Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
Saint Louis Public Schools continues to monitor and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
On April 9, 2020, St. Louis County Schools, Saint Louis Public Schools and St. Louis Charter Schools announced that their buildings would remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Learning and support services continued through each district's last day of school. This decision was extremely difficult, but it was imperative that we take bold measures to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and help save lives in our community. This decision followed recommendations from local health departments and was in collaboration with government officials. We will continue to follow their guidance as we make decisions on returning to school in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, staff, and communities.
How is Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS) making decisions?
SLPS has reviewed and updated its emergency operations plans in collaboration with the City of St. Louis Department of Health, which is the lead agency in our community’s COVID-19 response. SLPS is in frequent (weekly or more frequently) communication with the health department—along with K-12 superintendents, university presidents, and city, county and state officials—to stay up-to-date on the latest developments and assess and respond to new information. Being a part of that conversation ensures our families' needs are considered and included in decisions that impact all of us.
Is the District providing meals to students during the closure?
Yes. In partnership with the City of St. Louis and area charter schools, SLPS and its food services vendor Southwest Foodservice Excellence are providing 7-day meal kits that include free breakfasts and lunches for each family member. They are distributed every Fridays from 8am to noon at 27 SLPS schools throughout the city. Additional sites are offered by charter schools. Details, including a list of all sites with links to maps, are available at www.slps.org/meals.
What can I do to reduce the spread of COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. When possible, protect yourself and others by staying home. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Click here for a poster about hand washing and proper technique.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Practice social distancing—keep a distance of at least 6 feet between you and other people.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your arm.
- If you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately after you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- STAY HOME!
UPDATED July 1, 2020, 5:18pm CDT