2021-2022 ACS HEALTH GUIDELINES
Last school year we implemented a number of Covid protocols as we made all reasonable efforts to return to in-person learning safely. While most districts around us continued to be online, we were blessed to be able to remain with in-person learning for the entirety of the school year. We also kept methodical records all of last year in an effort to see what protocols would be needed at ACS going forward.
After reviewing this past year, we found the best ways to combat the spread of infection are: hand washing/hand hygiene, wiping down high touch areas, and having students stay home if they are sick.
We will begin this year with an optional mask policy for all students, faculty, and visitors. Masks will not be required on campus at any time. Spacing will return to “normal”. If a student has a fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher) while on campus, they will be sent home. Please remember, as usual, students and staff who are running a fever should not return to school until 24 hours after fever subsides. We will send individuals home who may learn while they are at school that a member of their household or a close community contact has tested positive for Covid-19. Also, if you test positive for Covid-19, flu, strep throat, or any other illness you should stay home until your doctor releases you back to school. We will contact trace only to be able to alert parents of any on campus exposure so that they may quarantine their healthy child if they choose to do so. Please alert the school nurse, Julie Smith, if you have a community or household exposure to Covid-19 to discuss a return to school date. We will continue to encourage hand hygiene and wiping down high touch surfaces. Temperature checks will continue to be implemented due to the ease of detecting a child who has a fever.
We take your child’s mental and physical health seriously, as well as that of our staff. By operating according to tried and true infection control principles - and faith in God without fear - we are planning for a great year at ACS.
We understand that we have not addressed every possible issue that may arise in this initial correspondence. Please understand that, just like we did last year, we will assess different situations on an ongoing basis and will send out timely communication to all of our families throughout the year.
Please continue to pray for the Lord's protection over our campus this year.
Grace and peace,
Steve Cummings - Head of School
Julie Smith, RN - School Nurse
2021-2022 ACS HEALTH GUIDELINES SUMMARY
Ways to combat the spread of infection are:
- hand washing/hand hygiene
- wiping down high touch areas
- temperature checks
- having students stay home if they are sick
Athens Christian School will continue to implement these best practices, while also utilizing the following:
- Optional masks for all students, faculty, and visitors.
- If a student/staff member receives a Covid-19 test, they must remain home until test results are in.
- If a student/staff member is Covid-19 positive, they may not return to ACS until they have fulfilled their quarantine period.
- We will send individuals home who may learn while they are at school that a member of their household or a close community contact has tested positive for Covid-19. (If you have questions about a close Covid contact, email Julie Smith RN)
- Please alert the school nurse, Julie Smith, if you have a community or household exposure to Covid-19 to discuss a return to school date.
- Students/staff members who are running a fever of 100.4 or higher will be sent home.
- Students/staff members who have a fever should not return to school until fever free for 24 hours without medication.
- If you test positive for Covid-19, flu, strep throat, or other illnesses you should stay home until your doctor releases you back to school or your quarantine is complete.
- Contact tracing will be utilized to alert parents of any on campus exposure so that they may quarantine their healthy child if they choose.
- A virtual learning option will be provided for students that are home due to Covid quarantine.
- As always, if you have any questions about your student's health, please contact the school nurse, Julie Smith RN, before sending your child to school.