Q & A for School Reopening

Covid 19- Cares with Heart

Early Childhood Families,

We are looking forward to welcoming our returning and new families back to our Early Childhood program!  The Mehlville School District released plans for returning to school in the Plan B: Blended on Tuesday, September 22nd for students in PreK-2nd grade. 

Please be assured we are committed to providing the same nurturing environment and high-quality learning experiences while implementing additional measures to minimize risk to students, families, and staff.  We will embrace each student where they are emotionally and support them as we navigate our new learning environments together. 

We have provided links and documents below that will hopefully answer some of the questions you may have about the Blended model. Please visit the Return to school - September 14th document and click here to watch our parent meeting  held on September 17th, for more information!

All tuition based students, please click here to complete the return to school google form to indicate your return date by September 15th.

If you have any other questions please contact our office at 314-467-5300 and we are happy to help! 

We thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we navigate what preschool looks like during this pandemic. Please stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you in person as soon as we can!


Dr. Ann M. Westbrook
r of Mehlville Early Childhood


For up to date information on our district's return to school plan and other resources, please visit the Mehlville School District Covid-19 Page. 

View Plan C: Connected information.

Blended Plan B Parent Video Meeting - September 17, 2020
Return To school Update on Plan B: Blended - September 14, 2020
Return to School Early Childhood Plan B- letter

Return To school Update on Connect Learning For Early Childhood - August 12, 2020

Early Childhood Return To School Letter
Connected Learning For Early Childhood
2020-2021 Meet The Teacher and Health Screening Questionnaire

Return to School Frequently Asked Questions - August 3, 2020
Return to School Frequently Asked Questions

Audio recording of the Early Childhood Parent Meeting - July 23, 2020
Return To School 2020 EC-Parent Meeting- Audio Only

Return to School Update for EC - July 27, 2020.
Return to School Update - EC.pdf

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Early childhood safety procedures

Universal Safety Procedures for COVID-19
Mehlville Early Childhood
(Early childhood locations are at the following schools: Beasley, Bierbaum, Forder, Hagemann, John Cary, Point and Trautwein)

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Each school will have designated entrances for students arriving by bus and car.
  • At the John Cary location, school doors will open 10 minutes prior to the start and end of the official class session, such as 8:05 for an 8:15 start time, 12:05 for a 12:15 start time, and 11:05 for an 11:15 dismissal time, and 3:05 for a 3:15 dismissal time.
  • Parents must stay in their vehicles for arrival and dismissal. An early childhood staff member will accompany the child from the vehicle to the classroom. Hang tags for vehicles may be issued at some locations, such as John Cary.
  • If a student is late, a school employee will meet the child and parent at the front door for check-in.

Social Distancing Measures and Sanitization

  • Classroom seating will be spaced as much as possible for social distancing.
  • Students will have assigned seats at the table and at circle time.
  • Areas such as therapy rooms will be sanitized between groups of students.
  • Staff will make frequent use of outdoor classroom spaces, such as picnic tables, benches, etc.
  • Students will have their own assigned materials in some cases, such as playdoh. Community supplies and toys will be rotated out per class and sanitized.

Taking Materials Home

  • Students will be provided with a bag of materials to keep at home in the event that on-campus learning pivots to connected learning at home.

Traffic Flow Inside Buildings

  • Passing times will be staggered when possible (such as restroom breaks at the elementary schools).
  • Hallways and stairwells will be marked to promote social distancing and safe traffic flow. 

Hand-Washing Schedules

  • Students and staff will wash and/or sanitize hands frequently throughout the day to promote cleanliness.
  • Students will clean hands before and after snack, center time and playground time.

Playgrounds and Gymnasiums

  • Playgrounds and gyms will be open to students and cleaned daily.
  • Students will clean their hands after using playgrounds/gyms.


  • Visitors will be limited in the building to scheduled meetings and appointments approved by the building administrator. 
  • Visitors will complete the COVID-19 self-screening checklist prior to entering the building. 
  • All visitors must wear facial coverings inside the building, and follow social-distancing procedures.
  • Meetings involving outside visitors will be conducted virtually when possible.

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