Planning for Positive Cases: Communication, Dashboard & Quarantine
Planning for Positive Cases
We will use the “inside out communication protocol.” The school will immediately communicate via phone call, text, and email with close contacts of a positive or presumed-positive case. When contacted, close contacts will receive information on what actions to take depending on the most current guidance and, when applicable, vaccination status.
The COVID Dashboard will provide information about positive cases in the District. View the dashboard here
When Someone is Sick - Download a Decision Protocol for Illness
Anyone not feeling well should stay home. If someone is sick at school, efforts will be made to isolate individuals and remove them from campus as quickly as possible.
Anyone who is sick will be advised to contact a healthcare provider if they exhibit symptoms or answered YES to any items on the screening questionnaire. The healthcare provider will be able to determine whether the symptoms are a result of COVID-19 infection or if there are other health issues.
In an effort to help with contact tracing, we are asking for your help. Please contact the school office if you or someone in your home has tested positive for COVID 19 or are considered a close contact of a person with COVID 19. You may also self-report by completing an online form and a nurse from the school will contact you.
Guidance on contact tracing and quarantine requirements is based on instructions from the St. Louis County Health Department. Since masks are required in Kirkwood Schools, this updated guidance will reduce the need for students to quarantine and miss school.
The district will follow the chart below for student quarantine procedures. Our goal continues to be providing in-person instruction as safely as possible.
For students with close contact to a positive case, quarantine will not be required when masks are worn properly, there has been at least three feet of social distancing in effect and respiratory symptoms are not present in the COVID-19 positive individual. Quarantine may vary based on length of exposure and direction of the St. Louis County Health Department.
In the case that a student is a close contact to a positive case, the school will immediately communicate via phone call, text, and email. When contacted, close contacts will receive information on what actions to take depending on the most current guidance and the specific situation.
For all teachers and staff, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 will be required to quarantine. However, the following people with recent exposure may NOT need to quarantine: