Mask-Optional Learning Environment

  • Lindbergh Schools will utilize a mask-optional environment for Lindbergh staff and students in grades K-12 if certain criteria are met at each school. COVID-19 community data will also be considered. This plan also continues to allow students and staff the option to wear masks if they so choose.

    How It Will Work

    Masks will remain optional in K-12 schools if a building’s weekly percentage of individuals who test positive does not exceed 1.5% of a school’s total student population (students and staff). This weekly percentage will be calculated based on in-school exposures only. COVID-19 data in the surrounding community will also be considered.

    Note for school data tracking: “Positive case” is defined as an individual who tests positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19 and has had exposure to other individuals at school.

    If the percentage of positive cases who have in-school exposure is greater than 1.5% of a school’s total population (students and staff), barrier face masks will be required at school for at least two weeks.  To resume mask-optional status, a school’s weekly percentage of positive cases who have in-school exposure must be less than 1.5% after the two-week period. Data will be reviewed weekly.

    Student Transportation

    Students must continue to wear face coverings on the school bus, as required by federal mandate.

    Early Childhood Education

    Lindbergh Early Childhood Education staff and students will continue to wear face coverings at this time.

    We are monitoring COVID-19 vaccine eligibility status for students younger than 5 and anticipate news soon. At that time, we will reevaluate recommendations for our staff and students at Lindbergh Early Childhood Education as well.

    Monitoring

    The district will track the rates of positive cases on a daily basis and make masking decisions each week, based on each individual school’s data, and COVID-19 data in our community.

    Mask-Optional Metrics

    Each school is listed below with total student and staff population, and the 1.5% metric referenced above:

    • Lindbergh High School
      • Total population (students and staff): 2,512
      • 1.5% of total population: 38
    • Sperreng Middle School
      • Total population (students and staff): 1,055
      • 1.5% of total population: 16
    • Truman Middle School
      • Total population (students and staff): 797
      • 1.5% of total population: 12
    • Concord Elementary School
      • Total population (students and staff): 658
      • 1.5% of total population: 10
    • Crestwood Elementary School
      • Total population (students and staff): 543
      • 1.5% of total population: 8
    • Dressel Elementary School
      • Total population (students and staff): 777
      • 1.5% of total population: 12
    • Kennerly Elementary School
      • Total population (students and staff): 580
      • 1.5% of total population: 9
    • Long Elementary School
      • Total population (students and staff): 613
      • 1.5% of total population: 9
    • Sappington Elementary School
      • Total population (students and staff): 587
      • 1.5% of total population: 9

    Universal Masking

    Lindbergh Schools reserves the option to reinstate universal masking if required to keep staff and students safe. This authority is granted in Missouri State Statutes 167.191 and 171.011, and Board of Education policies EBB: Communicable Diseases and GBE: Staff Health and Safety.