What will we do before the students come back on August 10th?
We have been working very hard to learn and prepare for best practices for the return of our students, faculty, and staff. The best practices include:
Decreased Class Sizes
Desks arranged for social distancing
Water fountains will be turned off
Send Guidelines to families
Have waivers signed to acknowledge guidelines
Place signage around the campus
Classroom Sanitization logs
Provide hand sanitizing stations around campus
Train teachers on safety and hygiene measures
Employ a full-time custodian
Will every student and teacher’s temperature be checked daily?
Internal temperature of more than 100.4 degrees
No flu/viral like symptoms
What will happen if a student or staff member has a fever or other symptoms?
Negative result/diagnosis - he/she must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before being allowed to return.
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.
What will the classrooms be like?
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.
What about after school and carlines?
Students will be required to leave the building at their dismissal bell of 3:00 and 3:15, and masks will be required in carlines where social distancing is not possible.
How will lunches be handled?
Students will be required to wash their hands and sanitize before lunch. They may bring their own lunch or order pre-packaged entrees. Proper social distancing will be practiced, and additional lunch areas will be open… pavilion, classroom, gym, outdoors, etc.
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 the middle and high school students use lockers?
Lockers will not be used for the first few weeks of school. Once restrictions have been lifted, we will determine a staggered locker schedule.
Will we have chapel?
Will we have athletics?
Our Athletic Director is following the SCISA guidelines closely on all aspects of team sports. For athletes, we will have a designated area for them to drop off their sports bags and equipment. They should not access those items during the school day.
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.
What can I do to prepare for the school year?
- Parents should use a positive attitude to prepare your child that things may look a little different at school this year.
Obtain face masks for your child(ren) and a lanyard or ribbon for the student to wear to help him/her keep up with masks. Get several and provide a clean one each day.
Donate cases of bottled water as the water fountains will not be accessible.
Does the school have plans if closing is necessary?
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 will be required for students, faculty and staff when social distancing is not possible, such as hallways, carlines, bathrooms, etc. However, they may be removed in the classroom or where social distancing can be practiced.