What will happen if a student or staff member has a fever or other symptoms?

Should a student, faculty, or staff member have a fever or other symptoms, he/she will be assessed by the nurse immediately. If the nurse deems necessary, the student will be placed in an isolation area. The parent/guardian will be called and expected to pick the student up immediately. Faculty and Staff members will be sent home immediately. The families of the students in that class/grade level will be notified of CONFIRMED cases of COVID-19. The student’s classroom will be sanitized. Students, faculty, and staff must be cleared by a medical professional before returning. If COVID-19 testing is required by the medical professional:

  1. Negative result/diagnosis - he/she must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before being allowed to return.
  2. Positive result - he/she must follow quarantine procedures as directed by a physician.

What if my child is quarantined?

If a student is quarantined, Distance Learning will be available to make sure that the student stays on target. Arrangements for tests will be made during the quarantine or upon return. The student will not be allowed participate in any extracurricular activities with the school and may return after the proper quarantine CDC/DHEC protocol.

Will visitors be allowed?

Outside visitors will only be allowed as far as the front lobby. Visitors will not be allowed at lunch or chapel until further notice.

How will lunches be handled?

Students will be required to wash their hands and sanitize before lunch.

What about recess and exploratories?

It is important for the children to get out of the classroom. Therefore, outdoor recess and exploratory activities will be as close to “normal” as possible. All equipment, supplies, and rooms will be sanitized after each use.

Will we have chapel?

Yes. Weekly Chapel Worship time is very important at SABCS. We will hold chapel in the South Aiken Baptist Church sanctuary.

Will we have athletics?

Our Athletic Director is following the SCISA guidelines closely on all aspects of team sports.

What if my student needs after school tutoring?

Arrangements should be made with the teacher. Masks will be worn by the student and teacher unless social distancing is possible.

Does the school have plans if closing is necessary?

Although we do not anticipate a full school closure, we want to have a plan. PHASE B: Should the need arise, we will have our High School students go to full distance learning, so that Pre-kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle School students can be further distanced through the campus for continued face-to-face instruction. PHASE C: Upon mandate of school closure by SCISA, all students will move to full distance learning.

Where was guidance obtained on the school’s strategy?

Our Task Force of Medical and Legal Professionals, educators and parents worked to research and review the safest way to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe. These phased accommodations are based on guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), CDC, state agencies, and SCISA; with acknowledgment that guidelines are subject to change. Flexibility from students, teachers, and parents will be necessary to maintain the health and safety of our school and families.

Will students and teachers wear masks?

Masks are not required for students, faculty and staff. However, if a student, faculty, or staff members wishes to wear a mask, they are allowed to do so.

Will the COVID guidelines remain the same throughout the year?

We will monitor the situation and adjust our guidelines based on updated information from DHEC/CDC.

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6