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COVID-19 Information

Statewide Coronavirus 24 Hour Hotline: 877-435-8411

Franklin County Health Department: 636-583-7300 or 636-583-7312

District Communication to Parents

11/20/20

Good evening, #unionrxi families.

I want to take a moment and provide a couple of updates.

As you probably heard, Governor Parson recently announced modified guidelines for determining close contacts and assessing COVID exposure in schools. Under the updated guidance, proper mask-wearing may now prevent students from being quarantined from school as long as everyone involved is properly wearing their mask. Properly wearing a mask means covering fully both the mouth and the nose. Please note, this change in quarantine guidelines only applies to the regular school day. Students identified as a close contact will still be quarantined for ALL after school activities AND outside of school activities per the Franklin County Health Department.

As such, effective Monday, Nov. 23rd, a FACE MASK covering will be required for all students kindergarten through 12th grade. It's important to note that we will require all 1<-12 students to wear a face mask covering and that face shields will no longer be allowed unless there is medical documentation.

We are making this change because the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Franklin County Health Department have both stated face shields will NOT keep students from being quarantined if they are identified as a close contact.


Our outstanding nursing team will still do contact tracing in all instances of a positive COVID student or school district employee. Once contact tracing is complete, all those who have been identified as close contacts (regardless of if or whether they are quarantined) will be notified and will be encouraged to monitor possible symptoms,

Moving forward, it is imperative we continue to encourage proper mask-wearing. Your continued efforts will go a long way in keeping both students and school personnel safe and in school. Additionally, we want to reemphasize to all parents and guardians that you are required to wear a mask when on school grounds for the safety of students and staff.

In closing, we hope with this change we can continue to keep students and staff safe while also minimizing quarantines when our students are properly wearing their masks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child's school and we will be happy to assist.

Thank you for your cooperation and I hope you have a wonderful Friday.

   Dr. Steve Weinhold, Superintendent of Schools

District Statement (Nov. 20, 2020)