• 2021-2022 WSD COVID-19 DASHBOARD

    The Dashboard is on a live-time update as data is entered. 

    The COVID Dashboard has recently been updated to show positivity numbers and percentages for the 5-day exclusion window (number of days staff and students are required to stay home) as well as the 10-day positivity window.  Providing both sets of data will help provide a more comprehensive look at the COVID positivity in each building and the trending direction.  While the 5-day data provides information regarding the most recent positivity and the number of students and staff required to be out, the 10-day data helps communicate the total number of people currently considered COVID-positive and also provides for data that allows for accurate historical comparison.





  • PREVIOUS STATUS UPDATES


    January 3, 2022 -- As we come back from winter break, we hope that all staff, students, and families had a relaxing and enjoyable time off. Based on CDC guidance that was announced over break, the Wentzville School District will follow the below guidelines for staff and students:

    People with COVID-19 are not permitted to come to work or school and are required to isolate for 5 days from the onset of symptoms. After those initial 5 days, if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), they may return to work or school and wear a mask for an additional 5 days when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.

    If you test positive for COVID-19 (Isolate):

    • Stay home for 5 days
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house
    • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days

    If you have a fever, continue to stay home until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours.

    This change follows the Board-approved District communicable disease policy (2860 policy) that states:

    “A student shall not attend classes or other school-sponsored activities, if the student (1) has, or has been exposed to, an acute (short duration) or chronic (long duration) contagious or infectious disease, and (2) is liable to transmit the contagious or infectious disease, unless the Board of Education or its designee has determined, based upon medical evidence, that the student:

    1. No longer has the disease.
    2. Is not in the contagious or infectious stage of an acute disease.
    3. Has a chronic infectious disease that poses little risk of transmission in the school environment with reasonable precautions.

    Families of student-athletes, MSHSAA announced today that, "At this time there are no changes to the current MSHSAA Return To Play Form/Protocols for 'student-athletes' who have 'tested positive' ... Student athletes who “test positive” for Covid19 are still required to quarantine from practices and competitions for 10-days and after being released by physician they may begin the five stage Return to Play protocol."

    Keeping schools open for in-person instruction remains our top priority, and it is important that we all do our part to keep school communities healthy. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and make adjustments as necessary.

    We appreciate your support as we work to keep our students learning. 


    December 17, 2021 -- Per Board request on Dec. 8, the administration presented updated mitigation measures for the District at last night's meeting. The following measures – below and linked here – were approved by the Board and will go into effect upon return to school on Jan. 3, 2022. If you'd like to provide feedback on these items, you can do so here.

    Masking

    Physical Distancing

    • Return to typical standards; encourage physical distancing when possible; increase physical distancing when possible during an increase in cases

    Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette

    • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette taught and reinforced with signage posted
    • Hand sanitizer provided in every classroom and in communal areas
    • Provide time for handwashing, as needed
    • PPE provided in clinics
    • Masks available to students, if needed
    • Encourage proper respiratory etiquette and maintain heightened protocols for symptomatic individuals

    Cleaning and Maintaining Healthy Facilities

    • Nightly targeted cleaning of high-touch surfaces and all classrooms
    • Routine targeted fogging (weekly in each building and nightly in health clinics)

    Diagnostic & Screening Testing

    • Testing provided at LPHA and within in district Mercy clinic
    • Will continue to collaborate with SCCDPH

    Vaccination Efforts

    • Will continue to collaborate with SCCDPH to bring awareness to vaccine events when needed

    Accommodations for Children with Disabilities

    • Create and follow accommodations, as needed, for students with Individualized Education Plans, 504 Plans, or Health Plans

    As a reminder, the Board voted on Dec. 8 to return to the communicable disease prevention measures under Board Policies and Regulations, unless otherwise ordered by SCCDPH subject to further Board action, effective Dec. 22. Contact tracing procedures for close contacts are set to cease and will not be in effect upon return to school on Jan. 3, 2022.


    November 29, 2021 -- On Nov. 24, a Cole County Circuit Judge found pursuant to Mo. Rev. Stat. § 536.050 that rules issued by the Department of Health and Senior Services (“DHSS”), codified at 19 CSR 20-20.010 et seq., which authorize the Director of DHSS or a local health agency director to exercise personal discretion to (1) implement discretionary “control measures” including the “creation and enforcement of orders” affecting individuals, schools, organizations, businesses and other entities, and (2) close schools and places of public assembly based solely on his/her opinion, are invalid. As of now, our contact tracing process and mitigation efforts remain unchanged and continue to operate under the Board of Education Modified Quarantine motion from Sept. 28. The Cole County Circuit Court ruling regarding COVID will be addressed during the regularly scheduled Dec. 16 Board of Education Meeting.


    October 1, 2021 -- Reminder to parents that the WSD-modified quarantine process will go into effect on Monday, October 4, 2021.


    September 28, 2021 -- The Board voted to put into place effective Monday, October 4 that “modified quarantine” would allow asymptomatic close contacts of an exposure to remain in school during their contact period if they comply with the following:

    • The exposed case will wear a properly fitted mask correctly and consistently during their quarantine period.

    • That student’s health is monitored for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

    • MSHSAA guidelines are followed when it comes to participation in competitive play.

    • This procedure would be applicable only if the student’s school building of attendance is at a rate of positivity of under 4%

    Additionally, the Mitigation Measures remain in place going forward.


    September 16, 2021 -- The WSD Board of Education voted to adopt Mitigation Measures related to the current COVID-19 conditions in the District. The measures will be revisited during the Board's next meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28. Click here to view Mitigation Measures as of 9/20/21 (PDF).


    September 9, 2021 -- The WSD Board of Education voted to take the following action during a special meeting:

    • To move forward with partnering with the St. Charles County Department of Public Health for contact tracing. 
    • To require masks for all students and staff at Duello Elementary for 30 days effective immediately, beginning Friday, September 10, 2021.
    • To invoke masking in District buildings where the positivity rate is above 2% or greater, to be revisited at the next regularly scheduled board meeting, effective through Friday, September 17, 2021.

    On July 13, 2021 -- The WSD Board of Education voted to adopt the Mitigation and Prevention Strategies for the 2021-2022 school year, which includes masks being optional but required on school buses. 


    On June 2, 2021 -- Dr. Cain shared with the Board of Education that the WSD plans to begin the 2021-2022 school year with in-person, classroom instruction five days a week and masks being optional. This presentation was shared with the Board of Education during an open session meeting.