COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATES

 

INFORMATION UPDATED ON OCTOBER 26, 2020

2020-2021 School Reopening Plan

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Our goal is to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission while acknowledging that the risk cannot at this time be eliminated from our community. 

 

As we open the school year, we will adhere to the following protocols as general guidelines to follow.  We will also need to be flexible enough to remove or add protocols as the situation changes.  It is our intent to be proactive with our approach and adapt to the situation as it unfolds.  Our Steering Committee will assess the situation weekly and adjust as necessary.  The following protocols have been established to address life on our campus.  It is not intended to address every possible scenario that may arise but to give a general overview of

1. General School & Classroom Protocol 

  • At the beginning of each day, students will go through a health assessment that will be performed by one of the deans in the dorm for dorm students and by an administrator or staff member at the ad building for village students. The assessment will include answering some health questions and a temperature check.

  • If cleared to proceed, the student will be given a wristband (different color daily) to show that they have been assessed and are cleared to enter the classroom or participate in activities.

  • Upon entering the classroom, the students will use a disinfectant wipe and wipe off the top of their desk. Once they wipe the desk off, they will throw the wipe away in the garbage and use hand sanitizer for their hands.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom (dispensers are also in the hallways) and the bathrooms will be well-stocked with hand soap and paper towels.

  • Temperatures are not to exceed 100.4 F.  

  • Masks must be worn properly inside buildings at all times if social distancing is not possible. A break between classes of 10 minutes will give the students an opportunity to go outside and get some fresh air.

  • Door knobs will be cleaned by the teacher between each class. 

  • Tissues will be available in each classroom. 

  • Classrooms will be cleaned daily during the workweek by janitorial staff.

  • We are installing an Air Purification System in the Administration building and Waller Hall. CLICK HERE to read more.

  • Teachers will be encouraged when possible to have classes outside. 

  • When outdoors, students must social distance or wear masks.

2. Dorm Protocol 

  • The wearing of masks or social distancing from others will be enforced at all times with the exception of roommates while in their individual dorm rooms. 

  • Single occupancy dorm rooms may be requested by parents at no additional cost. 

  • The dorm bathrooms and common areas will be thoroughly cleaned once a day. Special care will be taken to sanitize frequently touched surfaces in these areas. 

  • Frequently used door handles will be wiped down twice a day with disinfectant spray.

  • Non-residents of the dormitory will not be allowed to go into the dorm at any time until further notice. 

  • Dorm students will not be allowed to sign out of the dorm anywhere but to their own homes. (We will reassess after the first month.) 

3. Village Students 

  • Village students are not allowed in the dorm at any time. 

  • Village students should not arrive on campus before 7 am during the week. 

  • Village students must leave campus immediately after the evening program. 

4. Assembly Protocol 

  • Students will social distance when sitting in the auditorium for assembly or any other gatherings that involve the auditorium. 

  • We will follow church protocol when attending worship services at the MPASDA Church. 

 

5. Cafeteria Protocol 

  • Masks must be worn if social distancing is not possible. 

  • The waiting line will require students to stand at least 6' apart. 

  • Additional picnic tables will be added to the outside of the cafeteria so there is additional seating available when weather permits.

  • Maximum of 4 people to each table (includes picnic tables one per bench). Chairs may not be rearranged. 

  • Directional one way in and one way out will be followed. 

  • Cafeteria workers will serve the meals. 

  • Students will be expected to leave promptly after the meal is finished. 

6. Recreation/Sports/Varsity Protocol 

  • We will have intramurals this year beginning with softball.  We will begin the intramural season on Monday, August 17, 2020.  Each sport will be addressed individually as to the protocols for playing the game safely.  Since we are beginning with softball and it is outside, we will not require masks to play.  However, we will require students to social distance while waiting to bat and on the playing field.  We will not be sanitizing ball gloves and bats between each player.  Our focus will be on educating our players not to touch their faces with their hands and to social distance while playing the game.  Hand sanitizer will be available at every event we have on campus. 

  • We will attempt to have varsity sports this fall providing we have teams that will adhere to our mask-wearing protocols.  We will be purchasing sports masks for our athletes to use while playing.  Part of their conditioning prior to playing games will include wearing a mask and getting used to having one on while in motion during practice.  These masks are designed to keep athletes safe and still allow them to breathe normally while exercising.  CLICK HERE to see a sample of the mask we are testing for this purpose.

7. Music Groups Protocol 

  • TBD 

8. Trip Protocol 

  • Masks must be worn while riding in school vehicles. 

  • Temperatures will be taken prior to getting into a school vehicle if the student is not wearing a wristband from that day. 

  • School vehicles will be cleaned and sanitized after each trip. 

9. Sick List Protocol 

  • Dorm students wanting to be placed on sick-list must see the nurse or dean. Village students who are on campus must come to the business office if they are not feeling well so we can arrange for them to be picked up by their parents. 

  • Parents of village students must continue to use the sick-list policy described in the student handbook if their child is going to be absent due to illness. 

10. COVID-19 Protocol

  • If a village student has symptoms of COVID-19, they will be assessed by an administrator or staff member and arrangements will be made to have that student picked up by their parent/guardian.  The following procedure will be followed:

    • The student will be isolated from the rest of the population.  The student will be picked up by their parent/guardian as soon as possible.

    • The student should be tested for COVID-19.

    • If the test comes back negative, the student will be required to complete the quarantine according to CDC guidelines and follow recommendations of the local health department. The student will be able to return to school after 10 days since symptoms first appeared if their symptoms have improved and it has been at least 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication. Each situation will be reviewed by our medical staff to determine the appropriate response to the testing.

    • If the test comes back positive, under the advice of the local health department, the student will be able to return to school after 10 days from the date of the positive test if their symptoms have improved and they have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

    • If the student does not get tested, they may not return to school until after 10 days since symptoms first appeared if their symptoms have improved and it has been at least 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication. 

 

  • If a dorm student has symptoms of COVID-19, they will be assessed by the school nurse or by the dean if the nurse is not immediately available. The following procedure will be followed:

    • The student will be isolated from the rest of the population.

    • The student will be tested for COVID-19 and that student’s parent/guardian will be notified. 

    • The student will be placed in isolation until the test results are known.

    • If the test comes back negative, the student will be required to follow the recommendations of the local health department.  The parent/guardian will be contacted and may be asked to pick the student up from school.  The student will be able to return to classes after 10 days since symptoms first appeared if their symptoms have improved and it has been at least 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication. Each situation will be reviewed by our medical staff to determine the appropriate response to the testing.

    • If the student tests positive, the parents/guardians will be contacted and may be asked to pick the student up from school.  The student will be able to return to classes as directed by the health department after 10 days from the date of their positive test if their symptoms have improved and it has been at least 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication.  

  • If any student has been exposed (within 6 feet without face coverings for at least 15 minutes) to someone confirmed positive with COVID-19 and they have not been tested and are asymptomatic, they may not return to school until after 14 days since their last contact with the confirmed positive individual and ensure that they remain symptom-free.  If the student develops symptoms at any time during the 14 day quarantine period, then they must contact their health care provider or their local health department for further instruction.

If at any time during the school year a student attending MPA tests positive for COVID-19, all parents will be notified that a student has tested positive.

*These guidelines are subject to change as new information becomes available from the CDC and local health department.  We will update this plan and communicate it to you as we are made aware of it.

 

11. Visitors 

  • All visitors must follow mask and social distancing protocols. 

  • Parents are considered to be visitors while on campus. 

 

Additional Information 

 

Educational Plan: 

  • The preferred method of educating our students is live in-person education. 

  • Distance learning will be available but not encouraged. Distance learning will be more rigorous than last school year's distance learning as the expectations for course work will be equal to being in person on campus. 

 

Things to Bring to School: 

The school will provide each student with two cloth masks. We will provide additional disposable masks when needed. Dorm students should plan to bring the following: 

  1. Additional cloth masks

  2. 1 box of disposable masks

  3. Personal hand sanitizer (travel size) and a larger refill bottle

  4. 1 box of facial tissue

  5. 2 containers of Clorox wipes (for personal use)

  6. 2 cans of Lysol spray (for use in their dorm room as needed) 

 

Please be aware that any necessary changes that need to be made will be communicated and all we ask is that you remain flexible, patient, and understanding as we enter into this unprecedented situation. 

Thank you for considering the importance of protecting our students' privacy as we strive to share accurate and factual information during this health crisis.

QUESTIONS? WE CAN HELP!

REMY GUENIN

Principal

remy.guenin@pisgah.us

SHANE BEDWELL

Registrar

shane.bedwell@pisgah.us

KEVIN WORTH

Vice Principal of Finance

kevin.worth@pisgah.us

NANCY PARRA

Office Manager

nancy.parra@pisgah.us

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Candler, NC 28715

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