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

Thursday, November 18th, 2021 - 1 case in 4th grade, 13 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). 

Anyone on campus will still be required to wear masks. Signs providing reminders of safety procedures will be displayed throughout the building. Reminders will be added to morning announcements as well as Mustang News so that students can become familiar with our guidelines and comfortable in their use while on campus. 

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. 

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 

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

  •       The student or faculty member MUST STAY HOME AND WAIT FOR THEIR RESULTS. They will be excused from school during this time and given makeup work when they return.
  •       If a positive result is received: stay home, inform the school immediately, and follow your physician’s guidance.
  •        If a negative test result is received: please follow the guidelines outlined by your physician and provide proper documentation 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 Anyone in Contact with Someone who is Positive for COVID-19 

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

The ill individual may return to campus and end isolation once the following are met:  

 1.     10 days isolation from the start of symptoms (return on day 11), AND
2.     Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, AND
3.     All symptoms have improved  

 Additional Guidelines include: 

  •  Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. 
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. 
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.

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

All students and employees should immediately isolate at home and contact the school nurse Aybree Pugliese apugliese@fultonscienceacademy.org for guidance if directly exposed to someone with Covid-19.

CDC currently defines “close 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.” 

***Please note: All unvaccinated siblings of exposed students and unvaccinated staff identified as exposures must also quarantine until they receive negative PCR results 5 days after exposure. Vaccinated siblings of exposed students do not need to quarantine unless their sibling who was exposed becomes symptomatic or tests positive***

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

For Unvaccinated individuals, FSA offers THREE OPTIONS for quarantine after having a direct exposure to Covid-19 if the individual and all members of the home REMAIN ASYMPTOMATIC
 
●    Option one: You may return on day eight after completing a full 7-day quarantine period with proof of a negative PCR test completed on day 5 or later of their quarantine period.

  • Negative test results must be submitted to the school nurse Aybree Pugliese apugliese@fultonscienceacademy.org the day before their intended return date and confirmation must be received prior to return

●   Option two: You may complete a 10-day quarantine period returning to school/activities on the 11th day. No negative testing required. 
 
●   Option three: Choose to quarantine for the full 14 days quarantine period as per CDC recommendation and return on day 15. No negative testing required
 
*** IF SYMPTOMS DEVELOP AT ANY TIME DURING THE QUARANTINE PERIOD OR IF YOUR CHILD OR ANYONE IN HOME TESTS POSITIVE, A FULL 14 DAY QUARANTINE IS REQUIRED***
 
For Vaccinated individuals, FSA requires you to get a PCR test 5-7 days after exposure even if you have no symptoms. You can and submit those results AND your Covid-19 vaccination card to the school nurse Aybree Pugliese apugliese@fultonscienceacademy.org YOU DO NOT HAVE TO QUARANTINE WHILE WAITING FOR THE TEST OR RESULTS UNLESS YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS OR IF THE PERSON POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 LIVES IN YOUR HOME

 

 
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, 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.
 
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, 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 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. Everyone on campus is required to have a mask regardless of their vaccination status. The CDC guidelines also provide general considerations for wearing and maintaining a face covering, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/cloth-face-coverings-information.pdf including the following: 
●     The mouth and nose are fully covered 
●     The covering fits snugly against the sides of the face so there are no gaps 
●     The wearer does not have any difficulty breathing while wearing the covering 
●     The face covering can be tied or otherwise secured to prevent slipping 
 
IF YOUR CHILD IS WEARING A FACE COVERING THAT IS DEEMED INEFFECTIVE OR ILL-FITTING, FSA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO HAVE THEM CHANGE INTO ANOTHER MASK PROVIDED BY THE SCHOOL

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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