Our opening and activity in the 2020-21 school year will take place in the midst of a different set of circumstances than we have ever encountered in our school’s history. Consequently, it is wise for us to operate within certain parameters to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. In order to open and operate safely, we will emphasize the following: monitoring, personal hygiene, cleaning & disinfecting, prevention behaviors, and response measures:
- All staff and students will have their temperatures checked twice daily: once upon entering the building for the first time and again later in the school day. Staff or students that present a temperature exceeding 100.4 degrees will be required to go home. A staff or student with a fever may not return to school until he/she is fever free without the aid of medication for 48 hours.
- Administration and staff will regularly and diligently monitor students and one another looking for symptoms of sickness including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. In the event that these symptoms are observed, students or staff will be sent home.
- If a student or household member has traveled outside North Carolina in the past 90 days, administration should be notified.
- We request that if your child has any medical conditions that would increase risk of COVID-19 infection that you would notify the administration to prepare a plan in conjunction with your child’s pediatrician that would manage and minimize risk.
- For the 2020-21 school year, Perfect Attendance Awards will not be awarded. This measure is to remove temptation to send unwell students to school.
- Students and staff will diligently and regularly wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or apply hand sanitizer at least 3 times daily and upon every use of tissues.
- Students and staff will avoid touching their faces.
- Students and staff will be trained and expected to cover their mouths in their elbow when coughing or sneezing.
The school will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at least twice daily.
- Administration and staff will manage and reduce the amount of intermingling of classes.
- There will be clearly designated areas for individual student belongings.
- Administration and staff will manage, monitor, and limit the sharing of electronic devices, toys, books, other games, and learning aids.
- Hot Lunches will be suspended for Quarter 1.
- Field trips, class feasts, and school-wide community gatherings will be suspended for Quarter 1.
- Co-curriculars will be suspended for Quarter 1.
- Parents will be required to use carline only for daily drop off and pick up for Quarter 1.
- Only staff, faculty and students will be allowed in the building for Quarter 1.
Understandably, in light of the Governor’s series of executive orders pertaining to face coverings, there are questions about how SCCS will be using face coverings when we return to school. We have created a policy and protocol with regard to face coverings designed to balance the need to combat the virus with the well being of our students. Our default policy for all staff and for students in grades 3-12 will be to wear face coverings.
Exceptions to the Policy: We understand that individuals have medical, practical, pedagogical, and principled reasons for exceptions to wearing face coverings. Students and staff may be exempted from wearing face coverings if or when any of the following apply:
- Student or staff has a medical or behavioral condition that would preclude a face covering
- Student or staff is engaged in active exercise
- Student or staff is eating or drinking
- Student or staff is speaking to the class or school
- The parent or staff deems that a face covering poses an impediment to or distraction from communication, teaching, or learning for the student or staff
- The parent or staff deems that the face covering poses a risk to health, comfort, or well-being of the student or staff.
- If a COVID-19 test is administered to a student or household member, administration should be notified. Administration will notify the school community in writing that a test has been administered.
- If a staff or student tests positive for COVID-19, he/she will be quarantined for 14 days. The school will exercise appropriate response measures up to and including deep cleaning and disinfecting, monitoring, and temporary school closure.
- If a household member of a staff or student tests positive for COVID-19, the household will quarantine for 14 days from diagnosis. The school will exercise appropriate response measures up to and including deep cleaning and disinfecting, monitoring, and one-day school closure.
Coming or Returning to School
It is important to understand the state of health of your student and to exercise wisdom in determining when and if your student should come or return to school:
- Do not come to school with symptoms. The most common presenting COVID-19 symptoms are fever, body aches, and cough. Other potential symptoms are loss of taste or smell.
- Do not come to school if you have had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or if a health care provider has advised you to quarantine.
- A person can return to school when a family member can ensure that they can answer YES to ALL three of these questions:
- Has it been at least 10 days since the child first had symptoms?
- Has it been at least 48 hours since the child had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine)?
- Has it been at least 3 days since the child’s symptoms have improved, including cough and shortness of breath? If a person has had a negative COVID-19 test, they can return to school once there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and they have felt well for 48 hours.
- If a person has been determined to have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, they should remain out of school for 14 days from the last known contact.