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 webpageIf 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

    Bus Information

    Due to new safety protocols, parents/guardians should expect bus delays during the first week of school. Be advised that each student will be assigned to a specific seat. This 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.


    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. 

    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 students for symptoms each day before sending their student to school.

    Are face masks required?

    HSD is a mask recommended environment. 

    Will the buildings be cleaned each day?

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


     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 via email, indicating that their child may have been exposed. 

    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 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.