Reopening schools safely for our teachers, scholars, and families during COVID-19 is our top priority. We have a strong commitment to our families and community to continue to improve the lives of children through quality education--even in uncertain times.
Our school reopening plans have been developed using state and national health guidance. The goal of our plan is to provide clear policies and protocols to reopen safely. As with every COVID response plan right now, this information is fluid and will change as necessary based on guidance from the state, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and considerations to our families and our staff.
Please see our family Q&A below:
1. What are you doing in my school building to prevent the spread of germs?
The school will take the temperature of scholars, employees, and vendors before they may enter school property every day. If a child is sneezing or coughing, he or she may be excluded to minimize the spread of bodily fluids, even if the person is not exhibiting signs of COVID-19. If a scholar is obviously ill the school may make additional inquiries and may exclude the person from school property.
Siblings or Other Scholars in the Household
If a scholar is excluded from school due to COVID-19 symptoms or has had a positive COVID-19 test, his or her siblings or other scholars living in the same household will be questioned and if they exhibit symptoms, they will also be excluded from school. If they do not exhibit symptoms, they may still be excluded from school and asked to self-quarantine.
2. Will teachers wear masks?
We highly recommended all staff wear masks. All unvaccinated staff are REQUIRED to wear masks. Staff members must also pass a temperature screening before entering the building.
3. Will scholars wear masks?
Yes, all scholars will be required to wear masks. They must also pass a temperature screening before they can attend classes.
4. What do I do if I think my scholar is sick?
The school recommends that parents take their scholar's temperature prior to coming to school and verify that the scholar has not exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, scholars will have their temperature checked before attending class.
Scholars and employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without other obvious explanations are prohibited from coming to school, and if they do come to school, they will be sent home immediately. Scholars and families should be familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19 based on CDC Guidance:
Know the Symptoms
5. What do staff do if they feel sick?
If an employee calls in sick or appears ill, the school will inquire as to whether the employee is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without other obvious explanations are prohibited from coming to school, and must have a negative COVID test before being allowed to return to campus.
6. What safety protocols will be in place to help protect my scholar?
We will ensure clean schools, including the regular cleaning of objects and areas that are frequently used, such as bathrooms, conference rooms, door handles, and railings. E-Mist Infection Control System will sanitize after every class and at the end of each day.
Water fountains will be closed and scholars will be allowed to bring labeled water bottles. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed in areas where soap and water are not readily available, and we will be modifying common areas in our buildings to increase the ability for physical distancing. All scholars and unvaccinated staff members will wear masks. No visitors will be allowed in the school building.
7. What kind of training are teachers getting on possible positive cases?
Employees are required by the school to participate in various health and safety trainings in an effort to mitigate the risk of spreading an infectious disease. Training will be issued throughout the year given the fluid nature of the pandemic.
8. What support is available if I have questions about returning to campus?
Parents with questions or concerns about our reopening plans are encouraged to reach out to the school. You can reach us by phone at 260.441.8727 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.