SLLIS COVID Procedures

Updated 3.2.22

SLLIS is making changes to its COVID-19 mitigation practices. 

The following outlines SLLIS’ approach and key areas for changes.

Process and Timeline:

  • St. Louis City’s mask mandate is set to expire March 6, 2022.

  • We anticipate that the Board of Aldermen will not renew the mask mandate on March 7, 2022.

  • The City will likely release new COVID guidance on March 7, 2022.

  • SLLIS is sharing some proposed changes  to our COVID guidance here.

  • The SLLIS Community will provide feedback on these proposed changes March 3-7. 

  • By March 9, SLLIS will determine if and when to make new procedures effective based on community feedback. 

SLLIS Objectives:

  • Optimize the educational environment to support language immersion learning.

  • Keep students in school so learning is continuous.

  • Reopen doors to our community as appropriate.

  • Use specific metrics to increase mitigation when necessary.

Rationale for Updating Our Procedures

  • Public health data indicate that we are reaching extremely low levels of COVID-19 transmission in St. Louis City.

  • We know a lot more about COVID-19 than we did before.

  • We have many tools at our disposal for prevention and treatment of the disease, and children continue to be impacted at much lower levels than adults.

  • At this point, most individuals have had COVID-19, have been vaccinated, or both.

Updated Procedures

Please note: All procedures that are not specifically mentioned below (social distancing, hand hygiene, health screening, quarantine, etc) will remain in place until further notice.

Mask situational approach (Optimize the educational environment to support language immersion learning)

  • Staff and students at SLLIS would make their own decisions about whether or not to wear a mask in the school setting.

  • SLLIS would highly recommend that individuals consult with their doctors when determining whether to wear a mask at school.

  • SLLIS would highly recommend masking for individuals who are not vaccinated.

Continuous learning approach (Keep students in school so learning is continuous)

  • Students at SLLIS would be able to stay in school when exhibiting low-risk symptoms of COVID-19, such as a stuffy nose.

  • SLLIS would require further evaluation of students when they exhibited two or more “high-risk” symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste/smell).

Reopen doors to our community as appropriate.

  • SLLIS would allow visitors, parents, and volunteers on campus to support learning.

Approach for Increasing Mitigation when Necessary (Use specific metrics to increase mitigation when necessary)

Should the combined staff and student population on SLLIS’ campus reach 1.5% presumed or confirmed positive for COVID-19:

  • SLLIS would begin the implementation of its Increased Mitigation Plan for a minimum of two weeks. 

  • This would include:

    • Requiring masks

    • Excluding students with any symptom from the learning environment

    • Limiting visitors on campus