• COVID-19 Data Dashboard

    MRH Booster Shot ClinicSince the onset of the pandemic, Maplewood Richmond Heights administration has provided the Board of Education COVID-19 metric updates which are used for planning and decision-making. It is critical that MRH review current mitigation measures in place as a means to ensure a continuation of in-person learning for all students. Widespread vaccination and layered mitigation measures are crucial in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

     

MRH Covid Dashboard

St. Louis County Health Department COVID Update

  • Public health guidance changes as new science is discovered and as circumstances change. Here's what you need to know:

      • Staying up to date on your vaccinations will help prevent severe illness and keep you out of the hospital. The majority of cases and hospitalizations, including those among children, are among those who are unvaccinated. In addition, if you are eligible, please get the booster. It is also likely that this will protect you from possible long-term effects of COVID-19.  
      • Isolation and Quarantine are essential to preventing the spread of Covid-19 and reducing the impact on the healthcare system. If you test positive for COVID-19, you should isolate. If you are an unvaccinated, close contact of someone who has COVID-19, please quarantine. Please also follow all applicable policies of your workplace or school. 
    • Protect those at high risk. There are extra precautions you can take if you’re at high risk of getting really sick from COVID or if you live with someone who is at high risk:  
      • Get vaccinated (2 doses of an mRNA vaccine) and boosted if you aren’t already. 
      • Talk to your school or employer to discuss accommodations that keep you safe. 
      • A properly fitting mask, like a KN95, will help protect you while in public. 
      • Remember that people who are immunocompromised are at higher risk for severe disease and can also be infectious longer. Talk to your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms or test positive.

    Q&A 

    As a parent, when should I keep my child home from school? 

    We understand that there are a lot of factors you consider when determining whether you or your child should stay home, and that keeping a child home from school is difficult to coordinate. Isolation and quarantine are key tools to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among children and in the community. We need the cooperation of parents to help create the safest environment for children to learn and play. Please keep your kids home if they are sick or if they are exposed to COVID-19 and are not up to date on their vaccines. In addition, please follow your school’s guidance if your child is excluded from school. For questions about your school’s policy, you’ll need to get in touch with your school directly. For the latest public health guidance, please go to http://www.stlcorona.com or http://www.CDC.gov.  

    Do people still have to quarantine even if the health department doesn’t call them and tell them to? 

    Yes! It is everyone’s responsibility to follow CDC and DHSS guidelines when they apply to them, meaning: If you believe you have COVID, you should follow the guidelines for isolation. If you find out you’ve been around someone with COVID, you should follow the guidelines for quarantine.  

     

  • Preventing COVID-19 In Schools

    In order to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools, we need to work in close partnership with all of our families. You are our most important partner during these challenging times. You can help us keep the schools open in several important ways:

    Complete a daily health check on your students every morning before sending them to school. Be particularly mindful of nasal congestion, coughing, difficulty breathing, and fevers. Here is the link. Daily Health Check. If your student has any symptoms, please do the following:

    • Keep your student home and notify the school right away.  Here is a link to the online reporting form: 2021-2022 MRH Student Illness Reporting Form
    • Follow the following symptom decision tree used throughout the region by all STL area school districts: Student Symptoms Decision Tree: Washington University
    • Contact your primary healthcare provider
    • Get tested by a healthcare professional if your student has 1 high risk symptom or 2 + low-risk symptoms. Testing is a key part of the strategy to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in schools. DPH recommends COVID-19 testing for any child with any high-risk symptoms, especially upper respiratory symptoms. Even children with a history of asthma or allergies should be tested. (Source: STL County DPH Brief 9-8-2021) Please note that the school will not be able to accept home test kit results for re-admittance to school.

    Follow asthma and allergy action plans: If your student has a history of asthma or allergies, provide a copy of the action plan with the school nurse and follow all of the preventative steps in the evening or in the morning before coming to school.

    • NOTE: However, since COVID-19 triggers allergic/asthmatic reactions, the STL County Department of Health still requires testing for anyone with upper respiratory symptoms at school (Source: STL County DPH Brief 9-8-2021)

    If we work together, we can safely and effectively keep our schools open for in-person learning.

    Virtual Learning Options

    Virtual Learning Fact Sheet

    MRH Virtual Academy (MOCAP) Request Form

  • Coping with COVID-19: Family Resources

    MRH Community Resources: Covid-19

    Talking with Children and Parents

    Healthy Adults for Healthy Kids: Modeling in the Time of COVID-19

    Recommended Actions at Home:

    • Wash your hands and have your kids wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Do not come to school if you have flu-like symptoms (elevated temperature, cough, shortness of breath).
    • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces in your home frequently. 
    • If you are unsure whether your contact information is up to date in MRH systems, contact your school office. This is necessary to receive timely messages via email, texts, mail, and phone calls.

    How to self-report:

    Anytime you believe you have been in contact with a person who is later quarantined, were in close proximity to confirmed cases of COVID-19, or believe you are exhibiting symptoms you should seek guidance from health professionals immediately. The local department of public health hotline number is 314-615-2660. The state of Missouri hotline number is 1-877-435-8411. 

    Reliable sources of information related to COVID-19:

    American Health Association    

    Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services    

    Centers for Disease Control