Students are checked for fever before entering the school and are not allowed to attend if ill. We have no more than 10 students in a classroom so that we can keep them socially distant. We deep clean all buildings regularly. We encourage frequent hand washing and provide hand sanitizers and face masks for every student and staff member. When we do have a confirmed case at school, we will immediately inform the Chambers County health department with a list of all students and staff, through contact tracing, that may have been in contact with that student. You will receive a call from the health department about self-quarantining and given instructions. Please follow their instructions. The school will also call all parents of children in that child's classroom. The school will additionally follow up by letter to the parent. We will protect your privacy as well. We also understand that parents may want to know, even if their child was not in contact with the student, that there was a child on the campus with COVID. The protocols do not call for that level of disclosure unless we determine that exposure might have been more widespread than just the classroom. Going forward, nonetheless, we will provide that information; however, if you don't receive a call from us or the health department, we did not find, through contact tracing, that your child was exposed.
We also understand that you may not feel comfortable sending your child to summer school. Summer school is optional. We are happy to provide an online platform for students whose parents are not comfortable but still want their child involved in our summer program.
This is what reopening looks like. It is most certainly a challenge, but one that we work hard to manage. We appreciate your cooperation and encourage you to make decisions within your comfort zone, and we will work with you at your level of confidence.
We will continually monitor upticks in our community of cases, and will daily evaluate our program. If we determine that a need to close campuses for extended periods of time would be prudent, then we will do so and only reopen when it is determined we can do so safely.