In my last communication to you on Jan. 19, I indicated we would update you in February on our learning structure for the future. As we have monitored cases of COVID-19 in our community and in our schools, we have determined it is appropriate to move to phase 1 of in-person learning for our younger students. Our data mirrors Centers for Disease Control (CDC) studies in Missouri and the U.S. that show in-school transmission of COVID-19 is rare. Because of the safety procedures used in schools, most COVID-19 cases result from an exposure in gatherings outside the school environment. With this in mind, we are planning the following upcoming changes:
Wagner Portrait Group has opened one last time for any virtual or in-person students who missed picture or retake day due to quarantine or any other circumstances.
They have set up February 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at their studio (11440 Olive Blvd, 63141) for all make up pictures. Any underclassmen who has not been photographed should call to make an appointment. Their number is 314-567-5900. Underclassmen who have not been photographed will not be in the portrait section of the yearbook.
Wagner has also been contacting seniors about their pictures. At this point, most of our seniors have had their yearbook photos with Wagner, but some have not. Wagner has opened up a few more dates and has sent a text blast to parents, so please make sure you have taken care of senior pictures. We do not want anyone left out of the yearbook! Again, Wagner's number is 314-567-5900.
Since December, the Pattonville School District has been participating in a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) program studying COVID-19 transmission and mitigation strategies in schools. Pattonville joined other schools in Missouri to partner with the CDC on the project as a way to evaluate the district’s strategies for keeping students and staff safe while attending school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the study is ongoing, preliminary results in the Missouri study and previous school-related studies in the U.S. have shown that in-school transmission of COVID-19 is rare when mitigation strategies are in place.
Six candidates filed to be placed on the April 6 election ballot to fill two open seats on Pattonville Board of Education, however one of the six candidates has since decided that she no longer wishes to be elected to office. Those who filed for the board, in order of filing, are incumbents Jeanne Schottmueller and Dr. Amanda Lieunau Purnell, Brandon R. Wilkes, Tiffany Davis, Nunn Johnson and Monyelle Dotson. Dotson, in a statement to Pattonville (see below), said she no longer wished to be considered for the board, however due to the timing of the election, her name will still appear on the ballot. Find out more about each candidate, and Dotson's statement, below.