5 On Your Side reached out to school districts to get an idea of ââwhat parents and students can expect this fall
ST. LOUIS – All students should wear masks at school this fall. This is the latest guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The best pediatrics group said that even if your child is fully immunized, they should wear a mask in class.
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Dr. Rachel Charney, Cardinal Glennon’s pediatric emergency physician, recommends that if your child is not vaccinated, they should wear a mask whenever they are indoors with someone else.
“If your child is vaccinated, you need to look at your own family and know the school rules. But choosing to hide is always an option,” Dr Charney explained.
5 On your side has reached out to school districts to get an idea of ââwhat parents and students can expect this fall.
Some districts say they need more time to review the data and will have better advice by the first week of August.
Others have already made a decision.
ARCHEDIOCESIS OF ST. LOUIS:
As of this coming school year, the wearing of the mask in Archdiocesan schools will be optional and at the discretion of each family.
ALTON COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 11:
He is still in the process of completing his planning and meeting with his education council to finalize as the CDC and IDPH guidelines have just been updated.
BELLEVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT # 118:
The school district is still finalizing its plan and working with its local health department.
EAST STREET. LOUIS 189 SCHOOL DISTRICT:
A spokesperson said their management team will meet on Tuesday to talk about it and more.
EDWARDSVILLE COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 7:
Over the next two weeks, District # 7 will work with a group of stakeholders and a group of medical experts to develop a plan that will both overlay the various strategies demonstrated to limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as ” be responsive to data concerning community and school dissemination.
They tentatively scheduled a meeting of the BOE on Wednesday August 4 to present the plan to the Board of Education.
FERGUSON-FLORISSANT SCHOOL DISTRICT:
For now, a spokesperson said they were still working out a plan and would have a better idea in early August.
The Ferguson-Florissant School District was the first in St. Louis County to announce that they would change e-learning when the pandemic struck.
FESTUS R-VI SCHOOL DISTRICT:
At Festus, they hope to start the new school year with optional face covers.
The District will be sending out a survey to our key stakeholders, parents and staff, on their thoughts this week.
Kevin Pope, communications coordinator for the Festus R-6 school district, explains that the decision is not yet final.
“We were fortunate to have students in school five days a week last year. The number one priority is to ensure the safety of our students. One is the importance of the contribution of the parents and we also have a bit of data from our summer school when masks were optional, âhe adds.
3,150 students are in the neighborhood and half of them were in summer school.
âDuring summer school we only had for students who were positive with COVID. We feel pretty good with the mitigation protocols that we have in place,â Pope said.
If masks are optional, there is a backup plan.
“We would have some sort of predetermined plan, if the number of positive students and staff reached a certain level then we would most likely come back to the masses to be compulsory again as they were last year,” adds Pope.
ZUMWALT STRONG SCHOOL DISTRICT:
On June 22, he shared his primary goal for the 2021-2022 school year is to resume the normal functioning of schools.
Its goal is to prepare students and staff to return for the 2021-2022 school year in a “masks optional” environment where those who choose to wear masks are comfortable and those who do not are safe. .
FRANCIS HOWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT:
The board voted on Thursday to start the school year as optional masks, but will continue to monitor local impacts of COVID and its variants to be ready to reinstate masks if the situation calls for it.
A spokesperson said they were still deciding what to do and added: âJust before summer school started, the Fox C-6 Board of Education voted to make masks optional for lessons. summer unless a school exceeds a 2% positivity rate (when masks would be needed) Making the masks needed for fall would require additional action from the Board of Education . “
HANCOCK PLACE SCHOOL DISTRICT:
The district also determines what works best.
Superintendent Dr Kevin Carl explains, âDistricts will approach masking differently. Most in STL County are waiting until the first week of August to start educating families. The wait gives us more time and data as most schools won’t start Aug 23. “
HAZELWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT:
The board of directors meets on Tuesday. A spokesperson says it’s a bit too early to give an answer, as they are discussing this week.
LINDBERGH SCHOOL DISTRICT:
A spokesperson told 5 On Your Side that they have yet to determine what the mask policies will be this fall.
MAPLEWOOD RICHMOND HEIGHTS SCHOOL DISTRICT:
A spokesperson said: “We do not yet have a firm decision on the mask requirements for students and HRM staff for the coming year. The discussion is ongoing. We know that the The use of masks was an effective part of our âlayers of protectionâ strategy over the past school year.
Last week, our senior administrators met with the regional superintendents group and the regional COVID task force to discuss a coordinated approach to back-to-school in August. And this morning, the HRM administrative team – district-wide and building-by-building – held a lengthy informative videoconference with Dr. Jason Newland to seek his advice on masking and other protective measures, namely physical barriers and distancing in schools. . Our new superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of student services, assessment coordinator, special school district liaison and director of business services were present at the meeting.
As you know, the number of infections in our region is not stable, so we will be careful before making masking claims without the very latest guidance from local, state and federal health experts. “
PARKWAY SCHOOL DISTRICT:
They also haven’t made a decision on the masks for the next school year. They will decide at the end of July or the beginning of August.
WENTZVILLE R-IV SCHOOL DISTRICT:
Masks will be optional for staff and students in the Wentzville School District, regardless of immunization status. BOE voted to approve the optional mask policy on July 13.
ROCKWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT:
They have yet to make a decision on re-entry and masking.
RIVERVIEW GARDENS SCHOOL DISTRICT:
The 2021-2022 Interim Back-to-School Plan for the Riverview Gardens School District states that “Face coverings are to be worn indoors at all times, by fully vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.” This directive applies to students, staff and visitors.
The plan is tentative and subject to change, as the RGSD awaits further guidance from the CDC, Missouri health officials, and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.
The final recommendation of the RGSD back-to-school plan is expected to be presented to the special board of directors at the August 10 meeting.
Masks are mandatory and social distancing, regardless of vaccination status.