Dear MVR-III Families,
Over the past 24 hours, MVR-III has experienced our first two cases of COVID-19 exposure on campus. On Friday, July 17th, we were notified that a Truman Elementary School employee tested positive for COVID-19. This employee is currently on quarantine and we are keeping this employee in our thoughts during this time. For community awareness, this employee has not had any contact with students since Friday, July 10, 2020. Also, late this afternoon we were notified of a student who tested positive who participated in middle school cheerleading tryouts July 7-9. This student also has not been on campus since July 9th. In both scenarios, the COVID-19 virus was contracted through exposure outside of the school environment.
In these situations, our first course of action is always to consult with the Franklin and/or St. Louis County Health Departments and follow their guidance. With this being the first exposure of a positive COVID-19 case on campus since the return of students, the district believes it is important to provide notification to all district families and employees. As we continue to navigate this new COVID-19 environment, our practice will be to notify families with students in the building, setting, team, etc. that experienced a possible exposure.
Because of school and health requirements, the names of the employee and student cannot be shared. However, we can share that any potential exposure was limited to a first grade classroom at Truman Elementary and to a portion of the middle school students who tried out for cheerleading.
When dealing with COVID-19 exposure on campus, families with children who might have been exposed will be directly contacted by the school district and the health department. If you are not contacted directly, this means your child is not believed to have been exposed.
This letter is to advise you of the situation and does not require any action on your part. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) have advised that all persons who experience symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their healthcare providers. Individuals may also reach out to the Franklin County Health Department (636-583-7300) or the Missouri DHSS (877-435-8411). For your convenience, we linked the CDC page dedicated to explaining COVID-19 symptoms.
As a reminder, many protocols are in place for regular disinfecting of our classrooms and high-touch surfaces. However, as an added precaution, Truman Elementary will receive an additional deep cleaning and sanitization prior to the return of students on Monday.
Also, starting Monday, July 20th, all summer school employees, district-wide will begin wearing face coverings when within 6 feet of students or other staff. Bus drivers will also be required to wear a face covering when students are loading and unloading buses. The district was already moving toward this requirement prior to learning of this situation as it will help us assess and overcome the challenges associated with employees wearing face coverings should that be necessary when we return to school in August.
We urge all members of our community to follow guidelines in place by the local, state, and federal health authorities regarding social distancing and proper handwashing.
As a reminder, the district Re-entry Plan for the 2020-21 will be released to parents on Friday, July 24th. In addition, parent wishing to select Virtual/Online learning options for their children will be able to sign up during the week of July 27-31. An email will be sent to all families on Monday, July 27th with instructions on how to select Virtual learning options.
Prior to the start of school, the District will be hosting a series of informational nights regarding the Re-entry Plan for 2020-21 where parents and guardians will be able to participate in a question and answer time. More information will be provided once those dates are established.
Dr. John Mulford
Superintendent of Schools