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COVID-19 Resources

This section offers in-depth information on COVID-19 statistics for the MRH region (Data Dashboard), MRH's return-to-learning and resources for families.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Click here for updates on the status of COVID-19 in the MRH community.

  • What do you do if there is a positive or probable case or close contact scenario? This flowchart will help.
  • 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 vaccine.”

Regional Vaccination Information

 

Richmond Heights Walk-Up Vaccination Clinic, May 7

A COVID-19 walk-in vaccination clinic is happening at The Heights community center in Richmond Heights. No appointment is necessary. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered. In Missouri, all people age 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  

ST. LUKE’S COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC READY TO WELCOME EVERYONE 12 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER

St. Luke’s Hospital is preparing for the anticipated announcement next week by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include children between the ages of 12-15. Once the announcement is made, appointments will be made available for individuals between the ages of 12-15.

Here is what you need to know:

·       Vaccine doses are administered by appointment only at St. Luke’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, located at Chesterfield Mall. Individuals 12 years of age and older will be eligible pending FDA authorization on a first come, first served basis regardless of residency.

·       An appointment is required for each individual wanting a vaccination. The vaccine clinic is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please visit lukesvaccine.com to schedule an appointment once the FDA has authorized and for the most up-to-date information on current days and hours of operation. The vaccine clinic is unable to accommodate walk-ins.

·       A parent or legal guardian must accompany individuals under the age of 18 to both of their vaccination appointments and provide consent. Please limit to one parent or legal guardian due to social distancing requirements.

·       Consent forms are available at lukesvaccine.com. Completing the forms prior to your appointment will help decrease the amount of time you will need to spend at the vaccine clinic. If you are unable to print the forms, blank forms will be available at the clinic.

·       St. Luke’s is administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine which is given in two doses spaced a minimum of 21 days apart. Information for your second dose appointment will be confirmed when you visit our clinic to receive your first dose. Please do not schedule an appointment if you have received any other non-COVID vaccination within the last 14 days.

St. Luke’s Hospital has a long history of improving the quality of life for our patients and the community. We are honored to serve our community as a COVID-19 vaccinator site and to-date have administered over 80,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Walk-In Opportunity in University City

Walk-in vaccine appointments are under way at the University City Community Center, 975 Pennsylvania Ave., 63130. Walk-ins are accepted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. through noon. This effort is being led by the cities of Richmond Heights and University City. Pfizer vaccine; anyone 16 and older can receive the vaccine. First dose only. Please bring photo ID.

CVC Downtown Clinic 

Here is information about the federal Community Vaccination Center (CVC) at The Dome in downtown St. Louis, which can deliver up to 168,000 doses during the eight weeks of operation. 

English       Spanish       Bosnian       Vietnamese      Swahili

Dari            Chinese

High Priority Zip Codes

The CVC was established with the State, City and County to help reach people in the zip codes with the higher CDC Social Vulnerability Index scores. Here are the list of zips (Maplewood is 63143; Richmond Heights is 63117.)

63031

63104

63115

63130

63140

63032

63105

63116

63132

63143

63033

63108

63117

63133

63145

63034

63109

63118

63134

63147

63042

63110

63119

63135

63156

63044

63111

63120

63136

 

63074

63112

63121

63137

 

63101

63113

63123

63138

 

63102

63114

63125

63139

Mercy moves from registration to open scheduling

As COVID-19 cases rise across the country and eligibility expands, Mercy has now opened appointments online for those who want to get their vaccination.

“With a steady supply of vaccine coming in, we’re ready for anyone 16 and up to choose their appointment times,” said Jon Lakamp, Mercy chief pharmacy officer.

Getting your appointment is as easy as going online to www.mercy.net/MOVaccine. When a location has appointments available, it will be listed on the page and open for scheduling. As appointments fill, those locations will temporarily come off the website. Mercy Vaccine Clinics are distributing the Pfizer vaccine with Mercy Pharmacy locations giving the Moderna vaccine.

“If you don’t see your preferred location, keep checking back,” Lakamp said. “Appointments will be posted according to vaccine availability and are for first doses only. You’ll schedule your second dose during your first appointment.”

Mercy has worked through its earlier vaccine registration lists. Anyone who thought they were registered but hasn’t been contacted can now schedule one of these online appointments. For those without internet access, please call 833-364-6777.

If you have an opportunity to get a vaccine before one becomes available to you through Mercy, you should take advantage of the opportunity.

“The efficacy of all the vaccines is exceptional,” said Dr. Will Sistrunk, head of Infectious Disease for Mercy. “As we try to get ahead of the variants that are out there, we’re continuing to advise you to get the first one you can.”

Getting your vaccine means the virus can’t use you as a means to mutate. “I think it’s important for people to understand that even if they don’t think they’re at high risk, this is something we can all do to protect our entire community,” Dr. Sistrunk said. “The side effects are generally minimal, and they mean the vaccine is working to boost your immune system.”

Please bring valid identification to your appointment. Vaccines are approved for those age 16 and up, but patients younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian present at their appointment.

Tier 1 Learning, April 2021

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday, April 5 to transition the District into a Tier 1 learning mode effective Monday, April 26. This new designation means that for families who selected the MRH Option 1 Tiered plan, all students will receive in-school instruction, all day, 5 days per week with extensive safety procedures in place. The Tier 1 designation will have no bearing on the instructional status of students whose families chose the MRH Option 2 Virtual Academy for this semester. The MRH Pre-K program will remain on hiatus for the remainder of the semester.

In addition to the benefits of in-person interaction with teachers, the most visible changes in Tier 1 operations will center on classroom capacity, transportation and meal service. 

In keeping with the most recent guidance from health experts on safe social distancing, it is now possible to safely increase both the student capacity in classrooms and the ridership numbers on school buses. CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least 3 feet in classroom settings. On buses, some seats will now be occupied by 2 students. Be assured, we are not letting down our guard. In classrooms, plexiglass will remain in place and desks will be positioned in accordance with the latest social distancing guidelines. All bus riders must remain properly masked, interiors will be ventilated and surfaces will be disinfected between routes. No open food or drink will be allowed on MRH buses. 

With meal service, older students may begin eating lunches in the cafeteria as well as in other designated spaces i.e. the outdoor commons, first floor seated space and the Research & Design Center. This system is designed to achieve maximum distancing. Elementary school students will be given opportunities to eat lunch outdoors whenever weather permits. Again, protective layers such as handwashing before and after meals will be enforced. 

Because the features of Tier 1 operations will differ from building to building, you will be receiving messages from principals with specific outlines for all grade levels. Those messages are coming very soon. They will also be posted on the MRH website at this link.  

In order for Tier 1 to succeed, we must adhere to many of the safety protocols which helped us reach this landmark point. Those include restrictions on visitors to our buildings, daily self-checks for health status, consistent and proper masking and the use of quarantine/isolation when necessary. 

The entire MRH staff and Board of Education are grateful for your patience and for your support throughout this most unusual year. Again, the effective date for the beginning of Tier 1 instruction is Monday, April 26.

We urge all MRH families to review the MRH Semester 2 Family Handbook. In it, you’ll find the very latest instructional plans for the Early Childhood Center, Elementary School, Middle School and High School.

Virtual Learning Options, 2021

Virtual Learning Fact Sheet

MRH Virtual Academy (MOCAP) Request Form

Health screening questions for families.

Reaching Us During Our Extended Closure

MRH High School 314-446-3801 kevin.grawer@mrhschools.net

MRH Middle School 314-644-4406  tonya.jonas@mrhschools.net

MRH Elementary School 314-644-4403  cheryl.oconnor@mrhschools.net

MRH Early Childhood Center 314-644-4405 molly.sauer@mrhschools.net

MRH Administrative Office 314-446-1707 facilities@mrhschools.net

Tech Help Line (leave a message): 314-446-3999

MRH Student Services Director Vince Estrada 314-565-7441 vince.estrada@mrhschools.net

MRH Special School District liaison Ben Gleason 314-446-1714 ben.gleason@mrhschools.net

Video Updates

November 10, 2020

VIDEO: MRH custodians receive training on electrostatic sprayers for disinfecting spaces.

VIDEO: MRH Transportation Coordinator Cindy Northern demonstrates what bus-riding will look like when students return.

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

We all recognize that for many of our families, this pandemic crisis 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.  Please click on this link Family Resources Flier

Student Success Strategies for Virtual Learning

Eliminate Distractions

  • Make learning time a phone-free zone. Have students leave their phone in the other room and allow for breaks to let them check what's going on. 
  • Create a dedicated space for school work. Keep that area free from distractions like TV's, pets, siblings, and conversations. 
  • Ease expectations. Even when you and your child have the best of intentions, it's still so easy to lose focus. Be gentle with them and with you, and help them learn how to shift back on-task when something happens. 
  • Stick with routine. Either way, having a routine -- when learning happens, break times, lunch, etc. -- can make it easier to transition into and out of the school day and keep distractions at bay. 

Structure

  • Getting up at the same time each day
  • Establishing working hours
  • Following a routine, like getting dressed, eating breakfast, and using social media for a few minutes on the couch before moving into your dedicated learning space
  • Scheduling in breaks, lunch, and end times (build in time for exercise and physically moving)
  • Write down assignments, stick to deadlines, communicate with teachers when you are missing an assignments

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   

Face Mask DOs and DON'Ts