Health Protocols

Health Requirements

To ensure the health and well-being of our community, we are asking for all faculty, staff, and students to do the following:

Complete the Panther Pledge

Partner with the School by completing the Panther Pledge in August. This Pledge asks for parents to agree to partner with the School with regards to our health requirements and protocols. The Panther Pledge will be posted with our School Forms in the Parent Portal in August

Participate in Daily Self-Screening

Before coming to campus, faculty, staff, and students should participate in a daily self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 (including temperatures). Self-screens should be conducted via the SchoolPass app every day prior to arriving to campus.

Stay Home with COVID-19 Symptoms

Stay home if you are ill or showing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • A fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue or headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

Health, Safety, & Learning Protocols

Health and Sanitation

Hand washing/sanitizing will occur immediately on entering the building, as well as at scheduled and regular intervals throughout the school day. There will be numerous hand sanitizer dispensers easily accessible throughout campus. The entire school building, including classrooms, common areas, restrooms, offices, recess equipment, supplies, door handles, and plexiglass barriers, will be cleaned and disinfected every day with more high touch areas cleaned frequently throughout the day. An additional day porter has been hired to give the School two people to clean during the school day. There will be a deep clean scheduled at least once a week for the School. The latest technology in UV lighting, which kills viruses and bacteria, is used in all four of the School’s HVAC supply systems. Additionally, the School has purchased two commercial grade Actisol Cleaning units, which is an environmentally-friendly disinfectant delivery system, to apply disinfectant to hard to reach places on all surfaces.

Face Coverings & Plexiglass Barriers

We will require face coverings for all faculty and staff and for all Lower and Middle School students while on campus. We are strongly recommending face coverings for Early Childhood students. The School will have disposable and reusable face coverings if any student needs one. Students may choose their own face coverings to wear to school, keeping in mind that reusable face coverings should be at least 2-ply (double layer) cotton or polyester cloth and washed every night. References to or designs of drugs, sexual emblems, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, politics and inappropriate language are not permitted on face coverings. The School reserves the right to replace a student’s face covering if necessary. Students should bring an additional clean face covering to school in their backpack every day. Teachers will also be issued plastic face shields as an additional barrier. Finally, plexiglass barriers will be installed around campus for areas of high use, such as the front desk, teachers’ desks, and shared classroom tables.

Physical Distancing

Keeping individuals distanced with the goal of limiting the spread of virus between individuals, is fundamental to lowering the risk of COVID-19 spread.  Physical distancing between and among all individuals on campus will be followed every day. We have painstakingly analyzed our campus and classrooms and designated learning spaces for classes that provide physical distancing that is in compliance with recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC.

Cohorting Students

Keeping the same groups of children together on campus during the day  and limiting their contact with other children and areas of the School, called “cohorting,” reduces the risk of cross-contamination and makes contact tracing easier.  We have studied a variety of safe student arrangements and are confident that a consistent commitment to “cohorting” students, especially during times of higher risk (i.e., lunch time when students are not wearing masks) will provide the safest possible learning environment. In order to establish cohorts of students in homeroom and advisory classes, we will be limiting the number of student transitions between and among our school buildings across all grades, PK3-8th grade. Teachers will move from room to room as much as possible, rather than students moving. In-person interactions as an entire grade level will also be limited during the school day.

Dining, Water and Supplies

Students should bring a refillable water bottle, snack and lunch from home. At the start of school, there will be no Hot Lunch service option available for students to purchase. Our food service provider, Educational Catering Inc. (ECI) does have a plan to provide boxed lunches to classrooms should we decide to move in that direction at a later time. Drinking fountains will function in “water bottle refill mode” only. Students will be provided their own supplies in order to limit sharing or borrowing. Every effort will be made to keep students’ personal belongings separated.

Schoolwide Special Events and Chapels

Parents and visitors will not be allowed in the School building except with permission of school leadership. Therefore, we have postponed all on-campus, in-person, special events, parent education events, and other on-campus gatherings for the Fall.  Plans are underway to substitute virtual or digital offerings where appropriate and where practical. We will re-evaluate our ability to offer on-campus, in-person, special events, parent education events, and other on-campus gatherings in the Spring semester when we have a clearer picture of emerging health and safety issues. All Chapels on campus will continue for teachers and students only. We know that Chapels are something our parents like to attend as well. Therefore, Chapels will be livestreamed or recorded for parents to join or view at home.