COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources for teachers. Videos, FAQs and articles keeping educators up-to-date on how the pandemic is affecting schools. 

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COVID FAQs

MSTA has compiled this list of answers to frequently asked questions to help school employees navigate this time. Please understand this a fluid situation that can change by the hour. We will update as things continue to change.

  • Are districts required to pay contracted employees during district closure?
  • Are districts required to pay non-contracted, hourly employees during district closures?
  • Can a district force an employee to change/cancel travel plans?
  • Can a school district require employees to log their travel plans with the district while the district closed?
  • Can a school district require or ask employees to come in and work during a school closure (e.g. provide “child care services” for the community)?
  • Can I benefit from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program?
  • Do non-contracted employees qualify for unemployment benefits if they are quarantined or the district closes?
  • How does the CARES Act affect me?
  • Q. Are employees required to notify their district if they are feeling symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19?
  • What changes to sick leave were included in the law passed?
  • What changes to sick leave were included in the law passed?
  • What steps are districts required to take to clean/disinfect schools to protect teachers and employees?

STORIES / FEBRUARY 25, 2021

Missouri Teachers Set to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Missouri teachers and other school personnel are one step closer to being able to teach without the threat of COVID. On Feb. 25, Gov. Mike Parson announced teachers would be able to get the...

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STORIES / JANUARY 13, 2021

MSTA requests educators receive priority status in vaccine schedule

The Missouri State Teachers Association sent the following letter to the Department of Health and Senior Services requesting teachers move to Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccination schedule.

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STORIES / DECEMBER 7, 2020

MSTA conducting survey on standardized testing

Recently, Missouri State Teachers Association Executive Director, Bruce Moe sent the Missouri State Board of Education a letter outlining MSTA s position on statewide assessments in the 2020-21...

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STORIES / DECEMBER 4, 2020

CDC Changes to Quarantine Rules

There have been a lot of media reports related to the CDC making changes to its quarantine guidance recently, but we wanted make sure everyone was aware of what actually changed here. The #1 thing...

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STORIES / AUGUST 21, 2020

MSTA says exempting teachers from quarantine requirements is irresponsible

The result of listing teachers alongside nurses and police officers is that they could be exempt from quarantine recommendations outlined by the CDC and a district could require them to remain in...

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STORIES / AUGUST 7, 2020

FERPA during COVID-19

As schools continue to release and tweak their back-to-school plans, we re getting a lot of insightful questions. Teachers are thinking about the safety and security of staff, students, and the...

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STORIES / AUGUST 5, 2020

14 policy modifications to help school districts implement protections and protocols

As school districts across the state finalize plans to return to school in the fall, there are still a number of unanswered questions surrounding how districts plan to operate. MSTA has identified...

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STORIES / JULY 22, 2020

MSTA calls on governor to ensure protection for teachers

The Missouri State Teachers Association is asking Gov. Mike Parson to direct the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to pass an emergency rule to protect Missouri s teachers.

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STORIES / JULY 17, 2020

MSTA’s Position on School Reopening

MSTA strongly believes all students and educators have a right to a safe school environment. MSTA believes that school districts should inform the entire school building staff if an individual in...

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STORIES / JULY 15, 2020

COVID-19 Back-to-School Questions

MSTA believes forcing district employees to sign liability waivers for COVID-19 exposure in the workplace is unconscionable and unreasonable. Such clauses between employers and employees are...

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