• Frequently Asked Questions for Employees

  • If an employee has symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, who do they need to notify?

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    Employees should contact their supervisor who will connect them to the person in their building who is a trained "contact investigator". This person will confidentially interview the employee and walk them through guidance about quarantine or isolation and what paperwork and followup that will be required for their absence.

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  • Will cloth masks or PPE be provided to employees? Can I bring/wear my own mask?

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    All staff will be required to wear a cloth face-covering/mask unless there is a medical reason that the face should not be covered. In that case, Parkway will provide a face shield. Face shields do not replace the need to wear a cloth face covering.

    Parkway will provide one cloth face covering for each staff member who needs one. Staff may also wear their own cloth face-covering/mask. Personal protective equipment will be provided to some employees including custodians and nurses. You are welcome to wear a face shield or N95 mask, if you prefer, but it is not expected. Generally, N95 masks are only needed in health care settings where close contact with sick patients is possible. When wearing a face shield, you should also wear a cloth mask since it provides better protection, unless there is a medical reason the nose and mouth should not be covered.

    Each staff member is responsible for ensuring that their face masks and/or face shield have been cleaned and sanitized. We will provide staff and students with guidance on how to use and maintain face coverings at the beginning of the school year.

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  • Will staff be required to sign a waiver to work in-person?

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    No, staff will not have to sign a liability waiver to work at school or in-person. Parents will also not be asked to sign a waiver to attend school. Parents will be asked to sign a waiver to participate in optional activities such as sports

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  • Why should students and staff wear a cloth face mask at school?

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    In order to maximize the health and safety of all, staff, students and visitors will wear cloth face coverings at school. The decision to implement mask-wearing includes the following benefits for both children and adults in our schools:

    • Wearing face masks limits the spread of illness, allowing students to be in school and helps keep our schools open. This will help meet our goal to provide maximum in-person learning and schedules in the traditional classroom.
    • Wearing of cloth face coverings is consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), St. Louis Country and the Missouri Department of Health for children ages two and older.
    • Parkway is committed to caring for all students and staff as part of our mission. We show care for others when we wear our mask at school. Wearing a mask helps protect our classmates and teachers/staff who are more at-risk. Mask wearing allows everyone to participate in school.
    • Wearing masks offers an added layer of protection when young students, who are developmentally drawn to each other, do not maintain social distancing recommendations. Children will be able to play together in a more age-appropriate way with this added insurance.

    Mask breaks can be provided by supervising adults when the opportunity exists, such as outside, inside during lunch, or inside when children can be appropriately distanced.

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  • What if a student is unable to wear a mask?

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    We recognize that some students will be unable to wear a mask due to medical conditions, social-emotional needs and/or when the risk of wearing a mask would outweigh the benefit. In cases where a student's diagnosis or needs impairs their ability to wear a mask or shield, a team will develop an appropriate plan to ensure the safety of all.  We will work with students to educate them on the benefits and proper wearing of masks and/or develop a safe alternative when needed and possible.

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  • How often should cloth face coverings be cleaned?

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    Cloth face coverings should be cleaned at home after use each day.

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  • Can students or staff wear masks other than cloth?

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    Yes. Students and staff can wear any face covering they choose at school. The recommendation for most is to wear a cloth face covering. The following information from the St. Louis County Health Department outlines different types of masks:

    Surgical masks (medical mask): A surgical mask is a loose-fitting disposable mask that protects the wearer's nose and mouth from contact with droplets, splashes and sprays that may contain germs. A surgical mask also filters out large particles in the air.

    N95 masks: Actually a type of respirator, an N95 mask offers more protection than a surgical mask does because it can filter out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales. As the name indicates, the mask is designed to block 95 percent of very small particles. Some N95 masks have valves that make them easier to breathe through. With this type of mask, unfiltered air is released when the wearer exhales, therefore such valves are not recommended.

    Cloth masks: A cloth mask is intended to trap droplets that are released when the wearer talks, coughs or sneezes. Asking everyone to wear cloth masks can help reduce the spread of the virus by people who have COVID-19 but don't realize it. Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus when they are widely used by people in public settings. 


    While surgical and N95 masks may be in short supply and should be reserved for health care providers, cloth face coverings and masks are easy to find or make, and can be washed and reused. Masks can be made from common materials, such as sheets made of tightly woven cotton. Instructions are easy and can be found here.

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  • Until what date can an employee request to enroll their child in Parkway?

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    Enrollment will be available throughout the year.  

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  • What will be done to address the social and emotional needs of students at school and at home?

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    Now, more than ever, Parkway understands that students will need emotional and social support to manage the challenges that life brings. We know that students have come to us with diverse experiences and therefore have unique needs. To that end, we are prepared to provide various layers of support in the following ways.

    We have partnered with Alive and Well Communities in order to gain a deeper understanding of trauma informed care. All staff members will have access to training modules on this topic before and during the school year. Staff at the elementary level will receive additional support from our Social Emotional Behavior Specialists (SEBs). SEBs work with our teachers and school teams to create classroom plans to address the specific needs of individual students, small groups or entire classes. Both of these resources will increase our capacity and ability to respond to the current needs of students.

    School counselors will continue to support all students through the counseling curriculum by providing classroom lessons. They also are available for one-on-one or small group sessions for students, as they normally are. If you suspect your student is struggling and needs additional help outside of school, our counselors can make referrals to outside agencies and are a good first step in getting additional support for your child. Families will receive mental health tips from school counselors via weekly/monthly communications.

    School social workers will be available to help students and families with accessing basic needs that may have been disrupted during the pandemic. They can help with access to food, clothing, shelter, transportation and school supplies. Additionally, they are available to make home visits if necessary.

    Care coordinators will be available to students at all levels in the coming school year. This position is designed to help our students in greatest need. Care coordinators provide one-on-one sessions with students and small group discussions. They collaborate with all staff members to proactively identify students in need.

    District counselors are available to students who reside in the city. They will continue to run various student groups, one-on-one and small group sessions. They will proactively address equity concerns throughout our district and will serve students who are harmed by inequity.

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  • Questions regarding leave

  • What if an employee has a child who attends a school/daycare that closes due to coronavirus?

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    Effective April 1 - December 31, 2020, the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act allows for employees to take protected leave for child care for up to 12 weeks. Employees are eligible for this leave if they were an employee for at least the last 30 calendar days in advance of needing the leave. For the first 10 days of leave, employees are required to use their own accrued paid time (sick leave, family illness, vacation, personal days, etc.). The remainder of the leave will be paid by the District at a rate of 2/3 of the employee's salary with a cap of $200 per day and a maximum of $12,000 per employee. Part-time employees will be paid based on the average number of hours worked during the last 6-month period. Staff may email their request for this leave to Brenda Mullen (bmullen@parkwayschools.net).

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  • If an employee is required to quarantine, how will the time off be handled?

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    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

    An employee is entitled to take leave related to COVID-19 if the employee is unable to work, including unable to telework, because the employee:

    1. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
    2. has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
    3. is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;
    4. is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2);
    5. is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons; or
    6. is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    The District will provide employees up to two weeks (80 hours, or a part-time employee’s two-week equivalent) of paid sick leave, paid at:

    • 100% of salary for qualifying reasons #1-3 above, up to $511 daily and $5,110 total;
    • 2/3 of salary for qualifying reasons #4 and #6 above, up to $200 daily and $2,000 total; and
    • Up to 12 weeks of paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave paid at 2/3 of salary for qualifying reason #5 above, up to $200 daily and $12,000 total.

    A part-time employee is eligible for leave for the number of hours that the employee is normally scheduled to work over that period. Staff may email their request for this leave to Brenda Mullen (bmullen@parkwayschools.net).

    Should an employee continue to need leave for medical reasons after the two week period, they may use their own accrued sick leave.

    Should an employee continue to need leave for medical reasons for their own illness, COVID-19 or otherwise, they would use Sick-Self, or other accrued leave available to them. Should an employee continue to need leave for medical reasons for a qualified family member’s illness, COVID-19 or otherwise, they would use Sick-Family, or other accrued leave available to them. Employees may use up to 10 Family Sick days per fiscal year. Once all accrued leave is exhausted, the employee would be unpaid, unless eligible for disability leave.

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  • How will an employee's time off be handled if they choose to self-quarantine for personal reasons?

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    If an employee chooses to self-quarantine for personal reasons, the employee can choose to take their own accrued vacation, personal leave, or comp time.  After that has been exhausted they can choose to go on unpaid status. If an employee self-quarantines due to a suppressed immune system, standard medical documentation guidelines would apply and a physician's statement is required for an absence of more than three consecutive days. If you have questions about a self-quarantine absence, you should contact Brenda Mullen (bmullen@parkwayschools.net) in Human Resources for guidance.

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  • If an employee is pregnant and wants to continue quarantine, how will the time off be handled?

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    The employee should speak to her medical professional. If the employee is advised to self-quarantine, the employee would be covered by the FFCRA, reason #2.  An FMLA packet would also be required to be completed by the employee’s health care provider. If her medical professional does not advise self-quarantine, and the employee chooses to self-quarantine, the employee can choose to take their own accrued vacation or personal leave. Approved dock time may also be requested.

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  • How is my Family Medical Leave (FMLA) affected by a District closure?

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    Employees who require FMLA at any time during a closure will be required to use either their sick leave or family illness time. They cannot and will not be asked to complete duties while on FMLA leave. If the employee is released to work after FMLA leave, and during the school closure, the current school closure procedures will apply.

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  • Would I and my dependents receive full medical benefits if I took the 12 weeks time due to FFCRA?

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    Use of leave available under the FFCRA will not result in a change of health benefits or retirement benefits. 

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  • If I took 12 weeks from FFCRA because my child's school was closed, would I be able to split time?

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    Qualified employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of Expanded FMLA leave through the end of December 31, 2020.  Therefore, if you utilize only three weeks of your EFMLA leave in August, you are still entitled to nine weeks of EFMLA to be used through the end of the year if that becomes necessary.  Please also note that use of EFMLA is not in addition to any regular FMLA leave available.  In other words, qualified employees are entitled to 12 weeks of leave between the EFMLA and FMLA.

    Please note, however, that use of the Expanded FMLA (“EFMLA”) leave under the FFCRA is only available to employees who have worked for Parkway for at least 30 days prior to the leave request AND when the particular employee is unable to work (including virtually) because the employee is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed, or child care provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19 reasons.

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  • How do I request work accommodations for medical reasons?

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    If at any point you feel as though you need REASONABLE accommodations you are to email Brenda Mullen (bmullen@parkwayschools.net) and your building principal to develop a plan.

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  • If a student tests positive, who is required to quarantine?

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    We will be following current health department guidance in the event that a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19. Right now the recommendation is that anyone who has close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 be quarantined for a period of 14 days after the last day of exposure. Close exposure is currently defined as spending more than 15 minutes (cumulative) closer than six feet with someone who is positive. Maintaining social distance and wearing of masks can lessen the likelihood of close exposure, but each situation will be assessed individually in consultation with public health authorities. It is very likely that we will have individuals or groups of individuals or whole schools that will need to quarantine after an unexpected exposure. Our schools will be working with individuals in quarantine to ensure continuity of learning.

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  • If a teacher is required to quarantine, must they teach online from home or use their sick days?

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    If a Parkway teacher is ill and is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, their health must take priority.  Per FFCRA they will receive two weeks at their regular pay rate ($511/day max, $5110 total).  This is a total of two weeks through December 31, 2020.  If the educator is not ill they may continue to teach their class virtually.

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  • If a teacher or student tests positive in a classroom, are Group A and Group B both quarantined?

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    We will follow current public health guidance regarding quarantine of individuals or groups of individuals. Each situation will need to be evaluated individually in consultation with public health authorities.

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  • If someone in my household tests positive and I need to quarantine, is that paid sick leave?

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    Yes, you will need to quarantine for 14 days. Per FFCRA that allows for two weeks at your regular pay rate ($511/day max, $5110 total). This is a total of two weeks through December 31, 2020.

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  • Can Parkway staff change their child’s schedule from Group A to Group B for childcare purposes?

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    Yes, whenever possible.

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  • If my child’s school or district is closed, what are my options for leave?

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    Per the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, an employee will receive up to 12 weeks at two-thirds (2/3) of their regular pay rate ($200/day max, $12,000 total).

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  • If my children are enrolled in a school or district on a part-time schedule, what are my options?

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    Per FFCRA staff can take up to 12 week at Two-thirds (2/3) of their regular pay rate ($200/day max, $12,000 total)

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  • How would sick and/or personal days work for virtual learning staff?

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    Staff should request the day off with no sub.  Per our PNEA agreement, students will be distributed to other virtual teachers at the rate of pay as indicated per our agreement.

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  • Health and Cleaning

  • What health screenings are in place for students and staff?

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    Staff are required to complete a daily health screening prior to coming to work. More information regarding health assessments for staff will be shared soon.

    Parents are asked to screen their child(ren) before they leave for school. We ask that parents check them for fever, a sense of having a fever, chills, a cough, sore throat, headache, new loss of smell or taste, or new muscle aches. Not all children who have COVID-19 will have a fever, so parents should check their children closely for any of the other symptoms. 

    Anyone, staff or student, with a fever of 100.4º F or higher should not attend school

    If any of the COVID-19 symptoms occur, please take the following actions: 

    • Keep your child at home
    • Call your child’s school to report the symptoms your child is experiencing
    • Call your child’s health care provider for advice on managing the illness

    We will not take students’ temperatures when they arrive at school. Taking temperatures at school would be challenging to complete in a safe and timely manner, given the number of students and supervision that would need to be in place. The most effective, evidence-based strategies to prevent the spread of illness are hand washing, wearing masks and social distancing.

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  • What level of classroom cleaning will be expected of classroom teachers, and on what schedule?

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    In classrooms, teachers and students will have bottles with soap and water to clean desks and surfaces. Best practice includes cleaning surfaces with soap and water before disinfecting to remove any germs from the surface prior to disinfecting. Parkway will provide additional disinfecting supplies for use only by teachers and staff in classrooms and schools.

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  • Who will create any schedule for handwashing/restroom use to be built into a school day?

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    Building administration will design restroom schedules that allow for social distancing.

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  • Teacher Expectations

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