FAQS

Below please find some answers to frequently asked questions. The situation changes quickly, and we know there will be new questions that arise. Please check back often. You can also email COVIDinfo@fz.k12.mo.us. Fort Zumwalt reminds families and staff to follow the guidance of local, state and federal health officials. You can contact the St. Charles County Health Department at 636.949.7319. Last update - 12.10.2020


Fort Zumwalt reminds families and staff to follow the guidance of local, state and federal health officials. You can contact the St. Charles County Health Department at 636.949.7319.

Who determines who is quarantined? The St. Charles County Department of Public Health issues the direction as to who should be quarantined.

 

Who is allowed to use the modified quarantine rule? Individuals identified AT SCHOOL as "Positive Close Contacts" (Inside 6 feet for a duration of 15 minutes or more, with both parties properly wearing masks) may continue to participate in the normal school day over their quarantine period.  These close contacts are reported to the SCCHD as such.  Outside of school these individuals must be quarantined in the home for 14 days after positive contact.  

 

Can my child participate in school-sanctioned activities outside of the school day?  No, Individuals under "Modified Quarantine" are not allowed to participate in any extracurricular school activities before, or after school, and must be quarantined in the home outside of the school day.

 

May my child ride the bus? Yes, as long as they are symptom free and properly masked, "Modified Quarantine" students may ride the bus to and from school.

 

If my child was exposed to a positive Covid individual outside of school, can they still come to school?  No, "Modified Quarantine" only applies to those close contacts within the school setting.  It does not extend to exposure outside of school.  If your child is a "Positive Close Contact" to a COVID-Positive individual outside of school they must be quarantined in accordance with County guidelines, and cannot return to school until the release date provided.  For any such instance, the SCCHD will offer guidance.


With the new St. Charles County Department of Public Health guidelines on modified quarantines, can I change the selection I made for in-person/virtual learning for second semester? Yes. Please contact your school counselor or principal as soon as possible if you would like to make this change.


Why is the district implementing the new guidelines? As has been the case since the beginning of this crisis, the district takes its health direction from local health authorities, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health. The modified quarantine will only be implemented if an individual is exposed to a COVID-positive person AT SCHOOL and IF both are properly wearing effective masks. It does not apply to anyone exposed in any other situation.


Where can I learn more about FZ Virtual? Learn more go.fzsd.us/FZVirtual. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions section of that document to help families. The deadline to register was July 31, 2020.

 

What happens if the district has a positive case:

If the district is notified of a positive case of COVID-19 and it is a student:

The school will notify the families of students in the same class/cohort, on the same bus or in the same sport/activity.

The health department will perform contact tracing and provide instruction to individuals who might have had extended close contact with the COVID-positive student. 

When the COVID-positive student satisfies all of the recommendations from the CDC, the student will be able to return to school.


If the district is notified of a positive case of COVID-19 and it is an employee:

The school will notify families that there is a positive case.

The health department will perform contact tracing and provide instruction to individuals who might have had extended close contact with the COVID-positive employee.

When the COVID-positive employee satisfies all of the recommendations from the CDC, the employee will be able to return to school.

 

What does Modified Quarantine mean?

Modified quarantine allows a student  that has been deemed a close contact to a positive person to attend school if both the positive person and the close contacts were wearing masks appropriately.

The student or staff member will have to remain in quarantine at home when not attending academic learning.  They will not be allowed to attend sports or any after school activities.

If the student should develop Covid symptoms, they would revert to the standard quarantine and would complete a 10 day quarantine at home. This same concept applies for staff members.

 

What happens when there is a positive case at school?

For a student: If a student exhibits symptoms they will be referred to the school nurse, who will review the case, assess the student and isolate until a parent or guardian can pick them up. High school students who drive will be released, as appropriate, upon permission from a parent to drive home.

 

For a staff member: A staff member exhibiting symptoms will leave the building and contact the health department or their healthcare provider for direction. 

 

In either case: Contact tracing will be performed to determine if it is necessary to quarantine any individuals. The district will notify parents of a positive case as directed by the health department. If there is a case, personal information will be withheld. It is important to remember, federal law protects the privacy of all in regards to medical information.


What are the criteria for moving from Level A to Level B and then to Level C?

St. Charles County Department of Public Health has not yet determined the metrics for moving from Level A. Through regular consultations with the health department regarding COVID-19 statistics, the district will determine any move from Level A. Staff and parents will be notified as soon as possible via our notification system.

 

If the entire district moves to virtual learning, is it the same as the virtual learning for students who chose FZ Virtual for the whole semester? 

 

For elementary students, yes. The virtual curriculum available to families on Option 2 has been designed by Fort Zumwalt teachers and mirrors what will be happening for in-person students on the Canvas online platform. This same curriculum will be used with all students should the district move to all virtual (Option 1- Level 3). Students choosing FZ Virtual will remain with their virtual teacher for the whole semester even if Option 1 students go back to in-person or a hybrid model.

 

For secondary students, no. Students choosing FZ Virtual will utilize the Launch platform, facilitated by a Fort Zumwalt teacher in most cases. Should the district move Option 1 students to virtual learning, students will work with the teachers from their in-person classrooms using the Canvas online platform. 

 

Learn more about the Canvas platform on Page 9 of the Return to School plan.

 

What about travel over break?

We strongly recommend that families of all students and staff follow the recommendations of health officials. See the Centers for Disease Controls advice on travel within the United States

 

Where can I find information about positive cases and quarantines in the district?

Use the red COVID-19 Dashboard button on the front of our website. From that page, you can also link to the St. Charles County and Missouri dashboards.

 

What if I need to contact the school? 

Check your school’s website for office hours.