Welcome to Our Digital Newsletter for District Families!
Welcome to Our Digital Newsletter for District Families!

Welcome to our digital newsletter for District families!

An Important Message for In-Person Families
A friendly reminder: middle and high school students are not scheduled to return to in-person instruction until January 2021. This message is for elementary school families and families with students in special programs.  
As we prepare to return in-person on Monday, Dec. 7, Saint Louis Public Schools continues to work closely with the St. Louis City Department of Health to monitor COVID cases locally.
Our success in continuing in-person learning largely hinges on our partnerships with families in reporting positive cases and exposures in a timely manner. Your help has been, and will continue to be, invaluable. Please be advised of your ongoing obligations regarding exposures, positive cases and symptoms:
  1. Keep your student home if he/she/they exhibits any symptoms pursuant to the Student Symptom Decision Tree, and provide a report to the school as to the specific symptoms your child is having.
  2. Immediately report to your school principal any instance in which your child has had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID.
  3. Immediately report to your school principal any COVID-positive case within your household.
  4. Follow all directives from the building regarding necessary follow-up and documentation when students have been diagnosed, exposed or exhibit symptoms.
In addition, prior to a return to school on Monday, you must contact every non-household member your student had a close contact with during Thanksgiving break, and ask each person two questions:
  1. Have you tested positive for COVID? 
  2. Have you exhibited COVID symptoms, since the date of contact? 
If any close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes total within a day, with or without masksresponds “yes” to either question, immediately report this information to your child's principal, who will alert the District's Contact Tracing Team for next steps.
These obligations are ongoing and are paramount to maintaining a safe environment for our students and staff. We appreciate your partnership in this effort. Any failure to adhere to these obligations at any time will result in your child being transitioned from in-person learning to virtual learning for a period of time, up to the remainder of the school year. 
As a reminder, masks and social distancing are also continuing obligations for all students. Continued failure to adhere to building rules regarding masks and social distancing will result in your child being transitioned from in-person learning to virtual learning.
Please visit our website and click on the COVID-19 channel for the District's Data Dashboard and additional information about the District's response to COVID-19. 
Thank you for all you do in these efforts to keep our buildings safe!
Preparing for Quarter 3
Next week, the District will begin to survey families to determine their plans for the third quarter: in-person, virtual or Edmentum. Please keep a lookout for that survey and respond, so that we can appropriately plan for Quarter 3. Thank you!
We Want Your Feedback!
At the Board of Education's Work Session on Dec. 1, Dr. Adams presented his Consolidation Plan for the 2021-2022 school year.
You can find that presentation (and all board presentations) at www.slps.org/presentations.
The plan recommends closing 10 schools and transitioning one school (Carnahan) from a high school back to a middle school, based on the following criteria:
  • Enrollment/Demands
  • Building Condition
  • Capacity
  • Neighborhood Impact
  • Special Program/Considerations
The Board is scheduled to vote on the Consolidation Plan on Dec. 15. But first, Dr. Adams and the Board want to hear from you. Please review the plan at www.slps.org/presentations and share your feedback at www.slps.org/comments. The form will be open until 9am on Monday, Dec. 7.
Additionally, we have scheduled a virtual Town Hall at 6:30pm on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in advance of the Board Meeting scheduled for that day. Those who participate will be able to ask questions through the chat feature and have their questions answered live. As a subscriber to the Parent Digest, an invitation to join the virtual program will be emailed directly to you. Please feel free to share! 
Fun Breathing Exercises for Kids
Through working with some of our SLPS families, our Parent Educators have found the need for finding ways to help them cope with stressful situations that involve themselves and their children. There’s a writer whose name is Sharon Brandwein who specializes in all things parenting. Her work has appeared on ABC News, Parents, Scary Mommy, and motherly. Her passion though is writing about motherhood. Brandwein suggests five fun and easy deep breathing exercises that we also find both parents and children enjoy.
First find a quiet place. Next she suggests getting down to their eye level which signals to them they have your full attention. Make sure you’re making eye contact and speak softly where your message is more likely to be heard and received. Now we can begin. Remember you are your child’s first teacher. It is important for you to model the activity with your child, the rewards are endless. Below are five exercises we find that are most enjoyable.
1. SMELLING FLOWERS: Tell your child to imagine they are smelling maybe a rose or their favorite flower, slowly breathing in deeply through the nose and exhaling gently out through the mouth. Smelling flowers is one of the easiest breathing exercises to master, and a good starting point for your child.
2. THE BUNNY BREATH: Just like a little bunny in the garden, encourage your child to take three quick sniffs in through the nose, and one long exhale out through the mouth.
3. BLOW OUT THE CANDLE: Have your child blow out the candles on a make-believe birthday cake, drawing a deep breath in through the mouth, and blowing it out strong through the mouth as well.
4. BLOWING BUBBLES: Remind your child how softly they need to blow to get a nice big bubble. Encourage them to take a deep breath in and blow it out slow and long.
5. SMELL THE FLOWER AND BLOW OUT THE CANDLE: Have your child pretend that he/she has a flower in one hand and a candle in the other. The first step is smelling the flower, taking a deep breath in through the nose, and slowly filling the lungs with air. Next, have your child exhale and blow out the candle in the other hand.
Parents Educators agree with Sharon Brandwein who recommends “deep breathing exercises can help kids reset, self-regulate, and respond to stress in a healthier way.” Also Brandwein states when your child is angry, frustrated, or anything but calm, you’ll have to remind them to breathe deeply. Make sure you’re making eye contact and speak softly where your message is more likely to be heard and received.
Thanks to SLPS Parent Educator Martha Fennoy for this content!
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