Mehlville School District employee who worked with grab-and-go meals tests negative for coronavirus

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Mehlville School District employees, including Superintendent Chris Gaines, seen above March 23, are handing out grab-and-go meals of breakfast and lunch to all children living in the Mehlville School District during the extended closure.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

A Mehlville School District employee who was tested for the coronavirus after serving grab-and-go meals at Mehlville High School last week tested negative.

The person who was tested did not test positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Chris Gaines said in an email to parents Monday.

The district is handing out free meals to anyone 18 years old or younger who lives in the district twice a week, Monday and Thursdays. Three daily meals of breakfast and lunch are handed out Monday, and two days of meals are handed out Thursday.

Beginning this week, the district changed how it handles employees who are working with the food for the grab-and-go meals. When employees report to work, they will be screened by a school nurse prior to working with food. The screening consists of a temperature check and a brief questionnaire.

The employee who was tested had worked at Mehlville High Monday, April 20, handing out food but not showing any symptoms, the district said. After being exposed to the coronavirus, the person was tested despite not having any symptoms. The district did not identify the employee.

Through the end of June, we will continue to provide a stable source of food for Mehlville School District’s children. I hope you will take advantage of our meal services during this uncertain time,” Gaines wrote in his email to parents.

Read Gaines’ entire letter below.

“Dear Mehlville School District families and community members,

Thank you for the care and concern you showed following our letter last week about an employee who worked our grab-and-go meals. That employee received test results back and was negative for COVID-19. 

We continue to review and revise our procedures to keep our staff and community as safe as possible during grab-and-go meal preparation and assembly. Mehlville School District will be placing additional safeguards around food distribution as we continue to serve our community. Beginning this week, employees involved in food distribution are being screened by a school nurse prior to working. The screening includes a temperature check and the completion of a brief questionnaire.

Through the end of June, we will continue to provide a stable source of food for Mehlville School District’s children. I hope you will take advantage of our meal services during this uncertain time. Learn more about grab-and-go meals.

Sincerely,

Chris Gaines, Ed.D.
Superintendent”