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A Christ-Centered Preparatory School

As developments related to the coronavirus are ever-changing and in order to respond with flexibility to
recommendations and consultation from health and medical agencies our plans will pivot, as needed, with the
changing environment in order to safeguard our students and faculty.

 

COVID-19 Protocols


As we prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, Whitefield looks to continue to safely conduct
school on campus. We continue to monitor a number of factors related to the spread of COVID in
our community. We continue to consult a number of resources including the CDC, the Georgia
Department of Public Health, other health professionals, as well as the standard of care among
other schools and school systems.


In order to determine our health protocols and mitigation strategies now and the months ahead
we are considering all of the following.

 

1. Parental empowerment: We think it is important that we empower you, as parents, to make
the best health decisions for your children based on changing information and family health.

 

2. Guidance from health professionals: We will continually study and review the
recommendations of multiple health professionals and organizations. We recognize that some
health organizations will make national or regional recommendations, rather than tailored to
the specifics of a state, city, or even specific school.

 

3. Insight from the Whitefield community: We will continually listen to input from multiple
groups, including our health team, leadership team, parents, faculty, and staff.

 

4. Health data: We will continue to review and study our own health data and draw outcomes that
help guide our adjustments.

 

5. Promote both health protection and vibrant school life: We will strive for reasonable health
protection and reasonable life and vitality of the school. Both are critical to the holistic growth
of our students.


We strive to make the very best decisions for our entire Whitefield community. As we do, we
always submit our plans to the Lord, asking for His guidance and help, and lean on Him at every
point along the way.

At this current time, the following protocols are in place:

SYMPTOMS

 

One of the most important effective ways to maintain the health of our student
body, faculty, and staff is to closely monitor for symptoms. Students who have
had a fever of 100 degrees or higher and/or experienced vomiting or diarrhea
with the previous 24-hour period are not to report to school. Likewise,
students who are deemed to have a potential contagious illness will be isolated
from others, and the parent will be notified. Parents, please monitor closely for
symptoms related to COVID and notify the school nurse whenever you suspect
or confirm a positive case.

MASKS

 

Masks are perfectly welcome for any student, parent, or staff member who
prefers to wear a mask, even if vaccinated. Under current conditions, the
school will not require masks for PreK-12th grade students, parents, faculty,
and staff.

 

Masks are required at all times when riding a bus to or from Whitefield or for a Whitefield event.

TEMPERATURE CHECKS

 

The school will not provide temperature checks for students and staff upon
entering buildings. Please continue to monitor temperature and other
symptoms closely.

CLEANING AND SANITIZING

 

Cleaning protocols will continue to include daily wiping and spraying to sanitize
spaces, as well as continued use of the updated air filtration system purchased
last year. Wipes and hand sanitizer are readily available for classrooms as
needed.

POSITIVE COVID CASES & CONTACT TRACING

 

  • Parents will continue to receive data and communication regarding
    positive cases and quarantines among students and staff.
  • Consistent with public health department requirements for schools,
    contact tracing and quarantining will occur when a positive case of COVID
    occurs. A direct contact is defined as less than six feet (three feet if both
    individuals are masked) and indoors for a period of 15 minutes or greater
    within 24 hours.
    • Individuals with a positive antibodies test within the past week or
      providing documentation of vaccination will not need to quarantine.
    • Individuals with a recovery from a positive COVID test within the last
      three months will not need to quarantine.
    • Individuals who do have to quarantine will work with the nurses to
      determine the appropriate timeframe for return. Currently, the
      protocol for those who are asymptomatic is to quarantine 7 days from
      the last point of contact with a positive case (rapid or PCR test is
      acceptable, unfortunately home tests will not be accepted), pending a
      negative test result on day 5 or 6 of that quarantine. Should the
      individual not want to be tested, the protocol is to quarantine for 10
      days

FOOD SERVICE

 

Food services will resume as normal prior to COVID. Prepackaged food options
will also be available as an alternative. We will resume normal seating
arrangements in the dining spaces, being aware that contact tracing can
include these spaces.

SPECIALTY CLASSES

All fine arts and specialty classes will resume as normal prior to COVID.
Distancing and/or outdoor space will be used when possible to minimize risk.

TRANSPORTATION


Transportation and field trips will be modified in the following ways:

  • Masks are required on all transportation provided by Whitefield Academy
  • Required seating charts on buses
  • Outdoor experiences are preferred
  • Required rooming assignment chart for overnight trips
  • Cohorting on field trips when possible to mitigate potential exposure

GROUP GATHERINGS


Large group gatherings such as chapel, meetings, assemblies, performances,
etc. will take place outdoors or in spaces that allow for three feet of distancing.
Though large group gatherings will occur, some limits will be placed on
attendance.

CLASSROOMS

 

Teachers will exercise discernment in arranging classroom spaces to
maximize student learning while also mitigating risk. Classrooms will allow for
three feet of distance between students, but desks will be in closer proximity
and grouped together at times for collaboration among students. Seating
assignments and length of time in close proximity will be monitored in case a
need for contact tracing arises.

VIRTUAL LEARNING

 

Virtual learning only occurs for students who have been contact-traced and
required to quarantine by the school. Students will not be able to opt into
virtual learning for any other reason. Should a student quarantine due to
contact tracing, virtual learning will begin the first full day of quarantine.


*At any time, these protocols may be subject to change based on the impact of COVID-19 on our
community. We appreciate your continued vigilance and support to keep our community safe
and in school.

 

 


A Christ-centered Preparatory School