K-12 Health and Safety Measures
Use of Masks
All staff and students will be expected to wear masks throughout the day while indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also required on all busses and other forms of public transportation. Social distancing or barriers will be utilized when masks cannot be worn (during snacks, meals, mask breaks). Masks will be optional outdoors.
Wearing masks while indoors will ensure we can keep the largest number of students in the classroom while maintaining a safe environment for students and staff. Gaiters, bandanas, and balaclavas are not acceptable.
Current CDC guidance states, "To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission." St. Louis County's numbers are currently in the “high” transmission range. You can view the CDC Data Tracker at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
The protocols outlined may change with updated CDC or DESE guidance. Additionally, the District will monitor the level of community transmission for St. Louis County as displayed in the CDC Data Tracker. In the case that the tracker shows the level of community transmission at “moderate” for a total of seven consecutive days, the District will reevaluate the current health and safety protocols. The District will also consider additional local metrics.
We continue to encourage all staff and eligible students to talk to their healthcare provider about getting vaccinated. The CDC advises that vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
If your child is 12 years of age or older, they can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. There are 3 brands of COVID-19 vaccines with different age requirements. You can view a list of upcoming vaccine events in St. Louis County or visit Missouri’s Vaccine Navigator to view local hospitals and pharmacies where a vaccine may be available.
KSD is committed to being considerate of students’ and staff members’ privacy related to their individual decisions about getting the vaccine. The Missouri School Immunization Requirements for students do not include the COVID vaccination. Additionally, as the COVID vaccine is currently approved for Emergency Use Authorization, it is not required for staff.
Visitors will be permitted inside of school buildings. All visitors will need to adhere to the health and safety protocols in place for staff and students. This includes mask usage, and we encourage social distancing when possible. Individual schools may communicate specific guidance for visitors in their buildings.
Please stay home and contact the school nurse if:
- You are sick.
- You are displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
- You have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and have been advised to quarantine.
For additional information, see the Kirkwood School District SRCSP here.