Elementary School COVID-19 Resources
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 partners during these challenging times. You can help us keep the schools open in several important ways:
Complete a daily health check on your student every morning before sending them to school. Be particularly mindful of nasal congestion, coughing, difficulty breathing, and fevers. Here is the link to 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 1high risk symptom or 2+ low risk symptoms. Testing is a key part of the strategy to decreasing spread of
COVID-19 in schools. DPH recommends COVID-19 testing for any child with
any high risk symptom, 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.
Get Vaccinated: Because no one younger than 12 is currently eligible for vaccination, it
is crucial that all who are currently eligible get vaccinated as soon as possible for the
protection of themselves and young children. (Source: STL County DPH Brief 9-8-2021)
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.
COVID-19 Data Dashboard
Click here for updates on the status of COVID-19 in the MRH community.
- Click mostopscovid.com for information on COVID-19 vaccine.
- NEW: The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has unveiled a new
informational video series with the theme, “Get the Facts on the COVID-19
Return to Learning, 2021-2022
Ongoing Meal Distribution
Click here for pickup times and locations
Helping Families Cope
We all recognize that for many of our families, this pandemic is making a difficult home situation even worse. As part of a regional response, there has been a coordinated effort by area school districts to simplify the search for resources for those in need.
Special Education Considerations
Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) will be provided with lessons and activities to support their learning as it relates to IEP goals. IEP Case Managers and other special education staff (Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, ABA Associate, Social Worker, etc.) will be in contact via email with each family regarding next steps and to provide lessons and/or support. Students will receive lessons and/or staff support for each area of service on their IEP. Students are not expected to complete classroom/grade level work in a particular area if they are completing work in that same area from the special education staff. For example, if a child is completing reading lessons from the special education teacher, the child is not required to also complete the grade level reading lessons. Additionally, all MRH staff are committed to ensuring accommodations and modifications are provided so that students with IEPs can continue to access meaningful learning activities. Special education staff will be available for support, at minimum, between 7:15 and 2:45 each school day.
The first point of contact for families is your child’s special education Case Manager (Teacher or Speech Language Pathologist). Ben Gleason, Special Education Coordinator for MRH, is also available at email@example.com.
MRH will provide tech support for MRH devices and/or MRH online programs. MRH cannot troubleshoot Internet issues or systems issues related to your personal device. You will need to contact your Internet or system provider for questions related to these issues. For technology support, click here.
Please leave a message that includes the issue you are having, the best number you can be reached, and an email address. This information is important so we can route the technology work orders to the appropriate personnel. A member of the tech team will respond as soon as possible.
Counseling Support for Students
We know this may be a stressful time for our students. Our counselors, Mr. Todd Byrne and Mrs. Lesa Thomas, will also have daily office hours. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to schedule a check in or seek advice in how you can support your child during this time. Families who participate in programming through Youth in Need will hear directly from their Youth in Need provider about their next steps.