Communication on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Communication on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD) strongly encourages that if you do not need immediate medical attention, to call your healthcare provider to assess your condition prior to visiting a medical facility to prevent unintended exposure to medical staff. 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MO DHSS) has opened a statewide public hotline for individuals needing guidance regarding COVID-19.  The hotline is operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

      Missouri State COVID-19 Hotline  1-877-435-8411

 How can you help prevent the spread of the virus?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends daily preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of the elbow or into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and objects.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
Jefferson County Executive Dennis Gannon, in conjunction with Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD) Director Kelley Vollmar, strongly encourage county residents to wear cloth face coverings while in public to prevent further spread of COVID-19. This is in line with current CDC guidelines to wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don't live in your household when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

For more information and the latest updates on the coronavirus, please see the following websites:
July 2, 2020
The documents below are DRAFTS of our D#73 Return to School family information and D#73 School District Guidelines for Return. A link to a Google Form to provide your input on these plans and communications has been emailed to district families. We appreciate you providing this input by July 10, so we can share out the finalized plans by July 20. 
D#73 Return to School family information
D#73 School District Guidelines for Return to School

May 8, 2020

Today marks day 34 of virtual and alternative methods of learning for our students, staff, and parents. Only 12 more school days to go! Keep up the momentum because you are doing a tremendous job. Teachers have been in their classrooms preparing for our students to get their belongings in the upcoming days. Included with this email is additional information regarding the end of our school year, summer, and next year. We hope you will read it carefully and contact us with any questions you might have.

     Update on COVID-19 Closure

April 17, 2020
Included in this letter are quick updates on a few currently relevant items, including final grades, virtual summer school, and the final run of instructional resources. Also available is information for food and basic needs assistance if you have any need or know of anyone in need.

     Operation Food Search Resource Finder

April 9, 2020
Please see the following letter regarding closure through the end of the 2020 school year.  We will continue to communicate each decision as soon as we are able to do so effectively.

April 8, 2020

Meal Service Update Starting Monday, April 13, 2020.

Next week we will be providing two meals a day for all seven days of the week by distributing multiple meals on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.   Please see our meal service page on the left-hand menu for the updated information. 

April 6, 2020
COVID-19 Closure Classroom Resources Round II, with updated instructional resources, has been added to our district website, as well as in the family guidelines which was also mailed to every district family on Thursday, April 2. 

     Families: Start Here_Extended Closure Information

March 23, 2020
To remain consistent with the Jefferson County Stay At Home Orders, guidance from local health and government officials, and in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, staff, and communities, De Soto School District will remain closed through Friday, April 24, 2020. The earliest school will resume is Monday, April 27, 2020. The reopening date is subject to change pending further information. Please read the included letter for more information and do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance in any way.

In order to deliver materials appropriately to your student, based on your family’s accessibility, we ask that each family complete this form to indicate how easily online materials can be accessed while at home.

      De Soto #73 Access Survey

March 17, 2020
On Monday, a scheduled PD day for our district, staff gathered resources to send home with our students to help them keep previously learned classroom material fresh and to use this time to revisit this past learning and practice skills.  Paper copies were sent home with our students today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and electronic copies may also be found below.

     COVID-19 Closure Classroom Resources Round I - March 7 - April 6, 2020 

March 16, 2020
Many of our students rely on meal service during the school day; therefore, we will continue to provide meals to students as needed during our closure. Further information for accessing these meals is included in this flyer.

Meal Service during Closure

March 15, 2020
See the following letter containing important information regarding school closure due to COVID-19. Safety is always our first priority. Thank you for your partnership in this challenging time.

March 14, 2020
Please see the following communication from the district regarding family guidance for COVID-19. 

February 28, 2020
Please see the following letter regarding district preparations for the possibility of the spread of the Coronavirus.


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