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.
Free COVID Testing
COVID-19 testing identifies active COVID-19 cases and helps to mitigate the spread of the virus. We encourage all students, faculty and staff to get tested before returning on-campus.
Free COVID-19 testing is being provided by the State of Texas and Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) in partnership with Curative Inc. at Minute Maid Park. The site provides 8 drive through testing lanes and COVID-19 tests are mouth swab tests. The testing site is open at Minute Maid Park from 8 am-4 pm and is able to process 2,000 tests per day. Access to testing is very easy and straightforward and there are numerous slots available for testing individuals regardless of symptoms.
Daily Self-Screening on schoolpass
Faculty, staff, and students should participate in a daily COVID-19 wellness self-screen 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 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. 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.
An air purification system has been installed in our HVAC system that is designed to reduce the amount of air borne particles and pathogens (including COVID-19) in the air. The system is a Global Plasma Solutions Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization system. It creates an plasma field with a high concentration of + and – ions. As these ions travel in the air stream they attach to particles, pathogens and gas molecules. The ions help to agglomerate fine sub-micron particles making them filterable by the HVAC systems. The ions kill pathogens by robbing them of life-sustaining hydrogen. This system has been installed in all buildings on campus. Not only will it help reduce the COVID-19 virus in the air, but it will also help reduce cold and flu pathogens. This system will provide a healthier indoor air environment.
Face Coverings & Plexiglass Barriers
We will require face coverings for all faculty and staff and for all students (PK3-8th grade) while on-campus. 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.
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.
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.