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In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received positive COVID-19 test results on one (1) Elementary School staff member and one (1) Middle school staff member (two total).  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity of either staff member has already been contacted and advised of their quarantine procedures.      
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received positive COVID-19 test results on two (2) Elementary School staff members and one (1) High School student (3 total).  Anyone who is considered a close contact to one of the positive cases or who was in close proximity for an extended period of time, has already been contacted about their quarantine procedures. In addition, two (2) Elementary School students, one (1) High School student and one Elementary School staff member (4 total) who previously tested positive, were released from isolation.      
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received positive test results on 2 students.  One student attends the Intermediate School, the other attends the Middle School.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity to either student for an extended period of time, has already been contacted and advised of their quarantine procedures. In addition, three staff members who previously tested positive, were released from isolation.     
Since the last update on November 24, the Festus R-VI School District received positive COVID-19 test results for 7 staff members and 7 students (14 total).  The students attend class in the Elementary, Middle and High Schools. The staff members work in the Elementary and High Schools.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity of any of the individuals, has already been contacted by the district and advised of their quarantine procedures. In addition, 7 staff members and 8 students (15 total) were released from isolation.     
In the past 24 hours the Festus R-VI School District received positive COVID-19 test results on one student and one staff member.  The staff member works at the high school and was last on campus on November 20.  The student is a high school student and was last on campus on November 11.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity to either individual for an extended period of time has already been contacted and notified of their quarantine procedures. In addition, six students who previously tested positive were released from isolation. The next COVID-19 update will be issued on Monday, November 30, following the Thanksgiving break.     
Since our last report on Friday, the Festus R-VI School District received positive COVID-19 test results from 11 students and staff members.  The cases involve four staff members in the Elementary School and one staff member at the Middle School.  They also include five High School students and one Elementary School student.  Anyone who is considered a close contact to any of the individuals or anyone who was within close proximity to any one of the individuals for an extended period of time has already been contacted about their quarantine procedures. The district also released from isolation one staff member and two students who had previously tested positive.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received a positive COVID-19 test result for one high school student. The student was last on campus on Monday, November 16.  Anyone who was considered a close contact or who was within close proximity of the student for an extended period of time has been contacted and advised of their quarantine procedures.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received positive COVID-19 test results for any student or staff member. Two students and one staff member who previously tested positive, have been released from isolation.     
In the past 24 hours the Festus R-VI School District has received positive COVID 19 test results on one Elementary staff member and three students (1 Intermediate School, 2 Elementary School).  The Elementary staff member was last on campus on November 12th.  The Intermediate School student was last on campus on November 10, one Elementary student was last on campus on November 16th and the second Elementary student was last on campus on November 17th.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity to one of the individuals for an extended period of time has already been contacted and advised of their quarantine procedures. In addition, two staff members and one student, who previously tested positive, were released from isolation.      
Since the last update on Friday, November 13, the district has received positive COVID-19 test results for one student and one staff member.  The student was last on campus on Thursday, November 12.  The staff member was last on campus on Monday, November 9.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity of the individuals for an extended period of time has already been contacted and advised of their quarantine procedures. In addition four students and four staff members who previously tested positive has been released from isolation.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received positive COVID-19 test results for five staff members.  Two were last on campus before the fall break, two were last on campus on Monday and the fifth was last on campus Tuesday.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity of the individuals for an extended period of time have been contacted and advised of their quarantine procedures.  In addition, four students who previously tested positive were released from isolation.  The district is currently monitoring 14 positive cases. A large number of students and staff were also added to the active contacts list.  As of this writing, that number stands at 177 (152 students, 25 staff members).  Of that number, 51 were exposed at school.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received positive COVID-19 test results for one Middle School staff member who has not been on campus since before Fall break.   One student who previously tested positive was released from isolation.  The District is currently monitoring 13 active cases of COVID-19. In addition, because of the increase in the number of community cases, there are currently 114 students and 21 staff members (135 total) in quarantine because they are either a close contact to a positive case or they are awaiting test results from a close contact.  Just 27 of the 135 are quarantined because of a close contact at school. The District is aware of the large increase in positive cases, particularly among the community.  It's believed a large number of these cases are a result of Halloween gatherings.  The two-week incubation period from that date is approaching and it is hoped that the numbers will begin to come down after that.  Staff at all Festus R-VI schools are redoubling their mitigation efforts.  For the good of Jefferson County and our ability to remain in school, you are encouraged to practice good mitigation protocols away from school; wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth with your arm when coughing or sneezing, avoid large gatherings, practice social distancing, and wear a facial covering when that is not possible.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received positive COVID-19 test results for one student and one staff member.  The Elementary School student was last on campus yesterday, Monday, November 9.  The Elementary School staff member was last on campus before the fall break.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity of the individuals for an extended period of time have been contacted about their quarantine procedures.  The District is currently monitoring 13 active cases of COVID-19. In addition, because of the increase in the number of community cases, there are currently 108 students and 20 staff members (128 total) in quarantine because they are either a close contact to a positive case or they are awaiting test results from a close contact.     
The Festus R-VI School District is currently monitoring 11 positive cases of COVID-19 among students and staff.   The individuals were last on campus prior to the fall break.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity of the individuals for an extended period of time have been contacted about their quarantine procedures. In addition, because of the increase in the number of community cases, there are currently 78 students and 21 staff members (99 total) in quarantine because they are either a close contact to a positive case or they are awaiting test results from a close contact.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received positive COVID-19 test results for any students or staff members. The District is currently monitoring six (6) active cases.     
In the past 24 hours the Festus R-VI School District has received two (2) positive COVID-19 test results one on a student and one on a staff member.  The Intermediate School student was last on campus on Friday, October 23.  The Elementary School staff member was last on campus on Monday, October 26.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was in close proximity to the individuals for an extended period of time have been contacted and advised of their quarantine protocols.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received positive COVID-19 test results for any students or staff members.     
Today, the Festus R-VI School District received positive COVID-19 test results for three (3) students.  One attends Festus High School, one attends Festus Intermediate School and the third attends Festus Elementary School.  The High School and Intermediate School students were last on campus on Thursday, October 22.  The Elementary School student was last on campus on Friday, October 23.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was in close proximity of the students for an extended period of time has already been contacted and advised of their quarantine procedures.  One staff member who previously tested positive was released from isolation.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received positive COVID-19 test results for any students or staff members.  One student who previously tested positive was released from isolation.  The District is currently monitoring two(2) active cases.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received positive COVID-19 test results for any students or staff members.  The District is currently monitoring three active cases.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received one (1) positive COVID-19 test result for a student at the High School.  The student was last on campus on Friday, October 16.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity of the student for an extended period of time has been contacted and advised of their quarantine requirements.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received positive COVID-19 test results for any students or staff.  However, one student who previously tested positive was released from isolation.     
Since our last report on Friday, October 16th, the Festus R-VI School District received one positive COVID-19 test result for a student.  The Middle School student was last on campus on October 8th.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity to the student for an extended period of time has been contacted and advised of their quarantine procedures.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received positive COVID-19 test results for any students or staff members.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has received one positive COVID-19 test result for a staff member.  That staff member was last at work at the high school today.  Anyone who is considered a close contact, or who was within close proximity of the individual has already been contacted by the District and advised of their quarantine procedures.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results on any students or staff members.  The District is currently monitoring one positive case in the district.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results for students or staff members.  The District is currently monitoring one active positive case.     
Since our last report on Friday, October 9, the Festus R-VI School District has not received positive COVID-19 test results for any students or staff members.  One student who previously tested positive for COVID-19 was released from isolation.  The District is currently monitoring one active positive case.     
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results for any students or staff members.   
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received one positive COVID-19 test result for a High School student.  That student was last on campus on Tuesday, October 6.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was within close proximity of the student for an extended period of time has already been contacted and advised of their quarantine procedures.  In addition, one student who had previously tested positive was released from isolation. 
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received positive COVID-19 test results on any student or staff member.  In addition, one student who previously tested positive was released from isolation.  The District and the Jefferson County Health Department are currently tracking two active positive cases in the District. 
In the past 24 hours, the Jefferson County Health Department notified the District of two positive COVID-19 test results of two students.  The Elementary and High School students live in the same household. Neither student has been on campus since September 22, so no additional quarantines were necessary.  In addition, two students were released from isolation.
Since our last report on Friday, October 2, the Festus R-VI School District has not received positive COVID-19 test results for any student or staff member.  Two students who had previously tested positive were released from isolation.  The district now has three active cases that are being monitored.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results for any student or staff member. In addition, one student who previously tested positive was released from isolation.
For the second consecutive day, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results for any student or staff member.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results for any student or staff member.
In the past 24 hours the Jefferson County Health Department notified the Festus R-VI School District about positive COVID-19 test results for five students.  Three of the students (one elementary school, two intermediate school) are members of the same family and were last on campus on September 14 and no one was required to quarantine because the students were already home for a community contact.  The fourth student is a high school student and was last on campus on Monday, September 21.  The fifth student is an Intermediate School student and was last on campus on Friday, September 25.  Anyone who is considered a close contact or was in close proximity to the student for an extended period of time has already been contacted by the district and advised of their quarantine procedures. Three students were also released from isolation today. You can see the latest District numbers on our COVID-19 Dashboard on our website.
Since our last report on Friday, September 25, the Festus R-VI School District has received one positive COVID-19 test result for a Middle School student who was on campus today. Anyone who is considered a close contact or who was in close proximity to this student for an extended period of time has already been contacted by the District and advised of their quarantine procedures. In addition, three staff members who had previously tested positive were released from isolation.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has received positive COVID-19 test results on two elementary school students. One student was last on campus on Friday, September 18. There were no close contacts because that student has been home on quarantine because of a community exposure. The other student was last on campus on Monday, September 21. Anyone who is a close contact or who was in close proximity to the student for an extended period of time, has already been notified by the R-VI District of their quarantine procedures.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received a positive COVID-19 test result on one Elementary School staff member and one High School Student. The staff member is not a classroom teacher and no one was considered a close contact and required to quarantine. The high school student was last on campus on Sept. 16. Anyone considered a close contact with the High School student or anyone who was in close proximity for an extended period of time has already been contacted by the R-VI District and advised of their quarantine procedures. Regarding yesterday's positive test result of an Intermediate School staff member, that individual was last at school on Friday, September 18. Anyone who was considered a close contact or was in close proximity to the individual for an extended period of time has already been contacted and told of their quarantine procedures. Also today, three students were released from isolation and their cases were closed.
In the past 24 hours the Festus R-VI School District received one positive COVID-19 test results for a staff member at the Intermediate School. Also, today, the De Soto School District announced that a member of its high school football team tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Many of you may be concerned about what this means for the Festus football program because De Soto was the opponent this past Friday evening. The De Soto player who tested positive did not participate in Friday night’s game at Tiger Stadium. As a result, the Festus football program is NOT IMPACTED by today’s news in terms of having to conduct “contact tracing” for any possible quarantine(s). Festus R-VI student-athletes will continue to follow mitigation procedures to limit their possible exposure to COVID-19. Mitigation protocols include wearing facial coverings when not participating in activity, practicing social distancing to the extent possible, and practicing proper hand hygiene. Festus R-VI very much appreciates the trust you place in our coaches to keep your student-athletes as safe as possible.
In the past 24 hours the Festus R-VI School District has not received positive COVID-19 test results for any students or staff. One high school student was released from isolation.
Since our last report on Friday, September 18, the Festus R-VI School District has received positive COVID-19 test results on one High School student and one Intermediate School staff member. Anyone who is considered a close contact has already been contacted about their quarantine procedures. If you have not been contacted directly by someone from the Festus R-VI School District, there is nothing that you need to do.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Who should get tested for COVID-19? People who have symptoms of COVID-19, people who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19, or people who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider or local or state health department
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District did not receive any positive COVID-19 test results of any student or staff member.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

When taking your temperature to check for a fever, don’t do it within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications, like acetaminophen, that could lower your temperature.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District did not receive any positive COVID-19 test results of any student or staff member. In addition, the three positive staff members were released from isolation, resulting in the closure of their cases. The district has three student cases open at this time.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body ache, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, stay home and call your doctor.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received word of positive COVID-19 test results on three students. Two students attend the high school, the third attends the Middle School. One high school student was already on quarantine because of a community contact, the other high school student was last on campus on Friday, September 11. The middle school student was last at school on Monday, September 14. Anyone who is considered a close contact or was anyone who was within close proximity of any of the students for an extended period of time has already been contacted and notified of their quarantine procedures.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results of a student or staff member. The Jefferson County Health Department also released three students from isolation, resulting in three additional closed positive cases.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Remember, proper mask wearing is important. Be sure the mask covers your mouth AND nose.
Since our last report on Friday, September 11, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results of any students or staff.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Remember to keep your facial coverings clean. Dirty masks can spread germs. Wash them every day.
Today, the Festus R-VI School District learned of positive COVID-19 test results on two staff members. Both staff members have been home under quarantine for community exposure, therefore their positive results did not affect any students or staff at school.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

It’s the weekend. Please take a moment to wash off the outside of your students’ backpacks. A good cleaning on the outside will help to prevent the spread of any germs.
Since our last update about 24 hours ago, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results on a student or staff member.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

If someone in your household is tested for COVID-19, it is important that you quarantine all members of your family at home until you get the results of that test.
The Festus R-VI School District learned today of a positive COVID-19 test result on a student at the high school. The student's last day on campus was for a brief time today, Wednesday, September 9, however, contact tracing must be tracked back to last Friday, September 4. Anyone who is considered a close contact or anyone who was in close proximity to the individual for an extended period of time has been contacted and advised of their quarantine requirements. If you have NOT heard directly from me or someone else at the Festus R-VI School District, no additional precautions need to be taken. .
 

Daily Prevention Tip

It is important to note that the symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to many other ailments including allergies, the common cold, strep throat and the flu. If you don't feel good, be safe and stay home. See a doctor if the symptoms don't improve.
Since our last report on Friday, September 4, the Festus R-VI School District has received positive COVID-19 test results on three students and two employees. The student tests involve an Intermediate School student who hasn't been at school since August 28, a Middle School student and a High School Student whose last days on campus were Wednesday, September 2. The staff members who tested positive do not work in a position where they would be in close contact with students for greater than 15 minutes. Anyone who is considered a close contact or was in close proximity to any of these individuals for an extended period of time, has already been contacted and advised of their quarantine. If you have not heard from me personally, or anyone else in the district, then you do NOT need to take any extra precautions.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Today's tip comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Jefferson County Health Department. When choosing a face covering, look for these things: 1. Choose a mask that fits snuggly around your face and has no gaps. 2. Look for multi-layered (at least 2), tightly woven cotton, cotton-polyester blends or linens. 3. Fabrics with soft, stretchy material such as spandex or polyester pull moisture away from your skin, helping to keep you cooler. 4. The mask should be able to be secured with ear loops or ties 5. The mask should be washable and able to retain its shape without damage after being washed.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received word of one positive COVID-19 test of a Festus High School student. The student was last on campus on Tuesday, September 1. Anyone who is considered a close contact or was in close proximity to the student for an extended period of time has already been contacted by the district and informed of their quarantine period. They are not allowed to return to school or work until that period is over.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, door knobs, light switches, handles, countertops, desks, phones, cell phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Today the Festus R-VI School District received one positive COVID-19 test result on a student who attends the Intermediate School. This student was last on campus for a very limited time on Monday, August 31. Anyone who is considered a close contact or was in close proximity to the student for an extended period of time, has already been contacted by the R-VI District and informed they must stay away from school until released from quarantine by the Jefferson County Health Department.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

If you are sick stay home. If you are tested for COVID-19 you should self-quarantine until your test results come back. Don't go to work or school until you know the results of that test.
Today the Festus R-VI School District received no new positive COVID-19 test results.

Daily Prevention Tip

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. It’s especially important to wash:
  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching your face
  • After using the restroom
  • After leaving a public place
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling your mask
  • After changing a diaper
  • After caring for someone sick
  • After touching animals or pets
Today, the Festus R-VI School District received positive COVID-19 test results on a Middle School staff member.  This staff member's only day on campus was Friday, August 28, for about three hours.  The staff member had no close contacts with any students or staff members while on campus.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stresses that COVID-19 is transmitted through the air on droplets that an infected person emits when they cough, sneeze or talk.  They strongly recommend covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and sanitize your hands right away.
Today, the Festus R-VI School District learned of a positive test result of a student in our Elementary School.  The student has not been on campus since Thursday, August 28 and is related to the staff member whose positive test result we communicated yesterday.  Anyone who is considered a close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) or were in close proximity of a positive case for an extended period of time has been contacted by the District or the Jefferson County Health Department and told to quarantine and that they cannot return to school until their quarantine period is over.  Since the start of school last Monday, August 24th, the District has received positive test results on 3 students and one staff member. 

Daily Prevention Tip

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who test positive for COVID-19 can spread the virus up to two days before becoming symptomatic and therefore do not know they are even infected with the virus.  Because of this, the CDC says everyone should wear a mask when in a public setting and when around people who don't live in your household and when social distancing cannot be observed.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  You can email Lindsey Roth, Coordinator of Staff and Student Wellness at rothlindsey@festusedu.com.
On Saturday, R-VI was notified of a positive COVID test result on a member of the staff at Festus Elementary.  The individual is not a classroom teacher but was at work during the first week of school and was last on campus on Thursday, August 28.  Any individual who was in close contact (6’ or less) for longer than 15 minutes or was in close proximity to the positive case for an extended period of time, has already been contacted by the R-VI District and/or the Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD).
Today, the Festus R-VI School District was notified by a family that two siblings enrolled with Festus R-VI had tested positive for COVID-19.  One sibling is enrolled at Festus Elementary School and the other is enrolled at Festus High School.  Both students were last on campus Monday, August 24th but were NOT in attendance on Tuesday, August 25th or Wednesday, August 26th.   Individuals who were within 6 feet of either student for more than 15 minutes, which are guidelines administered by the Jefferson County Health Department, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are being contacted directly by the R-VI District and will not be returning for the duration of the quarantine period.  So, unless you hear from the R-VI District or the Jefferson County Health Department, there is no need for you or your family to do any type of isolation or quarantine.