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Union R-XI School District’s COVID-19 Safe Return to School Plan update. On Wednesday, January 19th, the Board of Education met to discuss district COVID-19 procedures and protocol for attending school as well as all district extra-curricular activities. As we previously shared, we wanted to provide an update on some of those changes.

Staff, students in grades Pre-K to 12, and visitors who test positive for COVID-19 or who are symptomatic will be excluded from the Union R-XI School District premises in accordance with our Communicable Diseases (Policy EBB) and Staff Health and Safety (Policy GBE) policies. 

COVID-19 Positive individual/duration of isolation: 

  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they are to isolate for a minimum of 5 days. 

  • They can return on days 6-10, once they are symptom-free for the previous 36 hours.

  • It is recommended they wear a mask through days 6-10, however it is not required. 

  • There is no longer a negative test requirement to return.

COVID-19 At-Home Positive individual: If there is a household positive, and the family wants to keep their student(s) home for precautionary purposes, the following will need to occur:

  • Evidence of household positives must be provided for a student to receive a COVID-19 approved absence. 

  • Evidence is defined as a picture of the individual with their positive test (home tests are acceptable). This evidence would then be uploaded into the system for attendance verification and auditing purposes.

Communication to Families: The district will no longer be contact tracing at the individual level. We will continue to communicate the best we can regarding positive cases in each school.

  • Elementary: The elementary setting is more conducive to provide communication regarding possible close contacts with students remaining in their same classroom. This communication may be in the form of a phone blast or email when their student is considered a close contact. 

  • Secondary: The secondary setting is structured with more student movement throughout the day, which increases the chances of students becoming a close contact. Therefore, we will not be communicating on a regular basis for each positive case and close contact. We continue to encourage you to monitor your children daily for symptoms before sending them to school. 

Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA): MSHSAA has authorized that each school district follow their own board approved guidelines, as described in the following link - Significant Changes To the MSHSAA Covid19 Return To Play (RTP) Form – Protocol

The Board of Education also knows that it has been a long year for everyone, and wanted to ensure that families and staff were able to enjoy a little extra time together this spring. Therefore, the Board of Education voted to add April 14th as an additional day off during Easter Break (Thursday, April 14th - Tuesday, April 19th). Revised 21/22 school calendar

 We will continue to navigate the pandemic in a safe, practical, and sensible way as we move forward and focus on the safety of our students, families and employees. We appreciate your support and understanding and we will communicate updated information if anything changes. 

Scott D. Hayes, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Union R-XI School District