Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

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  • Saint Louis Public Schools continues to monitor and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. 

    We will continue to follow the guidance of the City of St. Louis Department of Health 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 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 while the majority of students are participating in virtual learning?
    Yes. SLPS and its food services vendor Southwest Foodservice Excellence are providing 5-day meal kits that include free breakfasts and lunches. They are distributed every Monday (Tuesday if a holiday falls on a Monday) from 9am to 1pm. See sites at

    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 Sept. 9, 2020, 12:21pm CDT