Our medical community reminds us that vaccination is the path to normalcy. If you are not vaccinated, we urge you to talk to your PCP and heed their counsel. This has significant meaning for our teens. With a full slate of AAA activities, a vaccine is the best alternative to severe illness, quarantine, and missed classes. Still, we recognize your right to make your own decision concerning vaccinations.
For Unvaccinated Students and Staff:
Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone who has Covid-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated.
For Vaccinated Students and Staff:
People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who has COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.
We are relying on you to pre-screen your child(ren) before arriving on campus. If your child is ill or showing any suspicious symptoms, please keep them home and seek evaluation.
Let's slow the spread of this recent Covid outbreak at the gate! The west gate is a key component of our campus safety and security. School families must display a yellow sticker on the driver-side front windshield as a pass to enter campus. All campus guests will be stopped and screened.
Building access will be screened and monitored. Parents may enter buildings, but each building will have a specific protocol to follow beyond the front desk.
We are structured for "three-feet" social distancing in classrooms and in other group settings. Like last year, the elementary building will begin the year in zones: (K3-K5), (1-2), (3-4).
Symptomatic persons will be identified and isolated according to the most current ADH protocols. A one-page summary of how we handle positive Covid cases and subsequent contact-tracing will be included in our published health/safety guidelines.
A school dashboard for positive cases will be maintained and shared weekly. Nimble procedural changes will be based on the dashboard activity. We reserve the right to alter procedures, recommendations, expectations, and operations if and when positive cases grow or shrink.
Face-coverings are elective for all outdoor activities. We agree with the recommendations of the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics regarding masks. They see what we don't see. We recommend and ask people to follow the recommendations of the CDC and AAP. Given the nature of the school day and the differences of age groupings between K3 and age 18 on one campus, we are setting the following guidance (subject to change) for the start of school:
Knowing early childhood and with our controlled zones, masks for K3, K4, and K5 are by parent directive. This worked without incident last year.
For grades 1-6, we require that children wear face-coverings indoors. Exceptions are available to those with documented ADA, medical, or learning exemptions. This will be a temporary measure until this age range is eligible to vaccinate or numbers of cases significantly improve.
For grades 7-12, balancing the availability of the vaccine, the reality of AAA activities, the Governor's Public Health Emergency, full hospitals, and the highest number of cases since the January spike - until this resurgence subsides - we ask for face-coverings on our teens while indoors. Indoor assemblies will be minimized. AAA procedures will be followed in arts and athletics. This is subject to change based on vaccination rates and trendlines.