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.
Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year
MRH administrators are busy preparing for the coming school year, and are eager to receive public input on the 2021-2022 Return to Learning Family Handbook and the Continuity of Learning plans linked below. Comments/questions may be sent to this link or call 314-644-4400.
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
St. Louis County COVID-19 Update; No-Cost Immunizations
Starting today, DPH is offering no-cost immunizations for children aged 3 to 18, and free COVID-19 vaccinations for ages 12 and up. This effort is crucial in the fight against the Delta variant, given that we are seeing dramatic spikes in COVID-19 infections among young people. It is imperative that parents get their children aged 12 and older vaccinated.
The opportunity to get no-cost immunizations and COVID-19 vaccinations will continue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Sept. 17 at three locations: the John C. Murphy Health Center, 6121 North Hanley Road in Berkeley; the North Central Community Health Center, 4000 Jennings Station Road, in Pine Lawn; and the South County Health Center, 4580 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Sunset Hills.
Additional opportunities will be available from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the South County Health Center.
Students are asked to bring a copy of their shot records with them. The clinics will close and no immunizations/vaccinations will be offered on Labor Day, which is Sept. 6.
DPH will also conduct a special back-to-school event from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 14 at the John C. Murphy Health Center. Immunizations and vaccinations will be available, along with special entertainment focused on children and teenagers.
The Department of Health has also created a unique URL link that people can use to pre-register for these events and choose a scheduled appointment time if they choose.
County Libraries Now Offering Vaccinations
St. Louis County Library and the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health are teaming up to offer vaccine events at library branches starting next week. Vaccines will be offered at no cost. Health insurance or proof of residency is not required. Additional information about the vaccination process is available at www.stlcorona.com.
“The library is a safe and trusted community resource,” said Kristen Sorth, director and CEO of the St. Louis County Library. “Throughout the pandemic we have worked hard to reduce barriers to essential services by using our branch parking lots to distribute drive-thru meals, diapers, period supplies, masks and COVID testing.”
The first vaccine event in the partnership will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at the Lewis & Clark Branch, located at 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd. in Moline Acres. The event will feature book giveaways and a visit from the mobile produce vendor, MetroMarket, from 2 to 4 p.m. Vaccines will be administered inside the Lewis & Clark Branch meeting room.
The second vaccine event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 2 during the grand opening of the new Eureka Hills Branch, located at 500 Workman Road in Eureka. Vaccines will be offered inside the Eureka Hills Branch meeting room.
“This exciting partnership with the library will provide wider access to the vaccine and help us eliminate the disparities we are seeing from ZIP code to ZIP code,” County Executive Dr. Sam Page said. “Getting more of our community vaccinated is critical to getting us through this pandemic.”
Spring Schmidt, deputy director of the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health, said, “The County Library has been a wonderful partner throughout this pandemic. They have distributed masks, helped people have digital access to care, provided information and education to so many residents. Libraries are a community treasure and we are grateful for their collaboration with public health.”
Appointments can be made at www.stlcorona.com, but walk-ups will also be accepted at both events. Consent forms for ages 12-18 must be completed in order to receive a vaccine. Forms and other information are available at www.stlcorona.com.
Appointments will be made for the second dose at each event and follow-up clinics will be scheduled at both locations.
Additional vaccine events will be scheduled at other St. Louis County Library locations throughout the summer. Library branches are open with expanded hours, learn more at www.slcl.org/reopening.
St. Louis County DPH Clinics Available for Care and Vaccines
The St. Louis County Department of Public Health accepts walk-ins for vaccinations at all three of its DPH health clinics:
- John C. Murphy Health Center in Berkeley
- South County Health Center in Sunset Hills
- North Central Community Health Center in Pine Lawn
Clinics are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until noon and 1 – 5 p.m. Residents may also make appointments for vaccinations at the three clinics if they wish. For vaccination appointments, please click here. For those who would like to see all of the many walk-in vaccination opportunities in the coming days, a complete schedule can be found here.
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
Mery Offering Vaccinations
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 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.
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
Reaching Us During Our Extended Closure
MRH High School 314-446-3801 firstname.lastname@example.org
MRH Middle School 314-644-4406 email@example.com
MRH Elementary School 314-644-4403 firstname.lastname@example.org
MRH Early Childhood Center 314-644-4405 email@example.com
MRH Administrative Office 314-446-1707 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech Help Line (leave a message): 314-446-3999
MRH Student Services Director Vince Estrada 314-565-7441 email@example.com
MRH Special School District liaison Ben Gleason 314-446-1714 firstname.lastname@example.org
Coping with COVID-19; Family Resources
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
- 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.
- 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:
Face Mask DOs and DON'Ts