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COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan

Paideia School is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all its employees, students, parents, and guests. To help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in our school community, we have developed the following Pandemic Response Plan.

The policies and procedures outlined below are not intended to be permanent but will remain in place until the School communicates otherwise. In addition, this plan will be updated as federal, state, and local guidelines and regulations change. The school will communicate revisions as needed. This plan will also be added to the Employee, Student and Parent Handbooks. 

Resources and Guiding Entities

The School's COVID-19 PRP is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP),  Georgia Department of Health (DPH); federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), including standards related to COVID-19; and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's executive orders as they pertain to COVID-19. In addition, a committee of school employees with varied expertise worked together to develop this plan.

1. Implementation

To be effective, this plan requires the full cooperation of all our community members, including our families. All employees and community members are responsible for implementing and complying with the school's plan. This plan includes steps—such as signage placement, face coverings, social distancing, screening procedures, contact tracing and enhanced cleaning that the school is taking to mitigate COVID-19 contagion. 

This plan addresses the health and safety procedures that the school has implemented and the responsibilities of the school and its community members, including:

  • screening procedures and policies for anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms;
  • prevention procedures, including hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
  • procedures for safe physical distancing;
  • cleaning, sanitizing, and ventilation;
  • prompt identification and isolation of sick individuals and protocols for contact tracing;
  • management and supervision necessary to ensure effective implementation of the plan;
  • protection and controls for student pick-up and drop-off;
  • communications and instructions for the school community; and
  • communications and training that will be provided to employees.

2. Health Screenings and Symptom Assessment and Reporting

We will continue to inform and encourage employees and families to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. As defined by the CDC, individuals with COVID-19 may have any of the following symptoms, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, 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, and 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.

The School has implemented the following policies and procedures to assess a person's health status prior to entering the School; to provide guidelines for screening individuals before they are allowed to enter the buildings; and to provide a process for employees and families to report when they are sick, experiencing symptoms, or if they or anyone in their household have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

3. Social Distancing

We will require and monitor students and employees to maintain social distance as outlined in CDC guidelines, keeping a distance of 6 feet between people as much as possible. Classrooms have been reconfigured to maximize space between students. Many areas have been re-purposed to increase classroom space. Students and Faculty will remain in their specified area of campus, eliminating moving from one level's area to another. 

Classes have been divided into groups to minimize the contact between students as outlined in the individual level plans (Half Day, Elementary, Junior High and High School). One-way direction stairways have been instituted in buildings that permit. Lunch time will be socially distanced and outside as weather permits. Outdoor space is being added to allow for increased outdoor classes. 

4. Face coverings

  • Students and employees are required to wear face coverings while on campus.
  • A face shield may be worn in addition to a face mask, but a face shield alone is not acceptable.

CDC guidelines provide general considerations for wearing and maintaining a face covering, 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
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering.
  • Choose a mask with a nose wire
  • Use a mask fitter or brace
  • Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out.

5. COVID19 Exposure

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or knows that they have COVID-19 should isolate at home for 14 days. In addition, employees, students, and parents should communicate with the School, using the methods listed to below, if one of them or a member of their household tests positive for COVID-19, experiences symptoms of COVID-19, or has "close contact" with someone who is positive or symptomatic of COVID-19.

Parents should continue to report student absences via email to the appropriate teacher or level Principal's assistant. The nurse must be notified, via email or phone call, of students' COVID-19 symptoms, close contacts* of students with COVID-19 illness, and COVID-19 diagnoses of students.

Employees should notify the school of their absence (Kristal and your level Principal's assistant) and report absences for Covid-19 symptoms, close contacts* Covid-19 illness, and COVID-19 diagnoses to Paideia to the nurse.

*CDC currently defines "close contact" as "someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated."

6. Daily Screening Plans 

I. Student Screening plan:

Students will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms each day they attend campus. Staff will be present to screen each student at carpool.  Students may not be dropped off prior to designated carpool times unless arriving with a younger sibling.  Parents will have the option to complete a Magnus Health screening for each student prior to reaching school which will speed up the carpool drop-off  at school. 

  • Screeners (1-3) at each carpool location, HD, Elem, JH and HS. Plan 3 screeners at Elem, JH and HS, 1-2 screeners at HD
  • Students should be wearing cloth face covering or mask; screener will wear N95 mask, face shield and gloves.
  • Screener will meet each car, student should exit car for temperature check, standing beside car. Parent and student will answer screening questions for each student or show the Magnus screen with the clearance notice.
  • Temperature must be less than 100.0 degrees F for student to come on campus. If parent requests a temperature re-check parent and student need to exit carpool line and drive around to the end of the line, to keep from holding up carpool and allow time for student skin temp to acclimate to environment temperature. If temperature is 100.0 degrees F or higher student must return home with parent.
  • If temperature is within acceptable range student will get belongings from car and proceed directly to class room/teacher.
  • If there are siblings in the car all students must be screened at the same time (regardless of grade level) and pass the screening to come onto campus.
  • Each student will be given a daily sticker or other indication that they have passed the screening to enter their classroom.
  • Walkers or students driving themselves need to line up for one of the screeners at carpool before entering campus.
  • Late comers: Parent must accompany the student, both wearing face coverings and proceed directly to specific screening spot for their school level. Parent must wait outside building until student is cleared to attend campus. 

II. Employee health screenings 

  • Employees will do self-checks of the following symptoms each day before they come to campus. 
  • Employees will enter the information into an electronic system (the tool will be identified before faculty returns to campus). 
  • The data will be reviewed each morning as people arrive on campus. Any employee who has not completed the screening will be contacted immediately for their information. 

The following questions for student and employee screening will be included: Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours?

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Within the past 14 days, have you been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have laboratory confirmed Covid-19 or with anyone who has any symptoms consistent with Covid-19?

Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about Covid-19 infection? This includes if you are waiting on the results of a Covid-19 test that was recommended by a medical professional.

If all the answers to the above questions are "no", the person may enter the campus.

If any answers to the above questions is "yes" the person will be instructed to go home and contact their healthcare provider. 

Student or employees should seek emergency medical attention immediately if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • •The guidelines for returning to school are outlined in the Covid-19 health policy which follows. 

7. Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

Education of preventing virus spread, hand washing, and cough etiquette will be incorporated into all levels of educations. We ask that everyone in the school community adhere to the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as often as possible, but always:
    • before and after using the toilet
    • before touching your eyes, nose or mouth
    • before and after eating
    • after sneezing, coughing or using a tissue
    • after contact with garbage or high exposure areas such as a door handle,
    • bannisters, and elevator buttons, after touching an animal
    • before leaving for school and as soon as you get home from school
    • between classes
    • If you do not have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. 
  • Come to school with face coverings every day.
  • Do not share food or drinks – always have a personal water bottle that is cleaned
  • thoroughly each day with soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you need to cough or sneeze.
  • Mouth and nose secretions should be wrapped with tissue and discarded in a
  • designated garbage can.
  • If you do not have a tissue, use the inside of your elbow to block secretions from your
  • mouth and nose.
  • As much as possible, always maintain a distance of 3-6 feet between you and the people around you.

8. Cleaning and Maintenance of Campus

  • HVAC systems have been cleaned and replaced where necessary. The school is following an aggressive filter replacement schedule to meet CDC requirements for enhanced ventilation and safety. Spaces have been assessed for access to greater fresh air intake. Each HVAC system on campus is different, but in cases where we can mechanically increase fresh air intake, we have. We encourage windows to be opened where possible and will supply screens. 
  • Each classroom will have a "cleaning kit" with disinfectant spray and towels for teachers and students to clean room surfaces during the day. The teachers will be handling the disinfectant spray.
  • The disinfectant selected to clean rooms and buildings is approved by CDC and EPA and was chosen based on the speed with which it kills viruses and its safety for users.
  • Classrooms and buildings will be cleaned thoroughly each night.
  • Classrooms will be reconfigured to maximize space between students.
  • We are maximizing usable outdoor space with by adding tents across campus.
  • Bathrooms and high touch areas will be cleaned periodically throughout the school day
  • Portable toilets and hand-washing stations will be added across campus to reduce density.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed at entrances to all buildings.

9. COVID-19 STUDENT ILLNESS POLICY:

During the Covid-19 pandemic we will monitor and follow emerging guidelines suggested by CDC, WHO, AAP and Georgia Department of Health in conjunction with our Paideia infectious disease committee. Changes to these health policies may be necessary during the school year depending on recommendations from health agencies. 

Recognizing that it's not possible to eliminate risk altogether, we will rely on the diligence of parents, students, faculty and staff to do our best to reduce the risk of spreading viral illness on our Paideia campus. We will work with the Dekalb County Board of Health if anyone on campus is diagnosed with any reportable illness, such as Covid-19, while protecting each individual's privacy of personal information.

A. Daily Screening

Any student who meets any of the criteria listed below in regards to COVID-19 must follow the return to school/work requirements outlined in this policy. Parents should screen their students each morning to decide if they can attend school. Additionally, students will be screened each day they attend campus by staff members. 

If any student or parent can answer yes to any of the questions listed below the student is required to stay home and follow the return to school requirements before returning to campus.

Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours?

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Within the past 14 days, have you been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have laboratory confirmed Covid-19 or with anyone who has any symptoms consistent with Covid-19?

Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about Covid-19 infection? This includes if you are waiting on the results of a Covid-19 test that was recommended by a medical professional. 

B. Return to School Requirements:

If students or employees are ill with any Covid-19 symptoms please contact your health care professional and follow their recommendations for care and Covid-19 testing. Your county board of health may also contact you and give instructions for isolation if you test positive. Paideia will follow the CDC guidelines for "When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19"

1. A person with Covid-19 symptoms and a confirmed COVID-19 test or suspected to have COVID-19 may return when:
At least 72 hours have passed since recovery; defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND improvement of respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath);

AND

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • Please consult with your doctor, urgent care or health clinic. A Covid-19 test is recommended for people with a suspected case. Please notify the nurse if you test positive.

2A person without symptoms of Covid-19 (asymptomatic) with confirmed COVID-19 test may return when:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the positive laboratory test and the person remains asymptomatic

3A person without symptoms of Covid-19 (asymptomatic) who has been in close contact with a person with COVID-19 may return when:

  • You have stayed at home and self-quarantined for 14 days, starting from the last day you were possibly exposed to COVID-19. 
  • Self-quarantine means staying home, monitoring your health, and maintaining social distancing (at least 6 feet) from others at all times.
  • If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering. This will help protect the people around you.
  • If you need support or assistance with self-quarantine, your health department or community organizations may be able to provide assistance.
  • You should take your temperature twice a day, watch for symptoms of COVID-19, and notify your health department if you have symptoms. If your symptoms worsen or become severe, you should seek medical care. Severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face.

C. If you become ill while at school:

  • If a student becomes sick or experiencing symptoms at school, the teacher or other designated adult will escort the student directly to a designated isolation room for a temperature check and verbally report to the school nurse or level appointee for assessment. Both escort and student will be wearing their face coverings. The student will wait in the isolation area until a parent, guardian or their designee is able to pick them up. All students will be supervised by an adult while waiting to go home.
  • Employees who become sick or experience symptoms while at school should notify their supervisor, contact the nurse and leave the school immediately or report to the designated isolation room until able to leave the School.
  • If there is a risk that classmates or others on campus were exposed families will be notified via email.

D. When a Person on Campus Tests Positive for Covid-19

The nurse will contact the Dekalb County Board of Health. At the direction of the Board of Health we will assist in identifying people that have been in close contact with the sick person. We will follow any guidelines they provide  regarding quarantine procedures for any contacts on campus. Any information provided to the Dekalb County Board of Health will be kept confidential in accordance with federal, state and local privacy laws and used only for the purpose of any necessary contact tracing of individuals for Covid-19.

Paideia will abide by any isolation or quarantine recommendations we are given and assist students or employees in carrying out the instructions.

10. Revised STUDENT GENERAL HEALTH POLICY: 

Students should stay home if they have fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, a very frequent cough or breathing trouble, strep throat, pinkeye, persistent pain (ear, stomach, etc.), or a widespread rash. To prevent the spread of illness, they may not return to school for at least 72 hours until they have been:

  • Fever-free, meaning no temperature over 100.0, without the use of fever reducing medication for 72 hours
  • Free from vomiting or diarrhea – This includes being able to tolerate food and drink without reoccurrence. 

If a student is seen by a physician and tests positive for a viral or bacterial infection (other than Covid-19), a note from the physician is necessary before the they return to school. 

Students that become ill during school hours should notify their teacher and go to the designated person for their school level. Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 or a temperature of 100.0 or higher will be isolated, with supervision, and sent home. Parents will be contacted to pick up their student within one hour. If their temperature is elevated due to being outside and warm from surroundings or extra clothing, a retake of the temperature can be done to ensure accuracy. The nurse will be contacted for any questions or clarifications of symptoms.

  • Students with a temperature less than 100.0 but displaying illness symptoms or if the teacher states the student is unable to participate in class because they do not feel well will be evaluated by the nurse and sent home as necessary.
  • Students will remain in the clinic or designated area in JH or HS until pick up. Students may be picked up directly from the clinic or designated area in JH or HS and will be signed out from there. We recommend contacting their doctor for guidance.
  • Please notify the school immediately if your child is diagnosed with any communicable disease once they are home.