NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

COVID-19 Update

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 June 16, 2021

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.

What are the district's general guidelines?

As the MVR-III School District moves forward with normal routines and processes, the district will follow it's Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Plan (SRCSP) to help the community have a basic understanding of the structures in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)-Deadline of July 31, 2021

Starting June 15, 2021 families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school can once more apply for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to help cover food costs they experienced while their student was not doing in-seat learning due to the pandemic. However, the P-EBT 2020-2021 program is very different from last year’s program. Please review the P-EBT Letter to Families. Here are highlights of those changes:

  • All families must apply to get the P-EBT benefit, regardless of whether or not they receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamp benefits.

  • A child may be eligible for P-EBT only if the school was closed, not doing in-seat learning, or had reduced attendance or hours at least five school days in a row due to COVID-19 (in most cases, this includes hybrid modes of learning).

  • P-EBT benefits are available for the months of September 2020 through May 2021.

  • The P-EBT benefit is based on the school’s report of how much of the month was not in-seat learning. If most of the school’s month was not in-seat learning, the monthly P-EBT benefit amount is $129.58. If only some of the school’s month was not in-seat learning, the monthly P-EBT benefit amount is $77.75.

  • MVR-III secondary students learned virtually after Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks due to the pandemic, therefore, students in grades 7-12 may qualify

  • Families download the P-EBT application (aplicación en Español)

  • Families must directly email or mail the P-EBT application to the Family Support Division address listed on the application by July 31, 2021.

  • Families must not submit the application to the school district.

  • Each eligible student will get an EBT card in his or her name with the lump sum P-EBT benefit amount for the 2020-2021 school year. Ineligible families will receive a denial letter.

 The application can be found on the https://mydss.mo.gov/ website. Please read the P-EBT FAQs.

 If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at mydss.mo.gov or call 855-373-4636.

Where can students age 12+ get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The CDC recommends everyone 12 years of age and older get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination is critical to help stop the pandemic. Getting your child or teen vaccinated can bring you one step closer to enjoying the activities you miss. Getting a COVID-19 vaccination can help protect your child from getting COVID-19. Early information shows that the vaccines may help keep people from spreading COVID-19 to others. They can also help keep your child from getting seriously sick even if they do get COVID-19. Help protect your whole family by getting yourself and your children 12 years and older vaccinated against COVID-19.

A variety of locations are offering the Pfizer vaccine. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to receive the vaccine.

  • The Pfizer vaccine is available at the Dome at America’s Center. Make an appointment through the Missouri Vaccine Navigator or call 877-435-8411.

  • Mercy in Washington is offering Pfizer vaccines by appointment through this link.

  • St. Luke’s vaccination clinic at Chesterfield Mall has Pfizer appointments available. Visit lukesvaccine.com to register and select an appointment.

  • BJC Outpatient Clinic at 15830 Fountain Plaza Drive in Ellisville. Visit http://www.vaccinate.bjc.org/schedule to schedule an appointment.

  • St. Louis County Department of Public Health has scheduled a variety of clinics that have the Pfizer vaccine. Visit the vaccination event page for more information.

  • The Pfizer vaccine is available through CVS by appointment through this link.

  • The Pfizer vaccine is available through Walmart by appointment through this link.

Please let us know if your child receives the vaccine
If your child receives the vaccine, please notify your school nurse with either a copy of their CDC vaccine card or medical documentation stating when the student received their vaccines. Our schools are following the CDC guidelines when it comes to determining if a student needs to remain off campus following an exposure. In most instances, a fully vaccinated student will not be asked to remain off campus following close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

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 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!