To keep families informed and up-to-date on the latest information regarding the COVID-19 situation, the district has created this webpage. This communication is intended to help you better understand the District’s planning process as a district, so please take the time to read the information and check the webpage often for updates. Our ultimate goal is to provide in-person learning for our students. To access any of the documents and/or websites click on the highlighted link.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (F.A.Q.)
Updated December 1, 2020
As we continue to adjust to the COVID-19 situation, we are working to keep our families informed. We encourage parents, guardians, and students to access this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet for general information. Additional FAQ’s will be added and information will be updated as needed. If you cannot find your answer below, please feel free to reach out to your child’s school office.
Are face coverings required for K-12 students?
Face coverings are an important strategy to reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus, both by reducing the spread of infection from the wearer to those around as well as by preventing acquisition of the infection by the wearer. When the District is in yellow or red status, K-12 students are required to wear appropriate face coverings while on a school campus or while riding the bus, unless medically exempt.
What is the modified guidance involving mask use and quarantine in K-12 Schools?
On November 12, 2020, the guidance related to identifying close contacts in the school setting was modified. If the person diagnosed with COVID-19 and the close contact were both wearing masks appropriately during the time of exposure in the school setting, the close contact would not need to quarantine.
What is included as the school setting?
The school setting includes all classrooms, gyms, library, playgrounds, buses, etc.
What is considered an appropriate mask?
Please refer to page 7 of the Missouri School Reopening & Operating Guidance.
What if the individual with COVID-19 is wearing a mask, but the close contacts are not?
The updated guidance only applies if the person diagnosed with COVID-19 AND the close contact were both wearing masks appropriately during the time of exposure in the school setting. Please refer to the visual aid “Wear a Mask. Stay in School.”
If students are seated 6 feet apart in the classroom, do they still need to be masked?
Persons seated greater than 6 feet apart would not be considered a close contact. However, there are many instances where teachers and students interact in the classroom and therefore, can result in the teacher and/or other students in the classroom meeting the criteria as a close contact and requiring quarantine. A school’s mask mandate that requires appropriate mask use at all times would ensure they are in compliance with the updated guidance.
Can the individual with COVID-19 return to class early if wearing a mask?
No. The individual with COVID-19 still must isolate and not return to school until the criteria is met for release from isolation.
Does the new guidance also apply to other settings, such as extra-curricular activities?
No. The amended guidance is specific to the K-12 classroom school setting.
While on campus, please adhere to the CDC’s guidelines of social distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay near your vehicle
- If you are sick or suspect you are infected with the COVID-19, please avoid using our campuses
What should I do if my child(ren) has failed the morning routine self-check screener?
Students with symptoms should not attend school and parents should consult their healthcare provider and follow CDC considerations regarding their return to school. For students who are diagnosed with COVID-19, either by a laboratory test or based on their symptoms, return to school is permissible when the student is at least 10 days from symptom onset, has had three days with no fever, and has improving symptoms. Return to school for children with an alternate diagnosis is at the discretion of their healthcare provider and/or the school nurse. Children with a known close contact with COVID-19 (or an adult with symptoms compatible with COVID-19) should stay home for 14 days from their last contact and until return to school is approved by the local health department in accordance with the CDC guidance. Please notify the school nurse of your child(ren)'s symptoms.
Where can I find WiFi Access Points for my students?
MVR-III is now offering permanent outdoor Wi-Fi access on six of the eight campuses. Pacific High School and Riverbend Middle will have Wi-Fi access installed soon. Below is the information for connecting to that Wi-Fi:
Wi-Fi Name (SSID) – MVR3-Guest
Password – Guest@ccess!