OPERATION GUIDELINES 2021 - 2022 SCHOOL YEAR

 At Fulton Science Academy, we are committed to providing a safe and quality learning environment to all of our students in alignment with our mission and vision. 

In this document, we outline our current planning for the 2021-2022 school year. 

It is our pleasure to inform you that as announced earlier, we are returning to on-campus learning for all of our students while virtually accommodating our small number of students who qualify with critical and documented medical needs. As it stands, we have a few students with critical medical needs who qualify for virtual learning, and we expect to have them back to campus learning soon as well. 

Included in this Page: 

1. COVID-19 Tracker 

2. Facility Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures

3. Operational Procedures 

4. Clinic Procedures for COVID 19 

5. Attendance 

Monday, August 9, 2021 - 1 case in 7th grade. 4 exposed students.

Friday, August 13, 2021 - 1 case in 3rd grade. 4 exposed students.

Saturday, August 14, 2021 - 1 case in 7th grade, 29 exposed students and one exposed teacher

Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 1 case in 4th grade, 8 exposed students and one exposed teacher

Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 1 case in 6th grade 27 exposed students

Monday, August 23, 2021 - 1 case in 6th grade, 26 exposed students

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 1 case faculty no exposed students

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 1 case in 5th grade 12 exposed students

Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 1 case 1st grade, 11 students exposed

Saturday, August 28, 2021 - 1 case 6th grade, 19 students and 1 teacher exposed

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 1 case 6th grade, 1 students exposed

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 1 case faculty, no students exposed

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 1 case 3rd grade, no students exposed

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 1 case 5th grade, no students exposed

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 1 case 7th grade, no students exposed 

Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 1 case 5th grade, 22 students exposed 

Monday, November 15, 2021 - 1 case in 2nd grade, 6 students exposed

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 1 case in 4th grade, 13 students exposed

Sunday, December  5, 2021 - 1 case in 7th grade, 29 students and 1 faculty  exposed

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 1 case in 8th grade, 1 students exposed

Saturday, December 18, 2021 - 1 case in Kindergarten, 9 students and 1 faculty exposed

Saturday, December 18, 2021 - 1 case in Faculty, 18 students and 2 faculty exposed

Monday December 20 - 1 case in Kindergarten, 8 students exposed

Tuesday December 21 - 1 case in 7th grade, 20 students exposed

Tuesday December 21 - 1 case in 5th grade, 5 students and 1 faculty exposed

Wednesday December 22 - 1 case in 1st grade, 3 students exposed

Wednesday December 22 - 3 case in 2nd grade, 19 students exposed

Wednesday December 22 - 1 case in 4th grade, 11 students exposed

Thursday December 23 - 1 case in 8th grade, 42 students exposed

Friday December 24 - 1 case in 6th grade, 23 students exposed

Friday December 24 - 2 case in 8th grade, 55 students exposed

Friday December 24 - 1 case in 2nd grade, 11 students exposed

Friday December 24 - 2 case in 6th grade, 40 students exposed

Friday December 24 - 1 case in faculty, no students exposed

Saturday December 25 - 2 case in 8th grade

Saturday, December 25- 1 case in 5th grade, 7 students exposed

Sunday, December 26th- 1 case in faculty, no students exposed

Sunday, December 26th- 2 cases in 7th grade, 20 students exposed

Monday, December 27th- 1 case in 6th grade, no students exposed

Monday, December 27th- 1 case in 8th grade

Tuesday, December 28th- 1 case in 8th grade

Tuesday, December 28th- 1 case in 1st grade, no students exposed 

Saturday, January 1st- 1 case in 11th grade

Tuesday, January 3rd- 1 case in faculty

Wednesday, January 5th- 1 case 9th grade, one student and one faculty exposed

Second Semester

Tuesday, January 18th- 1 case parent coach, 5 students and 1 teacher exposed

Tuesday, January 18th- 1 case 7th grade, no students exposed

Wednesday, January 19th- 1 case 9th grade, 1 student exposed

Wednesday, January 19th- 1 case 10th grade, 20 students exposed

Thursday, January 20th- 1 case faculty, 2 teachers exposed

Thursday, January 20th- 1 case 3rd grade, 7 students exposed

Thursday January 20th- 1 case 8th grade, no students exposed

Thursday, January 20th- 1 case PreK, 11 students and one teacher exposed

Thursday, January 20th- 1 case 5th grade, 17students exposed 

Thursday January 20th- 1 case 6th grade, no students exposed

Friday, January 21st- 1 case 10th grade, 10 students exposed

Saturday, January 22nd- 1 case 7th grade, no students exposed

Saturday, January 22nd- 1 case Pre-K, 9 students and one teacher exposed

Saturday, January 22nd- 1 case 5th grade, 14 students exposed

Sunday, January 23rd- 1 case 4th grade, 12 students exposed

Monday January 24th- 1 case 4th grade, 1 student exposed

Monday January 24th- 1 case 8th grade, 32 students exposed

Monday January 24th- 1 case PreK, 3 students and 1 faculty exposed

Monday January 24th- 1 case 5th grade, 14 students exposed

Tuesday January 25th- 1 case 8th grade 19 students exposed

Tuesday January 25th- 1 case 7th grade, 31 students exposed

Tuesday January 25th- 1 case 5th grade, 12 students exposed

Wednesday January 26th- 3 case 7th grade, 73 students exposed

Wednesday January 26th- 2 case 10th grade, 15 students exposed

Wednesday January 26th- 1 case 11th grade, 15 students exposed

Wednesday January 26th- 1 case 2nd grade, 8 students exposed

Wednesday January 26th- 1 case 3rd grade, 12 students and 1 faculty exposed

Wednesday January 26th- 2 case Pre K, 9 students and 1 faculty exposed

Thursday January 27th- 1 case faculty, 1 student exposed

Friday, January 28th- 1 case 11th grade, 23 students exposed

Sunday, January 30th - 1 case 7th grade, 27 students exposed

Sunday, January 30th - 1 case 6th grade, 32 students exposed

Sunday, January 30th - 1 case 3rd grade, 8 exposed students

Monday, January 31st- 1 case 11th grade, 11 students exposed

Tuesday, February 1st- 1 case 5th grade, 21 students exposed

Wednesday, February 2nd- 2 cases 7th grade 58 students exposed

Wednesday, February 2nd- 1 case faculty- 1 faculty and 2 students exposed

Wednesday, February 2nd- 1 case 6th grade- 30 students exposed

Thursday, February 3rd- 1 case faculty- 11 students exposed

Thursday, February 3rd, 1 case 9th grade, 24 students exposed

Sunday, February 6th, 1 case 4th grade, 17 students exposed

Sunday February 6th, 2 cases 7th grade, 41 students and one faculty exposed

Sunday February 6th, 1 case 12th grade, 2 students exposed

Monday February 7th, 1 case 6th grade, no students exposed

Monday February 7th, 1 case 8th grade, 19 students exposed

Wednesday, February 9th, 1 case faculty 

Wednesday, February 9th, 1 case 6th grade, 30 students exposed

Thursday, February 10th, 1 case faculty, 6 faculty exposed

Sunday, February 13th, 1 case 6th grade, 30 students exposed 

Monday, February 14th, 1 case 7th grade, 33 students exposed

Monday, February 14th, 1 case 4th grade, 11 students exposed

Monday, February 14th, 1 case 11th grade, 19 students exposed

Thursday, February 17th, 1 case 5th grade, 18 students exposed

Thursday, February 17th, 1 case 6th grade, 29 students exposed

Wednesday, February 22nd, 1 case 6th grade, no students exposed

Thursday, February 24th, 1 case 4th grade, 13 students exposed

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2 cases faculty, 2 faculty exposed

Wednesday, March 2nd, 1 case 12th grade, 17 students exposed

Wednesday, March 23rd, 1 case faculty, 15 students, 3 faculty exposed

Saturday, March 26th, 1 case 5th grade, 20 students exposed

Sunday, March 27th, 1 case 2nd grade, 7 students exposed

Sunday, March 27th, 1 case 11th grade, 17 students exposed

Spring Break- 4 cases reported, no exposures

Tuesday, April 12th, 1 case 1st grade, 10 students exposed

Wednesday, April 13th, 1 case Pre K, 7 students exposed

Thursday, April 14th, 1 case 2nd grade, 10 students exposed

Thursday, April 14th, 1 case 5th grade, 16 students exposed

Thursday, April 14th, 1 case 3rd grade, 6 students exposed

Tuesday, April 26th, 1 case 6th grade, 15 students and 2 faculty exposed

Wednesday, April 27th, 1 case 5th grade, 14 students and 1 faculty exposed

Wednesday, April 27th, 1 case 7th grade, 29 students exposed

Wednesday, April 27th, 1 case 8th grade, 17 students exposed

Thursday, April 28th, 1 case 8th grade, 20 students exposed

Sunday, May 1st, 1 case 5th grade, 15 students exposed

Wednesday, May 4th, 1 case faculty, 2 student and 3 faculty exposed

Wednesday, May 5th, 1 case 5th grade, 21 students exposed

Sunday, May 8th, 2 cases 5th grade, 13 students and 1 faculty exposed

Wednesday, May 11th, 2 case faculty, 3 students and 5 faculty exposed

Wednesday, May 11th, 1 case 2nd grade, 10 students exposed

Wednesday, May 11th, 2 cases 6th grade, 55 student exposed

Wednesday, May 11th, 1 case 4th grade, 17 students exposed

Wednesday, May 11th, 1 case 5th grade, no exposures

Friday, May 13th, 1 case 2nd grade, no exposures

Sunday, May 16th, 1 case 6th grade, 17 students exposed

Monday, May 17th, 1 case faculty, 2 students and 3 faculty exposed

Wednesday, May 18th, 1 case faculty, 9 students and 2 faculty exposed

Thursday, May 19th, 1 case Pre K, 12 students and 4 faculty exposed

Thursday, May 19th, 1 case 5th grade, 20 students exposed

For any non-vaccinated exposed person, quarantine protocols will be followed.

 Frequent and regular cleaning and disinfecting will remain a vital part of our operations. FSA has a contract with a third-party cleaning company to clean and disinfect our campus every night in detail using EPA-approved products that are effective for Covid-19. That service will continue with further attention to the cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces by students such as doorknobs, student desks, and chairs. 

Touchless hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol rate will be available in areas which are used by middle and high school students for its effectiveness with Covid-19. Elementary students are discouraged to use these hand sanitizers as it may not be healthy for their skin. Instead, elementary school students are encouraged to use soap and water. Accordingly, air dryers in restrooms are replaced with more powerful models to allow students to easily dry their hands after using soap and water. 

In addition, we are reducing areas requiring frequent touch. All water fountains are touchless only. Therefore, students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle to refill throughout the day. Also, vending machines will not be in use. Instead, students are encouraged to bring their own snacks each day (please adhere to the school’s NO NUT policy). 

As of February 28, 2022, masking will be optional for all students and staff. FSA will continue to monitor CDC updates and the community levels of COVID-19 in our county do determine any adjustments in mask use. FSA highly encourages all exposed students/staff to mask for 5-10 days after exposure. 

To ensure safe travel in the building, traffic flow patterns will be visible and students will be instructed to adhere to these guidelines. Additionally, safe space guidelines will be expected at all times (water fountains, front desk, etc.). Students will also be expected to maintain safe space in the restrooms; therefore, only a few students will be permitted at any given time. Frequent planned breaks will be scheduled into the day and students rotated. 

Students in Elementary and Middle grades will be served lunch in the cafeteria utilizing safe spacing and routine disinfecting between rotations. High School students will have lunch in the HS Hangout area while also utilizing safe spacing and area disinfection. 

For recess, ES and MS students will have opportunities to play outside in open air areas, and safe space distancing will be encouraged. In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks will not be required while outside in the recess areas or during physical education classes. 

To continue to limit the number of visitors on campus, we encourage virtual parent meetings. However, we will also accommodate requests for in-person meetings when necessary. 

CLINIC PROCEDURES FOR COVID-19 (Revised March 31st, 2022)

Health Screenings and Symptom Assessment (SchoolPASS)

 All students/faculty must complete a self-wellness check at home (including temperature) prior to coming to school. Each student/faculty member must submit their wellness screen in SchoolPASS each day prior to arriving on campus. If your wellness screen is flagged OR if you are unsure if you should come to school based on your symptoms, please stay home and email our nurse- Aybree Pugliese apugliese@fultonscienceacademy.org

Please use the self-assessment website below provided by CDC: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 

Individuals with COVID-19 may have any of the following symptoms, which may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus: 

  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Fever and/or chills 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest 
  • New confusion 
  • Inability to wake or stay awake 
  • Bluish lips or face 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 

According to the CDC, this list of symptoms does not include all possible symptoms. Please contact your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you

Procedures for Anyone Experiencing Symptoms of COVID-19

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate at home, contact their doctor for medical guidance, and inform the school nurse immediately.

If a test is deemed necessary by the physician OR school nurse

  • FSA will accept PCR, rapid antigen, or home test kit results for students and staff who are ill and need clearance to return. The student or faculty member MUST STAY HOME AND WAIT FOR THEIR RESULTS. Students will be excused from school during this time and given makeup work when they return. They will not be eligible for virtual learning while waiting for COVID-19 results.
  • If a positive result is received: stay home, inform the school immediately, and follow our Procedures for Anyone Testing Positive for COVID-19.
  • If a negative test result is received: please follow the guidelines outlined by your physician and provide proper documentation to the school nurse before being allowed to return to campus. The student will need to be fever free for 24 hours with all symptoms improving.

If a test is deemed unnecessary by the physician

  • A physician note stating that a “covid-19 test was not necessary” must be approved by the school nurse
  • Student can return when fever free for 24 hours without medications and all symptoms are improving

Procedures for Students Absent Due to Illness

Students who are sick should be kept home from school should follow the below guidance and communicate with the nurse to determine if COVID-19 testing is necessary.

Please monitor the symptoms at home. If the symptoms do not resolve OR if fever/frequent cough/bad headache/lethargy/persistent vomiting or diarrhea or any other worsening symptoms develop, please see a doctor and use the criteria below as a guide of when to return to school. 

In order to safely return to school after illness we will need the following:

  1. Negative COVID-19 test result emailed to the School Nurse OR a note from a pediatrician stating a "covid test was not necessary"
  2. Student must be fever free for 24 hrs without any fever reducing medication
  3. Student must be feeling better overall- with symptoms improving. 

Please be sure the school nurse clears your child before they return to campus.

Procedures for Anyone Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms at School 

  • If a student is sick or experiencing symptoms at school, the student will report to the clinic.
  • If deemed necessary, the student will be moved to the isolation room. Their parent/guardian will be called to pick them up. FSA expects all families to have a plan in place to pick up their child within 1 hour if their child becomes ill.
  • FSA reserves the right to require a COVID-19 test prior to return if the child exhibits fever, persistent cough, fatigue or other symptoms suspicious for COVID-19.
  • If not deemed necessary, then the student will be taken to the clinic for regular checks and regular clinic procedures will be followed. 
  • Employees who become sick or experience symptoms while at the school should follow the same procedures as students.

Procedures for Students Testing Positive for COVID-19 

Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate at home, inform the school nurse immediately, and follow the CDC guidelines below. 

The COVID-19 positive student may return to campus and end isolation once the following are met: 

  • Students must isolate for a minimum of 5 days from the positive test date or the start of their symptoms, whichever was first. (This date is counted as day 0. The student may return on day 6)
  • Students must be fever free for 24 hours with all symptoms improving to return. If the student is not well enough to return on day 6, they will remain virtual until fever free for 24 hours and improving.
  • Student must wear a well-fitting mask on days 6-10 while indoors and on campus (masks can be removed for lunch/snack/nap)

CDC Additional Isolation Guidelines include: 

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Take steps to improve ventilation at home, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when you need to be around other people.

Procedures for Students in Direct Contact with Someone who is Positive for COVID-19 

All students should immediately contact the school nurse Aybree Pugliese apugliese@fultonscienceacademy.org for guidance if directly exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

CDC currently defines “close/direct contact” as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

Who should quarantine after exposure?

Any student who lives with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 

  • Students exposed in the home should immediately quarantine until they receive clearance to return from the school nurse. (Virtual access will be given)
    • If the student is vaccinated and they are able to separate from the infected person (separate eating, sleeping, and bathroom space/no contact unmasked), they may return immediately after a negative test and school nurse approval
    • If the student is not vaccinated but they are able to separate from the infected person (separate eating, sleeping, and bathroom space/no contact unmasked), they can return on day 6 from last exposure with a negative test and school nurse approval
    • If the student is unable to separate from the infected person, they must isolate for 7 days and return on day 8 with a negative test and school nurse approval. 

Any student who is symptomatic after exposure to COVID-19

  • Exposed students who develop symptoms should stay home and be tested for COVID-19. 
    • These students will be marked excused while they rest and recover. 
    • If the student tests positive, virtual access will be given.

Who should isolate after exposure?

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 

  • Should isolate at home and be tested for COVID-19. They must receive clearance from the school nurse to return. Virtual access will be given if the student tests positive.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19

  • Should isolate at home and follow the guidance of the school nurse to return

In-School Exposures

  • The FSA covid tracing team will complete contact tracing for all COVID-19 cases reported at our school.
  • All families of students who are identified as directly exposed to someone positive for COVID-19 will receive email notification.
  • Any exposed student who develops symptoms must quarantine and follow the quarantine guidance above under “Who should quarantine after exposure?”
    • These students will need clearance to return from the school nurse
  • Students who are identified as exposed but remain fully symptom free should remain on campus (regardless of their vaccination status)
    • We encourage testing for all exposed individuals.
    • FSA strongly recommends exposed students wear a mask on campus for at least 5 days. 

REMINDER: STUDENT/FACULTY MEMBERS IN QUARANTINE OR ISOLATION MAY NOT VISIT CAMPUS OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES/ATHLETICS UNTIL THEIR QUARANTINE/ISOLATION HAS ENDED.

On-Campus Periodic Screening Process 

In addition to required self- screenings and SchoolPASS wellness checks, periodic health screenings of students, visitors, and employees may be conducted.

  • This includes: routine morning temperature checks and random temperature checks throughout the day, observation of symptoms, and teacher referrals to clinic
  • Students and employees with COVID-19 symptoms or a temperature of 100.4 and above will be immediately isolated and sent home. These students/faculty will be required to follow our return to school guidelines below.

In order to safely return to school after illness we will need the following:

  1. Negative COVID-19 test result emailed to the School Nurse OR a note from a pediatrician stating a "covid test was not necessary" AND
  2. Fever free for 24 hrs without any fever reducing medication AND
  3. Overall, feeling better with all symptoms improving

Protecting Yourself and Others 

To maintain a safe environment for everyone on campus, the school is implementing basic infection prevention measures for everyone to follow. These include, but are not limited to, the promotion of handwashing and respiratory etiquette, use of social distancing and mandatory face coverings. 

Handwashing. Frequent handwashing is critical in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The school will provide and maintain touchless soap and/or sanitizer stations. Hand sanitizer dispensers (that use sanitizers of greater than 60 percent alcohol) will be at entrances and other locations throughout the school. All students and school employees are instructed to frequently wash their hands throughout the day for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, but especially at the beginning and end of their work day, before and after mealtimes, and after using the restroom. The use of soap and water is the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

Respiratory etiquette. Employees, parents, students, and visitors should cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose, and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and immediately hand sanitizer, and or wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Respiratory etiquette signage will be displayed throughout the school. 

Social distancing. Following the CDC guidelines, 3 ft. social distancing requirements will be communicated with school community members based on the current phase of the Federal School Opening Guidelines at the time of school opening in August.  

Face coverings. Due to the low community level of COVID-19 and new CDC guidelines announced on February 25, 2022, FSA has transitioned to optional masking for all students and staff beginning February 28, 2022.  FSA will continue to monitor the CDC website/ community levels of COVID-19 in our county to assess the need for any adjustments regarding mask use. 

Please refer to the student-parent handbook on the school website for our attendance policy and procedures. Since we returned to on-campus learning, there will no longer be an online option available for absent students. 

 

RESOURCES

SAFETY TIPS

  • Practice social distancing.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
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