KHS discusses action plan for coronavirus


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The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic Wednesday, March 11. After a confirmed case in St. Louis and multiple St. Louis high schools such as Villa Duchesne, Oak Hill School and New City School shut down in an effort to stop the spread of the virus, KHS began to discuss possible action plans in case of a shutdown. 

As of now, according to KHS Principal Dr. Michael Havener, there is a low chance of a shutdown. He said he does not know if spring break will change anything with students leaving the country. But for the time being, KHS is following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Missouri Health Department

If KHS were to close down, the district is considering an e-learning route where students would attend school and do work online. The district does not know exactly what the procedure for e-learning in case of a shutdown would be, but they are discussing it. (They are also considering developing e-learning for future snow days so if the district does not have school students can still learn.)

What to know for traveling over spring break:

  • As long as you are traveling inside of the United States and not to a Level 3 country then you will not be quarantined and are okay to come back to school after spring break. (KHS is following CDC guidelines in relation to this.)
  • School trips are still happening.
  • Dr. Havener said they have not discussed how they would deliver news of a district shutdown, but said the news would likely be pushed out like when there is a snow day.

What KHS is doing:

  • KHS is monitoring the situation and using the CDC and Health Department as their guides. 
  • KHS has a new cleaning plan, and janitors are following new guidelines to clean the school at a higher level.
  • All classrooms have been given CDC-recommended cleaning materials that are optional for all teachers to use. 
  • KHS is acquiring materials to specially clean computers.

This is an attachment from a KSD email which details the new cleaning plan for janitors who, according to Dr. Havener, are working overtime to meet the new standards of cleanliness.