General Communication

The procedures for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020-21 school year are outlined here. Capital Day School’s guidelines are based on recommendations set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The Franklin County Health Department, The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) as well as advice from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and Kentucky Association of Independent Schools (KAIS).


There is no way to erase the risk of COVID-19 on campus, but these guidelines will help us mitigate the risk and clearly define expectations for being in school and in person on campus. https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools/

Preventative Steps

 
  • When considering contact with others, prioritize family, school and work. Follow CDC, state and local guidelines even outside of school.

  • Cloth Face Coverings

    • All adults and students first grade and above must wear a face mask indoors, and while outdoors when within six feet of one another. 

    • Visitors must follow the same rules and should not enter a building unless instructed to do so by a faculty member. https://education.ky.gov/comm/Documents/Reopening%20Considerations%20Workplace%20Health%20and%20Safety%20FINAL.pdf (pg. 5)

    • CDC recommends no masks for students less than two years of age for safety concerns. Kentucky guidance recommends no masks for students five years or younger, but we encourage students in the 2- to 5-year-old  age range to have masks available and in their backpacks. We encourage but do not require students in the 2- to 5-year-old age range to wear masks when at school.

    • Children six years and above should be able to safely and appropriately use a mask. Consistency will likely remain a challenge with younger students. 

    • If a student has medical or developmental considerations that directly impact upon mask use, a letter from a doctor should be submitted to the school.

  • Distancing

    • Students' work spaces are placed at socially distanced intervals.

    • Students stay in their class cohort group.

    • Enrichment classes are timed so that classes are not passing indoors or in close proximity.

  • Wash hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds.

    • Hands are washed upon arrival in home room, after recess or outdoor activity (washing takes place in the classroom,) as well as at other intervals during the day.

  • Monitor symptoms

    • Any temperature greater than 100.4 is considered a fever. Anyone exhibiting a fever will be asked to return home until fever free without medication for 24 hours.

    • Students should stay home if they have developed a new cough or new rash, vomiting or diarrhea, or have been exposed to a COVID-19 case in a 48-hour period.

  • Other Safety Measures

    • Get an Influenza vaccine. Signs and symptoms of influenza overlap with those of COVID-19 and with many other viral illnesses. Getting a flu vaccine will decrease the number of symptomatic illnesses that will result in investigation and testing for COVID-19.

School Daily Procedures/ Drop Off & Pick Up

 
  • At the main building, students arriving between 7:15-7:30 will be temperature checked at the car and proceed to the multi-purpose room where they will be distanced and seated with members of their own class. At 7:30, students will be dismissed by class groups to go directly to their homeroom class. Those arriving between 7:30-7:55 will be temperature checked at the student's car and proceed directly to homeroom. Students will be required to wash hands upon arrival in homeroom.

  • At the Superkids building, the student’s temperature will be checked at the car upon arrival. Students arriving between 7:15-7:30 will follow a similar procedure as above. They will be assigned an area where they will be distanced and grouped by class. For arrivals between 7:30-7:55, students will be temperature checked at the student’s car and proceed directly to homeroom. Students will be required to wash hands upon arrival in homeroom.

  • Once in home rooms, students will wash hands and proceed to assigned seating. Each student will have their own supplies with which to work. We will instruct children how to social distance with unique terms such as “airplane arms.” When students must be in common areas, we will be following the “Best Practices” outlined in the Team Kentucky guidelines for Kentucky schools. If common areas must be shared, surfaces will be sanitized between groups.

  • Teachers and students in first grade and above will wear cloth masks. Kindergartners in the Superkids building will be given a “Happy Hat” face shield to wear when going into shared spaces, such as hallways and enrichment classes.

  • Lunches will take place mostly in the classroom with those in the multi-purpose room being properly distanced and grouped by class. Common areas will be sanitized by an adult after each class. 

  • Enrichments will be scheduled in a way that limits commingling between classes.

  • Late Arrival 

  • If a student arrives on campus after 8:00, the parent must escort the student to the front door and use the intercom to alert the office of their arrival. 

  • The student will be temperature checked at the door and the parent will sign the student in at the door.

  • Early Pickup

  • If a parent needs to do an early pickup, they should notify the office (they can also notify the teacher.) When the office receives this notice, the office will contact the teacher. 

  • When the parent arrives they can buzz the intercom at the door. The secretary will respond through the intercom and will unlock the door. The parent may open the door, but not enter the building. The secretary will notify the teacher to alert them that the parent has arrived.

  •  The teacher will supervise the student to the door.

If Someone Gets Sick

 
  • If a student exhibits symptoms while at school, the student’s temperature will be taken. If the student is febrile or exhibiting other symptoms that warrant a phone call home, the student will be isolated with an ability to maintain adult supervision until the student is picked up by a parent, guardian or designee. Students with symptoms of infectious disease will not be cohorted. Students will wear a face covering while waiting for transport if there is no medical reason to prevent this.

  • Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, which includes fever or chills, (new) cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea, should stay home from school and contact their healthcare provider.

  • If a student or adult has some symptoms, but is given an alternative diagnosis, that person does not require a test for COVID-19 in order to return to school as long as they have been free of fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea for at least 24 hours without medication.

  • If a student is ill with symptoms, but has not been diagnosed as having COVID-19, the siblings of that student may continue to attend school unless they have had a known exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or they are experiencing symptoms. If the student is diagnosed with COVID-19, the siblings must immediately quarantine. If a student comes in contact with someone who has tested positive, the household members of the exposed student do not have to stay home from school unless they have had direct exposure to the person with COVID-19. If the student who has been exposed receives a positive COVID-19 test or begins showing symptoms, household members must stay home as well.

When to Test for COVID-19

 
  • The CDC recommends getting a COVID-19 test if:

    • a person develops new symptoms of COVID-19 -- especially a fever above 100.4,

    • a person has  had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19,

    • A person has been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider or health department,

    •  A person has returned from traveling to a COVID high risk area.

  • All students are encouraged to test for COVID-19 before starting the school year in person. All employees, students, and their families are expected to self-report a positive COVID-19 test, any symptoms of COVID-19, and/or any exposure to a COVID-19 positive person.

  • Not everyone needs to be tested. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

A Positive COVID-19 Test

 
  • If a healthcare provider tests an individual for COVID-19 and the result is positive, the following is required prior to returning to school:

    • The individual must contact the health department in their home county to seek guidance from COVID-19 health officials. 

    • The individual must notify the school of their positive result immediately.  

    • The School will contact the local health department for directions on how to proceed.

    • The individual must provide written confirmation that they have been released from quarantine/isolation by a physician or authorities at the department of public health.

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 and has no symptoms, the following is required prior to returning to school:

  • The individual must contact the health department in their home county to seek guidance from COVID-19 health officials.

  • The School must contact the local health department for instructions on how to proceed.

  • The individual must notify the school of their positive result immediately.  

  • The individual must provide written confirmation that they have been released from quarantine/isolation by authorities at the department of public health.

If the individual tests positive for COVID-19 and has no symptoms, but develops symptoms during the isolation period, the following is required prior to returning to school:

  • The individual must contact the health department in their home county that symptoms have developed and seek guidance. 

  • The individual must notify the school of their positive result immediately.

  • The individual must provide written confirmation that they have been released from quarantine/isolation by authorities at the department of public health.

Resources

 

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