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Frequently Asked Questions for Highland Parents Regarding Student Care Response to Coronavirus
Frequently Asked Questions for Highland Parents Regarding Student Care Response to Coronavirus
John French
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions for Highland Parents Regarding Student Care 

Response to Coronavirus

 

This list is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of questions that may be out there as we know this situation is constantly evolving. The document will be updated with additional questions and answers as they arise and become available.  Please understand that we are experiencing an influx of questions, new situations, and continually updated information from the CDC and state government. 

 

If a student and or family member is required to quarantine, how will the school absence be handled?

If a doctor recommends quarantine due to existing medical health conditions (such as a compromised immune system) or the health department mandates that a student and their family is quarantined, the student would be recorded as a verified absence. A doctor’s note will be required for the time away from school and should be turned in after the student and family are medically stable. Please inform the school district immediately if this situation applies to your family. We encourage you to email your student’s teachers for assignments, class instruction and homework. Communication is essential between the home and your student’s teachers. 

**The purpose of this requested doctor note is to assure the district is aware of the situation and to document if and when the student is allowed to return to school.  

We are awaiting additional guidance from the state on this matter and will keep families informed as guidance becomes available from state agencies.  To be clear: It is our recommendation that any student who has existing medical conditions to contact their trusted physician and get guidance regarding whether they should self-quarantine or not.

 

NOTE: Please know that our school nurse has been contacting individual students’ parents/guardians who do have existing medical conditions known by the school district and advising them to work with their personal doctors to evaluate whether to keep their students home.

 

How will a student’s absence be handled if parents choose to self-quarantine for personal reasons?

In the event parents wish to self-quarantine their student(s) for any reason, the absence will be recorded as a verified absence and NOT an unexcused absence. Please notify your student’s attendance office to notify the school of your decision.  Additionally, we encourage you to email your student’s teachers for assignments, class instruction and homework. Communication is essential between the home and your student’s teachers. We are awaiting guidance from the state on this matter and will keep families informed as guidance becomes available from state agencies. 

 

If the District closes due to an emergency order, how will the district address educational services?

This is a question that we are currently trying to answer and will disseminate information and add to this document as a full plan is developed.  As we attempt to develop a viable plan for our students, we will be sending out a survey to research the availability of internet service in our students’ homes.  Also, please be on the lookout for additional surveys as we work to establish our short-term and possibly long-term plans. 

 

If the District closes due to an emergency order, will my student be able to access food services and Buddy Backpack supplies?

Similarly, these concerns and ways to address them are currently being explored.  We do not have a definitive answer for these questions yet, but are working to try to provide whatever resources and help we can provide to the community if we do experience an extended school closure.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)? 

Visit this site to get information or ask questions:  https://info.mo.gov/covid/

Or CALL the Missouri Novel Coronavirus Information Hotline at877-435-8411