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CCS 2021 Fall Reopen Protocols

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from the Headmaster | 9/2/21

As of 8/9/21 - CCS Leadership affirms decision that masks will be at the option of the parent. 

The philosophy of Calvary Christian School is to partner with parents and the members of the CCS community. We trust parents to make the decisions that are best for their child’s health. To the extent that we are able and permitted by local authorities, we work with parents and staff to facilitate their choices. 

 

These protocols are designed to be readily enforceable and, to the best of our ability, consistently applied. Protocols are subject to change as circumstances dictate; announcements regarding changes will be made by the administration. 

Classrooms and Facilities

  • All classrooms will be equipped with hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, wipes, and/or paper towels.

  • Common areas and commonly touched surfaces, including the cafeteria, will be regularly cleaned & sanitized by janitorial staff throughout the day. 

  • Students may request a ‘person shield’ for their desk.

  • In an abundance of caution, we will treat the campus as if a COVID-19 positive patient has been on campus, and will accordingly clean and sanitize the entire campus throughout the day and each evening. Evening janitorial staff will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting the entire facility each day.

  • Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles labeled with their name. Water fountains and refilling stations will be available.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in the halls.

  • The wearing of masks in the classroom will not be required. 

 

Cafeteria 

  • We will resume use of trays and self-service for older students.

  • We will continue the use of Chick-fil-A and Papa John’s restaurant food on their designated days.

  • Restaurant and campus prepared food will be served following all DPH guidelines.

    • All cafeteria staff are “ServeSafe” certified.

  • Upon entering the kitchen, a fingerprint scanner will be utilized to log purchases. All students and staff will be directed to use hand sanitizer before touching the scanner or any utensils, cups, etc.

 

Athletics

  • Athletic practice and competition will be consistent with guidance from the Georgia Association of Private and Parochial Schools (GAPPS).

  • When competing at other schools, we will be mindful of and communicate the protocols of that school when it varies from our protocols for visitors to their campus. 

 

Guests, Parents, &  Visitors

  • If a parent, visitor, or vendor wishes to enter the building to meet with a staff member, they will be required to conduct a standard symptom screening.

    • The administrator or staff member will sanitize all relevant surfaces after a meeting with a parent, visitor or vendor.

  • Grade 1-12 parents are not permitted to enter the building during drop-off or pick-up times, except for a prearranged meeting with the teacher or administrator.

  • Parents who wish to have lunch with their child will need to come to the office to check out their student from school, rather than use the cafeteria for lunch. Picnic tables outside on campus are available for parent use, but space is limited.  

 

Health Screening on Campus, Waiver of Liability, and Home Health Screening Agreement

  • As always, parents are advised to closely monitor their children for fever and related symptoms of COVID-19 and, if symptoms indicate, conduct a temperature check prior to traveling to school. Any child on campus that exhibits a fever of 100.4 or higher will be held in the isolated sick room and parents will be notified to pick up their child/staff to be transported home. 

    • If a student/staff presents any possible COVID-19 symptoms, the nurse will complete the assessment and notify parents/staff to be sent home.

    • Employees who present COVID-19 type symptoms will be directed to leave campus immediately.

  • If a student/staff member is running a fever of 100.4 or higher he/she can return to school once there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines, and they have felt well for 72 hours.

    • Note: A student/staff member may return to campus after 24 hours of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and they feel well if he/she has been cleared by a physician that the cause of the fever was not related to COVID-19. 

  • Any time a student has been absent from school for reasons related to COVID-19 or for displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19, upon returning to campus the student must check in with the school nurse to receive permission to return to class.

  • In order for a student/staff who tested positive for COVID-19 to be allowed to return to campus they must be able to answer YES to the following questions:

    • Has it been at least 10 days since the individual first had symptoms?

    • Has it been at least 24 hours since the individual had a fever (without using fever-reducing medicine)?

    • Has it been at least 3 days since the individual’s symptoms have improved including cough and/or shortness of breath?

  • Students/staff in close contact with family members or school personnel who test positive will need to follow the DPH guidelines prior to returning to campus. Following the “time-based return to school strategy”, students/staff in this category will need to complete the 14-day quarantine period before returning to campus. 

  • Students/Staff who verify full vaccination will not be required to quarantine for close contact unless symptoms are present. (8/9/2021)

  • Absences due to Health Screening restrictions will not be counted as school day absences. 

    • NOTE: Calvary will not be offering perfect attendance awards.

  • In the event a student tests positive for COVID-19, it will be our practice to inform parents at that division level via email that a student at a given grade level has tested positive, but due to HIPPA laws we will not reveal identities. We will include what is the last day that student was on campus. We have informed anyone whom we believe to have been in close contact (as defined by the CDC) with this student and advised them to follow DPH guidelines prior to returning to campus. If you have not been contacted there is no further action required by you at this point. 

  • In the event a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, it will be the practice to inform parents at that division level via email that a staff member in a given department (E.g. maintenance, or coaching staff, or Middle School faculty, etc.) has tested positive, but due to HIPAA laws we will not reveal identities. We will include what is the last day that employee was on campus. The school has informed anyone on campus whom we believe to have been in close contact (as defined by the CDC) and advised them to follow DPH guidelines prior to returning to campus.  If you have not been contacted there is no further action required by you at this point. 

Masks 

Masks will not be required of students or staff while on campus. Calvary will assist and support parents who choose to require their students to wear masks, and respects the decision of parents who choose to not wear masks. The same is true of faculty and staff; they will be able to choose to wear a mask or not wear a mask, whichever best meets their health needs. 

 

  • Our first orientation of the school year will include education for our students on socially appropriate conversation starters about masks. Our desire is to be an environment where all can truly be part of this community, embraced through the love of Christ, regardless of outer appearance. This position we have already established as school culture will align with this new aspect of school life quite fluidly for those who choose to wear masks daily or choose not to wear a mask. We will not permit decisions regarding masks and vaccinations to become a divisive element in our community.

 

Drop Off and Dismissal - Physical Distancing & Minimizing Exposure 

Drop Off / Dismissal:

  • Student entry K5-12th begins at 7:30 AM at designated areas. We will not be able to provide early access to the building for these grades.

    • Students in K5-8th who need early care 7:00-7:30A can report to the Preschool entrance for check in. MS students may choose to line up outside the MS entrance until 7:30A

  • Preschool will begin student check in at 7:00AM. 

  • Students will report directly to the assigned doors.

  • Check-in will proceed as follows:

    • Preschool will use the drop off line.

    • Elementary and Academy will enter at the main entrance to the Elementary building under the breezeway awning: 

      • Proceed to the cafeteria

      • K5-6th students who must be dropped off before 7:30A will be dropped off at the Preschool entrance 

    • Middle School at two entrances in the MS

    • High School lobby

  • The school nurse will have a booth in the breezeway and be available for student’s or parent’s questions.

  • Students arriving after check-in (8:00 AM  for Upper School and Academy; 8:10 for Elementary) will need to come to their respective division offices for check in.

Check Out:

  • Middle School and High School parents will call the Main Office (706-323-0467) when arriving on campus to request their child to check out. 

    • MS and HS students will check out via the HS lobby. 

  • Preschool, Elementary and Academy students will be released after a parent has signed out the child. 

 

 Transportation 

  • The bus driver will wipe down the school bus after every trip. 

    • Items to be wiped down include: the entry handrail, the fronts and backs of seats, along with any hardware or accessories, windows, window handles and walls. Also included are the exterior surfaces and hardware of the entry door, as well as driver controls of the bus such as the steering wheel, mirrors, etc.

  • Students are allowed to ride home with their parents after an athletic event.

  • Students are allowed to ride home with an adult who is not their parent with a signed waiver.

Fine Arts and Music Classes

Choir and Theatre Classes 

  • Fine arts classes will follow the current masking policy of the school.

  • Classroom seating will be distanced six feet apart, and social distancing will be encouraged at all times.  

  • Students should sit all facing the same direction, back to front to minimize potential exposure.

Band Classes 

  • Instrumentalists will be distanced as much as possible in the classroom.

  • Specific instrument-cleaning guidelines will be followed.  

  • Every student will play their own instrument.

Production Rehearsals 

  • Pre-Rehearsal Screening:

    • All production staff and students must be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to each rehearsal.  

    • Any person with positive symptoms reported will not be allowed to take part in rehearsals and should immediately contact his/her primary care provider or other appropriate health care professional.

    • Directors may ask students to wear masks throughout the rehearsal process.

Performances

  • Performance procedures will be re-visited closer to the time of the scheduled performance.

 

Updated 08/02/21