • The district has purchased 40 mobile handwashing stations which are dispersed throughout our early childhood center and K-8 schools to help reduce congestion around the restrooms and allow opportunities for our students to wash their hands more frequently.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been placed in areas where frequent face-to-face interaction occurs. We will have 50 permanently-placed units and 50 portable units which can be moved as needs change.
  • There are 41 freestanding portable hand sanitizing stations placed at key locations throughout the district.
  • Building HVAC rates have been increased to introduce additional outside air for improved dilution ventilation.
  • HVAC filter changeout and maintenance intervals have been increased to provide better protection and filtering of airborne contaminants.

Cleaning & Disinfecting

The district will continue to purchase custodial supplies (disinfectant, hand soap, etc.) to ensure continuity with high-demand supplies.

There have been enhanced coordination efforts with our contracted cleaning service to provide additional day custodians at early childhood through fifth grade to ensure we are meeting the need for additional sanitizing and cleaning.

Grades 6 through 12 have multiple custodians on-site and will adjust to the required protocols.

Procedures are in place to optimize the disinfecting and cleaning protocol in classrooms to provide additional support throughout the day, specifically focusing on high-touch surfaces.

In addition to normal cleaning standards, custodial staff will disinfect all commonly-touched surfaces and use electrostatic machines to conduct a deep cleaning and disinfecting of spaces from COVID-19 or flu-like germs.

Food Services

Chartwells, the district’s food service provider, is properly prepared to provide food for students in our district.

All food and nutrition staff are thoroughly trained in food safety.

Parents are asked to complete a medical form if their child(ren) has a food allergy. To obtain a medical form, please contact your school nurse.

Meal substitutions, seating accommodations, and classroom food restrictions will be made for students with food allergies/ intolerances, based on medical forms on file.

Chartwells posts monthly menus on each school’s website under the For Parents section then Meals to allow parents to see in advance what is being served for the month. If there is an allergy issue to be addressed, please contact your school nurse.

Water Fountains

Touchless bottle filling water fountains will remain available for use by students and staff, with increased cleaning and disinfecting measures in place.

Water fountains with a shared faucet have been flushed and are now approved for use in accordance with CDC guidance.

Handwashing

Building principals will continue to work with their staff to facilitate:

✔ Schedules to allow for increased handwashing opportunities.

✔ The ideal placement of the 40 handwashing stations to ensure easy access for our students and staff to wash hands regularly.

Age-appropriate posters will be displayed throughout school buildings to reinforce the CDC’s recommendations for best- practice handwashing.

Contact Tracers

The district’s implementation of health and safety considerations from the CDC will mitigate the risk of spread and exposure. However, the district and community should recognize that we will have the potential for students to be exposed to and possibly contract COVID-19. In light of this reality, we will continue to have various employees throughout the district, including all building nurses and administrators, who certified through Johns Hopkins University as COVID-19 Contact Tracers to assist in reducing further spread and exposure, when/if needed.

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