• Second Semester FAQ for Employees

    updated 03/16/2021

    If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact your supervisor for information specific to your position or you can email connect@parkwayschools.net for more information and updates

    Reminders and Updates

    Second Semester Calendar:

    • The second-semester calendar for in-person students is posted here

    Daily Health Screening

    • If you are entering a Parkway building to work you must complete a daily health screening. You can use the link here to complete the daily screening questionnaire. The link is also available in the Parkway mobile app and on posters in our schools and buildings. If you are experiencing the symptoms noted in the health screening questionnaire you should not enter the building, stay home, alert your supervisor and seek medical advice.

    If an employee has symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive, who do they need to notify?
    Contact your supervisor or the school nurse in your building, who will connect you to the person in your building who is a trained case investigator. This person will confidentially interview the employee and walk them through guidance about quarantine or isolation and what paperwork and follow-up will be required for their absence.

    What happens when there is a positive case at school or in my building?
    Staff will be immediately notified if they have been in contact with a positive case. We will continue to share the number of cases and quarantines for students and staff on our Community Health Dashboard which is updated daily.

    It is very likely that we will have staff and students who will be required to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19. While quarantines and isolation can be difficult and disruptive to staff, students and families, they are a required health precaution from the CDC and St. Louis County Department of Public Health and a positive strategy to prevent further spread of illness in our schools.  

    What process is used to determine who had close contact with a positive case and who needs to quarantine?
    The Parkway Health Services team has previous experience in contact tracing and a dedicated contact tracer on staff this year. In addition, every school has a nurse and at least one administrator who has completed the John Hopkins University training in contact tracing. When we are notified of a positive case within a school or building we will immediately begin the case investigation process. This includes:

      • We will determine when the individual was last at work or school, when their symptoms began, when they were tested for COVID-19 and when they received the positive test result. 
      • Using workspace locations, class schedules and seating charts, we will identify other individuals this person may have come into contact with during their infectious period. Students will have assigned seats in class, during lunch and on the bus in order to successfully identify contacts in the event of a positive case
      • We will create a list of “contacts” (in the same classroom, work area or general vicinity) and “close contacts.” Close contacts who were within six feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for more than 15 minutes are required to quarantine. We are following the recommendations of local health authorities and the decision to require quarantine for a staff member or student will be made following the guidelines of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.
      • The contact tracing coordinator will notify the St. Louis County Department of Public Health about aggregate cases of COVID-19 in our schools on a weekly basis.
      • All building staff who have had contact with an individual who has tested positive will be notified immediately. 
      • The school nurse, school administrator or case investigator in your building will contact the staff and/or students of all close contacts and inform them that they need to quarantine. The current requirement for close contacts is to quarantine for 10 days. Final guidance on the return date for students or staff who are in isolation or quarantine will follow guidance of  the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.
      • Other contacts who may have been in the same classroom or general vicinity but are not considered a close contact will receive communication from a school nurse or administrator. They will be advised to monitor for possible symptoms but can continue coming to work or school.
      • Staff who are not considered contacts with a positive case will not be notified each time there is a case in the building. You can follow the number of cases and quarantines on our Community Health Dashboard which is updated daily.
      • After completing an investigation, staff members will be notified by the administrator or designee if a student they are serving is quarantined or isolated. Due to health privacy laws, we cannot share the names of staff or students who have tested positive.

    If a teacher is required to quarantine:
    If a teacher is required to quarantine, he/she should work with their building administrator to determine an appropriate plan to support student learning.  This may include providing sub plans as during a regular absence, continuing to teach remotely to students in the classroom, or an alternate plan designed in collaboration between the teacher and administrator.  A substitute or other adequate supervision will be provided for students learning in-person during the teacher’s quarantine period.

    If I am required to quarantine (due to exposure at school/work), how will my time off be handled?
    On December 21, 2020, the Parkway School Board approved the following Parkway COVID 19 Leave resolution.

    From January 1, 2021- June 30, 2021, the Board will provide up to an additional ten (10) days of paid leave to full-time and regular, part-time employees who are unable to work or telework, based on their standard daily hours, because the employee:

    1. Is subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order related to the COVID -19 virus;
    2. Has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine because the employee has or may have COVID-19;
    3. Is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a diagnosis from a healthcare provider; or
    4. Is caring for a spouse, child or parent who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or has been advised to self-quarantine by a healthcare provider because the individual has or may have the COVID-19 virus. For the purposes of this resolution, the term “spouse, child or parent” has the same meaning as these terms are given under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

    If you are required to quarantine, follow normal procedures for reporting or requesting time off in AESOP (utilize Sick-Self as the code) or Workforce. Your supervisor and Human Resources will make adjustments when the appropriate documentation has been submitted and reviewed. 

    If a student or staff member has symptoms or tests positive, what will be required in order to return to work or school?
    Staff and students with symptoms that are consistent with a possible COVID-19 infection need to be evaluated by their healthcare provider and get clearance to return to work or school. Their healthcare provider will make the determination if a COVID-19 test is needed. We will also follow the guidance of the health department as to how long a student may be required to remain home. Staff members who are returning to work after a quarantine that did not involve illness will be allowed to complete a return to work form which can be found here.

    For more information, you can also check out our health and safety website for parents.

    Questions regarding leave

    If an employee is required to quarantine, how will the time off be handled?
    Per Parkway’s COVID 19 Leave 2021 resolution; employees will be provided up to an additional ten (10) days of paid leave to full-time employees who are unable to work or telework because the employee:

      • Is subject to a federal, state or local quarantine or isolation order related to the COVID -19 virus;
      • Has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine because the employee has or may have COVID-19;
      • Is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a diagnosis from a healthcare provider; or
      • Is caring for a spouse, child or parent who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order or has been advised to self-quarantine by a healthcare provider because the individual has or may have the COVID-19 virus. For the purposes of this resolution, the term “spouse, child or parent” has the same meaning as these terms are given under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
      • The Board will extend the equivalent of ten (10) days of COVID Leave to any regular, part-time employee who is unable to work or telework due to the reasons listed above, based on their standard daily hours.
      • COVID Leave will be paid at the employee’s regular rate of pay for the first three (3) qualifying reasons listed above, not to exceed $511 per day or $5,110 in total. For the fourth qualifying reason listed above, the employee will be compensated at 2/3 their regular rate of pay, not to exceed $200 per day or $2,000 in total. Employees may use other district-paid leave (personal, vacation, comp, and emergency leave) to supplement COVID Leave.
      • In order to use COVID Leave, the employee must first use at least three (3) days of district-provided paid leave such as compensatory time, sick leave, personal leave, vacation, emergency or paid time off prior to becoming eligible for COVID Leave. If there is no paid leave available, the employee must take three days of unpaid leave prior to becoming eligible for COVID Leave. 
      • Use of leave: COVID leave cannot be used intermittently or on a reduced schedule but must be taken in a single block of time during a qualifying condition. Until exhausted, COVID leave may be used for subsequent qualifying conditions. Note that the three (3) days of district-provided leave such as comp, sick, personal, vacation, or emergency leave must be used prior to each qualifying block of COVID related time.

    How will an operations staff member's time off be handled if they choose to self-quarantine for personal reasons?
    If an employee chooses to self-quarantine for personal reasons, the employee can choose to take their own accrued personal leave.  After that has been exhausted, they can choose to either return to their position or resign. If an employee has a suppressed immune system, standard medical documentation guidelines would apply and a physician's statement is required for an absence of more than three consecutive days. The ADA Interactive Process will be utilized in these situations.

    If someone in my household tests positive and I need to quarantine, is that paid sick leave?
    Yes, paid time could be available under COVID-19 Leave, as well as any accrued paid time off, if appropriate.  Medical documentation must be provided.

    How do I request work accommodations for medical reasons related to COVID?
    If at any point you feel as though you need reasonable accommodations please email Dr. Kim Cohen (kcohen1@parkwayschools.net) and your supervisor/building principal for evaluation of your specific situation. Human Resources may reach out to your medical provider for information and assistance in developing an appropriate plan, if necessary. 

    How would sick and/or personal days work for virtual learning staff?
    Teachers enter their absence in AESOP so it is tracked. They will mark this “as no sub required” for 1-10 day assignments.

      • For 1-2 day absences:
        • Please have the teacher let students know he/she is unavailable and record lessons and push them out to students.  If any of his/her peers would like to invite students into their lessons that is an option but not mandatory.
      • For 3-10 day absences:
        • Principals will work with Jennifer Stanfill to provide coverage through Kelly pool of virtual subs. Virtual subs will be given access to Schoology and Zoom as needed for assignments.
      • For 11+ day absences:
        • Ask your substitute liaison to follow the normal process of filling out the Long Term Assignment Request.  

    How would sick and/or personal days work for in-person staff?
    We would follow typical procedures and request a substitute through AESOP.

    If a student tests positive, who is required to quarantine?
    We will be following current health department guidance in the event that a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19.

    Right now the recommendation is that anyone who has close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 be quarantined for a period of 10 days after the last day of exposure. 

    Close exposure is currently defined as spending more than 15 minutes (cumulative) closer than six feet with someone who is positive. Additionally, the health department is currently recommending quarantine for individuals who are in the same room for periods greater than 120 minutes.  Maintaining social distance and wearing of masks can lessen the likelihood of close exposure, but will not necessarily prevent quarantines.

    Each situation will be assessed individually using guidance provided by public health authorities. It is very likely that we will have individuals or groups that need to quarantine after an unexpected exposure. Our schools will be working with individuals in quarantine to ensure continuity of learning.

    What health screenings are in place for students and staff?
    Staff are required to complete a daily health screening prior to coming to work. Parents are asked to screen their child(ren) before they leave for school. We ask that parents check them for fever, a sense of having a fever, chills, a cough, sore throat, headache, new loss of smell or taste, or new muscle aches. Not all children who have COVID-19 will have a fever, so parents should check their children closely for any of the other symptoms.

    Anyone, staff or student, with a fever of 100.4º F or higher should not attend school.  Individuals that are close contacts (e.g. family members) of someone with COVID-19 or someone with symptoms of COVID-19 who is awaiting test results should also stay home and not come to school. 

    If I get COVID-19 and am teaching in-person, who will be responsible for my students?
    The absence will be filled through Kelly. In the event a Kelly Substitute does not pick up the position, students will be divided among other teachers with compensation per the PNEA agreement.

    When students are quarantined, how will educators be notified and by whom? How will educators be notified about their return, and by whom?
    Staff members will be notified by the administrator or designee if a student they are serving is quarantined or isolated. Depending on the situation, time of day and day of the week, this notification will come via email, text or in-person notification from your administrator.  The nurse will notify the attendance secretary of the days the student will be out and the absence will be reported in Infinite Campus using special codes for COVID quarantine and isolation.  The nurse will work with the teacher/administrator for the coordination of the student’s return. 

    If an entire classroom is quarantined will the class move online with the teacher for the quarantine period?
    Yes, if an entire elementary class was quarantined at the same time, the teacher and class would move to distance learning online together during the quarantine. If the teacher is ill, a sub would be provided. For secondary students, this would not be possible as students have multiple teachers/classrooms. In that case, teachers will work with students to stay caught up and complete assignments independently at home during the quarantine period.

    What are the expectations of teachers on the enforcement and education of students wearing masks?
    It is an expectation that staff members and building administration will educate both students as well as parents regarding the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing. If a child removes their mask, they should be reminded to put it back on. If they refuse, they are to be sent to the office, as this is a safety issue.