What to Expect

What Can I Expect?

When our schools open, they will look a little different. What remains the same is our care and commitment to our students.

The health and safety of our students, staff, and community is our first priority. Our decisions throughout the school year will be based on the most current guidance provided by the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Affton has developed three in-person learning schedules that could be used during the 2020-2021 school year. Plans will be implemented depending on the level of community spread of COVID-19 in our region and using guidance from local and state health officials and CDC recommendations.

Here are some of the things you can expect this school year, depending on our level of response at the time:

Monitoring Health at Home

Before leaving for school each day, we recommend families perform an evaluation of their students’ health. Anyone with a fever of 100.0ºF or higher should not attend school. Families should conduct a Daily Wellness Check for symptoms including a fever, a sense of having a fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, new loss of smell or taste, new muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If these symptoms occur, do not attend school and call your child’s school to report the symptoms your child is experiencing. Call your child’s health care provider for advice on managing illness.

Symptoms Checks 
 Monitoring Health at School  Face Coverings at School

Students and staff will wear face masks at school using current CDC and St. Louis County guidance. All students will be expected to wear a cloth covering unless there is a medical reason the face should not be covered or it hinders their ability to participate in the educational setting. Staff will provide education on proper use for students when necessary.
 Social Distancing

In the classroom, seating will allow for social distancing when possible. Extra care will be taken to keep students’ belongings separated. Frequently touched items will be cleaned regularly. Additionally, the sharing of materials such as school supplies, electronic devices, books, toys, and equipment will be avoided.

Arrival and dismissal times, travel within the building, and recess or outdoor times will be staggered and/or spread out to alternate spaces to allow for social distancing. When students travel in the hallways, there will be visual aids to direct students throughout the building. These visual aids will illustrate directional traffic flow and appropriate spacing to support social distancing.
 Social Distancing
 Hand Washing Handwashing

Students will be encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands often, including when entering classrooms, before lunch, after recess, and after any activity outside of the classroom. We will take extra care to give students these opportunities to wash or sanitize their hands during the school day. In locations where access to soap and water is limited, alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available. A limited number of students will be allowed in the bathroom at the same time.
Cleaning and Disinfecting

Schools will follow safety and disinfection guidelines developed by the CDC and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health for buses, classrooms, workspaces, and outdoor spaces. At school, we will be cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces multiple times throughout the day. High-touch areas throughout the school building include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Cordless disinfectant sprayers will be used in schools every evening and on buses between routes.
 Riding the Bus Riding the Bus

We ask families for their support in getting students to and from school on a daily basis. Due to the health and safety precautions that will be required, the district will have limited bus transportation capacity. We will only be able to guarantee bus service to and from school for those students who reside more than 3.5 miles from school.

Face masks will be required when riding the bus. Students will be seated in alternating rows, with an empty row between assigned seats. Students that live in the same house can share the same seat.
Accessing Technology

Affton School District has expanded its technology initiatives this year in order to provide students with additional access to devices and internet connectivity. For the 2020-2021 school year, each student grades K-12 will be provided a Chromebook to support learning. This will also allow us to prepare students for fixed blended or distance learning if necessary.

Students in K-1 will have 1:1 Chromebooks with touchscreens, and students in grades 2-12 will have 1:1 Chromebooks. All students will take their devices to and from school. Students enrolled in our Virtual Academy full-time will receive a Chromebook for use at home.  
 Accessing Technology
 Adjusting Events and Activities Adjusting Events and Activities

Large gatherings such as school assemblies, dances, and events may be restructured, rescheduled, or canceled, as needed, in order to maintain social distancing guidelines and reduce the risk of exposure. Athletics and activities may be adjusted or canceled as guidelines change. Field trips will be postponed until further notice. Visitors will be limited inside the school and classrooms to minimize the risk of exposure.
Contact Tracing

Affton School District's school nurses and key administrators have completed COVID-19 contact tracing training from Johns Hopkins University. If a member of the school community tests positive, our staff are prepared to complete contact tracing to identify anyone who needs to self-isolate. Primary contacts, those who were a close contact (at least 15 cumulative minutes within 6-feet) of the person who tested will be notified of their exposure and sent home. Once these notifications are complete, we will provide a general exposure notification via email to all staff and parents at the school.

Following an exposure, part of a school or the entire school may close for deep cleaning. If the school closes, impacted classrooms or grades could pivot to Distance Learning from home.
 Contact Tracing

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