ASSUMPTION HIGH SCHOOL
SAFE AT SCHOOL
RE-OPENING OF SCHOOL
COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES
As the Community of Assumption, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and their families are at the forefront of our planning for re-opening our school amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Below please find the current (as of July 17, 2020) overview of the health and safety measures Assumption High School will implement when we determine to re-open the school building. These procedures are based on mandates and guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Kentucky Department of Public Health, Kentucky Department of Education, the Archdiocese of Louisville, our local health department and the medical community at large and are designed to protect our entire community from the spread of Covid-19. These procedures are fluid and may change at any time based on government directives.
It’s important to note that these policies pertain to students. AHS has developed separate policies for faculty and staff that address employee expectations and requirements regarding PPE’s, social distancing, and health and wellness procedures including staying home when sick.
Student Reporting under COVID-19:
Parents are required to notify our school nurse if their daughter has tested positive for COVID-19, suspects she may have COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone with COVID-19. In addition, a student who has been advised by her health care provider to undergo testing or is undergoing testing because she has symptoms or believes she may have COVID-19 should not return to school while COVID-19 testing is in progress. Furthermore, as part of our Healthy at Assumption policies, students who have a fever or are experiencing any COVID like symptoms should stay at home and not come to school. Students will have the ability to attend school virtually in that situation if she is well enough to do so. Please see our full Student Reporting and Return to School Policy under COVID here.
Arrival and Dismissal:
- Students will arrive and be dismissed at designated times to allow for physical distancing.
- All students will have temperatures taken upon arrival via walk-through thermal imaging at all three doors. There will be two people per station so that temperatures can be taken efficiently inside each entrance and intervene with any situation that may arise.
- After temperature screening, students who are fever free will report to their first block classroom. All teachers will be in classrooms at this time.
Movement in the Building
- Directional floor signs will identify one-way pathways for movement through hallways and stairwells so students are not passing face to face.
- Students will be dismissed from each class by teachers in a staggered fashion.
- Students will not be able to congregate or gather in hallways, restrooms or common areas. Adults will be stationed throughout the building at key times of day especially at arrival, dismissal and passing periods to enforce.
- Use of lockers will be suspended during this time. A large purse or backpack is recommended.
- Students will bring a lunch from home or purchase a pre-packaged lunch from FLIK.
- Students will not be able to share food at any point of the school day.
- Students will eat in their homerooms.
Appointment and Visitors
- Leaving school for an appointment will be strongly discouraged. If a student must leave for an appointment – we ask that she not return to school for the remainder of that day.
- We encourage parents to continue to mail or email any documents. Parents may not drop off any items for their daughter’s during the school day.
- Any visitor entering the building will need to have a temperature screening and complete a health form prior to entry.
- All students must wear an approved mask while on AHS campus and at all times in the building.
- To be an approved mask, the mask must cover the nose and mouth completely. Masks will be a part of the school uniform and must meet uniform guidelines as outlined in the student handbook.
- Masks must:
- Include multiple layers
- Fit snugly but comfortably
- Allow for breathing without restrictions
- Be able to be laundered
- Please be aware of an important addition to our policy on face masks: Masks with exhalation valves or vents may not be worn at school because they allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. If this is the type of mask you are wearing, you will need to wear a different kind of mask to wear.
- AHS will issue a mask to each student. While we will furnish one mask, we suggest students have extra masks on hand in case they need a replacement. Disposable masks will be available through the Main Office.
- A student may be allowed to wear a face shield in lieu of a mask for medical reasons only and only with a written order from her health care provider. Students will be able to wear a face shield in addition to a mask by choice at any time.
- Physical distancing is required at all times while on campus.
- Classroom seating will be arranged to maximize physical distancing with all students facing in one direction. Classroom seating will be assigned.
- No in person field trips, assemblies, events, etc. will be held. More information regarding Parent Orientation Nights, Mock Schedule Night, parent conferences, etc., will be communicated at a later date.
- Modifications will take place with classes like PE, music, and art to accommodate all guidelines.
- Attendance policies will be revised to consider students present:
- In person
- Scheduled virtual learning
- Non-scheduled virtual learning
- If a student is too ill to attend in any of the three ways outlined above, a parent must notify the attendance office.
- Attendance policies will be revised to accommodate illness due to coronavirus.
- Students may opt for full virtual learning for any reason and at any time.
- Perfect attendance recognition will be discontinued for this school year.
Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Ventilation
- Enhanced cleaning protocols have been established to clean and disinfect the building each day with the purchase of additional equipment for disinfecting classrooms, large spaces, and tablet PC’s.
- Facility staff will be scheduled and stationed in the school during the school day for additional cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces with a deep cleaning and disinfecting of the entire school each evening.
- Time during the school day will be built in for students to use the restroom and for frequent hand washing. Restroom usage will be limited to a safe number of students in the restroom at one time. Plexiglass dividers are being added between sinks.
- Teachers will provide students with hand sanitizer to clean their hands and disinfecting materials to wipe down their desk and chair when they enter the classroom.
- Teachers will wipe down the teacher desk and other areas around the desk as well as high touch surfaces in the classroom such as door handles, light switches, etc., before the start of class.
- Each classroom and office will contain a bin with cleaning supplies, paper towels, etc. for students and teachers to access as needed.
- Water fountains may only be used to fill up water bottles. All students must bring their own water bottle daily. It is recommended that the water bottles be washed every evening.
- Plexiglass dividers will be added in key areas such as main office and media center and in every classroom in front of the teacher desk.
- Students must not share supplies, water bottles, or food or drink.
- Teachers will be encouraged to hold class outdoors if possible.
- Teachers will be encouraged to open classrooms windows when possible.
- Assumption HVAC systems are on automated controls and temperatures throughout the building will be monitored continuously.
- All filters for HVAC systems have been replaced this summer for maximum air flow and filtration.
Student Health and Wellness
- Students should not come to school if they are feeling sick.
- Parents must complete the Parental Assurance of Daily Student Health Assessment for School Year for 2020-21 prior to start of school and perform the health assessment on a daily basis before sending their daughter to school each day. Any student who is experiencing a fever of 100.4 or greater or one of the following symptoms should stay home to help us maintain a healthy school environment:
- Uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Severe Headache
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore Throat
- Congestion or Runny Nose
- GI symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea
- Students will have the option to choose virtual learning in the above scenario when she may not attend in person school due to experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms but is still well enough to continue her learning virtually.
- Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or higher or exhibiting any COVID-19 like symptoms as outlined above upon arrival or throughout the school day will be moved to and remain in isolation separate from the rest of the school community. Parent/s will be notified to pick up their daughter immediately.