Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Ray-Pec
*Last update at 1:45 p.m. July 30, 2020. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
- The Ray-Pec Administrative Services Center is open on weekdays.
- Some school buildings and gyms are open for Summer School, summer athletic workouts, and Panther Pride School Age Child Care.
- Summer athletic workouts continue.
- Panther Stadium and school playgrounds are open to the public as long as patrons follow social distancing guidelines.
- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services offer guidance on the reopening of school.
- On July 15, 2020, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and the MSHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) issued these Guidelines and Recommendations for Opening Sports/Activities.
District reports positive COVID-19 case
The District reported on July 27, 2020, that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The case involves an employee who is working at Eagle Glen and the High School for Summer School. The Cass County Health Department conducted contact tracing and determined that there were no students or other staff members who were exposed. Summer School classes will continue as usual through July 30.
District reports positive COVID-19 case
The District learned on July 20, 2020, that an employee at the Administrative Services Center has tested positive for COVID-19. This case involves a non-teaching employee who does not have interaction with students and teachers during the workday. The employee’s office is not in a public area of the administration building.
Summer School classes will continue as usual. The Administrative Services Center remains open.
The employee and affected contacts are required to follow health department guidelines for quarantine and testing before returning to work. The health department will contact those in need of further direction.
Five positive COVID-19 cases
The District learned on July 13, 2020, that three additional high school employees have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total positive cases to five. All five cases involve non-teaching employees who had worked in close proximity to each other.
Upon identification of the first positive case, the District worked with the Cass County Health Department to determine next steps. At that time, the District closed the high school for deep cleaning and delayed the start of Summer School by one day. In addition, the employees and affected contacts have been required to follow health department guidelines for quarantine and testing before returning to work.
As a result, these employees have not been at work or in contact with students attending Summer School.
The Cass County Health Department is conducting the contact tracing related to these cases.
State hotline re: COVID-19
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The hotline is operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 877-435-8411.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Ray-Pec Cares, an outreach of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation, has introduced a new program called “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” The program aims to match helpers with people who need assistance.
Ray-Pec Cares has also developed a community resource list that may be helpful to families during the stay-at-home order related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cancellations and schedule changes
School events, including extracurricular and athletic events, and school-sponsored trips, are canceled until further notice.
Panther Pride School-Age Child Care opened on June 8, 2020, with limited spaces available.
We will make announcements through the same channels we use to communicate inclement weather closures. Please be sure your information is up-to-date in order to receive email, telephone calls, and/or text messages. Contact your child’s school if you need to provide an updated email address. Watch for email communication from your child’s school and the District, as well as announcements on the District website or Facebook page.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, Novel coronavirus is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with common symptoms similar to the flu, which include a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus, it has the potential to spread quickly, and it has the potential to cause severe illness in some people.
What the School District is doing to reduce risk of flu or other illness:
- Ensuring our schools are equipped with disinfectants and cleaning supplies.
- Sanitizing classrooms.
- Increasing efforts to clean and disinfect hard surfaces, including desks, doorknobs, computers, tables, and other equipment used daily by students and staff.
- Disinfecting buses.
- Reminding students to cover their mouth with their arm or tissues when sneezing or coughing and encouraging frequent handwashing or use of instant hand sanitizer.
- Sending home sick children immediately when symptoms are evident.
- Sending home sick staff immediately.
- Working with families to minimize any missed learning opportunities.
How you can reduce risk of flu or coronavirus:
While Ray-Pec is taking these steps to reduce the risks of spreading illness, we need families to help! All families are urged to continue the practice of healthy behaviors, which include, but are not limited to:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs;
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects
- Stay home from school and work when you are sick. Children should be kept home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.