SCHOOL-WIDE HEALTH GUIDELINES
Students who show any symptoms of being sick must stay home (fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, stomach issues, new loss of taste or smell). If a student has a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more (whether during school hours or at home) the student must stay home and not return to school until they have a negative COVID-19 test, or a diagnosis from an MD that rules out COVID-19 and remain symptom free (without medication) for 48 hours. Families should provide a doctor’s note to the school office when they receive any diagnosis. All COVID-19 test results must immediately be shared with the school administration.
If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, the student must stay home for a two-week period and be cleared by a doctor before returning to school. All in-home siblings must stay home for the same two-week period. A doctor’s note will be required before all students and siblings can return to school. Students will receive distance learning instruction while off campus.
If a student has any form of prolonged direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, he/she must stay home for a two-week period while receiving distance learning instruction.
If a family member of a student has been in direct contact with a COVID-19 patient, the student is allowed to attend school with daily screening in place. For example, this would include a parent who works in the medical field. The family member is expected to show caution and remain off campus for a two-week period.
Visitors/parents will not be allowed inside school buildings unless it is an emergency situation, checking in/out a student, or for official school business (meeting with teacher/principal). All pick up and drop off should take place outside in the carpool line. If a visitor/parent has to enter the building, a screening process will be administered which includes checking in at the door, taking and recording of temperature followed by COVID-19 related questions. Visitors will be asked to remain in the waiting area until a staff member comes to you. Time should be limited to your official business. Face coverings are required.
Please remember if a positive COVID-19 test happens to a student or faculty/staff member HIPPA laws prevent Ambassador Baptist Academy from identifying that person. The ADH will give us clear direction on who should be informed regarding risk of exposure and quarantine guidelines for individuals, classrooms, grades, etc.
Student classrooms will be cleaned on a daily basis, multiple times per day, with CDC approved disinfectant. Hand sanitizing stations have been placed in various locations for use by students, faculty and staff. Students may bring a personal supply (4 oz. size) of hand sanitizer to keep on their person. Taking advantage of the stations or the personal supply will provide regular sanitizing opportunities for all students. Students, particularly younger students, will have regular hand washing times similar to previous years. We will encourage all students to frequently wash their hands during the school day. Regular sanitization will take place on all door handles, entry/exit points, cafeterias and activity spaces.
For sanitation purposes, all water fountains have been disabled. Students should provide their own water bottles (all grades).
POLICY TOWARD ON CAMPUS LEARNING AND DISTANCE LEARNING
Ambassador Baptist Academy is committed to offering on-campus learning, five days a week, for the entirety of the school year with exceptions being determined by the school president. Our ability to transition to distance learning is a click away for circumstances that warrant the strategy. The school will communicate when distance learning times are available or not available, either specific to a student or across the board.
In circumstances where an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 or must quarantine because of exposure, distance learning will be provided via online streaming during school hours. If necessary, teacher assistance will be available after school hours to answer questions. Method of communication will be determined at teacher’s discretion (phone call or video conferencing).
Students will be required to wear a face covering inside the classrooms and any place where it is not possible to social distance. Exemptions to wearing a face covering will be for those students who are in K4/K5 or for those who have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing one. Medical exemptions must be accompanied by a note from your medical provider.
MORNING DROP OFF
Parents are expected to stay in cars and utilize the carpool line. Please prepare for longer drop off times, especially at the beginning of the school year. Student temperatures will be checked with a touchless electronic thermometer by school staff as students exit their car during morning drop-off. PARENTS MAY NOT LEAVE THE DROP-OFF LINE UNTIL THEIR CHILD HAS BEEN SCREENED AND CLEARED FOR ADMITTANCE. Students will get their temperature checked and then proceed straight to their assigned classrooms. Hallways will be monitored to ensure students follow these protocols.
AFTERNOON PICK UP
All students must be picked up using the carpool line. K4/K5 students will be picked up at the middle door, where the school office is. All other students will be picked up at the lunchroom door as usual.
In an effort to avoid the handling of multiple students’ food, we will be only having cold lunches this school year. You may send hot lunches in thermal containers that will keep food warm, but we will not be able to heat up lunches.