Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates/FAQs
After a request from Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and in coordination with districts across the Kansas City area, the Platte County School District will extend its original March 23-April 3 closure through Friday, April 24.
School districts, working together with local health departments, have an important role in slowing the spread of diseases and in helping to ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Platte County School District is continuing to communicate with our local Platte County Health Department (PCHD) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MHSS) for their guidance to help ensure the welfare of our community.
We have developed this page to share resources and keep staff, students, and parents informed of our efforts, and to answer frequently asked questions.
For additional up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the following resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
What is the coronavirus? What are the symptoms? The COVID-19 Coronavirus is an emerging and rapidly evolving outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which has now been detected in many locations internationally, including cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
School Closure Information
At what point might you take additional measures if needed and what does that look like? How will Platte County School District determine when it might be necessary to close school? After a request from Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and in coordination with districts across the Kansas City area, the Platte County School District will extend its original March 23-April 3 closure through Friday, April 24.
PCR-3 families and staff would be notified of any closures and updates through the same communication channels as we use to communicate inclement weather closures. As this situation unfolds, we will provide additional updates through our usual channels as well.
Academics/Continous Learning Information
The Platte County School District has developed proactive contingency plans to support continuous student learning in the event of a prolonged school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the Continuous Learning page here to access your student's continuous learning plan, as well as expectations/instructions for staff, students and caregivers.
My student is taking an AP course. What should they do? AP courses will continue with new learning administered by the teacher of record. Students/families will receive guidance from their teachers directly. The AP program is posting updates about their tests on their website.
My student is taking a Dual Credit course. What should they do? Dual Credit courses will continue with new learning administered by the teacher of record. Students/families will receive guidance from their teachers directly.
What will happen with my students' A+ eligibility? In response to multiple school closures as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development is issuing guidance for 2020 high school seniors’ A+ Scholarship eligibility - please visit this page. This guidance is temporary and only applies to 2020 seniors. All other high school students will be required to meet the A+ Scholarship requirements outlined in Section 160.545, RSMo and the A+ administrative rule, 6 CSR 10-2.190.
My student was scheduled to take the ACT in April or was registered for an ACT prep session? What will happen with those? The April ACT National testing day and the district's ACT boot camps have been canceled. Students can register for ACT's upcoming National Test Dates with this link.
Will our students take MAP and EOC state tests this school year? The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education canceled all remaining state testing for this school year.
Food Service Information
The Platte County School District will provide meals to our school community during the time of school closure due to COVID-19. Details on this process are posted on our Food Service During School Closure page and will be sent out to families.
Health Services and Mental Health Information
How can I talk to my child about this situation? What resources are available to help? It’s important to monitor your own health and the health of your family, both physically and emotionally. School Counselors and Social Workers can be contacted via email for additional support. Talking to your student about what is happening is important too, as accurate information can often decrease anxiety. Resources on how to talk to your child about COVID-19 can be found here.
Can I pick up my child's medication that is stored at school? Building nurses are contacting families who keep medication at school regarding emergency medication pickup if needed.
How can my child and family stay well? To help prevent the spread of illness, follow these important tips:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. Children must be kept home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with an elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Child Care Information
Working with Y Club staff, the Platte County School District is offering childcare on a modified schedule (8am-4pm at Pathfinder and Compass Elementaries) to PCR-3 parents whose occupation/situation during this school closure puts a burden on families (i.e. healthcare professionals, emergency responders, law enforcement, military, etc.). Details on this process can be found here.
All students in grades 6-12 were asked to take home their Chromebooks prior to spring break. If your student was not able to bring home their device, PCHS, PCMS, and Barry School will be open on Friday, March 20, from 8am-noon to receive a device. If this timeframe does not work for your family, please contact your building principal.
In order to support Chromebook functionality issues, starting Monday, March 23, our Technology Help Desk will be available from Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm. You can reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 816-858-5791. The Technology Department is also working on some basic ‘how-to’ documents to assist in using some of the tools the District provides, and has compiled a list of possible solutions to home Internet access. Visit this page for additional technology support information.
Events, Facilities, and Operations Information
We are concerned about graduation, prom, the last day of school, summer school or another planned day on the calendar. I am also concerned about athletics and other extracurricular activities. What will happen with these? These are all important parts of the school experience. We are still gathering information to try to answer these questions, while we know this is a fast-changing situation. We will provide answers as soon as we can and will update our calendars with any information on cancelations or postponing of events.
Are school facilities open? We have restricted all non-school groups/individuals from using any school district facility effective immediately and until further notice. All school building activities including athletics and extra-curricular activities are also canceled until further notice.
Can I/my family use PCR-3's outdoor facilities? PCR-3 playgrounds are closed until further notice to slow the spread of COVID-19. Stadiums/athletic facilities remain open, with the following guidelines: maintain personal distancing, no groups of more than 10 people, and no team sports.
Can I get into the school to pick up learning materials or my child’s belongings? While we are limiting the number of staff in our buildings, if you need to pick up learning materials or belongings, please email your building principal to make an appointment.
What measures have you taken/are you taking to prevent the spread of illness? Our custodial staff have added additional cycles of disinfecting our buildings, and we have added a disinfection cycle for our school buses. Our schools have taken this opportunity to remind students and staff about good hand hygiene and to cover coughs and sneezes.
What are Platte County School District’s cleaning procedures? Our Facilities Department uses a disinfectant that is known to be effective against COVID-19 and most other viruses. Custodians are wiping down surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, handrails, light switches and drinking fountains on a regular basis. We have recently added more disinfection of school buses as well.
Can and/or should students and staff wear masks? Public health authorities do not currently recommend that healthy people routinely wear masks, and we do not recommend that students and staff wear masks. There is some evidence that people who are sick can lessen the spread of respiratory infections if they wear a mask. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with hand sanitizer or soap and water. If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly. Masks are in very limited supply and should be reserved for sick people and medical professionals exposed to illness. Platte County School District does not have access to masks. Students and staff who are coughing and sneezing should stay home until their symptoms have improved.
Are students given opportunities to wash their hands during the school day? Students are being given opportunities to wash their hands during the school day. In locations where access to soap and water is limited, hand sanitizer is also available.
Will my student or I be penalized for staying home from school sick? Absolutely not. We want our students to be at school. However, when they are sick, they should be at home. The same applies to our staff members. We need our staff to be healthy in order to care for our children, so they should stay home when they are sick.
If my student travels outside of the country, will Platte County School District restrict his/her reentry into school? In regards to students/staff visiting countries under travel advisories with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we will be following the direction of the Platte County Health Department who ask that people who are ill or have traveled to areas where COVID-19 is active to quarantine at home for a period of 14 days. During this time, absences will be excused and students will receive make-up schoolwork. It is important to note that the CDC’s list of travel advisories may change rapidly. If your student is traveling to any CDC-identified country this semester, please inform your school building principal. Together with your child’s teacher(s), you will develop a plan for make-up work to ensure your student remains on track academically. It is important to note that during this time, students may not participate in any school activities, programs, clubs, etc.
Who can I contact with additional questions? For more information, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact your school principal, District staff member, or the District office at 816-858-5420. A staff directory can be found here. If you are unsure who to contact, use our “How are we doing?” form on the homepage our website.