MSD19 Health Center

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, so we are naturally concerned about the spread of the coronavirus and the impact it could have on our Students, Families, and Faculty & Staff. Please use the navigational menu to explore options.

MSD19 Remote Learning Plan (04/01/2020)

Here you may read the full MSD19 Remote Learning Plan.

Governor Extends Remote Learning through April 30 (03/31/2020)

Mascoutah Families, Faculty & Staff, and Community:

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today Illinois Governor Pritzker announced that Remote Learning in Illinois will be extended through April 30 in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

During this time, on-site learning will remain suspended, but our schools’ commitment to learning and education will remain open; learning will continue for all students but just through a different format. We will be providing more information about our Remote Learning plan shortly. Currently we are working with the union to finalize aspects of the plan and will be able to share it with you by the end of the day of April 1, 2020.

While it is not ideal, we want to assure you that at Mascoutah CUSD 19, our teachers and staff are fully engaged; we are willing to take on this new challenge, push forward with Remote Learning, engage with students, and continue with our food distribution program.

I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together.

In summary, here are the three priorities for our leadership and planning moving forward:

  • Priority 1: Feed and care for the extended safety, health, and welfare of students, families, non-student children, staff, and community at large
  • Priority 2: Communicate clearly and share coherent, organized, and controlled messages with staff, students, and the community
  • Priority 3: Provide for the continuity of learning in Illinois

It is important that we continue to work together and support our students. Once again, thank you.

Sincerely,

Craig A. Fiegel, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Mascoutah School District #19

MSD19 Employee Positive for COVID-19 (03/30/2020)

Dear Mascoutah Families and Faculty & Staff,

On the evening of Sunday, March 29, 2020, Mascoutah School District 19 was notified that an employee in our food service department tested positive for COVID-19. This employee helped prepare meals for handout on March 22. At that time the employee had no symptoms and had no contact with anyone picking up meals. Under advisement from the St. Clair County Health Department, we notified any employees that had close contact with the employee who tested positive.

In an effort to remain transparent, we felt it was important to inform all of our families of the District's first known case of COVID-19. Based on the information we know and with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone who picked up a sack lunch on March 22 would be at a very low risk for exposure. Per CDC guidelines we are taking this opportunity to remind everyone to practice social distancing, to self-monitor by taking their temperature periodically, and to remain alert for respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, sore throat).

The safety and health of our employees, students, and families is our most critical priority at this time. We encourage each of you to follow and adhere to the Governor’s stay-at-home order. Please be alert to any signs of illness so we can all protect one another.

Mascoutah School District 19

Superintendent's Update: Social Distancing (03/27/2020)

The St. Clair County Administration and the Council of Mayors asked that I remind our students and families about the importance of respecting the stay-at-home order. This is a reminder that there should not be gatherings of more than 10 people. We have locked the Mascoutah High School Alumni Stadium and Track in an effort to discourage people from gathering for group activities. This is a very serious situation, and we need to take the necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please take care of yourselves and your family.

Food Service (03/25/2020)

Food Service

Starting March 25, and continuing until we resume school, MSD19 will offer breakfast and lunch meal pickups Wednesdays and Sundays, from 3:00pm-6:00pm, at WES, SES, and MMS. Families can pick up meals for all of their District students (Pre-K through 12) at any location (SES front drive; WES Cafe front door; MMS north side of Cafe). Thank you to our Food Service Staff for their time and efforts in ensuring that our students are fed during this difficult time.

Google: COVID-19 Information & Resources

Google has created their own COVID-19 website that collects a wealth of information from various government agencies and organizations. It also has a Lifestyle section (lots of videos) devoted to working, cooking, exercising, and coping from home. In addition, they have provided content for people that may have accessibility issues.

Spectrum Charter: Free Internet (03/13/2020)

Spectrum/Charter is offering free broadband to all households with students amid the coronavirus epidemic. Please go to offer section on Spectrum's website: Coronavirus Internet Offer For Students.

What is the coronavirus?

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus identified in December 2019 as the cause of an outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. People who get sick with COVID-19 develop mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Illness can begin 2 to 14 days after an exposure. Spread from one person to another is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic.*

*The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)