Pattonville is currently in phase 3 of in-person learning for grades 3 through 12. This means 100% virtual instruction for all students in third through 12th grade.
On Sept. 21, early childhood students transitioned to a hybrid in-person learning phase, and on Sept. 22, students in kindergarten through second grade returned to classes in phase 2 of in-person learning.
Students in grades 3 through 8 will transition to phase 2 of in-person learning in October. Read details here.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher, counselor or school. More information and resources can be found below.
Food service update
Child care resources
Update on Phases
Thanks to our incredible students and staff, we’ve had a successful transition this week bringing back our PreK-2 students enrolled in the in-person learning option. As we have mentioned in previous communications, our intention is to bring other students into our classrooms for in-person learning as soon as possible. In consultation with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, we have determined it is safe to bring back students in third through eighth grade for phase 2 of in-person learning. We will continue to work with the health department on a return to phase 2 for high school students and hope to have an update to share with families in the next week or two.
Pattonville COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard
Pattonville tracks data on COVID-19 cases and instances of isolation and quarantine for staff as per Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Information is based on employees self-reporting COVID-19 related information. The district lead nurse consults with all employees making a report and provides guidance regarding quarantine and isolation depending on the facts of each report. A dashboard for student cases will be posted after students return to in-person classes.
Pattonville will communicate with families and staff regarding positive COVID-19 cases only if they are personally impacted or determined to be at risk as per CDC guidelines. Federal privacy laws protect student and staff confidentiality, therefore personally identifiable information on any individuals testing positive or being asked to isolate or quarantine will not be shared.
Pattonville virtual learning video series
Below is a series of videos to help families better understand what virtual learning will look like when school starts on Aug. 31. If you have specific questions, please contact your student's school. There are five videos in the series, one released nightly the week of Aug. 17.
Part 1: What is Virtual Learning?
Part 2: Schedule/planning
Part 3: Technology
Part 4: Grading/Assessments
Part 5: Special Education
Part 6: Parent Virtual Learning Training
Pattonville hosted a one-hour online session designed specifically to help parents and caregivers learn strategies for supporting their children with virtual learning at home. Dr. Mike Flynn, author and director of mathematics leadership programs at Mount Holyoke College, was the speaker during the event. Flynn has been training Pattonville teachers this summer on how to offer high quality, engaging virtual learning for students of all ages.
Note about virtual learning
We know everyone's life situation is different. Families who have special needs or issues with the school day schedule should reach out to their child(ren)'s teachers or school for assistance to ensure their students' academic needs are met.
Technology assistance for families
Pattonville's school technology support team is ready to help if a student or family has a problem with their technology. There are two ways to request help. The first and preferred way is to email the help desk for your child's school. If you are unable to send an e-mail, you may call and leave a message on the school help desk voicemail. A member of the technology support team will call back as soon as they are able. Below are the email address and phone number of the help desk at each school.
Parent and Student Resources
View videos and learn more about how families and students can use Pattonville's learning platforms to keep up-to-date on classes and information.
Pattonville is working in the background with our technology platform providers to ensure a seamless experience for students and staff, however, we know technology can sometimes fail to work when needed. For this reason, we want to provide you with some resources should you have any issues. Below is a link to a Zoom Troubleshooting guide, as well as links to status pages so families can check to see if the platform or their internet provider are experiencing a regional outage.
Zoom Status - https://status.zoom.us
Canvas Status - https://status.instructure.com
SeeSaw Status - https://status.seesaw.me
Google Status - https://www.google.com/appsstatus
Downdetector (look up your Internet Service Provider) - https://downdetector.com
Troubleshooting your internet and WiFi
In a world where much time is spent using technology to work and learn, WiFi and Internet access have become a critical part of our day-to-day lives. When that technology doesn't meet our needs or expectations, frustration levels rise and simple tasks seem to take forever. Often, issues with our WiFi can be improved by making a few important changes. Making these changes can help increase the speed and reliability of your WiFi and internet access and help you get the best experience possible out of your WiFi. We recommend following as many of these steps as possible.
family and staff updates
learning options for 2020-2021
Pattonville in-Person classes
On-campus, in-person classes with phases that may change based on health and safety needs.
Phase 1: In-person instruction five days a week with health and safety precautions in place.
Students with the last names beginning A-K attend in-person classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Students with the last names beginning L-Z attend in-person classes on Wednesdays and Fridays.
All students participate in virtual instruction on Mondays.
Families who have students with different last names are grouped by the last name of the oldest child.
On non-attendance days, students will engage in independent learning activities assigned by their teachers, however staff will not be available to engage their virtual students because they will be teaching in-person students on those days.
Phase 2 reduces the number of students in schools by approximately 50% each day.
Phase 3: Students participate in 100%, full-time virtual learning.
Transportation will be offered in phases 1 and 2.
The schools will make efforts to keep students physically distanced as much as is possible. Strategies such as spacing seating further apart, in the same direction and/or using clear dividers are being implemented.
Health department guidance on providing a safe, secure and sanitary learning environment will be followed.
Villemade Virtual Academy
Structured schedule of online classes with Pattonville educator(s) using an online learning platform (i.e., SeeSaw, Canvas or Google Classroom) for kindergarten through 12th grade. This option will be in place for the entire first semester (through Dec. 22). Details about second semester will be released later in the fall.
Students are expected to engage in virtual courses daily in real time and participate in class discussions and regular communications with their teacher(s). Some classwork will need to be completed independently with support available from the teacher.
Traditional attendance and grading policies apply.
Families will need to sign an agreement form outlining what will be expected of students enrolled in the online classes.
Students will not be permitted to take part in on-site and off-site school events during the school day. High school students will be allowed to take part in after-school activities and athletics.
Students and staff must not come to school if they are sick, quarantining or waiting for COVID-19 test results. Do not come to school if you have a current respiratory illness and/or symptoms of COVD-19 or a known exposure to a positive COVID-19 case within the past 14 days. If any of these apply, please notify your child’s building administrator or, for staff, your principal or supervisor.
Fever or chills (100ºF or greater)
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
*This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC continues to update this list as it learns more about COVID-19. Find out more at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.
IMPORTANT: Report a positive COVID-19 test for you or a member of your household.
Everyone must stay home if they are sick. Report normal absences and illnesses as usual. However, positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 need to be reported immediately to allow the schools to take appropriate action. Please report such cases as follows:
Contact the building administrator of your child’s school.
Contact your building administrator or supervisor.
Preparing for the unknown
Pattonville leaders will continue to work closely with county health officials and other area school and government officials while making decisions to maintain the safety and health of its learning environment. Families and staff will need to be prepared for any range of scenarios that could happen depending on the nature of the situation and the extent of community spread of COVID-19. The district or individual schools may be required to close at any time during the 2020-2021 school year due to the spread of illness. In this event, all students in the district or affected school would switch to virtual learning for the required length of the closing. Families and staff should be prepared by taking the following steps:
Make a plan now. Families and staff should work out a schedule to cover childcare needs or seek out childcare resources that are available on a last-minute basis.
Families and staff should make sure they have resources at home to pivot to online learning if necessary. If students are assigned a device they are allowed to take home, they should carry it back and forth between home to school each day.
Plan for what to do if you or someone in your home gets sick. Immediately inform the school if this happens.
What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
1) School officials notified.
During the school day - Staff members who become sick with COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home immediately. Students who become ill will be sent to a health isolation room and the student’s emergency contacts will be called to pick up the child immediately. Emergency contacts will be asked to remain outside the school building or in the entrance vestibule to be reunited with their child. Sick students or staff should then contact their health care provider about being tested and keep the school informed of any outcome.
At home - Students and staff who become sick with COVID-19 symptoms at home or who have a positive COVID-19 test should stay home and notify their school office or, for staff, their supervisor, about their situation. They must follow their health care provider instructions and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines regarding when it is safe to return to school, as well as keep the school informed about when they have been cleared to return to school.
2) Contact tracing begins.
Pattonville’s contact tracing team is activated (see below for details) and county health officials are notified.
The contact tracing team works with the health department and school administration on providing communication and guidance to impacted students and staff letting them know what steps they need to take and the potential need to isolate, quarantine, etc.
3) Impact on school determined.
Pattonville’s contract tracing team will work with the health department to identify who was in contact (within a 6-foot space for at least 15 minutes) with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19. If specific contacts cannot be identified, everyone who was in the same room, bus or other areas may be quarantined according to county health guidelines. The St. Louis County Department of Public Health suggests that if over 5% of the student body in a building or district test positive any day, 4% test positive over two days in a row or 3% test positive for three days in a row, then that building or district closes for 10 days (percentages may change according to guidance from health officials).
Local health officials’ recommendations for the scope (e.g., a single school, multiple schools, the full district) and duration of school closures will be made on a case-by-case basis using the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the specific cases in the community.
If a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in the building and poses a risk to the staff or students, appropriate cleaning and disinfection of the impacted areas of the school will take place.
In the event of a school closure extracurricular activities, school-based after-school programs and other events may be adjusted or canceled.
4) Keep learning going.
During any school closing, instruction will become virtual for the impacted students or school(s).
5) Communicating with the community.
Pattonville will communicate with families and staff regarding positive COVID-19 cases only if they are personally impacted or determined to be at risk as per CDC guidelines.
Due to laws protecting student and staff privacy, no identifying information about the student or staff member who tested positive will be released to the public. Any Pattonville students or staff who are identified as having been in close contact (as defined by the CDC) with the individual will be notified as part of the contact tracing process and instructed on what steps to take.
6) Impacted facilities deep cleaned.
Impacted schools or specific areas impacted by a positive case of COVID-19 will be thoroughly cleaned by Pattonville staff or an outside cleaning company, depending on the situation.
General Safety Measures
All staff take an online screener health assessment when reporting to work. Families must use self-check measures to monitor their child(ren)’s health closely for symptoms of COVID-19 (see list above). Adults or children who are sick or display symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home to prevent the spread of illness. They must also keep their school office informed.
Schools will follow cleaning procedures recommended by the CDC, using EPA-registered disinfectants. Electrostatic sprayers are used to spread disinfectant on surfaces and in hard-to-reach spaces. Frequently touched surfaces are being cleaned more frequently. Playgrounds will also undergo daily cleaning. Buses will be cleaned twice a day and high touch areas will be disinfected before each route.
Students who come to the nurse’s office feeling sick will be sent home. Those with symptoms of COVID-19 will be cared for in a health isolation room separated from other students/staff, using health department protocols and an emergency contact will be called to pick them up immediately. Nurses will have protective gear to use when working with students and the health rooms will be cleaned frequently.
Providing families the option of virtual, online learning in the new school year will help reduce the number of students in our schools, enabling more effective physical distancing strategies. Schools will use strategies to minimize movement in the buildings and reduce intermingling of students from different classes, when possible. Classroom furniture, including desks, chairs, tables, etc., will be set up to maximize physical distancing to the extent possible in the classroom. Strategies such as spacing seating further apart, in the same direction and/or using clear dividers are being implemented. School and district offices are also being equipped with clear barriers to support distancing efforts.
Staff will be provided with masks, face shields, gloves, sanitizers and other protective gear according to their needs and job duties.
Wipes & sanitizers
Hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout all Pattonville buildings. Classrooms and offices will have hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes readily available for use on a regular basis throughout the day.
Most visitors, including parents/guardians, will not be allowed to enter Pattonville schools. Those who do will be screened and given limited access.
Signage has been placed throughout the buildings to remind individuals of hand hygiene, proper hand washing, symptoms of COVID-19 and the importance of staying home when sick. Other signs will serve as physical distancing reminders.
Over the summer, Pattonville assembled a team of contact tracers to support the health department in managing instances when a possible case of COVID-19 arises in the district. Pattonville’s contact tracing team members completed a COVID-19 contact tracing course from John Hopkins University regarding contact tracing best practices.
In the event a Pattonville student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the district contract tracing team will work with the health department and school administration on providing communication and guidance to students and staff letting them know what steps they may need to take and the potential need to isolate, quarantine, etc.
An example of the type of work the contact tracing team will engage in when there is a positive case includes:
Developing a timeline to determine when the person who tested positive for COVID-19 started experiencing symptoms to accurately calculate the 48-hour period before the person began to experience COVID-19 symptoms.
Identifying students and staff who meet the CDC definition of having “close contact” with a person testing positive for COVID-19 based on class schedules and assignments.
Supporting the school and district administration in developing and implementing a communication plan (phone calls, letters, emails, etc.).
Informing the teaching and learning department of students who are under quarantine so their educational programming can be determined.
A new school year in the midst of a pandemic brings challenges, opportunities and last-minute changes, requiring patience and flexibility. As changes arise, Pattonville will communicate using its automated system for email and text. Please make sure your contact information is up to date in PowerSchool, as well as your emergency contacts, and watch for updates to ensure you stay informed. Updates can be made by contacting your child’s school office.
Mental Health Resources
Missouri residents who may be experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19 may call the “Show Me Hope Line” at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 for assistance. The service is available 24 hours a day throughout the week. For additional information, please click here.