Dear STJ Families,
On October 21, 2020, the St. James R-I School District was notified by the Phelps/Maries County Health Department that a middle school staff member tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The students, their families, and staff members in close contact with this individual have been or are being notified by the Phelps-Maries County Health Department. The Health Department staff will be calling to discuss the health and safety of those families and provide guidance about when students may return to school. We are working closely with the health department to assist with the contact tracing process. A member of our staff will also be sending out instructions for distance learning during quarantine for those affected.
As a reminder, the St. James R-I School District will continue to work closely with local health officials to monitor evolving circumstances and revise our operational plans as needed. If you are not contacted by the health department within 48 hours, your child was not found to be in close contact with the individual who tested positive. We are working closely with the health department to assist with contact tracing and have been advised that a full building closure is not necessary at this time. The St. James R-I School District will remain in Daily Mode Indicator – Level 2.
You will be able to view updated reporting information for the entire district about positive tests and present quarantines on our website under the “COVID-19 Resources” tab.
Moving forward, a single positive test notification will be broadcast after school hours to give the district and health department time to include all positive tests for that specific day. It is our goal not to inundate parents with multiple notifications in a single day. Due to the recommendations from the health department and medical experts about the likelihood of COVID-19 cases being present in our area for an extended period of time (weeks and months), we will no longer be posting positive test notifications on district social media accounts. Unusual or alarming situations related to COVID-19 and the safety of our students and staff will continue to be shared on social media.
COVID-19 is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to take preventive measures and monitor for symptoms daily. More information on our guidelines can be found on our website at stjschools.org. It is truly a community effort to minimize the spread of the virus and help us keep our schools safe, healthy, and open, and we appreciate your understanding and assistance.