From the Leadership Team
- All students and staff shall bring their school-issued device home and to school daily.
- If a department or the school goes into virtual learning, the virtual school day will begin and end at the same time as in-person learning. Classes will begin on time.
- Teachers will deliver all virtual instruction in a synchronous, live format. The amount of time spent in each class may be adjusted to allow for appropriate screen time and breaks during the day.
- Related services and student support services (i.e.: Counseling, Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Orientation and Mobility, and Physical Therapy) will remain as scheduled and shall be provided on a virtual platform.
- WiFi hotspots shall be made available for families in need to ensure access to virtual instruction and online resources.
December 30, 2021: COVID & Returning to School
- If your child is experiencing any of the COVID-like symptoms, please keep your child home no matter how mild it is. Even with a negative COVID test, no sick child should ever be sent to school. Please review the When to Keep Children Home document that outlines information about COVID-19 as well as our general sick policy for students.
- If your child tests positive for COVID-19, your child should stay home for 10 days and return only when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- If your child tests positive for COVID-19, it is essential that you let the school know so that we can conduct contact tracing as soon as possible to see who else at school might have been exposed.
- If someone in your home tests positive, your unvaccinated child should stay home and our team will work with you on determining when your child can return; your vaccinated child can come to school if not experiencing any COVID-19-like symptoms and consistently wears a mask correctly in public settings.
December 6, 2021: Community Update
- Friday, December 17, 2021
- Friday, January 14, 2022
- Friday, February 4, 2022
- Friday, March 4, 2022
- Friday, April 1, 2022
- Thursday, April 14, 2022
November 12, 2021: Modified Quarantine Protocol
- Total COVID-19 positive cases reported to MSD: 16
- Total Students Quarantined: 98
- With this option, the guidance states that as long as the infected student and the exposed student who is not fully vaccinated both correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks during exposure, the close contact may remain in school as long as they remain asymptomatic.
- Close contacts who are not fully vaccinated and were not fully masked at the time of exposure are to follow the CDC Shortened Quarantine. This revised guidance allows individuals who are not experiencing symptoms to quarantine for 10 days and return on day 11. Alternatively, the quarantine period may be reduced to 7 days if the close contact tests on day 5 or later and receives a negative result. The close contact can return to school on day 8, but must continue to monitor for symptoms. The last day of exposure to the positive individual is counted as day 0. This option also requires the close contact to quarantine outside of school settings and prohibits participation in indoor or high-contact athletics, and indoor forced exhalation activities, such as exercising.
- Close contacts who have been fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine. They may return to school if they do not have symptoms, consistently and correctly wear a mask in public, and continue to monitor their health for symptoms for a full 14 days. If symptoms develop, they should immediately isolate and get tested.
October 7, 2021: Community Update
- Vaccination status
- Correct and consistent mask usage
- If symptoms are present
- COVID-19 test results
- If the positive case if a member of your household
- Quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. Quarantine starts from the last day of contact with a positive individual.
- If symptoms are not present, the quarantine period may be reduced to 10 days and the close contact may return to school on day 11. Continue to monitor for symptoms, mask, and social distance.
- Alternatively, if symptoms are not present, the quarantine period may be reduced to 7 days if the close contact tests on day 5 or later and receives a negative result. The close contact can return to school on day 8, but must continue to monitor for symptoms.
Quarantine Learning Plans and Compensatory Education Services
September 21, 2021: Community Update
August 30, 2021: Welcome Back to School!
August 20, 2021: Important Updates
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Mask - Masks will be required indoors for anyone 2 years and older with exception for those who are exempt from wearing a face covering. Masks should be properly fitted and snug from nose to chin. Gaiters, masks with valves, and mesh masks are not permitted. If masks are damaged or soiled throughout the day, the school will provide a disposable mask.
- Sanitize - Sanitization stations are plentiful and available throughout all of our school buildings. Everyone is encouraged to sanitize their hands frequently, especially as they transfer from place to place. Wipes will be provided to keep spaces sanitized throughout the day. We are almost done with updating sinks, toilets, and paper towel dispensers in our restrooms with contactless accessories. Daily meals will be pre-packaged in boxes.
- Distance - Physical distancing will be maintained. There are social distancing decals on the floor in our hallways. Plexiglass partitions are also set up in classrooms and cafeterias to support distancing. Restroom capacity is limited to every other stall. Each classroom and student common area has an air purifier.
August 16, 2021: Passing of Mr. Alfred "Al" Shockley
August 9, 2021: Update on School Year 2021-2022
- We will open on time, Monday, August 30th.
- We will be open 5 days a week, 8:00am to 3:00pm.
- All students will return at once.
- Student meals are planned to ensure the safety of students and staff with some students eating in the cafeteria and some students eating in classrooms. Each table/desk will have divided plexiglass. A staggered schedule may be necessary.
- After school activities and athletics will resume.
- Dorms will open. We may consider limited capacity to ensure the health and safety of our dorm students.
- We will not offer distance learning at this time.
June 28, 2021: Water Testing Results at Frederick Campus
June 11, 2021: Water Testing Results at Columbia Campus