Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Health Updates
The health and safety of our children and community is our most important concern. We will keep you informed as any information changes and will update this page with information about COVID-19 as it relates to City of Fountains School.
Given the complex and rapidly evolving situation, we encourage COFS families to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Missouri Department of Health or Kansas Department of Health & Environment for the most detailed and up-to-date information on COVID-19.
Please bookmark this page. We will update this page with information about COVID-19 as it relates to City of Fountains School.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- World Health Organization
- Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
- Kansas Department of Health & Environment
- How to talk to children about difficult news (American Psychological Association)
- Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)
- How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak (TIME)
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (New York Times)
- Audio Series: “Troubling Times: Anxiety Rising, Schools Closing, and Way More Time at Home With The Kids” (Simplicity Parenting)
- COVI-book (Manuela Cruz of mindheart.co)
Frequently Asked Questions
Is City of Fountains School closing?
On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Gov. Mike Parson ordered all Missouri public, private and charter schools to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Following this guidance, the doors to City of Fountains School will not reopen this semester.
As recommended, we will continue remote learning for the rest of the academic year for our students in the early childhood, grades and enrichment programs. We will share announcements directly to current families about the final day of classes and scheduled events impacted by this closure, including our May Festival and Rainbow Bridge Ceremony.
How will the decision be made to close the school?
The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. While COFS monitors other school closings including those in the Kansas City Public School District and other independent schools, COFS makes decisions independently based on our school’s unique needs and situation, as well as guidance from external agencies such as local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Under what circumstances will the school close?
We will follow local and/or state health authorities’ recommendations or orders to close, especially in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak within our community. We may, out of an abundance of caution and in consideration of the school’s unique needs and situation, close even if health officials don’t deem it necessary.
What can a parent do to prepare for a school closure?
We encourage you to do the following:
- Plan alternative childcare arrangements for children in case school is dismissed early and/or closed.
- Talk to friends, neighbors and other parents in school about sharing childcare duties if your children are well, but school is closed.
- Talk to your employer about working from home or shifting schedules in the event of a school closure.
What can a parent do to prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19?
The CDC recommends that individuals prepare now in order to reduce the number of illnesses and negative effects that could occur in our community. Because the situation is rapidly evolving, we encourage you to stay up to date with the latest information and recommendations from health officials (see list of Health Organizations, above).
How will my child’s education continue in the event of an extended school closure?
Second only to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our commitment to the continuity in delivering our educational programming. In the event that school remains closed beyond Spring Break, we will initiate our Distance Learning Program (DLP). Our staff and teachers are working in partnership to create meaningful learning experiences for our grades students and provide support for families at home with children in early childhood programs.
To prepare our students for the new experience of beyond the classroom learning, we will soon share a schedule for picking up personal items and school materials such as lesson books, crayons, colored pencils, flutes, etc.
Please be prepared to receive additional communications regarding pick-up times and our DLP soon.
Should my family travel during Spring Break?
Please consider postponing or canceling travel scheduled during Spring Break. If your family chooses to proceed with travel plans, please inform administration prior to returning to school.
What can families, students and school personnel do to keep from getting sick and spreading COVID-19?
The CDC recommends the following preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick (and do not return to school until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication). We ask you to strictly adhere to this policy.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
When should I keep my child home from school?
Do not send your child to school if you suspect they may be ill and has exhibited any of the following signs or symptoms:
- An elevated temperature of 100 degrees or more during the last 24 hours.
- Vomiting within the last 24 hours.
- Repeated episodes of diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
- Chills, loss of appetite, unusual fatigue, and/or lingering headache.
- A significant amount of nasal discharge, particularly if the discharge is yellow or greenish in color.
- A persistent cough.
- A significant sore throat.
- An earache.
What happens if my child feels sick while at school?
While we usually monitor ill students for a period of time, given the circumstances, parents will be immediately called to pick up their child as quickly as possible.
What additional steps is the school taking at this time?
The school will take extra care with cleaning and disinfection processes, with particular attention to common surfaces.
- Additional disinfecting of high-touch surfaces by faculty and staff is happening at regular intervals throughout the school day.
- All faculty and staff are required to maintain appropriate hand washing and sanitizing protocols upon entering the building and throughout the day.
We continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated as things change.