In an effort to help with contact tracing, we are asking for your help. In minimizing transition and to assist in contact tracing, 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.
Staff members and parents or guardians of students who need to quarantine will be contacted immediately.
As of Monday, September 28, 2020, the District published a COVID Dashboard. The dashboard will provide presumed positive cases and confirmed positive cases by school or facility. If a presumed positive turns person is tested and the test is negative, the District will update the dashboard and that specific case will be removed. The dashboard will update every morning by 10 am. (On October 29, updated to report presumed positive cases.)
Staff members trained in contact tracing will contact close contacts of students or staff members. If a class or office needs to be quarantined, an email will be sent to the specific school community. Julie Tadros, the KSD Lead Nurse will contact the St. Louis County Health Department for every COVID situation.
All nurses have completed contact tracing training, as well as several staff members at ASC. In addition, our nurses coordinate with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health regarding positive cases. In every situation, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health is contacted for guidance.
A positive case of a person (staff or student) in a school or facility within 48 hours will require a quarantine of individuals identified as a close contact.
Updated, November 4, 2020
At the end of the school day, KSD will send a district-wide email notifying staff members and families of new positive cases for the day. The letter will specify new cases for each school and facility from Kirkwood Early Childhood Center to Kirkwood High School. The email will only report cases reported as of 2:30 pm of that day.
Current Positive: A staff member or student currently isolated due to a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test.
Once a positive case is reported, contact tracing takes place for the two days prior to the onset of symptoms or two days prior to the positive test result, if symptoms were not present.
Close Contact: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
Currently in Quarantine: A staff member or student who is currently in a 14-day self-quarantine due to having close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Recovered Staff members/Students: A staff member or student who has recovered from COVID-19 and has returned to school.
Released from Quarantine: A student or staff member who has returned to school from a 14-day self-quarantine due to having close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
* Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). Data are limited, making it difficult to precisely define “close contact;” however, 15 cumulative minutes of exposure at a distance of 6 feet or less can be used as an operational definition for contact investigation. Factors to consider when defining close contact include proximity (closer distance likely increases exposure risk), the duration of exposure (longer exposure time likely increases exposure risk), whether the infected individual has symptoms (the period around onset of symptoms is associated with the highest levels of viral shedding), if the infected person was likely to generate respiratory aerosols (e.g., was coughing, singing, shouting), and other environmental factors (crowding, adequacy of ventilation, whether exposure was indoors or outdoors). Because the general public has not received training on proper selection and use of respiratory PPE, such as an N95, the determination of close contact should generally be made irrespective of whether the contact was wearing respiratory PPE. At this time, differential determination of close contact for those using fabric face coverings is not recommended.