As COVID-19 cases rise, schools in the St. Louis area and Metro East are switching to virtual learning or requiring masks again.
On Monday, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced the number of cases and the positivity rate in the county was “the worst it’s ever been in the pandemic.”
The county health department reported a seven-day rolling average of 1,696 new cases per day and 23.2% positivity rate.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force also reported a record number of patients with COVID-19 and child patients in hospitals. The number of coronavirus patients in task force hospitals climbed from 735 on Thursday to 964 on Monday.
Here is a full list of schools across the area making changes:
School district officials said they had to make the change because of too much staffing and teacher absences.
East St. Louis
“I received a call from the East Side Health District indicating that the numbers has skyrocketed in our serving zip codes,” Superintendent Arthur Culver said. “They strongly suggested that we consider actually go on remote for the whole month of January. We decided to take a look at things in two weeks to see whether or not the numbers improve.”
Edwardsville said the surge in COVID-19 cases has left them with not enough teachers to serve their students.
“We have a lot of staff that is out right now with COVID or in quarantine and we will not be able to provide adequate services for students,” said Mary Ann Mitchell, communications coordinator for Edwardsville School District.
Kindergarten through fifth grade students, FLS and CASTLE students will still attend classes in-person.
Spectators, including parents, are not allowed to attend home games at Granite City High School and Coolidge Junior High School. The school said livestreams will be available on the NFHS Network or Facebook.
The district said rising cases and hospitalizations were part of the decision to go back to requiring masks.
Previously, the school board voted to adopt a mask recommended environment.
The district said it will extend universal masking until at least Wednesday, Jan. 19. School officials will review building data on Jan. 19 to determine if individual K-12 buildings can move to a mask-optional plan.
Sapna Jos, director of communications for the school, told 5 On Your Side the start of classes has been delayed until Jan. 5 and classes will be virtual from Jan. 5-7.
Jos said the school will evaluate at the end of the week whether students should return to in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 10.