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Back to School Protocol

 

Legion Collegiate Academy’s (LCA) highest priority is to maintain the health and safety of our students, employees and GCA families. Keeping this at the forefront of all decision making the following protocols has been created based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC), SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), SC State Department of Education (SDE), Governor's Office, the Charter Institute at Erskine’s recommendations for returning to school along with stakeholder surveys and feedback. 

 

We recognize the importance of face to face instruction and returning to this fully as quickly and safely as possible takes precedence. LCA has developed a hybrid model to ensure students are provided the best opportunities to succeed while still utilizing safety precautions. 

There is an option if your student does not feel comfortable with returning to school. These students can select and continue the full virtual online (e learning). However, students selecting the full virtual e-learning option must remain there for the semester. If you seek this option contact: 

 

9th &10th graders email Mr. Page bpage@legionlancers.org

11th &12th graders email Ms. Manning nmanning@legionlancers.org

General Safeguard Guidelines

Based on the AccelerateED Task Force recommendations, LCA will follow the below safeguards:

 

  • Exterior and interior signage communicating how to stop the spread and describing symptoms of COVID-19, good hygiene and school/district specific protocols. Signage should give clear simple instructions for any actions required by the reader.

  • Increasing areas where students are able to follow social distancing guidelines.

  • Increasing areas where students are able to follow social distancing guidelines.

  • Stagger entry and release times to reduce crowd movement. This may require extending the school day.

  • Transitioned water fountains to water bottle filling stations only.

  • Mark spaced lines and traffic directions in hallways to designate flow paths.

  • Consider staggering class change times and providing additional time for transitions. 

  • Increase spaces between desks and have them facing the same direction maintaining 6 feet of distance to the extent possible.

  • Mark social distancing spaces on floors in areas where lines form such as restrooms. 

Cleaning and Hygiene

  • Adequate supplies will be provided to support healthy hygiene behaviors (e.g., soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol for safe use by staff and students, paper towels, and tissues).

  • Reinforce hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol by staff and children.

  • Reinforce hand washing protocols during key times - Before, during and after preparing food; Before eating food; After using the toilet; After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; After touching objects with bare hands which have been handled by other individuals.

  • Provide hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) at every building entrance and exit, in the MPR, and in every classroom for safe use by staff and students.

  • Systematically and frequently check and refill hand sanitizers.

  • Encourage staff and students to cough and sneeze into their elbows, or to cover with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Incorporate frequent hand washing and sanitation breaks into classroom activity. 

  • Allow time between activities or transition for proper cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces.

  • Establish a schedule for and perform ongoing and routine cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas (e.g., door handles, stair rails, faucet handles, toilet handles, playground equipment, drinking fountains, light switches, desks, tables, chairs, kitchen countertops, cafeteria and service tables, carts, and trays) with an EPA approved disinfectant for SARS-CoV-2.

  • Increasing frequency of disinfection during high-density times and disinfecting all shared objects (e.g., gym or physical education equipment, art supplies, toys, games) between use.

  • Ensure safe, correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfecting products, including securely storing and using products away from children, and allowing for adequate ventilation when staff use such products.

  • Limit sharing of personal items and supplies such as writing utensils and supplies.

  • Keep students’ personal items separate and (as appropriate) individually labeled cubbies, containers or lockers. Avoid shared use of soft or other items that cannot be easily cleaned and disinfected, (e.g. clay in art class).

  • Begin the school year teaching the essential hygiene practices and new COVID-19 school policies.

  • Supplies for each classroom: Hand sanitizer; Disinfecting cleaner; Paper towels; Tissues; Gloves 

Classroom Safeguards

The following guidelines are for instructional time cleaning and general precautions for during and in between classes:

  • Maintain safe practices based on CDC Guidelines to include frequent hand washing, covering coughs, etc.

  • Implement classroom practices that reduce the potential for exposure.

  • Maintain social distancing based on CDC Guidelines (6 feet).

  • All employees are required to wear masks and/or face shields when social distancing is not available. If a person is alone in his/her classroom or office, they are permitted to remove the face shield or mask.

  • Reduce the sharing of common spaces and the handling of objects within the classroom.

  • Any desk in which more than one student will be sitting in throughout the day will be cleaned by the students coming into the classroom. All cleaning cloths should be disposed of in the appropriate trash receptacle and should be done so with the least amount of contact with other people. Students will receive training on the proper way to clean and disinfect a desk. 

 

Health Room and Response to Illness

 

  • Educate staff, students, and their families about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, when they should stay home and when they can return to school (self-assess).

  • Procedure for handling sick students.

  • Isolation space for anyone exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms created.

  • Dedicated path to exit campus from the isolation room with minimal social exposure.

  • Ensure areas of infection are immediately closed off for a minimum of 24 hours with a robust cleaning and disinfecting plan per CDC guidelines when an exposure to COVID-19 occurs.

  • Increase signage related to safety awareness and safety precautions symptoms, hygiene, hand washing, use of gloves (putting on and taking off) and proper face mask wearing.

  • Clearly communicate the procedure for when a student or employee has a fever over 100.4 (as detected with a non-contact thermometer) 

  • If the student does have a fever, they will be escorted to the isolation room and a parent will be called to come and pick the student up. The student should be escorted out at a time that will have the least interaction with other students and adults when leaving.

  • If faculty/staff has a fever they will be sent home immediately.

  • Procedures for return to work or school after being sent home for symptoms (See DHEC Guidance).

  • Advise sick staff members and children not to return until they have met criteria for return.

  • Students or staff excluded for these symptoms should not return until they have either tested negative for COVID-19 or a medical evaluation determines that their symptoms were more likely due to another cause (e.g. sore throat due to strep throat). In this later case, the individual can return when they meet criteria for that condition. 

Current Isolation Criteria for COVID-19:

  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and persons with symptoms of COVID19 (see list above) who do not get tested, should isolate until:

  • Ten (10) days have passed since symptoms started – and

  • Three (3) days (72 hours) have passed since last fever without taking medicine to reduce fever – and

  • Overall improvement in symptoms.

  • Those who test positive by a PCR test but do not have symptoms will be required to stay out of school until ten (10) days after the specimen was collected. 

  • The criteria above should be used to determine eligibility to return to school. Negative PCR test results are not required after meeting these criteria. 

 

School Safety, Mental Health, and Social Emotional Support

In addition to the reopening school team, schools and districts will establish a mental health crisis response team focused on student and staff mental health and wellness. The team could include, but not be limited to: a school counselor, special education staff, outside agency therapist, a teacher, school nurse, and administrator trained in trauma awareness. The team will develop a referral system for students and provide resources for staff self-care in efforts to provide ongoing support after COVID-19. The district liaison will communicate directly with the SCDE to gather and access newly available resources for student and staff mental health and wellness support. A triage protocol is established to assist in identifying individuals (staff and students) requiring interventions at various levels (beyond the initial corporate “check-in”). Those identified needing additional support will process through the protocol for referral to the crisis response team or student support services personnel (e.g. nurses, school counselors, school-based mental health counselors, social workers, school psychologists, referrals to community-based mental health services.) 

 

Faculty and staff professional development and training will occur prior to student’s returning on the following: 

 

  • New safety protocols and procedures related to minimizing the transmission of COVID-19.

  • Distance learning formats, procedures, instructional best practices, and ways to encourage family engagement. Social emotional check-in protocols, social justice, and trauma informed support.

  • Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) with specific attention to Tier 1 intervention and support for students.

  • Any changes to emergency drills (Active Intruder, Fire, Hurricane) in regard to social distancing based on appropriate agency recommendations.

  • Any changes to SCDE learning standards and a review of pacing by subject area and department. 

 

Protecting Vulnerable Populations Employee

Employees should immediately notify Dr. Kennedy if they self-identify as high risk and are requesting considerations of reasonable accommodation for condition(s) below (CDC Guidance):

  • 65 years and older

  • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

  • Serious heart conditions

  • Immunocompromised - Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.

  • Severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)

  • Diabetes

  • Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

  • Liver disease 

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Registrar

803-620-6040

rbayer@legionlancers.org

Nancy Manning

Bookkeeper/HR

803-620-6040

nmanning@legionlancers.org

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