Frequently Asked Questions
Updated March 10, 2021
Why are there distance learning days for second semester?
Parkway has included some distance learning days in the schedule for second semester. They are not on the schedule every week to ensure students have more time in-person at school. Distance learning days will be scheduled for Mondays. Click here to see the second semester calendar that outlines weeks with a distance learning day.
Having some distance learning days in our schedule provides the following opportunities:
- These days will be used as deep cleaning days for our classrooms and schools. We are committed to additional cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing our classrooms and schools frequently throughout the school day and week. This day allows time for our custodial staff to do a deeper clean of the entire building.
- Distance learning days allow time for contact tracing from the weekend. We need to ensure any illness we are notified about over the weekend is investigated and close contacts are notified before students and staff come back to school. For example, a common occurrence is an individual gets a positive test back over the weekend and we then need to investigate their close contacts at school or work from the previous week before those close contacts return to school or work. Contact tracing investigations and any subsequent quarantines are directed by the St. Louis County Health Department.
- Based on feedback from high school students and teachers, at the high school level, distance learning days allow a later start time in the morning on Mondays.
- This provides a consistent schedule for all families grades K-12.
What does learning look like if my child is quarantined at home?
If a child is feeling well and quarantined at home, teachers will work with you to ensure your student can stay caught up, access learning and complete assignments at home. Teachers will continue to maintain Schoology pages with assignments and learning materials so we can support students who are quarantined.
Elementary: The student can remain connected to the class through live participation in morning meetings/community circles via Zoom. The classroom teacher will provide a menu of learning activities in Schoology. Students will have access to videos of mini-lessons for Reading, Writing and Math and will have daily asynchronous activities for science, social studies, and phonics (K-2).
Middle and High School: The student can continue to participate in learning and instruction by joining their classes live via Zoom.
If a child is ill for an extended period, the school principal and teacher(s) will work with parents to determine how their child can make up work when they are feeling well.
Learn more about COVID-19 notification and quarantine procedures.
Is it possible a school could close temporarily due to illness or staffing shortages?
Yes, it is possible that we may need to close a school for a short period of time.
A school closure could be triggered by:
- A significant volume of staff quarantines or illness without adequate substitute coverage
- A closure for deep cleaning or as directed by the St. Louis County Health Department
- Significant illness in a school community
We have seen individual school closures happen at a few public and private schools across the region and it is primarily due to a large number of teachers and staff in quarantine at the same time. It is difficult to predict, but the most likely scenario that would lead to a school closure is we reach a level of staff shortage due to quarantines or illness that require us to close a school for a short period until enough staff can return and we can effectively teach, support and supervise our students at school.
Will students be required to get the vaccine to attend school?
No, there are no plans at this time to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for students attending school in Missouri.
Will Parkway require teachers and staff to get the vaccine?
No, Parkway will not require teachers and staff to get the vaccine. We are encouraging vaccination for our staff and providing opportunities for staff to be vaccinated on-site.
Will students and staff still need to wear a mask if they have received a vaccine?
Yes, at this time, while there is still community spread of the virus, public health authorities are recommending masks, even after vaccination.Can students or staff be quarantined after an exposure if they have received a vaccine?
As more people begin to receive Covid vaccinations, the CDC has recently updated guidance recommendations for fully vaccinated people. For complete information visit https://www.cdc.
gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ vaccines/fully-vaccinated- guidance.html
How do you ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting of schools and classrooms?
Schools follow safety and disinfection guidelines developed by the CDC and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health for buses, classrooms, workspaces, outdoor spaces and playgrounds. At school, we clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces multiple times throughout the day. High-touch areas throughout the school building include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, toilets, faucets and sinks.
We adjust custodial staffing schedules to allow for more custodial support during the day to clean and disinfect, while also supporting deeper cleaning at night.
Cleaning Goals can be found here.
Providing a clean and safe learning environment for students. Watch here.
What if I need technology or reliable internet support?
Parkway’s Technology Help Desk is available to support students, parents and teachers during normal school hours, Monday-Friday. The Help Desk team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 415-8181. Parents and students can also use the self-help topics and information here for support.
In order to effectively plan for bus routes that allow for maximum social distancing, families need to request bus service. Due to social distancing guidelines, it is highly recommended families provide their own transportation to school.
If you have not requested bus transportation previously this year and would like your child to ride the bus, you can contact the Transportation Department 314-415-8415 or email email@example.com. Please note there may be a delay of a few days following your request before a bus will be available, since your request may alter our routes and stop times. If your request to add bus transportation is received by Wednesday, we will likely be able to start transportation the following week.
What health precautions are taken to minimize the risk for children on the bus?
- Bus drivers, aides and students wear face masks on school buses.
- Seats are assigned to students with the goal of one student per seat, when possible, and no more than two students per seat
- Buses are cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals; high-touch surfaces on the bus such as handrails and seats are disinfected after every route
- To limit student contact, students enter the bus and fill seats from back to front; at school or stops, students will exit the bus from the front to back; students in the same family sit together
- Drivers and aides remind students of safe riding practices;
- Windows are open, when possible, to increase the circulation of open air.
Director of Transportation Will Rosa details bus safety and procedures in this video here.
What can I do to help minimize the risk for my children on the bus?
Every student should wash their hands before getting to the bus stop in the morning and afternoon. Hand sanitizer is available on school buses. Please ensure your child is wearing a face mask.
Are students be able to ride home on buses with their friends?
No. Students can ride to and from school only on their assigned routes. This practice limits exposure and allows us to track who is on the bus each day/route.
Visitors, Volunteers and Community Access to Facilities
Does Parkway allow visitors and volunteers at school?
Nonessential visitors and volunteers have restricted access to our buildings this year. Parkway will closely follow public health advice and communicate any decisions made that affect visitors and volunteers. Plans may vary during the school year, depending on the level of community spread illness. Visitors are required to wear a mask and to complete a health screening questionnaire. Visitors and volunteers are restricted from entering the school during the school day without prior approval.
Parents/guardians who come to school to drop off or pick up a student do not enter the school building. Each school will communicate the specific procedure for this process.
Are outside groups be able to rent/use Parkway Schools, buildings and facilities?
- Indoor use of schools and buildings are available on a limited basis to Parkway-sponsored programs and activities. Indoor facility rentals by non-Parkway sponsored community groups are unavailable so we can accommodate student activities, allow space for social distancing and have time for proper cleaning.
- Parkway-sponsored groups that use Parkway schools, buildings or facilities must follow approved health and safety guidelines
- Rental can be requested for outdoor spaces, including Parkway fields and tennis courts; middle school and high school fields are reserved for student-athletes and are not be available for rental; for more information, click here.
Do community members have access to Parkway outdoor spaces?
Outdoor spaces, including tracks, fields and tennis courts, will be open for community use outside of school hours. During school hours, outdoor spaces will be reserved for student use. Please be aware we may need to use many outdoor spaces for student activities after school as well. Parkway playgrounds with high-touch surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized daily, but remain closed for community use at this time.