FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
Updated April 9, 2020
Note: These FAQs will be updated as more information becomes available, so please check back for answers to your questions. 


The closing of schools due to a global pandemic is uncharted territory for schools in the U.S. We are relying on guidance from our local, state and federal health department partners to make decisions that will be in the best interest of student and staff safety. 

How long is the district closed?
All Affton schools and facilities are closed to students and visitors. In-person classes for students are canceled through the end of the school year. A Continuity of Learning plan was launched on Monday, March 23 and will continue until the last scheduled day of school on Friday, May 29.

Is Friday, April 10 still an inclement weather makeup day?
Yes.

Will we have to make up any days or time as a result of the extended closure?
No. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) commissioner recently shared that school districts will not be required to make up any 2019-2020 calendar hours or days lost due to extended closures or COVID-19.

Will the state’s MAP testing and AP testing still take place?
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has canceled statewide required assessments for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. This includes all grade level MAP tests and EOC (End of Course) assessments.

AP testing will take place this year, however, it will look different. Students can take a 45-min online exam at home. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. Click here for more detailed information and updates about AP courses and tests.

My student’s district-issued Chromebook is not working. What should I do?
If your student needs technology help at home, please complete this form. Please note that we have a very limited number of replacement devices available, and they are reserved for high school and middle school students taking classes for credit.

I left something at school that I need. Can I come to pick it up?
Our school buildings are currently closed and unable to be accessed by the public. If there is an important item you need in an emergency, please reach out to your building principal.

Will the district continue to provide meals to students?

Yes. Currently, the schedule is:
Service Times: Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 11:30am - 12:30pm
Service Style: Grab-and-Go Meals served in a drive-thru style at each location; please do not get out of your car. Walk-ups welcome.
Meal Types: Packaged breakfast and lunch will be served. Each day of meals will include breakfast and lunch: Monday (2 days of meals); Wednesday (2 days of meals); Friday (1 day of meals).
Who is Eligible: Meals will be provided free of cost to any child 18 years of age or younger in our community. No sign up needed.

Will meals be provided to VICC students?
YES! Voluntary Intradistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) Transportation will continue to serve our VICC families.

Are any internet providers offering broadband or WI-FI service for students?

Yes, Spectrum is waiving installation fees and providing 60-day Internet access for families during the COVID-19 crisis. Please call 844-488-8395 for details.

I need to enroll my child for school. Who should I contact?
Affton School District is accepting new enrollments, but registration offices are closed to the public. Please contact Adila Husic or 314-633-5940 for additional information.

Do you have a list of resources for families?
Our counselors have been compiling a list of all resources and needs based on calls to the Affton Schools COVID-19 Helpline. We hope this helps consolidate all the information to make it easy for families to access. Click here to find resources for your family.

My family is struggling and needs assistance. Who should I call?
Please reach out with your questions or concerns at info@afftonschools.net or by calling the Affton Schools COVID-19 Helpline at 314-633-5911.

What is the coronavirus?
COVID-19, COVID-19, commonly referred to as the novel coronavirus, is an emerging and rapidly evolving outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which has now been detected in many locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

What should I do if my child is sick?
If your child is sick, please keep them home from school. Please call your child’s school and report the illness symptoms your student is experiencing to the attendance secretary. Call your child’s health care provider for advice on managing your child’s illness.

How can my child and family stay well?
To help prevent the spread of illness, follow these important tips:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces 

If my student travels outside of the country, will Affton School District restrict his/her reentry into school?
Affton School District will be following the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in these situations. Right now people are being screened on entry to the country, and depending on a myriad of factors, public health officials make a decision about whether people can return to work or school after foreign travel. People who are ill or have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is active may be asked to quarantine at home for a period of time. Since this is an evolving situation, it is impossible to say with certainty who may be impacted by recommended quarantine. Click here for the CDC's current recommendations.

What are Affton School District's cleaning procedures?
Our Facilities Department uses a broad spectrum disinfectant that is known to be virucidal and effective in killing most viruses. The product that the district is using most often is OXIVIR Tb, which is included in the American Chemistry Council's Center for Biocide Chemistries list of cleaners for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens like the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Custodians are wiping down surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, and drinking fountains on a regular basis. We have recently added more disinfection of school buses as well.

How should I disinfect my student's Chromebook?
Please DO NOT use disinfecting wipes to clean your student’s Chromebook. Using a cloth dampened with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol is the only method that will disinfect while not causing potential damage to the device.

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services 
St. Louis County Department of Health
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