The Republic School District has developed this page to address practices and procedures regarding coronavirus, COVID-19. In addition, resources from the CDC along with state and local health department are listed below. This page will also serve as a resource for event impacts regarding COVID-19.
RepMO Return to Learn PlanThe Republic School District has developed a three phased plan with health-related protocols to address COVID19. This plan was created in conjunction with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The protocols are based on best practices from schools and businesses around the globe and recommendations from DESE and our community. They are subject to change moving forward.The goal of these protocols is to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other illnesses by reducing the number of personal and surface contacts students and employees experience while at school. While reduction is the goal, it is impossible to completely eliminate all contact and therefore risk of exposure.Based on feedback, the district will begin in phase 1 of the RepMO Return to Learn plan on August 24.
COVID-19 Communication Efforts
The below graph identifies the number of positive student and employee COVID19 cases by week in the Republic School District. This information will be updated on Monday of each week.
Anyone who is considered a direct contact to a positive case will receive a personal phone call from school with details about the situation and instructions about quarantining, if needed. In addition, details about positive cases will be emailed to all district families and employees. Those emails will be archived below.
TOTAL STUDENT ENROLLMENT: 5024
TOTAL STAFF: 958
Last Updated: September 21, 2020
The "Exposure Notifications" linked below are sent to all district families, employees and secondary students in an effort to be as transparent as possible in providing important information for our patrons as we all work to stay as healthy as possible during this uncertain time. To limit the number of emails our patrons receive the district will send one email each evening that there is a positive case in our district instead of sending notifications as they happen. HOWEVER, we will continue to immediately contact individuals who are directly exposed and may need to quarantine via individual phone calls as soon as contact tracing has been completed.
What You Can Do
Families can support Republic School District in our efforts to keep students and staff healthy by:
*We are asking families and employees to complete daily wellness checks using the following checklist:
*Encourage HAND WASHING with soap and water for at least 20 seconds along with other healthy hygiene tips.
*Keeping children home if they are showing signs of illness. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 reported are fever, cough and trouble breathing. You can learn more at the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
*Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill.
*For those who choose to travel, it is advised that prevention tips are followed. Upon return, it is important for individuals to monitor any change in their health and to notify the health department with questions or concerns.
*Our district policy requires anyone in 4th grade or older to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. This includes during the school day, for extra-curricular and athletic events and for essential visitors. Although not required, we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE students younger than 4th grade to wear masks as well.The district is currently exploring the best options for our kindergarten through 3rd grade students to provide a strong level of protection while not inhibiting reading and phonics instruction done at those grade levels. Also, ALL students must wear a mask when riding a school bus.*Follow the below protocols for fall athletic and activity events: