In Brentwood School District, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities.
As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation revolving around COVID-19 and taking guidance from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services,the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the St. Louis County Department of Health, and other health experts. Further, school district administrators from across the St. Louis region are collaborating on decisions that affect education during these uncertain times.
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.
Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?
People are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If it has been less than 2 weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.
We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school district community. We encourage everyone to practice good health habits, including:
Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don't have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.
In the fight against COVID-19, slowing and stopping the spread of the virus is one of the most important things communities can do to keep each other safe. In schools, masks are one of the best tools we have to stop the spread and keep students in school. It's especially important for children who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine.
At this point in the pandemic, there is ample scientific evidence about the effectiveness of masks. Leading medical experts, hospitals, and health organizations all recommend masks as a preventative measure. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MO DHSS), and others all recommend universal masks as precautionary measures against COVID-19.
With consensus among health experts about the effectiveness of masks, universal mask wearing continues to be a priority in Brentwood School District's mitigation plans. In addition to the health and safety benefits, masks play an important role in keeping students in school. Under Missouri's guidance for modified quarantines in school settings, students wearing masks have greater flexibility to stay in school after exposure to a COVID-19 case. Wearing a mask keeps students in the classroom where they have the best opportunity for success.