Update from the superintendent

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Dear Pattonville families and staff,

As we approach the end of the first semester, I want to update you on upcoming changes to our health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. A recent ruling by a circuit court judge in Cole County has challenged the authority of state and local health officials’ ability to issue certain health orders. While the ruling has put into question the authority of local health departments, our school district’s authority and obligation to prevent the spread of contagious diseases remains unchanged. Pattonville has a legal obligation to prevent the spread of contagious disease in schools, which is supported by Missouri State Statutes 167.191 and 171.011, Pattonville Board of Education Policy EBB (Communicable Diseases) and a Missouri Supreme Court ruling (State ex. Rel. O’Bannon v. Cole).

Over the last couple of weeks, we have researched what the court ruling means and how it impacts the health and safety strategies we use in Pattonville to keep students and staff safe and in school. In light of the judge’s ruling and in an effort to continue to keep everyone healthy and in school, the Pattonville Board of Education on Dec. 14 established the following updated protocols, effective Jan. 3:

Pattonville will also continue to record positive cases on its COVID-19 dashboard, located on our COVID-19 information hub at bit.ly/PSDCOVIDinfohub.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 rates in our area and in our schools and revisit these protocols to determine if any changes are necessary. The good news is that we anticipate the new changes to mean fewer disruptions to student learning going forward. We hope everyone has a healthy and safe winter as we navigate the continually changing circumstances associated with this global pandemic.

Sincerely,

Tim Pecoraro, Ed.D.

Superintendent




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