In-Person School FAQs

  • In-Person School Logistics

    In-Person School for the 2021-2022 School Year

    HSD will not offer a hybrid or virtual school model this August; however, the state-run Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP) is a virtual school option that families can pursue. For more information about MOCAP, visit the district website or contact a school principal. Click here to go directly to MOCAP.

    HSD Student Enrollment/Registration

    Enrollment/registration can be completed online. To begin the enrollment/registration process, please visit the Student Enrollment webpageTo help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the district is requiring families to complete enrollment and registration online. Walk-in appointments at the HSD Administration Building are not allowed. 

    If you need assistance or require an in-person appointment to enroll/register your student, please contact the Residency and Enrollment Department at 314-953-5141 or

    Virtual Building Tour Video

    As part of the preparation to open buildings for in-person learning, HSD has created a virtual building safety tour video. Click here to view the video. 

    Bus Information

    Due to new safety protocols, parents/guardians should expect bus delays during the first week of school. To help the process, parents/guardians should make sure their student is wearing a mask when they arrive at the bus stop. Additionally, be advised that each student will be assigned to a specific seat. The aforementioned steps will assist our mitigation and contact tracing efforts.

    For HSD transportation information, including contact information and bus safety tips, click here. Please note that a new and improved GPS tracking feature will be rolled out in the next few weeks. More information will be sent to families on signing up as soon as it is available.

    School Supplies 

    For school supply lists for elementary and middle school students, click here

    School Hours

    Grades K-5 school begins at 8:50 a.m. Dismissal at 3:50 p.m. Early Dismissal at 1:50 p.m.

    Grades 6-8 school begins at 8:00 a.m. Dismissal at 3:00 p.m. Early Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

    Grades 9-12 school begins at 7:15 a.m. Dismissal at 2:15 p.m. Early Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

    Before and After Care with the Y-Club

    For information on Emerson Family YMCA’s Y-Club, including program hours and locations, click here.

    Athletic Events

    Student-athletes are allowed to bring two parents/guardians to sporting events.


    HSD Health & Safety Protocols

    Can the district guarantee protection from COVID-19?

    No. Please understand that no school district can offer 100% protection from exposure to COVID-19. The CDC recommended mitigation techniques have been implemented in buildings and buses. 

    Are there mandatory COVID-19 testing or vaccinations for HSD employees?

    At this point, there is not mandatory Covid-19 testing or vaccination for HSD employees. Through the Help Hazelwood Get Healthy Campaign, more than 600 employees and 250 eligible students received the COVID-19 vaccine over the summer. Many more students and employees have been vaccinated through other avenues. 

    What safety protocols are in place?

    Buildings and buses are disinfected with hospital-grade electrostatic spray units daily/nightly. Also, alcohol-based hand sanitizing stations have been placed in buildings, classrooms, and on school buses. Each building also has social distancing signage and specific hallway/bathroom procedures. Employees and substitute teachers are required to complete a Daily Health Screen form on the district’s website before entering any HSD building. Additionally, Parents are asked to monitor their student for symptoms each day before sending their student to school.

    Are face masks required?

    Yes, masks are required for all employees and students (Pre-K – 12 grade) regardless of vaccination status. Face masks and shields can be worn together, but wearing a shield alone is not allowed. Every person must wear a face mask. The district will provide extra PPE for students and employees who arrive without them.

    Will the district install desk shields/sneezeguards?

    Plexiglass desk shields/sneezeguards have been purchased for student and staff desks. Plexiglass desk shields/sneezeguards have also been installed in appropriate areas of offices, kitchens, clinics, and on/around cubicles.

    Will students and employees be able to use the public water fountains?

    To limit individuals touching surfaces and contacting a virus, bottle fillers/touchless water dispensers have been installed at every building. Disposable cups are provided by Child Nutrition.

    Will the buildings be cleaned each day?

    Yes. Each building has an electrostatic disinfectant Clorox 360 system and larger buildings have additional handheld systems.

    Are parents/guardians allowed in the school building to meet staff before school starts?

    No. Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, visitors are not allowed in school buildings. 


     COVID-19 Notification

    Will the district send school or district-wide notifications each time there is a positive COVID-19 case?

    No. Only those who are determined to be close contacts through contact tracing will be contacted. Sending school or district-wide notifications is problematic for the following reasons: 1) It can result in parents and employees receiving excessive emails, calls, and texts. 2) It can cause distractions and create unnecessary panic. 3) It can lead to community members treating district emails like spam. 

    How do I report a positive COVID-19 test?

    If a student tests positive for COVID-19, their parent/guardian should contact the school nurse. For additional support and resources, parents/guardians can contact Christian Bertel, Coordinator of Health Services.

    If an employee at a school tests positive for COVID-19, they should contact the school nurse and their immediate supervisor. Employees who work at The Learning Center or don't have an assigned building should contact their immediate supervisor and Christian Bertel, Coordinator of Health Services. 

    Please see the school nurses’ contact information here.

    What happens when a student or employee tests positive?

    Each building has a trained contact tracing team that will conduct building-level contact tracing and will attempt to notify the close contacts via phone numbers and/or email addresses on file after a thorough investigation. Building principals/assistant principals will send a follow-up letter to close contacts through SIS. Additional CDC and St. Louis County Department of Public Health guidance will be followed.

    What happens if a student or employee displays symptoms of COVID-19 in an HSD building?

    Students who display symptoms will be taken to a special isolation room. Their emergency contact will be notified and instructed to pick them up immediately and depending on the number and type of symptom(s), they will be asked to stay home for 24 hours, contact their pediatrician, and with multiple or high-risk symptoms, seek a COVID-19 test. Employees who display COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home immediately and instructed to get a COVID-19 test and/or contact their primary care physician for the next steps if the symptoms are determined to be a diagnosis other than COVID-19.

    How should I handle a positive test for COVID-19 versus a regular illness?

    Everyone must stay home if they are sick. Report normal absences and illnesses as usual. However, positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 need to be reported immediately to allow the schools to take appropriate action. Please report such cases as follows: Parents should contact their child’s school nurse. Employees should contact their building administrator or supervisor. Additional CDC and St. Louis County Department of Public Health guidance will be followed.