Healthy Schools

Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Your children’s teachers are developing units of study for at-home learning that will begin after spring break (March 30). School administrators and/or teachers will contact students and families directly with instructions for accessing these materials on March 30. In the meantime, families can access a list of online learning resources already available in Pattonville at: http://bit.ly/PSD-E-Resources2020.

Pattonville school buildings are now closed and unable to be accessed by the public. Buildings do not have anyone answering the phones, but staff will be answering emails as they are able when the district is not on spring break, so this will be the best way to reach someone if needed. You can also click the image at right for more information on Frequently Asked Questions.

Over March 21, St. Louis County executive Sam Page issued a stay-at-home order effective March 23 until April 22 due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impacting our region. Due to the county order, Pattonville schools, along with all public schools in St. Louis city and county, will remain closed until Thursday, April 23. The order will not impact our free curbside/drive-thru breakfast and lunch distribution, which is set to begin on Wednesday, March 25, and at-home learning, which will begin Monday, March 30. For more information on the free meals, download a flyer at http://bit.ly/PSDfreemeals2020.

We know the extended closing of our schools is a hardship for families and staff, however health officials locally and across the U.S. emphasize that the only way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone healthy and safe is to stay home and keep our distance from each other. All of us are being asked to change the way we do things in order to weather this crisis and protect ourselves and others. We are all in this together, and together, we’ll make it through this difficult time. While our school buildings are closed, our commitment to our students remains the same. Our teachers, staff, and leaders are working hard to ensure we can continue to provide support for our students and our communities. Thank you for all you’re doing to support our students now and in the days ahead.

Free meals offered for children under 18

The Pattonville School District is offering free breakfast and lunches via drive-thru or curbside pickup at three locations in the district, beginning Wednesday, March 25.

The meal service is open to all children 18 years of age and under. No ID or paperwork is required to participate. The program is designed to ensure students have access to healthy meals while school is not in session.

Meals will be available for pickup at the following locations between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), until school reopens: Drummond Elementary School, Parkwood Elementary School and the Pattonville Learning Center. Meals will include a lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day. Families will not be able to enter the school, and meals should not be consumed on site.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PICK UP

During meal distribution, traffic may be heavier at different times. We have instructed our volunteers serving meals to maintain current social distancing requirements of 6 feet, and ask for your cooperation in maintaining this protective distance. When arriving by car please:

  • Write the number of children you are picking up meals for on a large sheet of paper and place on your dashboard so we can be prepared and keep things moving.

  • Stay inside your vehicle and open the trunk of your vehicle so we can place the bags directly inside and allow you to keep moving.

  • If opening your trunk is not possible and there is no other unoccupied space in your vehicle, we will need you to get out of your vehicle and pick up the meals as they are set out for you on a curbside table.

  • If you walk to one of the sites, our volunteers will help you while maintaining the 6-foot social distancing requirement.

This will be the first time Pattonville is doing something like this and we appreciate your patience as we try to navigate the challenges that go along with this service.

Find out more: Download free meals flyer

How to stay healthy

In line with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for preventing the spread any illness, we encourage everyone to:

  • Practice good handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as often as possible, and if soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when sick.

  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.

  • Get their annual flu vaccination.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Below are some age-appropriate videos that help teach students about the importance of hand-washing and good hygiene.

Primary grade elementary students:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr6GQN-z_2s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1abjG20kmY

Upper elementary students:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg3Wce-yjr4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoxdS4eXy18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5i3l99mac

Middle school students:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5i3l99mac

Middle or high school students - news stories:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab-4YRvbOP8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDySncLj_FE

Talking to your children

Children will likely have questions about what's happening with this illness and how it might impact them or their family. The National Association of School Psychologists has posted this helpful resource for parents.

What steps is Pattonville taking to prevent the spread of illness?

Pattonville wants to assure parents, students, staff and the community that the district is taking action to be proactive and help reduce the spread of illness in our schools. Here are some of the steps being taken:

  • Pattonville continues to follow protocols for cleaning and sanitizing classrooms and common areas to minimize the spread of illness, as recommended by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

  • This year Pattonville purchased a disinfectant tool developed by EvaClean, which is an electrostatic sprayer custodians use to disinfect classrooms and other areas. The tool is also being used on Pattonville buses. This device allows for all surfaces in a room to be quickly disinfected and with greater coverage than prior methods. Custodial crews are regularly using these devices to disinfect our schools. The video at right shows how the device works. Pattonville uses cleaning products that are hospital-grade cleaners and disinfectants.

  • Pattonville has shared videos (shown above) with our schools to use with students to encourage good hand-washing practices which help prevent the spread of illnesses.

  • Pattonville is securing additional hand sanitizers for classrooms and other spaces. Additional wall-mounted dispensers are being added throughout the district.

If you're traveling

If parents, students or staff have travel plans over spring break, please be aware of the guidance from the CDC if you are traveling to a country that has a Travel Health Notice.

For more information

The safety and well-being of our students and staff will always be our highest priority. Our staff will continue to work with health officials to stay abreast of any changes in the local situation and to take any necessary steps to minimize the spread of illness and keep our students and staff healthy and safe.

More information on the coronavirus

Any calls for basic COVID-19 information should be directed to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). Missouri DHSS has activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The hotline can be reached at (877) 435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Anyone who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 or if they are experiencing symptoms should call the St. Louis County Department of Public Health hotline at 314-615-2660.

For basic questions involving COVID-19, please refer to the guidance and recommendations that are being disseminated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

Thank you for your continued support in helping Pattonville keep our students and staff safe.

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