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Board Approves Updated Return to Learning Plan to Begin Jan. 18, 2022

December 10, 2021

Dear Ritenour Staff and Families, 

The Ritenour School District Board of Education approved an updated Return to Learning Plan at its meeting last night (Dec. 9, 2021). The plan includes a transition from mandatory indoor masking (
our current practice) to recommended indoor masking for all students and staff, as well as new guidelines for student and staff exclusions (formerly known as quarantines).

These changes would go into effect on Jan. 18, 2022, the first day of our second semester.  All current COVID-19 safety protocols will remain in place for the remainder of the first semester (through January 14).

Beginning Jan. 18, if the COVID-19 positivity rate in St. Louis County falls below 7%, wearing a mask would move from mandatory to recommended for all Ritenour students and staff members while inside schools and district buildings.  

If the positivity rate is above 7% at that time, easing the masking mandate would be delayed until the positivity rate falls below that level in St. Louis County.

After the district makes the transition to recommended masking, all decisions about wearing masks will then be made at the individual school building level in Ritenour.  Individual schools will move back to mandatory masking for a period of two weeks if the COVID-19 positivity rate climbs above 1% in that building. 

Due to federal law, all students and bus drivers must wear masks or face coverings at all times when riding Ritenour buses.

Also beginning Jan. 18, Ritenour will only exclude (formerly known as quarantine) students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have symptoms after being in direct contact with an individual who has tested positive for the virus. This means that individuals would not automatically be excluded from school or work for being a close contact with a positive case. They would stay in school unless they either test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms after the exposure. The district will no longer be doing contact tracing as of Jan. 18.

You can read the revised plan by clicking here.

Thank you for your continued support and patience.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chris Kilbride
Superintendent