Health and Safety

  • Lindbergh Schools will follow Return to School Guidance developed by EducationPlus and the St. Louis Department of Public Health to promote a safe environment for students and staff.

Health Screenings

  • All staff and students must administer a self-assessment before coming to school or work. This check is to assure  that individuals have not experienced one of the following symptoms within the last 14 days:

    • A fever (100.4 or higher)
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion/runny nose
    • Headache
    • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
    • Body aches
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Loss of taste/smell
    • or if they or a close contact has been diagnosed or presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19.

    All staff and students must stay home from school when sick or showing any of the symptoms listed above. 

Sick at School

  • When Someone is Sick at School

    • Lindbergh Schools is following the Washington University Pediatric & Adolescent Ambulatory Research Consortium’s COVID-19 Algorithms for Clinicians and Schools:
      • If a student has one low risk symptom and no known exposures to a person with COVID-19, they must stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.
        • Low-risk symptoms include congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat, headache, body aches, and fever (greater than 100.4)
          If a student has two or more low risk symptoms, OR one or more high risk symptoms, and has not had any known COVID-19 exposure, they will be sent home from school and must see their doctor.
        • If the student tests negative for COVID-19 OR the physician determines symptoms are non-COVID related, then they may return to school 24 hours after symptoms improve.
        • If the student tests positive for COVID-19, they must wait until they no longer have fever AND symptoms improve AND they are released by the health department (usually 10-14 days). They and their close contacts must quarantine during that time.
        • High risk symptoms include cough, difficulty breathing, and loss of taste or smell.
      • If a student has a known exposure to a person with COVID-19, they can return to school 14 days after their contact with that person. If at any point they develop symptoms, they will need to be tested for COVID-19.

    Staff

    • If a staff member feels ill and presents with COVID-19 like symptoms including but not limited to fever (temperature greater than or equal to 100.4), significant cough and/or noted shortness of breath during the workday, the employee will be sent home and will be advised to contact their regular licensed health care provider (MD/DO/NP) with their symptoms and follow up needs.
    • Employees must be cleared by a licensed medical provider (MD/DO/NP) prior to returning to work.
    • A custodian will be directed to clean and disinfect affected areas.
    • District Human Resources will keep in contact with employees to ensure they have all necessary information and support.

    Students

    • Schools will designate two separate health rooms in each building
      • Green Room - designated for everyday student needs, such as medication and treatment.
      • Gold Room - isolation room for students who are ill. This Gold Room will be staffed by a specially designated health room aide or designee.
    • The school nurse will assess, treat, or refer all students sent to the health office. Three possible student outcomes will be:
    • The student will return to class.
    • The student will wait for parent pick-up in the main office.
    • The student will be sent to a designated area of isolation to wait for parent pick-up.
    • Students who exhibit symptoms of illness, and who in the assessment of the nurse are showing possible symptoms of COVID-19, will be sent to the Gold Room.
    • Students sent to the Gold Room will be kept there until such time as they are picked up by a parent or other approved adult.
    • Students will be accompanied outside for pickup by a parent or guardian.
    • The nurse may require a student in the Gold Room to wear PPE such as a face mask or a face shield.
    • The nurse will provide appropriate paperwork to the parent regarding referrals and information pertaining to Return-to-School Guidelines.
    • Siblings who do not exhibit symptoms of illness may remain in school unless a healthcare professional or family member notifies District personnel that a family member has tested positive for COVID-19.

Face Coverings

    • All staff must wear a face covering at school.
    • All students in grades K-12 must wear a face covering at school.
    • Face coverings must be worn outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
    • Face coverings are not required to be worn during periods of physical exertion.

Handwashing

    • Teachers and staff will encourage hand washing or the use of hand sanitizer upon entering a building, before eating, after eating, after restroom usage, before any group activities and before boarding school buses.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom, and in common areas throughout each building.

Social Distancing

    • Social distancing of at least 6 feet remains one of the best preventative measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19. It is recognized that this cannot be accomplished at all times, and distancing of at least 3 feet has been shown to reduce infections. While children are unlikely to exhibit serious symptoms from COVID-19, social distancing helps prevent the spread to adults—especially those who may be at high risk.
    • Lindbergh Schools will promote social distancing to the best of our ability through mapping of learning spaces, visual indicators on floors and in hallways, physical barriers (plexiglass shields) where necessary, and reminders to students from teachers and staff.

Confirmed Cases

  • If an individual (student or staff member) within a school building tests positive for COVID-19, Lindbergh Schools administration will work directly with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health to:

    • Identify who the individual was in contact with, within a 6-foot space, for at least 15 minutes.
    • If specific contacts cannot be identified, quarantine everyone who was in the same room, bus or other areas.
    • Schools have designated Gold Rooms to ensure there is a space to hold a sick student or staff member until the individual can leave the building.
    • In the event a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in the building and poses a risk to the staff or students, a school may close for 1-2 days for cleaning and disinfection of that building or exposed area if unable to clean during the nighttime closing.