MVR-III Families & Staff:
It is important to share with you that Meramec Valley R-III administrators are keeping on top of the latest developments with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). In fact, district leaders from K-12 schools from the St. Louis region met last week with medical experts, including those with the St. Louis County Health Department, to better understand how we can prepare and respond if this virus hits our community. Please keep in mind this is a rapidly evolving situation.
We are working to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff in light of the COVID-19 case in St. Louis County. The district has been and will continue to be in regular communication with public health officials, the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, and monitoring advisories issued for schools by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The risk of infection from coronavirus is very low for the general public in the United States. However, as a precaution, our custodial staff has been ramping up our already aggressive cleaning/disinfecting practices. A deep clean of all buildings and buses will take place over spring break, next week. Again, we are in frequent contact with the Department of Public Health and we are monitoring CDC guidance for regular updates related to coronavirus. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has developed this helpful fact sheet about Coronavirus.
In the meantime, as we do during any cold and flu season, we urge all families and staff members to continue to maintain healthy habits and to take steps to help prevent the spread of illness. These include, but are not limited to:
Wash hands often with soap and water - Hand Washing Guide
If not available, use hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Stay home while you are sick
Avoid close contact with others
Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
Please be assured that our staff will continue to monitor illness and absences in our schools, continue our frequent cleaning procedures to maintain healthy learning and work environment, and continue to monitor guidance from county, state and federal health agencies related to any and all communicable diseases. We will also work to keep you informed if there are any changes or updates related to illnesses in our schools.
Thank you for your help in keeping our students and staff healthy!
Ketina Armstrong; Ed.S.
MVR-III Director of Communications