COVID-19 Protocols

for the 2020-2021 School Year

As we prepare to enter the new school year there are certain protocols that have been put into place for the health and safety of our students, staff, and teachers. The below guidelines will be reviewed regularly and are subject to change at any time. Parents will be kept informed of any changes that need to be made as our school health and safety is our first priority.

 

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

In an order to alleviate the assembly of too many students at one time new school times have been implemented. Elementary grade students will now have a different schedule than middle school and high school students.

K2/K3                            8:00am – 12:00pm

VPK                               9:00am – 12:00pm

Elementary Grades       7:30am – 2:30pm

Middle School               8:00am – 3:00pm

High School                  8:00am – 3:00pm

During dismissal blue tents will be placed outside where students will wait with their class for their ride home

to arrive. This avoids us having to hold all classes indoors as was the norm previously.

Class Structure

Pre-School & VPK

o Will always remain with the same teacher.

Elementary Grades

o Students will not switch classes or go to specials such as art and music.

o Specials teachers such as art and music will go into the classrooms to teach the students.

o Dance class will continue to operate. The dance classroom will be disinfected between classes.

Middle School and High School Grades

o Students will be following a block schedule.

-A block schedule is one in which a student has a particular class for a longer period of time on alternate days. For example, a student may have English two days a week and then Math for three days a week. Classes will be longer than normal allowing students to receive all of the material in the curriculum.

 

Student and Staff Screening

The temperature of all students and staff will be taken BEFORE entering the building and AGAIN at lunch time. If a student or staff member has a temperature reading above 100.4 they will not be allowed to enter the building, if being dropped off, or remain on campus.

-Parents please note that student temperatures will be taken from inside your vehicle. Once a student is clear they may exit your vehicle and enter the building. This alleviates wasted time and having to call you back in to pick up your child. Parents we ask for your cooperation with this procedure and your kindness toward our staff. Please arrive with plenty of time to avoid rushing.

-We suggest that when possible the air conditioning in your vehicles is used to avoid rising body temperatures. We also advise that students refrain from clothing, such as sweatshirts or hoodies, which may also contribute to higher than normal temperatures.

 

-If your child has been out of the state or country they must quarantine for 14 days before returning to school.

-All teachers will have contact free thermometers in their classrooms should a child suddenly look ill.

Face Coverings

Students will not be required to wear face coverings. This will be up to each family’s discretion. Staff will be required to wear face coverings when having interactions of six feet or less with any student. Teachers will not use face coverings when teaching in front of the class, however, they must wear face coverings when in close proximity to any student.

Middle school and high school athletes will be required to wear face coverings when inside of the school bus

and/or van when attending games.

Sanitizing

-Contact free hand sanitizing stations will be located by every main door to include: main building door, magnetic doors, school building doors, bathroom doors, cafeteria doors, hall corridor doors.

-Trained staff members will consistently and continually be disinfecting high-touch, high-traffic areas such as handrails and door knobs throughout each day.

-We have contracted a cleaning company that will disinfect the school and main building at the end of every day. This will include all areas used by students and staff.

-All classrooms will have hand sanitizers and/or sanitizing wipes.

-All classrooms will be cleared of nonessential furniture and equipment to create more space.

Stay Home

Students and staff who feel sick for any reason should stay home. Under no circumstances should a parent send their child to school if the child is complaining of not feeling well or is showing symptoms of illness.

Medically Vulnerable Students

Parents of medically vulnerable students should consult their child’s physician for a plan for returning to school.

COVID-19 Symptoms

-We will have a room designated specifically for students showing any symptoms of illness.

-Parent and/or guardian will be contacted to pick up student immediately.

 -Student will be held in that designated room until parents arrive for pick up.

-Several isolated areas within that room will be available should more than one student show any symptoms of being ill.

-Should a teacher or staff member begin to show any symptoms of illness they will be asked to leave immediately.

-Designated room will be disinfected between students and at the end of every day by trained staff.

Positive COVID-19 Cases

Pre-School, VPK, Elementary Grades

o Should a student test positive for COVID-19 in any of these classes, the entire class will go into distance learning for 14 days.

o Students who test positive with COVID-19 MUST receive a negative test result BEFORE returning to class.

Middle School and High School Grades

o Should a student test positive for COVID-19, the parents of other student in his/her class will be notified.

o It is up to the parents notified to determine if they will keep their child at home for quarantine or allow them to return to school.

o Should a parent decide to keep their child at home for self-quarantine it will be the responsibility of the parent to pick up work for the student to do at home.

o Students who test positive with COVID-19 MUST receive a negative test result BEFORE returning to class.

Teachers and Staff

o Should a teacher or staff member test positive for COVID-19 they must remain in quarantine and will not allowed to return to work until they receive a negative test result.

Water Fountains

-Water fountains throughout campus will not be available.  Students are to bring water bottles with them to school.  New contact free water bottle refill stations will be available for students to refill their water bottles throughout the day.

Classrooms & Parents

-In accordance with our established guidelines from the 2019-2020 school year, parents will not be able to walk students to class. This includes the first day of school.

Snack and Lunch Time

All students will be eating snack and lunch in their designated classrooms.

-Snack and/or lunch will be taken to students in preschool, VPK, and grades K5 – 3rd.

Students in 4 th – 12 th grade will pick up their lunches at the cafeteria at different designated times and return to their classrooms to eat.

-There will be an outdoor eating area available for classes to use for lunch. Each class teacher must reserve their lunch time in this area ahead of time to limit the number of classes in this area at any one time.

Indoor Play Time

This is only for grades pre-school, VPK, and K5. Stuffed animals have been removed from toys that a child may play with. Bins with toys will be assigned to student groups within each class. Once a student has played with a toy it will then go into used toy bin apart from sanitized toy bins. Upon play time ending, a staff member will sanitize all toys and put them back into circulation for the next designated play time.

Recess & PE Time

Recess and PE times will not be cancelled. We will continue to honor these very important times in the day for our students. All classes will be schedule specific times for these activities. All PE equipment and playground equipment will be disinfected between classes by trained staff members.

 

Lockers

Lockers for middle school and high school will NOT be in used for the 2020-2021 school year.

No Student Assemblies

Until further notice the following activities will NOT be taking place:

Chapel Time

Pep Rally’s

Award Ceremonies

Meet You at the Pole

Book Fair

Christmas Programs

Christmas Secret Shop

Classroom Parties or Celebrations (Parents please do not send any food items for your child’s birthday)

The above may change in accordance with new developments.

 

Staff Training

All teachers and staff will receive training in regards to sanitation, COVID-19 symptoms, and health protocols prior to the start of the school year.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

All parent/teacher meetings will be done virtually through Zoom. More information will be given at orientation.

Beginning of the Year Orientation

All grade orientations will be done virtually. We are still working on the logistics and will keep you posted.

High School Homecoming

As of now, this event will be moved to Spring 2021.

eLearning Details

-Available ONLY for fall 2020 (August – December) of the school year through Zoom.

-Must register for eLearning by July 31, 2020.  If already registered you may switch to eLearning by contacting our school office.  If not registered yet please call our school office for information on new student registration.

-Each student registered in eLearning must have access to a digital device such as a tablet.

-Students may NOT do both a traditional classroom setting and eLearning.  Parents must choose one or the other.  Switching back and forth is not an option.   

-At the end of the first nine-week period (October), parents who have children in eLearning may opt to place their children back in a traditional classroom setting after speaking with the Principal in advance.

-It is the parent’s responsibility to keep up with their child’s progress and assist them as much as possible.

-Students will attend school online during regular school hours and follow the class schedule for their grade.

-Classes will match the engagement and dynamic of the traditional classroom setting as much as possible.

-Teachers will be teaching physically present students in the classroom and eLearning students simultaneously.

-Students in eLearning will be graded on the same standard and grading scale as students in a traditional classroom setting. 

-Teachers will reach out to parents weekly if a student has fallen behind.

-eLearning is NOT an option for K2/K3 or VPK students.

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Physical Address // 3101 S. Kingsway Rd. Seffner, FL 33584

Mailing Address // P.O. Box 1238 Seffner, FL 33583

Phone: 813.684.2754 or 813.684.9562 // Fax: 813.684.0051

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