Planning for Positive Cases

  • Planning for Positive Cases: 

    Exposed to COVID-19? Depending on the specifics of the exposure, vaccination status and the assessment of health professionals, students or staff that pose a risk of transmission in school or at school activities may be required to remain at home. 

    Report that your student has tested positive here 

    Per Kirkwood School District Board of Education Policy EBB: Students or employees with communicable diseases that pose a risk of transmission in school or at school activities will be managed as required by law and in accordance with guidelines provided by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and local county or city health departments. Such management may include, but is not limited to, exclusion from school or reassignment as needed for the health and safety of students and staff.

    • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID, they will be required to follow current district protocols* for isolation and exclusion from school.
    • If a student or staff member is exhibiting symptoms of COVID, they may be sent home and required to remain at home until they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
    • If a student or staff member has multiple COVID symptoms, they may be excluded from school for up to 5 days unless an alternative diagnosis can be provided or a negative PCR test can be produced. If either of these criteria are met, this individual may return to school after being symptom-free for 24 hours.

    *Based on the most recent CDC guidance, students and staff may return to school five days after a symptom onset or a positive COVID diagnosis if asymptomatic or if symptoms are resolving (no fever for 24-hours without fever reducing medication, no runny nose and no productive cough). Students will need to wear a well-fitting mask at all times, including while participating in extracurricular activities and in between bites and sips while eating or drinking. Student athletes will be required to follow MSHSAA guidelines for sports participation.

    KECC may implement isolation and exclusion protocols that are different than our K-12 buildings. 

    COVID exposed

    Communication:
    The COVID Dashboard will continue to provide information about positive cases in the District. The dashboard will be available by Jan. 5 and will include cases reported on or after that date. View the dashboard here or by visiting kirkwoodschools.org/coviddashboard

    For community data during the break, click here or visit https://data.stlouisco.com/apps/covid-19-cases-by-zip-code-in-stl-county

    At the elementary level, families will be notified of a positive case in their student’s classroom. At the secondary level, due to student’s changing classes throughout the day, data on positive cases will be available on the District dashboard and will be listed by building.  

    Monitoring Data: 
    The district will continue to monitor COVID data and make decisions that best meet the needs of our students while maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment for all. We will follow previous guidelines and evaluate whether a building may need to transition to virtual if over 5% of the student body in a building tests positive any day, 4% test positive over 2 days in a row or 3% test positive for 3 days in a row. In that case, a building may move to a virtual learning environment for one week.