We have been working in collaboration with the St. Charles County Health Department and St. Charles County Government regarding the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). After a meeting this evening, we have decided to close all FHSD schools through April 3, 2020, with classes set to resume April 6. The closure also includes Vacation Station, which is effective starting March 16. All extracurricular activities and outside organization events are also canceled until further notice.
This action is necessary, and we are saddened by the fact we will not be able to provide our students with structure, learning, and community. I know how difficult it is for families when school is not in session. There are many questions about next steps and schedules. This is a continually changing situation, so it is difficult to be definitive in planning.
We are working on at-home activities if an extension is needed. In addition to the alternative learning support, the District is working on takeout meals that could be provided at several sites across our District. More information will be provided in the next few days.
Our amazing custodial and maintenance staff will deep clean our buildings. The cleaning will include wiping down the hard surfaces, treating our floors, and disinfecting toys and athletic equipment. The cleaning plan was developed with the assistance of the St. Charles Health Department.
Throughout our closure, we ask that students and staff follow the CDC guidance - practice social distancing, stay in, wash your hands, and practice good respiratory hygiene. Contact the St. Charles County Health Department or your primary care physician should you have any Coronavirus symptoms.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted times together and do our part to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.
Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, Superintendent
Francis Howell School District